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Watch Stephen Colbert Mock Johnny Depp's Australia Apology Video

'Late Show' host apologizes in fake video for smuggling dogs, hogs and parakeets into the country<p>Stephen Colbert spoofed Johnny Depp and Amber …

Smoking Too Much Cannabis Causes Dopamine Deficits In The Brain

The Brain Photo credit: Smoking too much weed could lead to cognitive impairment. Pe3k/ShutterstockThere’s no doubt that getting high can make you do …

Cognitive Impairment

Almost 500 Students Fall Ill at Posh Chinese School From Toxic Waste Dumped Nearby

The pictures circulating online show young pale skin covered with red, blotchy pustules. The diagnoses reported by state media range from bronchitis …

Chinese Communist Party
The Brain

The Thing All Women Do That You Don't Know About

There's this thing that happens whenever I speak about or write about women's issues. Things like dress codes, rape culture and sexism. I get the comments: Aren't there more important things to worry about? Is this really that big of a deal? Aren't you being overly sensitive? Are you sure you're …

Self-help

Diversity is for white people: The big lie behind a well-intended word

“Diversity” sounds polite and hopeful. It’s how we talk when we can’t talk about race, or when whites get nervous<p>Our country is convulsing over the issues of diversity and race. Police departments from Baltimore to Minneapolis are talking about diversity hiring as the antidote to anti-black police …

Race & Ethnicity

Black students who demand equality aren't impinging on your rights

Critics of anti-racism protestors would rather focus on an imagined denial of rights to the dominant group than the persistent denial of rights to the oppressed<p>Critiques of the anti-racism student protesters and their demand that universities actively address systemic racism in higher education …

Rights & Freedoms

Harvard Law student says hate crime on campus made her feel like she was back in her Alabama high school

"People were very emotional. People were very hurt," Shay Johnson, a third-year law student at Harvard, told Business Insider. "It seemed another instance of where black voices on campus were being silenced."<p>Harvard police are investigating the vandalism as a hate crime, the Boston Globe …

Harvard Law School

Take a cue from Ralph Ellison: Don't demean minority students by overprotecting them

In a 1967 interview, the African American novelist Ralph Ellison denounced the commonplace idea that blacks had been permanently "damaged" by slavery, segregation and institutional racism. Instead, Ellison insisted, blacks' survival in the face of discrimination and hatred demonstrated their …

Why Do Young People Like Socialism More Than Older People Do?

Rain couldn't keep away hundreds of Georgetown University students on Thursday who waited hours outside for a chance to hear Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders explain his support for socialism.<p>The fervor to see the Vermont independent senator's major address wasn't surprising: …

Middle-class

Top 10: coolest Cold War attractions

Homicides of transgender women in US nearly double to 22

For a few transgender Americans, this has been a year of glamour and fame. For many others, 2015 has been fraught with danger, violence and mourning.<p>While Caitlyn Jenner made the cover of Vanity Fair and Laverne Cox prospered as a popular actress, other transgender women have become homicide …

LGBTQI

The Kochs, loathsome to the end: The real reason they’re interested in criminal justice reform

If the plutocrats have their way, a new bill will make it even more difficult to prosecute white-collar criminals<p>As the GOP-controlled Congress drafts a major criminal justice reform package to unshackle millions of poor and people of color from a predatory legal system, House Republicans are …

U.S. Department of Justice

How Diversity Police Halt Progress

It used to be plain old racism. Now it’s fear of saying something offensive to the black guy—and being caught on social media.<p>A few years ago I was …

Activist tricked into 6-year relationship with undercover cop tells her story

It's been five years since the first cases of UK undercover police officers infiltrating environmental groups and tricking activists into having sex …

Physicists Prove That Spooky Action At a Distance Is Real

Entanglement is one of the strangest aspects of quantum mechanics, whereby two subatomic particles can be so closely connected that one can seem to …

Pew: White Christians no longer a majority

White Christians now make up less than half of the U.S. population, largely receding from the majorities of most demographic groups, with one notable exception: the Republican Party.<p>According to the latest results from Pew Research Center's Religious Landscape survey published Monday by National …

Pew Research Center

Head of Trump SuperPAC accidentally admits the Donald’s rallies are only for white people

Also confessed he thinks he’d get beat up at a black church, so black people should expect same at Trump rallies<p>Robert Kiger, the head of the Donald Trump-supporting SuperPAC Citizens for Restoring USA, told CNN's Carol Costello on Monday that members of the #BlackLivesMatter movement "don't …

Donald Trump

Homosexuality is still a crime in 78 territories—and most are former British colonies

Anti-gay laws are worsening HIV epidemics in countries that were once British colonies, according to a new report by The Human Dignity Trust.<p>Homosexuality is a crime in 78 jurisdictions worldwide—and the report notes that Commonwealth member states constitute over half of those jurisdictions. …

LGBTQI

The Number of Transgender Women Brutally Murdered This Year Is Alarmingly High

There have been 22 killings so far in 2015.<p>For a few transgender Americans, this has been a year of glamour and fame. For many others, 2015 has been fraught with danger, violence, and mourning.<p>While Caitlyn Jenner made the cover of <i>Vanity Fair</i> and Laverne Cox prospered as a popular actress, other …

LGBTQI

This Outlook On Life Lowers Anxiety And Expands The Brain - PsyBlog

Anxiety is reduced and the brain grows with this type of thinking.<p>Optimistic thinking could change areas of the brain related to anxiety, a new study …

20 Most Thought-Provoking Quotes About Philosophy

We live in a very busy world, and it helps to slow down once in a while. Sometimes we need to take time to reflect on our personal philosophies …

The 20 most popular colleges for studying abroad

The University of Dallas has been sending students abroad for 45 years and counting. Facebook/University of Dallas Rome Hundreds of thousands of college students set off on journeys around the world every semester to study, research, intern, and explore. Many return home with a new perspective, or …

College & University

The Skills Leaders Need at Every Level

A few weeks ago, we were asked to analyze a competency model for leadership development that a client had created. It was based on the idea that at different points in their development, potential leaders need to focus on excelling at different skills. For example, in their model they proposed that …

The world is already weakening one of the key 'checks' on the Iran deal

Multiple European countries are already laying the groundwork for massive business opportunities in Iran.<p>And the fear, according to The Wall Street Journal, is that such rapid investment could limit the possibility of crippling sanctions "snapping back" into action if Iran cheats or breaks any of …

South Asia

The Six Most Evil Presidents in U.S. History

Evil, like beauty, is sometimes in the eye of the beholder.<p>It is difficult to distinguish an evil act from an evil person. Few people, for example, …

10 Free Online Courses To Make You More Successful

Success is not an act; it is a slow process that involves growth, change and failure. It involves all aspects of your life, from how you manage your …

A Toddler Tried To Bring A ‘Minions’ Fart Blaster Toy Gun On A Plane

Dublin airport security ruined a genius toddler’s fun by confiscating a toy gun he or she tried to bring aboard an airplane. It wasn’t just any ordinary toy gun that he was smuggling though, but a “Minion fart blaster,” a plastic air gun-like contraption painted a nice light blue color which …

Guns

How the End of World War II Almost Didn’t Happen

When Emperor Hirohito surrendered on August 15, most thought the war was over. It almost wasn’t.<p>Seventy years ago today the recorded voice of Emperor …