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Donald Trump has tweeted climate change skepticism 115 times. Here's all of it.

Long before he even declared his run for the White House, Donald Trump has been issuing periodic statements affirming his belief that man-made global warming is a myth, meant to stifle US manufacturing. While as recently as 2009 he was cosigning letters with other business leaders calling for …

Otis Redding’s last week: The tragic story of “Dock of the Bay” and a fateful final flight

The soul icon recorded the song he might be best known for — then left Nashville on the plane that’d take his life<p>Back at East McLemore Street on December 7, 1967, most of the session players had dispersed for the day. After Cropper told Jim Stewart that Otis Redding was headed over to cut another …

These are the 7 songs musician Carlos Santana wants to hear in every elevator and mall

MC Hammer started with a rap. Santana opted to list songs that he thinks will change society, if they are listened to in malls and elevators everywhere.<p>"There are seven songs that I believe have the power to change the mindset of subconscious human," Santana told the mayors. "If these songs were …

Music

8 surprising ways being poor is brutally expensive

The poor are spending more on basic necessities like shelter, transportation and clothing — with a smaller paycheck<p>It takes money to make money, they say, but if you don’t have money you lose money. Those with the money have been cutting themselves so much of the money pie that half of us are poor …

Price tag of Obamacare repeal: $353 billion

The CBO report comes as lawmakers await a Supreme Court decision on whether to void some of the law’s subsidies, which could unravel much of the program.<p>The Congressional Budget Office’s conclusion today that sacking Obamacare would swell the budget deficit by as much as $353 billion wasn’t at all …

Health Care

Vincent Van Gogh Found in a Photo from 1887

This group photo from 1887 is reportedly the first photo ever found of Vincent Van Gogh after he became an artist. If experts are correct, then the …

Sam Brownback is winning: Don’t be fooled by the hype — his radical experiment is far from finished

<b>(AP/Charlie Riedel)</b><p>Kansas’s fiscal crisis won’t kill trickle-down economics. Those who say otherwise haven’t been paying attention<p>Elias Isquith<p>June 17, 2015 6:24pm (UTC)<p>Sam Brownback, like most ideologues, is a simple man. The story of how he turned Kansas into a post-modern operating theater, …

An Unnoticed Crisis: The End of History for Nuclear Arms Control?

Beginning with the signing of the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1963, an international arms control regime has limited existing nuclear arsenals …

Why we fight for the living world: it's about love, and it's time we said so

Pope Francis reminds us that our relationship to the natural world is about love, not just goods and services<p>Who wants to see the living world destroyed? Who wants an end to birdsong, bees and coral reefs, the falcon’s stoop, the salmon’s leap? Who wants to see the soil stripped from the land, the …

Christianity

Culture is dead — again: It’s the end of civilization as we know it (and maybe we feel fine)

Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa says we’re living in an age without culture or conviction, and he has a point<p>Western Civilization has been going to the dogs for so long that it's tempting to pipe up, like an aggravating child from the back seat during a long road trip, and ask if we're there yet. …

Papal index of forbidden books is dead: from the archive, 15 June 1966

The Vatican will no longer keep a list of banned books, though Roman Catholics must still avoid immoral works<p><b>Rome, June 14</b><br>The Vatican’s index of forbidden books was put in a reliquary, covered with a glass bell, and confined to the past today. The Vatican newspaper has published an official notice, …

Christianity

Surviving the Sneaky Psychology of Supermarkets

We’re all being manipulated by our grocery stores.<p>The experience of dashing into the local Price Chopper, Safeway, or Piggly Wiggly for a quart of milk and emerging with a bulging cartload of unintended food purchases is universal—and it’s not our fault. Supermarkets make us do it. Or at least they …

Personal Finance

The Dalai Lama’s Daily Routine and Information Diet

“To understand the Dalai Lama … perhaps it’s most useful to see him as a doctor of the soul.”<p>I think a great deal about the difference between routine and ritual as a special case of our more general and generally trying quest for balance — ripped asunder by the contrary longings for control and …

Meditation

America's Largest Mental Hospital Is a Jail

At Cook County, where a third of those incarcerated suffer from psychological disorders, officials are looking for ways to treat inmates less like prisoners and more like patients.<p>It was 9 o’clock in the morning at Cook County Jail, but in the subterranean holding cells where dozens await their …

Could this be the death of the cookbook?

Almost half of all women over the age of 55 don't use cookbooks anymore as websites such as AllRecipes and the Food Network continue to grow<p>Cookbooks have traditionally <b>always been bestsellers</b>, although research suggests that could be about to change.<p>In a year without a major release from Jamie …

7 Ways Your Grocery List Can Be a Ballot for Positive Change

<b>3. Stop using plastic bags</b><p>Plastic pollution is an increasing nightmare for ecosystems around the globe—just look at the Great Pacific garbage patch. …

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Against his better judgment

Published on June 6, 2015<p><i>In Sioux City, Iowa</i><p>They filtered into the courtroom and waited for the arrival of the judge, anxious to hear what he would decide. The defendant’s family knelt in the gallery to pray for a lenient sentence. A lawyer paced the entryway and rehearsed his final argument. The …

Crime

5 ways the freelance economy fails the poor and the middle class

One overlooked reason the middle class is shrinking: Only a handful of professions are producing stable salaries<p>Lisa Baugh<p>June 5, 2015 8:15am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>It's no secret the middle class is shrinking. Over 8 million good jobs with stable, middle-class incomes …

Employment

Texas 'open carry' law passes, allowing guns in holsters on the street

Texas lawmakers approved carrying handguns openly on the streets of the nation’s second most populous state on Friday, sending the bill to the Republican governor, Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign it and reverse a ban dating to the post-civil war era.<p>Gun owners would still have to get a license …

Guns

Elon Musk will not save us: Why libertarians waiting for a superman are wasting everyone’s time

Conservatives arguing that Silicon Valley will save us from climate change are playing ideological make believe<p>Even though his statement is almost identical to the hyperbole frequently spouted by the rest of his party, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s recent claim that “the world has never been more …

Inside the war on coal

How Mike Bloomberg, red-state businesses, and a lot of Midwestern lawyers are changing American energy faster than you think.<p>The war on coal is not just political rhetoric, or a paranoid fantasy concocted by rapacious polluters. It’s real and it’s relentless. Over the past five years, it has killed …

Fossil Fuels

Pope's pronouncements making trouble for GOP Catholics

Francis may be popular with the general public, but key Republican primary constituencies are wary.<p>Catholic Republicans are developing a pope problem. Earlier this month, Francis recognized Palestinian statehood. This summer, he’s going to issue an encyclical condemning environmental degradation. …

Christianity

How important is Milan Kundera today?

On the first page of Milan Kundera’s new novel published in France last year when its author was 85 a man is walking down a Parisian street in June, just as “the morning sun was emerging from the clouds”. His name is Alain. We don’t know his age, or what he looks like, but we know that he is an …

Literature

50-year-old UFO riddle solved… and it’s even more sinister than aliens

In 1962, shepherd Donald McKenzie discovered something mysterious on a remote Scottish hillside.<p>What he didn’t realise at the time was that he was …

Hollywood bundlers are losing the spotlight

Power shifts to those who write giant checks, rather than collect many smaller ones.<p>LOS ANGELES – In the wide-open, Wild West world of political fundraising spawned by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, a once-bright liberal star has dimmed a bit in the current presidential election …

Government

Bourbon: Harnessing the Spirit of America

Most politicians keep their affection for liquor off the record, so it takes a special drink to inspire positive U.S. Congressional action. But bourbon, traditionally enjoyed by Kentucky Derby spectators the first Saturday in May in some 120,000 mint julep cocktails at Churchill Downs, is by …

Whiskey

Merkel joins survivors, US vets to mark Dachau liberation

DACHAU, Germany (AP) — It was a shocking, horrifying "beautiful day."<p>Survivors and liberators alike recalled on Sunday the horror of the Dachau …

Nazi Concentration Camps

Britain 'is experiencing same decline as Rome in 100BC'

Dr Jim Penman believes Britons no longer have the genetic temperament that sparked the Industrial Revolution<p>Britain is experiencing the same decline as Rome in 100BC, with the collapse of civilisation inevitable, a scientist has warned.<p>Dr Jim Penman, of the RMIT University in Melbourne, believes …

World History

Ancient Mayan pyramid destroyed by construction company in Belize

One of the oldest and most famous Mayan pyramids has been destroyed by a construction company in Belize, while digging for crushed rock for a road …