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NRA ‘Freedom Cruise’ Takes Donors Down the Danube

April 6th, 2016  |  Source: Bloomberg

Ever wonder where the gun elite gather to relax, smoke cigars, and discuss Second Amendment esoterica?

The National Rifle Association annually invites donors on a luxury cruise where they can mingle with conservative notables. The 2016 Freedom Cruise in June will take participants along the Danube through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary.


Brunch and Pirates

April 5th, 2016  |  Source: Medium.com

I ordered pancakes and he told me about the last time he was shot in the head.

The bullet went through the top of my head, he said.

Then he leaned down and showed me the entry point.

Then, he said, it went out through the back of my ear.

He twisted around, pointed to the back of his ear.

Afterwards, he said, I lost my speech, I was partially paralyzed, I was in the hospital for two years. When I was in the hospital, the diamond dealer I had been protecting when I was shot visited me with a huge bag of money and –


What are the Panama Papers? A guide to the biggest data leak in history

April 4th, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

What is Mossack Fonseca, how big is it, and who uses offshore firms? Key questions about one of the biggest ever data leaks

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How Russian special forces are shaping the fight in Syria

March 30th, 2016  |  Source: Washington Post

The troops that recently recaptured Palmyra, Syria, from the Islamic State included Syrian, Iranian and Hezbollah forces. And on Monday, Russian officials said there was another group that contributed to the victory: Russia’s elite special forces, also known as Spetsnaz.

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How did the opioid epidemic get so bad?

March 29th, 2016  |  Source: Boston Globe

Doctors are partly to blame, but so is a culture that demands zero pain after medical treatment.

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Trouble in Brazil

March 29th, 2016  |  Source: Bloomberg

With President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil looking increasingly likely to face impeachment by early May, investors are turning their attention to the man who’d succeed her.

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Forecasting Future Atrocities

March 25th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

Researchers attempt to predict which countries are most at risk for genocide or politicide over the coming five years.


Pobre México

March 17th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

The millions of Mexicans who have evaded the legal immigration system work dangerous and dirty jobs for a fraction of American wages—and that's a national disgrace. But the end of cheap, vulnerable immigrant labor is near.


The strange history of opiates in America: from morphine for kids to heroin for soldiers

March 15th, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

America’s burgeoning opiate problem is a tragedy, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise: it stretches back to the arrival of the Mayflower in 1620.


Twelve million Americans take out payday loans each year, spending more than $7 billion on loan fees

March 12th, 2016  |  Source: PewTrusts.org

Most borrowers pay more in fees than they originally received in credit

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