‘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…



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…




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…


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…


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…


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…


‘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…