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5 signs America is devolving into a plutocracy

One-percent elections. Congressional gridlock. An increasingly demobilized public. Our democracy is on life support<p>Have you ever undertaken some task you felt less than qualified for, but knew that someone needed to do? Consider this piece my version of that, and let me put what I do understand …

Requiem for American Exceptionalism

If the United States no longer seems so different from other developed nations, and if perhaps it never did, then it has lessons to learn from them.<p>A reader tweeted a funny reply to my last article about American neglect of the First World War. He explained that modern viewers prefer the sequel to …

How the conservative belief in American exceptionalism has become a matter of faith.

A small group of colonies manages to break away from a large empire in the closing years of the 18th century. The resulting state would probably be …

‘Islam Is a Very Dark Theory’: How the Son of a Founding Member of Hamas Rejected Extremism and Converted to Christianity

Mosab Hassan Yousef, the bestselling author of “Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices,” appeared on <i>The Glenn Beck Program</i> Monday to discuss how he rejected radical Islam and converted to Christianity.<p>“I was brought up in a state of …

Islam

Quietly, Obama Administration Starts — Then Badly Loses — A Gun Control Fight

Observers on all sides of the gun rights argument are scratching their heads after the failure of an ATF plan to ban bullets for AR-15s.<p>WASHINGTON — Hours before D.C. shut down for the President's Day long weekend last month, the Obama administration quietly set out to ban a form of armor-piercing …

Guns

Billionaire Teams Up With NASA to Mine the Moon

Moon Express, a Mountain View, California-based company that's aiming to send the first commercial robotic spacecraft to the moon next year, just took another step closer toward that lofty goal. Earlier this year, it became the first company to successfully test a prototype of a lunar lander at the …

Space Exploration

Some Government Statistics You Can Believe And Others You Really Shouldn't

Paul Krugman has a short piece looking at some of the wilder predictions of economic disaster that have followed various of the policy decisions of recent times. And he’s correct in his point that the people who go off and declare that the statistics must be lying as those disasters have not …

Economics

The Bible should be X-rated: The Good Book is loaded with sexy sin – someone tell Mike Huckabee

If the Bible’s the word of God, the religious right should look again. There’s a lot of sex and debauchery going on<p>Sex scandals have bubbled up though the murky currents of American politics of both the left and the right, but they’ve always been most outrageous when they’ve involved Republicans, …

Energy from dry ice could power human colonies on Mars

A mission to Mars has captured the public's imagination and the possibility of making that second small step has never seemed so close. Current NASA …

The twisted morality of climate denial: How religion and American exceptionalism are undermining our future

Despite overwhelming scientific consensus, Americans remain split on climate change. Here’s why<p>James Inhofe, the senior Republican senator from Oklahoma and author of "The Great Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future," has recently become chairman of the Senate’s Environment …

5 Foods You’re Eating Wrong | Men's Health

Wine<p><b>Your mistake:</b> Letting a bottle “breathe”<p><b>The fix:</b> Sipping a freshly opened bottle<p><b>Why it works:</b> When red wine is decanted for long periods of time—up to 12 hours—the organic acids and polyphenols begin to break down, according to a 2012 Chinese study. Leaving the bottle open overnight nixes the …

Yes, black America fears the police. Here’s why

When gunfire interrupted my Long Island outing with friends, we didn’t ring the cops. None of us even considered it<p>This story was co-published with Politico Magazine.<p>Last July 4, my family and I went to Long Island to celebrate the holiday with a friend and her family. After eating some barbecue, a …

Wealthy Russians coming to UK doubles following sanctions on Putin

More than 160 rich Russians applied for visas in the first nine months of 2014, compared with 96 in the same period in 2013 after David Cameron and his allies imposed sanctions on Vladimir Putin.<p>The number of wealthy Russians applying for UK visas has almost doubled following a decision to impose …

California Drought Just Broke A 120-Year Record

Drought-stricken California, which just had its driest January ever recorded, smashed another dismal record last month: the hottest February.<p>Peter Gleick, a climate, water and sustainability scientist and member of the U.S. National Academy of Science, tweeted a graph from the National Oceanic and …

California farmers resign themselves to drought: 'Nobody's fault but God's'

Despite efforts to dig deeper into the earth to get at diminishing groundwater, the spectre of desertification may cost Central Valley farmers too much to carry on<p>Kim Hammond does not want responsibility for her neighbours’ livelihoods, or for the crops which stretch in all directions as far as the …

Snorkeling

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 …

Five Stocks The Billionaires Are Buying

It’s that time again. The Direxion iBillionaire Index ETF <b></b>(IBLN), which follows the trading moves of billionaire investors, is doing its quarterly rebalancing. Eleven of the ETF’s 30 stock positions are getting the boot.<p>What’s in? Consumer discretionaries and tech, each of which will now make up 30% …

Investing

5 things Netanyahu forgot to tell the American people

Trending story found on rt.com<p>Many Democrats viewed the speech as an attempt by a foreign leader to chastise and change Washington’s foreign policy …

4 easy tricks to get going again when things don't work on your iPhone or iPad

Nothing is more frustrating than when things go buggy on your iPhone or iPad. Whether it’s a frozen app, keyboard acting strangely or the phone …

Foods That Are Making You Fat

Whether you jumped on the healthy eating bandwagon for the rapid weight loss or long-term health benefits, we're sorry to say, you <i>can</i> have too much …

Nutrition

Scientists say all the world’s data can fit on a DNA hard drive the size of a teaspoon

Even though it’s looking increasingly likely that humanity will find a way to wipe itself off the face of the Earth, there’s a chance that our creative output may live on. Servers, hard drives, flash drives, and disks will degrade (as will our libraries of paper books, of course), but a group of …

Harvard

Video confession shown at trial over 'American Sniper' death

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A videotaped confession by the former Marine accused in the fatal shootings of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his …

Crime

What we know about the bank hacking ring - and who's behind it

It looks like a few Russian hackers have just pulled off the biggest bank heist ever.<p>The numbers are shocking: hundreds of millions of dollars were stolen from 100 banks in 30 countries. The exact amount is unknown at this point. On top of that, the banks could lose possibly hundreds of millions …

Kaspersky Lab

This talking dinosaur has a brain powered by IBM’s Watson supercomputer

Once upon a time, the world of talking dinosaurs was restricted to largely forgotten sitcom ‘Dinosaurs’ and irritating purple pal to preschoolers Barney. CogniToys, a new line of toys developed by Elemental Path, is changing that with its first release – a dino whose brain is powered by IBM’s …

Dinosaurs

Report: Using Malware, Hackers Steal Millions From Banks

Putting in place a sophisticated digital racket, hackers were able to steal millions of dollars from up to 100 banks in what the Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab is calling "the most successful criminal cyber campaign we have ever seen."<p>Kaspersky, which helped uncover a piece of …

Kaspersky Lab

Cyber bank robbers steal $1bn, says Kaspersky report

<b>Up to 100 banks and financial institutions worldwide have been attacked in an "unprecedented cyber robbery", claims a new report.</b><p>Computer security firm Kaspersky Lab estimates $1bn (£648m) has been stolen in the attacks, which it says started in 2013 and are still ongoing.<p>A cybercriminal gang with …

Cybersecurity