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12 Knots Everyone Should Master

<i>Last Updated December, 2017: We’ve updated the formatting on this post for clarity. Links have also been updated.</i><p>Our Go-To: Water Knot<p><b>Climbing</b> …

This one weird trick lets blue states avoid Trump’s tax hike

It could give middle-class families a tax cut, too!<p>Now that the Republican tax reform bill is officially law, blue states are scrambling to figure out ways around one of the law’s few actual tax increases: its new limit on deducting state and local taxes.<p>Under current law, taxpayers not claiming …

Retirement

3 Reasons Why You Should Start A Business In This $400 Billion Industry That Most Entrepreneurs Ignore

This might be better than the next Facebook.<p>Some say it's $400 billion. Other estimate it to be over $800 billion. To put it in perspective... this industry is 6 to 13 times larger than digital advertising. In fact, Google, Amazon, and Bing are fighting to see who's boss in this space.<p>I'm talking …

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Genetic mutation helps Amish families fight aging, diabetes and even baldness

Scientists at Northwestern University have discovered a genetic mutation in an isolated Amish population that helps them live longer and healthier …

A War Between Iran and Israel. It's Only a Matter of Time

<i>This article first appeared on the Council on Foreign Relations site.</i><p>In the United States, discussions of Iran have for the last few years been …

The Trump tax cuts would be the most insane giveaway to the rich ever

It slices, it dices, it makes the economy grow at 3, no 4, no make at that 6 percent. Is there anything President Trump's tax plan <i>can't</i> do?<p>Well, how about cutting taxes for a family making $50,000.<p>That's right: The Trump plan, which he said would be a “giant, massive, beautiful, …

The best lunch bags for adults at work for under $30

Put the brown paper bag lunch days in the past. Today we want to share lunch boxes that will keep your lunches cold or hot for hours, actually hold your food in place, and be fashionable too. They are also all under $50, so you can stop spending money everyday at lunch and start packing it from …

America's New World Order Is Officially Dead

China and Russia have fully derailed the post-Cold War movement toward U.S.-led global integration.<p>American foreign policy has reached a historic inflection point, and here's the surprise: It has very little to do with the all-consuming presidency and controversies of Donald Trump.<p>For roughly 25 …

Making Your Own Solar Cells from Powdered Donuts?

WikiHow has a piece on how to make a photovoltaic solar cell from some common household ingredients and a piece of conductive glass (which you can buy online). The main ingredient in the cell is a titanium dioxide (TiO2) solution. You make this from the powdered sugar found in white powdered donuts.<p>…

Solar Panels

Here are 6 old technologies Apple wants you to think are revolutionary

We know, we know. Apple takes its time to do new technologies “right,” not “first.” But if you watched Apple’s September 12 announcements for the …

Donald Trump's pardoning of Sheriff Joe Arpaio is an impeachable offence, say law professors

Donald Trump’s decision to pardon Joe Arpaio is an impeachable offence because it is a “direct attack” on the judiciary and “threatens the rule of …

What Rep. John Conyers’s sweeping single-payer health care bill would actually do

117 House Democrats have signed on to a bill that would virtually nationalize health insurance.<p>While Republicans were trying and failing to repeal Obamacare, Democrats in Congress were quietly lining up behind a single-payer health plan that, as written, would fundamentally reshape American health …

Health Care

Germany has pulled all of its gold out of Paris

In a secret operation that took five years to complete, Germany’s central bank moved 374 metric tons of gold, worth around $15 billion, out of vaults in Paris. The final batch of 91 metric tons was shifted back to Frankfurt this year, the bank announced yesterday.<p>The bank is keeping a fair share of …

Central Banks

Dear Trump Voters: You’re a Bunch of Idiots

Face it. It’s a train wreck top to bottom. For America, and for conservatism. The sooner we pull the plug on this charlatan, the better.<p>Dear Trump …

The Test Trump Failed

Each president faces defining moments in the wake of tragedy that test his character—and Trump left no illusion as to what his supporters are embracing.<p>American presidents run for office with a set of promises, visions, and ideas of what they’d like to do if they win. For John Kennedy, it was to …

Why Switzerland never takes sides

What most people don’t know is that the Swiss had to choose a policy of neutrality, because for centuries, they'd been a country of mercenaries.<p>I was sitting in a grotto in southern Switzerland, savouring a regional version of risotto made with local merlot, surrounded by vibrant green mountains …

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Earth undergoing sixth 'mass extinction' as humans spur 'biological annihilation' of wildlife

The Earth is undergoing a sixth mass extinction, with scientists warning that the “biological annihilation” of wildlife is "more severe than perceived".<p>Blaming the overpopulation and over-consumption of humans, the researchers said the world had a window of about 20-30 years at most to tackle the …

Biodiversity

These 2 questions can help liberals understand how Donald Trump got elected

<b>Donald Trump supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire, August 25, 2016. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)</b><p>To understand Trump, we must understand that voters don’t vote their self-interest. They vote their values<p>George Lakoff<p>July 10, 2017 1:51pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Progressives …

Republican Lawmakers Take A Raise Away From St. Louis Workers

GOP statehouses around the country are blocking local progressive policies through "preemption" laws. Missouri may be the most glaring case yet.<p>Two months ago, Cynthia Sanders got a raise at her janitorial job, from $8.30 to $10 per hour, after St. Louis passed a law raising its minimum wage. The …

Dogs Weren’t Always Man’s Best Friend

Yes, one greyhound did become a saint, but human history hasn't always been kind to man's best friend. The Bible, in particular, had some rather mean …

An Arab thinker invented economic theory 400 years before Adam Smith did

When students study economics they learn, early on, that Adam Smith is the “father of modern economics.” This idea is one of the most basic facts of western economics—but it doesn’t stack up.<p>A recent article in evonomics highlights the overlooked work of 14th century North African scholar Ibn …

Economics

How the Saudi-Qatar Rivalry, Now Combusting, Reshaped the Middle East

The crisis convulsing the Persian Gulf, entangling the United States and now threatening to pull in Turkey and Iran, can be traced to a dilemma facing a man who had just deposed his own father.<p>When Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the crown prince of Qatar, took power in a bloodless coup in 1995, …

Why did the richest ancient Greeks voluntarily pay high taxes?

Imagine a progressive tax–in other words, a tax that falls on those most able to pay; a tax that results in the rich paying–quite voluntarily–<i>more</i> than they are obliged, instead of trying to avoid it; a tax that’s spent according to the wishes of the person who paid it; a tax that involves little …

Ancient History

America’s real red scare

The slow-motion collapse of the American Empire<p>Jump into your time machine and let me transport you back to another age.<p>It’s May 2001 and the Atlantic Monthly has just arrived in the mail. I’m tantalized by the cover article. “Russia is finished,” the magazine announces. The subtitle minces no …

U.S. poised to warn U.N. rights forum of possible withdrawal

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States is expected to signal on Tuesday that it might withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council unless reforms are ushered in including the removal of what it sees as an “anti-Israel bias”, diplomats and activists said.<p>Overview of the United Nations Human …

Human Rights

America's Cult of Ignorance

More people are better educated than ever before, and knowledge is easier to come by. So why do we so often scorn those who plainly know more than we …

Fact Check: Trump’s Misleading Claims on the Health Bill Failure

WASHINGTON — Reeling from a major blow to his legislative agenda, President Trump blamed Democrats on Friday after House Republicans rescinded their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. He insisted it wasn’t an immediate priority anyway.<p>Here is an assessment of his claims.<p><b>Mr. Trump</b> …

Stephen Colbert Calls Mexico About Covering Cost of Trump's Wall

Stephen Colbert is here to help ensure that Mexico pays for President Donald Trump’s border wall.<p>On <i>The Late Show</i> Friday, Colbert compiled a team of …

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Obamacare 101: What's going to happen to 70 million Americans who rely on Medicaid?

It's the program that everyone confuses with Medicare.<p>But Medicaid, the half-century-old government health plan for the poor, is actually bigger than its more famous cousin, covering some 70 million Americans at any one time.<p>Expanding Medicaid was a central pillar of the Affordable Care Act, …

Arizona Is Working On A Very Bad Law To Let The Government Seize Protesters’ Assets

A bill that just passed the state Senate would lump rioting in with racketeering, and make anyone involved with a peaceful protest that turns violent “guilty by association.”<p>Following a few years of powerful Black Lives Matter protests and the encampment at Standing Rock, 2017 has continued to be a …