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Ivanka Trump is shutting down her fashion brand

Following streams of criticisms about potential conflicts of interest and a handful of protests, Ivanka Trump is shuttering her fashion brand.<p>Roughly …

Donald Trump

Mike Pence Looms As Donald Trump's Ultimate Poison Pill

The final chapter of Donald Trump’s corrosion of America is the specter of President Pence.<p>This week, as Trump cravenly kowtowed to Vladimir Putin, Americans wondered if the U.S. president is a Russian asset ― and impeachment our only defense. Not his would-be successor.<p>″What the American people …

Donald Trump

Few top GOP officials back same-sex marriage at high court

American Millennials Are Some Of The World's Least Skilled People, Study Finds

We American Millennials are really, really good at using today's technology.<p>That's probably because we've forced companies to make technology that's extremely easy to use, and that's better at doing our day-to-day tasks than we are. But with easy power comes no responsibility, it seems. According …

Demographics

9 Reasons To Head To Belize For Your Next Vacation Getaway

For non-stateside beach getaways, most Americans typically go with the usual options -- Mexico, the Caribbean or one of the Hawaiian islands. But what if you wanted all the trappings of a faraway beach vacation, just with less tourists? Then you've got to head to Belize.<p>Belize is way less crowded …

Belize

Check out renderings of Google’s cool new campus of movable structures

Apple has its spaceship, so it’s only fitting that Google has its own updated office space proposal. But instead of a building that looks like it could launch at any moment, Google is proposing movable structures.<p>Google submitted plans to redevelop four sites to the Mountain View city council. The …

Architecture

Rubio laments court rulings on same-sex marriage

Sen. Marco Rubio is sharply criticizing court rulings paving the way for same-sex marriage in his home state of Florida.<p>In a brief interview Wednesday, the potential presidential candidate argued that a federal court’s move undermines the will of the 62 percent of Florida voters who approved a …

What I Learned When I Moved to America

I grew up in the Middle East living between Egypt and the Gulf region until I was 21. I did not see many differences between these countries in the overall lifestyle, religion and the language yet I experienced the uniqueness of each country's culture. While moving from any country (or even a …

Middle East

Dear Conservatives, Let's Not Ruin 2015 Like We Ruined 2014

During the last year, I have spent an unhealthy and inordinate amount of time arguing about politics, race and sports on my social networks.<p>Many of my friends have begged me to stop, pleading through text messages or private messages or email, imploring me to understand that talking about serious …

Race & Ethnicity

New Study Links California Droughts to Ocean Temperatures

A spate of winter droughts across California may have emerged from the sea, according to new research that links dry spells on land to temperatures …

The dangerous myth at the heart of conservative ideology

<b>Rick Santorum (AP/Charlie Neibergall)</b><p>The right believes the separation of church and state is a modern conceit. It couldn’t be further from the truth<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>December 9, 2014 4:55pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Rick Santorum may be a terrible politician, but when it comes …

This GIF Of Magnetic Putty 'Eating' A Piece Of Metal Is Mesmerizing

File this one under "Coolest thing we've seen all day": a cube of magnetic putty swallowing a smaller cube of metal whole.<p>We first saw this on r/woahdude, a section of Reddit dedicated to "Trippy & mesmerizing games, video, audio & images that make you go 'woah dude!'" Yes, we know they misspelled …

Time-lapse Photography

5 dangerous fantasies warping our foreign policy in the Middle East

Washington assumes the presence of U.S. troops will be a stabilizing force in the region, but why?<p>Andrew Bacevich<p>November 27, 2014 6:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>“Iraq no longer exists.” My young friend M, sipping a cappuccino, is deadly serious. We are sitting in a …

“We are starting to break down”: Why so many Americans feel traumatized

From crippling income inequality to limitless government spying, modern American life has never felt so grim<p>Lynn Stuart Parramore<p>November 23, 2014 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Recently Don Hazen, the executive editor of AlterNet, asked me to think about trauma in the …

Largest American Indian reservation approves junk-food tax to fight obesity

The sales tax on cookies, chips, sodas and other junk food sold on the country’s largest American Indian reservation is going up.<p>Navajo nation president Ben Shelly signed legislation Friday to increase by 2% the sales tax on food with little to no nutritional value, starting next year. No other …

Tech and Science

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Science

6 reasons religion may do more harm than good

<b>(Jaroslav74 via Shutterstock)</b><p>It’s hard to argue with some of these…<p>Valerie Tarico<p>November 17, 2014 3:55pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Most British people think religion causes more harm than good according to a survey commissioned by the Huffington Post. Surprisingly, even …

Erdogan says Muslims discovered Americas

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus set foot there.<p>"Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not …

The sad, twisted truth about conservative Christianity’s effect on the mind

<b>(Stocksnapper via Shutterstock)</b><p>Some religious beliefs may alter brain function, making us more prone to anxiety and depression<p>Marlene Winell • Valerie Tarico<p>November 1, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>“<i>I am 30 years old and I am struggling to find sanity. Between the</i> …

GMO Facts: 10 Common GMO Claims Debunked

Learn About These GMO Facts<p>Later this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture may approve the Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden, the first genetically modified apples to hit the market. Although it will probably be another two years before the non-browning fruits appears in stores, at least one …

Agriculture

Air Force’s mind-boggling violation: Members forced to swear religious allegiance

<b>(Military Religious Freedom Foundation)</b><p>The problem is worse than you realize, says Michael Weinstein, leader of a group protecting members from coercion<p>Edwin Lyngar<p>September 17, 2014 8:42pm (UTC)<p>Somewhere a high-ranking (but confused) general in the U.S. Air Force has lost his damned mind. The Air …

Fake cellphone towers hiding in plain sight, intercepting your phone calls

In response to the loads of info leaked on government surveillance, a number of ultra-secure handsets have popped up to elude prying eyes. One such option is the CryptoPhone 500 from ESD that's built on a regular Galaxy S III frame. In a recent report from <i>Popular Science</i>, that company says that its …

These Cycling Desks Charge Your Phone–And Your Muscles–While You Work

It takes about 30 minutes of easy pedaling to charge an iPhone, the same amount of time it would take while plugged into the wall. “It also happens …

UC Berkeley

Leave your phone at home without feeling uneasy about it

Finally, there's a device with a spec sheet that'll let you feel good about leaving your <i>other</i> phone elsewhere. Enter the noPhone: a solid brick of plastic that stands in at the size and weight comparable to any of those popular handsets. What's more, the device has a 0-megapixel camera, infinite …

Teen's death puts focus on caffeine powder dangers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A few weeks before their prom king's death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned …

We could travel to new worlds in NASA's starship Enterprise

President Obama's Global Warming Calculated Deception Means Democrats Have Abandoned Working People

John Coleman, Co-Founder of the Weather Channel, commented on May 8 about Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show on global warming a week ago (aka the National Climate Assessment and its mainstream media “coverage”), saying,<p>“The sky is falling. ‘Climate Change’ is running wild and disaster is …

Taxpayers fund teaching creationism

Taxpayers in 14 states will bankroll nearly $1 billion this year in tuition for private schools, including hundreds of religious schools that teach Earth is less than 10,000 years old, Adam and Eve strolled the garden with dinosaurs, and much of modern biology, geology and cosmology is a web of …

Dr. Paul Offit: 'Journalism Jail' For Faulty Medical Reporting

DENVER, CO – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia chief of infectious diseases, University of Pennylvania pediatrician, vaccine developer and author, Paul W. Offit, M.D., called on broadcast and print reporters to avoid the “he-said, she-said reporting” that perpetuates false controversies in …

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