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The mastermind behind the petition to make the Republican National Convention open carry

The self-described “liberal Democrat,” activist, and blogger does not like to be called a “Hillary troll”<p>Alas, the satirical mastermind behind the Change.org petition to allow firearms at the Republican National Convention has been unmasked.<p>According to an Observer report, "Democratic activist and …

Democrats are in denial about the election: As long as Hillary Clinton risks FBI indictment, Bernie Sanders is the real front runner

Democrats should rally around Sanders before Clinton’s campaign spins indictments into a partisan ploy by the GOP<p>In order to understand why Bernie Sanders is the true Democratic front-runner, and why Hillary Clinton should concede the nomination to Sanders, take a closer look at the FBI’s email …

Hillary Clinton’s “tone”-gate disaster: Why her campaign’s condescending Bernie dismissal should concern Democrats everywhere

If the Clinton campaign can’t deal with Bernie’s “tone,” how are they supposed to handle someone like Donald Trump?<p>During a CNN interview on Monday, Hillary Clinton’s Chief Strategist Joel Benenson responded to a question about whether Clinton would participate in a Democratic debate in New York — …

Photograph: Max Burkhalter for the Guardian<p>In a scene from Central Baptist church’s hell house, the brother mourns the deaths of his sister and mother as his father waits to discuss where their spirits are …

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Yahoo's Marissa Mayer utters the six scariest words about Silicon Valley

This week's Fortune Global Forum in San Francisco has brought together some of high-tech's most glittery stars -- Google's (excuse us, "Alphabet's") Larry Page, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, even Theranos' beleaguered Elizabeth Holmes--to give their views on the future of their industries and their …

Silicon Valley

In defense of American elitism: The alarming truth about the rise of Donald Trump

<b>(Reuters/Chris Keane)</b><p>Donald Trump is all the proof you need that populism isn’t all its cut out to be<p>David Masciotra<p>October 25, 2015 10:00am (UTC)<p>One of the imperishable clichés of American political discourse is the idea that a populist uprising could cure all the ills currently afflicting the …

The secret (and sinister) history of American surveillance

Our modern-day surveillance state dates back to the 1870s, when a new technology launched an information revolution<p>From cellphone spying to facial scanning technology to massive data farms, it’s no secret that the U.S. government is gathering loads of personal information on its citizens.<p>But few …

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It’s easy to look at terror done in the names of different gods and think, look at these foolish religious folk. But we’re in no position to cast the first stone<p>There are many different ways in which people come to atheism. Many come to it in their early adult years, after a childhood in the …

Religion

What happened when soccer parents were silenced for one match

When Jonathan Gregg played youth soccer in the 1980s, the typical scene was 11 players-a-side mauling the ball while coaches and parents on the sideline yelled encouragement, screamed in angst, and generally made a lot of noise.<p>No longer. Gregg now coaches youth soccer, among other sports. A few …

The American empire is crumbling because the aristocracy is leaving the commoners in the dust

In Turchin's meaning, it refers to the sense of purpose and identity shared by the top, middle and bottom of the wealth/power pyramid.<p>One measure of this vertical integration is the degree of equality/inequality between the commoners (shall we call this the lower 90% of American households by …

The corporatization of higher education: With a system that caters to the 1 percent, students and faculty get screwed

Low-paid teachers are fighting back against exploitation in public & private colleges. No more poverty wages<p>Students aren’t the only ones feeling the financial pinch of college. Faculty members are, too, particularly adjunct professors and recent hires. According to Service Employees International …

Climate apocalypse is here, now: Science fiction has become our new reality

Climatologists dismissed the science behind “The Day After Tomorrow.” Eleven years later, it’s not so improbable<p>Not so long ago, it was science fiction. Now, it’s hard science -- and that should frighten us all. The latest reports from the prestigious and sober Intergovernmental Panel on Climate …

The CIA Keeps (Accidentally) Legitimizing JFK Conspiracy Theories

Now we learn that the CIA chief at the time did all he could to bury "incendiary" information.<p>It is somewhat lost to history what a writhing ball of snakes the national security establishment was during the three years of John F. Kennedy's presidency, especially after the collapse of the Bay of …

Mike Huckabee's 1998 Book Is Full Of Fake Quotes From America's Founders

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary to make sure the sources in your book are not an Internet quotations page.<p>Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's 1998 book <i>Kids Who Kill</i> is full of spurious quotations from leading American political …

Anti-Renoir protesters picket Boston art gallery

<b>Protesters have demonstrated outside a Boston art gallery that is showing work by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, complaining that he "sucks at painting".</b><p>The group held placards bearing slogans like "God hates Renoir" and "Aesthetic terrorism" at the Museum of Fine Arts.<p>The protest was organised by the …

We must despise our kids: Our ugly war on teachers must end now

Republicans and Democrats can agree on one thing: Demonizing teachers. It’s the “reformers” doing the most harm<p>Last week’s jobs report showed the labor market decelerating. This appears to be the fifth straight year that promising signs in the winter end up softening in the summer and fall. And …

Why Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber Thinks Church Is For Losers

"We connect to each other and to God through our shared brokenness."<p>(RNS) Nadia Bolz-Weber is the kind of pastor who ends up doing funerals for an alcoholic stand-up comic and a transvestite. The founder of Denver’s House for All Sinners and Saints, this tattooed, profanity-loving Lutheran pastor …

How Did The Harvard Debate Team Manage To Lose To A Prison Debate Team?

When you hear the words “Harvard debate team,” your mind likely goes towards a place that involves “the best” or “top of the heap.” Not saying that Harvard is better or worse than anywhere else, but it does have that reputation. That’s why it’s interesting to note that the Harvard debate team went …

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Obama's Big UN Week Sunk by Putin's Clever Gambit, Iran's Cold Rebuke, and Multiple U.S. Policy Failures

We may look back on this week just passing as one of the true nadirs in America's post-9/11 efforts to lead the world, a series of events that make the failures of America's shallow strategies, of both Republican and Democratic administrations, impossible to ignore. It is a particular low point for …

Understanding Avoidant Personality Disorder | The Exhausted Woman

In a social media rich environment where a person is frequently overexposed, those with Avoidant Personality Disorder (APD) are a welcome change. APD …

Psychology

The business school-trained are taking on education — but what about the teachers and students?

Limiting ourselves to technical and methodological solutions to the problems in education misses the point<p>A year ago, at professional development training, I was asked to imagine what kind of school I would design if I had $5 million. I scribbled down a few ideas and shared them with the group. …

His 83-year-old wife jumped to her death from a Kaiser clinic — why?

As Barbara Ragan stood atop a Kaiser Permanente parking garage in Northern California this summer, traces of Xanax, Prozac and a generic antidepressant were in her blood.<p>Yet the 83-year-old longtime Kaiser patient was distraught: The drugs had proved ineffective for her depression, and her next …

The meritocracy is a lie: The wild myths that allow CEOs, hedge funders and the 1 percent to outearn us all

The rich aren’t smarter than us and they don’t do more for society. We must rethink how people get paid<p>A few years ago I was invited to speak to a group of employees at a power plant who were considering whether to form a union. One young man who intended to vote against it told me he was worth no …

Kids Are Tossing Their Government-Mandated Fruit Straight In The Trash

You can lead a kid to healthier foods, but you can’t make him take a bite.<p>Ever since the introduction of mandatory fruits and vegetables for schoolchildren, kids have eaten less of them than before. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, introduced in 2010 and in effect from last year, forces …

Nutrition

The Pope Smokes Out Congress on Climate Change

The funniest line of the last few days came from Arizona's Republican Congressman Paul Gosar.<p>Resentful that Pope Francis might blaspheme the sacred chamber of the World's Greatest Deliberative Body with some inconvenient truth about global warming, Gosar announced he would boycott the Holy Father's …

Private Prisons Embrace Corruption to Boost Profits

It seems like something out of a bleak novel. A dark police state where prisons are run by major corporations whose sole source of income is occupancy. This would be a story where nobody listens because the people crying foul are being seen as weak on crime and in defense of prisoners who have had …

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Japan Dumbs Down Its Universities

Most people who follow news from Japan will be paying attention to the economy, or possibly to the fist-fight that broke out in the Diet over …