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Japanese Classics

Subscribe to watch<p>Horror1999115 minsDirector: Takashi Miike<p>Takashi Miike burst to international prominence with this deeply disturbing tale of a …

Akira Kurosawa

Exclusive: Fake black activist accounts linked to Russian government

A social media campaign calling itself "Blacktivist" and linked to the Russian government used both Facebook and Twitter in an apparent attempt to amplify racial tensions during the U.S. presidential election, two sources with knowledge of the matter told CNN. The Twitter account has been handed …

Social Media

Impatient to return to the UK, a British royal rushed through Partition and created a bloodbath

The midnight between Aug. 14 and 15, 1947, was one of history’s truly momentous moments: It marked the birth of Pakistan, an independent India, and the beginning of the end of an era of colonialism.<p>It was hardly a joyous moment: A botched process of partition saw the slaughter of more than a …

India

Here's why Russia is opening the door to cryptocurrencies

This comes a year after the same Russian institutions said people trading in these currencies could be jailed.<p>This raises two important questions: Why has the government made this U-turn? What opportunities does it now see in this technology?<p>The answers lie in Russia's need to address serious …

Bitcoin

Crosley’s Limited Edition Star Wars Turntable drops on Record Store Day

As we mentioned last week with the release of House of Marley’s environmentally sustainable turntable, Record Store Day is quickly approaching. And now, for the 10th anniversary of the occasion, along with the 40-year celebration of Star Wars: A New Hope, Crosley Radio will also be releasing its …

Audiophile

Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse

Elon Musk is famous for his futuristic gambles, but Silicon Valley’s latest rush to embrace artificial intelligence scares him. And he thinks you should be frightened too. Inside his efforts to influence the rapidly advancing field and its proponents, and to save humanity from machine-learning …

More turntables spun out to meet vinyl interest

LAS VEGAS — Want to join -- or rejoin -- the vinyl movement? A wave of new turntables were on display at the Consumer Electronics Show here, all part of the resurgent interest in long-playing records.<p>Various spins on the record player — starting from under $100 to more than $15,000 — could be found …

COINS "Daft Science"

Intergalactic

Obama leaves with the world in flames

When Barack Obama moves two miles from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to 2446 Belmont Road in Washington’s Kalorama neighborhood, he will live half a mile …

America's Schools Could Be Partly To Blame For Donald Trump's Rise

By now, Americans have heard a dozen or more theories why Donald Trump won the presidential election ― from the economic rage of the white middle class to the strategic failures of the Clinton campaign. The progressive Century Foundation is pointing the finger in another direction: at schools.<p>The …

Obama's Bet On Putin Has Collapsed

U.S. President Barack Obama told an interviewer recently that the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria "haunts me constantly" -- and well it should. Hundreds of thousands dead, millions displaced, and still no end to the conflict is in sight. Even one year ago American military power still might have …

Here's the Biggest Thing Holding Back the U.S. Economy

In the days after Sunday night’s town hall brawl, the national discussion unfolded over “who won” the second presidential debate between Hillary …

The Pear Audio Kid Howard Turntable

The home page of the Pear Audio Analogue website says that they are “turntables with pedigree.” If you’re relatively new to the vinyl game, it’s …

Audiophile

Verizon's Wireline Networks Diverted Billions for Wireless Deployments Instead of Wiring Municipalities, and Charged Phone Customers for It.

<b>NEW: READ THE SPECIAL REPORT & DATA REPORT</b><p>Abandoned Verizon Central Office in Kingston NY, (Photo Google Maps)<p>First, the news: On September 13th, 2016, the City of New York sent a letter to Verizon that it had defaulted on its cable franchise agreement with the city. By July, 2014, Verizon should …

How algorithms rule our working lives

Employers are turning to mathematically modelled ways of sifting through job applications. Even when wrong, their verdicts seem beyond dispute – and they tend to punish the poor<p>A few years ago, a young man named Kyle Behm took a leave from his studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, …

Technology is taking jobs away from men—and reviving a pre-industrial version of masculinity

Many men lost their jobs when technology made them obsolete. The new jobs available were soul-crushing, undignified, and required an arduous commute—and that’s assuming companies would hire them. Most employers wouldn’t, because the men were considered too old and unskilled for the new work. And …

Northwestern University

W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 myths about learning Japanese【Weird Top Five】

Japanese is a crazy language, but not for the reasons you might expect.<p>Even in this day and age of international awareness, for the average …

Language Learning

If Trump Should Lose The Election In A Landslide, The GOP Will Likely Survive

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is becoming an albatross around the necks of members of his party. Down-ballot GOP candidates are put in the awkward position of constantly distancing themselves from the "most" recent linguistic pyrotechnics touched off by Trump.<p>The Real Estate mogul …

Pioneer's latest white-out turntable proves there's life after Technics

The Pioneer PLX-500 turntable looks almost identical to the original Technics SL-1200 deck, minus the absurdly high price tag.<p>If you weren't one of the lucky few to snag the remodeled (and absurdly expensive) version of the coveted Technics SL-1200GAE DJ turntable before it sold out in 30 minutes, …

Why the U.S. President Needs a Council of Historians

It isn’t enough for a commander in chief to invite friendly academics to dinner. The U.S. could avoid future disaster if policy makers started looking more to the past.<p>It is sometimes said that most Americans live in “the United States of Amnesia.” Less widely recognized is how many American policy …

Political Science

Celebrate The 31st Birthday Of Studio Ghibli With These 31+ Wallpapers For Smartphones

Happy birthday to Studio Ghibli! Back in January we celebrated the co-founder's, Hayao Miyazaki's, 75th birthday with some cool wallpapers, and now …

Interesting Facts About Sushi - Quiet Corner

Wonderfully addictive, cultural, and artistic — sushi remains a mystery to the uninitiated. Why would anyone want to pay so much for a few tidbits of …

Japan

North Carolina Is Still Open For Business

North Carolina has been generating national headlines over passage of House Bill 2, the new state law blocking a local ordinance passed by Charlotte earlier this year that allows people to use public restrooms assigned to the gender with which they identify. Opponents have criticized the new state …

North Carolina

The Democrats have no soul: The Clintons, neoliberalism, and how the “people’s party” lost its way

Republicans never had one. That makes Democrats’ betrayals, deceit and crisis of legitimacy that much more serious<p>Looking beyond the daily tussle between Donald J. Trump and the Republican Party, or Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party, let’s consider the larger historical picture to see what …

Why You Should Learn Japanese Before Visiting Japan

<i>This is the fifth installment of my Japan travelogue. Read my first impressions here, my visit to Odaiba here, my visit to Akihabara here, and my last day in Tokyo here.</i><p>Should you learn Japanese before going to Japan? I would absolutely recommend it! Though my Japanese is poor, I am no longer shy …

Japan

Learn Japanese Quick!

There are so many ploys and scams out there that promise to teach you just enough Japanese to enjoy your big once-in-a-lifetime trip that even …

Nakasendo Way, Japan: In the footsteps of the ancients

There is a thud followed by a whispered profanity. Someone has used their head to find one of the low beams of the inn that was opened to cater to travellers on Japan’s Nakasendo Way more than three centuries ago – but clearly did not foresee the height of 21st-century hikers.<p>The only positive that …

Japan

Japan dos and don'ts: etiquette tips for first-time travellers

Japan is warm and welcoming to travellers, but its unique culture can be as inscrutable as it is intriguing for the first-time visitor. To help create a faux-pas-free journey, arm yourself with a few of these handy etiquette tips before your trip: from when to bow and take your shoes off, to when …

These are the guts of Panasonic’s new Technics turntable

Panasonic will be bringing a new Technics turntable to the market soon – until then, here’s its guts. Inside the first (of many) Technics turntables …