The game went viral. By February, it was topping the charts in more than 100 countries and had been downloaded more than 50 million times. Nguyen was earning an estimated $50,000 a day. Not even Mark Zuckerberg became rich so fast.
The thing is, when you actually think about it, it's not funny. Given what's at stake, it's more like the opposite, like the first sign of the collapse of the United States as a global superpower. Twenty years from now, when we're all living like prehistory hominids and hunting rats with sticks, we'll probably look back at this moment as the beginning of the end.
This sort of thing happens to Schlappig nearly everywhere he goes. On this trip, his fans will witness Schlappig's latest mission: a weekend jaunt that will slingshoot him across East Asia — Hong Kong, Jakarta, Tokyo — and back to New York, in 69 hours.
Years after blowing the whistle on Countrywide, Michael Winston is bogged down in the courts, and fighting for his life. But one of America's ugliest secrets is that our own whistleblowers often don't do so well after the headlines fade and cameras recede.
America's Dirtiest Cops: Cash, Cocaine and Corruption on the Texas Border
The Panama Unit operated one of the most efficient drug-robbery rings in Texas, taking money from some dealers and traffickers while using their weapons and cars to rob others.
Porn, guns, the mob and one very disgruntled electrician: how the superstar couple's most intimate moments went global.
In summer 2009, Rolling Stone published an article titled “The Great American Bubble Machine” by contributing editor Matt Taibbi. Its first two lines are worth reprinting here verbatim: “The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it’s everywhere.
On Friday, December 3rd, a week after this article was published in Rolling Stone, Massey Energy announced that Don Blankenship will be retiring as CEO and chairman.
Over drinks at a bar on a dreary, snowy night in Washington this past month, a former Senate investigator laughed as he polished off his beer."Everything's fucked up, and nobody goes to jail," he said. "That's your whole story right there. Hell, you don't even have to write the rest of it. Just write that."