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The Expat English Teachers’ Murderous Triangle

The Expat English Teachers’ Murderous Triangle

Cities, Crime, World

His ease with people, his natural charisma — these things made him a vital piece of the underground foreigner scene in Taipei, a key component of the drug culture. But it was a dangerous game that Sanjay Ryan Ramgahan played, a game that can turn even the safest of places into the deadliest of traps. Once he fell into it, there was no charming his way out.

The Twitter Electorate Isn’t The Real Electorate

The Twitter Electorate Isn’t The Real Electorate

Apps, Media, Politics, Tech

For anyone interested in politics, Twitter is the closest thing to a global community center, or a small-ads section—the virtual room where it happens. All of this gives the social network outsize power to shape the political conversation. However, social media is distorting our sense of mainstream opinion.

AI Is Dreaming Up New Kinds Of Video Games

AI Is Dreaming Up New Kinds Of Video Games

Innovation, Tech

Game-making algorithms are almost as old as video games, but their use has typically been limited to generating terrain and other simple digital art. The next frontier is using increasingly sophisticated machine-learning techniques to design entirely new kinds of games that have, to date, evaded the human imagination.

What Do Political Databases Know About You?

What Do Political Databases Know About You?

Explainers, Politics

American citizens are inundated with political messages—on social networks, in their news feeds, through email, text messages, and phone calls. If you live in the US, you’re almost certainly being tracked by political organizations. They know a lot about you—but some data is just guesswork.

The Great Buenos Aires Bank Heist

The Great Buenos Aires Bank Heist

Crime, Long Reads

They were an all-star crew. They cooked up the perfect plan. And when they pulled off the caper of the century, it made them more than a fortune—it made them folk heroes.

The Great Wall Street Housing Grab

The Great Wall Street Housing Grab

Economics, Life, Long Reads

Wall Street’s latest real estate grab has ballooned to roughly $60 billion, representing hundreds of thousands of properties. In some communities, it has fundamentally altered housing ecosystems in ways we’re only now beginning to understand, fueling a housing recovery without a homeowner recovery.

The 10/10/10 Rule For Tough Decisions

The 10/10/10 Rule For Tough Decisions

Business, Explainers, Life, Psychology

It’s good to sleep on it when there are tough choices to make, but you also need a strategy once you wake up–which is why you should employ the 10/10/10 rule. How will we feel about it 10 minutes from now? How about 10 months from now? How about 10 years from now?

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
Why Recycling Isn't Quite Working Anymore

Why Recycling Isn't Quite Working Anymore

Nature, Videos

Is recycling worth it? When it first took off recycling was seen as one of the environmental movement’s great successes. But recent market forces have made more and more countries reconsider the cost of going green.

"A Failure Of The Imagination", The Story Of A Zero-Waste Restaurant

"A Failure Of The Imagination", The Story Of A Zero-Waste Restaurant

Food, Videos

Five years ago, Douglas McMaster opened the restaurant Silo, hoping to change the unsustainable practices of modern food systems. His aim was simple, yet frighteningly ambitious: create an award-winning menu using a zero-waste food system designed from scratch. This is the story of that restaurant’s first five years.

Is Quibi A Good Idea?

Is Quibi A Good Idea?

Apps, Media

Quibi, short for “quick bites,” which promises lots of celebrity-led programming in snack-sized doses. The service has grabbed headlines and snagged investments from Disney and Alibaba. But, is Quibi… good? Will it work?

Investigating The Dangerous New Mafia Taking Control In Italy

Investigating The Dangerous New Mafia Taking Control In Italy

Crime, Videos, World

The mafia is one of Italy’s most famous international business brands, with an estimated annual turnover of $250 billion a year. But its market share is being challenged by a group of ruthless new players. This documentary is about the growing power of Nigerian organized crime in the birthplace of the Italian mafia.

The Criminalization Of The American Midwife

The Criminalization Of The American Midwife

Health, Long Reads

New York midwife Elizabeth Catlin faces 95 individual felony counts at her upcoming trial. For what? For doing her job. Politics and patriarchy make the work of many credentialed, experienced midwives illegal — to the detriment of women and underserved communities.

Switzerland’s ‘Secret’ Fifth Language

Switzerland’s ‘Secret’ Fifth Language

Life, World

Head to medieval Basse-Ville, caught between the German- and French-speaking divisions of Fribourg, and you’ll find yourself in a no-man’s land where the two languages have become one: le Bolze.

Carlsberg Beer, Niels Bohr, And The Infinite Pilsner Pipeline That Wasn’t

Carlsberg Beer, Niels Bohr, And The Infinite Pilsner Pipeline That Wasn’t

Food, Media

Carlsberg gifted Niels Bohr, the famous Danish physicist, a home complete with a pipeline that pumped fresh beer directly into his residence. It’s a great story and one that has been reported on by publications such as Forbes and The Guardian. The only problem with the story is that it isn’t entirely true.

How The Mast Brothers Fooled The World Into Paying $10 A Bar For Crappy Hipster Chocolate

How The Mast Brothers Fooled The World Into Paying $10 A Bar For Crappy Hipster Chocolate

Business, Food

While customers can’t get enough of the company’s bearded, Brooklyn hipster founders, and their brilliantly marketed, $10 “bean to bar” chocolates, a term reserved for chocolate that has been produced entirely under the maker’s control, from the cocoa bean to the wrapped bar, chocolate experts have shunned them.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
"Bloom", A Darkly Comedic Look Into The Bad Side Of Relationships

"Bloom", A Darkly Comedic Look Into The Bad Side Of Relationships

Videos

Andrew comes home from a trip, finds a rose petal in his bed and becomes immediately convinced that his girlfriend is cheating on him. The confrontation that ensues ranges from blackly comic to something decidedly darker as words escalate into distinctly visceral consequences.

The Real Problem With The Cruise Industry

The Real Problem With The Cruise Industry

Business

What the novel coronavirus has revealed about the cruise industry is a “hidden in plain sight” problem — an international maritime regulatory structure that obfuscates and often ignores legal and social responsibility, accountability and culpability.

Donald Trump’s Worst Deal

Donald Trump’s Worst Deal

Long Reads, Politics, World

The President helped build a hotel in Azerbaijan that appears to be a corrupt operation engineered by oligarchs tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. The Trump Tower Baku never opened.

Meet China’s Take On The Classic British Chippie

Meet China’s Take On The Classic British Chippie

Architecture, Food

Architect studio Unknown Works 3D-scanned fish and chip shops across the UK to create the ultimate chippie in China’s Chengdu. The end result isn’t exactly as you might expect, but there are some definite recognizable details – such as the square white tiles, and the engraved salt and pepper pots and fish menu.

How One Town Developed A New Way To Police

How One Town Developed A New Way To Police

Crime, Politics

Renton, Washington, has become a national model for inclusive governing. Nearly 12 years of work with its growing communities of color helped Renton and its police force defuse the racial tension that sits below the surface of much of urban America.

The 8-Hour Workday Is A Counterproductive Lie

The 8-Hour Workday Is A Counterproductive Lie

Business, Life

The eight-hour workday started its life as a socialist dream. “Eight hours labor, eight hours recreation, and eight hours rest”. There’s just one problem: It’s all but impossible to actually work for eight hours a day in the jobs so many of us now have.

An Effortless Way to Improve Your Memory

An Effortless Way to Improve Your Memory

Life, Psychology

New research suggests that we should aim for “minimal interference” during 10-15 minutes breaks – deliberately avoiding any activity that could tamper with the delicate task of memory formation. You really need to give your brain the chance for a complete recharge with no distractions.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
Small Cities, Big Challenges

Small Cities, Big Challenges

Architecture, Cities, Videos

From building in a crowded capital threatened by rising sea levels to creating modern housing alongside historic landmarks, this is how small cities around the world are overcoming some remarkable challenges.

The Danger Of Fast Carbs

The Danger Of Fast Carbs

Food, Health

The average American eats more than 1,000 calories of rapidly digestible starches and sugars every day, and gets 500 more from the fats and oils added to many of these products. Starch serves as the carrier for much of the fat, sugar, and salt that we ingest, and like sugar, it is converted into rapidly absorbable glucose.

Turn Your Friends’ Faces Into Temporary Tattoos

Turn Your Friends’ Faces Into Temporary Tattoos

Art

French artist Lise Grossmann has created a humorous way to keep your favorite people close. She creates custom temporary tattoos of peoples’ faces that you can wear on your own skin. She has created over 10,800 portraits for people all over the world.

The Economic Failure Of Venezuela

The Economic Failure Of Venezuela

Economics, Explainers, Videos

In terms of countries that had it easy Venezuela by all counts should be at the top of the list, it is home to the largest oil deposits in the world, easily beating out the typical oil giants like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab eremites. But they squandered it.

The History Of CTRL + ALT + DELETE

The History Of CTRL + ALT + DELETE

History, Tech

In 2013, Bill Gates admitted ctrl+alt+del was a mistake and blamed IBM. With the del key across the keyboard from the other two, it seemed unlikely that all three would be accidentally pressed at the same time. Here’s the story of how the key combination became famous in the first place.

The Case For More Silent Meetings

The Case For More Silent Meetings

Business, Explainers, Videos

Talking meetings have much merit, but can also be subject to a host of problems. Current research supports the benefits of holding a “silent meeting” as one way of better leveraging the ideas, perspectives, and insights of organizational talent.

"Free Will", A Ski Film From Revelstoke, British Colombia

"Free Will", A Ski Film From Revelstoke, British Colombia

Videos

Imaginary Revelstoke’s mountain raven follows the journey of several Czech and Canadian skiers who found more space and inspiration in the mountains of British Columbia. They experienced snow so deep as never before, made new friends and fell in love with a different, more fulfilling type of skiing.

Britain’s Secret War With Russia

Britain’s Secret War With Russia

Crime, Long Reads, Politics

From the attempted assassination of a double agent in a sleepy English city to the expulsion of scores of Russian diplomats from Western capitals, this fight would grow and morph, drawing in a chemical-weapons attack in Syria and rolling scandals about Russian sports doping.

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