On Stalin’s Team by Sheila Fitzpatrick – Soviet bunglers and sadists

On Stalin’s Team by Sheila Fitzpatrick – Soviet bunglers and sadists

A superbly researched book details the incompetents and priapic murderers whom Stalin selected to carry out his atrocities. Reviewed by Donald Rayfield.

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Tequila Bottle with Man’s Ashes and a Request Washes up on Nova Scotia Beach

Tequila Bottle with Man's Ashes and a Request Washes up on Nova Scotia Beach

​Plans are underway to fulfil the wishes of the late Gary Robert Dupuis after the mystery man's ashes washed up on the shores of Cape Breton inside a tequila bottle — its apparent first stop on an attempted world tour.

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‘Normal America’ Is Not A Small Town of White People

‘Normal America’ Is Not A Small Town of White People

Earlier this week, Jim VandeHei, a former executive editor of Politico, wrote an op-ed article for The Wall Street Journal accusing the Washington political establishment of being out of touch with “normal America.”
But that sense that the normal America is out there somewhere in a hamlet where they can’t pronounce “Acela” is misplaced. In fact, it’s not in a small town at all.

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Earth Doesn’t Get Weirder Than The Bubbling Springs Of Ethiopia

Earth Doesn't Get Weirder Than The Bubbling Springs Of Ethiopia

It might look like a drug-induced vision of hell, but for astrobiologists, the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia is heaven. With chlorine and sulfur vapor fogs hanging above its near-boiling, bubbling salty lakes, it is one of the least hospitable places in the world.

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You’re More Likely to Die in a Human Extinction Event Than a Car Crash

You're More Likely to Die in a Human Extinction Event Than a Car Crash

Nuclear war. Climate change. Pandemics that kill tens of millions. These are the most viable threats to globally organized civilization. They’re the stuff of nightmares and blockbusters—but unlike sea monsters or zombie viruses, they’re real, part of the calculus that political leaders consider everyday. And according to a new report from the U.K.-based Global Challenges Foundation, they’re much more likely than we might think.

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Russia’s nuclear nightmare flows down radioactive river

Russia's nuclear nightmare flows down radioactive river

At first glance, Gilani Dambaev looks like a healthy 60-year-old man and the river flowing past his rural family home appears pristine. But Dambaev is riddled with diseases that his doctors link to a lifetime’s exposure to excessive radiation, and the Geiger counter beeps loudly as a reporter strolls down to the muddy riverbank.

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Should parents pay more to guarantee 2-year-old can sit next to them on flight?

Should parents pay more to guarantee 2-year-old can sit next to them on flight?

Air Canada increases fees to change flights before departure. Many parents may dream of taking a flight with their toddler assigned a seat far, far away, but few would consider it a serious — or safe — option. But as Caley and Matt Hartney discovered after booking return flights from Vancouver to Toronto for themselves and their two-year-old daughter, Charlotte, Air Canada only guarantees a child between the ages of two and eight will be seated in the same…

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