The ironic economy of Burning Man, the coming "killer robot" apocalypse, talking like an introvert, and more...

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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7 Pages That Gave President Obama Cover to Kill Americans

A newly released memo from the Office of Legal Counsel calls the wisdom of David Barron's lifetime appointment to a federal judgeship into question.

Conor Friedersdorf

The Wonderful, Weird Economy of Burning Man

Burners spend thousands preparing for the money-free event. But just as the desert community cannot fully escape capitalism, neither can capitalism remain untouched by the "gift economy."

Elizabeth Limbach

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How the U.S. and Europe Failed James Foley

America doesn't negotiate with terrorists. Should it?

David Rohde

So What Exactly Is a 'Killer Robot'?

Why so many groups are against them, but haven't agreed on what they are

Rose Eveleth

Putting Eternal Salvation in the Hands of 19-Year-Old Missionaries

When young Mormons are sent around the world to attract new adherents to the Church, sometimes they end up questioning their own faith.

Andrea Bennett and Kim Fu

What an Introvert Sounds Like

The World Well-Being Project uses Facebook updates to correlate language with personality traits.

Olga Khazan

The Business of Being Taylor Swift

Her new single and livestream showcase her honest-yet-savvy image.

Julie Beck

Magazine: The Escape Artist

West Virginia frat boy, hippie expatriate, big-time drug dealer, prison escapee, millionaire mortgage broker—Jim Sargent was many things before he arrived in the idyllic Hawaiian town of Hawi and established himself as a civic leader. But it was only a matter of time before his troubled past would catch up with him.

John Wolfson

Video: Juice Cleanses: The Worst Diet

A doctor tries the ever-popular Master Cleanse. Sort of.

In Focus: Meghalaya: The Wettest Place on Earth

Photographer Amos Chapple brings amazing images from the state of Meghalaya, India, reportedly the rainiest spot on Earth. For centuries, locals have been training the roots of rubber trees to grow into natural bridges, far outlasting man-made wooden structures that rot in just a few years.

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