Pure Meth, Robot Poker, and a 300 Pound Albanian Rapper

BloodlinesTexas Observer
“Not long after the sale of Dashin Follies, there was a knock on Tyler Graham’s door. The man said he was with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Standing in Graham’s living room, the FBI agent began quizzing him about horses he’d purchased for Treviño. The agent explained that Graham’s new business associate was the elder brother of Miguel Angel Treviño Morales and Oscar Omar Treviño Morales—leaders of Los Zetas, Mexico’s most violent and feared criminal organization.”

How Do People Forgive a Crime Like Murder?BBC
“The moment when a murderer is released from prison can be a traumatic one for the victim’s family. But for American Bill Pelke the release of his grandmother’s killer this year was different – he has not only forgiven her, he wants to help her start a new life. How are people able to forgive a crime like this?”

The Steely, Headless King of Texas Hold ‘emThe New York Times
“The machines, called Texas Hold ‘Em Heads Up Poker, play the limit version of the popular game so well that they can be counted on to beat poker-playing customers of most any skill level. Gamblers might win a given hand out of sheer luck, but over an extended period, as the impact of luck evens out, they must overcome carefully trained neural nets that self-learned to play aggressively and unpredictably with the expertise of a skilled professional.”

The White MarketThe New Inquiry
“In the shadow of the high-fructose-corn-syrup backlash, everyone from the Olive Garden to the proverbial Brooklyn popsicle startup is trying to cash in on craftsmanship. Meanwhile, screenwriters (clever advertisers in their own right) have found that the easiest way to hook viewers on drug-dealer protagonists is to sell crack as small-batch artisanal rock cocaine.”

The Nokia Insider Who Knows Why It Failed Warns Apple It Could Be NextFinancial Review
“Few people are better placed than Nuovo to comment on what went wrong for the tech company that had it all, and he is not afraid to lay it on the line. Just as importantly, he warns that current smartphone kingpin Apple risks following Nokia down the same path of decline unless it makes some painful choices.”

How Guantanamo Bay Became the Place the US Keeps Detaineesthe Atlantic
“A short fourteen days after taking command, still getting oriented to the demands of the job, I watched on CNN as the second plane flew into the World Trade Center. Immediately grasping the significance of the act, I turned to my second-in-command, John Griffin. “We’re at war,” I said. Those words were to prove prophetic, and this sleepy little corner of Cuba was about to play a key role in the coming conflict.”

“F— Rap, Laying Back Eating Poutine’Grantland
“But that’s sort of the best thing about Bronson: No one can fully believe what they’re seeing. A 300-pound Albanian American dude who’s released hundreds of rap songs, almost all of which are to some extent about fine dining, obscure athletes of the ’80s and ’90s, or sex workers?”

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