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Mindfulness is a capitalist grift: How faux enlightenment maintains our status quo

The meditative practice favored by America’s titans of industry bears no relation to its anti-materialist origins<p>I stumbled across mindfulness, the meditation practice now favored by titans of tech, sensitive C-suiters, new media gurus and celebrities, without even really knowing it.<p>A couple of …

The Secret Story of How the NSA Began

Congress was surprised to find that a federal intelligence agency they'd scarcely heard of was bigger and more powerful than one that they'd created.<p>In 1982, James Bamford published <i>The Puzzle Palace</i>, an unprecedented journalistic look at the National Security Agency. This is an opportune moment to …

The Passion of the Costas

When Adam Scott rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt to win the Masters on Sunday, I heard The Voice. I hear it a lot when I’m watching sports. The Voice …

Keith Olbermann

How Much Booty Do People Want? Just A Little More Than The Neighbors

Sex is like money: The more you think the Joneses have, the worse you feel.<p>Having sex makes us happy. But what makes us even happier, apparently, is having sex more than someone else.<p>A study from Tim Wadsworth, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder, looked at the …

UK to open inquiry into Berezovsky death

Britain is set to open a judicial inquiry into the death of a Russian tycoon to establish how he died in the locked bathroom of his vast mansion near London.<p>Boris Berezovsky, who survived years of power struggles and assassination attempts in Russia, was found dead last week in his home in Ascot, a …

Q&A: The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln

<b>This season of</b> AMC's <i>The Walking Dead</i>, which will have its finale this Sunday, has found our favorite zombie-apocalypse survivors tested in ways they probably never imagined. Instead of worrying constantly about flesh-eaters, they've had their hands full with The Governor (David Morrissey) and the …

Walking

Hang Ten: The Original Surf Brand

<b>Surf culture has, of late, become certifiably stylish.</b> That's thanks in part to the popularity of brands like Saturdays Surf NYC and Cuisse de Grenouille — metropolitan outfitters that have elevated the look and brought it to a circle of guys beyond the waterlogged diehards.<p>But this new crop of …

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