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The Left-Wing Infatuation With Taking Offense

Outrage mobs are chipping away at democracy, one meaningless debate at a time.<p>The mob was unusually vociferous, even for Twitter. After the California-born ice skater Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics, the <i>New York Times</i> writer Bari Weiss commented …

Mirai Nagasu

Canada to launch new border security app that could go global

The Known Traveller Digital Identity will use personal mobile devices to share detailed personal information<p>The federal government is embarking on a …

Canada

Woody Allen's films move many people. It's time to ask why

Allen’s poor treatment of women didn’t just play out in a tabloid break-up, but also in dozens of movies many of us adored and paid to see<p>It is, hands-down, my favorite Onion headline of 2018: “Aspiring Actor Dreams Of One Day Publicly Voicing Regret For Working With Woody Allen.”<p>AO Scott, the New …

Greta Gerwig

Seven ways ... to deal with tinnitus

There’s no cure, so prevention is best – but hope is not lost for the 10% of adults who hear sounds that are not coming from the external world<p>Prevention is best<p>Tinnitus is the name given to sounds that you hear but that don’t exist in the external world – and no one is quite sure why it happens. …

Biomedicine

If Your Goal Is to Lose Belly Fat, This Is the Routine You Should Be Doing

You've been working out, eating healthy, and losing weight, but you're still not seeing progress in your midsection. What gives? If you can't seem to …

Exercise

Here's How to Create Your Own Metaphors

A metaphor is a figure of speech that describes an object or action in a way that isn't literally true but helps explain an idea or make a …

Creative Writing

He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.

“What happens when anyone can make it appear as if anything has happened, regardless of whether or not it did?" technologist Aviv Ovadya warns.

Artificial Intelligence

I’m a law professor, and I teach my students how to destroy American democracy

In my classes on authoritarian regimes, I used to lecture my students on how modern authoritarians have abandoned the openly repressive tactics of their predecessors. Today’s authoritarians frequently come to power by democratic elections and then erode democracy through seemingly legitimate means. …

Political Science

India has a new caste for native English speakers only

Sometime around 2012 or 2013, my daughters stopped speaking in Konkani, our mother tongue. It isn’t entirely clear what provoked it, perhaps it was a teacher at their Mumbai school encouraging students to speak more English at home. Or perhaps it was something else. It doesn’t matter.<p>What did …

India

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list

After two years of careful reading, moving backwards through time, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books. Take a quick look at five centuries of great writing<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his 100 greatest nonfiction books list The 100 best novels written in …

The 17 Best Movies No One Saw In 2017

2017 has been a corker for cinema, with the likes of <i>Dunkirk</i>, <i>Blade Runner 2049</i>, <i>Wonder Woman</i>, <i>Thor: Ragnarok</i> and <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i> knocking it out of the park. But there were also plenty of absolute gems that fell under the radar.<p>Here's our pick of 2017's hidden gems.<p>1. Toni Erdmann<p>German …

Psychogeography

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

Ursula K. Le Guin on Anger

“Anger continued on past its usefulness becomes unjust, then dangerous… It fuels not positive activism but regression, obsession, vengeance, self-righteousness. Corrosive, it feeds off itself, destroying its host in the process.”<p>The poet May Sarton experienced anger as “a huge creative urge gone …

Bryan Singer: The Epitome of Hollywood’s White Male Privilege Problem

The director, who was fired from the Freddie Mercury biopic, has reportedly exhibited unprofessional behavior for years, from hard-partying to …

Zinzi Clemmons: 'It's Time For Women of Color...to Divest From Lena Dunham'

Writer Zinzi Clemmons, author of <i>What We Lose</i>, has announced that she will no longer be writing for Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s online feminist …

Feminism

First World War composite photos bring past to life

It is more than a century since the First World War, but clever use of modern technology is bringing snapshots from the gruelling conflict into the …

The forgotten art of squatting is a revelation for bodies ruined by sitting

Sentences that start with the phrase “A guru once told me…” are, more often than not, eye-roll-inducing. But recently, while resting in <i>malasana</i>, or a deep squat, in an East London yoga class, I was struck by the second half of the instructor’s sentence: “A guru once told me that the problem with …

Ergonomics

Best Fiction of 2017

FICTION & LITERATURE<p>Released: Oct. 10, 2017<p>Reviewed: July 17, 2017<p>FICTION & LITERATURE<p>Released: Oct. 10, 2017<p>"Very smart and very entertaining."<p>All …

Books

Quick Guide to the Rule of Thirds for Artists and Photographers

Most creatives, from painters to photographers, will have come across the Rule of Thirds at some point. Anyone who deals in producing visually appealing work will have had this golden guideline pushed on them in order to achieve a balanced composition. But what is the Rule of Thirds? And where does …

Landscape Photography

‘Black Panther’ isn’t just another Marvel movie — it’s a vision of a future led by blackness

Marvel’s <i>Black Panther</i> lives in the present, but there’s plenty that would suggest otherwise. Slated for a February 2018 release, the movie — which is …

Science Fiction

The Organ of the Universe: On Living with Tinnitus

WHAT CAN YOU HEAR, right now, as you read these words? Chances are you’re not paying attention to what you’re hearing, because you’re focused on what …

Black Rock White City by AS Patrić review – crime thriller meets immigrant tale

A poignant portrayal of two refugees from the former Yugoslavia trying to rebuild their lives in Australia is an admirably ambitious debut<p>Australian author AS Patrić’s debut novel tells the story of two migrants from the former Yugoslavia trying to rebuild their lives in late 1990s Australia. Black …

'Open the doors and let these books in' - what would a truly diverse reading list look like?

Following student calls for university English literature syllabuses to be ‘decolonised’, Hanif Kureishi, Arundhati Roy, Kamila Shamsie and other authors reflect on the debate and choose essential books by black and minority ethnic writers<p>Hanif Kureishi<p>I once wrote, “I didn’t know I was coloured …

Middle Israel: Was the Bolshevik Revolution a Jewish plot?

Russian Jewry went to the Jewish state because here they would be free to study what they wish.<p>FROM LEFT, Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin and Leon …

Israel

Having These Personality Traits Might Mean You're Evil

We talked to Dr. Michael H. Stone, author of 'The Anatomy of Evil,' about the qualities that unite the worst people in history.<p>Dr. Michael H. Stone first came to prominence in 2005, when the <i>New York Times</i> outlined the 22-level hierarchy he designed to classify what he called the "Gradations of …

Crime

World War III: How Russia and Its Allies Planned to Crush NATO

Last month in the <i>National Interest</i> we discussed NATO’s plan for World War III in Europe [3]. The scenario, set in the late 1980s, assumed that the …

The Ugly Truth About Sex Reassignment the Transgender Lobby Doesn’t Want You to Know

Sex reassignment is as natural as being born, some in the media tell us. And many Americans are buying it.<p>But a growing chorus of dissenters made up …

10 terrifying horror books you've never read

As long as I can remember I have enjoyed stories that frighten me. As a child, on rainy early autumn afternoons in our crumbling Victorian farmhouse …

Books

Scientist Predicts a Sixth Mass Extinction in 2100

It's simple mathematics.<p>Scientists say humans who are alive today might have the all-too-real experience of witnessing the beginning of a mass …

Climate Change

Ambitious 1.5C Paris climate target is still possible, new analysis shows

Goal to limit warming to 1.5C to avoid the worst impacts of climate change was seen as unreachable, but updated research suggests it could be met if strong action is taken<p>The highly ambitious aim of limiting global warming to less than 1.5C remains in reach, a new scientific analysis shows.<p>The 1.5C …