Amanda Heller

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Danger close: Spotted by ISIS, Russian special forces officer called for fire on himself

A Russian Special Operations Forces officer reportedly called a strike onto himself when he was compromised and surrounded by ISIS militants near …

This Is What Good Friday Really Means

In an increasingly diverse Christian community, there is much ambivalence toward Good Friday. Many argue correctly that Easter—not Good Friday—is the …

Christianity

What to know before getting married: 13 difficult questions couples need to ask

Deep in the wash of romantic love, it's hard to imagine life with your soulmate as being anything other than blissful. Before you say "I do," it's a smart idea to look at the practical issues behind uniting with someone for (hopefully) the rest of your life that might make you say "I don't."<p>"If you …

Living Rooms

Syria’s Al-Qaeda Branch Now Wants To Rule Like ISIS

“They have developed a love for power,” one activist said of the Nusra Front, which wants to build its own emirate.<p>ISTANBUL — Syria’s al-Qaeda branch is seeking to emulate its jihadi rival, ISIS, by establishing its own government in areas it controls.<p>Over the past year, the Nusra Front, a powerful …

8 Terrifying—and Unconventional—Ancient Weapons

Ancient chemical weapons and weaponized animals (think flaming pigs) didn't have the devastating reach of our warheads and delivery systems today, …

This Air Force general passing out during an F-35 brief is the perfect metaphor for the program

Normally, James Martin is the very model of a modern major general.<p>But the Air Force officer, who is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, recently collapsed at the podium while answering questions about the F-35.<p>Air Force Deputy for Budget Carolyn Gleason held Maj. Gen. Martin up, while aides …

Illustrator captures the simple joys of being single

In an online world of sepia-tinted pictures of couples with love quotes laid over the top in italic font, Mexico-based illustrator Idalia Candelas is …

4 Secrets to Reading Body Language Like an Expert

How important is body language?<p>55% of what you convey when you speak comes from body language. In fact, when you’re speaking about something …

Body Language

Failure in Cuba

CAN AN authoritarian regime convert to democracy by itself? The historical record isn’t encouraging. In the absence of a popular uprising, it is rare for tyrants to voluntarily retire. The military junta of Burma has promised to relinquish some power to an elected government, but it has not yet …

What Do the Words You Use Say About You?

A lot.<p>Your personality can be determined just by looking at the way you text message. You can make accurate judgments about your favorite author’s …

Psychology

What science says about the average penis size

The truth about penis size and some common myths debunked<p>Much research has been dedicated to finding out all things penis-size related. Here are some …

ISIS commander killed in Iraqi airstrike

<b>(CNN) —</b> The second deputy of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed during an Iraqi air force strike in the city of Barwana, just east of Haditha, the Iraqi military said Saturday.<p>Assi Ali Mohammed Nasser al-Obeidi was a top ISIS military commander in western Iraq and eastern Syria, Iraq's …

Special Forces

US Hellfire missile wrongly shipped to Cuba

<b>An inert US Hellfire missile sent to Europe for a training exercise was wrongly shipped on to Cuba, the Wall Street Journal reports.</b><p>The incident in 2014 could have led to a serious loss of military technology, officials told the paper.<p>US officials have since been trying to get Cuba to return the …

Read the CIA’s Simple Sabotage Field Manual: A Timeless Guide to Subverting Any Organization with “Purposeful Stupidity” (1944)

I’ve always admired people who can successfully navigate what I refer to as “Kafka’s Castle,” a term of dread for the many government and corporate …

32 Cute Things To Distract From Your Awkward Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving can be stressful but cute animals never are!

Video Shows U.S. Launching First Airstrikes On ISIS Oil Trucks

The attack marked the first time American warplanes have carried out strikes on fuel trucks used by the terror group.<p>Coalition forces on Wednesday released video of U.S. airstrikes that destroyed 116 ISIS fuel tanker trucks on the Iraq-Syria border. The attack marked the first time American …

Fearful Dogs Feel Love For The Very First Time

As a rescuer approached two dogs cowering alone in a corner, their fear was palpable - until the woman began to pet them. That was the moment that …

27 Little Dogs Who Want You To Have A Good Week

They're like tiny, furry cheerleaders.

Russia, US agree on Syria; Iraqis won't seek Russian strikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Russia on Tuesday put into practice new rules designed to minimize the risk of air collisions between military …

The Top 10 Most Dangerous Dog Poisons

Last year, there were more than 100,000 cases of pet poisoning in the U.S. Many of these were caused by substances you probably have in your home, …

Pets

Why Hillary Clinton Doesn't Sweat

Ever. "I was constructed in a garage in Palo Alto a very long time ago."<p>It is a well-documented, improbable piece of Clinton trivia. It's been been repeated in articles and books, and confirmed by friends and staffers. In the summer months — inside the unique hotbox that is a New Hampshire …

20 Wacky And Weird Things That Have Been Banned Around the World

<b>Can you believe the color yellow was banned in Malaysia?!</b> Here in North America we live in the “land of the free” and all that jazz. Not everyone is …

9 chemicals to avoid feeding your kids

Your children might love sandwiches, hot dogs, and the occasional sweet treat, but many of the foods they’re eating contain chemicals that can affect their health, development and behavior. What’s more, most of these chemicals have been banned in other countries for years while the U.S. lags behind.<p>…

Science explains why this image disgusts some people

Up to 15% of people (18% of females and 11% of males) become viscerally upset after looking at images of clustered holes or bumps, according to research on the condition colloquially known as trypophobia. These clusters of holes are common in nature, for example: honeycombs or clusters of soap …