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Reza Aslan: Why I am a Muslim

<b>(CNN) —</b> As a writer and scholar of religions, I am often asked how, knowing all that I know about the religions of the world, I can still call myself a believer, let alone a Muslim.<p>It's a reasonable question. Considering the role that religion so often plays in fueling conflicts abroad and …

Donald the Weak

Trump may aspire to be a strongman, but he's proving to be an exceptionally ineffectual president.<p>Donald Trump ran for president boasting of his supposedly legendary negotiating and management skills while promising that he alone could fix the problems ailing the country. But three weeks into his …

Top 10 books about the apocalypse

Weaponised flu, hoax bombs that start exploding, totalitarian America and brain-thirsty zombies – here’s a flood of fictional world endings – and one that’s real<p>The apocalypse – the literal end of the world – has long captured humanity’s dark imagination. Is it because the end of life on Earth is …

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Jeff Sessions and the Southern white man’s burden: His cluelessness is precisely the problem

<b>Lindsey Graham; Jeff Sessions. (AP/Evan Vucci/Alex Brandon)</b><p>While Sessions and Lindsey Graham congratulated each other for not being racists, John Lewis taught some history<p>Gary Legum<p>January 12, 2017 12:59pm (UTC)<p>Even for those who closely follow politics and are used to the claims of victimhood …

Jeff Sessions

Try This Simple 5-Category Budget to Help You Manage Your Money

You want to create a spending plan, but you don’t want to make an intricately detailed line-item budget or budgeting worksheet. Instead, you just …

Watch an AI supercomputer battle top pros in a $200,000 poker tournament

It knows when to hold ‘em, and when to fold ‘em<p>The Brains vs. AI poker tournament being put on by Carnegie Mellon University kicked off today. It pits four humans pros against an AI trained to play Heads Up (1 vs. 1) No-Limit Texas Hold’em poker. The system runs on supercomputers, the humans on …

Webcomic explains how weakening the Voting Rights Act led to voter suppression in 2016

On The Nib, Andy Warner posts a quick primer on the Voting Rights Act, which was weakened in a 2013 Supreme Court case that struck down the …

If you want the truth about racism, listen to the Sessions hearing, not just Obama’s farewell

The hearing is frightening. And real.<p>With little more than a week to go in the White House, President Obama delivered his farewell address to the nation from Chicago Tuesday night. He shared a broad view of his administration, covering familiar topics including fighting discrimination and …

6 Personality Tests That Will Actually Help You Learn About Yourself

<i>For many of us, 2016 was a doozy, but we here at Brit + Co are ready to hit refresh in 2017! Follow our Hit Refresh series through January for new ideas, hacks and skills that will help you achieve (and maintain!) those New Year’s resolutions.</i><p>Humans have a weird desire for self-awareness, even …

Kim Jong Un isn’t the first tyrant to play Trump, and he won’t be the last

By Jackson Diehl<p>, Deputy Editorial Page Editor<p>Like a lot of people before him, Kim Jong Un has discovered that it is easy to bait Donald Trump. Last week the North Korean dictator delivered a speech promising to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile, a rocket that could give his regime …

Donald Trump

Make 2017 the year you become an elite coder with this top-down training

It’s one of those perennial New Year’s resolutions for the tech-inclined: learning to code. If you’re in the dark about where to start, look no further than this Learn to Code 2017 course collection. You can now get this 10-pack of coding tutorials from TNW Deals… for any price you want to pay.<p>To …

Brain Beauty: The Art of Neuroscience

<b>The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal</b><br>by Larry W. Swanson , Eric A. Newman , Alfonso Araque and Janet M. Dubinsky<br>Abrams, 2017 …

The Legendary Rifle That Fought World War II

The M1 Garand armed a nation and helped to win a world war.<p>In January 1945, just months before Germany's unconditional surrender in World War Two, George S. Patton famously declared the M1 Garand as "the greatest battle implement ever devised."<p>The accolade is well-deserved. This semi-automatic …

The growth of Israeli settlements, explained in 5 charts

“Is ours the generation that gives up on the dream of a Jewish, democratic state of Israel living in peace and security with its neighbors? Because that is literally what is at stake.”<p>Those are the words of US Secretary of State John Kerry, who on Wednesday leveled the most scathing attack on …

Star Wars fans are remastering X-Wing in Unity, and it looks fantastic

PC classic gets a breathtaking makeover<p>A group of modders is remastering Star Wars’ classic space combat sim <i>X-Wing</i> in the Unity Engine, and it looks and sounds <i>great</i>.<p>See and hear for yourself above — the soundtrack isn't much of an upgrade from the original game's MIDIs, but man does this capture …

People Have Been Using MDMA to Treat PTSD for Decades

Last month, the FDA granted researchers permission to move forward with clinical trials studying the effects of MDMA on treating PTSD. Though the development may seem surprising, the so-called "party drug" was used in therapy years before it was banned...<p>Roslyn Talusan, a freelance writer in …

Now all news is “fake news”: The right’s war against truth goes back long before 9/11

<b>Rush Limbaugh; Donald Trump; Sean Hannity (AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Getty/Mandel Ngan/Saul Loeb)</b><p>Donald Trump and his media allies have convinced millions of Americans that there’s no such thing as the truth<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>December 27, 2016 1:00pm (UTC)<p>Conservatives are trying to give us all a …

The Greatest Myths About Jesus Christ’s Birth

Is Christmas on the 25th because of a pagan holiday? Was he really born in a stable? And about those three kings…<p>It’s Christmas, a celebration of the …

The surprising origins of famous Christmas carols

The familiar tunes never fail to get us in the festive mood – but many of them have remarkably un-Christmassy roots, writes Mark Forsyth.<p>The Christmas carol service was invented in Truro in 1880 by a chap called Edward WhiteBenson. The story goes that on Christmas Eve everybody in Truro would get …

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‘The Undoing Project,’ by Michael Lewis

Even if you’ve never read “Moneyball,” Michael Lewis’ 2003 best-seller about the Oakland A’s bargain-basement roster of misfits taking on all comers, …

How fake news led Dylann Roof to murder nine people

Misinformation, lies and propaganda on the internet have taken hate speech to a whole new level<p>Have you heard the story about the Democratic National …

Top maths teachers call for more funding for Singapore 'mastery' method

British schools lack the funding to implement Singapore’s maths mastery method that the Government plans to roll out to schools across England, teachers have warned.<p>According to a survey of nearly 360 maths teachers in the UK, 90 per cent said they believed there is insufficient funding for …

Muslims Went to Church for Class, Got the Cops Called on Them

A congregant at an evangelical church called police after seeing local Muslim students there, asking questions about Christianity. It was their …

The Hui - China's preferred Muslims?

While the Muslim Uighurs are increasingly being persecuted, the largest Chinese-Muslim minority, the Hui, are under less scrutiny and thriving as a …

A Hacker’s Tips For Protecting Your Digital Privacy

Cyber attacks—and president-elect Trump’s criticism of encryption and interest in expanding government surveillance—warrant more vigilance.<p>Protecting individual privacy from government intrusion is older than American democracy. In 1604, the attorney general of England, Sir Edward Coke, ruled that …

Dude manages to play the 'Imperial March' on a coffee stirrer

<i>Star Wars</i> fans, take note: This Russian guy finally found a way to integrate the classic movie's music into a morning routine.<p>Deita Meira, a true …

The 12 best podcasts of 2016, according to Apple

This year's list includes Malcolm Gladwell, a retired Navy SEAL, and shows about mystery and murder. In its list, Apple said true-crime shows, politics, and radio dramas were particularly hot in 2016.<p>Here are the top 12 podcasts Apple said were the best in 2016, along with the company's comment:

Anna Faris

22 brutal dictators you've never heard of

And while the vast majority of dictators fall short of Hitler- or Stalin-like levels of cruelty, history is rife with oppressors, war criminals, sadists, sociopaths, and morally complacent individuals who ended up as unelected heads of government — to the tragic detriment of the people and …

9+ of the most peculiar spots in Israel

Israel is one of the most diversified spots on Earth. Desert fortifications, weird waters of the Dead Sea or hills made of salt say it all for nature …

These Apocalyptic Maps Show The Holes Income Inequality Has Left In Cities

A recent data visualization maps out the city’s stark income inequality in diagrams that look like a skyline: The taller the “building,” the higher …

Income Inequality