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My Long Correspondence With James Foley

theatlantic.com — The last time I talked to Jim Foley was November 16, 2012, six days before he disappeared in Syria. It was on Gmail, the way I knew him best.
Aug 27, 2014

"Jim [Foley] was forced to resign from Stars & Stripes after the military caught him w a small amount of marijuana" theatlantic.com/international/…

Aug 27, 2014

Was thinking about how true happiness comes thru serving others by using one's gifts & how Jim Foley was a happy man. theatlantic.com/international/…

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Will Republicans Shut Down the Government Again?

theatlantic.com — The last government shutdown, almost a year ago, was no fun for anyone. Republicans in the House and Senate demanded that legislation to fund the government simultaneously defund Obamacare; Democrats refused to go along. In the ensuing 16-day stalemate, many functions of the federal government were forced to shutter.
Aug 27, 2014

RT @brianbeutler: "House Republican source tells me GOP leadership is increasingly nervous about the potential for a rebellion” theatln.tc/1tKXv2V

Aug 27, 2014

"House Republican source tells me GOP leadership is increasingly nervous about the potential for a rebellion” theatln.tc/1tKXv2V

Aug 27, 2014

RT @AJentleson: "A well-placed House GOP source tells me GOP leadership is increasingly nervous about potential for a [CR] rebellion" theatlantic.com/politics/archi…

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The Many Ways to Map the Islamic 'State'

theatlantic.com — ISIS territory in Iraq and Syria tends to be described as "swaths." The estimated size of these swaths, which ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in June, varies widely in reports, from 12,000 square miles-"an area the size of Belgium," per The Wall Street Journal -to 35,000 square miles, or "an area the size of Jordan," as George Packer wrote this week in .

The Star Wars George Lucas Doesn't Want You To See

theatlantic.com — In 1978, won seven Academy Awards. But if you want to watch that original version, the first of George Lucas's soon to be seven-part saga, you'll find it difficult. In fact, it's actually impossible to buy an official copy of Star Wars as it was first released.
Aug 27, 2014

The Star Wars George Lucas doesn't want you to see....via @TheAtlantic: ow.ly/ANmWT Wonder how the Lucas museum will handle?

Aug 27, 2014

I still have the original trilogy on VHS so these nerds probably could have just DM’d me. theatlantic.com/technology/arc…

Aug 27, 2014

Fascinating: Undoing all of Lucas' meddling! RT @roseveleth: I talked to the dude who "despecializes" Star Wars. theatlantic.com/technology/arc…

Why I Wrote a Book About an Obscure '90s Computer Game

theatlantic.com — Most popular writing about video games tends to be experiential, focusing on the relationship of the player to the game. There's nothing wrong that, of course, but it's worth recognizing that video games are often team projects that involve technical, artistic, financial, and managerial coordination. They're similar to movies in that respect.
Aug 27, 2014

RT @tinysubversions: Here's an essay I did for @TheAtlantic on why I wrote a book about an obscure 90s strategy game theatlantic.com/technology/arc… (feat. Bruno Latour!)

Ten Things I Have Learned About the Sea

theatlantic.com — Italian filmmaker Lorenzo Fonda hitched a ride on a cargo ship from Los Angeles to Shanghai and almost didn't bring a camera. Luckily for us, he grabbed a simple HD handicam before boarding and documented his 17-day voyage. Fonda notes, "If you don't have patience or don't know me personally, you might not want to watch this," so consider yourself warned.
Aug 27, 2014

Lovely, @missanabeem. “The sea is a mirror. If I’m happy, it will be happy. If I’m sad, it will be sad.” theatlantic.com/video/archive/…

Aug 27, 2014

This, by my wonderful, wonderful friend Lorenzo, is what you need to watch to calm down. Anytime: theatlantic.com/video/archive/…

More on the KKK vs. Hebrew All-Stars Baseball Game

theatlantic.com — A belated follow-up to my post a while back on the world's strangest baseball game, the one between the Hebrew All-Star Nines and the Ku Klux Klan. Goldblog Special Baseball Correspondent Joshua Miller looked into the game further and found that one of its more curious aspects -- could the "Povich" listed on the Hebrew squad as playing right-field have been the great sportswriter (and father of Maury) Shirley Povich?

KKK, 4, Hebrew All-Stars, 0

theatlantic.com — The results of the strangest baseball game ever are in, and unfortunately the Jews lost. Our only consolation is that we have a stronger lobby. And Kevin Youkilis. Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting.

A Video Game for Ferguson

theatlantic.com — Q: How do you make a video game about Ferguson? A: You don't. * * * Earlier this month, a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager named Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. What's happened since then has played out loudly on the small town's streets and echoed across national and social media.
Aug 27, 2014

RT @TheAtlantic: A video game for Ferguson: "How you frame the story will change the story." theatln.tc/1tJrPee pic.twitter.com/kXJRgYvl7L

The Procrastination Doom Loop-and How to Break It

theatlantic.com — When I woke up this morning, I had one goal: Finish this article by 11 a.m.
Aug 27, 2014

“To tell the chronic procrastinator to just do it would be like saying to a clinically depressed person, cheer up.” theatln.tc/1ldfFK3

Aug 27, 2014

To procrastinate, I read this article: "How to Break the Procrastination Doom Loop" theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Aug 27, 2014

RT @katierosman: Rule #1 should be: Get Off Twitter. RT @TheAtlantic: How to break procrastination's doom loop theatln.tc/1lvNUwM pic.twitter.com/dHlAJaWo6R

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Seeing the Great Depression

theatlantic.com — For a singular image of the Great Depression and the roughness of those years, it's hard to do much better than Dorothea Lange's 1936 photograph of Florence Owens Thompson, two of her children tucking their faces over her shoulders, a baby in her lap.
Aug 27, 2014

New, wonderful tool allows viewers to explore ~175,000 images of America during the Great Depression theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Europe's Slow Surrender to Intolerance

theatlantic.com — On the one hand, it is completely unsurprising that Europe has become a swamp of anti-Jewish hostility. It is, after all, Europe. Anti-Jewish hostility has been its metier for centuries.
Aug 27, 2014

.@JeffreyGoldberg sees a troubling trend in one London supermarket's decision to ditch its kosher food theatln.tc/1vjiL2H

Aug 26, 2014

Important @JeffreyGoldberg read on Europe's slow surrender to intolerance and racism, especially against Jews j.mp/VMFYLo

Aug 26, 2014

can't remember to forget to be intolerant of in RT @TheAtlantic Has Europe forgotten to be intolerant of intolerance? theatln.tc/1ARhyzR

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The Extreme Partisanship of John Roberts's Supreme Court

theatlantic.com — "Politics are closely divided," John Roberts told scholar Jeffrey Rosen after his first term as chief justice. "The same with the Congress. There ought to be some sense of some stability, if the government is not going to polarize completely. It's a high priority to keep any kind of partisan divide out of the judiciary as well."
Aug 27, 2014

The Extreme Partisanship of John Roberts's Supreme Court - The Atlantic theatlantic.com/politics/archi…

'The Congress Shall Have Power ... to Declare War'

theatlantic.com — Senators Bob Corker, Rand Paul and Tim Kaine agree: Congress should be consulted before President Obama takes any more military action in Iraq or Syria. "This fight, and the threat posed by ISIL, is serious enough that Congress and the administration must be united on U.S. policy going forward," Kaine said.
Aug 27, 2014

And if you think the War Powers Resolution gives him a free 90 day pass you need to read it more carefully theatlantic.com/politics/archi…

Aug 27, 2014

'The Congress Shall Have Power ... to Declare War’ theatlantic.com/politics/archi… If Obama strikes Syria w/o permission he will be breaking the law

'Going to Switzerland' Is a Euphemism for Assisted Suicide

theatlantic.com — In the United States, "aid-in-dying" as some advocates call it, is legal in New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Montana. But the conditions under which a physician can help someone die are regulated-for example, in Washington, the person must be a resident, and be terminally ill with less than six months to live.
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