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Graydon Carter on Trump’s “Only in America” Election Win

Only in America could a man whose staff took away his Twitter account be given the nuclear codes.<p><i>“Only in America / Land of opportunity”</i> —Jay & the Americans<p>God, I love this country.<p><b>Only in America</b> could a serial bankrupt pass himself off as a successful businessman. (And almost none of those he …

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What if you got $1,000 a month, just for being alive? I decided to find out.

My father has a basic income. As a retired United States Air Force officer, he has received a paycheck from the US government every month for about 30 years now, since he was 42 years old. His government pension is a monthly starting point above the poverty line — an income floor — always …

Income Inequality

A Tale of Two Theories: Supply Side and Demand Side Economics

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the era of low taxes. It was the age of high deficits. Prices were up. Wages were down. …

Economics

'The Great White Hope'

"Something startling is happening to middle-aged white Americans. Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group ......

Trump Time Capsule #141: 'Selling Their Souls'

Seven days ago, back in the innocent times of early October, I began installment #132 with this paragraph, in its entirety: “Good God.”<p>That was a few hours after the release (by the <i>Washington Post</i>) of Donald Trump’s now-historic “You can do anything you want” tape. It was one day before some of his …

What we lose when we lose the world’s frogs

Amphibians survived the dinosaur extinction just fine. Why are they in peril now?<p>In September, a frog died in an Atlanta botanical garden. With it went an entire species never to hop along the Earth again. Biologists at Zoo Atlanta who’d looked after the frog for the past 12 years called him …

Biodiversity

It’s not the ‘locker room’ talk. It’s the ‘lock her up’ talk.

The second presidential debate — bloody, muddy and raucous — was just enough to save Donald Trump’s campaign from extinction, but not enough to restore his chances of winning, barring an act of God (a medical calamity) or of Putin (a cosmically incriminating WikiLeak).<p>That Trump crashed because of …

How President Donald Trump could ruin his enemies’ lives - Vox

<i>Indulge for a minute in the worst-case scenario.</i><p><i>A</i> <i>Trump</i> <i>Force One</i> <i>flight to Mar-a-Lago</i> <i>in early January</i> <i>2017. Donald J. Trump — the pettiest, most vicious version of Trump — is</i> <i>preparing for</i> <i>the ecstasies of his inauguration. He sits by the window, scrolling through Twitter and preparing for a</i> …

Why some home buyers are ditching the real estate agent and turning to start-ups

Real estate agents used to be privy to a lot of information that home buyers couldn't obtain on their own.<p>But now property listings, photo galleries, historic sales prices, school ratings and neighborhood crime rates are freely accessible to anyone with just a few clicks. For some assertive buyers, …

Graphene Nanoribbons Combined With Common Polymer Can Bridge Damaged Neurons

Generally speaking, once nerve damage occurs in animals and humans, it is irreversible and can have debilitating consequences. Researchers at Rice University in the United States have however recently discovered a way of using wonder material graphene in combination with a widely used polymer, …

Uber wants to offer freight hauling services next year

In May, Otto, a new venture co-founded by former Google Maps product lead Lior Ron, announced that it was developing an aftermarket self-driving kit for freight trucks that could potentially double their utilization and increase safety.<p>The company was acquired by Uber in August for $680 million, …

Eugenics need not be a dirty word - instead, it could be lifesaving technology

The UK becomes the only country to legalise 3-parent IVF on Thursday, and we have to stop being afraid of what that means<p>On Thursday, the UK will become the first country in the world that allows “3-person IVF” – the creation of a baby with three parents.<p>While this may sound like something out of a …

Is the world running out of space?

In an increasingly crowded world, will we still be able to find respite from one another?<p>Sometimes it’s difficult to fathom that the world could actually become even more crowded than it is today – especially when elbowing through a teeming Delhi market, hustling across a frenetic Tokyo street …

Geography

Seymour M. Hersh · The Killing of Osama bin Laden

The most blatant lie was that Pakistan’s two most senior military leaders – General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, chief of the army staff, and General Ahmed …