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The Verge

16 articles
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The Unbelievable Life and Death of Michael C. Ruppert

The lonely death of a godfather of the conspiracy theory movement.

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Edward Snowden's Lawyer Will Keep Your Secrets

A profile of Jesselyn Radack, who represents whistleblowers.

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Ecstatic States

Can an illegal drug heal PTSD?

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The Death Dealer

In 2009, three followers of an Oprah-endorsed motivational speaker named James Arthur Ray died in an Arizona sweat lodge. Now, after serving two years in prison for negligent homicide, Ray is trying to get back on the self-help circuit.

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Ring of Fire

Each soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan generated around 10 pounds of garbage per day. Most of that trash—along with used equipment and medical supplies and other wastes of war—was burned in open-air pits, emitting a toxic smoke that many soliders blame for their poor health today.

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The End of Kindness: Weev and the Cult of the Angry Young Man

The prevalence of online threats against women and why the people who make them go unpunished.

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Curses! The Birth of the Bleep and Modern American Censorship

From the proto-bleep to meta-bleep: how the US government protects us from the profane.

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Beyond Recognition

The story of a face transplant.

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Greed Is Groupon

The daily deals company turned down a $6 billion offer from Google and went public. Now its stock is down 80% and its founder/CEO has been fired. On Groupon’s failed strategy and tenuous future.

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Memory to Myth

The life and work of Aaron Swartz, in context.

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For Amusement Only

From pinball prohibition in 1940s NYC to Dave & Buster’s, the rise and fall of the American arcade.

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Cyborg America: inside the strange new world of basement body hackers

“For the first few days after the surgery, it was difficult to separate out my newly implanted sense from the bits of pain and sensation created by the trauma of having the magnet jammed in my finger.”

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How I Hacked My Brain with Adderall: A Cautionary Tale

“Transforming into an Administrative Jekyll for a certain amount of time every day limits the amount of time my Creative Hyde can come up with content to market and sell. Luckily, amphetamines have that problem tackled as well: when you’re using them, you don’t have to sleep… at all.”

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Wasteland

The fifty-year battle over where we store our nuclear remains.

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Tetris: Can a Cold War Classic Evolve for the Touchscreen?

The game’s past, present, and future.

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Scamworld

An exposé of Internet Marketers.