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German man who refused to give Hitler Nazi salute

August Landmesser refused to do the "Sieg Heil" salute during a Nazi rally at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg on June 13, 1936. Wikipedia/Amanda Macias/Business Insider<p>Adopted by the Nazi Party in the 1930s, Hitler's infamous "sieg heil" (meaning "hail victory") salute was mandatory for all …

Adolf Hitler

The Case for Bernie Sanders

His critics say he’s not realistic – but they have it backwards<p>The <i>New York Times</i> published a piece over the weekend about the political prospects of …

Middle-class

The bond market is telling stocks that it's 'last call'

Bond market risk appetites hold the key to the stock market right now. It is normally the case that equity and debt markets are very closely intertwined, but today this is true more than ever. And the bond market is signaling the party is nearly over.<p>I say that the relationship between bonds and …

Markets

Buy The Billionaire On The Dip With These Four Stocks

When stocks sell off for non-fundamental reasons, billionaire investors lick their chops.<p>As you probably know, Warren Buffett has made his fortune being “greedy when others are fearful.” Billionaire Jeffrey Ubben, of ValueAct Capital Management, has been quoted as saying “as soon as a company falls …

Investing

Should Black Lives Matter Focus on 'Black-on-Black' Murders?

Critics who charge that prioritizing police killings over other, more prevalent forms of violence misunderstand the purpose and methods of the movement.<p>Over the years, John McWhorter, a linguistics scholar at Columbia University, and Glenn Loury, a Brown University economist, have conducted a …

Black Lives Matter

Obama’s General Just Set an ISIS War Plan on Fire

Even the Pentagon was wincing as a top general fumbled the most basic questions about the Obama administration’s strategy to combat ISIS.<p>In the span …

War

5 Indicators That Show We Turned a Depression-Like Shock into a Six-Year Expansion

Seven years ago, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, setting in motion the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. In fact, the onset of the Great Recession was more severe across a wide range of measures than the Depression itself--including substantially larger losses in wealth, a …

You are not your brain or your body

<i>This post originally appeared at WaitButWhy.com.</i><p>When you say the word “me,” you probably feel pretty clear about what that means. It’s one of the things you’re cleareston in the whole world—something you’ve understood since you were a year old. You might be working on the question, “Who amI?” but …

British Philosophy

10 game-changing companies that are on track to revolutionize how we treat illness

From innovations in precision medicine that aim to make treatments customizable to patients to cures for some of the world's deadliest diseases, our treatments are shaping up to look very different in the next decade.<p>Here are the top 10 drug companies to watch.

Biotechnology

Bernie Sanders' Morality is a Threat to the Status Quo

It seems the mainstream media is finally starting to pay a little bit of attention to Bernie Sanders. Unfortunately, that little bit of attention usually involves futile attempts to goad Sanders into dissing Hillary Clinton, or asking him to comment on the "authenticity" both he and Trump seem to …

Why Drivers in China Intentionally Kill the Pedestrians They Hit

In April a BMW racing through a fruit market in Foshan in China’s Guangdong province knocked down a 2-year-old girl and rolled over her head. As the …

Bernie Sanders Busts The Media For Trying To Take Credit Away From His Campaign

During an interview on ABC’s This Week, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders busted the media for trying take credit away from his …

The Vatican is in damage-control mode after the Pope sent his blessings to a same-sex family

When Francesca Pardi sent Pope Francis her children’s book, <i>Why do you have two moms?</i> she probably wasn’t expecting a response.<p>In her letter, sent on June 19, Pardi expresses respect for Catholics and says many have treated her well, but also says that representatives of the church have been …

Italy

Why You Should Be Reading Marvel’s ‘Secret Wars,’ Which Is The New ’Crisis On Infinite Earths’

<i>Crisis on Infinite Earths</i> debuted in 1985 and, at the time, my 10-year-old self had never experienced anything quite like it. It was terribly important in a way that I had not experienced before – at least, it sure <i>seemed</i> important to all the characters that were experiencing the Crisis on Infinite …

Comic Books

Inside the KGB’s Super Power Division

Boris Ratnikov says he’s used telepathy to save Russia from foreign—and mostly American—aggression. His crackpot theories are back in fashion.<p>Boris …

Russia

The Unreasonableness of Secular Public Reason

Although it may come as a surprise to some, the Constitution does not enact Mr. John Rawls’s <i>Political Liberalism</i>. That is to say, it is a category …

Religion

Donald Trump beware: apprentice Deez Nuts is top-polling independent

Meet the high schooler posting impressive polling figures in three states as his ‘hilarious’ candidacy turns in numbers that look like more than just a joke<p>It may be Donald Trump who has raised this presidential campaign to new levels of frivolity, but in a poll that is arguably frivolous by nature …

Government

What the Black Lives Matter campaign gets wrong

HECKLING politicians is rarely an effective form of advocacy. In the midterm elections advocates for illegal immigrants heckled Barack Obama—and …

Mark Cuban: Hillary's College Plan Won't Reduce Student Debt

On the campaign trail last week in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton rolled out her plan to make college more affordable. She said: “College is supposed …

Are You Rich? No Need to Apologize

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.<p>If you believe that you may have received this message in …

'I dream about it every night': what happens to Americans who film police violence?

When Feidin Santana filmed Walter Scott’s death, it marked a turning point in the US civil rights movement – and in Santana’s life. He and others who have taken the law into their own hands tell their stories<p>Feidin Santana relives the morning of Saturday 4 April 2015 on a near continuous loop. It …

The new Obama rule that’s making stockbrokers swear

Whose interest is a retirement adviser supposed to serve?<p>In April, two months after President Obama proposed a rule that would require financial advisers to serve the best interests of their clients, a Merrill Lynch executive named John Thiel publicly suggested the industry ought to embrace the new …

Finance

The Populism of Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders has seized the opportunity to represent everyday Americans, but is his strategy less effective than the frontrunner’s?<p>Pick a year from the lives of the top two Democratic candidates, and they’ll present a study in contrasts. 1964: Bernie Sanders, a year after participating in MLK’s …

Middle-class

Guest Post: Is Donald Trump Broke?

<i>Doug Litowitz raises a speculative contrarian position on Donald Trump's exact worth, based on what was released to the FEC. The bottom line is that</i> …

Why This Is The Hardest Of Times To Be A Physician In America

<i>Last week, Dr. Pearl kicked off a three-part series on the physician experience. His first installment revealed Why This Is The Best Of Times To Be A Physician In America.</i><p>With apologies to Charles Dickens, just as now is the best of times to practice medicine, it is also the worst of times to do so.<p>…

Health Care

In Iran deal fight, Obama highlights his wars

<i>President Obama: Not a peacenik. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)</i><p>President Obama promised to end the war in Iraq during his 2008 White House run. He …

Here’s what happened when I held up a “Putin is a Dick” sign in Red Square

Stories of Putin’s opponents threatened, gunned down, imprisoned and disappearing left and right are abundant in Moscow and beyond. Every time I go to Mother Russia, a friend or two are concerned about my safety. “How do you write what you write (ie. critically about Vladimir Putin), yet travel so …

Russia