Category: News

  • David LaChapelle Sued for $3 Million by Gallerist

    Link: PDN Pulse » Blog Archive » David LaChapelle Sued for $3 Million by Gallerist

    A Montana gallerist has sued David LaChapelle for $3 million dollars, alleging the photographer attacked him in his Manhattan apartment on March 9, 2012.

  • The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food

    Link: The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food –

    “Don’t talk to me about nutrition,” he reportedly said, taking on the voice of the typical consumer. “Talk to me about taste, and if this stuff tastes better, don’t run around trying to sell stuff that doesn’t taste good.”

  • The Shooter

    Link: The Shooter | Center for Investigative Reporting

    The man who shot and killed Osama bin Laden sat in a wicker chair in my backyard, wondering how he was going to feed his wife and kids or pay for their medical care.

  • Inside the Anonymous Hacking File on the Steubenville ‘Rape Crew’

    Link: Inside the Anonymous Hacking File on the Steubenville ‘Rape Crew’ – National – The Atlantic Wire

    conflicting reports over an already emotional case became that much more complex today when a WikiLeaks-style site dumped new information about team boosters, the town sheriff, and the alleged “Rape Crew” online — information rounded up, of course, by the anonymous hacking collective known as Anonymous.

  • John McAfee’s Last Stand

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    Link: John McAfee’s Last Stand | Threat Level |

    On November 12, 2012, Belizean police announced that they were seeking John McAfee for questioning in connection with the murder of his neighbor. Six months earlier, I began an in-depth investigation into McAfee’s life. This is the chronicle of that investigation.

  • A Eulogy for #Occupy

    Link: A Eulogy for #Occupy | Wired Opinion |

    Just as I was running to join the gaggle, someone on the police line popped off a canister at the press. It hit the ground in my path, about six feet away from me. A small fire, a noise, and then white, smoke-like powder rose into the air. Everything in my body tried to run, but I managed to come back after a few steps away. I wasn’t really able to think. In my head, a voice was asking what the hell I was supposed to do now. “I’m one of the press,” I said to myself. “I should go stand with them.” I was very short compared to the other reporters, and the only woman. No one knew me, and no one talked to me. I wasn’t local.

  • Lair of King Tongmyong’s Unicorn Reconfirmed in North Korea Lair of King Tongmyong’s Unicorn Reconfirmed in North Korea


    Archaeologists of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences have recently reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom (B.C. 277-A.D. 668).

  • The Corner Where Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan Meet

    Link: The Corner Where Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan Meet –

    An old man with a missing finger pulled me aside and admonished: “Our life depends on this smuggling business. If this ends, we will have nothing. There’s no other work here. I advise you to leave this place.” Eyeing me appraisingly, he added: “Be careful. You would be worth a lot of money.”

  • Guantánamo Prisoners Released Into Cheering DNC Crowd

  • Kidnapping unravels a spy’s career

    Link: Kidnapping unravels a spy’s career – The Washington Post

    At 56, Sabrina De Sousa’s life has come to be defined by a landmark criminal case that has been playing out in Italy for much of the past decade, ever since prosecutors began investigating the disappearance of an Egyptian cleric, Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, known as Abu Omar. Their conclusion in 2005: A sprawling cast of CIA operatives and senior Italian intelligence officials were the culprits. In a startling turn of events, a foreign country — an ally, no less — had charged a group of U.S. officials for the practice of rendition, in which a terrorist suspect is flown against his will to another country for interrogation.

  • Homebrew narco-tanks of the Mexican drug war

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    The completed versions were bigger than what has been found before. Built on three-axle truck beds, they had room for 20 armed men, one official said. They were covered with inch-thick steel, which could withstand 50-caliber fire, and each had been equipped with insulation.

  • Yuri Irsenovich Kim a.k.a. Kim Jong Il is dead, but where was he born?

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    According to official North Korean biographers, the Dear Leader was born on Mount Paektu under a double rainbow and the appearance of a new star in the heavens. Earlier this year I visited the bizarre and eerily beautiful volcano-lake which straddles the China-North Korean border

  • Impact on camera industry of Thai flooding looks increasingly severe

    Rob Galbraith DPI:

    the Nikon factory in Thailand, and two out of three Sony factories in Thailand, all of which produce DSLR cameras and lenses, have “no prospect of recovery” after being damaged in recent flooding

  • Cartel thugs go phishing in Mexico: Fliers circulate with fake email to “denounce” Monterrey narcos


    In Mexico, where violence seems to be escalating daily, the nation’s National Defense Secretary today warned citizens of fake flyers distributed in narco-plagued Monterrey that invite concerned locals to “denounce” cartel activity by phoning or emailing in complaints.

  • Magazine Preview: The Surreal Ruins of Qaddafi’s Never-Never Land

    NYT Magazine:

    On the evening of Aug. 23, during the final hours of the battle for Tripoli, a 26-year-old lawyer named Mustafa Abdullah Atiri was lying, exhausted, against the back wall of a filthy tin-roofed warehouse crammed with 150 prisoners. He had been beaten and tortured every day since Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s soldiers arrested him four days earlier. It was just after the muezzin’s first call to evening prayer — about 10 minutes before 8 — when a pair of guards walked to the door, raised their AK-47 rifles and began spraying the men with bullets. Another guard threw a grenade into the densely packed crowd. Bodies fell on top of Atiri with the first fusillade, protecting him from the blast. Then the guards opened fire again. Blood began seeping down from the bodies above, soaking his jeans. As the officers walked back across the yard to reload, a guard named Abdel Razaq, who had shown the men some small mercies over the previous days, went to the door and shouted at the survivors: “Run! Run!”

  • Shepard Fairey Beat Up in Copenhagen, Called 'Yankee Hipster' and 'Obama Illuminati'

    LA Weekly:

    Don’t worry: L.A. artist Shepard Fairey, 41, only has a “black eye and a bruised rib” after a pummeling he received in Copenhagen, Denmark last weekend.

  • The Mission to Get Osama Bin Laden : The New Yorker

    The New Yorker:

    Shortly after eleven o’clock on the night of May 1st, two MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters lifted off from Jalalabad Air Field, in eastern Afghanistan, and embarked on a covert mission into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden.



    As a helpful guide to the Games organizers, we have mapped out the hazards the torchbearers might encounter while running through some of the more treacherous parts of the official route.

  • Flavor Flav pulls name from Iowa fried chicken restaurant : SFGate: Daily Dish

    But Flav isn’t giving up on the catering business – he’s secured a deal to open Flavor Flav’s House of Flavor in Las Vegas next month. The venue will feature a restaurant, a bar, a studio and a stage for live performances.

    Link: Flavor Flav pulls name from Iowa fried chicken restaurant : SFGate: Daily Dish
  • Anti-Zombie Fortress


    Anti-Zombie Fortress is the nickname given to an abandoned coal mine in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, mainly due to its unique structural design that can be seen as highly impervious to zombie raids. While the mine shaft has become a popular destination in Japan for haiyakos (廃虚) or “urban excursion of abandoned buildings” since the mid-2000s, photographs of the tower became a subject of “anti-zombie” parodies and online discussions via social news hubsite Reddit in early April 2011.

    Link: Anti-Zombie Fortress | Know Your Meme