Kt Kubier

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The ultimate guide to debunking right-wingers’ insane persecution fantasies

Conservatives love to pretend they’re being denied their religious liberty. Here’s how to prove them wrong<p>Certain words should not be tossed around lightly. <i>Persecution</i> is one of those words.<p>Religious right leaders and their followers often claim that they are being persecuted in the United States. …

5 Christian right delusions about history

If these extremists are to be believed, Joe McCarthy was a decent man and the Founding Fathers were theocrats<p>The Christian right is most known for their denial of inconvenient science, but in many respects, they’re just as bad when it comes to the facts of history. After all, no matter what the …

There Really Are Two Americas: Republistan and Democravia

One reason for the stark divisions in Washington is that lawmakers represent two starkly different populations—with huge differences in wealth, color, and more.<p>If you've watched the high-profile legislative fights of the last few years and found yourself thinking the two parties in the House of …

Gospel of selfishness pervades American Christianity

The philosophers of greed now use Christianity as their cover story<p>Anyone who has worked in the restaurant business will be happy to tell you that waiters always fight each other to avoid working Sunday lunch shift. Not because they want to sleep in, but because it’s a widespread belief that the …

America's dumbest idea: creating a multiple-choice test generation

Standardized testing means more rote memorization and less time for creativity. Students aren't prepared for college and life<p>A few years ago, I met with my former high school social studies teacher to catch up over drinks. "Miss F" was one of my favorite teachers and we hadn't seen each other in …

Bearing Witness To Nazis' Life-Shattering Kristallnacht

On a busy street in Berlin's shabby-chic district of Kreuzberg, the gray and dirty pavement glistens with little brass cobblestones. Millions of these stones are embedded in sidewalks all over Europe. They commemorate the last address the city's Jewish residents called home before the war.<p>Etched …

Why H is the most contentious letter in the alphabet

While writing my book, Alphabetical, about the history of the letters we use, I discovered that debates about power and class surround every letter – and none more so than the letter H<p>The alphabet is something not to be argued with: there are 26 letters in as fixed a sequence as the numbers 1-26; …

50 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Wizard of Oz’

It was a modest box officer winner when it was released on this day back in 1939, but MGM’s grand Technicolor fantasy film, <i>The Wizard of Oz</i>, won the …

Entertainment

Is your dog happy to see you? Look at its eyebrows to find out

Dogs use specific facial expressions to show how happy they are to see their owners, scientists have found.<p>While most dog owners will recognise their pet’s wagging tail as a sign of joy, they may also want to pay more attention to their animal’s face the next time they walk in through the front …

Pets

Moon may influence sleep, study finds

Science and myth rarely agree, but new research suggests that the lunar cycle could have an effect on the quality of sleep.<p>The study by researchers …

How To Make Master French Chocolatier Jacques Torres' Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

However, as much as it pains me to say it, these chocolate chip cookies by Jacques Torres are absolutely, without a doubt, the best chocolate chip cookies that I have ever made or tasted in my entire life. I guess that's why they call him Mr. Chocolate!<p>These are a chocolate chip cookie of another …

Dessert

10 Keys To Writing A Speech

<i>“This is my time.”</i><p>That attitude will kill a speech every time.<p>You’ve probably sat through some lousy speeches. Despite the speakers’ renown, you eventually tuned them out over their self-indulgent tangents and pointless details. You understood something these speakers apparently didn’t: This was …

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

Machiavelli doesn’t belong to the 1 percent

“The Prince” is oft-quoted on Wall Street, but its author was a hero of the working class who despised elites<p>I keep a portrait of Machiavelli over my desk at work — an interior design choice that, I have learned, dismays some of my coworkers. Amid a recent mid-afternoon zone out, I received an …