Kit Holzberger

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Can the cult of Berkshire Hathaway outlive Warren Buffett?

Centuries from now, historians piecing together the narrative of this stretch of America’s existence will have to explain the curious four-decade (and counting) run in which an arena in an otherwise modest midwestern US city filled to capacity once a year for two aging billionaires talking about …

There’s Something About Yogurt

Several new studies suggest yogurt might reduce inflammation—a process linked to different types of diseases.<p>A couple years ago, I was taking a swim with my very pregnant friend when I asked her if it was hard to keep straight all of the doctors’ health recommendations for expectant mothers.<p>Not …

How Britain let Russia hide its dirty money

For decades, politicians have welcomed the super-rich with open arms. Now they’re finally having second thoughts. But is it too late?<p>By Oliver Bullough<p>In March, parliament’s foreign affairs committee asked me to come and tell them what to do about dirty Russian cash. As a journalist, I’ve spent …

Campaign Fundraising

New Court Documents Reignite Debate: Does Facebook Use Your Phone's Mic To Eavesdrop On You? - Digg

Some conspiracy theories are easily debunked: that President Obama was born in Kenya, that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax, that Melania Trump has …

How nations stay together

Nations come with a vast array of peoples, languages and histories, but the strong ones share three simple things<i>By Andreas Wimmer</i>Read at Aeon

Political Science

A controversial study has a new spin on the otherworldliness of the octopus

Octopuses are strange, smart creatures that certainly <i>seem</i> alien—what with the tentacles, camouflage, and shape-shifting skills. Still, the idea that they actually came from outer space would seem to fall strictly into the realm of sci-fi; an update of HP Lovecraft’s Cthulhu, say.<p>But in these …

Electric Scooter Charger Culture Is Out of Control

“Bird hunting” has become a pastime and a side hustle for teens and young professionals, but for some it’s a cutthroat business.<p>Every afternoon around 4 p.m., when school lets out, Brandon, an 18-year-old high-school senior in Los Angeles who asked to be referred to only by his first name, goes …

San Francisco

The New Passport-Poor

In <i>Casablanca</i>, the ex-lovers Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) reunite in the Moroccan port city where Ilsa and her …

Immigration

There Is Only One Trump Scandal

The myriad Trump scandals can obscure the fact that they’re all elements of one massive tale of corruption.<p>The sheer volume of Trump scandals can seem difficult to keep track of.<p>There’s the ongoing special-counsel investigation into whether the Trump campaign aided a Russian campaign to aid Trump’s …

Donald Trump

A Most Violent Year

It was neither the best nor the worst of times. But in contrast to the relative placidity of the 1950s, the events of 1968 opened up previously …

The Jewish superstars who once ruled Bollywood

In 2006, the Melbourne-based documentary filmmaker Danny Ben-Moshe was given a newspaper clipping by his Indian research assistant. Spotted by the girl’s father, who knew Ben-Moshe was Jewish, it was an obituary for a veteran Indian actress who had made her name playing the vamp in Bollywood movies …

The decline of Snapchat and the secret joy of internet ghost towns

As fewer and fewer of my friends use the platform, Snapchat has become a haven from the grinding utility of the internet<p>It’s difficult to believe now, but there was a time when the internet was nowhere instead of everywhere. Before the social internet had mapped so completely onto our social lives …

Portraits of Beautiful, Topless and Highly Controversial Femen Activists (NSFW)

<i>Sacha Shevchenko, 23 years old. Photo: Guillaume Herbaut/INSTITUTE</i><p>Guillaume Herbaut’s series, <i>The New Amazons</i>, brought him to the Brejnev district in …

Scientists keep “discovering” things stoners already know

Scientific jargon has the remarkable ability to turn just about anything into pseudo-academic pontification. This month, the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Consciousness and Cognition published a paper titled “Synesthetic hallucinations induced by psychedelic drugs in a congenitally blind man,” …

Are We Already Living in Virtual Reality?

A new technology—virtual embodiment—challenges our understanding of who and what we are.<p>Thomas Metzinger had his first out-of-body experience when he was nineteen. He was on a ten-week meditation retreat in the Westerwald, a mountainous area near his home, in Frankfurt. After a long day of yoga and …

Virtual Reality

Self-storage: How warehouses for personal junk became a $38 billion industry

One in 11 Americans pays for space to store the material overflow of the American dream<p>Despite recessions and demographic shifts, few building types have boomed like self-storage lockers. In fact, they’ve proven to be one of the surest bets in real estate over the last half century, while malls, …

Why believing conspiracy theories feels so good

Experts explain why your high school friend won’t stop posting about lizard people and crisis actors.<p>In the days after the Parkland Shooting, the …

The Male Glance

Updated Date Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 09:30Author(s)Lili LoofbourowIssueSpring 2018

The Point of Men’s Cults - Facts So Romantic

<i>Men’s cults are not universal, but they recur throughout history and across cultures. Does their pervasiveness tell us something important about</i> …

How a Dead Philosopher Makes a Transatlantic Trip

Jeremy Bentham died 186 years ago. Now conservators are transporting his “auto-icon” from London to New York for the first time.<p>Like all the other …

British Philosophy

The Streaming Void | Judy Berman

The defining cult film of the twenty-first century is neither a mirror held up to nature or a hammer used to shape reality. <i>The Room</i>, released in …

Horror

Life coaches on Instagram break the first rule of therapy—that’s why it works

I can’t remember, exactly, when or why I initially became obsessed with life coaches on Instagram. But I’m pretty sure it wasn’t because I wanted to hire one.<p>Over time, I came to know their lives, in that strange online way where you don’t know someone’s real name, but thanks to their Instagram …

Are we poisoning our children with plastic?

The chemical BPA is widely added to food and drink packaging, and more than 80% of teenagers have it in their bodies. But how dangerous is it?<p>Can exposure to plastics harm your health? It’s a question currently being explored by researchers after a recent study suggested that traces of a synthetic …

Brisbane woman denied haircut at barber shop because of gender

A woman has lodged a complaint with the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commission after a Brisbane barber shop refused to cut her hair because of her …

The “karmic connection” between The Beatles’ George Harrison and Ravi Shankar

There is no easy explanation for such vastly dissimilar people as George (Harrison) and Ravi Shankar instantly connecting with each other, almost as if their relationship was preordained. Their family backgrounds were completely different. The Beatle was the son of a bus conductor father and a shop …

Is someone hijacking your Spotify? Here's what I did when it happened to me.

For years, I've had a bit of a digital pen pal.<p>His name is Kevin. He loves music, "Coffee Table Jazz" in particular. He owns an Amazon Echo, through …

Music

Top Democrat suggests proof of Trump-Russia collusion still to come

While these latest indictments do not allege Trump’s team knowingly colluded, says Adam Schiff, that doesn’t mean later ones won’t<p>The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee suggested on Monday that Robert Mueller may still present evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and …

Coalition to rethink plan to bar criminals from child sex abuse redress scheme

The Turnbull government will reconsider its plan to bar sexual abuse survivors with serious criminal histories from accessing the national redress scheme amid mounting pressure from legal and mental health experts.<p>The social services minister, Dan Tehan, said the issue would be “on the table” when …

Geoffrey Rush touched actor in way that made her 'uncomfortable', court told

Rush’s barrister says allegation of inappropriate touching published by News Corp ‘completely opaque’<p>Geoffrey Rush repeatedly touched a female cast member “in a way that made her feel uncomfortable” during a 2015 production of King Lear despite being asked to stop, a Sydney court has heard.<p>The …

Labor MP says Adani mine would displace jobs and sabotage Paris targets

Mark Butler says development of Galilee basin is not in Australia’s national interests<p>The shadow climate change minister, Mark Butler, has warned the development of the Galilee basin is not in Australia’s national interest, because it would displace mining and jobs in existing coal regions, and …