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The myth of the quiet Beatle: Time for Gen X to ease up on the George Harrison hype

A new tribute concert film and album is about to stoke the fires of the “loner genius” fantasy once again<p>The quiet Beatle has been less quiet lately – even more than a decade after his death. Martin Scorsese’s “Living in the Material World,” from 2011, made a strong case for George Harrison as a …

I wouldn’t vote for Dick Cheney, so I won’t vote for Hillary Clinton: An unrepentant only-Sanders voter fires back at critics

If elected, Clinton would move Democrats so far to the right they should be renamed the “Moderate Republican Party”<p>The memo must have circulated throughout America's political establishment that Hillary Clinton is once again inevitable, even though a September NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll had …

Israeli vintners recreate wine Jesus and King David likely drank

What did Jesus drink?<p>It's something many an oenophile has contemplated for eons. But now Israeli vintners are trying to answer that age-old question using "Jurassic Park"-style DNA technology. With frequent references to wine in the Bible and many sacred texts, there’s no doubt that the beverage …

Israel

Erdogan has a trump card against Putin that would transform the Syrian war

Prior to the incident, Moscow ignored calls by Ankara to put an "immediate end" to its airstrikes on Turkmen rebel brigades operating along the border.<p>The tension culminated in Turkey's decision to down the Su-24 fighter jet, which had been bombing units of Liwa Jabal al-Turkman — an ethnic Turkish …

Middle East

A Better Understanding of Depression

<b>A new scientific model that incorporates the myriad drivers of depression could lead to more precise treatment for an illness that affects 350</b> …

Neuroscience

That Time My Band Opened for Blur

Everyone who has been in a rock band has an outlier, that one gig where they glimpsed the rock-and-roll life in another dimension. This perspective shift is common because of the opening act. A friend of mine recently told me that her devoutly Mormon father had once, in his youth, opened for the …

Geopolitics

Hillary’s in danger, Trump is sunk: The hard truths America is ignoring this election season

While pundits regurgitate the same bad information, we’re missing the earth-shattering stories under our noses<p>In January, I began writing a weekly column for Salon. Hillary Clinton was still in pre-campaign mode but already losing ground -- churning out formulaic answers to stock questions, …

Obama on Iran: The Specter of World War III | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>In an extraordinary speech delivered Wednesday, US President Barack Obama went public with a warning that powerful factions within Congress and the</i> …

People with this personality type are more likely to become entrepreneurs — here's why

Science suggests there's one personality type that's more likely to ditch the corporate structure and work for themselves.<p>A new report from Truity Psychometrics, a provider of online personality and career assessments, found in its ranking of the personality types most likely to be self-employed …

Personality

The Classical Music in Stanley Kubrick’s Films: Listen to a Free, 4 Hour Playlist

In 1967, Stanley Kubrick commissioned <i>Spartacus</i> composer Alex North to compose a score for <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>. Yet, while at the editing bay, he …

Flute

Charles Bukowski's guide to writing and life

<b>"I am a dangerous man when turned loose with a typewriter," said Charles Bukowski, the author of more than 40 books of poetry, prose and novels, including Ham on Rye and Post Office. Bukowski, who died on March 9, 1994, aged 73, used his poetry and prose to depict the depravity of urban life in</b> …

Literature

Genetic Link Found Between Mental Illness & Creativity: Here Are The Details

A new study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience has discovered a genetic link between mental illness and creativity. The research was …

Sanders wants Warren supporters on board campaign

DES MOINES — Bernie Sanders gave Elizabeth Warren a virtual bear hug Saturday during an open house at his campaign headquarters here, a nod to a progressive leader whose supporters failed to coax her to run for president and are now looking for a standard-bearer.<p>“Senator Warren is a good friend of …

Middle-class

Teacher: Why I don’t want to assign Shakespeare anymore (even though he’s in the Common Core)

A new report on the teaching of Shakespeare in higher education found that English majors at the vast majority of the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities are not now required to take an in-depth Shakespeare course — but the Bard remains a fixture in high school English classes. In …

Teaching

Revealed: Millions in covert donations are backing the climate denial movement

The people spreading doubt about climate denial and attacking the EPA are terrifyingly well-funded<p>The first thing it's important to remember about people who deny the scientific reality of climate change is that there really are very, very few of them: whether or not the planet is warming and human …

Can Reading Make You Happier?

Several years ago, I was given as a gift a remote session with a bibliotherapist at the London headquarters of the School of Life, which offers innovative courses to help people deal with the daily emotional challenges of existence. I have to admit that at first I didn’t really like the idea of …

What marijuana really does to your brain

Opponents of legal cannabis say it leaves you fried, but research shows it can actually improve your mental health<p>Those opposed to marijuana sometimes argue that the substance fries your brain, but new research published earlier this year in the Journal of Neuroscience found that marijuana does not …

Sanders slams Jeb Bush over Social Security remarks

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSchumer: Franken should resign Franken resignation could upend Minnesota races Avalanche of Democratic …

Scott Walker, forever tarnished: Republican governors have tanked the GOP brand

Walker, Christie and Jindal were supposed to show off GOP’s deep bench. They highlighted incompetence instead<p>What do Scott Walker, Chris Christie and Bobby Jindal all have in common? They're all sitting governors who'd like to be president, sure. But what else?<p>How about being embarrassingly bad at …

Democratic Party

15 of the coolest pieces of environmentalist street art you’ll ever see

STREET ARTISTS, MORE THAN ANY OTHER type of artists, have to be aware of the environment where their art is made. Most of them use physical features …

Tom Cotton’s sneaky warmongering: What his “just drop a few bombs” plan really means

Tom Cotton says we don’t need to go to “war” with Iran, just bomb them like Iraq in 1998… and then go to war<p>Sen. Tom Cotton has some news for all of you peacenik hippies who think dropping bombs on Iranian nuclear facilities would qualify as a “war” with Iran: It won’t, so shut up. As Buzzfeed …

These Molded Trees Grow Into Fully Formed Chairs, Tables, And Lamps

U.K.-based company Full Grown offers a simpler, more eco-friendly way to manufacture wooden furniture with their forest of chairs and tables.<p>Making wooden furniture from scratch is a complicated process: you grow a tree for 60 or more years, only to chop it down, peel off its bark, cut it up into …

UConn women's Coach Geno Auriemma calls NCAA men's basketball 'a joke'

Geno Auriemma can be considered an authority on college basketball.<p>As the coach of the women's basketball team at Connecticut the last 30 seasons, Auriemma has accumulated 915 wins, including nine national titles.<p>So we might want to listen to his opinion on the state of college basketball, even if …

Religion

Obama to Iranians: Rare opportunity for better relations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling Iranians another moment to pursue better relations between Iran and the U.S. may not come again soon.<p>Obama is addressing ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran in his annual video message marking Nowruz (noh-ROOZ'), the Persian New Year.<p>Obama says …

Barack Obama

The Hidden Enemy In Iraq

ISIS has deployed IEDs — the homemade bombs that wreaked havoc on U.S. troops — on an unprecedented scale in its fight for Iraq. In the midst of wide-ranging offensives to roll the militants back, men with little training and few supplies work to dispatch the explosives, regularly losing their …

America’s sleaziest Republican: Jail time, again, for a governor and one-time GOP young star

Meet the irredeemably corrupt Bush pal and former Connecticut governor — who is now heading back to prison<p>I once asked the spiritual writer and psychotherapist Thomas Moore why the people who set themselves up as arbiters of personal morals – the Ted Haggards, Laura Schlessingers, Jimmy Bakkers, …