At the Academy, Mørck met Belden and Chapman, and after training, all three of them were assigned to a heavy-weapons unit at Ayn Issa. Just two days later, the YPG coalition announced the start of the Raqqa offensive. “We were surprised,” Mørck said. They had expected to spend months doing guard duty, sheltered from real danger. Instead, Mørck said, “we fired the first shots of the Raqqa operation.” The three of them were put to manning machine guns, Belden riding inside the makeshift tank, Chapman and Mørck straddling the beds of Hilux gun trucks. ISIS didn’t put up much of a fight. “Once they saw we were coming, they just ran,” Mørck said. They could only see the enemy – “dudes walking around with huge beards,” Chapman said – through binoculars. American commandos, snake-eating JSOC types without insignia, were milling around with the Kurds, and Mørck said he talked to uniformed American … [Read more...] about The Anarchists vs. the Islamic State
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Attention faded fast as parole restrictions – like a 7 p.m. curfew – kept Alig far from the spotlight he sought. He bounced between friends’ places for a while, eventually landing in the apartment of a boyfriend, a walk-up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. But the drama isn’t over yet. A few hours before one recent party, plans to meet at this apartment were quickly changed when Alig was forced to gather whatever belongings he could carry in a cardboard box and flee more than 100 blocks south to Rumpus Room. Life at home does not seem stable: an article in the New York Post titled “Club Kid Killer Allegedly Attacked By His Lover,” dated just one month prior describes how police were called to the apartment after Alig was forced to climb onto a fire escape at 7 a.m. to flee his live-in boyfriend. … [Read more...] about Michael Alig Did His Time for Murder – Now He Wants to Party
Indeed, in the past decade, street protests have ousted a series of entrenched African dictators, first in Tunisia and Egypt, then in Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Algeria, and Sudan. This is essentially what Wine’s campaign is about: creating momentum and setting the conditions to spark a revolution. But it’s a serious gamble. “We’re in the middle of a fight,” Wine says. “Museveni believes in violent fight. We believe in logic, and psychological and democratic fight. We know he won’t go without a fight. But we’re over 40 million people. We know Gaddafi, Bouteflika, and Omar al-Bashir wouldn’t go without a fight. But they went.” … [Read more...] about Uganda’s ‘Ghetto President’: How Bobi Wine Went from Dancehall Grooves to Revolutionary Politics
Five more babies would die that year, bringing the body count to at least 10 in Vernal; three more were lost in towns nearby. Young searched back to the start of the decade. In 2010, there were two, about average for a small town, then one in 2011 and four in 2012, including one whose mom worked at the senior facility on that smog-bound corner. And then the big jump in 2013, on the heels of a historic run in production that began a decade earlier. The Uintah Basin alone was home to more than 11,000 wells – that’s an enormous concentration of soot and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) drifting into Vernal, then sitting there; in that inversion-filled winter, the VOC count was equivalent to 100 million cars’ exhaust. Reached for comment about the region’s pollution, Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of public affairs at the Western Energy Alliance, a trade association for the drillers, said, “We acknowledged that the emissions were our responsibility, [and] … [Read more...] about What’s Killing the Babies of Vernal, Utah?
Kuchenbecker explains that if you drag your fingertip across different surfaces in a quiet room, you can hear the sound they produce. Corduroy would sound different from rough stone, terracotta, or silk, and you could also easily feel the difference between these materials. Similar to how you can hear the difference between different voices or different notes in a musical scale, your brain can separate tactile vibrations into the different frequencies that they contain. Each material has its own particular combination of frequencies for a given way that you are touching it (slow and soft, for example), and your brain quickly learns this response pattern from just a couple of seconds of interaction. … [Read more...] about Virtual Touch: Inside Technology That Makes VR Feel Real