Learning Hurts So Good

The Power of Nightmares

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“Both the Islamists and Neoconservatives were idealists who were born out of the failure of the liberal dream to build a better world. And both had a very similar explanation for what caused that failure. These two groups have changed the world, but not in the way that either intended. Together, they created today’s nightmare vision of a secret, organized evil that threatens the world. A fantasy that politicians then found restored their power and authority in a disillusioned age. And those with the darkest fears became the most powerful. ”

The Real CSI

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Do you have a computer?  Do you have $495?  Then you too can be a Forensic Consultant.  Seriously, it is true.

In detective novels and television crime dramas like CSI, the nation’s morgues are staffed by highly trained medical professionals equipped with the most sophisticated tools of 21st-century science. Operating at the nexus of medicine and criminal justice, these death detectives thoroughly investigate each and every suspicious fatality.

The reality, though, is far different. In a joint reporting effort, ProPublica, PBS “FRONTLINE” and NPR spent a year looking at the nation’s 2,300 coroner and medical examiner offices and found a deeply dysfunctional system that quite literally buries its mistakes.

The Vice Guide to North Korean Labor Camps

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From every corner of this messed up world, Vice Guide travels around to give you the best of the worst out there.  Ever been to South Africa to pick up a fifty cent hooker or hang with some cannibals?  How about hanging at the yearly war convention where countries from all over come together to play with their new blow up toys?  Ride for two days on a train to the middle of Siberia to go to little North Korea where people spend ten years logging for free?  Doesn’t sound like something you would spend your vaca time on now does it which is fine because Vice does it all for you.  Please watch any Vice Guide to Travel and worship Shane Smith for being the one out front doing the learning for us.

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