The much-mocked standoff between a hungry Oregon militia and the U.S. government has come to an end. / Chris Piascik
The Baffler,  February 11, 2016

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The much-mocked standoff between a hungry Oregon militia and the U.S. government has come to an end. / Chris Piascik
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• “Holy Shit!” writes Gizmodo‘s Maddie Stone, on the discovery of the gravitational waves originally posited by Einstein in his 1916 general theory of relativity, which ends “a century-long hunt” for the spacetime ripples that scientists hope will soon allow us to explore the mysteries of black holes and neutron stars.

• And then there were none: Three of the remaining armed occupants of an Oregon wildlife refuge surrendered to authorities this afternoon, leaving a lone holdout in the government-owned building. The final crusader, David Fry, surrendered soon after. The standoff, originally met with comic disbelief as the ill-prepared “protestors” released a lengthy list of snack requests, ultimately resulted in the death of one militia member, killed by the Oregon state police.

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