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U.S. military doubles the number of civilians it admits killing in anti-ISIS fight

The U.S. military on Friday acknowledged killing 20 civilians and wounding 11 more in recent airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, more than doubling the number of civilian fatalities it has admitted causing in the military campaign against the Islamic State.<p>The nine errant airstrikes occurred between …

Stop fetishising parenting - you’re sucking all the joy out of it!

Throw out the mummy and daddy manuals and ditch the philosophies – your kids will be fine and you will be happier<p>‘I think my child has been breastfed by another woman,” my friend Jennifer announces out of the blue in the middle of our kids’ play-date. Even for California, where we live, this is …

Why Love Hurts: The Sociology of How Our Institutions Rather Than Our Personal Psychological Failings Shape the Romantic Agony of Modern Life

“To perform gender identity and gender struggles is to perform the institutional and cultural core dilemmas and ambivalence of modernity.”<p><i>“There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet, which fails so regularly, as love,”</i> …

Relationships

Warriors Coach Steve Kerr Just Showed a Completely Different Side of Emotional Intelligence

Kerr's recent response may not be acceptable at your place of work, but it teaches a valuable lesson.<p>Emotional intelligence and basketball: two of my favorite subjects.<p>Emotional intelligence (EI), put simply, is a person's ability to recognize and understand emotions (both his or her own and those …

Russia looks to buy five dolphins with perfect teeth and killer instinct

Government website reveals plan to revive Soviet-era use of marine mammals for combat operations<p>Russia’s defence ministry is looking to buy five dolphins, the government has revealed, as the country strives to revive its Soviet-era use of sea mammals for military tasks.<p>The military has opened the …

Russia

All The Books You Should Read, According To Your Binge TV Preferences

Streaming TV is great, but books are the original binge-able medium.<p>Raise your hand if you think you watch too much television. *Slowly raises hand.* Now raise your hand if you think you should read more books. *Sheepishly repeats gesture.*<p>I'm imagining a lot of arms in the air right now, which, …

Books

Pictures of the Week 3.3.16

Winter Sports

Journalists Struggle To Describe Trump's Racially Charged Rhetoric

Last year, The Huffington Post assigned stories on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to the entertainment section, seeing him as a buffoonish diversion.<p>It now appears to view Trump as a threat, attaching an editor's note to the end of every article about him to inform readers he "is a …

The Political Party Bernie Sanders Helped Found Isn't into Him Anymore

Vermont's Liberty Union Party says Sanders was instrumental to the group's founding. They also recently voted to "brand him as a war criminal."<p>In 1971, future presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, then a recent transplant to Vermont, joined a fledgling antiwar organization called the Liberty Union …

A black director, a white author, and their differing accounts of rebel slave Nat Turner

A black filmmaker puts his acting career on hold, raises nearly $10 million and makes a movie about the rebel slave Nat Turner. His film receives a rapturous reception at a major festival, a bouquet of awards and praise from Hollywood's elite.<p>A white novelist writes a bestselling account of Nat …

Black History

Walt Whitman on Donald Trump, How Literature Bolsters Democracy, and Why a Robust Society Is a Feminist Society

“America, if eligible at all to downfall and ruin, is eligible within herself, not without… Always inform yourself; always do the best you can; always vote.”<p>In 1855, <b>Walt Whitman</b> (May 31, 1819–March 26, 1892) made his debut as a poet and self-published <i>Leaves of Grass</i>. Amid the disheartening initial …

I Went A Year Without Sex. Here's How It Changed My Life

On Valentine’s Day last year, I sat sobbing in my bathtub. I was sad to be single, wondering if I’d ever meet someone, and longing for a deeper …

Yo Gotti: ‘Down in the DM’ Rapper on Discovering Snapchat

Yo Gotti’s “Down In The DM,” a story of smartphone-aided flirtation, recently hit Number One on Billboard’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop chart. The song’s …

Beyond “Infinite Jest”

What if an author put forth goals for his fiction so intelligent yet modest, so comprehensive yet dignified, that the reader would not—could not—forget them? Something like this happened to David Foster Wallace when he sat for an interview with Larry McCaffery, for the summer 1993 issue of the</i> …

Literature

Artist Takes 20 Different Drugs And Creates 20 Illustrations To Show Drug Effects

Graphic designer Brian Pollett, aka Pixel-Pusha, pusha-ed himself to the limit by doing a new drug every day for twenty days and making art. “The …

How Parents And Teachers Can Nurture The 'Quiet Power' Of Introverts

When Susan Cain wrote <i>Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking</i> in 2012, it was a big success. The book made the cover of <i>Time</i> magazine, spent weeks on the <i>New York Times</i> best-sellers list and was the subject of one of the most-watched TED Talks, with more than 13 million views.<p>…

Teaching

How America’s Presidents Got Sloshed

Big decisions, big glasses to fill: Herbert Hoover hid booze in his golf bag during Prohibition, while John F. Kennedy served Bloody Marys in the …

Why veteran teachers aren't surprised young people are shunning the profession

Judging from my email, a lot of California public school teachers are demoralized and questioning their career choices.<p>They're not at all surprised that fewer and fewer college students are going into teaching.<p>My column last week about a growing teacher shortage triggered a barrage of responses. …

Education

Pictures of the Week 2.11.16

Chinese New Year

Bernie Has Emily Ratajkowski and Killer Mike. Hillary Has the Delegates.

Eventually, superdelegates will cause a real problem.<p>Just as Bernie Sanders was chowing down in Harlem with the Reverend Al Sharpton, a sobering detail came to our attention. The whole primary fight continues to be primarily about delegates, after all, and Hillary Rodham Clinton has a monumental …

'New Jim Crow' Author: Clinton Doesn't Deserve Black Vote

Michelle Alexander asks, “What have the Clintons done to earn such devotion?”<p>Michelle Alexander, the author of “The New Jim Crow,” has a question …

Why Young Democrats Love Bernie Sanders

Part I: They have a lot in common with Ron Paul supporters.<p>MERRIMACK, N.H. — Perhaps the most eye-popping statistic to come out of last week’s Iowa …

Financial despair, addiction and the rise of suicide in white America

The death rate for white Americans aged 45 to 54 has risen sharply since 1999, but Montana officials wrestle to explain why the state has the highest rate of suicide in the US at nearly twice the national average – and it’s rising<p>Kevin Lowney lies awake some nights wondering if he should kill …

Morality

Bernie Sanders has completely erased Hillary Clinton's lead in the Democratic primary

Clinton leads Sanders 48 percent to 45 percent among Democratic voters, according to the poll of 512 Americans, conducted Feb. 2-5 following the Iowa caucus. The poll has a credibility interval of 5 percentage points.<p>Democrats had been supporting Clinton by more than a 2-to-1 margin at the …

Bernie Sanders

Is the US ready for a socialist president? Sanders might be about to find out

The Vermont senator has never hidden his views but his proposed policies to overhaul tuition fees and healthcare have branded him a dangerous extremist<p>Dr Krissy Haglund does not care if she is labeled a socialist. Or an ideological purist. Or, indeed, any of the other epithets thrown at Americans …

This is the end of marriage, capitalism and God. Finally!

<b>Zosia Mamet, Lena Dunham, Allison Williams and Jemima Kirke in "Girls" (HBO/Mark Schafer)</b><p>My fellow boomers might mock millennials, but what if the new generation has the big questions absolutely right?<p>Jeff DeGraff<p>February 6, 2016 2:29pm (UTC)<p>The next big thing isn’t a clever gadget or miracle …

Idealism

The Interesting Link Between Your Height, Your DNA, and Who You Find Attractive

<i>By Korin Miller, Glamour</i><p>Photo: CN Digital Archive<p>Your genes determine a host of things that make you, well, <i>you</i>. Your hair color, sex, eye color, and much more are all coded into your DNA.<p>But scientists have recently discovered that two seemingly unrelated genes--the ones that control your height …

Community Health

Paul Krugman’s dead wrong about Bernie: Why Sanders’ track record proves he’s not just about “happy dreams”

<b>Bernie Sanders, Paul Krugman (Reuters/Mark Kauzlarich/Tim Shaffer/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Take a good look at what Bernie Sanders has done throughout his career and one thing is clear: He gets stuff done<p>Eliza A. Webb<p>January 30, 2016 2:29pm (UTC)<p>Paul Krugman recently penned a piece in The New York …

Middle-class

I am the student loan crisis at its ugliest: I graduated and found out I have $200,000 in debt

These rituals remind me how perverse our higher-education system is—and of the empty idealism that colleges and universities sell us:<p><i>We are here today, donning our ceremonial robes and caps, to recite the traditional vacuous platitudes and wish you well in paying off high-interest student loans for</i> …

College & University