Earlier on MoreLiver’s
'Goodfellas' Mobster Henry Hill Has Died – The Atlantic Wire
Disarming Viktor Bout (Mar 2012) – The New Yorker
The end of the line for world’s most notorious weapons trafficker:
Cocaine Incorporated – NYT
How a Mexican drug cartel makes its billions
Kid Cannabis (Oct 2005) – Rolling Stone
The story of an Idaho pizza delivery boy turned weed kingpin: ‘Our plan was to make 3 million and get out. When you crunch the numbers, that’s nothing. We figured out we could do it in fourteen months. But when you’re making twenty or thirty grand a week, why the fuck would you stop?’
The streets of Tirana and the roots of Albanian-American organized crime – Capital New York
In June 2010, 17 men were arrested and charged by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan with a long list of federal RICO mob charges that included robbery, kidnapping, murder, drug dealing, weapons possession, conspiracy, extortion, arson, and obstruction of justice. They all came from Albania.
FiveBooks Interviews: Paul Theroux on Travelling – The Browser
Travel is a leap in the dark, says Paul Theroux – and one that will leave you a different person at the other end. He recommends five travel books that inspired him, from Mark Twain at sea to VS Naipaul in India
The History Behind Berlin’s Cheap Rents – American City
What Guide Books Tell Foreign Visitors to the U.S. – The Atlantic
Such tips as "don't hand out cash to dinner guests" reveal what foreign tourists find surprising about coming to America.
Shattered Glass (1998) – Vanity Fair
At 25, Stephen Glass was a reporter wunderkind, regularly filing incredible pieces for the largest magazines. When suspicion fell on his sources, things started to really get strange. It wasn’t just sources and organizations he was inventing, but whole stories
John Nash Documentary – Cheap Talk
This is a 1 hour PBS documentary from 2002.
Our Billionaire Philanthropists – The Awl
With wealth consolidating ever upward in America, private foundations are growing like topsy. More than 120,000 such groups controlled around $583 billion in 2010.
What Facebook Knows – technology review
The company's social scientists are hunting for insights about human behavior. What they find could give Facebook new ways to cash in on our data—and remake our view of society.
Voyager space probe reaches edge of solar system – Reuters
The Voyager 1 space probe has reached the edge of the solar system, extending its record for being the most distant man-made object in space.
Scientists theorize neutrons may be escaping into mirror universe – The Raw Story
Suddenly That Summer – Vanity Fair
It was billed as “the Summer of Love,” a blast of glamour, ecstasy, and Utopianism that drew some 75,000 young people to the San Francisco streets in 1967. Who were the true movers behind the Haight-Ashbury happening that turned America on to a whole new age?
Jesse Ventura Explains Why Governments Are Like Gangs – Forbes
My Father and Me: A Spy Story – GQ
It was just a favor to dear old dad. But the next thing Nathan Nicholson knew, he was jet-setting around the world under cover and selling state secrets to the Russians. You know what they say: Like father, like spy
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