Marina Dafova

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My son, Osama: the al-Qaida leader’s mother speaks for the first time

'He met some people who pretty much brainwashed him in his early 20s. You can call it a cult'<p>Reform is beginning to creep through Saudi society; the ban on women drivers has been lifted, cinemas have opened<p>Osama's son Hamza may well cloud the family’s attempts to shake off their past<p>On the corner …

Osama Bin Laden

Jeff Bezos’s $150 Billion Fortune Is a Policy Failure

Growing inequality in the United States shows that the game is rigged.<p>Last month, Bloomberg reported that Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and owner of the <i>Washington Post</i>, has accumulated a fortune worth $150 billion. That is the biggest nominal amount in modern history, and extraordinary any way …

Income Inequality

6 Unexpected Signs You're a Much Better Leader Than You Think

Charisma? Drive? Passion? Not exactly.<p>Think for a moment about the most effective boss that you've ever worked with in your life. As you look back, ponder for a moment what made that individual stand out. What characteristics made him or her special?<p>Was it charisma? Drive? Enthusiasm? The ability …

Leadership

Stop Chasing Your Customers and Do This Instead

If you want your business to explode and to generate more leads and sales than you thought possible, it's time to ditch your old sales strategy, and use this instead.<p>I recently tested an unconventional sales strategy that is changing the way small businesses are prospecting, generating leads, and …

Business Strategy

The George Soros philosophy – and its fatal flaw

Unlike most of the billionaire class, George Soros is not an out-of-touch plutocrat, but a provocative thinker committed to progressive ideals – which is what makes his failures so telling. By Daniel Bessner<p>• Read George Soros’s response to this article<p>In late May, the same day she got fired by the …

George Soros

Is the world running out of sand? The truth behind stolen beaches and dredged islands

The insatiable demand of the global building boom has unleashed an illegal market in sand. Gangs are now stealing pristine beaches to order and paradise islands are being dredged and sold to the construction industry<p>Paradise is a beach, we are told. Pristine white or coral pink. We leaf through …

Breaking Into the Boom in Escape Rooms: What Entrepreneurs Need to Know

Hijacked airplanes, derailed subway cars and trapped submarines are usually the stuff of nightmares. A growing number of entrepreneurs, though, are catering to customers willing to pay to escape these types of situations for fun.<p>Escape rooms are adventure games in which teams of friends, family or …

Manifesta 12 review – plant sex, puppets and a dial-a-spy booth

There’s a rustling in the shrubbery, a glimpse of sleek, young bodies pale among the foliage. Naked young men eye up the lush foliage and stems. Soon, they are rutting away with the plant life, rooting with the roots. There’s a lot of groaning and wailing and chewing, saliva and chlorophyl.<p>Filmed …

Use Cases

Start with the right foundation<p>High-resolution, up-to-date maps deliver valuable context—an advantageous difference between making informed decisions …

How Did the Nazis Gain Power in Germany?

<b>THE DEATH OF DEMOCRACY</b> <b><br>Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic</b><br>By Benjamin Carter Hett<br>Illustrated. 280 pp. Henry Holt & Company. $30.<p>We ask about the rise of the Nazis from what we think is a great distance. We take for granted that the Germans of the 1930s were quite different …

Political Science

Why are we living in an age of anger – is it because of the 50-year rage cycle?

A neighbour objected to a young couple from Newcastle being naked in their own home. “We are sick of seeing big bums, big boobs and little willy,” was the core message of the note, crescendoing to: “We will report you both for indecent exposure.” It is such a small thing, banal, without …

Civil Rights

Why Zuckerberg’s 14-Year Apology Tour Hasn’t Fixed Facebook

In 2003, one year before Facebook was founded, a website called Facemash began nonconsensually scraping pictures of students at Harvard from the …

Off the map: the secret cities behind the atom bomb

In 1943, three ordinary-looking US cities were constructed at record speed – but left off all maps. They had an extraordinary purpose: to create nuclear weapons as part of the Manhattan project<p>Something strange happened in the US state of Tennessee in 1943. Thousands of young workers poured into a …

Dimore creates 3 sensorial installations for Salone del Mobile

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Rafael de Cárdenas designs a surreal pop-up maze and a prime selfie canvas in New York City

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Fashion brands leave their sartorial mark on Salone del Mobile 2018

There was a time when fashion brands would host cocktail parties at Salone del Mobile — create a window display, perhaps — and call it a day, but those days are long gone. ‘It feels like every fashion brand has finally woken up to the wonders of the home,’ says JJ Martin, Wallpaper* editor at large …

Are your phone camera and microphone spying on you? | Dylan Curran

Taping over the lens is just the first step in keeping online snoopers out of your business<p>Here is what the former FBI director James Comey said when he was asked back in September 2016 if he covered his laptop’s webcam with tape.<p>“Heck yeah, heck yeah. Also, I get mocked for a lot of things, and I …

Spying

Cambridge Analytica execs boast of role in getting Donald Trump elected

Execs from firm at heart of Facebook data breach say they used ‘unattributable and untrackable’ ads, according to undercover expose<p>Senior executives from the firm at the heart of Facebook’s data breach boasted of playing a key role in bringing Donald Trump to power and said they used …

Donald Trump

DeepMind

Raia is a Senior Research Scientist working on Deep Learning at DeepMind, with a particular focus on solving robotics and navigation using deep …

A-wokening: is pop culture’s political surge a movement or a moment?

A quick quiz: what do these have in common? Katy Perry’s “purposeful pop”; the reboots of Party of Five and Ghostbusters; Macklemore; that Kendall Jenner Pepsi ad; and, most recently, Justin Timberlake’s video for his song Supplies, where the star surveys the ills of today’s world on TV screens …

NOTHING ON THE INTERNET

Welcome to the most interesting thing on the internet: Nothing. Simply download and install the extension, and watch the entire internet disappear in …

Building the Global Heatmap

Our Global Heatmap is the largest, richest, and most beautiful dataset of its kind. It is a visualization of two years of trailing data from Strava’s …

Strava: a global heatmap of athletic activity

Strava, the social network for athletes, has launched its global heatmap, a striking visualization of over one billion activities from Strava athletes across a wide variety of activities, both on land and in the sea. The activities logged covered nearly 17 billion miles. You can explore and search …

Fitness tracking app Strava gives away location of secret US army bases

Sensitive information about the location and staffing of military bases and spy outposts around the world has been revealed by a fitness tracking company.<p>The details were released by Strava in a data visualisation map that shows all the activity tracked by users of its app, which allows people to …

Fitness Technology

George Soros: Facebook and Google a menace to society

• Billionaire says social media companies’ ‘days are numbered’<br>• Soros warns of ‘far-reaching adverse consequences’ for democracy<p>Facebook and Google have become “obstacles to innovation” and are a “menace” to society whose “days are numbered”, said billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros at …

City of Ruins: How Norman Klein Has Emerged As L.A.'s Most Innovative Social Critic Los Angeles Magazine

One evening early in the fall, Norman Klein sat behind a Formica table, speaking softly but insistently to a small audience at REDCAT, the CalArts …

Los Angeles

Meet Your Art Twin: A 400-Year-Old With an Oily Complexion

Ross W. Duffin was wandering through a museum in Pasadena, Calif., last summer when he paused before a 17th-century painting of a bearded warrior in armor.<p>“I thought, ‘Wow, that is really funny, he looks just like me,’” Dr. Duffin recalled. Then he moved on.<p>But his wife, Beverly Simmons, was …

How Democracies Die review – the secret of Trump’s success

Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have written a fascinating – and alarming – account of how the US shook off its democratic safeguards and gave the world Donald Trump<p>History, the surprisingly fashionable Alexander Hamilton remarked in 1787, teaches that men who overthrow republics begin “by …

Fake News

LATCH – Methods of Organization

<b>Information Anxiety</b><p><b>Making sense of information through design</b><p>“The only thing we know is our own personal knowledge and lack of knowledge.. And since …