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Pet portraits are the cutest when they're shot from below

In what's surely the cutest take on the traditional pet portrait, the photographer behind the Underlook series shoots his subjects from below.<p>Over …

Steve Jobs Practiced This 1 Habit That Triggers Creative Ideas, According to Neuroscience

<b>Several new studies and books say this is the best way to spark novel ideas.</b><p>Visitors to Steve Jobs's house in Palo Alto or to Apple's corporate …

Creativity

RIP Turkey, 1921 – 2017

On Jan. 20, 1921, the Turkish Grand National Assembly passed the <i>Teşkilât-ı Esasîye Kanunu</i>, or the Law on Fundamental Organization. It would be almost …

Philanthropy In America Is Becoming 'Ideological Arms Race,' Author Says

When <i>Forbes</i> first listed the 400 richest Americans in 1982, there were 13 billionaires on that list.<p>Today, every single person on the Forbes 400 list is a billionaire.<p>Many have become philanthropists, and they are reshaping public policy, and society, as they see fit. And because of their numbers, …

Middle-class

Fast and Furious Abs and Booty Workout

This is a full-body workout, but we have to be honest, your abs and butt will be sore tomorrow since all the moves target those areas a little bit more. And sore in the best way possible, since that means you're building muscle and strength. So just press play and get ready to work!

Solar breaks 50% of California electricity for first time – driving wholesale rates negative

According to the EIA, California solar power has been driving wholesale electricity rates towards – and sometimes below – $0/MWh – and on March 11th total solar power production broke 50% of demand. The increase in utility-scale solar power , which grew 50% in the state in 2016, is quickly changing …

This Northern Cali Road Trip Is Chic AND Cheap

It's tough to ignore the call of the open road. But how do you find the midpoint between a road trip that's filled with sketchy motels and shitty …

7 Things Every Solo Traveler Should Know Before Visiting Marrakech

Cultural, glamorous, and vibrant, Marrakech is a must-visit destination for any intrepid traveler. The striking city incorporates ancient Berber …

Luxury Lifestyle

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Creativity

The Arab World is at war with itself | Politics

As if the severe damage inflicted by the US-led invasion of Iraq and the Israeli occupation of Palestine were not enough, the Arab world is now engaged in a self-destructive process of sectarian polarisation and violence.<p>While it is true that the 2003 Iraq War triggered the rise of sectarian …

Middle East

Jihadism is not nihilism: What everyone gets wrong about ISIS

Religious fanaticism is a consequence of faith, not of losing faith. It’s important that we make the distinction<p>Extremist jihadism is a consequence of faith, not a consequence of losing faith. In the partisan battle over describing the Islamic State, Democrats have fastened on a philosophical term …

How Zoning Laws Exacerbate Inequality

Such laws aren’t just a headache for developers, economists believe. They’re bad for (nearly) everyone.<p>As urban cores become more populated, the need for more buildings—more housing, more offices, more everything—increases. In many cities, it’s not so easy to simply increase construction, thanks to …

Housing

Try these 'reverse push-ups' to tighten up back-of-the-arm flab

Oh, you're going to feel this one tomorrow.<p>BarreAmped creator Suzanne Bowen says this is her go-to move for targeting a common trouble spot for men and women — the triceps. This back-of-the-arm area gets flabby without consistent exercise. Worse, it's an area where excess weight can accumulate. Not …

Workouts

5 Amazing Adventures For Your Southeast Asia Bucket List

Southeast Asia is an adventure traveler's dream destination. You can eat like a king for a few bucks, explore unbelievable landscapes, and see remnants of some of the planet's most ancient civilizations. Check out our list of 5 Must-Do Adventures in Southeast Asia and book your flight today!<p>1. Hike …

This Cosmologist May Have Found Evidence of a Parallel Universe

Scientists have examined a great cosmic glow in the sky, and at least one cosmologist at the California Institute of Technology thinks he has found …

Universe

Jihadism Is Not Nihilism

In the partisan battle over describing the Islamic State, Democrats have fastened on a philosophical term from 19th century European intellectual history. They're being too clever by half.<p>"Extremist nihilism" is what Barack Obama has called ISIS's ideology. In the second Democratic debate, Hillary …

Syria conflict: Russia warns US of 'proxy war risk'

<b>Russia has warned of the risk of a "proxy war" in the Middle East after the US said it would send special forces to Syria.</b><p>Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said this increased the need for co-operation between the US and Russia.<p>US officials said "fewer than 50" troops would "train, advise and …

This is Netanyahu’s horror: “An open unleashing of raw racism that has always been a part of Israeli society”

If the Holocaust taught us anything, it is not to remain silent as a government directs hatred at an entire people<p>Last month, I wandered the former ghettos of Warsaw and Bialystok and visited the haunting memorials of Treblinka, all places where my family members lived their last moments. I …

The New York Times blows it again: Why its Israel-Palestine coverage gets it so wrong

The paper of record has presented yet another one-sided account about the latest violence in Palestine<p>The causes and intensity of the violence in Israel-Palestine cannot be explained in a headline. But that is exactly what the New York Times tried to do in its front-page story last week entitled, …

20 Slow Cooker Meals to Cozy Up to This Fall

Crock pot cooking is the busy bee’s secret weapon for weeknight meals and cooking for a crowd. Although it’s a handy tool year-round, it’s particularly useful when temperatures drop and we start dreaming about comfort foods. Not only does it manage the cooking for you, but it keeps meals warm and …

America’s sad, delusional foreign policy: The real reason why things are falling apart

Our leaders refuse to accept the reality of international relations. Only more pain can come<p>One of the most dangerous side effects of our chronic military failures is that the people in charge rarely concede their plans were flops. As a result, no one is held responsible and the architects of …

The Crime Your Brain Commits Against You (And What to Do About It)

In 1932, Frederic Bartlett was working at Cambridge University when he conducted one of the most famous cognitive psychology experiments of all-time.<p>For this research study, Bartlett recited a Native American folk tale called "The War of the Ghosts" to each participant. Then, Bartlett followed up …

“Voices Across the Divide” film followed by Q&A with filmmaker

First Unitarian Universalist Church “Voices Across the Divide” film followed by Q&A with filmmaker Contact: Nancy Wein RPIP.RVA@gmail.com Sponsored …

Dumb Bernie Sanders delusions: Progressives who champion Sanders need to consider this — and no, it’s not the Supreme Court

The one issue that no one — including Democrats — wants to discuss is precisely the topic America must confront<p>Images of dead children awash on the shore haunt social media feeds and appear throughout mainstream media coverage of the global refugee crisis. The corpses of children are the gruesome …

Jack Kerouac, misogynist creep: Inside his ugly infatuation with Marilyn Monroe

Five years after publishing “On the Road,” the Beat icon penned a letter so vile it demands we reexamine his legacy<p>THE EDIFICE OF Columbia University’s Butler Library still had the glimmer of freshly quarried limestone in the early 1940s, when Jack Kerouac traipsed around the Manhattan campus with …

Here's what Russian intervention in Syria means for oil

Notably, many of the geopolitical players directly and indirectly involved in the Syria conflict also happen to be the world's leading oil producers.<p>Accordingly, it's worth considering what Russia's intervention in the Syrian civil war means for energy producers and for global oil prices.<p>In a …

Vladimir Putin meets Saudi defence minister for Syria talks

Vladimir Putin has met Saudi Arabia’s defence minister in Sochi as part of a Russian effort to reach out to enemies of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.<p>The Russian president met Sheikh Mohammed bin Salman, a son of the Saudi king, on the sidelines of a Formula One race on Sunday, nearly two …

Middle East

A woman’s right to say ‘meh’: being sex positive won’t guarantee you an orgasm

“I don’t mind motorcycles but do mind when people ride them without helmets,” I lied to a man named “Carl” on the dating app Bumble when he brought up his Yamaha. I actually believe that the only commendable function of motorcycles is to make aging dads feel the crisp bite of youth again during …

Feminism

Conquistadors sacrificed and eaten by Aztec-era people, archaeologists say

Spanish conquistadors, women, children and horses were imprisoned for months, sacrificed and eaten by contemporaries of the Aztecs, archaeologists report after unveiling new research from ruins near Mexico City.<p>Although Spanish chroniclers including Hernán Cortés, who led the conquest of Mexico in …

Archaeology

'Shut out': Turkey finds itself 'in a very difficult position' with the Russian moves in Syria

Turkey, which has long sought Syrian President Bashar Assad's transition out of power, has been supporting some of the most powerful rebel groups in northern Syria since the civil war began in 2011.<p>A Russian bombing campaign against rebels including Turkey-backed rebel groups, however, now …

Middle East