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MAG AMALGAMATION: Intuition, High-Tech Assassinations, and the Death of the Protest

A pan-and-scan of interesting features currently on the magazine stand.

Time - "How to Fix No Child Left Behind"
More than 30,000 educators and concerned citizens have signed an online petition calling for the repeal of the 1,100-page statute. Some offer comments like this one from a former superintendent of schools in Ohio: "NCLB is like a Russian novel. That's because it's long, it's complicated, and in the end, everybody gets killed."

Psychology Today - "Gut Almighty"
Although [intuitions] seem to emerge from an obscure inner force, they actually begin with a perception of something outside—a facial expression, a tone of voice, a visual inconsistency so fleeting you're not even aware you noticed.

Popular Science - "The First Assassination of the 21st Century"
While the doctors struggled to identify his condition, the patient in Room 9—Alexander Litvinenko, a vocal opponent of Russian president Vladimir Putin and an ex-officer in Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor to the KGB—had already reached his own conclusions. He was sure that he had been poisoned, and that the Kremlin had ordered his assassination.

The New Yorker - "Remember This?"
In 2001, [Gordon] Bell published an article in a technical journal to announce that he had finished "the intellectual part" of going paperless. Then he had his second epiphany.

Utne Reader - "Protest Is Dead. Long Live Protest."
Earlier this year, when United for Peace and Justice mobilized its latest march on Washington, the event barely registered. A few TV cameras clustered around Jane Fonda, who was at her first protest in years. The networks virtually ignored the demonstration. Another day, another protest.

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