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The California Sunday Magazine: The Women Fighting The Colombian Government Tell Their Stories
I joined the FARC at a very early age, at 14. I come from a family that has been very persecuted by the government. One night at 1 a.m., the police arrived and kicked open the door, yelling. They let my father go, but they took my uncles away. We had another uncle who was indeed a guerrilla, but not the two who were disappeared. After what happened, my dad was filled with fear. One day, the uncle who was a guerrilla sent an invitation. He wanted to see the family. He asked me, ‘So, niece, what are you up to?’ I told him that I was about to get baptized in the Adventist church. He told me, ‘Keep in mind that the government uses the shield of religion to keep intelligence on families.’
Lucky Peach: It’s 8 a.m. Somewhere: Japan
Most mornings in Tokyo, toast with jam and coffee is going to be your most straightforward breakfast option. But plenty of days, you’ll set your rice cooker up the night before and wake up to warm rice that you can eat with pickles, natto, leftover fish, and a bowl of miso soup that you probably make from instant dashi, because it’s breakfast. Or you’ll make onigiri with a piece of fish or a pickled plum inside. But if you want to venture outside, you can find a number of both Western and Japanese ways to start the morning.
The Cut: Stoya Said Stop
As you might imagine, a porn star takes her lingerie drawer very seriously. “This is the working lingerie desk,” says Stoya, gesturing to a vintage-looking writing desk in her Brooklyn apartment. “It’s for sets that are special for me but haven’t been shot, things I haven’t worn on-camera. They live here.” Up the staircase in her loft bedroom there is a similar setup, organized by color, style, and texture. “You should see it when I’ve had time to go through and redo it,” she says, gazing at what appear to be immaculate rows of multicolored lace and tulle and mesh. “I’ve just had a lot going on.”
Digiday: What’s Behind Twitter’s Ambitious New Video Products
Twitter is using the spotlight of Cannes to roll out a “suggested video” feed, among a number of product updates that gave more tools to publishers to share and make money from their clips. This could be one area where Twitter finds an advantage over its all-powerful rival Facebook, where a suggested video product has been less than lucrative. One publisher revealed making only $25,000 from 50 million views through Facebook’s suggested video program. The Facebook program works by showing promoted video ads in between organic video posts from publishers, and splitting the revenue. Facebook is also paying millions to big media companies and celebrities to use Facebook Live.
Nautilus: This Is Your Brain On Silence
One icy night in March 2010, 100 marketing experts piled into the Sea Horse Restaurant in Helsinki, with the modest goal of making a remote and medium-sized country a world-famous tourist destination. The problem was that Finland was known as a rather quiet country, and since 2008, the Country Brand Delegation had been looking for a national brand that would make some noise. Over drinks at the Sea Horse, the experts puzzled over the various strengths of their nation. Here was a country with exceptional teachers, an abundance of wild berries and mushrooms, and a vibrant cultural capital the size of Nashville, Tennessee.
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