This staggering book is an archaeologist's view of religion throughout prehistory. Flooded with recent discoveries (2003), the inner and outer of the beginnings of human consciousness can be read in 450 pages. Below: A face-like rock collected by an early hominid some 4.5 million years ago in South Africa. Far Below: A Maori chiefly-feast scaffold, erected to hold food and gifts on its various levels. Evidence exists of similar scaffold structures at Stonehenge. Parallels with the west's Christmas Tree cannot be ignored.
Is the parlimentary regime in Iraq similar to the South Vietnamese government left behind in the wake of the Vietnam War?
Colorful writing, breathless. Old school.
This is a recently unearthed Stasi microphone, buried behind a thin layer of plaster, these were placed two to a cell in East Germany's Bautzen II isolation cells.
Reading's must-read book examines the devolution of educational institutions and the programmatic use of catch-phrases ("excellence") to overtake our understanding of qualities, like skill and knowledge. A devastating short probe into the west's subtle, elemental collapse.
the kite seems to be my destiny, because in the first recollection of my infancy it seemed to me that, while I was in my cradle a kite came to me and opened my mouth with its tail, and struck me several times with its tail inside my lips
In August 2011, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the IMF, potential challenger in the next French elections, was at JFK airport, en route to Germany for a key meeting regarding Greek debt and the saving of the Euro. After his plane was sealed and taxiing for departure, Port Authority Police were requested to stop and detain him by the NYPD. Believing the police had found his missing IMF Blackberry, he was instead accused of rape and returned to NY to face a grand jury. Quickly the case fell apart and now it appears the accuser and the Manhattan D.A.'s office were used in an elaborate trap set by Accor, the French corporation owning the site of the crime, The Sofitel, whose security is managed by one of Nicholas Sarkozy's best friends.
DSK thought that by staying in a French-run establishment it'd be culturally apt to get a blow job from the staff. Now it seems he was the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time. Read the hidden time-frame and the strange surveillance decrypt what happened between housekeeper Diallo (5' 10") and Strauss-Kahn (5' 7"). Who was in room 2820? Where is DSK's IMF Blackberry? The beginning of the unravelling...
Edward Jay Epstein's brilliant forensic work in the NYRB.
Like his predecessor Walt Disney, Steve Jobs died at his corporation's peak, and clearly both had many projects in the pipeline when they passed. Disney was even rumored to be cryogenically frozen, and awaiting defrosting when a cure for his cancer could be discovered. Other rumors included a board meeting at which he 'fired' people from the grave (from a prerecorded speech) if they hadn't met his playback's quotas. Now the first of beyond the grave decisions by Jobs appear to be taking hold. Newly elected Apple chairman Arthur D. Levinson is an unusual choice to head Apple's board of directors, he's got a Phd in biochemistry and has played key roles in the biotech world. If Apple is the smartest, wealthiest company in the world, what does this move indicate? Does it/he/them know something about the merge between computers and biology that no one else does? Will (or has) Steve Jobs be(en) cloned? Remember, Jobs is one of the first people on earth to have his entire genome sequenced to see if possibilities in cancer treatment lurked within. Will he remerge as the next CEO of Apple in fifteen years?
Giving Walter Issacson a run for his money, this $15 magazine-cum-book compiles major articles from 1983-2010 plus a few summaries, on sale at newsstands and iBook/Amazon downloads. Quotes from it below:
"'You know, I've got a plan that could rescue Apple,' [Steve Jobs] says, in all seriousness, 'I can't say anymore than that but it's the perfect product and it's the perfect strategy for Apple. But nobody there will listen to me...'"
Fortune Magazine September 1995
"Jobs claimed that Next, not Be, had the software to shore up the Macintosh. What's more he said, Next technology would enable Apple to make Mac software work on standard PCs, which would in turn let Apple tap into a much larger market."
Fortune Magazine March 1997