Archive | June, 2014

David Krieger

David Krieger | Nuclear weapons DON’T keep us safe

THE BELIEF THAT NUCLEAR WEAPONS KEEP their possessors safe, though it may be widespread, is neither true nor rooted in wisdom. The fact is that nuclear weapons are far too dangerous for any country to possess—let alone use–and that the U.S. and other countries have been playing nuclear roulette with them for nearly seven decades. Nuclear weapons have come close to being detonated by accident or design on numerous occasions […]

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Anita Moorjani | From death’s door to another world

AS I WAS BEING RUSHED to the hospital, the world around me started to appear surreal and dreamlike, and I could feel myself slip further and further away from consciousness. The moment the oncologist saw me, her face visibly filled with shock. “Your wife’s heart may still be beating,” she told Danny, “but she’s not really in there. It’s too late to save her.” Who’s the doctor talking about? I […]

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John Vicary | The Lonely Baker

FOR THE THIRD NIGHT IN A ROW, the baker found herself up alone at two a.m. making sausage. She had long been in the habit of rising early, but what was less usual in this instance was the food that she had been drawn to prepare the last few nights. She did not often make things from the savory end of the spectrum, as she was a boulanger: a maker […]

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Movies You Might’ve Missed | Defying conventional wisdom

Oliver Stone’s The Untold History of the United States If you’re wondering how a movie made by Oliver Stone could end up on anyone’s “Movies You Might’ve Missed List,” it’s because Stone made this film as a 10-part documentary series for Showtime. And because it tells an unflinching narrative. “The prevailing notions of American ‘altruism, benevolence, and self-sacrifice’ have never been challenged quite so effectively for such a wide audience,” […]

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