Berend Harmsen

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I’m the woman you met on Ashley Madison: How the rush of infidelity led to affairs online

<b>(Photographee.eu via Shutterstock)</b><p>Unable to remain faithful to my perfect husband, I turned to the site for intensity, escape — and sex<p>Betty Andrews<p>September 28, 2015 11:00pm (UTC)<p>How many real women are actually using Ashley Madison? <br>I have no idea, but I can vouch for one. <br>About a year ago, I …

The government’s authoritarian war on journalism: How a flaccid press enabled this Orwellian disgrace

Officials launch an all-out assault on free press — with nary an objection from the Fourth Estate’s guardians<p>Many readers will know, or know of, the Committee to Protect Journalists. It has been around since the early 1980s and does a lot of honorable work. This is what we all know about the C.P.J. …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Inside Harrison Ford's return as Han Solo

Harrison Ford’s first day back as Han Solo after 32 years was not the “Chewie, we’re home” scene, but that’s how it felt for those who watched it …

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When my therapist dared me to sleep with her

I had been grappling with self-esteem issues all of my adult life. Lori was a godsend — until she wasn’t<p>It’s the waning moments of my fourth session with a new therapist. I’m holding back — and she knows it. My entire body feels tense, not ideal for the setting. I try to relax, but the plush …

These guys want to gut America: 6 ways the GOP has obliterated American opportunity—and how we can start fighting back

Looking for evidence that America’s best days are ahead? Don’t look to Thursday’s GOP debate<p>Americans generally feel that the GOP is the party of the rich, so it's no surprise the GOP base would embrace celebrity billionaire Donald Trump as “one of us.” Or that the “serious candidate” Jeb Bush …

Can you solve it? Are you smarter than a Japanese schoolchild?

Hello Guzzlers.<p>It is with huge pleasure that I introduce today’s puzzle, which is already a big deal in Japan. It’s called Menseki Meiro, or Area Maze, and I hope you find it as brilliant as I do.<p>Can you solve it? How can you engineer a country with more girls than boys?<p>Read more<p>Area Maze is the …

Equations

The hidden ways traffic flows

Going from A to B? Whichever way you choose to travel, Chris Baraniuk discovers the hidden technologies which decide when and how you’ll get there<p>Get in your car and drive. If there's one thing that cinema and Bruce Springsteen songs have taught us, it's that there's nothing freer than the open …

The enemy is the state: how the US justice system started a civil war

The images are compelling, true, but they don’t compel due to any great variety. On the contrary, the experienced viewer will detect a certain dispiriting sameness almost from the outset. The only aspect that truly changes is the accompanying data, though this is mostly irrelevant detail.<p>A boy …

Justice

Photograph: Allstar/Walt Disney Pictures<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/5/26/1432655704644/d2fb2045-4099-4000-9724-ccf26aa8f779-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Allstar/Walt Disney …

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Christian fundamentalism is a capitalist construct: The secret history of American religion

The origins of modern evangelicalism can all be traced back to the founder of Quaker Oats. A historian explains<p>Christian fundamentalism was invented in an advertising campaign, according to a new book by historian Timothy Gloege. The all-American brand of “old-time religion” was developed by an …

The Middle East is America’s collateral damage: The brutal truth about America’s drone wars

Obama’s apology for the death of an American aid worker lays bare his callous indifference toward Muslim life<p>In the twenty-first-century world of drone warfare, one question with two aspects reigns supreme: Who counts?<p>In Washington, the answers are the same: We don’t <i>count</i> and <i>they</i> don’t count.<p>The …

Fox News would have hated Lincoln: Honest Abe, Obama and the uncertainty of faith

The true greatness of Lincoln was a moral seriousness, not superiority, framed by faith but not self-justification<p>Earlier this month in a segment titled “Obama, Religion & the Islamic State,” MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell called Obama "the most gifted writer and speaker in the history of the American …

North Korea publishes list of over 300 weird new patriotic slogans. What do they mean?

Kim Jong-Un and his copywriting team, coming up with some cool new slogans. Image: KCNA.<p>"Let this socialist country resound with Song of Big Fish …

Google Earth Pro Is Now Available For Free

Today Google has announced that Google Earth Pro is now available for free. Google Earth Pro used to cost $399 per year. Google Earth is a geospatial software application that displays a virtual globe, which offers the ability to analyze and capture geographical data. Google Earth was created after …

Google Earth

Newt’s shocking legacy: Was he more important than Reagan?

Political scientist Thomas Schaller tells Salon how Gingrich transformed the modern GOP — in ways still felt today<p>It didn't used to be this way. For much of the postwar era, the GOP was the stronger presidential party, at one point winning seven out of 10 presidential elections. Their dominance at …

Bruce Sterling's "The Epic Struggle of the Internet of Things"

It's a new long-form essay in the tradition of Sterling's must-read, groundbreaking 2005 book Shaping Things, a critical perspective on what it means …

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Trailer Breakdown

It’s time to head back to Middle-earth once again as Peter Jackson’s second instalment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel gets the trailer treatment. The …

Astronaut recounts his near-drowning on spacewalk

The Italian astronaut who nearly drowned in his helmet during a spacewalk on 16 July has shared more details about the experience, revealing how he frantically tried to devise a plan to save himself.<p>Luca Parmitano wrote in his blog, posted on Tuesday, that he stopped being able to see when water …

World’s worst zoo tries to pass off a dog as a lion and rats as snakes

A zoo has landed itself in hot water after trying to pass off fluffy dogs as lions and rats as snakes.<p>A clearly-marked sign claimed an animal in one …

The US is home to one third of the world’s data—here’s who’s storing it

So much of what we do today leaves a digital trail: we swipe credit cards, check in on Foursquare, tweet links and thoughts, connect on LinkedIn, shop on our iPads, and more. Every bit of that information is being stored—but by whom?<p>The US alone is home to 898 exabytes (1 EB = 1 billion …

Global warming: Wall Street Journal article cites bad evidence, draws wrong conclusion.

If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you know I am no fan of the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> op-ed section. In fact, I think it’s simply awful: They …

This Wacky Web Browser Works Like a Ouija Board

Surfing the web is more or less a solitary endeavor. Sure, you’ve got your friends on Gchat and followers on Twitter, but favoriting and @ replying …

“Star Trek Continues”: Fan-made episodes carry on the five-year mission.

The original “Star Trek” series had an overarching irony: The five-year mission of the Enterprise only lasted three seasons. Even that was extended …

Original Star Wars Trilogy As Pulp Fiction Novel Covers

This is a series of the original Star Wars movies imagined as the covers of pulp fiction novels by artist Timothy Anderson (of Star Wars as spaghetti …

Bacterial apocalypse – the bugs are getting cleverer, and we are doing little to stop them

We're all doomed.<p>Well, possibly not. But having recently returned from the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, …

J.J. Abrams says Star Wars: Episode VII will film in early 2014

Speaking at the 2013 Produced by Conference on Saturday, director J.J. Abrams has revealed that <b>Star Wars: Episode VII</b> will begin filming in early …

Second Opinion - After Earth (2013)

<b>After Earth</b>, 2013.<p>Directed by M. Night Shyamalan<br>Starring Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Isabelle Fuhrmann, Sophie Okonedo, Zoe Kravitz, David Denman, and …