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With 153 words, Donald Trump just destroyed the American promise

With a single, 153-word sentence, Donald Trump has managed to transform the United States from a beacon of liberty into a fortress of hate and …

Immigration

A Word to the Skeptics

Minimalists come in all sizes, ages, genders, races, nationalities, social classes, and religions. It is a growing movement that continues to invite …

Minimalism

Macarons: Don't Confuse Them With Macaroons

It's high time we set the record straight: the word "macaron" is <i>not</i> an alternate spelling of macaroon. In fact, the two terms refer to distinctly …

Dessert

Since 2016, Half of All Coral in the Great Barrier Reef Has Died

A new study warns it has become a “highly altered, degraded system.”<p>Once upon a time, there was a city so dazzling and kaleidoscopic, so braided and water-rimmed, that it was often compared to a single living body. It clustered around a glimmering emerald spine, which astronauts could glimpse from …

Global Warming

High-speed pig slaughter will be disastrous for everyone involved

A new rule in the US would eliminate food inspectors and lift limits on how quickly pigs can be killed. The impact on workers, animals and consumers would be disastrous<p>The Trump administration has proposed a radical change in food safety protection. They’re misleadingly calling it the …

Agriculture

The Best Pour-Over Coffee Setups for Your Home, According to Baristas

A good cup means starting with the right tools.<p>Making pour-over coffee first requires the right setup. Specifically, you need three things: a …

Coffee

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis<p>Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution …

Pollution

Donald Trump and Sarah Huckabee Sanders Have Lost Their Minds

As multiple federal investigations continue to creep closer and closer to Donald Trump, the president appears to be completely unraveling. On Sunday …

Donald Trump

Box that unlocks iPhones is the hottest new gadget for police

Law enforcement agencies — despite protests from privacy advocates — have long lobbied to get access to your smartphone.<p>Now a mysterious U.S. startup …

Mobile Technology

House Speaker Paul Ryan was the biggest fraud in American politics

Good riddance.<p>House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is announcing his retirement today, was not the most pernicious figure in American life during his era of prominence, but he was the biggest phony.<p>His Senate counterpart, Mitch McConnell, was always willing to wear the black hat, from his early rise to …

Republicans

Paul Ryan Will Retire as the Biggest Fake in American Politics

If he hadn't done so much damage, we could laugh him off the national stage—like Joe Biden did.<p>It’s probably too much to hope that Speaker Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny starver from the state of Wisconsin, will dedicate his retirement to public service the way that his immediate predecessor has.<p>…

Joe Biden

Not into industrial lofts and capsule wardrobes? This is minimalism for the rest of us.

There is a method, but no madness, to the type of minimalism espoused by Cary Telander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici. The organizing experts and authors of “New Minimalism” argue for something a little more practical than a strict 37-piece clothing wardrobe or a monastic-looking house. “It’s not …

Minimalism

9th Circuit: you can’t pay women less than men just because they made less at their last job

The ruling is a major reversal of the court’s interpretation of the Equal Pay Act.<p>It took Aileen Rizo six years to get her Equal Pay Day.<p>On Monday, an 11-judge panel for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled thatemployers can’t use a woman’s salary history to rationalize paying her less than a …

Gender

It's Official. The USDA Says Coffee Is Good For You

A California court says that coffee causes cancer. The US government and thousands of scientists disagree.<p>Whenever I publish anything about the health benefits of drinking coffee, I get pushback from health-nuts like "it's too acidic..." or "it unbalances your chakras..."<p>Now, I doubt if the people …

Coffee

How to live a minimalist lifestyle

Living a minimalist lifestyle has little to do with what you buy; it’s all about why you buy things. In our consumer-centric society, this trend has …

Minimalism

Feeling Empty? Here’s How to Find Joy (and Yourself) Again

<b>“Many people are alive but don't touch the miracle of being alive.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh</b> <b></b><p>“Who are you? No, really. <i>Who are you</i>?”<p>I stood at my bathroom …

Positive Thinking

The Bidet's Revival

Invented centuries ago in France, the bidet has never taken off in the States. That might be changing.<p>“It’s been completely Americanized!” my host declares proudly. “The bidet is gone!” In my time as a travel editor, this scenario has become common when touring improvements to hotels and resorts …

To This Day

The Seductive Confinement of a Weighted Blanket in an Anxious Time

Late one night last October, I was practicing what I like to call anti-self-care—lying under the covers, scrolling compulsively on my phone, and vaguely hoping that someone would leap through the screen and club me on the forehead—when I came across the Gravity Blanket Kickstarter, which had …

Plenty of conservatives really do believe women should be executed for having abortions

Atlantic writer Kevin Williamson may have been fired for suggesting the death penalty for abortion, but he’s not alone.<p>“I would totally go with treating it like any other crime, up to and including hanging.”<p>That’s how Kevin Williamson, very briefly a columnist at the Atlantic, articulated his views …

Feminism

What's the Difference? Cake Flour, Pastry Flour, All-Purpose Flour, and Bread Flour

If you make bread every weekend or have an obsession with cakes, it makes sense to keep specific flours for those recipes on-hand. But what about the …

Dessert

Does Recycling Actually Make a Difference? — Recycling

Everyone knows that person who refuses to recycle because they say it doesn't actually do anything. Maybe you even are that person. Does recycling …

Sustainability

Killer Whale Infanticide Study Reveals a Murderous Mom and her Savage Son

This is evolutionary tragedy at its most grim.<p>It’s been a rough week for whales. Today, Australians woke up to a shoreline full of 140 dying pilot …

Whales

Orcas Double Down on "Killer" Reputation in Bloody Attack on Rare Whale

Whale watchers in Australia got one hell of a show.<p>The lovable orcas featured in <i>Free Willy</i> and locked up at Sea World tend to make us forget the …

Whales

SeaWorld Orca Spotted With Horrific Injury To Fin

SeaWorld says it "doesn't know" what happened to her.<p>Katina, a captive orca living at SeaWorld Orlando, was recently photographed with a …

SeaWorld

How America's Largest Local TV Owner Turned Its News Anchors Into Soldiers In Trump's War On The Media

Earlier this month, CNN’s Brian Stelter broke the news that Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner or operator of nearly 200 television stations in the …

Journalism
City Politics

Don’t worry about coffee’s cancer risk — or its health benefits

Don’t drink coffee because it may help you live longer. Do it because you enjoy it.<p>A ruling from a Los Angeles judge last week now means that in California, coffee companies like Starbucks must warn customers of a potentially cancer-causing chemical found in coffee. Naturally, this gave jitters to …

Coffee

Andrew McCabe: Not in my worst nightmares did I dream my FBI career would end this way

<i>Andrew McCabe served in the FBI from 1996 until March 16. He was the bureau’s deputy director from 2016 to January, including time as acting director from May to August 2017.</i><p>On March 16, I spent the day with my family waiting to hear whether I would be fired, after 21 years in the FBI and one day …

Foreign Policy

11 Places You Have to Visit If Coffee Is Life

11 Ideal Vacation Destinations for Coffee Lovers<p>For coffee lovers, that aromatic, hot drink is the first thought on their mind when they wake up. It …

Coffee