Summary of “The Man Who Got America High”

First, there is an archived People magazine article from 1978, titled: ‘TOURING ROCK STARS GO TO AL DELLENTASH WHEN THEY REALLY WANT TO GET HIGH.’ The headline is a clever joke, you see, because the story is about his multi-million-dollar private jet-leasing business, which he built in his twenties: “Among the acts that have chartered Dellentash’s three Convairs, two helicopters and a Boeing 707 are the Rolling Stones, KISS and the Grateful Dead.”.
Ironically, Dellentash was secretly getting the whole of America high – hiding in plain sight as a chartered plane provider, and later, a music manager for 1980s acts including Meat Loaf and the Bay City Rollers.
Online speculators have tried to link Dellentash’s name to the famous D.B. Cooper hijacking in 1971, the C.I.A.’s covert operations in South America, and even the 9/11 terror attacks in New York – tinfoil-hat theorists discovered that Dellentash’s father was once a contractor on the World Trade Center.
“My life was all mapped out for me.” In 1971, Dellentash married his high school girlfriend, and they had two children.
“The propeller disaster in Belize was fresh in my mind,” Dellentash says, “But everything with this guy just seemed organized. He made it all sound easy. He offered $150,000 in start-up money, so he was really talking my language.” But as Dellentash would discover, this gentleman’s name was not Steve Teri, and he was no realtor.
Sly Stallone is holding court five tables down, but the waitresses fuss over Dellentash, mainly because he tips roughly 200%. Over eggs, Dellentash says he would rather talk about his rock music achievements.
Dellentash spread himself too thin, and while Bonnie had just a small part in the movie, she had taken over the second lead role in Dellentash’s life.
“The cops tested a sample of the heroin he was holding in their lab, and they had never seen anything quite like it. I mean, it was off-the-scale pure. They knew just by the purity of the heroin that Dellentash was involved incredibly high up the chain – or he was Mafia.”

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Summary of “The Building of the World Trade Center Restaurant Windows on the World”

There are few New York City restaurants more storied than Windows on the World.
The restaurant made its debut on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower in 1976, offering sweeping views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey – the earth itself peppered with the buildings, the bridges, the Statue of Liberty; the sky with tourist helicopters.
On that day, 73 Windows on the World employees lost their lives, and the stirring prologue of Tom Roston’s The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World focuses on that day: both the seeming averageness of it among the employees heading into work, and the still-palpable ache as New Yorkers look back, 18 years later.
At night, the restaurant would be open to the public, which could use the World Trade Center’s 2,000-car underground garage for free.
The closest comparisons were smaller eateries Baum had set up with Restaurant Associates in Montreal building complexes Place Bonaventure and Place Ville Marie, both of which had restaurants and shops.
Windows on the World would function as an umbrella name for the group of eateries and bars on the 107th floor, most of which, other than the main restaurant, had unique names as well.
On the 107th floor were the five restaurants and bars, plus catering, that fell under the Windows on the World rubric.
Windows on the World would do a greater share of its preparation work in its own kitchen, but the rule for the restaurants and food stations below the 107th floor was to have Central Services, which covered 27,000 square feet, provide almost all the initial preparation of raw materials.

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Summary of “Ship of horrors: life and death on the lawless high seas”

As the men worked furiously on the illuminated deck, the ship soon began hoisting in thousands of pounds of a lithe, slender fish called southern blue whiting, which writhed and flapped across the deck.
A month before it set sail, a New Zealand inspector ranked the ship as “High risk”, citing more than a dozen safety violations, including the fact that one of the ship’s main doors below deck was not watertight.
For the Sajo Oyang Corporation, which operated the vessel, the poor treatment of workers and the dismal condition of its ship was nothing unusual.
The crew described the ship as “a floating freezer”; the heater on board barely worked.
Even before the Oyang 70 began taking on water, the ship was off-kilter because the captain had ordered most of the boxed fish to be stacked in one hold, rather than spread across two.
The ship had tried to swallow too much fish; the ocean swallowed the ship instead. The last men off the drowning ship said that they saw Shin in the wheelhouse, refusing to abandon his post or put on a life jacket.
Because they were Muslim, the men had wandered the streets looking for a mosque; finding none, they took refuge in the church instead. One by one, the men described to church officials and later to government investigators their captivity on a ship of horrors.
The expanse of the sea and the dictatorial power of officers over crews allow abusive behaviour that is often only uncovered when a ship sinks.

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Summary of “Scientists’ Understanding of Anxiety is Radically Evolving-But How Long Will it Take for Treatments to Catch Up?”

Few scientists have contributed more to our understanding of fear and anxiety than Joseph LeDoux.
It helped to explain how emotions can overpower our rational minds, why we are sometimes captive to irrational phobias and the mechanism by which it is possible to feel overcome by a deep sense of foreboding and anxiety or “Gut feeling” without knowing why.
Her work has added to a growing body of evidence that brain structures other than the amygdala and BNST play a role in anxiety.
What parts of the brain the amygdala and BNST are “Talking to” may eventually prove crucial in finding more effective ways of treating anxiety.
They haven’t yet been translated into new treatments that might relieve anxiety.
The awkward truth about current anxiety treatments is that they are for the most part unproven.
Although 75 percent of patients who seek help for debilitating anxiety get “Substantially better” during the course of treatment, medical scientists don’t know to what extent these improvements are due to the treatments themselves or to the placebo effect.
Instead, says the Salk Institute’s Tye, they have relied largely on trial and error-“Shooting into the dark.” In recent years, many pharmaceutical companies, discouraged by the complexity of the mechanisms of anxiety in the brain, have reduced spending on R&D for anxiety medications.

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Summary of “What Happened When I Tried to Learn Something New Every Day for a Month”

In attempt to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone, I’ve decided to learn a new skill every day for a month.
I already learn new things everyday-reporting inherently prompts you to learn something each time you work on a story, even when it’s about an industry or topic that you’ve covered for years.
Thanks to Fast Company’s extensive coverage of brain science and its effect on productivity, I knew it wouldn’t be as simple as hitting up a new website, and I wanted at least the majority of the things I learned to fall into the category of useful skills.
So I parsed out a projected four weeks of learning roughly along the lines of cognitive and physical skills that ran the gamut between picking up some basic words and phrases of a new language and reciting poetry, to the aforementioned knitting, and the knife skills used in cooking.
I scheduled the more challenging ones for the beginning of the week, and on the weekends I gave myself the opportunity to just learn some fun facts.
From Learning a Language to How to Make Radish Flowers I started the challenge by trying to learn a few simple phrases in Hebrew since I am going to be attending a tech conference in Israel in September.
Making the Knowledge Stick What I tried to do while taking on these new skills and knowledge was to be mindful of how I was learning.
I discovered this through a report in The New York Times in which three experts confirmed that although children naturally learn languages more easily, adults can too, but it helps if the one they are trying to learn is in the same family as their first.

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Summary of “Liquid Assets: How the Business of Bottled Water Went Mad”

Also: an electrolyte-enhanced water pledging to hydrate you with 40% less fluid than ordinary water, a birch water offering “a natural source of anti-oxidising manganese” and an alternative birch water promising to “Eliminate cellulite”.
Water is no longer simply water – it has become a commercial blank slate, a word on to which any possible ingredient or fantastical, life-enhancing promise can be attached.
In 2015, in the UK alone, consumption of water drinks grew by 8.2%, equating to a retail value of more than £2.5bn. Sales of water are 100 times higher than in 1980.
After receiving his certificate as a mineral water sommelier from the German Mineral Water Trade Association, he moved to America in 2010 and became that country’s first water sommelier.
Any filtered or chemically treated tap water will usually contain fewer solids than a bottled water that still carries the minerals from the water’s source, be it glacial, maple sap or spring.
Along the way, Leonard explained the origin of his water preoccupation: a radio interview he heard with – who else? – Martin Riese: “It just got me hooked; that was it.” For a chef already infatuated by taste, water was the natural extension.
Zenith have forecasted that the kids’ water category is set to grow even faster than “Adult” water.
In August, Capri-Sun launched a range of juicy waters; last November, Volvic released its Star Wars collection, including bottles decorated with Chewbacca and Darth Vader; and in May this year, the first ever sparkling water for kids was launched in the US, called Tickle Water.

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Summary of “Apple has copied some of the most popular apps in the App Store for its iPhone, iPad and other software updates”

Everything from the iPhone’s included “Measure” app to its built-in animated emoji were originally apps in the App Store.
In this year’s September software updates, in addition to the period tracker, Apple has added the ability to use an iPad as a second computer screen, a feature initially offered by a popular app called Duet Display.
The App Store, where the original apps were offered and competed for downloads, collects a vast amount of information on which kinds of apps are successful-even monitoring how much time users spend in them.
Apple benefits greatly from the inventiveness of millions of app developers, first when their apps spur customers to keep using iPhones – and again if Apple takes their most successful ideas and copies them.
Music app Spotify filed a complaint in the European Union earlier this year, claiming unfair competition in the App Store by giving its Apple Music app an advantage.
Kyle Andeer, Apple’s vice president of corporate law, speaking at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing in July, said only a small number of apps in the App Store are made by Apple.
At the annual event, attended by thousands of coders responsible for the apps that run on iPhones, iPads and other Apple products, Apple unveils new software to a cheering audience.
One of them, Voxer, wanted to integrate its functionality with the Apple Watch, said founder Tom Katis, but Apple would not allow any other walkie-talkie apps on the Apple Watch.

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Summary of “From mind control to murder? How a deadly fall revealed the CIA’s darkest secrets”

First, the CIA admitted that, shortly before he died, Olson’s colleagues had lured him to a retreat and fed him LSD without his knowledge.
“Dr Olson had developed a range of lethal aerosols in handy sized containers. They were disguised as shaving cream and insect repellants. They contained, among other agents, staph enteroxin, a crippling food poison; the even more deadly Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis; and most deadly of all, anthrax … Further weapons he was working on included a cigarette lighter which gave out an almost instant lethal gas, a lipstick that would kill on contact with skin and a neat pocket spray for asthma sufferers that induced pneumonia.”
“In CIA safe-houses in Germany,” according to one study, “Olson witnessed horrific brutal interrogations on a regular basis. Detainees who were deemed ‘expendable’ – suspected spies or moles, security leaks, etc – were literally interrogated to death in experimental methods combining drugs, hypnosis and torture, to attempt to master brainwashing techniques and memory erasing.”
Olson had spent 10 years at Fort Detrick and knew most, if not all, of the special operation division’s secrets.
Immediately after their meeting, Sargant wrote a report saying that Olson was “Deeply disturbed over what he had seen in CIA safe houses in Germany” and “Displayed symptoms of not wanting to keep secret what he had witnessed”.
Alarm bells went off at the White House after the Olson family announced its plan to sue the CIA. A lawsuit, if allowed to proceed, would give the family, as well as homicide detectives in New York, a tool they could use to force disclosure of deep secrets.
In 2017, Stephen Saracco, a retired New York assistant district attorney who had investigated the Olson case and remained interested in it, made his first visit to the hotel room where Olson spent his final night.
Looking around the room, Saracco said, raised the question of how Olson could have done it.

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Summary of “Orthodox Jews Are Selling Big On Amazon”

There’s an estimate passed around third-party Amazon consultants that claims 7% of all Amazon third-party sales originate from a single zip code in Brooklyn, and that Orthodox Jewish-owned businesses make up 15% of marketplace sellers.
There’s an estimate passed around third-party Amazon consultants that claims 7% of all Amazon third-party sales originate from a single zip code in Brooklyn.
In March, several Lakewood-based Amazon sellers spoke at an event dedicated to selling on Amazon attended by roughly 500 Orthodox Jews.
Ed Rosenberg, who runs a consulting firm and Facebook group for Amazon sellers, holds an annual event in Brooklyn where he told BuzzFeed News roughly 1,000 sellers attend, mainly Orthodox Jews, to learn about new rules, network, and share information.
James Thomson, a manager with Amazon Business Services from 2007 to 2013, told BuzzFeed News that he noticed his third-party seller clients were mainly concentrated in only a handful of neighborhoods – Brooklyn; Fair Lawn, New Jersey; and Lakewood, neighborhoods with large concentrations of Orthodox Jews.
Some people in the Orthodox Jewish Amazon seller community joke about what the word “Amazon” means in Hebrew – Am means nation and mazon means feed.
Selling on Amazon’s platform also means selling on Amazon’s terms.
“I’m not in a bubble – I live knowing Amazon is not necessarily here to stay.” He’s planning to use some of his income from the company to make other investments and expanding his wholesale business to vendors outside of Amazon.

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Summary of “The Illustrated History of How Sugar Conquered the World”

Sugar is first refined in India: the first description of a sugar mill is found in an Indian text from 100 A.D.400-350: Recipes call for sugar in the Mahabhashya of Patanjali.
Sugar Conquers the Western Hemisphere1402-1500: The Spanish colonize the Canary Islands, setting up sugar plantations and enslaving indigenous people to run the mills.
Sugar wine with cinnamon gives vigor to old people, especially sugar syrup with rose water which is recommended by Arnaldus Villanovanus.
Sugar and Slavery1583: São Tomé, a Portuguese colony that can’t keep up with Brazil’s rate of sugar production, starts exporting slaves to Brazil and other New World islands to work on sugar plantations.
Their arrival drastically increases sugar consumption, making sugar more popular than alcohol ever did, and increasing demand-with lower prices-means a greater reliance on slavery.
1837: Vilmorin, a French seed company, creates the sugar beet, which has a high sucrose content and a structure designed for optimal sugar extraction.
1887: Lower prices mean less profit, so in 1887, eight leaders in the American sugar industry form the American Sugar Trust with the intention of reducing production to increase prices and profits for all of their companies.
It doesn’t see widespread use until World War I, when sugar was subject to strict rationing; once sugar became available again, saccharine was shunted to diet foods.

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