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The Slow Lane

over 4 years ago

"The term 'slow travel' is tied to a burgeoning movement to return to a time when life’s pleasures were savored, to a time when people appreciated the going as much as the getting there," writes Nancy Keates.


Banking and Looting

over 4 years ago

Plenty of people on Wall Street knew that a crash was coming—and that they responded by grabbing all the profit they could, writes Christopher Hayes. He thinks they should face criminal sanctions.


Riot Tourism

over 4 years ago

"The May 1 riots in Berlin's Kreuzberg district have become an annual ritual. ... Now an American anti-capitalist activist has started giving tours of the neighborhood's hot spots to foreign visitors."


Cult Following

over 4 years ago

La Santa Muerte, Holy Death, "is only one among several otherworldly figures Mexicans have been turning to as their country has been overwhelmed by every possible diffi­culty."


Filibuster Busted!

over 4 years ago

On Monday, Republicans voted to prevent financial reform legislation from moving to the Senate floor for debate. The Democrats' motion to bring about cloture—which would end the Republicans filibuster of the bill—failed, with every Republican in the chamber voting against it. The Democrats were ...

Brave Green World

The Tortoise And The Oil Spill

over 4 years ago

Around the turn of the 20th century, if you were in the upper class in America, you’d have probably, at some point, sat down to a nice dinner of Diamond Terrapin turtle. The species, native to Alabama, was a sought-after delicacy then – now, after decades of industrial growth and commercial fishing ...