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Everything You Need for a Stargazing Adventure

This past weekend, the Perseid meteor shower lit up skies around the United States. During the shower’s peak, nearly 60 meteors were visible every hour. If you missed it, don’t fret—the Quadrantid meteor shower will be visible in early January. For optimum viewing, visit one of the best stargazing …

North America

Sweden’s Isolated State Secret

<b>This cabin in the northern Sweden archipelago is shrouded in mystery</b> – photographer Felix Odell won’t say exactly where it is, and a story he shot …

Real Estate

The Best Extension Cords for Your Home and Garage

After more than 20 hours researching over 44 different extension cords, talking with safety experts, and testing six of the most promising for …

Weather

Here's the Internal Report Proving the FCC Made Up a Cyberattack

An investigation by the Federal Communication Commission’s own inspector general officially refutes controversial claims that a cyberattack was …

Net Neutrality

Ajit Pai Knew FCC Cyberattack Was Fake for Seven Months but Kept Quiet

Asked only once at a Senate hearing Thursday about the fake security incident that’s needled his agency for more than a year, the chairman of the …

Internet

Sandy Hook Hoaxer Blogs Start Disappearing From WordPress Sites

Alex Jones has been hit with bans and suspensions by platforms ranging from Apple’s Podcasts app to YouTube to Google+ in recent weeks. There are few …

Internet

Trump Is Making the Department of Justice Into His Own Private Goon Squad

Clockwise, from top left, James Baker, Andrew McCabe, Preet Bharara, Peter Strzok, Sally Yates and James Comey.<p>One morning earlier this week during …

Donald Trump

Aretha Franklin, Indomitable ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, universally acclaimed as the “Queen of Soul” and one of America’s greatest singers in any style, died on Thursday at her home in Detroit. She was 76.<p>The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer, her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said.<p>In her indelible late-1960s hits, Ms. Franklin brought …

Soul Music

CrossFit and HIIT Married, and This 20-Minute Fat-Burning Workout Was Born

Grab a bike, a rower, and a pair of light to medium-weight dumbbells and get psyched to work your entire body! We did this workout in my CrossFit Burn class, which is a bootcamp-style workout that involves no barbells but utilizes every other piece of equipment in the gym like dumbbells and other …

Workouts

Aretha Franklin’s Children: After Getting Pregnant At Age 12, Singer Had Complicated Relationships With Family

The singer had troubled relationships with men and with her four children.<p>Aretha Franklin was known as the “Queen of Soul,” and the raw emotion of …

Aretha Franklin

Drivers Should Be Held To a Higher Standard

Recently, the W<i>ashington Post</i> published an opinion piece entitled, “I Blocked a Bike Lane. So what?” It’s either profoundly clueless or a masterfully executed bit of trollery, depending on how you look at it. Basically, the writer pulls into a D.C. bike lane while waiting for a parking spot, which …

Bike Lanes

BLM Wants Grand Staircase-Escalante Open for Business

Under a new plan released Wednesday by the Bureau of Land Management, most of the land President Trump excised from Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument would become available to oil, gas, and coal companies. Under the same plan, Bears Ears National Monument would be managed in a way that …

Forests

Tamed Fury: How Kirk Gibson Learned to Quell His Volcanic Ferocity After Years of Rage

<i>This story appears in the July 16, 2018, issue of Sports Illustrated. For more great storytelling and in-depth analysis, subscribe to the</i> …

Trump Says Newspapers Are ‘in Collusion’ on Championing a Free Press

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday assailed the media for editorials in newspapers across the country that championed the freedom of the press, a unified response in the face of the president’s relentless attacks.<p>In a series of morning Twitter posts, Mr. Trump said The Boston Globe was “in …

Donald Trump

Aretha Franklin’s 20 Essential Songs

Soul found its apotheosis in Aretha Franklin. Ever since she was crowned “The Queen of Soul” in 1967 by DJ Pervis Spann in a mock ceremony at the Regal Theater in Chicago, no one has come close to contesting the title. Ms. Franklin — who died Thursday at 76 — sang in a voice that struck an ideal …

Soul Music

Demanding ‘Respect,’ and Getting It: What Did Aretha Franklin Mean to You?

It’s a hook you can’t forget, whether you heard it on the airwaves, as antiwar protests and riots raged across the United States, or on a wedding dance floor or at a karaoke bar decades later.<p>Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” released in April 1967, bolstered the civil rights movement and gave a voice …

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin on Heaven and Earth

Part of the story of Aretha Franklin, a musical prodigy raised in church who turned to secular music, is not unlike that of other American artists. But she revolutionized American music. Ms. Franklin, who died on Thursday at the age of 76, sang for kings and presidents and luminaries. And she met …

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin Reigned as Queen, in Voice and in Image

There are so many refractory facets to consider in the life of the vocal genius Marianne Faithfull once characterized as “the voice of God” that talking about Aretha Franklin’s fashion sense feels a bit like speaking of Benjamin Franklin’s knack for flying a kite.<p>Yet a performer who left an …

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin Had Power. Did We Truly Respect It?

Officially, “Respect” is a relationship song. That’s how Otis Redding wrote it. But love wasn’t what Aretha Franklin was interested in. The opening line is “What you want, baby, I got it.” But her “what” is a punch in the face. So Ms. Franklin’s rearrangement was about power. She had the right to …

Music

Trespassing In Idaho Now Could Cost You $100,000—Or Worse

Woody Guthrie’s most famous song contains a stirring sentiment in its refrain—“This land was made for you and me.” Unfortunately, that sort of …

Trespassing

Fox News Hosts and the Rest of the American Elite Don’t Know the First Thing About Farm Work

There is a tremendous amount of misinformation about farming, and a need to set the record straight about the people who feed our nation.<p>COALINGA, …

Farming

I went camping for the first time in Airstream's tiny new luxury trailer

I had to go outside while my wife cooked breakfast. She said she needed room to work.<p>We were living in a 16-foot-long Airstream Nest. From the hitch to the back door, our temporary trailer home was only as long as the SUV we'd towed it with.<p>One end of the Nest was taken up with a roughly …

RVs

The organizer of the Charlottesville rally just got humiliated by his own father

“Get out of my room,” Jason Kessler’s father said to him during a live stream.<p>I reported from the “Unite the Right 2” rally in Washington on Sunday. It was a dreary failure that attracted around 30 people in total and literally ended before it was supposed to start. I interviewed one alt-right …

Rights & Freedoms

For a Leaner Belly, These 35 Plank Variations Are a Must (Plus 1 Bonus Video!)

There are so many variations of plank — the ultimate bodyweight move to tone your core and upper body. If you really want to carve your six-pack and lengthen your obliques, try these ab-focused variations, with a bonus video at the end demonstrating 15 side plank variations.<p>Balance on your hands …

Workouts

How Often You Should Wash Your Bed Sheets, According to a Microbiologist

What happens if you don't?<p>We spend more than a third of our lives in bed - but that place can quickly blossom into a "botanical park" of bacteria and …

New York University

Timberleaf Pika Teardrop Camper Trailer – $11,750 USD

Reading time: about 2 minutes.<p>4x4<br>• American<br>• Camping<p>The Timberleaf Pika Teardrop Camper Trailer is a new offering from the highly-regarded Colorado-based …

Campers

Corporate Citizens, Not Sociopaths

Matt Yglesias has a long post at Vox about a bill Elizabeth Warren is introducing in the US Senate today: the Accountable Capitalism Act. We talked …

Sociopathy

'The Greatest Intelligence Operation of Our Time': Investigative Journalist Details How Trump Has Been Compromise by Russia for Years

Craig Unger explains how "Trump Tower become sort of a cathedral of money laundering.”An investigative journalist explained on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” …

Donald Trump

Report: Former Pitcher Esteban Loaiza Expected to Change Plea to Guilty in Felony Drug Case

Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza is expected to change his plea from not guilty to guilty in his federal cocaine distribution case, Chuck …

Crime

Braves Pitcher Brandon McCarthy to Retire After 2018 Season

Veteran pitcher Brandon McCarthy will retire after this season ends, reports MLB.com's Mark Bowman.<p>The 35-year-old Braves hurler hasn't pitched since …

Baseball