J. Connor Hammond

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I Was a Mercenary. Trust Me: Erik Prince’s Plan Is Garbage.

A few thousand military contractors can save Afghanistan? Give me a break.<p>For the past year, Erik Prince has been peddling an idea that should alarm anyone who has followed his career: We should replace U.S. troops in Afghanistan with mercenaries, preferably his.<p>For those who do not know Prince, he …

War

Republicans Are Using Big Tobacco’s Secret Science Playbook to Gut Health Rules

“We propose creating, beginning with congressional oversight and a goal of enacting legislation, required review procedures which EPA and other …

University of Washington

Latte pappas

Sweden’s hands-on dads represent an alternate male form forged by lowered testosterone and the potent hormones of attachment<i>By Richard W Orange</i>Read …

Parenting

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Advice for Living

“Did you always want to be a judge” or, more exorbitantly, “a Supreme Court justice?” Schoolchildren visiting me at the court, as they do at least weekly, ask that question more than any other. It is a sign of huge progress made. To today’s youth, judgeship as an aspiration for a girl is not at all …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

‘There’s Nothing Better Than a Scared, Rich Candidate’

How political consulting works—or doesn’t<p>This past April, the American Association of Political Consultants gathered for its annual conference, known as the Pollies, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. During breaks between sessions (“Buying Votes in a Presidential Election,” “Staying Out of Jail”), …

Doctors are talking about using psychedelic drugs to treat alcoholics

Most recently, researchers published a study in the Nature journal Neuropsychopharmacology that they say offers very preliminary evidence that ketamine might be worth exploring as a way to help people with alcohol abuse disorders get over the depression and anxiety that they frequently feel after …

The death of neoliberalism and the crisis in western politics

The western financial crisis of 2007-8 was the worst since 1931, yet its immediate repercussions were surprisingly modest. The crisis challenged the foundation stones of the long-dominant neoliberal ideology but it seemed to emerge largely unscathed. The banks were bailed out; hardly any bankers on …

Economics

Lost cities #8: mystery of Cahokia – why did North America's largest city vanish?

In its prime, about four centuries before Columbus stumbled on to the western hemisphere, Cahokia was a prosperous pre-American city with a population similar to London’s.<p>Located in southern Illinois, eight miles from present-day St Louis, it was probably the largest North American city north of …

Archaeology

A Republican intellectual explains why the Republican Party is going to die

CLEVELAND — Avik Roy is a Republican’s Republican. A health care wonk and editor at Forbes, he has worked for three Republican presidential hopefuls — Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Marco Rubio. Much of his adult life has been dedicated to advancing the Republican Party and conservative ideals.<p>But …

WWII Sim ‘Hearts of Iron IV’ Makes the Modern World Look Like It’s On the Brink

Where the world stands in 2016 is much like where it was in 1936, which is where Paradox's strategy game begins.<p>A specter is haunting Europe—the specter of fascism. Or maybe it's the specter of terrorism, nativism, Russian irredentism, or any number of other unpleasant <i>isms</i>. But it's clear the world …

Donald Trump Praises Dictators, But Hillary Clinton Befriends Them

While Hillary Clinton runs ads criticizing Donald Trump for praising dictators, Clinton herself has a history of alliances with strongmen in Egypt, …

Only the lonely

Loneliness is hell: debilitating yet formative. Can we avoid the pains of loneliness yet enjoy the pleasures of solitude?<i>By Cody Delistraty</i>Read at …

Psychology

Gender is not a spectrum

The idea that ‘gender is a spectrum’ is supposed to set us free. But it is both illogical and politically troubling<i>By Rebecca Reilly-Cooper</i>Read at …

Feminism

Brexit Is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western Establishment Institutions

The decision by U.K. voters to leave the EU is such a glaring repudiation of the wisdom and relevance of elite political and media institutions that …

Walkable Cities Are Better By Almost Any Metric: Here Are The Best In The U.S.

Which cities are moving fastest to create “walkable urbanism” (and all the benefits to health, wealth, and lifestyle that come with it)?<p>For most of the 20th century, U.S. cities grew largely by expanding outwards. They developed on the edge of town and encouraged people to move around by car. Then, …

Urban Design

Blue Bottle Has a $16 Cup of Coffee and It Made Me Realize I'm an Idiot Man-Child

Blue Bottle’s $16 Cup of Coffee Made Me Realize I’m an Idiot Man-Child<p>With notes of cherry, and plum wine, and almond skin, and shame<p>After the first …

Luxury Urban Housing, Built on a Myth, Is About to Take a Big Hit

For years, we’ve heard about the “return to the city.” It was never as true as the hype, but now it’s about to collapse entirely.<p>From steamy Miami to …

Real Estate

J. K. Rowling Just Can’t Let Harry Potter Go

LONDON — J. K. Rowling always said that the seventh Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” would be the last in the series, and so far she has kept to her word. But though she’s written many new things in the intervening nine years, including four adult novels, she’s never been …

Books

Recruitment lessons: how Japan and Australia attract teachers into rural schools

I recently spotted new adverts on my Facebook feed asking me to help struggling schools. It’s no surprise – I regularly post about teaching and education, and count being a teacher in my career history. The ad promotes the National Teaching Service, a new scheme to encourage the best teachers and …

Education

“The scope of our failure”: The real story of our decades-long foreign policy disaster that set the Middle East on fire

<b>Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld (AP/Reuters/Jason Reed/Kevin Lamarque/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>The brilliant Andrew Bacevich tells Salon why our massive march to folly in Middle East has to be seen as one war<p>Patrick L. Smith<p>May 15, 2016 9:58am (UTC)<p>I first interviewed Andrew Bacevich, …

Geopolitics

The Creeping Militarization of American Culture

In his 1961 farewell address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of the growing influence of the “military-industrial complex” on American …

Political Science

The inside story of Facebook’s biggest setback

Until Mark Zuckerberg arrived in a bright orange helicopter in October 2014, Chandauli had never seen a celebrity visitor. One of 44,795 villages in the state of Rajasthan, Chandauli is only three or four hours’ drive from Delhi, but it exists alone and forgotten, tucked away, a kilometre off a …

India

The 20 Best Small Towns In America To Visit In 2016, According To The Smithsonian

This year's list by The Smithsonian is bound to give you intense wanderlust — unless you're lucky enough to live in these charming destinations year round.<p>The Smithsonian just released its annual list of the best small towns in America, and this year's roundup is bound to give you intense …

The answer to treating drug and alcohol addiction may be far simpler than you think

The answer is far simpler than you might think, at least according to neuroscience journalist and author Maia Szalavitz, whose new book, "Unbroken Brain," throws water on most of the modern assumptions that plague our understanding of drug and alcohol addiction.<p>Addiction, she writes, is not a …

3tags.org

What LSD tells us about human nature

I was in San Francisco last week, visiting my brother and revisiting the years we spent there as young men. We walked through Golden Gate park, two guys in their sixties, admiring the giant sequoias, exotic gardens, and gold-green pastures cascading westward to the ocean. And we reminisced about …

Golden Gate Park

We mustn't let this Panama Papers anger go to waste

The Panama Papers’ 11 million plus documents detail how thousands of clients of one Panama law firm used shell corporations to hide billions of dollars in cash and other assets. The clients allegedly include 140 government officials and 200 Americans. It is suspected that many of the shell …

Corruption

Hawaii looks to mainland to deal with big teacher shortage

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Education has been seeking out educators from the mainland to deal with the state's growing teacher shortage.<p>…

Education

I Said Mean Things to an Apple for Weeks to See if It Rotted Faster

We spent a month saying horrible and nice things to some apples to see if it would really make them decompose quicker.<p>Are you a pseudo New Ager? Do you wear rose-quartz point pendants? Have you seriously considered a short course in reiki? If so, you may have heard about Dr. Masaru Emoto, the …

How Coffee Masters Around the World Take Their Coffee

Shaken, stirred, and even spiked with rum<p>If our forays into the art of coffee have taught us anything, it's that there's no shortage of ways to make …

Coffee