Jennifer Lawrence, and More

Beyond Mt.Gox – Reuters “Mt. Gox, at one time the biggest bitcoin exchange, abruptly stopped trading this week amid reports on the internet that more than 744,000 bitcoins – worth around $380 million at prevailing rates – had been stolen. If accurate, that would mean around 6 percent of the … Read More

How Changed Libel Laws Unmasked Rob Ford, and More

Aboard Brand Italy – Monocle Welcome to diplomacy in the 21st century. Where once major powers used their navies to project strength and force others to toe the line – Commodore Perry’s black ships opening Japan to trade by gunpoint come to mind – countries are now finding less intimidating … Read More

Last Days of the Pirate Blackbeard, and More

The Dark Side of the Truffle Trade – The Atlantic “But both producers and buyers who do not exercise the same caution are vulnerable. The high-end industry has spawned a shadowy underworld, where tax evasion, nighttime heists, counterfeits, and sabotage are not uncommon. The schemes span continents and truffle types, … Read More

Notes of Werner Herzog, CEO Pay, and Bourdain in the Congo

White Pride in My Classroom – Salon Face-to-face with a white supremacist, a professor of English The Sky-High Club – The New Yorker There’s little evidence that high CEO pay leads to better company performance, but compensation packages keep rising. Dribbling Man – Grantland Richard Swanson launched a quixotic quest … Read More

Alone in Siberia, the Stars of Kids, and Cooking for Kim Jong-il

Legends Never Die – It’s been two decades since Kids, and the film’s stars have gone onto become celebrities, adults, and statistics. Dear Leader Dreams of Sushi – GQ Sushi chef Kenji Fujimoto spent eleven years as Kim Jong-il’s personal chef, crony, drinking buddy, and confidant. This is his … Read More

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