Juan Mendoza

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We listen to an audio system that costs as much as a Ferrari

My high-end audio career started in earnest when I worked as a salesman in a brick-and-mortar store in the 1980s, and continued later as an audio reviewer. Lucky me -- I've heard most of the world's very best audio, but there's still a lot of gear that I never got around to checking out. That was …

Journey to safety was more terrifying than Aleppo, activists say

<b>Gaziantep, Turkey (CNN) —</b> When Mojahed left his native Aleppo he thought the worst was over. What could be more terrible than living in the besieged Syrian city people called hell on earth?<p>But the 24-year-old activist, now living across the border in Turkey, says his harrowing journey out of the …

A new poll has another batch of bad news for Hillary Clinton

Those are some of the troubling numbers for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a new poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University.<p>The poll still shows her with a commanding lead in the Democratic race, as she leads with 55% of the Democratic vote nationwide.<p>US Sen. Bernie Sanders …

The Right to Blaspheme

Dissenting from the tenets of a particular religion is very different than discriminating against a category of persons.<p>The name of the poor wretch is lost to history, but the year is recorded: It was in 1631 that last German Jew was burned at the stake, falsely accused of desecrating the …

Mayhem Erupts in Baltimore at Protests Over Freddie Gray Death | VICE News

Hours after Baltimore police promised "deep, systemic changes in the culture" of their department to protesters upset over the death of Freddie Gray, waves of violence and looting shook the city.<p>Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said that demonstrations and marches were peaceful until …

From Run DMC to Run The Jewels, This is How Comic Books Influenced Hip-Hop

We chat with Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels about heroes, villains, and the rap imagination.<p>In 2009, 50 Cent, alongside the author Robert Greene, published <i>The 50th Law</i> - a semi-autobiographical New York times bestseller which became a treatise on how to succeed in business or die tryin'. The book was an …

Racism’s sinister word games: What a white-supremacist talking point tells us about modern politics

<b>(Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)</b><p>How a neo-Confederate’s bizarre self-justification helps explain the remarkable persistence of American racism<p>Aaron R. Hanlon<p>March 20, 2015 10:15am (UTC)<p>In a striking recent video interview, a Guardian reporter presses Pat Godwin, president of Selma, Alabama’s United …

Why It Matters That Congress Just Swapped The Bank Swap Rule

Banks may be officially allowed to get back in the casino business again soon.<p>Hidden as a rider in the $1.1 trillion continuing resolution omnibus …

Paul Krugman destroys conservatives’ favorite myths about the Obama economy

<b>Paul Krugman (Reuters/Anton Golubev)</b><p>At long last, a real recovery may be under way. Why did it take so long?<p>Luke Brinker<p>December 8, 2014 5:45pm (UTC)<p>The Labor Department confounded forecasters on Friday when it reported that U.S. employers added 321,000 jobs in November, while average wages rose a …