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‘Saturday’s series of "Live Earth" concerts features a marquee-bursting array of the music industry’s megastars, but perhaps its most impressive headliner is a band that doesn’t even have a recording contract. That…





‘Now, don’t get me wrong. Carbon emissions may indeed be causing harmful climate change, and dramatic reductions by Americans may actually do some good. But in typical green journalism fashion, the feel-good…


This episode is work safe. Esalen Institute is a combination alt-think tank, academic community and sensual retreat perched on the Pacific-facing cliffs of Big Sur, California. Its thinkers formed the leading edge…



Intoxicate me, my cigarette And give me a scornful air, I want to stay cold and silent While hearing sweet confessions. These lyrics from Lucianne Boyer’s 1930 song "Dans la Fum


‘Stanzas, the nerdishly titled study of "word and phantasm in western culture" that I just finished, is one of the tastiest and most nourishing books of scholarly cultural criticism I have read…


With thanks to Mark Pesce the Eris-like Zen of the Yes Men‘s Vivoleum culture jam of Exxon: ‘This, my friends, takes brains. But more importantly, it takes discipline and courage. We’re talking…



‘Arguably, the Information Age began in 1665. That was the year the Journal des scavans and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London started regular publication. Making new scientific information more…


‘The creation of NORTHCOM, as part of the "unified plan" in the wake of 9/11, established the military’s first domestic combatant command center. This precedent departs from a long-standing tradition of distinguishing…


Mitt Romney has a secret weapon: political maven and pollster Alex Gage and his firm TargetPoint. Gage explains his "microtargeting model" and methods to map an individual’s "political DNA" to Washington Post…


‘It is fast becoming one of the most important issues of the 2008 presidential campaign. Oil prices are expected to rise to even higher levels as the United States dependence on foreign…


”Death-worshipping church’ or apocalyptic prophets? Gary Lachman investigates the Process Church of the Final Judgement, a Sixties movement with a far-reaching influence.’ (Fortean Times article). GO TO FULL STORY



‘With the United States angling to update its aging nuclear arsenal, critics are worried that non-proliferation efforts will take a big hit. When it comes to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons,…


The only reason to link to Emily Yoffe’s patient memoirs is that she "had 23 head-to-toe physicals from 23 second-year students at the Georgetown School of Medicine." Which gives me another opportunity…


The British graffiti artist Banksy has spawned an art cult that has migrated from Briston’s stencilling scene to Sotheby’s gallery. The Guardian‘s Jonathan Jones tries to discover Banksy’s elusive identity and understand…




Their new album Build The Nation (2007) has gotten mixed reviews. Their enigmatic frontman HR has gone reggae. Yet Bad Brains remains a visceral live experience, Village Voice journalist Rob Harvilla. Good…


Z Magazine‘s Jeff Nygaard probes the hidden and unreported records of bombings by Coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nygaard compares his estimates with The Lancet‘s controversial study in 2006 that estimated…