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Watch Jim Jefferies Rip Piers Morgan To Shreds And Tell Him To ‘F*ck Off’ On ‘Real Time With Bill Maher’

Friday’s <i>Real Time with Bill Maher</i> saw Piers Morgan join the panel at his most insufferable. It’s not a shock that Morgan would end up being the worst thing about the show, constantly barging in on discussions and making most of the show about him at every turn, but it comes right in the midst of …

reDiscover The Beach Boys’ ‘Surfer Girl’

Ever since <b>The Beach Boys</b> had a Top 20 US hit with their second single, ‘Surfin’ Safari’, the group were under pressure to deliver. Their unique take …

Universal Music

Vinyl albums outsell digital downloads for the first time

They were once thought entirely out-of-fashion, the preserve of men of a certain age nostalgic for the rock bands of their youth.<p>But vinyl records have enjoyed such a resounding comeback they have now overtaken digital sales for the first time.<p>Last week saw more albums bought on vinyl than …

Did You Know That President Obama Is a House Music Head?

Back when he was an Illinois State Senator in 2004, President Barack Obama helped facilitate the honorary naming of a day and street after Chicago …

We Need Experimental Music To Teach Us How To Listen, Now More Than Ever

Pauline Oliveros – the avant-garde composer who died on Thursday at the age of 84 – made listening her life’s work.<p>Throughout her life, Oliveros worked tirelessly toward a single mission: to listen, deeply, by creating music that defied categorization, writing and teaching about the healing …

Flute

Why Did Leo DiCaprio Join a Garbage Start-Up—Literally?

Is “Uber for Trash” Silicon Valley’s apocalypse—or its best bet yet?<p>Most people don’t know much about garbage aside from the fact that it’s something they set outside once or twice a week. Or maybe that it’s the sort of business venture that Tony Soprano would enjoy. But the garbage industry is …

Startups

Emergency 911 calls reveal horror of Ohio 'execution' murders as police say they are still searching for a motive

The full horror of the bloodshed that claimed eight members of one family in the Appalachian mountains is revealed in the emergency phone calls that alerted police to the tragedy.<p>Officers on Sunday said the victims had been targeted for execution in a carefully-planned operation as the …

Here’s Who Was Wrong About Rand Paul

A brief oral history of the Rand Paul bubble.<p>He was supposed to change politics forever. Rand Paul’s slow fizzle this campaign season and burnout Wednesday morning when he dropped out of the presidential race would have been unthinkable just two years ago—when commentators, pundits and, ahem, …

Government

Making of The Revenant: Nine Featurettes Go Behind the Scenes

It’s been a big month for <b>The Revenant</b>. Not only did the movie and its director, <b>Alejandro G. Iñárritu</b> take home awards at the Golden Globes last …

Pope Francis: 'I could have been in jail if I wasn’t pontiff’

Francis calls for Church to be more welcoming of gays and divorcees as he lays bare own family’s struggles<p>Pope Francis reveals how the Roman Catholic Church’s debates over issues such as divorce have impacted even on his own family in a major new book in which he also sets out his personal thoughts …

Alan Watts – 101 Quotes to Celebrate 101 Years of Influence

Alan Watts (Jan 6, 1915 – Nov 16, 1973) was a philosopher known for opening Western minds to Eastern wisdom. He called himself an entertainer, rather …

Coldplay: how can something so banal be so powerful?

There is a context to the band’s huge success. The worse life gets, the more they seek to reassure us<p>One should always hesitate before quoting the words from pop songs. Obviously, lyrics are not written as poetry; in the absence of music, even Bob Dylan’s words can occasionally seem like the work …

Coldplay

6 factors that will shape the global economy in 2016

2016 will be a challenging and difficult year for the global economy.<p>Global growth is picking up somewhat after a number of weak years. A global GDP growth rate of 3.5%, the latest IMF forecast, is lower than the 4.5% average that preceded the decade before the great recession, but it is better …

North Africa

TRUMP: Hillary Clinton 'made up' claims that ISIS is using videos of me to recruit terrorists

In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Trump said Clinton "made up" claims that the terrorist group, also known as the Islamic State and ISIL, is using Trump's words in videos to lure new recruits.<p>"There's no such video. Knowing the Clintons and knowing Hillary, she made it …

Donald Trump

Is this how World War III begins? Religion, end times, terror and the frightening new Middle East tinderbox

Apocalyptic worldviews and non-state actors make the wars in Syria and on terror all the more dangerous<p>Has World War III begun? Some world leaders and journalists seem to think so. For example, Jordan’s King Abdullah recently said at a news conference that “we are facing a Third World War against …

Middle East

Davide Martello: ‘My friends were saying – don’t go, there are still terrorists on the streets’

The German ‘peace pianist’ drove his baby grand through the night and played Imagine on the streets of Paris the day after the attacks<p>• See the Observer’s faces of 2015 in full here • Nepal earthquake survivor Michele Battelli: ‘It was the loudest noise I’ve ever heard. It felt like the whole …

Piano

Pass or Fail? Profs Grade GOP Foreign Policy Debate

David Alpher, <i>George Mason University</i> and Bear F Braumoeller, <i>Ohio State University</i><p>Round 5 of the GOP debates was full of tough talk. Mike Blake/Reuters<p><i>Two weeks after a terrorist attack in California, the GOP candidates for president met to discuss foreign policy. We asked two national security</i> …

George Mason University

Colorado Man Sentenced to Life for Pushing Wife to Death From Cliff

A Colorado man convicted of pushing his wife off a cliff and to her death was given a mandatory life sentence Tuesday.<p>Harold Henthorn, 59, said he was innocent of the September 2012 killing before a judge imposed the sentence, NBC affiliate KUSA reported.<p>His second wife, Toni Henthorn, fell 130 …

National Parks

Exxon Mobil accused of climate change cover-up

<b>Oil giant Exxon Mobil is being investigated for misleading the public about the impact of climate change.</b><p>The New York attorney general has sent a request for emails and financial records to the company.<p>Allegations surfaced last month that the company's own scientists raised concerns about global …

Clean Technology

Obama to Announce Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline Proposal

President Barack Obama announced Friday that he is rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline proposal, saying the project "would not serve the interests of the United States."<p>The president cited concerns about the impact on the environment and a political climate that over-hyped the pipeline's …

U.S. Dept. of State

Individualism Vs Sacrificial Collectivism

<b>Free, competitive markets have been the engine for both freedom and prosperity. In addition, free market capitalism is morally based on the principle</b> …

Slavery

Police describe suspect, seek clues after ZombiCon shooting

Fort Myers police released a vague description of a suspect who shot into a crowd during a zombie festival over the weekend, causing people dressed in ghoulish costumes to scream and sprint down the streets. Some of the revelers wondered whether the bloodshed was real or fake.<p>Authorities have not …

Barbershops

Domestic Terrorists Organizing Online Are 'Real Threat,' DOJ Warns

WASHINGTON -- Just like the Islamic State, radical domestic hate groups can use social media to spread messages and inspire attacks in the United States, a top counterterrorism official said Wednesday.<p>Domestic terrorism is a "real threat" that "demands to be addressed in new and creative ways," …

Rights & Freedoms

US, Russia to hold talks on crowded Syria skies

Fighting was also reported in the northern city of Aleppo, where jihadists from the Islamic State group were making advances against rebel fighters.<p>The planned talks come after US and Russian planes passed within kilometres (miles) of each other on Saturday.<p>Russia's air campaign, launched September …

Middle East

We're learning more about the CIA 'cover-up' surrounding JFK's assassination

Just after noon on November 22, 1963, the US lost its 35th president to a bullet in Dallas.<p>The assassination of President John F. Kennedy spurred numerous conspiracy theories, many of which doubted whether sniper Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone and asserting that the CIA was involved.<p>And now, a …

Fidel Castro

Former Texas A&M WR Thomas L. Johnson charged with murder

Police have charged former Texas A&M blue-chip recruit Thomas L. Johnson in the murder of a jogger on a Dallas trail.<p>A former Texas A&M wide receiver …

Crime