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The EPA is (finally) taking on air travel

After years of pressure, the agency took a first step toward regulating a major source of emissions<p>It looks like it might finally be time to start talking about the big flying elephant in the fight against climate change. Air travel, its many benefits aside, is our most carbon-intensive mode of …

Portland’s planning a village of tiny houses for the homeless

The tiny house movement offers an appealing alternative to shelters<p>Despite the fact that Pinterest is obsessed with them, tiny houses are more than just a novelty. As the growing tiny house movement attests, people see the minimal square footage, environmentally friendly domiciles as ways to …

“I wish someone would pull a Ferguson on them”: Louisiana cop resigns for racist texts

15-year veteran Michael Elsbury wrote, “I enjoy arresting those thugs with their saggy pants”<p>Glenn Beck was right--the events in Ferguson really have brought out the best in people. Let's take, for example, a police officer from Baton Rouge who resigned on Thursday after a local news channel …

Community Discussion: Should we resurrect the passenger pigeon?

Some extinct animals may be brought back, but is it worth it?<p>September 1st marked one hundred years since the death of Martha, the last passenger pigeon. The decline of the passenger pigeon was so rapid -- there had been as many as five billion birds in 1880 -- that it shocked America and helped …

Erick Erickson seems pretty confused about LGBTQ people in the military

By recognizing that trans people already serve in the armed forces Obama is … socially engineering? Or something?<p>Erick Erickson is filling in for Rush Limbaugh while Rush Limbaugh is away on a restorative yoga retreat (probably), and he has some mad feelings about President Obama and the …

Sean Hannity: I can’t encourage military service “in good conscience” while Obama is president

There are limits, apparently, to the Fox News host’s devotion to U.S. Armed Forces<p>While pontificating on his Fox News shows Thursday night, right-wing media personality Sean Hannity revealed that his faith in the value of serving with the United States Armed Forces was being severely diminished …

CDC report: 1 in 5 women have been raped

The percentage of female rape victims has jumped significantly. This should be surprising — but it’s not<p>It has been estimated that approximately 1 in every 6 American women has been raped in her lifetime. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an unfortunate amendment to …

Bill Maher: GOP thinks “voting should be legal but discouraged, like interracial dating”

“Do nuts ruin primaries? Yes. Nuts ruin everything”<p>In Friday's "Real Time" blog post, Bill Maher discusses election primaries, and a recent Chuck Schumer New York Times op-ed. Schumer called for open primaries or "top two" primaries, folks can vote for whomever regardless of party, and you might …

The horrifying truth: Our oil addiction is only getting worse

Americans are driving more than ever and guzzling more gas, while the White House stands by and lets it happen<p>Considering all the talk about global warming, peak oil, carbon divestment, and renewable energy, you’d think that oil consumption in the United States would be on a downward path. By now, …

American warmongers’ fatal conceit: The massive insecurity behind their calls for blood

The neoconservative “do something” crowd are really “Know Nothings” — and fatally misread the decade after 9/11<p>In the inaugural post for his new blog at the Intercept, former Washington Post reporter and Huffington Post bureau chief Dan Froomkin makes an argument that is pretty widely held by …

Paul Ryan’s liberal secret: Why he’s suddenly endorsing the social safety net

In his own, ironic way, Ryan is the true heir of the “progressive” tradition he so likes to criticize. Here’s why<p>Between midsummer and Labor Day, Representative Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden gave eloquent defenses of today’s partisan worldviews. Strange to say, Paul Ryan endorsed …

“There’s a hunger to deny that race matters”: The new segregation and white America/black America divide

Ferguson shows whites don’t want to see race. Blacks don’t have a choice. Here’s a new way of bridging the gap<p>On August 20, Chris Hayes presented two starkly illuminating segments on Ferguson, Missouri [transcript]. “There are at least two Fergusons,” he told viewers in the first segment …

Why are we so obsessed with superhero origin stories?: Here’s a psychologist’s take

Netflix is banking on “Gotham,” the Batman prequel, because it’s a story they know we’re craving<p>Though it hasn't even premiered yet, Fox's upcoming series "Gotham" has already made television history. Three days ago, Netflix bought the exclusive subscription video rights to the series, in a move …

From 9/11 to the ISIS videos: The darkness we conjured up

The ISIS videos depict dreadful crimes. But the scariest thing about them may be what they tell us about ourselves<p>In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks – the event that announced “the end of the end of history” and plunged the United States into an endless cycle of self-destructive warfare …

Damnation, American style: How American preachers reinvented hell

Fire and brimstone survived the Enlightenment and prospered at the dawn of the American republic — but why?<p>Among the many congratulatory letters George Washington received after assuming the presidency was one from “the Convention of the Universal Church, assembled in Philadelphia.” “SIR,” it …

The dumbest U.S. foreign policy question asked this century

What do U.S. politicians really mean when they say they want to save Syria?<p>Who lost Syria? This is perhaps the dumbest U.S. foreign policy question so far this millennium.<p>For starters, was (and is) Syria really America’s to lose?<p>The American right – which on this issue reaches into the Clinton wing …

The secret language of pain: Why our most agonizing moments defy explanation

Pain is singularly difficult to sum up in words—a fact that reveals some alarming truths about the human condition<p>In Margaret Edson’s play, "Wit" (1999), a bald Vivian Bearing walks on stage in her hospital gown pushing an IV pole. She complains:<p>I have been asked ‘How are you feeling today?’ while …

Adventures in geek mythology: The mystic’s guide to computing

In a stunning new book, author Vikram Chandra explores the mystical complexities hiding in our laptops and iPhones<p>Is computer code art? What binds two different acts of creation -- writing fiction and programming a computer -- together and what sunders them apart? To successfully answer such …

Finally, Wall Street gets put on trial: We can still hold the 0.1 percent responsible for tanking the economy

<b>(Reuters/Yuri Gripas/AP/Eric Risberg)</b><p>Too Big To Fail bailouts let them get away with it. The amazing result of California fraud trial could change that<p>Thomas Frank<p>September 7, 2014 11:00am (UTC)<p>The Tea Party regards Barack Obama as a kind of devil figure, but when it comes to hunting down the …

America’s fortress of blood: The death of George Jackson and the birth of the prison-industrial complex

In 1971, activist George Jackson was mysteriously killed in San Quentin prison — a tragedy repeated time and again<p>A young black man gunned down by law enforcement. His body is then left outside for four hours. The shocking gore of the situation sparks countless protests around the country calling …

“There are no silver bullets”: Humanity’s incredible run of luck might be coming to an end

Humans have overcome plenty of natural crises before, Ruth DeFries tells Salon. Will we be able to do so again?<p>Here's the long view of human history, as Ruth DeFries sees it: An ingenious species, we keep finding new ways to "hijack nature" and better feed ourselves. Each newfound system for …

3 ways American workers get screwed without even realizing it

Thanks to extra responsibilities like email and overtime, we spend many more hours on the job than we think we do<p>Most jobs have their downsides. Whether it’s a grueling hour-plus commute or an overly demanding boss, our complaints about work typically involve being forced to spend more time and …

“The politics did shift”: Obama talks immigration reform on “Meet the Press”

The president blames the surge of unaccompanied children at the border for delayed executive action on immigration<p>In an interview with NBC "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd on Sunday, President Obama defended his decision to delay executive action on immigration reform, pointing to the surge of …

America’s Donald Trump complex: We’re addicted to consumption — and it’s destroying us

Americans have been conditioned to believe we need to spend to live, a culturally and ecologically destructive lie<p>How many times have you sat in a cafe, waiting for a friend, and found yourself unable to look away from your phone? You just had to sip your coffee and smoke a cigarette? Or flip …

How to save America from cars: Start sharing them

Uber and Lyft show promise, but to really cut down on traffic congestion, we need a taxi revolution<p>There’s a popular meme that circulates among the Internet’s urbanists every few months. Taken from above a city street, the photo shows a small crowd of pedestrians alongside a bus. Behind them is a …

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