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Five Years Back In D.C.

How we beat the 1 percent: This is how the moneyed classes get dethroned

<b>(Paramount Pictures)</b><p>People with money know how to speak money. To win the debate, we must first learn their language. Here’s how<p>John Lanchester<p>October 26, 2014 4:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “How to Speak Money: What the Money People Say and What It Really Means”<p>At some point in the 1840s, a French …

BBC Doctor Who Game Teaches Programming

Today the BBC announced The Doctor and the Dalek, a new online game voiced by Peter Capaldi that teaches players to program.<p>The game features the regenerated Twelfth Doctor thrown into a “dangerous quest with his most devious of enemies” in a new, standalone, story from Doctor Who writer, Phil …

The Old Jim Crow

Black people: America's premier outlaw class<p>I'm still processing much of what was talked about here during our reading of <i>The New Jim Crow</i>. In continuing my studies this week, I picked up Randall Kennedy's book <i>Race, Crime, and the Law</i>. As I've said before, one insight that's stuck from Alexander's …

Too-ticky’s Guide to Life: Wisdom on Uncertainty, Presence, and Self-Reliance from Beloved Children’s Book Author Tove Jansson

<b>Tove Jansson</b> (August 9, 1914–June 27, 2001) is among the most imaginative, important, and influential children’s book creators of all time, an artist and writer of unparalleled creative vision and great sensitivity to life’s ineffable nuances. A recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen …

The Best Answer to "What do You Want to Be?" by Mardra Sikora - Liv, Laugh, Love

Marcus and I sat beside each other at our favorite Scooters coffee shop to write. We’re regulars at one particular Scooters, where they are nice to …

OIL AND GAS: Drilling's worker safety record bodes ill for public health

Some worker safety experts reject the idea of linking worker exposure to public health and the environment. The National Institute for Occupational …

The Hummingbird Effect: How Galileo Invented Timekeeping and Forever Changed Modern Life

While we appreciate it in the abstract, few of us pause to grasp the miracles of modern life, from artificial light to air conditioning, as <b>Steven Johnson</b> puts it in the excellent <b>How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World</b> (<i>public library</i>), “how amazing it is that we drink water …

How Can a Three Year Old Represent Himself in Court?

3K Shares<p>Each week, in immigration courts across the United States, hundreds of children, some as young as just a few months old, come before …

Julie Ann Horvath Discusses How Cyber Bullying Can Be Stopped

At this week’s Under 30 Summit, Monica Lewinsky talked about her decision to dedicate her life to fighting online bullying, describing her own feelings of depression and despair after news of her affair with President Bill Clinton broke. (Full transcript here.)<p>Later the same day, a panel called …

I am the son of a terrorist. Here's how I chose peace.

If you’re raised on dogma and hate, can you choose a different path? Zak Ebrahim was just seven years old when his father helped plan the 1993 World …

World Trade Center

The Case for Reparations

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.<p><i>And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and</i> …

The ABCs Of Men's Fashion

Clothing

Obama’s Top 50 Accomplishments

Mental Illness, Homelessness, Drug Addiction: Do These Sound Like Crimes?

<i>This post first appeared at</i> The Nation.<p>Rikers Island in New York (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)<p>Kajieme Powell told the St. Louis police to shoot him. He …

Obama and the Democratic Governors

The Democrats' Senate contenders don't want anything to do with the president, but statehouse candidates are rolling out the welcome mat.<p>When it comes to campaigning for their party's candidates, presidents usually go where they're wanted. For President Obama, that means shoring up Democratic …

Drinking Coffee, for Your Health

Research suggests that a person's consumption of the beverage is determined in part by his or her DNA—and that its benefits could extend beyond a caffeine buzz.<p>In college, when I worked part-time as a barista at a local coffee shop, I would often serve the same customers day in and day out. To the …

Courting Corruption: The Auctioning of the Judicial System

Don't believe the Citizens United pollyannas. Watching money flooding into elections for judges' seat shows how dangerous unregulated campaigns can be.<p>Every once in a while, David Brooks writes a column in <i>The New York Times</i> that makes one just cringe. That was the case with his "Don't Worry, Be …

Why Germany Is So Much Better at Training Its Workers

America rarely uses an apprenticeship model to teach young people a trade. Could such a system help the unemployed?<p>At last, unemployment is easing. But the latest low rate—hovering below 6 percent–obscures a deeper, longer-term problem: “skills mismatches” in the labor force, which will only worsen …

Obama to expedite U.S. entry for thousands of Haitians

Haitians eligible to receive green cards in two years soon will be able to wait it out in the United States rather than in Haiti under an expedited …

GOP using increasingly racist arguments against gay marriage

Republicans really need to come out with a consistent position on inter-racial marriage.<p>Because the way the GOP talks, it seems they’re a dead-set …

Amid Ebola fears, cruise ship quarantines worker, airline contacts travelers

Concerns about even remote chances of Ebola exposure rippled Friday from a U.S. airline to a cruise ship off Belize, with Frontier contacting hundreds who flew with an infected nurse and Carnival quarantining a health worker only tangentially linked to an Ebola patient's care.<p>The airline's move …

Long Sentences and No Federal Parole Deepen Crisis of Mass Incarceration

(Image: Mike Bitzenhofer / Flickr)After reading a newly published Fact Sheet about Mass Incarceration, on the top bunk in my 5 1/2 x 9 cubicle in …

007: Kevin Griffin

<b>0</b> Flares <b>0</b> Flares ×<p>Podcast: Download<p>This week on The One You Feed we have Kevin Griffin.<p>Kevin Griffin is a Buddhist author, teacher, and innovator in …

Lessons of Russian history must not be silenced

By Editorial Board<p>THE OLD trunk weighed more than 81 pounds. It was crammed with handwritten letters sent between 1946 and 1954 that were held together with string and rubber bands. The letters revealed the love story of Lev and Svetlana Mishchenko, a couple separated by Lev’s imprisonment in the …

Brian Eno’s Reading List of Twenty Books Essential for Sustaining Human Civilization

<i>UPDATE: The folks from the Long Now have kindly asked me to contribute to the Manual for Civilization library — here is my own reading list.</i><p>There is something inescapably alluring about the reading lists of cultural icons, perhaps because in recognizing that creativity is combinatorial and fueled …

5 Key Retirement Income Streams to Fund Your Future

Source: Flickr user Sarah_Ackman.<p>Not so long ago, most Americans looked forward to pension income in retirement, along with Social Security. Today, …