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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 08.11.11

8/11/2011 10:34:56 AM

Tags: The Crockpot, meditation, superheroes, Osama bin Laden, EPA, Michele Bachmann, Yemen, North Dakota, fast fashion, asexuality, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Ken Kesey, busking

meditation-cliffFor those who strive for inner peace but don’t take themselves too seriously: A list of 20 thoughts to think while pretending to meditate.


What does a real life superhero look like? Photographer Peter Tangen will show you.


Is the story of finding Osama bin Laden a cover for the real story?


Before the EPA was a “Job-Killer,” Michele Bachmann thought it could bring “long-term benefits to…the economy.”


A smart young woman launches an activist website to help her parents’ native country, Yemen, in its grassroots battle to oust 33-year-dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh.


A 417 million-year-old oil deposit is drawing the oil industry to North Dakota, “the only state in the country that had more residents in 1930 than it does today,” Governing reports.


How fast fashion takes a toll on the earth.


High school girls earn ‘A’s for asexuality.


It’s no surprise that Kanye West and Jay-Z would make a collaborative album about how awesome they are. But, Grantland asks, is it any good?


Not to harsh your buzz, but Tom Wolfe’s book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is no longer the authoritative work of art on Ken Kesey’s psychedelic school bus ride.


From banjo to violin to blues guitar, street performers offer a primer on the art of busking.


Forget the book of love. Meet the kindly author who wrote the Book of Raunch.


With lots of enticing buttons, flashy animations, pop-ups, and hyperlinks, the Internet can be a pretty distracting place. How is anyone supposed to get any writing done? Answer: Head to QuietWrite, the web’s private writer’s nook.

Image by Drab Makyo, licensed under Creative Commons. 

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