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Daily Briefing

Deep buzz for the content-deprived

Every weekday, while you get showered and dressed, we pluck these dewy- fresh, breaking stories from the info-clogged byways of the datasphere. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and stoke up on everything you need to know, or at least enough to fake it.

Inside The Islamic State 'Capital': No End In Sight To Its Grim Rule
Abu Ibrahim al-Raqqawi, The Guardian | Inside The Islamic State 'Capital' | February 23, 2015

U.S. air strikes have damaged morale in Raqqa, Syria, but a local anti-ISIS activist says no one is expecting the group to be driven out...

Plants Talk To Each Other Using An Internet Of Fungus
Nic Fleming, BBC | Internet Of Fungus | February 23, 2015

Hidden under your feet is an information superhighway that allows plants to communicate and help each other out. It's made of fungi...

How To Make It In Conservative America (If You Aren't White)
Jeet Heer, The New Republic | Dinesh D'Souza's Racism | February 21, 2015

Dinesh D'Souza's racism and the shame of immigrant self-hatred...

FBI Investigates Claim Suspects In 1946 Georgia Mass Lynching May Be Alive
Jon Swaine, The Guardian | The Moore's Ford Bridge Lynchings | February 21, 2015

Federal authorities look into notorious Moore's Ford Bridge deaths of four African Americans which have long been linked to the Ku Klux Klan...

"Out Of My Mouth Comes Unimpeachable Manly Truth"
Gary Shteyngart, The New York Times | A Week Of Russian TV | February 21, 2015

What I learned from watching a week of Russian TV...

My Own Life
Oliver Sacks, The New York Times Op Ed | Oliver Sacks' Life | February 19, 2015

A few weeks ago I learned that I have multiple metastases in the liver...

Throw Out The Whiskey Barrel, You'll Have A Bottle Of Fun
Tom Bentley, Forbes | Kickstarting Whiskey | February 19, 2015

An Unexpected Source of Innovation:

He and Time and Oak’s other two co-founders began working on a way to put the barrel in the bottle: curing engineered pieces of oak by pressure and temperature to bring out the wood’s natural sugars...

Brian Williams, Goat
Anne Lamott, Facebook | Brian Williams, Goat | February 19, 2015

No one, not one single person, has stood up for him. I would, but I'm a lying liar, too...

What ISIS Really Wants
Graeme Wood, The Atlantic | What ISIS Wants | February 17, 2015

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psycopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse...

The World's Craziest Anti-Women Laws
Nina Strochic, The Daily Beast | Craziest Anti-Women Laws | February 17, 2015

Where in the world can a man abduct a woman, marry her, and immediately become impossible to prosecute? That would be Lebanon and Malta...