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This is why they hate us: The real American history neither Ted Cruz nor the New York Times will tell you | Salon.com

Iran was once a secular democracy. You would not know this from contemporary discussions of the much demonized country in U.S. politics and media.<p>What happened to Iran's democracy? The U.S. overthrew it in 1953, with the help of the U.K. Why? For oil.<p>Mohammad Mosaddegh may be the most popular …

Political Science

Cornel West tears into hypocritical “sister Clinton” while filling in for Bernie Sanders at an Iowa BBQ

<b>(Albert H. Teich via Shutterstock)</b><p>“Democratic socialism isn’t some kind of alien element. It’s organic and indigenous in the history of this nation.”<p>Scott Eric Kaufman<p>November 16, 2015 5:54pm (UTC)<p>Whatever your opinion about the outspoken, activist professor Cornel West, it's impossible to deny the …

Middle-class

Relativity's Long String of Successful Predictions

When he unveiled his general theory of relativity, Albert Einstein wasn’t exactly met with applause. Almost no one else could do the math necessary …

Beatlebone overcomes a gimmick for a surprisingly poignant Beatles story

It feels like a cheat to reveal <i>Beatlebone</i>’s unfolding secret, or even the main character’s identity, and deprive readers of the surprises awaiting …

Books

13 Smashing Attractions in Western Maine's Lake and Forest Region

While coastal Maine is all about sailing, whaling, rugged Atlantic shoreline and lobster of course, the rest of this massive state is largely ignored. OK, the Western region of Maine has always been the darling of the "Sporting" set - those who love to hunt and fish (and now snowmobile) - but think …

New England

Sanders doubles down: 'Climate change is directly related to the rise of global terrorism'

Bernie Sanders stood by his remark from the last Democratic debate in which he called climate change the greatest threat to national security, a day after the deadliest attack on French soil since the end of World War II.<p>“Absolutely. In fact, climate change is directly related to the rise of global …

Bill Maher’s moral superiority: Grandstanding on Islam and political correctness while tragedy in Paris unfolds

<b>(HBO)</b><p>The “Real Time” host wasted no time lighting into Muslims as news of the Paris attacks was still developing<p>Sonia Saraiya<p>November 14, 2015 7:45pm (UTC)<p>“I’m not demonizing, I’m <i>characterizing,</i>” Bill Maher said of the entire religion of Islam on Friday evening, in what appeared to be complete …

Religion

The best answer to the question 'Does Islam promote violence?'

<b>When Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in Paris were attacked at the beginning of this year by al-Qaeda, the world mourned for the dead - but</b> …

Leading Harvard physicist has a radical new theory for why humans exist

For example, an astrophysicist might say that the chemical components of our bodies were first forged in the nuclear fires of stars.<p>On the other hand, an evolutionary biologist might look at the similarities between our DNA and that of other primates' and conclude we evolved from apes.<p>Lisa Randall, …

Dark Matter

Watch: a 5-minute history of Syria's war and the rise of ISIS - Vox

ISIS, you will note, did not become a major player in the Syrian war until after some time — and after the country had been torn apart by a conflict that initially had nothing to do with the group. The fight at the center of the war, between Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and the opposition, is thus …

Legendary US Army Commander Says Russia Would "Annihilate" US In Head-To-Head Battle

Late in September, we brought you “US Readies Battle Plans For Baltic War With Russia” in which we described a series of thought experiments …

Military

Global warming could alter human reproduction, study suggests

The effects of climate change aren’t just limited to melting glaciers and rising sea levels. Global warming is likely to affect human societies in …

Paul Krugman: The Very Serious People who nearly destroyed the American economy have learned nothing from their failure

<b>Paul Krugman (Reuters/Zainal Abd Halim)</b><p>“Groupthink is no substitute for clear analysis,” he wrote<p>Scott Eric Kaufman<p>November 6, 2015 1:54pm (UTC)<p>Paul Krugman railed against the Very Serious People, as he's deemed them, who forced the Obama administration to stop printing and borrowing money and …

Economics

New York is for the rich only: “Inequality in housing has reached Dickensian dimensions”

Jane Jacobs’ worst fears are slowly being realized. Gentrification has created a “high-rent blight” on the city<p>Michael Winship<p>November 7, 2015 2:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on BillMoyers.com.<p>The Chinese restaurant across the street from me – one of the last, reasonably priced joints in …

Real Estate

New Evidence Is Challenging What We Know About the Deadliest Mass Extinction in History

The extinction at the end of the Permian period 252 million years ago was one of the darkest chapters in the history of life. Up to 96% of all marine …

A Philosopher Asks: What Does The Weeknd Mean When He Says He Can't Feel His Face?

Martin T. Hadley is a depressive philosophy graduate tormented by the existential crises at the heart of everyday pop lyrics.<p><i>Martin T. Hadley is a depressive philosophy graduate and musician who can’t listen to the radio without being tormented by the existential crises at the heart of everyday pop</i> …

Tiny device aims to help protect women from sexual assault

In the United States, an estimated 19.3% of women and 1.7% of men have been raped during their lifetimes, according to the CDC.<p>Roar for Good is …

The 10 movies people love watching over and over

You're not the only one.<p>Using data from over 1,000 people, Walt Hickey at FiveThirtyEight put together a list of the 25 most rewatchable movies of all time.<p>Turns out, when it comes to rewatching movies, many people have pretty similar tastes.<p>Of course, it's not an exact science. For several …

Harry Potter

40 Actually Terrifying Scary Movies to Watch for Halloween

And how to watch these classics right now.<p>The changing season means many things—fall foliage, chunky knit sweaters more pumpkin-flavored items than any sane person could possibly desire—but it also means it's almost Halloween, and so it's time for scary movies. Thanks to streaming video services, …

Horror

The 10 Best Science Fiction Books

Ancillary Mercy <i>is the breathtaking conclusion to Ann Leckie’s much-lauded Imperial Radch trilogy (</i>Ancillary Justice<i>;</i> Ancillary Sword<i>), and lives up</i> …

“Ammo’s expensive. Don’t waste a bullet on a warning shot”: Watch Sarah Palin preach to the NRA in a new film about gun control and Christianity

<b>("Armor of Light"/Fork Films)</b><p>The documentary “The Armor of Light,” opening Oct. 30, asks if it’s possible to be pro-gun and pro-life<p>Erin Keane<p>October 16, 2015 3:00pm (UTC)<p>Abigail Disney's new documentary "The Armor of Light" follows an Evangelical minister and the mother of a teenage shooting …

Gun Control

Reading Recommendations for the 24 Hour Readathon

The October 17th Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon offers a great opportunity to block off large portions of time to devote to flipping as many pages as …

Books

Scientists at Large Hadron Collider hope to make contact with PARALLEL UNIVERSE in days

GettyCollision course: Large Hadron Collider could discover parallel universe<p>The staggeringly complex LHC ‘atom smasher’ at the CERN centre in …

The Republican House Wreckers Trying to Veto Democracy

In case you missed it, a strong and militant group of Republican members of Congress have pushed out their caucus leaders, paralyzed the House of Representatives, and can't seem to find anyone who is as right-wing as they are to be the next Speaker.<p>These guys -- and they are almost all guys; among …

Not So Scary: This Is Why China's Military Is a Paper Tiger

It’s becoming commonplace to drum up the military threat from China and belittle America’s military capabilities. Much of this commentary reminds me …

Fungal Infections Linked to Alzheimer's Disease

<b>Researchers have found evidence of fungal infections in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. The research was published in Nature’s</b> …

Kiss the planet’s frogs goodbye: The countdown to extinction has begun

The world has lost at least 200 frog species since the 1970s, and hundreds more will perish in the coming decades<p>John R. Platt<p>October 15, 2015 8:30am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>The world has lost at least 200 frog species since the 1970s, and hundreds more …

Extinction

5 Thought Experiments That Will Melt Your Brain

Some science is too big, dangerous, or weird to happen in the lab. They may be the most valuable experiments of all.<p>PCMag reviews products …

Why One of the Richest Countries on Earth Is So Poor: The Facts that Drive the Sanders Revolt

<i>An excerpt from Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice</i><p>The United States is among the richest countries in all of history. But if you're not a corporate or political elite, you'd never know it.<p>In the world working people inhabit, our infrastructure is collapsing, our schools are …

Why Movie Theaters Are Refusing To Screen Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

The <i>Paranormal Activity</i> franchise is used to minimal budgets, but maximum impact at the box office. With <i>Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension</i> …