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Laura Poitras: American Spies Have Me ‘Lit Up Like a Christmas Tree’

In his post-9/11 novel Pattern Recognition, science fiction writer William Gibson combs through the emotional fallout of that disaster to examine what paranoia does to the human mind. The main character's father, a Cold War security expert named Win, disappeared in Lower Manhattan that day. His views on paranoia are scattered through the book like nuggets of wisdom or total insanity -- depending on the reader's paranoia level.

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ISIS Hostage John Cantlie 'Reports' From Kobani

The Islamic State is no stranger to brazen PR moves. Its propaganda videos of mass executions and beheadings are as horrifying as they are shocking, a vicious statement of intent to its Western audience. But on Monday the group changed course slightly by releasing its latest video, a curious report that features British hostage John Cantlie delivering a television "news" standup allegedly from the beleaguered Syrian city of Kobani.

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Parasitic Capitalism, Round 2: Ebola.com Sold for $200,000

Two weeks ago, we told you about the money-grubbers of Blue String Ventures, whose business entails squatting on domain names and flipping them for a pretty penny. Their "portfolio" included Ebola.com, which they sold last week for about $200,000 to a company called -- and, no, this isn't a joke -- Weed Growth Fund.

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