10 stories to read this weekend - Edition 33 - August 22, 2014
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” ― Richard Steele.
Welcome to “10 stories to read this weekend,” a weekly feature that links to some interesting stories.
- Inside ISIS: The Making of a Radical: He was a bright young Muslim living an idyllic Scandinavian life. What happened to the mind of Abu Tareq?
- Green Arabia: American tourist Maciej Ceglowski chronicles his trip to Yemen. This piece is Part-2 in the series. You can read the first one here.
- The Interpreters: The interpreters who worked for American forces during the recent Afghanistan war (and the many still working) are among America’s bravest and most loyal allies. So that you don’t have to take my word for it, I asked several U.S. Marines I’d met in Afghanistan — not the easiest people to impress — to share their thoughts.
- Fear of a Black President: As a candidate, Barack Obama said Americans needed to reckon with race and with America’s original sin, slavery. But as our first black president, he has avoided mention of race almost entirely. In having to be “twice as good” and “half as black,” Obama reveals the false promise and double standard of integration.
- Did I Drop a Bomb on My Buddy?: An American bomber pilot and German foot soldier become friends years after the fall of Hitler—without realizing how dangerously close their paths had converged.
- The British Undercover Cop Who Went Too Far: In 1984, Jacqui met Bob Lambert at an animal-rights protest. They fell in love, had a son. Then Bob disappeared. It would take 15 years for Jacqui to learn that he had been working undercover.
- Paper Boys: Inside the dark, lucrative world of consumer debt collection.
- How an Extreme Athlete Uncovered Her Own Genetic Flaw: When Kim Goodsell discovered that she had two extremely rare genetic diseases, she taught herself genetics to help find out why.
- We Don’t Need No Education: At least not of the traditional, compulsory, watch-the-clock-until-the-bell-rings kind. As a growing movement of unschoolers believe, a steady diet of standardized testing and indoor inactivity is choking the creativity right out of our kids. The alternative: set ‘em free.
- The King of the Islands of Refreshment: Were the Islands of Refreshment a colonial conquest, the first island micronation—or both?
Have a great weekend!
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Six life lessons we can learn from trees
- Appreciate your roots
- Drink lots of water
- Provide sanctuary for others
- Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb once in a while
- Be productive
From “Canopy Meg” at the California Academy of Sciences
Made my day.
“The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of science is that it is not emotional.”