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The Fight Between Apple and the FBI Could Shape the Future of Digital Privacy | VICE News

The FBI's seemingly straightforward request for Apple to unlock an iPhone that belonged to a gunman in the San Bernardino mass shooting last year has massive repercussions for the future of privacy.<p>On Tuesday, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook published a letter to customers saying that the company …

What I learned from writing over 800,000 words in two years

<i>Jason Zook is best known for being the guy that made over $1,000,000 wearing t-shirts for a living and selling his last name (twice). Now, he’s selling his future.</i><p>Writing didn’t come naturally to me, therefore I had to set daily intentions.When I decided I wanted to write more consistently, I sat …

How Creative Writing Boosts Students Academically

Photo credit: Write Girl<p>One non-profit after-school program known as WriteGirl lives by such a philosophy. Serving more than 350 teenage girls (ages …

3 Tricks for a More Organized Mind

Organization isn't just about getting your stuff and your tasks in order. You'll do better if you unclutter your mind as well. A new book suggests how.<p>Pick up the average book on organization and it'll tell you all about what to do with your unruly sock drawer, chaotic inbox, or consistently …

Ancient Greek Jug Found in Celtic Prince's Grave

National Institute of Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP) archaeologists unearthed the tomb of an ancient Celtic ruler in Lavau, France. They …

Rediscovering the lost writers of the Plains

Writing is a crapshoot. One never knows, from day to day, sentence to sentence, whether one will be read, let alone remembered, which is why posterity is a sucker's game. We write to share something of ourselves, something of our point of view, our experience, to participate in a conversation about …

Islamic State defaces St George in assault on Christian churches in Iraq

Militants replace cross with black flag and destroy images of England's patron saint<p><b>Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil)</b> militants have released new images showing the destruction of Christian churches in the terror sect's strongholds in northern Iraq.<p>The photos depict groups of fanatics …

The Ancient Art of the Celtic People (PHOTOS)

HISTORY<p>St. Patrick's Day may be all about Celtic pride, but the history of the Celts is far richer, older, and more significant than just …

What Writers Can Gain From Seeing the World Through Different Eyes

The author Tania James shares a lesson she gleaned from a book about a poacher: The best prose comes from experimenting with new perspectives.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled</b> …

Creative Writing

Boris Nemtsov murder: Putin 'politically responsible' – daughter

The daughter of the murdered Russian opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov, has accused Vladimir Putin of being “politically responsible” for her father’s death.<p>Zhanna Nemtsova said that the motive for the killing was related to her father’s role over the last decade as, in her words, the most prominent …

Islamic State ransacks Assyrian capital as Iraq appeals for help

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have desecrated another ancient Iraqi capital, the government said on Wednesday, razing parts of the 2,700-year-old city of Khorsabad famed for its colossal statues of human-headed winged bulls.<p>A man walks past human-headed winged bull statues from …

31 Quotes From Children's Books That Will Inspire You At Any Age

"Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."<p>2. "You must never feel badly about making mistakes ... as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong</i> …

Ancient Celtic Prince's grave and chariot unearthed

The 2,500-year-old lavish tomb and chariot of an ancient Celtic prince have been unearthed in France.<p>The ancient princely tomb, which was discovered in a large burial mound, was filled with stunning grave goods, including gorgeous pottery and a gold-tipped drinking vessel. The giant jug was …

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50,000 passengers expected to be affected by airline strike<p>Trump doubles tariffs on steel, aluminum from Turkey<p>A baby walrus, cliff diving and a …

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Erik Larson’s Dead Wake weaves a tense tale of the sinking of the Lusitania

Erik Larson has spent much of his career writing about history’s unlikely intersections, but none of these have been as dramatic as the convergence …

Books

Walter Benjamin on Information vs. Wisdom and How the Novel and the News Killed Storytelling

“Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom. The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out.”<p>I think often, and with billowing concern, about the role of storytellers in helping us cultivate wisdom in the age of information — a task …

6 Exercises from Positive Psychology to Boost Your Happiness

<b>“The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.” ~William Penn</b><p>A friend recently asked me, “What’s the …

16 Foods Nutritionists Eat When They Want to Lose a Few Pounds

Consider this your weight-loss cheat sheet.<p>Lots of people call on nutritionists to help them overhaul their diets when they want to slim down. But what do R.D.s make sure to eat themselves if they notice their jeans have gotten a little snug? We surveyed 10 to find out which foods they swear by …

Ancient site of Khorsabad 'attacked by Isil' as coalition strike on Syria oil refinery kills 30

Iraqi minister concerned over demolition of third ancient site in northern Iraq by Islamic State jihadists<p>Iraq's government is investigating reports that the ancient archaeological site of Khorsabad in northern Iraq is the latest to be attacked by the Islamic State militant group.<p>Adel Shirshab, the …

How To Make $225 An Hour Writing Poetry

Two guys and a girl/Crafting Haiku at events/Earning good money.<p>“Our mission is to write haiku for everyone on the whole entire planet,” says Lisa Markuson, the one woman in the poetry-writing trio The Haiku Guys.<p>This might seem a bit ambitious, but given how frequently Markuson and her cofounders, …

ISIS and the Foreign-Fighter Phenomenon

Why do people travel abroad to take part in somebody else’s violent conflict?<p>In August 2014, ISIS marked Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, with a 20-minute, high-definition video offering its greetings to the Muslim world.<p>Gauzy images of smiling worshippers embracing at a mosque cut to children …

Officials: Islamic State destroying another ancient site

Islamic State militants continued their campaign targeting cultural heritage sites in territories they control in northern Iraq, looting and damaging the ancient city of Hatra just one day after bulldozing the historic city of Nimrud, according to Iraqi government officials and local residents. The …

10 Small, Unexpected Things That Will Make You Happier

Who would have thought that reading your old diary entries and listening to sad songs would make you happier?<p>We never get tired of thinking about happiness, do we? Life is so much nicer when you’re able to couple it with joy and gratitude.<p>We’ve published posts before about simple ways to be happy …

Grammarly Blog

The Rodney Dangerfield of Literature

With 36 excellent books—novels, poems, memoir, even food writing—under his belt, Jim Harrison ought to be a literary superstar known to all. But we …

Five Habits New Writers Should Develop – About Writing: Part 3

This is the third in my series About Writing. Check out Part 1 for a step-by-step guide to writing your first short story, or Part 2 to learn more …

What I Learned by Adding Diversity to My Reading List

Back in 2012, I faced a conundrum. I write short fiction, and I wanted to get better at writing it. To do that I had to write, write, and write some …