“Stealthy Starbucks”

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Located inside the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, VA, Starbucks “Store Number 1″ is allegedly one of the busiest in the world, and also due to security risks, the only shop where customer’s names are not written onto cups. Yet somehow through all the secrecy we’re able to learn that the most popular items ordered are vanilla lattes and lemon pound­cake during the day, and double espressos and Frappuccinos at night. The store’s manager has one goal for the operation, to “help humanize the environment” for the agents who are isolated without cellphones inside the secretive campus. Because lord knows, we have to keep them as human as possible.

This Week in Photographic Freedoms

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To protect wilderness areas from “being exploited for commercial gain,” the U.S. Forest Service is taxing any professional nature photographer or member of the press wanting to take pictures in National Parks by making them apply for a special permit that can cost up to $1500. Those who do not wish to apply face a fine of up to $1000. Sounds like the USFS is exploiting wilderness areas for their own commercial gain.

Meanwhile in Texas… a court has upheld the right for old men to take creepy photos of kids in public with the option of being free to capture an upskirt of the child’s mother as well.

All in all, it sounds like a tricky situation for a budding professional upskirt photographer whose specialty is hikers in the Texan wilderness.

 

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The McDonald’s Cocaine Spoon Fiasco by Zachary Crockett

How cocaine and the War on Drugs utterly destroyed McDonald’s coffee spoon

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The Entrepreneur Who Wants to Save Paradise by Diana Saverin

Douglas Tompkins—the founder of Esprit and The North Face—is using his fortune to build massive national parks in Chile and Argentina. But what he sees as philanthropy, local ranchers see as meddling.

Having that “wild ambition” of Experiencing Prison Life in North Korea

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Ambition granted, buddy

“We are At War now—with somebody—and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives.”

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Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear & Loathing in America column for ESPN on September 12th, 2001 was spot on.

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Last Tango in Kabul by Matthieu Aikins

While war raged across Afghanistan, expats lived in a bubble of good times and easy money. But as the U.S. withdraws, life has taken a deadly turn

Beats by Gaddafi

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Artist Petro Wodkins’ Sound-of-Power series consists of handmade porcelain speakers made to resemble busts of infamous political leaders from around the globe. While the selection of figures is surprisingly limited and random (where’s Sadaam? no Bush?), buying into this idea will give you some type of ability to “Smash The State.”

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Richard Nixon, Panda Sex Ponderer

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Also, the story of how Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing became the first Pandas in America.
 
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The Greatest Double Agent in History by Alex Mayyasi

For his valor during World War II, Juan Pujol Garcia received awards from both Adolf Hitler and King George VI.

“On the Internet, Anyone Can Succeed”

Why Net Neutrality Matters (And What You Can Do To Help).

African Land Grab

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While it sounds like a pretty cool skateboard trick, this move was actually made by one dedicated father from Virginia who went all the way to an unclaimed arid desert in Northeast Africa to plant a flag, claiming the region as his own “Kingdom of North Sudan.” The reason? He promised his 6 year-old daughter she could be an actual princess. +1, America.

Everything is NOT awesome

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Greenpeace’s new ad calls for LEGO to halt its production of Shell-branded LEGO toys and end its partnership with Shell Oil, thus saving children’s malleable brains from oil company propaganda.

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“Longboard Cop”

Maintaining order on the dangerous paths of Green Bay, Wisconsin parks with a specially designed board that “has wider trucks, bigger wheels, and red and blue LED lights.”

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1 Liu Xiaobo Plaza

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An amendment attached to the annual state department budget bill would rename the Washington, D.C. street that the Chinese Embassy is on to Liu Xiaobo Plaza, after noted Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year sentence for subversion.

art by Shepard Fairey

“Never smoked crack — as simple as that”

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Marion Barry, Mayor for Life

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Prisoner of Denver by Hunter S. Thompson and Mark Seal (2004)

Just 22, Lisl Auman was convicted in 1998 of the felony murder of a police officer, a crime she didn’t commit, and is serving life in prison without parole. This summer, three years after gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson began his campaign to free Lisl, Colorado’s Supreme Court will rule on her appeal. Mark Seal joins Thompson in exposing the brutality, corruption, and arcane legal strategy which doomed an innocent young woman—and threatens every other American.

Che Peccato

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This year, Italy will be adding the sales of drugs, prostitution and smuggling to their GDP calculations, “a boost for its chronically stagnant economy.”

Johnny Ramone was Nixon Republican

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A brief history of conservative and libertarian punk rock

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