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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 08.18.11

8/18/2011 12:08:02 PM

Tags: The Crockpot, Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut, augmented reality, Karl Marc, biking, bicycles, bike lanes, SEC, Wall Street, Visa, vegan, media

woman-bike-laneA woman in the bike lane is the cycling equivalent of the canary in the coal mine. If your city maintains healthy, safe cycling habitat, female riders will come out in full force.


That date who announced himself as polyamorous may have seemed full of it, but bigger love is legit.


As if you didn’t envy expats enough, Scotland plans to build a “city of literature” hub to house the Edinburgh International Book Festival and to stage world-class literary events.


The Atlantic comments on the never ending campaign to ban Slaughterhouse Five. “It’s as if the novel’s theme of history repeating itself manifests in the controversies the Kurt Vonnegut book has caused over the years,” writes the magazine’s Betsy Morais.


Do you remember the guy who threw a pie in Rupert Murdoch’s face? Well, he went to prison . . . and now he’s blogging from there.


Touche! Earth Island Journal’s Jason Mark picks up his pitchfork to valiantly defend organic farming after its recent takedown by Scientific American. 


Welcome to a modern palace of poetry. 


A generous invitation from Bill McKibben: Come to Washington to get arrested and help stop climate change. 


Why does the Leaning Tower of Pisa lean? 


Frenchman Karl Marc has inked the world’s first augmented reality tattoo.


If you haven’t seen this slow-motion video of an owl, than you’ve never seen beauty.


Is the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes?” asks Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi. “A whistleblower claims that over the past two decades, the agency has destroyed records of thousands of investigations, whitewashing the files of some of the nation’s worst financial criminals.”


“In coordinated raids Monday at locations in Delaware, South Dakota, and California,” begins one of The Onion’s most prescient pieces of satire, “federal agents apprehended dozens of executives at Visa Inc., a sham corporation accused of perpetrating the largest credit card scam in U.S. history.”


Across the world, slums are home to a billion people. The rich elite want the shanty towns cleared, but residents are surprisingly determined not to leave, reports New Statesman.


What books influenced your favorite author? The Strand bookstore in New York presents curated lists of the most beloved books of authors and artists like Gary Shteyngart, John Waters, Jennifer Egan, and more.


Feel safer at the club: Scientists have developed a sensor that can be dipped into your cocktail to detect the presence of date rape drugs.


There is no such thing as vegan. Unless you stop using sugar, shampoo, crayons, antifreeze, and fireworks.

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