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The Historians Versus the Genealogists

At a time when history has never been so widely and blissfully ignored, and not just by our president, millions of Americans are busy spitting into DNA-collection tubes, scrutinizing old newspapers and tracing their family history back as far as they can via the website Ancestry and other services. …

Genealogy

Megachurches Are Turning Into MAGA-Churches

Megachurches were integrated by blacks seeking to end ‘the most segregated hour in America.’ But now those churches are getting Trumpy, and blacks …

Al Gore

Facebook: 'The truth has been lost'

After the recent data abuse scandal, Facebook wants to make it easier for its users to protect their privacy. But big data entrepreneur and …

Social Media

A radical proposal to keep your personal data safe

The surveillance imposed on us today is worse than in the Soviet Union. We need laws to stop this data being collected in the first place<p>• Richard Stallman is president of the Free Software Foundation<p>Journalists have been asking me whether the revulsion against the abuse of Facebook data could be a …

Privacy

Single? No Kids? Don’t Fret: How to Plan Care in Your Later Years

Sarah Peveler lacks a support system that many older people count on: their adult children.<p>But Ms. Peveler, 71, who is divorced and childless, said she was determined not to let fear of an uncertain future get the best of her.<p>To help avoid the potential perils of a solitary old age, Ms. Peveler is …

Cognitive Impairment

Americans thinking they're exceptional is keeping them from leading the future

Exceptionalism - the idea that the United States has a mission and character that separates it from other nations - is ingrained in everyday talk about American politics.<p>It shapes high-level discussions about foreign policy - for example, in a recent argument by a foreign affairs scholar that the …

Political Science

First Try the Pastrami, Then the Polyamory

Over pastrami sandwiches, my new boyfriend said to me: “One of my ex-lovers is going to be at the conference I’m attending next week. We’ll be sharing a room and sleeping together.”<p>I blinked away tears. “I never wanted to know that,” I said, wishing I had stayed home instead of making the 90-minute …

Relationships

How Genetics Is Changing Our Understanding of ‘Race’

In 1942, the anthropologist Ashley Montagu published “Man’s Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race<i>,</i>” an influential book that argued that race is a social concept with no genetic basis. A classic example often cited is the inconsistent definition of “black.” In the United States, historically, a …

Evolution

Medic who documented Nazi camp horror dies at 93

<b>Riverside, California (CNN) —</b> Two dozen veterans held US flags and stood at attention as they and dozens of family and friends bid farewell to one of the nation's great war heroes.<p>Anthony C. Acevedo's four children and two grandchildren escorted his flag-draped coffin as he came to rest at …

Slavery

She saw anti-immigration politicians as hypocrites. So she launched ‘resistance genealogy.’

BALTIMORE — On the morning after Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) broke a record for the longest filibuster in the history of the House of Representatives — an eight-hour defense of immigrants — a Baltimore amateur genealogist named Jennifer Mendelsohn sat in her home office and logged onto …

Genealogy

A time for school choice? If so, let’s make sure we ask the right questions

By Johann NeemWill we have public schools a decade from now? What will they look like? For the first time since the 19th century, or perhaps since …

Education

Political Borders of Germany from 1789 to 2005

Why White Southern Conservatives Need to Defend Confederate Monuments

Modern debates over Confederate monuments are not merely concerned with culture, historical memory, or racism. For many monument defenders, there is …

Trump's Tariff Can't Start A Trade War Because It Started Years Ago

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would place tariffs on steel and aluminum imports has economists cringing. Conservative Republicans are dusting off the principles they learned in Econ 101, liberal Nobel laureate Paul Krugman is warning that Trump will start an economically destructive …

How can liberals defeat populism? Here are four ideas

Rather than letting populists set the agenda, we need to focus on what matters: honesty, cooperation and equality<p>Everyone is warning about the dangers of populism. From Human Rights Watch to Tony Blair’s new Institute for Global Change, the million-dollar question everyone is asking – but few are …

Political Science

The Jesus we’ve inherited from centuries of Christian art is a lie

Over the past few decades, the question of what Jesus looked like has cropped up again and again. Much has been made of a digital reconstruction of a Judaean man created for a BBC documentary, <i>Son of God</i>, in 2001. This was based on an ancient skull and, using the latest technology (as it was), shows …

These Chinese facial recognition glasses are a dystopian nightmare come true

Chinese officials recently showed off the latest tool in their already impressive surveillance arsenal: facial recognition eyeglasses. Each set is equipped with bleeding edge optics and advanced facial recognition algorithms capable of pinpointing a single fugitive in even the most crowded of …

Putin’s Man in the White House? Real Trump Russia Scandal is Not Mere Collusion, U.S. Counterspies Say

SpyTalk Russia Vladimir Putin Donald Trump<p>Last May, a top White House national security official met in Washington with senior Russian officials and …

The majority of US workers live in "employment monopsonies" where there is little or no competition for workers

In Labor Market Concentration, a new working paper from economists at U Penn, U Navarra and the Roosevelt Institute, researchers analyze a large US …

Economics

Why Questlove's Discovery About His Ancestry on Finding Your Roots Is So Unusual

On Tuesday night’s episode of <i>Finding Your Roots</i>, the Henry Louis Gates Jr.-hosted PBS celebrity genealogy show, the musician and producer Questlove …

Genealogy

Google’s true origin partly lies in CIA and NSA research grants for mass surveillance

Two decades ago, the US intelligence community worked closely with Silicon Valley in an effort to track citizens in cyberspace. And Google is at the heart of that origin story. Some of the research that led to Google’s ambitious creation was funded and coordinated by a research group established by …

Segmenting The Body Politic

Where do you stand?<p>As a marketing executive, I’m accustomed to the process of segmenting markets. My software companies divided markets by company …

Why a DNA Test Is Actually a Really Bad Gift

If you’d like to gift your loved ones the chance of unwittingly sharing extremely sensitive personal information, then a DNA testing kit may be the …

Genetics

How white engineers built racist code – and why it's dangerous for black people

As facial recognition tools play a bigger role in fighting crime, inbuilt racial biases raise troubling questions about the systems that create them<p>“You good?” a man asked two narcotics detectives late in the summer of 2015.<p>The detectives had just finished an undercover drug deal in Brentwood, a …

Artificial Intelligence

The Unexamined Brutality of the Male Libido

After weeks of continuously unfolding abuse scandals, men have become, quite literally, unbelievable. What any given man might say about gender politics and how he treats women are separate and unrelated phenomena. Liberal or conservative, feminist or chauvinist, woke or benighted, young or old, …

Sigmund Freud

How to Make a Buddha Bowl + 20 Belly Filling Recipes

Buddha Bowl. The first time I heard the name I was delighted. Delighted that somebody had named a dish that. After eating one, I was even happier.<p>It …

Thanksgiving Gratitude for a Father’s Lesson

Many years ago, I committed an offense for which famous men are now being publicly, and rightly, shamed. I patted an office secretary on her behind. I won’t offer the usual lame defense that I didn’t know my advance was unwanted or that social attitudes were different back then.<p>My only excuse is …

Codes of Conduct

The Nationalist's Delusion

Trump’s supporters backed a time-honored American political tradition, disavowing racism while promising to enact a broad agenda of discrimination.<p>THIRTY YEARS AGO, nearly half of Louisiana voted for a Klansman, and the media struggled to explain why.<p>It was 1990 and David Duke, the former grand …

Political Science

Huge Human Inequality Study Hints Revolution is in Store for U.S.

Every society has a tipping point.<p>There’s a common thread tying together the most disruptive revolutions of human history, and it has some scientists …

Anthropology

The most important skill for 21st-century students is the discipline to say “no”

Can you code? Speak a second language? How high is your IQ?<p>There’s much debate on what students need most to succeed in an increasingly competitive world. The challenges of automation, globalization, and political upheaval leave out the fact that we’re living an age of information …

Education