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My Life as a New York Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror
My Life as a New York Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror I was sitting in the nearly empty restaurant of the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, getting ready for a showdown with the federal government that I had…
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15 days ago
The Most Expensive Mile of Subway Track on Earth - The New York Times
The Most Expensive Mile of Subway Track on Earth An accountant discovered the discrepancy while reviewing the budget for new train platforms under Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. The budget showed that…
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21 days ago
‘I hope I can quit working in a few years’: A preview of the U.S. without pensions - The Washington Post
‘I hope I can quit working in a few years’: A preview of the U.S. without pensions Tom Coomer, 79, outside of the Walmart where he works five days a week in Wagoner, Okla, on Nov. 16. Coomer used to work at the McDonnell Douglas plant in Tulsa…
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25 days ago
Britain’s imperial dream-catchers and the truths of empire | Aeon Essays
Britain’s imperial dream-catchers and the truths of empire – Erik Linstrum | Aeon Essays Every state needs to know about the people it rules. Censuses, property surveys and tax records are familiar and tangible expressions of the state’s need to…
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4 weeks ago
Millennials Are Screwed - The Huffington Post
Generation Screwed WHOA! Show me the (slightly less cool) Why millennials are facing the scariest financial future of any generation since the Great Depression. By Michael Hobbes…
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4 weeks ago
Rerouting Thousands: City Plans for L Train Closure - The New York Times
Rerouting Thousands: City Plans for L Train Closure When the L train is closed for repairs in 2019, nearly 225,000 riders who take it beneath the East River every day will have to be rerouted.
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5 weeks ago
The Strange and Gruesome Story of the Greenland Shark, the Longest-Living Vertebrate on Earth | The New Yorker
The Strange and Gruesome Story of the Greenland Shark, the Longest-Living Vertebrate on Earth Using carbon dating and a new method involving proteins in the lens of the eye, Danish scientists have unravelled the mystery of how long Greenland sharks live.…
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5 weeks ago
What Elon Musk Doesn't Get
What Elon Musk Doesn't Get I’m no genius, but Elon Musk certainly is. After all, the 46-year-old inventor and investor shoots rockets into space, talks confidently of colonizing Mars, and…
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5 weeks ago
Private War: Erik Prince Has His Eye On Afghanistan's Rare Metals
Private War: Erik Prince Has Got His Eyes On Afghanistan's Rare Metals Jacquelyn Martin / AP Erik Prince Controversial private security tycoon Erik Prince has famously pitched an audacious plan to the Trump administration: Hire him…
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5 weeks ago
Friends Who Host Benefits | Ben Davis
Friends Who Host Benefits | Ben Davis The political thousand-year storm of the Trump presidency has smashed headlong into the hot-take factory of contemporary media. The result, as anyone knows who…
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5 weeks ago
The Complicated Legacy Of A Panda Who Was Really Good At Sex | FiveThirtyEight
The Complicated Legacy Of A Panda Who Was Really Good At Sex K aren Wille saw her panda friend for the last time in July 2016. He was in bad shape. He was skinny. His once-sleek black-and-white fur had dulled. Wille, a…
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7 weeks ago
New York’s Tilt Toward Congestion Pricing Was Years in the Making - The New York Times
New York’s Tilt Toward Congestion Pricing Was Years in the Making For decades, the plan to reduce traffic by charging drivers in crowded zones in Manhattan has been revived again and again.
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7 weeks ago
This City Hall, brought to you by Amazon | The Seattle Times
This City Hall, brought to you by Amazon A chalk depiction of the 238 proposals Amazon received for its proposed 50,000-employee HQ2. Cities and states are going to great lengths to get a piece of that…
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7 weeks ago
The Boring Story of the 2016 Election – MattBruenig | Politics
The Boring Story of the 2016 Election – MattBruenig | Politics Matt Yglesias is basically right about what happened in the 2016 election. Despite the elaborate theories that have been floated over the past few months, the…
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8 weeks ago
The Nationalist's Delusion - The Atlantic
The Nationalist's Delusion T HIRTY YEARS AGO nearly half of Louisiana voted for a Klansman, and the media struggled to explain why. It was 1990 and David Duke, the former grand wizard of…
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8 weeks ago
In the Land of Vendettas That Go On Forever | VQR Online
In the Land of Vendettas That Go On Forever | VQR Online One of the first things I learned in Albania is that when a stranger pours rakia —a sweet brandy typically distilled from grapes or sugar plums and served cold…
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10 weeks ago
The “virgin vote”: a historian discovers why young Americans once actually voted - Vox
The "virgin vote": a historian discovers why young Americans once actually voted This 1863 painting, titled "Young America," shows American children speechifying. Political parties routinely used “boy orators” at their campaign events.…
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10 weeks ago
The Mythical Whiteness of Trump Country | Boston Review
The Mythical Whiteness of Trump Country Politics J. D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy has been held up as a guidebook for understanding the 2016 election, but his logic is rooted in an enduring and dangerous…
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10 weeks ago
Washington, D.C., Is Home to America's Largest Collection of Parasites - The Atlantic
Washington, D.C., is Home to America's Largest Collection of Parasites Anna Phillips is delighted because I’ve just found her favorite parasite, which she had misplaced a year ago. We are walking through what, at first glance,…
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10 weeks ago
Something is wrong on the internet – James Bridle – Medium
Something is wrong on the internet – James Bridle – Medium I’m James Bridle . I’m a writer and artist concerned with technology and culture. I usually write on my own blog, but frankly I don’t want what I’m talking…
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10 weeks ago
America Is Not a ‘Center-Right Nation’ - The New York Times
Opinion | America Is Not a ‘Center-Right Nation’ Joe Raedle/Getty Images The Democratic Party has learned to stop worrying and love “big government” liberalism. The party’s top presidential prospects are…
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11 weeks ago
Five Books to Make You Less Stupid About the Civil War - The Atlantic
Five Books to Make You Less Stupid About the Civil War - The Atlantic On Monday, the retired four-star general and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly asserted that “the lack of an ability to compromise lead to the Civil War.”…
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11 weeks ago
Russian Trolls Tried to Start a Black ‘War on Christmas’
Russian Trolls Tried to Start a Black ‘War on Christmas’ exclusive Using typo-filled holiday sweatshirts and plagiarized articles, Kremlin-backed troll websites tried—and failed—to push a black Christmas boycott. A…
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11 weeks ago
Five Years After Sandy, Are We Better Prepared? - The New York Times
Five years After Sandy, Are We Better Prepared? At 8:30 p.m. on a Monday, millions of residents of the most man-made landscape in the United States were reminded how powerless they were against the forces of…
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11 weeks ago
The Lost Children of Tuam - The New York Times
The Lost Children of Tuam Ireland Wanted to Forget. But the Dead Don’t Always Stay Buried. TUAM, Ireland Behold a child. A slight girl all of 6, she leaves the modest family farm, where…
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11 weeks ago
The Attempted Remaking of Michael Grimm
The Attempted Remaking of Michael Grimm It was Friday, which meant it was Michael Grimm’s cheat day. The muscle mass he carried during his time as a Marine, an undercover FBI agent, and even as a…
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11 weeks ago
Why Latin America is seeing a cable-car boom
Why Latin America is seeing a cable-car boom MEXICABLE, a cable-car line 4.9km (three miles) long, soars above Ecatepec, a poor suburb of Mexico City. Open for just over a year, its 185 gondolas carry…
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12 weeks ago
On Safari in Trump's America - The Atlantic
On Safari in Trump's America The country’s elites are desperate to figure out what they got wrong in 2016. But can they handle the truth?
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12 weeks ago
Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between - Bloomberg
Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between U.S. life expectancy is declining, new calculations show.
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12 weeks ago
Latin Lesson | History Today
Latin Lesson | History Today L atin may be the language that we associate with the Roman Empire, but the question of whether the Romans spoke Latin does not have a simple answer. Rome grew…
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12 weeks ago
After the End of the World: Re-reading the Russian Revolution
After the End of the World: Re-reading the Russian Revolution At a public lecture at the London School of Economics this summer, Sheila Fitzpatrick lamented that the end of the Cold War meant that there was little energy…
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12 weeks ago
A Giant Blob of Floodwater From Harvey Is Still Moving Through the Gulf - The Atlantic
A Giant Blob of Floodwater From Harvey Is Still Moving Through the Gulf The rain began on August 25, and it would fall, remarkably, for four more days. We know now that Hurricane Harvey dumped as much as 60 inches of rain over parts…
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october 2017
Race and the White Elephant War of 1884 | The Public Domain Review
Race and the White Elephant War of 1884 Feuding impresarios, a white-but-not-white-enough elephant, and racist ads for soap — Ross Bullen on how a bizarre episode in circus history became an unlikely…
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october 2017
Owen Hatherley: Historic solutions to the modern housing problem | LabourList
Owen Hatherley: Historic solutions to the modern housing problem | LabourList “Build More Bloody Houses”, goes the slogan; “Build More Bloody Council Houses”, goes the more leftist version. It’s hard to argue with either. Although the…
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october 2017
'Chasing Amy' and the Toxic "Nerd Masculinity" of the 90s
The Big I Chasing Amy and the toxic “nerd masculinity” of the nineties. Still from Chasing Amy , 1997. Kevin Smith’s romantic comedy Chasing Amy , now almost two decades…
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october 2017
Trump Keeps Getting Mad When He Learns What His Policies Do
Trump Keeps Getting Mad When He Finds Out What His Policies Actually Do Enraged and confused. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Here in the Fake News Media, we spend a lot of time documenting all the ways in which Donald Trump’s…
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october 2017
El Diablo in Wine Country « LRB blog
Mike Davis: El Diablo in Wine Country In 1942 Alfred Hitchcock recruited the author of Our Town , Thornton Wilder, to write the screenplay for Shadow of a Doubt , an innocence-versus-evil thriller…
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october 2017
Orc Slavery Made Me Quit ‘Middle-earth: Shadow of War’ - Motherboard
Orc Slavery Made Me Quit ‘Middle-earth: Shadow of War’ Middle-earth: Shadow of War is amazing. Middle-earth: Shadow of War is terrible. Horza the Dead taught me that. I love him and I hope I have the strength to let…
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october 2017
Which Was Worse for Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria or Hurricane Donald?
Which Was Worse for Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria or Hurricane Donald? Maria did the initial damage. But the aftermath is telling us a lot more about our president, and ourselves. As Hurricane Irma bore down on my Florida home,…
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october 2017
Could AI Bring Humans Back From Extinction?
Is Talking About De-Extinction a Moral Hazard? - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus T here’s a saying, in conservation biology, credited to the plant ecologist Frank Egler: Ecosystems are not just more complex than we think, they’re more…
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october 2017
How a Quarter of Cow DNA Came From Reptiles - The Atlantic
How a Quarter of Cow DNA Came From Reptiles Imagine if a word in a book—say, bubble—had the ability to magically copy itself, and paste those copies elsewhere in the text. Eventually, you might bubble end…
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october 2017
Autopilot Wars | War Is Boring
Autopilot Wars Consider, if you will, these two indisputable facts. First, the United States is today more or less permanently engaged in hostilities in not one faraway place,…
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october 2017
Recognizing majority-black cities, when their existence is being questioned
Recognizing majority-black cities, when their existence is being questioned Black Lives Matter (BLM) is “a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-black racism that permeates our society,” according to its founders . Created…
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october 2017
How Computers Turned Gerrymandering Into a Science - The New York Times
Opinion | How Computers Turned Gerrymandering Into a Science Gray Matter By JORDAN ELLENBERG MADISON, Wis. — About as many Democrats live in Wisconsin as Republicans do. But you wouldn’t know it from the Wisconsin State…
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october 2017
On infrastructure, now what? Trump's sudden turn away from public-private model brings uncertainty | KUAR
On infrastructure, now what? Trump's sudden turn away from public-private model brings uncertainty Advocates for increased spending on the nation's roads, bridges, tunnels and other infrastructure programs are considering ways to move forward after President…
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october 2017
They thought they were going to rehab. They ended up in chicken plants | Reveal
They thought they were going to rehab. They ended up in chicken plants The worst day of Brad McGahey’s life was the day a judge decided to spare him from prison. McGahey was 23 with dreams of making it big in rodeo, maybe starring…
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october 2017
Does Even Mark Zuckerberg Know What Facebook Is?
Does Even Mark Zuckerberg Know What Facebook Is? Mark Zuckerberg had just returned from paternity leave, and he wanted to talk about Facebook, democracy, and elections and to define what he felt his creation…
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october 2017
Who’s afraid of being called racist? | The Outline
Who’s afraid of being called racist? In a stunningly myopic essay published this week, New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait identified the real victims in discussions of white supremacy: white…
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september 2017
One of Asia’s Fastest-Growing Cities Just Got a $1 Billion Plumbing Bill – Next City
One of Asia’s Fastest-Growing Cities Just Got a $1 Billion Plumbing Bill As new development overwhelms Phnom Penh’s aging water management system, the Cambodian capital seeks an ambitious remake.
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september 2017
Orion Magazine | Two Kinds of Wilderness
Orion Magazine | Two Kinds of Wilderness Image from Nephin , a film by Niamh O’Malley, shot through a car window in Connacht, Ireland. THE MAP WAS SPREAD OUT on a pool table in a darkened back room of…
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september 2017
The Remarkable Patience of the Staten Island Bat Watchers - The New York Times
The Remarkable Patience of the Staten Island Bat Watchers A bat retrieved from a scientist’s net; it will be fitted with tracking bands. Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times On the deserted edge of Freshkills on Staten…
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september 2017
Soft Borders – The New Inquiry
Soft Borders The soft patriotic trust in Canada's softly administered border is fully compatible with the logic of restriction.
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september 2017
How to Raise The Rarest Kiwi - The Atlantic
How to Raise the Rarest Kiwi FRANZ JOSEF, NEW ZEALAND—When I first see the kiwi chick, I briefly wonder if I’m actually looking at a real animal. It’s a grapefruit-sized sphere of fluff…
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september 2017
America’s First Addiction Epidemic
America’s First Addiction Epidemic The alcohol epidemic devastated Native American communities, leading to crippling poverty, astonishingly high mortality rates — and a successful sobriety…
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september 2017
Trump administration working toward renewed drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - The Washington Post
Trump administration working toward renewed drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge The Trump administration is quietly moving to allow energy exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for the first time in more than 30 years,…
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september 2017
The Kakapo Is The First Species to Have Every Individual’s Genome Sequenced - The Atlantic
The First Species to Have Every Individual’s Genome Sequenced When humans first settled in New Zealand in the 13th century, they found a wonderland of strange creatures—including a green, bumbling parrot with the face of…
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september 2017
Why Florida Is Largely Insured by Companies You’ve Never Heard Of - WSJ
Why Florida Is Largely Insured by Companies You’ve Never Heard Of - WSJ In disasters, always pay attention to insurance. Many of the major companies are no longer in the Florida market: http://bit.ly/2fcgNy8 – Bill Cronon…
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september 2017
Donald Trump Is the First White President - The Atlantic
The First White President The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy.
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september 2017
Nature's Disastrous ‘Whitewashing’ Editorial - The Atlantic
Nature's Disastrous ‘Whitewashing’ Editorial America’s public monuments are in greater peril than at any moment since the country’s birth, when a statue of King George III on horseback was pulled down by a…
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september 2017
Houston drainage grid 'so obsolete it's just unbelievable' - ABC News
Houston drainage grid 'so obsolete it's just unbelievable' - ABC News RT @wcronon: Quite apart from global warming, other moral of Houston's Harvey story is the danger of development with no zoning: https://t.…
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august 2017
It’s time for Democrats’ wonk class to write some single-payer plans - Vox
It’s time for Democrats’ wonk class to write some single-payer plans - Vox Most of the people I know who work on health policy on a practical level don’t think the idea of a big political push to enact a Medicare-for-all plan makes a…
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august 2017
Reality TV’s Wildest Disaster | The New Yorker
Reality TV’s Wildest Disaster A nation’s reality shows do not arise from nowhere. In the late nineteen-nineties, one of the most popular programs on Russian television was “Intercept,” in…
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august 2017
Slaver’s Bay: The little-known history of Dutch slave trade in a small town in Tamil Nadu
Slaver’s Bay: The little-known history of Dutch slave trade in a small town in Tamil Nadu It was a busy day in Pulicat, a little town 60 km to the north of Chennai. Set on the edge of the Pulicat lake, Asia’s second-largest brackish water lagoon, the…
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august 2017
The US coal industry is going out, not with a whimper, but with a burst of rent-seeking - Vox
The US coal industry is going out, not with a whimper, but with a burst of rent-seeking - Vox The US coal industry is dying — but not with any dignity. As the end approaches, its sense of aggrieved entitlement is increasingly naked, its demands for…
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august 2017
In Texas, Colonias Lack Water, Sewers, and Building Codes - The Atlantic
The American Neighborhoods Without Water, Sewers, or Building Codes MONTANA VISTA, Tex.—No one objected when developers bought up dusty vacant land here in the 1950s and 1960s and turned it into unincorporated subdivisions—areas…
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august 2017
Reflecting on ‘Loose Change’ in the age of fake news | The Outline
Reflecting on ‘Loose Change’ in the age of fake news Loose Change , the internet-distributed film that attempted to build a case that the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 were an “inside job,” was a…
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august 2017
Is Anybody Home at Ben Carson’s HUD?
Is Anybody Home at Ben Carson’s HUD? This story is a collaboration between New York and ProPublica , an independent nonprofit newsroom. In mid-May, Steve Preston, who served as the secretary of…
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august 2017
Workers: Building Teslas for Elon Musk Is Hell
Workers Say Tesla Is Trying to Scare Them Out of a Union via Instapaper http://thebea.st/2vXDY9p
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august 2017
M.T.A. Tries a New Tack During Delays: The Truth - The New York Times
M.T.A. Tries a New Tack During Delays: The Truth - The New York Times via Instapaper http://nyti.ms/2vQh5Uu
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august 2017
A Genetic Portrait of the New York City Rat
Central Park Mice Don’t Get Out Much - Issue 51: Limits - Nautilus via Instapaper http://bit.ly/2uhzeqU
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august 2017
The strange geography of content delivery networks – Increment issue 2: Cloud
The strange geography of content delivery networks – Increment issue 2: Cloud via Instapaper http://bit.ly/2wh5YBO
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july 2017
Wish I Were There: The Life and Times of a Travel Writer - Los Angeles Review of Books
Wish I Were There: The Life and Times of a Travel Writer - Los Angeles Review of Books “HAVE YOU READ The Great Railway Bazaar ? It’s by this American who rides trains through Europe and Asia and makes fun of everybody he meets.” It was the spring…
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july 2017
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