Journal 95

“Downtown Grozny, Chechnya” by Christiaan Triebert is licensed under CC BY 2.0

This week — a murder in Hampstead, the stick’s role in human evolution, looking beyond bitcoin, and life after leaving a polygamous sect. 
If you only read one thing — The Huffington Post on dark tourism is worth the time.


The Disaster Tourist // The Huffington Post Highline // Life

A look at the market for “dark tourism” — a trend that involves companies arranging travel to risky and politically sensitive destinations.

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble // The New York Times // Technology

Talk about the Bitcoin bubble and fortunes made and lost is one thing (cf. the news this week that rapper 50 Cent was paid in Bitcoin for an album, forgot about it, and is now $8m richer), but this insightful piece proposes that the blockchain technology behind it can unlock things of far greater value.

How Do You Rebuild Your Life After Leaving A Polygamous Sect? // Buzzfeed // Life

A piece looking at the experience of women that have left the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and life in Short Creek, their base on the Arizona-Utah border.

The Stick Is an Unsung Hero of Human Evolution // Nautilus // Science

An archaeologist takes a look at the part the humble stick has played “in developing the cognitive processes of the human species” from our early origins, to Ronnie O’Sullivan’s record-breaking frame of snooker.

Murder in Hampstead: did a secret trial put the wrong man in jail? // The Guardian // Crime

A look at the contentious circumstances surrounding a murder case that went to a secret trial and put a long-time MI6 informant in jail.


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