Silk Road’s Closure: An Impactful Hit on the Illegal Drug Market

As you have probably already heard, the FBI recently seized and closed down the notorious black market Internet site “Silk Road,” along with its creator, twenty-nine year old Ross Ulbricht. While many law-and-order types gathered together online to applaud the news, others were shocked and disappointed by the government’s actions. Silk Road offered its army of users access to some of the purest, most potent substances currently available to consumers. Over

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Deep Red, Chapter Twelve

←Chapter Eleven   January 10, 1811: I believe I may have discovered how a hybrid might be possible. I recently translated some of my grandfather’s work, and discovered that some of the Residents have come to many of the same conclusions. In the old world, as opposed to this one, there was no blended inheritance. A child of a pure kindred and a pure volemic would be born with the

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Ulysses by Tennyson

It little profits that an idle king, By this still hearth, among these barren crags, Match’d with an aged wife, I mete and dole Unequal laws unto a savage race, That hoard and sleep, and feed, and know not me. I cannot rest from travel: I will drink Life to the lees:  All times I have enjoy’d Greatly, have suffer’d greatly, both with those That loved me, and alone; on

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Millers’ Crossing

Dillard and Woolf waxed elegiac over its immolation in a candle’s flame—overcome, I imagine, by the surrealism of the juxtaposition: a single, innocuous wick lit to guide the path of the writer’s words morphs into a luminous siren calling a foundering craft to its swift and fiery end. But for me, a writer with no Candle at all to play muse to me and a moth, these millers do nothing

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Not Just Reindeer: Sweden’s Midsummer Festival

Every year, Swedes celebrate a national holiday called “Midsummer.” The roots of the festival go back to the 6th century A.D. Originally held to usher in the season of fertility, Midsummer also honors the summer solstice. The traditions began in the southern areas of Sweden and then gradually spread to the rest of the country. People dressed up, decorated buildings and homes, and danced around maypoles. The maypole was originally a

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