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These Obama Officials Have A Gun Control Plan After The Santa Fe Shooting & It's A Radical Idea

Gun violence prevention advocates have numerous strategies for spreading their message. However, given the alarmingly high rate of mass shootings in …

Guns

Nation of shoplifters: the rise of supermarket self-checkout scams

A couple of Tuesdays ago, after a difficult day at work, a thing that happens to me more often than I’d usually care to admit happened once again. At a supermarket self-checkout machine a frozen pizza I tried to swipe wouldn’t register, leaving me irked and full of spite. As a kind of reproach, I …

eCommerce

Teach Your Children Well - Childhood Indoctrination Into Fundamentalist Religion

Over the next little while, I’m going to be posting a number of diaries on the problems that have been created for American society because the …

Religion

The Mystery of the $70 Hoodie That's All Over Facebook

Liz Carlson forked over $70 for a “heavyweight cotton” hoodie after seeing an enticing ad on Facebook that claimed it had “the softest interior we’ve ever created.”<p>“I love hoodies, so when I saw that ad, it spoke right to my heart,” said Ms. Carlson, a 32-year-old in Oakland, Calif.<p>The ad was from …

eCommerce

A New Theory Based On Quantum Entanglement Says Your Mind Exists In Another Dimension

Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist David Chalmers once phrased the question: “how can something immaterial like subjective experience and …

Consciousness

Watch Jimmy Kimmel's Powerful Monologue After Texas School Shooting

"[Politicians] sit there with their hands in their pockets, pockets that are full with gun money, and they do nothing," late-night host says<p>Jimmy …

Santa Fe

The Texas school shooting reminds America what vets already know: civilian gun culture is a dysfunctional mess

Compared to the weapons training that military and law enforcement personnel undergo, the training required of civilian gun owners is a joke.<p>The U.S. military has a lot of guns, but not a lot of non-combat fatalities. Why is this? Because of common sense military regulations. That’s why, like many …

Guns

Thoughts and prayers this isn't true in Texas

<b>Van Horn, Texas (CNN) —</b> Americans don't want to admit it. But we are used to this now.<p>Our children have learned to use language like "active shooter," and a classmate, who was a hero on the football team, can suddenly turn into a "gunman."<p>Americans compare the latest school shooting to the most …

Guns

Trump’s Feud With Amazon Has Nothing to Do With Defending the Postal Service

News emerged yesterday that President Donald Trump allegedly personally pressured Postmaster General Megan Brennan to double what it charges …

Donald Trump

Jimmy Kimmel Calls Out Trump, Republican Leaders on Sante Fe Shooting: 'I For One am Very Very Tired of This' (Video)

In the wake of another school shooting in which 10 people were killed, Kimmel says U.S. leaders have NRA “gun money” in their pockets<p>After another …

Donald Trump

What Does It Feel Like to Get High on Meth?

The Meth High<p>The meth high, also known as "methamphetamine intoxication," is one of the most widely recognized effects among meth users. It is often …

Drug Addiction

Trump supporter brings handgun, American flag to Santa Fe High School hours after shooting

Hours after a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, left at least eight people dead, a man wearing a Trump MAGA hat, holding the American flag, and …

Santa Fe

Oh Boy: Trump Administration Is About To Hammer Planned Parenthood

There were rumbling on Thursday that the Trump administration was considering cutting serious levels of fundingto Planned Parenthood. While not a …

Planned Parenthood

Stephen Colbert asks CNN's Jake Tapper why he bothers having Kellyanne Conway on his show

Stephen Colbert reminded Jake Tapper, his guest on Thursday's <i>Late Show</i>, that it was the one-year anniversary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's …

Donald Trump

After Complaint, YWCA Cuts Ties with Satanists Over Menstrual Hygiene Program

May 18, 2018 by Hemant Mehta<p>Because members of The Satanic Temple are good ethical people, members of the Arizona chapter volunteered time and money …

Religion

Miniature Installations Transform Bookshelves into the Back Alleys of Japan | Colossal

<p>If you’ve ever wandered around Tokyo on foot you’ll know that it can sometimes be like a spider web of side streets and back alleys. It’s one of the …

Art

Kimmel asked passers-by to name any book, and it went spectacularly badly

Prompted by some recent stats from the Pew Research Center about how many books Americans read, Jimmy Kimmel decided to do some …

Pew Research Center

A new PSA brilliantly captures the frustration of being a woman in the workplace

The stage-an-experiment-to-prove-a-point genre of public service announcements is long past its prime, but the odd one can still be surprising, even poignant.<p>Earlier this week, the Mayor of London’s office published one such video PSA, provocatively answering the question, “What does gender …

Women of Color

Newest Head Cracker: Do You Hear 'Brainstorm' Or 'Green Needle'?

This time, you can change what you hear with your mind.<p>The Yanny vs. Laurel headsplitter is so yesterday. There’s a new mind-blower in town, and this time, quite incredibly, what you hear is supposed to depend on what you’re <i>thinking</i> about.<p>The battling words are “brainstorm” and “green needle.” Sure …

Brainstorming

The Complexity of Not Calling The Police While Black

The news has lately been inundated with examples of white folks (and even some non-white folks) doing the ultimate whitefolkin’ of calling the police …

Time I

This woman’s list of “realistic” ways to help during a panic attack might be the most useful thing on the internet today

If you’re never had a panic attack, it’s impossible for you to understand the experience. And that likely means you don’t have a clue of what you’d …

Panic Attacks

A YouTube star's sneaker unboxing video has a surprising reveal about modern slavery

Sneaker-unboxing videos are an addictive strain of internet content, and YouTube personality Jacques Slade is a leading name in the genre. Between his roughly 851,000 YouTube subscribers and the many more who find Slade online, videos of him unboxing Jordans, Yeezys, and other rare and coveted …

Forced Labor

Man Shares Video Evidence After Saying Same NYC Lawyer Who Launched a Racist Attack in Cafe Verbally Assaulted Him Too

A man who allegedly is a New York City attorney and was captured on video in a vile rant attacking restaurant workers for speaking in Spanish – then …

Die Hard

The ‘This is America’ choreographer released a dance tutorial

Sherrie Silver, the choreographer for Childish Gambino’s “This is America” video, has released a tutorial for the dance moves seen in the visual.<p>As she explains at the start of the tutorial, she originally promised to share step-by-step instructions once the video reached 100,000 million views. …

Donald Glover

It’s Not a Liberal Fantasy to Ask if Trump Committed Treason

This is a fairly simple case. Why aren’t more people comfortable seeing it?<p>Under the Constitution an individual commits treason if the nation is at …

Donald Trump

This Isn’t Bigotry. It’s a Religious Disagreement.

Why all the outcry over a Baptist pastor who believes non-Christians can’t be saved?<p>So you think I’m going to hell. So what?<p>Color me genuinely confused by the outcry against Texas televangelist Robert Jeffress, who spoke Monday at the opening of the American Embassy in Jerusalem. Jeffress has …

Faith

Tony Perkins compares transgender people to a suicidal bird-man

Meet the latest member of U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.<p>Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, had just been …

LGBTQI

Conservative Website Can’t Handle Atheist Comedian’s “Higher Power” Substitute

May 16, 2018 by Hemant Mehta<p>In the new season of <i>Bill Nye Saves the World</i> on Netflix, comedian <b>Maria Bamford</b> appears in the third episode to talk about …

Fake News

What we need to learn about boys from the violent rise of the 'incel rebellion'

In its original meaning, “incel” was one of those portmanteau words, “involuntary” and “celibate,” and it just meant those socially uncertain and lonely people who were traveling solo through life, and wished they weren’t. Now it has been packed with gunpowder.<p>Elliot Rodgerturned the fury of his …

Feminism