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Netflix Confirms Acquisition of Hitler Satire ‘Look Who’s Back’

LONDON — Netflix has confirmed that it has taken worldwide rights, excluding several territories, to David Wnendt’s Adolf Hitler satire “Look Who’s …

Meet the ‘Rented White Coats’ Who Defend Toxic Chemicals | VICE News

<i>This story is being published jointly by VICE News and theCenter for Public Integrity as the first installment of 'Science for Sale,' a four-part investigative series on the increasing influence of industry-backed research, funded by corporations steering millions of dollars to scientific</i> …

Public Health

I learned that my son is gay when I read his college essay

By Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser<p>“An essay like this should give a peek into who you are,” I’d counseled my son, a high school senior. By “an” I meant “your college essay.”<p>“Eh,” he’d replied. We climbed the hill near our house and his legs, longer than mine, moved quickly. Throughout the …

The educational strategy that’s turning students into unimaginative robots

Science and math dominate the contemporary educational landscape in the United States. Almost everyone agrees that the country needs to shape workers with the skills to combat global problems like climate change, cancer and ailing infrastructures. There’s just one problem: a single-minded emphasis …

Education

A boy told his teacher she can't understand him because she's white. Her response is on point.

Fifth-grade teacher Emily E. Smith is not your ordinary teacher.<p>She founded The Hive Society — a classroom that's all about inspiring children to …

Teaching

FACT CHECK: FALSE: President Obama Scores 102 on IQ Test, Lowest in Presidential History

CLAIM<p>President Obama achieved the lowest IQ score among all U.S. presidents of the last 100 years.<p>RATING<p>ORIGIN<p>On 12 December 2015, <i>Empire News</i> …

Study: More Useless Liberal Arts Majors Could Destroy ISIS

It’s generally assumed that the last thing the world needs is more kids pursuing a degree in philosophy, sociology, and other fields of study that …

University Professor Admits It: Gun Control Won’t Stop Shootings, We Need ‘Domestic Disarmament Through the Back Door’

A George Washington University professor has admitted what many pro-gun advocates have alleged regarding the continuous push for gun control — that “small” anti-gun measures will not actually reduce gun violence.<p>The real solution, according to Etzioni, is total “domestic disarmament.”<p>Colt 9Mm …

Tips for Parents Who Want to Help Their Child Learn More About Computer Science

As I waited for my first grader, Gabriel, to come out of his after school care classroom, I powered up LightBot, a mobile game designed to introduce programming principles to kids, for his younger brother Zeke to play. After a few taps to maneuver the robot to light up the final square, Zeke …

The Late Show ruined Stephen Colbert's interviewing style.

Stephen Colbert is arguably the best on-camera interviewer of his generation. During his years at the helm of <i>The Colbert Report</i> on Comedy Central, …

Zoolander 2 screenwriter 'hurt' by transgender petition

Justin Theroux has compared the controversy over the androgynous model played by Benedict Cumberbatch to similar outrage over Tropic Thunder<p>Actor and screenwriter Justin Theroux has spoken out about the controversy surrounding his latest film Zoolander 2, claiming that anger is being misdirected.

Justin Theroux

Here's Why Smart Students Don't Get College Scholarships

A longtime financial aid adviser answers a question that baffles many families.<p><b>Q. My student is brilliant. So why didn’t we get any scholarships?</b><p>A. …

Sofie Hagen: Danish comics would ask, ‘Do you need me to have sex with you?'

A poster girl for Generation Overshare, Danish standup Sofie Hagen talks about everything from being an obsessive Westlife fan to self-harming. She reveals why it was coming out as a feminist that really lost her friends<p>If it weren’t for her devotion to five Irish gentlemen with exquisitely gelled …

Comedy

Famous Harvard professor denounces college protests, says campuses have to be open to 'dangerous ideas'

But as students receive support from some academics in higher education, Alan Dershowitz, a prominent Harvard Law School professor, has denounced these protests for eroding the very basis of what he believes colleges should be.<p>"That's what universities have to be about: dangerous ideas; ideas that …

Higher Education

“It’s unacceptable to give religious privilege only to those who believe in the supernatural”: The Satanic Temple challenges the religious right

<b>(AP/The Satanic Temple)</b><p>Smart political theater or real religion? Satanic Temple’s leader on the group’s challenge to religious privilege<p>Valerie Tarico<p>November 21, 2015 7:00pm (UTC)<p>A small sect called the Satanic Temple has been giving the religious right fits by insisting that religious freedoms …

Religion

Dear White Professors: You Must Teach a Course on Race

Six years ago, I taught my first course focused on race at a small, northeast liberal arts college. The goal of the course was to explore how we talk about race in K-16 education, my academic field of study. I remember being really nervous before the semester started, questioning how my being white …

One of the Nation's Largest Catholic Hospital Systems Says It Can Deny Women Emergency Care Because of Its Religious Affiliation

I suppose it shouldn't really have come as a surprise. But there it was in black and white in a recent court document: Trinity Health, one of the largest health care systems, saying that because of religious exemption laws, its Catholic affiliation allows it to violate the law and refuse to provide …

Why critics are wrong about liberal arts degrees

For the last time: No, earning a degree in English, philosophy, art history, name-your-humanities-discipline <i>will not</i> condemn you to a lifetime of …

Experts ridicule Ben Carson's claim the pyramids were built to store grain

The Republican hopeful has repeated his belief that Egypt's great pyramids were built by the Biblical figure Joseph in order to store food<p>Egyptian antiquities officials on Monday scoffed at claims by Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson that Egypt's ancient pyramids were not built as …

“PC” is another right-wing lie: Missouri proves reactionary forces really are waging war against college kids

<b>(AP/Reuters/Salon)</b><p>Forget “political correctness”: The truth is young people are really suffering from conservative culture wars<p>November 9, 2015 9:50pm (UTC)<p>It's been trendy in the past few months for pundits to raise the alarm about the supposedly out-of-control culture of "political correctness" …

Planned Parenthood

Why I pulled my son out of a school for 'gifted' kids

NEW YORK — When our son got into one of the most elite, “intellectually gifted” schools in New York City, which also happens to be free tuition …

Parenting

7 Celebrities Who Don’t Believe In God

In Hollywood, it sometimes feels like everyone believes in God. At awards ceremonies, we constantly hear about it. We can’t throw a rock without …

Why Would a Math Teacher Punish a Child for Saying 5 x 3 = 15?

October 21, 2015 by Hemant Mehta<p>What’s 5 x 3?<p>How about 4 x 6?<p>You might think those are simple questions, but a third grader had points taken off on …

Why Netflix isn’t worried that 'Beasts of No Nation' flopped in theaters

This weekend, those efforts were tested for the first time as Cary Joji Fukunaga's "Beasts of No Nation," starring Idris Elba, debuted on the streaming service around the world and in 31 theaters in 30 U.S. cities willing to play the dark African war drama even though it was available to 43 million …

Los Angeles

The GOP Congress is a raging dumpster fire with no end in sight

<b>(AP/Reuters/J. Scott Applewhite/Jason Reed/Jonathan Ernst//Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>With a government shutdown and a debt-ceiling breach potentially on the horizon, here’s where the GOP takes us next<p>Elias Isquith<p>October 9, 2015 12:12pm (UTC)<p>From almost the very moment Republicans assumed control of …

Tea Party

Ben Carson is living in fantasy land: Using the power of positive thinking to defy basic mathematics

<b>(AP/John Minchillo)</b><p>How will Ben Carson conquer space, cut taxes, balance the budget, and lower the debt? By believing in himself<p>Simon Maloy<p>October 8, 2015 5:33pm (UTC)<p>Ben Carson, currently sitting in second place in the 2016 GOP primary, made a bit of news yesterday when he sat down for an …

Ben Carson

12 Mini Habits of Insanely Successful People

“Mini habits” are daily routines that take just a few minutes to perform, but have huge returns in the overall quality of your life as a result of …

The Periodic Table of Elements Scaled to Show The Elements’ Actual Abundance on Earth

When you learned about The Periodic Table of Elements in high school, it probably didn't look like this. Above, we have a different way of …

Crocodile maths question 'was challenging'

<b>A bamboozling question about a crocodile stalking its prey was one reason the pass mark for Higher maths had to be lowered, a report has found.</b><p>The pass mark for the new-look Higher maths was cut to just 34% because the exam was harder than expected.<p>A report for the Scottish Qualifications Authority …

Education

How Indiana Jones Actually Changed Archaeology

Blockbuster film series led to spike in archaeology courses, careers.<p>Don your leather jacket and fedora, strap on a satchel, and get that bullwhip cracking: It’s time to explore the mythical intersection of Hollywood fantasy and real-world discovery.<p>Three decades ago, Indiana Jones’s swashbuckling …