Posts Tagged: South America
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How To Ditch Your Job And Flee The Country

People drop things on the Internet and run all the time. So we have to ask. In this edition, producer and editor Mike Byhoff tells us more about what it’s like to leave your job, get on a plane headed for a country you know nothing about, and then spend a month abroad without an agenda or being able to speak the language.

Leaving for central america for a month in 12 hours and don't speak spanish and have basically no itinerary what the fuck am I doing.

— Mike Byhoff (@mbyhoff) February 28, 2014

Mike! We spoke at the end of February after [...]

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Science Verifies Existence Of Headhunting

"The shrunken heads were made from enemies' heads cut on the battlefield. Then, during spiritual ceremonies, enemies' heads were carefully reduced through boiling and heating, in the attempt to lock the enemy's spirit and protect the killers from spiritual revenge." —Hebrew University of Jerusalem professor Gila Kahila Bar-Gal tells Discovery News' Jennifer Viegas about the results of her analysis of a particularly well-preserved head of an enemy of Ecuadorian Jivaro-Shuar warriors who was killed sometime between 1600-1898 in Ecuador. Bar-Gal and her colleagues are the first scientists ever to successfully map a shrunken head's genetic make-up, thus providing the most conclusive evidence yet that stories of headhunting and [...]

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Miami Terror Machine: Who Is Francisco Chávez Abarca?

According to this convoluted Miami Herald article that macerates its own opening, the recently arrested Francisco Chávez Abarca, who is accused of terrorist attacks in Cuba in the 90s, is actually a double-agent mystery man in a thriller of international suspense and intrigue. He admits to planting bombs in hotels and colluding with others on the bombing of Cubana Flight 455, but maybe he's just a patsy in a game of cloak and dagger and disinformation to tarnish the good name of admitted terrorist Posada Carriles?

Actually, no, none of that makes any sense. Some back-story might be helpful.