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This burkini illustration highlights the double standards women face

LONDON — A French artist has created an illustration highlighting the double standards women face when it comes to their clothing choices.<p>The …

Judge refuses to reduce Blagojevich's 14-year sentence

CHICAGO — A federal judge on Tuesday resentenced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to 14 years in prison for his 2011 political corruption conviction, reaffirming the decision originally handed down to the disgraced politician more than four years ago.<p>Blagojevich, a Democrat who served as …

Crime

Netflix Accidentally Put Aziz Ansari Subtitles on a Nature Documentary and It's Truly a Work of Art

"Let me buy you a drink." "No, I'm fine."<p>In a snafu that feels straight out of <i>Parks and Recreation</i>, Netflix accidentally added Aziz Ansari standup subtitles to BBC's <i>Planet Earth</i>—and, understandably, the internet quickly lost its collective mind.<p>According to Mashable, Reddit user benmeiri84 first …

Hey Dads, Your Moods Impact Your Kids Big Time

New research links dads' stress levels and moods to kids' development in major ways.<p>My husband often reminds me I am the center of our family, and my mood affects everyone living under our roof. It's a responsibility I don't take lightly. Each day, the impact my mental health and happiness has on …

Scientists Just Figured Out How This Bird Can Fly For Months Without Landing

The great frigate can stay aloft for 56 days by riding natural updrafts.<p>Plenty of birds fly vast distances on their migratory trips around planet Earth. But the most amazing of all might the frigate bird, which can stay aloft for <i>two months</i> straight without landing or resting. How the heck do they …

Birds

The upper middle class is growing and thriving, and then 'pulling up the ladder behind them'

But where did that 7% (6.8 percentage points to be exact) go? Well, of the five income groups (poor, lower middle class, middle class, upper middle class, and rich) displayed, the bottom three got smaller, the top two bigger.<p>The poor shrank by 4.5 percentage points, the lower middle class by 6.8, …

Defecting Democrats, Trump and bitterness: Why Jill Stein just might turn November upside down

Unhappy progressives ditching the Democratic Party have the most to gain by voting Green<p>We’re in something of a lull in the news cycle now, with primaries over and the convention a month away. The presumed nominees are working hard with their PR teams to decide where they want the narrative to take …

Hamilton documentary finally has a premiere date

PBS is not throwing away its shot. The network has finally confirmed the airdate for its <i>Hamilton</i> documentary.<p><i>Hamilton’s America</i>, which is part of its</i> …

Tips for turning a 2D cartoon into a 3D concept

To show you how to turn a 2D concept into a piece of 3D art, I'm going to use a cartoon piece I recently finished (based on a concept by Gop Gap) as …

Democracy is far too important to be the preserve of the elite

Towards the end of CS Lewis’s The Silver Chair there is a fascinating little exchange between a rather dour marsh-wiggle called Puddleglum and a brilliant sorceress that has imprisoned him and his friends below ground. Tightening her grip on their minds, the witch tries to convince Puddleglum that …

C.S. Lewis

Google Has A List Of The A.I. Behaviors That Would Scare It Most

And may scare you too<p>Google is one of the companies at the forefront of robotics and artificial intelligence research, and being in that position means they have the most to worry about. The idea of a robot takeover may still be an abstract, science fictional concept to us, but Google has actually …

Artificial Intelligence

Create Compelling Content: 21 Ways Writers Can Find Creative Inspiration

Coming up with ideas for new posts, articles, and even books can be tough. Here's a list of ways to find the inspiration you need.<p>Want to write more posts? Want to write more articles? Want to write a book?<p>If so, you're not alone (here's looking at you, LinkedIn Pulse), but coming up with …

​Google's AI software is moving into your iPhone

The next version of Google's TensorFlow neural network software will run on iPhones and iPads, bringing a new type of computing smarts to mobile devices.<p>Google's artificial intelligence software, smart enough to help vanquish the world's top Go player and answer your email, is coming to your iPhone.<p>…

Artificial Intelligence

The winners have taken all: Middle class incomes are plummeting — with no relief in sight

The staggering reality is that half of America is in financial distress and at risk of falling deeper into debt<p>Poor Americans are becoming increasingly disposable in our winner-take-all society, as often noted in the passionate writings of Henry Giroux. After 35 years of wealth redistribution to …

Isaac Newton Once Tried To Invent His Own Language

The great 17th century physicist Isaac Newton is known for many things. There’s his laws of motion and theory of gravity. Plus, the dude invented …

Bestselling Scifi Author John Scalzi Is Beginning a Brand New Space Opera

Earlier this year, John Scalzi announced that his next book would be coming out in 2017, and now we finally know what it is: a brand new space opera …

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Socialism in America

<i>This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. The article below was</i> …

Noam Chomsky: America has made the world a more dangerous place

<b>(AP/Adel Hana)</b><p>America’s leftist conscience explores the devastating consequences of our war on terror. Part 2 of a 2-part excerpt<p>Noam Chomsky<p>May 11, 2016 9:15am (UTC)<p>[<i>This piece, the second of two parts, is excerpted from Noam Chomsky’s new book,</i> Who Rules the World? <i>(Metro</i><i>politan Books). Part 1 can</i> …

Middle East

Why I say “Bernie or Bust”: If Sanders isn’t the Democratic nominee, his backers should not pull the lever for Hillary Clinton

Party loyalty should be reciprocal; not simply a lesser evil calculus<p>Why would Bernie or Bust voters risk a future with Donald Trump by refusing to vote for Hillary Clinton?<p>It’s structural change Bernie or Bust wants; it’s the status quo that Clinton voters want to uphold.<p>As we’ve heard throughout …

Everything that’s wrong with our political press in a single statistic

81:1. That’s the ratio of TV airtime ABC World News Tonight has given to Donald Trump vs. Bernie Sanders this year<p>81:1.<p>Does that ratio seem out of whack? That's the ratio of TV airtime that ABC <i>World News Tonight</i> has devoted to Donald Trump's campaign (81 minutes) versus the amount of TV time <i>World</i> …

Bernie Sanders just gave the most powerful speech of his campaign: Why his socialism address was a defining moment

Situating socialism within the larger American experience, Sanders forcefully challenged free market dogma<p>Bernie Sanders gave a remarkable speech yesterday at Georgetown University. It won’t receive the coverage it deserves, because Sanders doesn’t fit neatly into the media’s preferred narratives, …

Noam Chomsky: A Republican president means doom

“In a state with awesome powers of destruction, that should cause not a little concern,” the renowned thinker warns<p>In a new interview with Truthout's CJ Polychroniou, renowned MIT linguist and longtime political activist Noam Chomsky conveyed his fear that the election of a Republican president in …

Bill Maher pressures Bernie Sanders on how to pay for 'socialist' measures

The comedian, political commentator and talkshow host Bill Maher put Bernie Sanders under pressure on Friday night, over how the candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination would pay for his “socialist” agenda for the nation.<p>Donald Trump: Bernie Sanders is 'the next step' – even 'worse' …

Middle-class

Bernie Sanders, “Socialist Versus Democratic Socialist,” And The Gig Economy

Coming off the first Democratic debate, here’s clarification on Senator Bernie Sanders’s ideology, and what it could mean to gig workers.<p>The meanings of words and phrases change. Dictionaries are updated to add new ones and also to reflect the current usage of old ones—but even with a dictionary, …