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That National Park Fee Hike Could Be a Corporate Giveaway

Private concessionaires and oil and gas companies are among those who may benefit most from parks’ alleged maintenance crisis<p>The National Park …

National Parks

In 1939, I didn’t hear war coming. Now its thundering approach can’t be ignored

As a teenager I would just laugh at newsreels of Hitler and other fascists. I hope what happened next is not witnessed again by my grandchildren’s generation<p>• Author Harry Leslie Smith, 94, is a second world war RAF veteran<p>A chill of remembrance has come over me during this August month. It feels …

Saudi Arabia

Analysis | Why does North Korea hate the United States? Let’s go back to the Korean War.

SEOUL — Any day of the week, the North Korean propaganda machine can be relied upon to spew out anti-American vitriol using some formulation of …

The True Story of “The Marine on the Tank” and One of the Most Emblematic Images of Vietnam

The Battle of Huế—the bloodiest battle of the Tet Offensive—was launched almost 50 years ago, on January 31, 1968, and was fought in close quarters inside a walled city over a period of more than three weeks. In terms of American public perceptions, the Tet Offensive changed the course of the …

Halong Bay

Born of slavery, the Electoral College could stand against racism in 2016 — and stop Donald Trump

Part of the Electoral College’s original purpose was to protect slave-state power. Will it redeem its history now?<p>History often comes full circle. It can be darkly ironic as well. The Electoral College, an institution that helped to protect the white supremacist ignominy of black chattel slavery …

Black History

30 Books You Need to Read to Earn 'Well-Read' Status | Inc.com

<i>What books should one read to feel well-read? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Cristina Hartmann, writer who abandoned a career in law, on Quora:</b><p>For anyone who wants to attain the vaunted …

Literature

The Pussyhat Project is an empowering way to get involved with the upcoming Women's March

For many of us, it’s been deeply difficult to gather ourselves into action after the election results. However, where there is widespread …

Mary Beard on why Rome ruled the world

How did an insignificant little settlement by the river Tiber grow into a mighty empire encompassing the Mediterranean world and much of western …

Baltimore psychologist pioneers team using psychedelics as ‘sacred’ medicine

William Richards, who began studying psychedelics in Germany in 1963, is convinced LSD and psilocybin drugs can transform people’s lives for the better<p>Baltimore is known to many as the heroin capital of the US. If William Richards has anything to do with it, it may also become the nation’s most …

Psychedelia

The Secret to Learning a Foreign Language as an Adult

<i>Answer by David Bailey, CEO of Spotnight, on Quora.</i><p>I’ve learned several foreign languages as an adult. I was able to learn French to conversation …

Language Learning

A wildlife ecologist explains whether you can survive the cold by sleeping inside an animal carcass

A<p>Once the wave of nausea passes, an obvious question remains: Would that really work? How long could you survive frigid temperatures inside an animal carcass?<p>"It depends," wrote David Steen, a wildlife ecologist at Auburn University, in an email. "Specifically, how cold was this night and how big …

Wildlife

Declassified document casts a new light on Soviet war scare in 1983

When you think of war scares back in the Cold War, most people think about the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. But a newly declassified document reveals just how close we came to nuclear Armageddon in the 1980s, under President Ronald Reagan.<p>The document is a top secret 1990 report by the President's …

Geopolitics

Russia sends police puppy to France to replace Diesel

In show of solidarity, Russian interior ministry has sent a puppy to France to replace Diesel the police dog who was killed in action last week<p>Russia is to send a puppy to France to replace Diesel, the police dog which was shot and killed during anti-terror raids in Paris last week.<p>The Russia dog – …

11 Tips for Winter Camping and Backpacking

by Austin Campbell November 12, 2015 6 Comments<p>Winter is a great time of year to go camping or backpacking<p>Winter can be one of the most beautiful …

Donald Trump

Hilarious bad TripAdvisor reviews of US national parks

The U.S. National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary next year. As we get closer to the big birthday, we’ll have plenty of opportunities to pay sincere tribute to these 58 wondrous monuments to America’s stunning natural beauty.<p>But not now. Today, we’re focusing on the national park …

National Parks

Utah authorities fight judge's order to remove baby from lesbian foster parents

Child services office says it will go to appeals court if decision is not reversed, while governor says Scott Johansen must ‘follow the law, not personal beliefs’<p>Utah state officials have announced they will fight a judge’s order that a baby girl be taken away from her married lesbian foster …

LGBTQI