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‘Washington – With little fanfare, at least so far, the stage is being set for a post-"surge" Iraq strategy that reduces US ambitions for the Iraq project, even while keeping some US…



‘The release of the second-quarter fundraising totals spells trouble for two presidential candidates: Democrat John Edwards and Republican John McCain. Edwards has always been a long-shot for the nomination, but McCain was…


‘A growing community of amateur scholars believe that the world as we know it will come to an end in 2012, as prophesied by the ancient Maya. Is the New Age apocalypse…



Political activism on the Internet — and in the so-called blogosphere, in particular — has long been considered a liberal stronghold. But conservative bloggers show increasing signs of their own coming of…


”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


Sure, the next gargantuan summer blockbuster, Transformers, opens tomorrow (with enough mind-blowing special effects to make George Lucas weep), but if you want to see true technological wizardry and a robot to…


‘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…


By Paula Moore If your summer vacation plans have you buying tickets to a marine mammal park or a "swim with the dolphins" program, be forewarned: You could be helping to finance…


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…


This episode of the G Spot (#8) takes you on a borderline insane behind-the-scenes trip into the recording studio, to hear the various outtakes and other mishaps that occurred in the production…


‘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…



‘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…




For systems economists like James Surowiecki prediction markets are a powerful tool for large group forecasting and delving into uncertainty. Surowiecki focusses on Simon & Schuster’s tool MediaPredict, which you need to…


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…


Reason‘s Radley Balko testifies before the US House Subcommittee on Crime. Balko’s key argument is that paramilitary police actions create violence and escalate conflicts with non-violent offenders. Visit Preston Peet’s DrugWar site…



‘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…


British counter-terrorism officials investigating the cell that bombed London and Glasgow have focussed on 6 doctors who were central to the plot. Officials face a new fear from the doctors’ plot: the…


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…