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What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

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Fictional Currency Imaginary Money

"QUANTUM SHOT" #822 <br>Link - article by Simon Rose<p><b>Fascinating Fictional Currency: Money that’s literally out of this world</b><p>In these ever tough economic …

Q&A: Why Scott Cook sees Intuit as Silicon Valley’s ’30-year-old startup’

For a billionaire, Scott Cook sure does talk a lot about failure, especially if he’s learned a valuable lesson from a screw-up.<p>Cook is the founder of Intuit, a corporation with almost 10,000 employees that sells financial management products to individuals and small businesses. To illustrate the …

Follow the Money to a New Map of the USA

Ever got a dollar bill stamped with a Where's George stamp? It's a fun game to most people, where they can enter a banknote's serial number to track …

The 10 Most Interesting Numbers in American Culture (Plus or Minus a Few)

<i>From the number that defeated the Nazis to the one that put a smile on the faces of drunken sailors, here are 10 digits with real value.</i><p><b>1. 2.3</b> …

Michael Lewis: The Lone Gentile at Passover

<i>Over the 1993 Passover holidays, then–senior editor Michael Lewis found</i> The New Republic’s <i>offices entirely empty. A self-professed “flaming gentile,”</i> …