The collapse of Venezuela, explained

Venezuela was once the richest country in Latin America. It has the largest known oil reserves in the world. And its democratic government was once praised world wide. But today, Venezuela’s democratic institutions and its economy are in shambles. The country has the highest inflation in the world, making food and medicine inaccessible to most Venezuelans. Over the last four years, its GDP has fallen 35%, which is a sharper…

Full Episode: Cults, Explained | Netflix

(gentle chime) – I think what attracted India to the group was this sense of unified purpose. – [Narrator] The group was NXIVM, and its unified purpose was self-improvement using a patented method of Rational Inquiry for Executive Success, led by a man named Keith Raniere. But the claim that Raniere had one of the world’s highest IQs, the way students had to bow to a picture of him on…

Why people are buying cartoon cats on the blockchain

Why people are buying cartoon cats on the blockchain

When I show you what I’m holding, some of you might see a simple cartoon.Some of you might see a complex piece of engineering.You’d both be right.Meet Genesis, the first Cryptokitty.She’s not alone.All of a sudden, cryptokitties are everywhere.“Cryptokitties”“Cryptokitties”“The viral blockchain-based game that sparked a global craze for virtual cats.”“It’s a picture of a cat.And apparently someone bought one for $100,000!”You’ve probably heard of cryptocurrencies— but these are cryptocollectibles.They’re like…