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Well, That Was Stupid: The Shutdown ?Crisis? Is Over

Around noon today, it became increasingly clear that the manufactured crisis that was the government shutdown is going to end the way everyone knew it would, with the Republican position collapsing. A bill written in the Senate that will keep the government open until January and lift the debt ceiling until February is currently making […]

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My Two Glorious Weeks at Baghdad's Hotel California During the Iraq War

By Don Gomez The bombed out, makeshift “Hotel California” at Baghdad International Airport. It was October 2003, five months after the invastion, and we were doing the “highway mission” for what seemed like an eternity. Gone were the exciting patrols, snap traffic stops, night raids, and even the dreaded all-day cordon and searches that brought […]

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Why You Shouldn't Buy (Super) Cheap Pinot Noir

By Sandra Allen Pinot noir is popular, delicious, and so frustratingly expensive. How cheap is too cheap? Meet pinot noir. It’s a red wine grape native to France and the wine made from that grape. (It’s also totally different than the white grape and wine called pinot grigio aka pinot gris.) Flickr: lachlanhardy Pinot is […]

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A Gardener in South Central LA Wants You to Grow Your Own Food

By Hannah Green One of inner city Los Angeles’ most pressing concerns is the lack of access to affordable, healthy food. The Community Health Council reported in 2008 that the 60 grocery stores in South Central Los Angeles serve an average of 22,156 residents, compared to affluent West LA, whose 57 grocery stores serve an […]

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Kim Dotcom Wants to Keep Your Virtual Life Private

By Joseph Cox (Image via) Setting up your computer to handle encrypted communications can be a real fucking nightmare. Figuring out your public and private keys, your OTR plugins for your Pidgin, and getting linked up to Tor is a lot of work for someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing. Which you’ll probably empathize […]

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Rebel-on-Rebel Violence in Syria Threatens the Fight Against Assad

By Glen Johnson Flag of the al Nusra Front Syrian children, refugees from the conflict in their homeland, sat beneath makeshift tents in Oncupinar, Turkey. Their faces poked out from behind torn pieces of scrap tarpaulin. Water boiled in pots above small fires. Men smoked cigarettes and women hand-washed clothing. In the distance, I heard […]

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Foods To Avoid When The Government Shuts Down

By Emily Fleischaker There’s no time like a furlough to think about where your food comes from. Jason Reed / Reuters Imported shrimp from Southeast Asia Ninety percent of the shrimp eaten in America comes from other countries, most of them Southeast Asian countries that rely heavily on antibiotics and have exported seafood infected with […]

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Male Chef Is Food Porn?s Worst Nightmare

By Helen Hollyman If you’ve never been aroused by an Instagramed picture of an arctic char or a bowl of chocolate ganache pudding, it’s not for lack of stimulation. At any given time food porn occupies roughly 80 percent of all Instagram uploads, according to this sentence. Photographer and filmmaker Chris Maggio has had enough. […]

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Bad Cop Blotter: Wait a Second Before Cheering a Police Shooting

By Lucy Steigerwald Screenshot of Miriam Carey’s car surrounded by cops via Alhurra TV. When police officers in Washington, DC, shot 34-year-old Miriam Carey after she took them on a short, frantic car chase from the White House to the Capitol, the initial consensus was that cops performed heroically, that they saved lives from a […]

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Appalling Violence Ravaged Cairo Again This Weekend

By Mosa’ab Elshamy Bloodshed, teargas, and plumes of acrid black smoke are never far from the streets of Cairo these days, and they returned this weekend as police fought with supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist President, Mohamed Morsi. Around 50 people are reported dead after the clashes, which lasted for hours on the 40th anniversary […]

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Afghanistan's Warlords Cannot Silence Malalai Joya

By Peter Rugh Today marks the 12th anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan. The ongoing war, the longest in American history, has fallen from the forefront of the American public’s consciousness. The US has turned its focus from the initial fronts in the War on Terror—Afghanistan and subsequently Iraq—to fresh battlefields in Libya, Yemen, […]

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The World's First Commercially Available Cyborg Is a Cyborg Cockroach

By Rebekah Marcarelli Image courtesy of Backyard Brains Next month, Backyard Brains will begin selling the Bluetooth RoboRoach, the first cyborg to be commercially available to the general public. Priced at $99.99, the product is cheap and simple to use. After a ?brief surgery,? users attach an electronic backpack to a cockroach and then use […]

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