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Terrorists talking points
"Regardless of whether there is a Werther Effect on jihobbiest turned loon wolf attacks ('suicide by jihad'), it is clear that the attacks exist only as part of a media strategy. By aggrandising the lame cars and cutlery attacks, the media cheapens the cost of a terrorist propaganda of the deed event to something that someone, anyone, even with only civilian skills, can accomplish. That allows the groups to spread their message using untrained operatives, who are significantly more difficult to interdict because they are compartmented, they have no incriminating evidence until just before their turn and burn attack, and they are civilians until the moment their car leaps over the curb to start plowing into pedestrians."
a:the-Grugq★★  p:the-Grugq★★  d:2017.09.14  w:1000  terrorism  media  from instapaper
22 days ago
Unlocking Braden's Potential
"A history of managerial lapses:
- 'Here comes the airplaine'
- But in fact, no airplane
- Spoon
- Braden and shareholders deserve candor"
a:Zoe-Piel  p:Zoe-Piel  d:2017  satire  children  finance  from twitter
24 days ago
Three Ways to Address the NBA’s Pacers Problem
"Unfortunately, Indiana general manager Kevin Pritchard, who filled Bird’s position as the team’s chief decision-maker in April, has taken his new job a little too seriously. Trading George for Oladipo and Sabonis was a brilliant tanking move. But instead of signing any bum off the street with a jump shot to round out the roster, Pritchard brought in Darren Collison, Cory Joseph, and Bojan Bogdanovic, all of whom should help the Pacers win a handful of games this season that they otherwise wouldn’t have. In other words, although the Pacers are blowing an obvious chance to acquire the potential superstar they’ve never had, the good news is that the team’s streak of consecutive 30-win seasons might stay alive! LET’S GO PACERS!!!"
a:Mark-Titus  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.09.20  w:2500  basketball  from instapaper
24 days ago
Top 100 NBA Players of 2018: Nos. 10-1
"An offense could hardly be in better hands. Paul is the sort of basketball thinker who can keep tabs on the game’s many layers at once: what’s working and what isn’t, why that’s the case, and how the outcome is influencing the players around him. He seems to know just when a teammate needs a touch and just when an opponent is starting to lose focus. His is a mind at work. There’s always some calculation running in the background with Paul, and the result is an attack run alarmingly close to technical perfection. Thinking the game like Paul does opens it up to angles of attack most players are blind to."
a:Ben-Golliver  a:Rob-Mahoney  p:Sports-Illustrated★★  d:2017.09.14  w:5500  basketball 
24 days ago
Top 100 NBA players of 2018: Nos. 50-31
"The longer Anthony has rotted away in New York’s black hole, the trickier it has gotten to gauge his value in a vacuum. His ideal situation would look almost exactly like the opposite of the 2016-17 Knicks: He would have a pass-first point guard who knew how to set him up; a proven and healthy center to cover for him defensively; a veteran roster that was ready to compete now; a coach who could manage his ego and personality, get him to his sweet spots, and wasn’t beholden to an anachronistic offense; a GM who didn’t take shot after shot at him in the media while trying and failing to trade him; and an owner who treated his fellow human beings with decency and respect. Under those conditions, it’s possible to picture a happy and engaged Anthony, even at age 33, pumping in 24 points a night and leading a halfway-decent team to the East playoffs."
a:Ben-Golliver  a:Rob-Mahoney  p:Sports-Illustrated★★  d:2017.09.12  w:5500  basketball 
24 days ago
Top 100 NBA players of 2018: Nos. 100-51
"Sizing up Teague feels an awful lot like hearing an urban legend. He has made an All-Star team and appeared in the playoffs for eight straight years, and yet the most memorable moment of his career might have been when he was spotted clutching a pizza box all by himself after being left behind by the team bus. He shared his only career Player of the Month award with four other people. He was traded for a mediocre first-round draft pick while on a below-market contract just one year after guiding a 60-win team. He was so thoroughly unassuming in Indiana last season that even the Pacers’ official website took care to note his silent and emotionless demeanor."
a:Ben-Golliver  a:Rob-Mahoney  p:Sports-Illustrated★★  d:2017.09.12  w:10500  basketball  from iphone
25 days ago
Hunting Man
"Is this the one where they battle to see who's best at noodles?"
"I know the one you're talking about, but this is a different show about cooking the best noodles."
a:Zach-Weinersmith★★★  p:Saturday-Morning-Breakfast-Cereal★★★  d:2017.09.15  comic  television  from iphone
25 days ago
We have the fix for NBA tanking (and it isn't the lottery)
"Tweaking the lottery can help convince teams to try only so much given the importance of the draft. Let profit sharing do most of the work to achieve competitive balance by forcing teams to fight hard every year in order to maximize profits. The NBA has the power to fix tanking, and revenue sharing is the mechanism."
a:Tom-Ziller  p:SB-Nation★  d:2017.09.21  w:1000  basketball  incentives  from iphone
25 days ago
Here Is How We Would Make the NBA Even Greater
"Hoodie Melo was one of the great viral story lines of the summer. The NBA should build on that robust, organic branding by letting its players—the most marketable athletes in America—showcase their individual styles and play in street clothes for one game out of the year. Melo in his hoodie. Jimmy Butler shirtless in ripped jeans. J.J. Redick in a suit while wearing a Rolex. The possibilities are endless. Let’s do this."
a:Haley-O'Shaughnessy  a:Jackson-Safon  a:Isaac-Lee  a:Katie-Baker  a:Jonathan-Tjarks  a:Juliet-Litman  a:Kate-Knibbs  a:Justin-Verrier  a:Paolo-Uggetti  a:Matt-James  a:Danny-Chau  a:Jason-Concepcion★★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.09.19  w:2000  list  basketball  incentives  from instapaper
25 days ago
Interview: Apple’s Craig Federighi answers some burning questions about Face ID
"Apple’s Face ID processes mirror very closely those they developed for Touch ID. And, even though there are caveats, those have largely stood up to probing from security researchers and nation states alike. It’s important to ask the questions and listen carefully to the answers. But so far, the answers seem fairly plain."
a:Matthew-Panzarino  p:TechCrunch  d:2017.09.15  w:2500  iPhone  Face-ID  Touch-ID  security  privacy  from instapaper
26 days ago
AAAAH
"Anyway, I couldn't *believe* it when I saw that news."
"That's because the article you read was false, and here is the evidence that it's false."
a:Zach-Weinersmith★★★  p:Saturday-Morning-Breakfast-Cereal★★★  d:2017.09.13  comic  news  from iphone
27 days ago
Same but Different
"The workers scurried around the edges of the container with inexhaustible energy, gathering food and garbage. The gamergates, in contrast, moved lazily above their brood in the center of the container. The workers worked. The gamergates lounged—waking late, moving little. When a worker approached a gamergate, the dominant ant Tasered it with her antennae, warning the worker to keep off her royal territory. The worker retreated, its antennae lowered. 'The remarkable thing about workers and gamergates,' Yan told me, 'is that they are almost genetically identical.' The gene sequence before and after the transition is the same. Yet, as DNA methyl groups or histone modifications get shifted around those gene sequences, the worker transforms into a gamergate, and virtually everything about the insect’s physiology and behavior changes. 'We’re going to solve how the change can have such a dramatic effect on longevity,' Reinberg said. 'It’s like one twin that lives three times longer than the other'—all by virtue of a change in epigenetic information."
a:Siddhartha-Mukherjee  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2016.05.02  w:6000  biology  genetics  family  animals  from instapaper
28 days ago
Facebook’s Heading Toward a Bruising Run-In With the Russia Probe
"Facebook is so accustomed to treating its ‘internal policies’ as though they were something like laws that they appear to have a sort of blind spot that prevents them from seeing how ridiculous their resistance sounds. To use the cliche, it feels like a real shark jumping moment. As someone recently observed, Facebook’s ‘internal policies’ are crafted to create the appearance of civic concerns for privacy, free speech, and other similar concerns. But they’re actually just a business model."
a:Josh-Marshall  p:Talking-Points-Memo  d:2017.09.13  w:1000  Facebook  policy  2016-election  Russia  from twitter
28 days ago
The Indians' win streak is longer than their call-ups' careers
"In Akron or Lake County or Lynchburg, Allen never saw anything like that, much less got to be in the middle of it. After the game, manager Tito Francona mentioned him by name in his news conference, saying how these experiences are invaluable for him, to really understand what an important game feels like."
a:Wright-Thompson  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.09.15  w:1000  Indians  baseball  from instapaper
29 days ago
LeBron James is still the undefeated champ of #NBArank
"When he was younger, James was otherworldly from the start of the regular season to the finish. Over the past few seasons, the path has been gradual. The data shows what the eye test does, effectively: Over the past few years, James often conserves energy early in the season and then hits the gas late. This plan has merit. James had maybe the greatest NBA Finals of his career in 2016, his fresh legs in the last three games of that seven-game saga perhaps helping him assemble what might go down as his career masterpiece."
a:Brian-Windhorst★  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.09.15  w:1000  basketball  LeBron-James  statistical-analysis  from instapaper
29 days ago
Remember Kevin Love? LeBron and the Cavs need him more than ever
"It sometimes seems remarkable Love has survived this long in Cleveland, and that he outlasted Irving. Love sulked during much of the 2015-16 season. He absorbed LeBron's passive-aggressive tweets, the dirty looks after botched rotations on defense. It would not have been surprising had the Cavs lost him sometime in the winter of 2016. They reeled him back in. When Lue took over for David Blatt in January of that season, his very first meeting was with Love, Lue said. That March, during a dispiriting road trip when it appeared the Cavaliers were on the verge of coming apart, Lue profanely commanded Love reassert himself. Channing Frye lightened the mood after the Cavs rescued him from Orlando that February by pointing out how absurd it was for a championship contender to be so angsty. Frye and Richard Jefferson famously smothered Love, barging into his house for dinner, discovering Lil' Kev, re-engaging him with the team."
a:Zach-Lowe★★  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.09.14  w:2000  Cavs  Kevin-Love  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Oranges, lemons and forex
"This might be the right thing to do— regulators tend to like to work on the assumption of markets in which everyone has exactly the same information set. But it’s a debate that has never really taken place in public — as far as I know nobody’s ever made a general statement that this longstanding practice is now illegal. So it’s not surprising that we are now getting this series of scandals. The use of a position of privileged information to make money used to be the definition of what it meant to be a trader. At some point in the future, it is going to be the definition of what it means to be a criminal. And right now, we’re in the grey area where the boundaries of what constitutes the use of privileged information are being defined."
a:Dan-Davies  p:Bull-Market  d:2014.11.13  w:3000  finance  regulation  from twitter
4 weeks ago
A hidden height limit holds back affordable mid-rise construction in DC
"For many areas in DC, land is expensive enough to fall into a Twilight Zone. These areas are expensive enough to require high-rise densities, but the local rents are too cheap to justify high rises’ high per-foot construction prices. In areas that are in-between, a lot of landowners are biding their time, waiting until the moment when land prices will justify a 90-foot high-rise — a situation which explains many of the vacant lots in what might seem like prime locations."
a:Payton-Chung  p:Greater-Greater-Washington★★  d:2014.03.18  w:1500  housing  regulation  DC  development  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
xkcd Phone 6
"We didn’t start this nonconsecutive version number war, but we will not lose it."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2017.09  comic  satire  iPhone  naming 
4 weeks ago
Still in Use
"You know, I'll just leave the towel there and try again tomorrow."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2017.09  comic  user-interface 
4 weeks ago
ISIS Remote Control Agent OPSEC
"Essentially they established the minimum operational security necessary to safely make a purchase from a darknet market. A couple of XMPP+OTR clients, a proprietary (but free!) encrypted email account and TAILS. The security provided by TAILS not leaving forensic artefacts on the laptop (data at rest) is somewhat irrelevant as the principle vulnerability is the chat traffic (data in motion.) ISIS bros and their misguided digital security procedures, love it."
a:the-Grugq★★  p:The-Great-Whatsit★  d:2017.08.09  w:1500  terrorism  ISIS  security  logistics  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
Laurel & Jihadi
"There are more time waster volunteers than actual terrorist attackers. There are plenty of people who will flirt with the idea of romanticised violence, but not that many will actually go through with it. Stick in there and keep trying, eventually you’ll get lucky and some sucker will sacrifice themselves for a few column inches glorifying ISIS’ terrifying remote control capabilities which are in no way totally inferior to trained terrorist operatives."
a:the-Grugq★★  p:the-Grugq★★  d:2017.09.04  w:1500  terrorism  ISIS  security  logistics  from instapaper
4 weeks ago
The NBA's DNP-Rest solutions were specifically made for LeBron James and the Warriors
"Since the competition committee is also taking on tanking, there is a perception that the rest rules would matter there, too. That hardly seems likely. With the exception of the Knicks and Lakers, the worst teams in the NBA are rarely on national TV. If a player like Eric Bledsoe is ruled out for weeks to improve the team’s chances of losing, a team like Phoenix will simply make up an injury and trust the NBA won’t investigate. The rest rules aren’t about Bledsoe, Carmelo Anthony, or the Brooklyn Nets bizarrely resting everyone in the season finale despite no benefit whatsoever. The rest rules are about two entities that the NBA can’t do without on national TV: the Warriors and LeBron James."
a:Tom-Ziller  p:SB-Nation★  d:2017.09.11  w:1000  basketball  LeBron-James  television  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Identity Theft, Credit Reports, and You
"What causes a regulatory incident? Bad behavior on the part of the bank? No. Banks screw up all the time; the screwups are literally forecast and budgeted for. Do regulators cause regulatory incidents? Generally no; they’re understaffed and underfunded, and they don’t go on fishing expeditions. The thing which causes regulatory incidents is well-organized people taking paper trails to regulators which allow a regulator to trivially follow up with an investigatory letter. Accordingly, anyone who sounds like a well-organized professional with a paper trail is a problem to be swiftly addressed. That, dear reader, can be you."
a:Patrick-McKenzie★★  p:Kalzumeus-Software★★  d:2017.09.09  w:5500  instructional  law  personal-finance  customer-service  regulation  from twitter
5 weeks ago
We spent 31 years fighting for the Purple Line. Here’s what we learned.
"It's almost always a waste of time to try to convince the active opponents of a controversial project like the Purple Line. They are not deluded; they have reasons for their opposition, even if their real motives aren't the same arguments offered in public. Debating on their terms lets them define the issues. The strategic objective of Purple Line advocacy was always to mobilize supporters and convince the undecided. The main emphasis was always a positive message about the project's many benefits. At the same time, advocates realized it was more important to expose the opponents' false pose as grassroots environmentalists rather than to make point-by-point rebuttals of their arguments."
a:Ben-Ross  p:Greater-Greater-Washington★★  d:2017.09.07  w:500  public-transit  DC  strategy  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Why did Houston flood? The answer is more complicated than it seems
"You can argue that the entire city of Houston should not be where it is, or that it shouldn't be 'allowed' to grow. That argument is unrealistic at best, and elitist/fascist at worst. We don't 'build' resilient cities out of magical nowhere. The work is to build them out of the cities we have, many of which are in riparian areas, dating to the days when 'surface transportation' meant a boat."
a:Joanne-Tang  a:Tracy-Loh  p:Greater-Greater-Washington★★  d:2017.09.07  w:1500  cities  history  disaster  development  future  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Less Borrowing than Hoarding
"For all that trouble, couldn't you have just *bought* your *own copy* of the book?"
"Well I don't want to *own* it"
a:David-Malki  p:Wondermark  d:2017.09.05  comic  satire  books  from iphone
5 weeks ago
The Tiny Satellites Ushering in the New Space Revolution
"To get the satellites into optimal position, Planet uses a technique called differential drag, in which the solar panels act like sails pushing against the trace of atmosphere available to slow a chosen Dove down with respect to the others. Turned forward, the panels produce seven times as much resistance as when they’re horizontal. The concept had been largely theoretical until Planet proved it could be done for an array of satellites. When the Doves have been launched into a sun-synchronous orbit (one crossing the equator at the same local time every day), algorithms adjust their panels to guide them into position, spacing them out evenly. Getting all 88 of the Indian-launched satellites to fan out properly took a few months. As this story goes to press, they’re coming into perfect position."
a:Ashlee-Vance  p:Bloomberg-Business★★  d:2017.06.29  w:5500  space  surveillance  from twitter
5 weeks ago
Against Signal-Boosting As Doxxing
"I agree this is weird. It’s bizarre that so many people trust to security by obscurity, when anybody with an axe to grind can destroy their obscurity and reveal them to the world. It’s bizarre that we treat Twitter as a private place, when literally everything that happens there is visible to every human being on Earth. It’s bizarre that we trust to these fragile online identities when any hacker can cut through them, bizarre that we wear such different masks to different friends when they could just talk and compare notes, bizarre that we dare to talk at all when we know every word we say is logged and the future may be less forgiving than the past. But don’t let the fact that it’s bizarre make you think it isn’t important. How many of us can say, honestly, that we could bear the Panopticon? If every valley were raised up and every mountain pulled down, so there was nowhere to hide, and we were rendered naked to any eye anywhere in the world, how long could we endure?"
a:Scott-Alexander★★★  p:Slate-Star-Codex★★★  d:2017.07.29  w:1500  social-media  Twitter  privacy  society  from twitter
5 weeks ago
How to Obfuscate
"Disappearance specialists have much to teach would-be obfuscators. Many of these specialists are private detectives or 'skip tracers'—professionals in the business of finding fugitives and debtors—who reverse engineer their own process to help their clients stay lost. In response to the proliferation of social networking and online presence, disappearance specialists advocate a strategy of disinformation, a variety of obfuscation. 'Bogus individuals,' to quote the disappearance consultant Frank Ahearn, can be produced in number and detail that will 'bury' pre-existing personal information that might crop up in a list of Web search results. This entails creating a few dozen fictitious people with the same name and the same basic characteristics, some of them with personal websites, some with accounts on social networks, and all of them intermittently active. For clients fleeing stalkers or abusive spouses, Ahearn recommends simultaneously producing numerous false leads that an investigator would be likely to follow—for example, a credit check for a lease on an apartment in one city (a lease that was never actually signed) and applications for utilities, employment addresses, and phone numbers scattered across the country or the world, and a checking account, holding a fixed sum, with a debit card given to someone traveling to pay for expenses incurred in remote locations. Strategies suggested by disappearance specialists are based on known details about the adversary: The goal is not to make someone 'vanish completely', but to put one far enough out of sight for practical purposes and thus to use up the seeker’s budget and resources."
a:Finn-Brunton  a:Helen-Nissenbaum  p:Nautilus★  d:2017.06.29  w:4000  instructional  social-media  privacy  search  Twitter  surveillance  data-mining  Facebook  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
The Life, Death, and Legacy of iPhone Jailbreaking
"Once a jailbreak crusader, it's gotten to the point where Freeman no longer recommends that people jailbreak their phones. It's dangerous, due to the higher risk of getting hacked, and it's not even worth it anymore, he says in a recent phone call. 'What do you get in the end?' he asks. 'It used to be that you got killer features that almost were the reason you owned the phone. And now you get a small minor modification. That turns into, like, a death spiral, where when you get fewer people bothering to jailbreak you get fewer developers targeting interesting things, which means there's less reasons for people to jailbreak,' he added. 'Which means there's fewer people jailbreaking, which causes there to be less developers bothering to target it. And then you slowly die.'"
a:Lorenzo-Franceschi-Bicchierai  a:Brian-Merchant  p:VICE/Motherboard★  d:2017.06.28  w:4000  iPhone  hacking  apps  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
These Women Are the Last Thing Standing Between You and Nuclear War
"Both missileers—they always work in teams of two, the capsule they occupy emblazoned with the words 'no-lone zone'—would open a safe located between their workstations. It's secured with two padlocks, one fastened on by each missileer at the beginning of the shift, the combinations known only to the owner. Inside is a code that the incoming encrypted message must match. But there's an A-side and a B-side and neither missileer knows both; they must be put together like opposite sides of an equation. It's all part of Two-Person Control—a system that ensures a rogue missileer can't start World War III on her own. 'It is a very precise method,' Barrington explains. 'It's not haphazard. It is exacting. Missileers have to know all kinds of rules. They have to know it cold.'"
a:Danielle-McNally  p:Marie-Claire  d:2017.09.08  w:3000  nuclear-weapons  military  process  Cold-War  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
The Kind Bar Index: What Do People Snack on at the Office?
"Evidently, 2016 was not a good year for plums: they dropped off the face of the workplace snack ecosystem in March, and nobody has heard from them since."
p:Priceonomics★★  d:2017.09.07  w:1000  food  work  from twitter
5 weeks ago
‘Bring pencils’ and 49 other things hurricane pros know
"— Don't wander out of your assigned area. We bracket storms because they can jog this way or that. Furthermore, casualties and serious damage can occur far from the center. We don't need or want everyone at the eye's landfall.
— In addition, if you get in trouble, we can't come rescue you if we don't know where you are. If you are tempted to move, check with a supervisor. If you bump into another staffer from your organization, one of you is an idiot."
a:Martin-Merzer  p:Poynter  d:2017.09.07  w:2000  list  instructional  disaster  journalism  logistics  from twitter
5 weeks ago
The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea
"Outside the Administration, the more people I talked to, the more I heard a strong case for some level of diplomatic contact. When Obama dispatched James Clapper to Pyongyang, in 2014, to negotiate the release of two prisoners, Clapper discovered that North Korea had misread the purpose of the trip. The government had presumed that he was coming in part to open a new phase in the relationship. 'They were bitterly disappointed,' he said. Clapper’s visit convinced him that the absence of diplomatic contact is creating a dangerous gulf of misperception. 'I was blown away by the siege mentality—the paranoia—that prevails among the leadership of North Korea. When we sabre-rattle, when we fly B-1s accompanied by jet escorts from the Republic of Korea and Japan, it makes us feel good, it reassures the allies, but what we don’t factor in is the impact on the North Koreans.' Clapper went on, 'I think that what we should do is consider seriously, in consultation with South Korea, establishing an interest section in Pyongyang much like we had in Havana for decades, to deal with a government that we didn’t recognize. If we had a permanent presence in Pyongyang, I wonder whether the outcome of the tragedy of Otto Warmbier might have been avoided. Secondly, it would provide on-scene insight into what is actually going on in North Korea—intelligence.'"
a:Evan-Osnos  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2017.09.18  w:14000  nuclear-weapons  war  North-Korea  history  diplomacy  military  Donald-Trump  2000-election  from twitter
5 weeks ago
The Summer of Halo Top
"A fair criticism of Halo Top would be to ask, would you rather have a few bites of full-steam ice cream or an entire pint of something lighter? Most of us would like to assume the former, perhaps fancying ourselves dessert connoisseurs who appreciate quality over quantity. Any familiarity with human nature (and Halo Top’s sales numbers), however, doesn’t bear that thinking out. Yes, it is not quite ice cream. In fact, it exists in that uncanny valley between real and imitation, so close to the genuine product that it almost stands out more by comparison. But for many of us, the thrill of digging through an entire pint of chocolate ice cream with no residual guilt is worth the slight compromise that Halo Top offers."
a:Garrett-Snyder  p:Taste  d:2017.07.05  w:2500  food  nutrition  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
“A Descent Into Madness”: An Oral History of the Fantasy Football Draft That Almost Tore Apart The Ringer
"Mays: Mal likes silly things, but in a serious way. She does not consider fantasy football to be a silly thing. Mallory is the only person I’ve met who cares as much about fantasy football as I do.
Concepcion: I got a text from her like, 'I hope there’s Wi-Fi on the bus to jail.' I think she meant she was going to go to jail for killing someone, but still wanted to finish the draft."
a:Rodger-Sherman★  a:Mallory-Rubin★★  a:Riley-McAtee  a:Jason-Concepcion★★★  a:Danny-Kelly  a:Jason-Gallagher  a:Sean-Fennessey  a:Robert-Mays  a:Katie-Baker  a:Haley-O'Shaughnessy  a:Paolo-Uggetti  a:Sean-Yoo  a:Claire-McNear  a:Megan-Schuster  a:Jason-Cahill  a:Ryan-O'Hanlon  a:Rubie-Edmondson  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.09.07  w:3000  oral-history  football  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Why Does North Korea Keep Photoshopping Kim Jong-un’s Ears?
"Photoshop is a critical part of North Korea's propaganda machine. The brutal dictatorship, led by Kim Jong-un, would like us to believe a lot of things that just aren't true. That it has ballistic missile submarines, hovercraft, and even happy, well-fed citizens—all the product of shitty photo editing, which is partly why we know they're fake. But the weirdest North Korea 'shops have to be the continued manipulation of Kim Jong-un's ears."
a:Sarah-Emerson  p:VICE/Motherboard★  d:2017.06.21  w:1000  North-Korea  Photoshop 
5 weeks ago
What Happens Just Before Show Time at the Met Opera, in 12 Rooms You’ll Never See
"Mr. Salonen and the Met musicians were rehearsing this for their first Carnegie Hall concert. The performance ended up in The New York Times’s weekly list of best moments in classical music, in particular this remarkable, circuslike feat: 'Esa-Pekka Salonen lost his baton while signaling a downbeat during the hellfire finale of Mahler’s First Symphony. Miraculously, he grabbed a new one off the podium in the same sweeping motion, and didn’t miss a beat.'"
a:Joshua-Barone  a:Larry-Buchanan  a:Alicia-Desantis  a:Taige-Jensen  a:Ben-C-Solomon  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2017.06.30  w:1000  video  music 
5 weeks ago
The case for letting North Korea keep its nukes
"The most fundamentally important fact about North Korea’s nuclear program is that it is born out of fear — fear, specifically, of the United States. The Korean War began in 1950 when North Korea invaded the South and nearly conquered all of it. The only reason it didn’t was intervention by a US led-coalition, which in turn nearly took the entire North, stopped only by a Chinese counterintervention. After the war ended in an armistice in 1953, the US pledged to defend South Korea against future attack and left thousands of US troops deployed there — a constant reminder to Pyongyang that the world’s strongest military power was its enemy. Put another way, North Korea’s entire foreign policy and national identity has evolved around the threat of war with America. As a result, they’ve always been trying to improve their military capabilities in order to deter the US from invading. What this brief history suggests is that North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear missiles is fundamentally *rational*. North Korea is not a suicidal state; there is no evidence that it wants to blow up an American city and invite regime-ending retaliation. Its goal, according to every piece of evidence we have, is the opposite: to avoid war at all costs."
a:Zack-Beauchamp  p:Vox★★  d:2017.09.08  w:3000  nuclear-weapons  North-Korea  war  strategy  Donald-Trump  Cold-War  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Visualizing Uncertain Weather
"Is the hurricane cone of uncertainty simply trying to accomplish too much? There’s something refreshingly simple about these experimental snow accumulation map sets from the National Weather Service, with their clear and candid titles. After all, as a resident of the northeast, I wasn’t particularly interested in Stella’s exact path overhead. I was interested in best and worst case scenarios on the ground. The map pair above delivered that information to me clearly and succinctly."
a:Jen-Christiansen  p:Scientific-American/SA-Visual  d:2017.03.20  w:1000  weather  visualization  from twitter
5 weeks ago
The Cost of Hurricane Harvey: Only One Recent Storm Comes Close
"It’s clear this type of economic devastation from storms is becoming more common. In inflation-adjusted terms, the United States averaged fewer than three billion-dollar natural disasters per year from 1980 to 1990. Since 2010, it has averaged more than 10 per year. Climate change is one reason for this: Global warming loads the atmosphere with more water vapor, which increases the potential for extreme rainfall events. But the number of people and the amount of wealth in the United State are factors as well. As both population and wealth continue to concentrate along the coasts, storms have been increasingly likely to hit populated areas and development."
a:Kevin-Quealy  p:The-New-York-Times/The-Upshot★  d:2017.09.01  w:1000  infographic  visualization  disaster  Hurricane-Katrina  from twitter
5 weeks ago
CBO’s NFIP Report Makes Clear How We Encourage People to Live at the Coast
"Using data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, CBO analyzed roughly 5 million of the NFIP’s 5.1 million policies that were in effect as of Aug. 31, 2016. Summing up all of the program’s expenditures and premiums, CBO projects that, as currently structured, the program should be expected to lose $1.4 billion on an annual basis. That’s $1 billion more than FEMA’s own estimate of the NFIP’s shortfall, the basis on which it sets the program’s premiums. According to the CBO, the NFIP rings up $5.7 billion in annual costs. The bulk of that total, $3.7 billion, is from anticipated claims, with another $1.1 billion going to private companies who write and service NFIP policies, as well as $200 million on salaries and operating expenses for NFIP and FEMA personnel. Another $700 million is spent on additional expenses, including $200 million each on mitigation-assistance programs and floodplain mapping and management. Separately, the program must spend $300 million annually to service interest on the program’s debt, which stood at $24.6 billion prior to the strike of Hurricane Harvey. Against that $5.7 billion in costs, the program raises just $4.3 billion in annual revenues. But the top-line figure only tells part of the story. In fact, CBO’s report shows that no single piece of the NFIP’s operation is sustainable."
a:Ray-Lehmann  p:Insurance-Journal/Right-Street  d:2017.09.03  w:1500  disaster  insurance  incentives  housing  from twitter
5 weeks ago
Be Our Guest!
"- Commercial/Satellite radio
God, I love this one. So good, so transactional. You get an email. They ask you to call in and talk about the blog post you wrote.
You might go to a studio but a lot of the time they just want you to call in. They often are fine with cell phone. They are feeding a fire with your words and the fire burns the same wherever the words originate. Just feed that fire."
a:Paul-Ford★★★  p:Track-Changes★  d:2017.07.11  w:6500  instructional  media  radio  NPR  podcasts  journalism  television  from twitter
5 weeks ago
The Complications of Our Deteriorating Inner Ring Suburbs
"Here in the Cleveland area, you can look at Euclid and Garfield Heights and see the houses are not old enough to be completely decrepit and vacant yet, but most of them are not owner-occupied anymore — they are rentals that are getting crappier and crappier over time because they are aging and it is not economically viable to rehab them. But you can see where 20 years from now, unless these cities find a way to build new housing, half of their housing might be abandoned. It’s never happened like this before in this country."
a:Daniel-J-McGraw  p:Belt-Magazine  d:2015.01.05  w:3000  housing  race  Cleveland  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
‘A League of Their Own’ Is an All-Time Great Sports Film
"Anne Ramsay, who played Helen in the movie, told Entertainment Weekly that men still feel the need to lower their voices to a whisper when they confess to her that A League of Their Own is their favorite sports film. The 'best sports movies' lists that crop up from time to time almost always underrate the 1992 movie in favor of anything involving Kevin Costner (even Tin freakin’ Cup got more love than the Rockford Peaches on a recent USA Today list) or a pair of boxing gloves. When ESPN ranked its top 20 in the genre using a 14-man, one-woman panel, A League of Their Own didn’t even make the cut. (Neither did The Mighty Ducks, which is ludicrous.) Think of it this way: What would you rather sit down and watch right this minute, and next week, and in 20 years’ time: this film, or Million Dollar Baby? No one wants to admit it, but even the supposedly sublime Field of Dreams is secretly kinda a slog. Do not even begin to @ me about any of this."
a:Katie-Baker  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.06.30  w:4000  film  sports  baseball  gender  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Building an H-Bomb in Plain Sight
"Nuclear deterrence doesn't require mutually assured destruction. It's easy to think this if you were raised with the idea that nuclear deterrence is about the United States versus the Soviet Union or Russia, two countries with huge arsenals encompassing over 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons. North Korea can’t destroy the United States. It could, however, cause us a lot of hurt. A nuclear-armed North Korea doesn’t have to change much: Just don’t box them into a corner, stay firm on what is truly unacceptable behavior, and be willing to compromise for mutual benefit. We shouldn’t find living in the nuclear age any more anxious than it has been for the past many decades: North Korea isn’t demonstrably 'crazier' than the People’s Republic of China was during the heyday of its Cultural Revolution when it went nuclear, and our situation, while nerve-wracking, isn’t more existential than it was during the 1980s. The nukes of the Cold War haven’t gone away, and adding one more country to the list—while definitely not an optimal situation—isn’t going to change much. One hopes that our military leaders understand this, because if history is any guide, the most likely path to nuclear war won’t be outright aggression, but a comedy of tragic errors, misunderstandings, and miscommunications."
a:Alex-Wellerstein  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2017.09.05  w:1500  nuclear-weapons  North-Korea  Cold-War  strategy  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses Yearning to Send Cash
"The world’s attention to refugees waxes and wanes, but Western Union’s is unflagging. For years the company has been tracing the movements of 'double belongers' and the remittances they send home. These émigrés, expatriates, immigrants, and refugees—the uprooted—are Western Union’s people, and right now we’re living in Western Union’s world."
a:Drake-Bennett  a:Lauren-Etter  p:Bloomberg-Business★★  d:2017.06.16  w:4500  history  money  banks  economics  war  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Isaiah Thomas' injury is potentially far more serious than you know
"It was the first time the team had publicly acknowledged any sort of hip tear -- the team now blaming his two-game absence in March on the labral tear, not the right knee bone bruise that was the team's official diagnosis in March. While the Celtics had publicized Kelly Olynyk's and Avery Bradley's hip injuries during the playoffs, Thomas' far more serious labrum tear had not been made public until it ended his season. It was also, in retrospect, a hint that not everything about this injury was, perhaps, as it seemed."
a:Tom-Haberstroh★  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.09.06  w:3000  Isaiah-Thomas  Cavs  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Why Are Some New Statistics Embraced and Not Others?
"'Bill James had a great line,' Tom Tango, the senior database architect of stats for MLB Advanced Media, told me. (If James is largely considered the godfather of sabermetrics, Tango could be its Michael Corleone.) 'If you have a metric that never matches up with the eye test, it’s probably wrong. And if it never surprises you, it’s probably useless. But if four out of five times it tells you what you know, and one out of five it surprises you, you might have something.'"
a:Jay-Caspian-Kang  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2017.08.29  w:1500  statistics  sports  baseball  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
If the NBA adopted soccer's bonkers transfer rules, we'd get LeBron James on the Lakers
"If a club wants a certain player, they can negotiate a transfer fee with his existing club as compensation for letting said player out of his contract early. That fee could be tiny or nonexistent (if the current club is cool with letting that player go), astronomical (if the club isn’t), or anything in between. If the two clubs can agree on a fee — a complicated process often derailed by angry agents, stubborn managers, and the whims of the player himself — the new team then negotiates a new contract with said player. Why would anyone sell a good player? Because they need the cash, and better to recoup and/or reinvest a lot of money before the player’s contract is up and is free to go anywhere. With some exceptions, clubs understand where they stand in global soccer’s pecking order and act accordingly."
a:Mike-Prada  p:SB-Nation★  d:2017.08.31  w:1500  basketball  soccer  LeBron-James  Kyrie-Irving  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
David Fizdale speaks out about Civil War statues, civil rights issues in Memphis
"63 to 65 percent of our city is black. They have to see it all the time. This is for our people and our city. And my conscience. I don’t want to wake up when I’m 70 and have my kids say, 'What did you do when all this stuff happened?' I don’t want to be on the wrong side of history. I know there are people who say, 'Just coach.' I don’t hear them."
a:David-Aldridge  p:NBA  d:2017.09.04  w:2000  race  basketball  history  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
Flag of Mars
"The new flag represents multiple aspects of Mars itself and of humanity’s relationship with Mars. Lee’s flag represents just one thing — the process of terraforming Mars. I think that a flag should ideally represent multiple aspects of whatever it’s for. I also think that the flag of Mars should, at least in part, represent Mars in its natural state, rather than what humans want to change it into."
a:Calder-Hansen  p:Calder-Hansen  d:2017  w:1000  space  color  graphic-design  Mars  from twitter
5 weeks ago
On Being Smaller
"It’s true that, when I decided to lose weight, this was what I wanted, to remake my body and to reap social rewards for doing so. (Compliments make me feel good! Don’t stop giving them to me!)"
a:Colin-Gillis  p:Los-Angeles-Review-of-Books/Avidly  d:2017.07.18  w:1500  health  food  from twitter
5 weeks ago
A river runs through it: the global movement to 'daylight' urban waterways
"Not all urban river restoration projects proceed with efficiency. In Wood Green, north London, the river Moselle was daylighted in 2013, slowly meandering through parkland before joining the river Lea in the east. But the resulting stench of human waste revealed the newly restored river as something of a health hazard – misconnections with sewage channels from many of the nearby housing estates choked the river with sewage fungus, a problem that Thames Water and the Environment Agency are still trying to tackle. 'In some ways it’s good that the project highlighted an existing problem which had been going on for years, contaminating the river below ground,' Broadhead says. 'But it’s also an important lesson; if you’re going to spend large amounts of money on daylighting a river, you need to check the water quality at the same time.'"
a:David-Cox  p:The-Guardian/Cities  d:2017.08.29  w:1500  nature  cities  engineering  environment  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
The U.S. should go Dutch to avoid building another Houston
"When authorities issue a flood warning, people tend to focus on escaping by moving out of the area — getting in cars and driving away. But it’s much easier, and often safer, to go up, rather than out. 'If you can flee to a higher floor and stay there for days, you will be safe,' says Frans van de Ven, an engineer at the Dutch institute Deltares who helped New Orleans design new flood-control plans after Hurricane Katrina. This works a lot better if the lights stay on, plumbing continues to work, and food in refrigerators stays fresh. So cities need to invest more to keep critical services above the water line, says van de Ven. If power plants and hospitals stay dry, electricity could continue to flow, and patients could be moved upstairs instead of out of town."
a:Nathanael-Johnson  p:Grist  d:2017.08.31  w:1500  housing  development  disaster  cities  insurance  from instapaper
5 weeks ago
What It Actually Costs to Open a Restaurant in San Francisco
"If the restaurant does not succeed, the hard truth is they will not get their money back. If it does, though, the investors stand to profit for as long as Robin is open — after they’ve recouped their investment, of course. Until they are fully paid back, 100 percent of profits go to them — a common financial arrangement for first-time restaurants like Robin. After that, those investors still collectively own 25 percent of the restaurant, and thus will continue to get 25 percent of the profits in perpetuity. If financial projections go according to plan, investors will have their money back in under three years."
a:Stefanie-Tuder  p:Eater★★  d:2017.06.27  w:6500  restaurants  bureaucracy  San-Francisco  from instapaper
6 weeks ago
Forceful Chief of Staff Grates on Trump, and the Feeling Is Mutual
"In his short time at the White House, Mr. Kelly, a 67-year-old native of Boston, has had the most significant impact of any of the campaign or White House aides who have worked for Mr. Trump, according to interviews with a dozen current and former Trump aides and associates. He has regimented, as no one has ever done before, the flow of paper, people and information inundating an omnivorous and undisciplined Mr. Trump. The president, for his part, has marveled at the installation of management controls that would have been considered routine in any other White House."
a:Glenn-Thrush  a:Maggie-Haberman★  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2017.09.01  w:1500  Donald-Trump  management 
6 weeks ago
Kobe: Friends can come and go, but banners hang forever
"There was one teammate that was just so bad. He was so bad. It was a player that you guys won’t even remember if I said who his name was. I can’t even pronounce his name. It was some European kid. But he was really, really bad. I said, ‘Dude, you might want to reconsider what your life purpose is. Maybe it’s not this.’ It came out that way. I was like, maybe 20-something years old, I don’t know, really young. You know how you think one thing in your head, like, ‘I’m going to say this, and it’s going to sound like this.’ Then it comes out and it’s like, ‘Oh, shit. That’s not what it sounds like.' That is not how I envisioned it coming out. No, I meant, maybe you’re not reaching your highest potential by doing this. Maybe it’s something else."
a:Baxter-Holmes  p:ESPN★★  d:2015.06.28  w:1500  basketball  friendship  from instapaper
6 weeks ago
This exhibit shows how you can build a high-rise out of…wood?
"Thermal efficiency means that mass timber can be more fire resistant than steel construction (much less stick construction). Sufficiently large wooden beams, like a giant log thrown onto a campfire, singe and char around the edges rather than suddenly bursting into flames. Flanagan says 'this might seem counterintuitive, but ash is a terrible conductor of heat. Therefore, the ash forms a protective layer' around the beam, prolonging its life. Steel, by contrast, conducts heat and loses strength even in lower-temperature fires -- which is why new wood buildings conceal the steel bolts that hold their beams together within the wood. Flanagan also notes that 'when fire protection people talk about fire resistance, they don’t mean you can just dust the ash off and put your stuff back' -- even in a concrete building, that’s not always true. They mean that it will not collapse" during an evacuation. Many steel or concrete buildings have lost structural integrity during a major fire and had to be demolished."
a:Payton-Chung  p:Greater-Greater-Washington★★  d:2017.08.31  w:1000  architecture  environment  safety  from instapaper
6 weeks ago
Tampering or fair pursuit? 'Things get blurry all the time'
"If a team out there really wants to lure LeBron James in the summer of 2018, when he could potentially hit free agency, what would stop it from starting that process now? Multiple league sources suggested to ESPN that a major motivating factor in the Lakers' signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million deal this offseason was because Caldwell-Pope is repped by Rich Paul, the same agent as James. Now the Lakers can spend a year communicating with Paul, showing him how they run their organization, sharing meals, etc., and it will all be protected under the Caldwell-Pope prism, even if it could prove influential as to what James ultimately decides to do."
a:Dave-McMenamin  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.09.01  w:1000  basketball  LeBron-James  regulation  from instapaper
6 weeks ago
Kyrie Irving Is the New Kobe Bryant
"As far as I know, Kobe has no close NBA friends. And that’s all right! He’s one of the best players of all time and he shaped an entire generation of basketball fans and maintained a firm grip over Southern California’s collective psyche for more than a decade. He won over non-Californians by taking Brandy to her prom, being an incredible individual talent, playing in a huge market, and in his latter years, speaking with a frankness and cerebralness we rarely see from professional athletes. Kyrie is on this track now. Irving used this press conference to establish himself as a man of the world (the shape of it was not discussed), while he foreground his obsession with both getting better at basketball and watching videos of himself."
a:Juliet-Litman  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.09.01  w:500  basketball  Kyrie-Irving  from iphone
6 weeks ago
"A Bell Tolling"
"If you had to rank the kids, Charlie’s always last. Nobody gives a shit about Charlie and his stupid cabbage-eating fucking bed family."
a:Julie-Klausner★★  p:How-Was-Your-Week?★★  d:2017.07.24  podcast  film  from twitter
6 weeks ago
S7E7: The Dragon and the Wolf
"Come ON! Can somebody please defend the fucking Realm, for god’s sakes? It’s n
ot just blowing your horn and jackin' off."
a:Jason-Concepcion★★★  a:Mallory-Rubin★★  p:The-Ringer/Binge-Mode★★★  d:2017.08.31  podcast  Game-of-Thrones  from twitter
6 weeks ago
Our Long Cavaliers-Celtics Trade Nightmare Is Over
"Koby Altman may be the latest person to call himself Cleveland Cavaliers general manager—the fourth in the past 12 years since Dan Gilbert bought the team—but multiple sources have told me that the Cavs owner was the one calling the shots on the trade that sent Irving to Boston, and he’s the one dealing with the fallout. Gilbert’s dysfunctional ways are old news. Gilbert himself joked during Altman’s introductory presser that his GMs have four-year presidential terms. 'A state of organizational chaos is Gilbert’s M.O.,' one executive told me. 'Gilbert thinks he’s the protagonist in the story of the Cavaliers, when, in reality, he’s the antagonist.'"
a:Kevin-O'Connor  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.08.30  w:2000  Cavs  Kyrie-Irving  from instapaper
6 weeks ago
In which Much remains Unheard Of
"Sorry, I started singing to myself when I sensed you growing excited."
a:David-Malki  p:Wondermark  d:2017.08.25  comic  podcasts  from iphone
6 weeks ago
Kinds of Rich I’d Like My Future Family to Be
"'We always get the same breed of dog' rich
'All of the family cars are interchangeable' rich
'My kids have to petition very hard to quit fencing' rich"
a:Adam-Rotstein  p:McSweeney's★★  d:2017.08.30  list  family  class  dogs  cars  children  from iphone
6 weeks ago
Each Game of Thrones character's season 7 strategy, ranked by political science
"Later in the season, after losing most of her main allies, she became obsessed with winning Jon’s loyalty — leading to the precise opposite problem. She put her dragons at too much risk, sending them to rescue Jon in a situation where the enemy’s military capability was not well known. She managed to save Jon and win his loyalty, just as Lyall’s theory would predict — but also handed a weapon of mass destruction to a power bent on literally extinguishing all human life. This was revisionism at its most incompetent."
a:Zack-Beauchamp  p:Vox★★  d:2017.08.28  w:3500  list  Game-of-Thrones  politics  military  strategy  power  from instapaper
6 weeks ago
A Bit Light-Headed, He Was
"So which hospital do you want me to take you to?"
"Oh, no, I need a ride to the store to get another lemon for the left."
a:David-Malki  p:Wondermark  d:2017.08.22  comic  health  from iphone
6 weeks ago
What’s so great about the Purple Line, anyway?
"Metro helped make 14th Street a nightlife destination. It turned Arlington into an economic powerhouse. It transformed Merrifield’s warehouses into townhouses. Those changes weren’t guaranteed, but as a region we took the risk and it paid off. We’re poised to do the same thing for a new generation of neighborhoods along the Purple Line."
a:Dan-Reed  p:Greater-Greater-Washington★★  d:2017.08.28  w:1000  Washington-Metro  public-transit  future  from twitter
6 weeks ago
How to Successfully Pack Wine in Your Suitcase
"If you love wine and you travel, chances are you’re going to have to transport wine in your checked luggage one day. Whether you’re bringing home a bottle you didn’t end up drinking on vacation, or you’ve realized it’s going to cost three times the amount of the wine to ship it back home, here’s how to get them into your suitcase and safely off the carousel all in one piece."
a:Marissa-A-Ross  p:Bon-Appetit  d:2017.08.29  w:1000  instructional  travel  wine  reference  from twitter
6 weeks ago
Presidential Signing Statements Are Declining, But Why?
"Presidents issue signing statements for many reasons, such as to influence how a law’s text is interpreted, or to impact how an agency implements a portion of a law. But presidents can advance these goals through other means, suggesting that presidential *actions* rather than signing statements are where the real focus should be. For example, presidents can use surrogates or speeches to air any objections to a particular law, and they can use tools like SAPs or even internal communications to agencies to influence how a law’s text is interpreted and implemented. Of course, the most intense debates surrounding signing statements arise when presidents use them to lodge constitutional objections to portions of a law that they don’t otherwise want to veto in totality, and it remains a controversial question whether presidents can merely decline to enforce parts or all of a law they view as unconstitutional. But even in these cases signing statements themselves take a back seat to the president’s actual on-the-ground actions."
a:C-Jarrett-Dieterle  a:Megha-Bhattacharya  p:R-Street-Institute  d:2017.08.28  w:1000  law  Donald-Trump  Barack-Obama  George-W-Bush  from instapaper
6 weeks ago
Welcome to Corn Cob Season
"So far, the lingo has stayed on Twitter, which means it’s not really mainstream, as most people living on this planet do not use Twitter. The least popular of the major social networks is a verbal chamberpot for journalists, pundits, comedians, marketing professionals, Nazis, Aaron Sorkin–themed parody accounts, brands, ISIS, activists, leftist podcasters, spambots, people who are mad at airlines, and the president of the United States."
a:Kate-Knibbs  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.08.28  w:1000  Twitter  language  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
6 weeks ago
The VIP Lounge with Anthony Bourdain
"Don’t go anywhere the concierge suggests. Experience has taught me, that no matter how hard you maintain that you want a real and authentic local experience, what you really want is a clean bathroom and to feel comfortable. So they’re going to send you someplace where there are other Americans."
a:Juliet-Pennington  a:Anthony-Bourdain  p:Boston-Globe  d:2017.08.10  w:1000  interview  instructional  travel  restaurants  from instapaper
6 weeks ago
Is the Milk Bar the New Bar Bar?
"An employee operates the vat's single nozzle, pouring the milk into jerry cans or buckets, which are priced by liter and available for take-home consumption. Milk Zone also offers its creamy white stuff by the glass, and that's where the real business is—Rwandans of all ages are now flocking to Milk Zones in droves, gathering for what has become something of a new urban ritual: the social practice of a shared glass of milk. 'You can say to someone, let's go and get a milk, it's fresh from the village.'"
a:Debra-Kamin  p:VICE/Munchies★  d:2017.08.14  w:1000  food  nutrition  from instapaper
6 weeks ago
The ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Finale Exit Survey
"Let’s review that mission beyond the Wall now that the ice has cleared. At the end of the day, Team Living received important information, proof of the army of the dead, and Jaime Lannister’s allegiance. In exchange, Team Dead received one ice dragon, safe passage into Westeros, continued assurance that the living are content to squabble amongst themselves, plus cash and unlimited future dead draft picks. The Night King won this season."
a:Mallory-Rubin★★  a:Paolo-Uggetti  a:Ben-Lindbergh★  a:Andrew-Gruttadaro  a:Sean-Yoo  a:Zach-Mack  a:Kate-Knibbs  a:Michael-Baumann  a:Danny-Heifetz  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.08.28  w:3000  Game-of-Thrones  from twitter
7 weeks ago
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