Cracking the Scratch Lottery Code

“I’m not the kind of guy who hears voices. But that night, as I passed the station, I heard a little voice coming from the back of my head…‘If you do it that way, if you use that algorithm, there will be a flaw. The game will be flawed. You will be able to crack the ticket. You will be able to plunder the lottery.’”

The Afghan Connection

Money from relatives abroad, the lifeline for many Afghani’s, moves primarily through small hawala</em exchanges, which shift currency through cellphones, fax lines, and trust. When money moves in Afghanistan, however, connections to the heroin trade and terrorist groups are never far.

Whatever Happened to Alternative Nation?

A year-by-year walk through of the decade that birthed a mainstream culture called ‘Alternative’ and the bands that were deified and destroyed by it.

  1. Part 1: 1990: “Once upon a time, I could love you”

  2. Part 2: 1991: “What’s so civil about war anyway?”

  3. Part 3: 1992: Pearl Jam, the perils of fame, and the trouble with avoiding it

  4. Part 4: 1993: Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair, and Urge Overkill forsake the underground

  5. Part 5: 1994: Kurt Cobain is dead! Long live Soundgarden!

  6. Part 6: 1995: Live, Bush, and Alanis Morissette take the pop path

  7. Part 7: 1996: Layne Staley and Bradley Nowell are the living dead

  8. Part 8: 1997: The ballad of Oasis and Radiohead