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EASTERN PHILOSOPHY - Matsuo Basho

Latin America

EASTERN PHILOSOPHY - Lao Tzu

Taoism

EASTERN PHILOSOPHY - Confucius

Confucius

EASTERN PHILOSOPHY - The Buddha

Buddhism

Dear Conservative Alternet Trolls: America is NOT a Capitalist Country

Donald Trump's calamitous week leads to questions about his state of mind

Historians may one day conclude that the extraordinary 2016 US election was decided in early August when Donald Trump suffered one of the most politically calamitous weeks ever to befall a presidential nominee.<p>Mr Trump's devastating wounds were mostly self-inflicted and arose from a series of …

Donald Trump

The Tamir Rice Story: How to Make a Police Shooting Disappear

Maybe you heard about the Tamir Rice case and wondered: How does a 12-year-old boy with a toy gun on a playground get shot to death on-camera by the police without anyone getting charged? Put another way: How does a small group of government officials make this case disappear without a trial? …

Justice

A Month with Keats: Keats and Wentworth House

Anita Miller, our guide on the Keats Walk, leads us from the Heath and back toward the town of Hampstead. We pass a small circus, with circus music …

A Foolproof Guide to Getting Your Poems Published—While Having Fun!

Susan Rich found a way to enjoy the task of submitting poems, playing a form of the license plate game. You, too, can get your poems published and …

Shakespeare and Company: The Best Book Shop in the World

For World Book Day and the start of Paris Fashion Week, we celebrate the ludicrously wonderful Shakespeare and Company<p>George Whitman opened his …

Ben Carson says campaign shake-up meant to fix ‘a culture of control’

Ben Carson said Sunday that his recent campaign shake-up was necessary to maneuver it out of its downward spiral in the polls.<p>"It was very difficult to execute plans," the GOP presidential candidate told Martha Raddatz in an interview on ABC's "This Week."<p>Three of Carson's high-ranking advisers, …

A Rap Sheet For Medicare’s Prescription Drug Program — ProPublica

A lot has happened since our investigation in May showed that Medicare wasn’t watching out for dangerous or fraudulent prescribing by doctors and …

12 signs America is on the decline

America is declining, in large and important measures, yet policymakers aren’t paying attention. So argues a new academic paper, pulling together …

Indian mob kills man over beef eating rumour

A man has been dragged out of his house and beaten to death by a mob near New Delhi over rumours that his family killed and ate a cow, the victim's brother has told Al Jazeera.<p>Mohammed Akhlaq, 52, a resident of Bisara village in Gautam Budh Nagar, about 40km from the Indian capital, was attacked on …

The Marketing Of Moringa: Is This The New Kale?

The moringa tree is a scrappy plant that grows like a weed in dry, tropical climates and produces bitter leaves that taste like horseradish. Moringa is also contending for a spot as the next hot "superfood," with an emerging focus on its potential to make life better for people in developing …

For decades, the government steered millions away from whole milk. Was that wrong?

U.S. dietary guidelines have long recommended that people steer clear of whole milk, and for decades, Americans have obeyed. Whole milk sales shrunk. It was banned from school lunch programs. Purchases of low-fat dairy climbed.<p>“Replace whole milk and full-fat milk products with fat-free or low-fat …

Nutrition

Homosexuality ‘may be triggered by environment after birth'

Homosexuality may be triggered by environmental factors during childhood after scientists found that genetic changes which happen after birth can determine whether a man is straight or gay.<p>The finding is highly controversial because it suggests that some men are not born gay, but are turned …

Israel accused of 'deliberately killing' Palestinians

Israel's government is facing serious questions over its use of force in the latest outbreak of violence with protesters after a number of videos appeared online showing soldiers shooting at Palestinians.<p>Amnesty International told Al Jazeera on Sunday that some of the recorded incidents amounted to …

• Psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen targeted by lawsuit<br>• ACLU sues on behalf of suspects subjected to mock drowning and more<p>Survivors of CIA torture have sued the contractor psychologists who designed one of the most infamous programs of the post-9/11 era.<p>Related: US torture report: …

Senate Intelligence Committee

Your Burning Questions About Antibiotics, Answered

“By far what [I] google the most,” Amy Schumer said in her SNL monologue this weekend, “is ‘Can I drink on these antibiotics?’ and ‘Do these …

Microbiology

UN health body says bacon, sausages and ham among most carcinogenic substances along with cigarettes, alcohol, asbestos and arsenic<p>Bacon, ham and sausages rank alongside cigarettes as a major cause of cancer, the World Health Organisation has said, placing cured and processed meats in the same …

Cancer

Could Depression Be Caused By An Infection?

Sometime around 1907, well before the modern randomized clinical trial was routine, American psychiatrist Henry Cotton began removing decaying teeth from his patients in hopes of curing their mental disorders. If that didn't work, he moved on to more invasive excisions: tonsils, testicles, ovaries …

Depression

I electroshocked my brain and I feel great!

For years I've relied on caffeine and cannabis to modulate my moods. It's an effective, albeit slightly illegal, system and not without its side effects. Too much coffee and I become a jittery, hyperactive mess. Too much cannabis and I spend the next few hours taking a weed nap. But that's where …

The Brain

'Painless' dental cavity procedure regrows tooth enamel

When a dentist says the word "cavity" a lot of people sweat thinking about painful injections and relentless drilling. But scientists in Britain have developed a new procedure dubbed EAER, or "Electrically Assisted Enhanced Remineralisation," that can repair a slightly decayed tooth before a deep …

Dental Care

First genetically modified salmon cleared to enter human food chain

The Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) in the US has approved production of the first gentically modified animal which will enter the food chain before 2018<p>The first genetically modified animal will enter the human food chain within two years after GM salmon was cleared for production in the US, …

Agriculture

Yin and Yang of Serotonin Neurons in Mood Regulation

<b>More nuanced view of brainstem neurons could lead to better drugs for depression and anxiety.</b><p>Low levels of serotonin in the brain are known to play a …

Scientists say they have a new cure for hearing loss

Jay Alan Zimmerman is a successful composer who writes music for movies and musicals. There's something that sets him apart from other composers, however. He's deaf.<p>Zimmerman wasn’t always deaf. He came to New York and began his career in music. Over time he realized he had lost quite a bit of …

This could be the next weapon of mass destruction

The atom bomb took more than 10 years to go from scientific conception to reality. The next weapon of mass destruction could take much less.<p>On Thursday (Nov. 19), a special agent from the FBI met with researchers in Washington, DC to talk to a scientific panel about the risks of a powerful new …

The 12 Most Outrageous Science Scandals Of 2015

...in chronological order.<p>For seven years, people have been protesting against the construction of the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, one of indigenous Hawaiians' most sacred sites. But the controversy exploded this April, when dozens of protesters were arrested.<p>The protests …