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Electronic Security a Worry in an Age of Digital Espionage. Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia. By Maria Popova Prison storytelling, subcultural anthropology, and the allure of darkness.

Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia

In the 1970′s, while American hippies were busy inking themselves with peace signs and psychedelic rainbows, Danzig Baldayev, a guard at St. Petersburg’s notorious Kresty Prison, began documenting the far less Woodstockian body art of Russia’s most infamous criminals. For 33 years, Baldayev used his exclusive access to and rapport with the prisoners to hand-illustrate and capture in artful photographs more than 3,600 inmate tattoos — as admirable a feat artistically as it was sociologically. Gordon Mathews on Chungking Mansions. Kent Wang by Gordon Mathews Chungking Mansions is a dilapidated 17-story structure full of cheap guesthouses, restaurants, and shops of all kinds located in the heart of Hong Kong’s tourist district, which encompasses some of the most expensive real estate on earth.

Gordon Mathews on Chungking Mansions

Chungking Mansions has been famous in recent decades as the haunt of backpackers traveling through Asia, but today it is has a different significance: It is where small entrepreneurs from South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and other regions come to seek their fortunes; where Indian temporary workers on tourist visas struggle to survive on substandard wages; and where asylum seekers in flight from societies in Africa and South Asia come to escape political tyrannies and economic deprivations. Startup hopes to hack the immigration system with a floating incubator. Some of the Silicon Valley's most important companies, including Intel, Google, and Yahoo, were cofounded by immigrants.

Startup hopes to hack the immigration system with a floating incubator

Yet America's creaky immigration system makes it difficult for talented young people born outside of the United States to come to the Bay Area. There have been various proposals to make it easier for immigrant entrepreneurs to come to the United States, but they've made no progress in Congress. So a new company called Blueseed is seeking to bypass the political process and solve the problem directly. Blueseed plans to buy a ship and turn it into a floating incubator anchored in international waters off the coast of California. Ars talked to Blueseed founder Max Marty. For everything else there's the B-1 visa Blueseed is trying to overcome the limitations of American immigration law, but its business model also depends crucially on the goodwill of American immigration officials.

Marty pointed to the B-1 business visa as a key part of his company's strategy. "Mrs. Sherlock Holmes" Takes on the NYPD. Mrs.

"Mrs. Sherlock Holmes" Takes on the NYPD

Grace Humiston, a.k.a. "Mrs. Sherlock Holmes" Unlike in Mike Dash’s recent tale of a mysterious cold case, detectives knew right away the identity of a body found in Harlem on a cloudy spring day in June 1917. She was 18-year-old Ruth Cruger, who had been missing since February 13. The morning after Ruth disappeared, her older sister, Helen, searched for clues in their neighborhood. “Did my sister leave her skates to be sharpened yesterday?” The man replied that a young woman had left a pair of skates to be sharpened in the morning and returned for them later.

Adam Curtis Blog: RUPERT MURDOCH - A PORTRAIT OF SATAN. Rupert Murdoch doesn't like the BBC And sometimes the BBC doesn't seem to like Rupert Murdoch either.

Adam Curtis Blog: RUPERT MURDOCH - A PORTRAIT OF SATAN

Following the principle that you should know your enemy, the BBC has assiduously recorded the relentless rise of Rupert Murdoch and his assault on the old "decadent" elites of Britain. And I thought it would be interesting to put up some of the high points. It is also a good way to examine how far his populist rhetoric is genuine, and how far its is a smokescreen to disguise the interests of another elite. As a balanced member of the BBC - I leave it to you to decide. Murdoch first appears in the BBC archive in a short fragment without commentary shot in 1968.

Murdoch was going to ask Sir Humphrey for permission to take over the News of the World. The News of the World was a salacious rag, but it was run by Sir William Carr who was a member of an old establishment family. Then Murdoch arrived. Maxwell warned Sir William not to trust Murdoch. Sir William replied - "Bob, Rupert is a gentleman" The Future according to Josh Harris. But wait, who's Josh Harris?

This isn’t just a story about the future according to Josh Harris.

The Future according to Josh Harris. But wait, who's Josh Harris?

This is a story about Josh Harris according to Josh Harris. When I was first introduced to the Internet entrepreneur, I scheduled our interview for 2pm on a Friday afternoon at the offices of Morris & King on 5th Avenue. Judy Garland speaks, you sons of bitches! ‘‘I’ve sung, I’ve entertained, I’ve pleased your children, I’ve pleased your wives, I’ve pleased you—YOU SONS OF BITCHES!’’ The 2 CD bootleg set, Judy Garland Speaks, has to be one of the single most demented things a celebrity has ever left behind for the world to discover several decades after their death. Even people who would normally never care about something Judy Garland-related marvel at the incredible pathos and dark insanity of these tapes, which come off like Garland performing in a one-woman show written by Samuel Beckett.

YES, they are that good.