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Stoner Sloth Has Become A Meme And The Results Are Predictably Beautiful

Since the untimely demise of Tony Abbott, Australian political satire has been in something of a holding pattern. Tony’s departure left a Prime …

Europe Already Defeated Radical Terrorists—120 Years Ago

The bearded young terrorist furtively slipped amongst the oblivious theatergoers. Glancing around to ensure he had not aroused suspicion, he looked …

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The US government turned down Anne Frank's visa application

Otto Frank sought help from his college friend Nathan Strauss Jr, the son of the owner of Macy's, to get a US visa, but the US State Department …

The UK is closing all of its coal power stations

The UK's last fifteen coal power stations are to be closed within the next decade under new government plans. In an announcement, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd confirmed that in a push for more "secure, affordable, and clean energy supplies," restrictions will be placed on all …

Meet Australia’s multinational tax shifters

This Wednesday’s adland insider show Gruen set a tough task in The Pitch – educate the public on the multinational tax shifters who aren’t …

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Does every creative genius need a bitter rival? – Jacob Burak

On 25 May 1832, John Constable was busy adding the final touches to his masterpiece, <i>The Opening of Waterloo Bridge</i>. One of England’s greatest …

Poignant 'Humans of New York' Portraits Document the Heartbreaking Stories of Refugees

For the past few months, we’ve seen heartbreaking coverage of what is reportedly the worst refugee crisis since WWII, as hundreds of thousands of terrified and weary people flee their homes in North Africa and the Middle East in the hopes of finding a better life in Europe. Now, Brandon Stanton of …

In Japan, You Can Hire a Handsome Boy To Wipe Your Tears Away

Generally speaking, it’s inadvisable to schedule a cry while at the office, but a new service in Tokyo is banking on the idea that the presence of a …

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Recent Breakthroughs In Virtual Reality Go Beyond Simply Playing Video Games

Virtual reality is having a major moment.<p>Since Facebook bought Oculus VR for $2 billion in 2014, the technology and its precursor 360-degree video …

Virtual Reality

Why the Rich Are So Much Richer

The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them<p>by Joseph E. Stiglitz<p>Norton, 428 pp., $28.95<p>Rewriting the Rules of the American …

Climate Change: A Warning from Islam

On August 19, a convocation of some sixty leading Muslim clerics and religious scholars from around the planet, spurred by the growing siege of …

Introducing a Battery So Eco-Safe You Can Actually Eat It

Solar and wind energy have been game changers, to be sure, but they’ve also proven to be unreliable for large-scale use. Dependent on weather, they …

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How Robots & Algorithms Are Taking Over

The Glass Cage: Automation and Us<p>by Nicholas Carr<p>Norton, 276 pp., $26.95<p>In September 2013, about a year before Nicholas Carr published <i>The Glass Cage:</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

The Future Is Here

The Peripheral<p>by William Gibson<p>Putnam, 485 pp., $28.95<p>William Gibson has spent his career in the shadow of his first novel, <i>Neuromancer</i>, which was …

Ayn Rand Helped the FBI Identify It’s A Wonderful Life as Communist Propaganda

If you wanted to know what life was really like in the Cold War Soviet Union, you might take the word of an émigré Russian writer. You might even …

Asia’s Economic Miracle Has Peaked

Historically, economics has often driven the narrative surrounding presidential visits to Asia. Consider President Obama’s 2009 trip to China in the …

All Godless, All the Time

Has this ever happened to you: You’re half-watching something on TV and at a crucial plot point—someone has been diagnosed with cancer, a family pet …

Mitch Feierstein: Too little reform, central bank risk and banking fraud - have we not learnt anything?

Henry Paulson. “Hank”. Remember him? Lean, balding, the flared nostrils of a man perpetually haunted by the memory of having to clean dog’s mess from …

Look at the Ridiculous Shit the UK’s Billionaires Spend Their Cash On

Dinners with Al Pacino, apartments for dogs, and more.<p><i>Photo via the Bespoke Bureau</i><p>The UK is now home to a total of 104 billionaires, which makes it the nation with the highest per-capita concentration of the ultra-rich in the world. Collectively, these billionaires are sitting on a combined wealth …

The Washington Post Ridicules Tony Abbott: "One Of The World's Most Hated Prime Ministers"

‘How Australia’s Winking Tony Abbott Became One Of The World’s Most Unpopular Prime Ministers’ is a headline that exists on the Washington Post now. …

What Thomas Piketty Got Wrong

I’ve frequently been asked what I think about the current <i>book du jour</i>, Thomas Piketty’s <i>Capital in the Twenty-First Century.</i> Larry Summers suggested just this week in his review that the book deserves the Nobel Prize in Economics. Well, I’ve finally gotten around to reading and rereading it—all 577 …

Humiliation and the dole: a forgotten debate

<i>A decent society is one whose institutions do not humiliate people</i> – Avishai Margalit<p>The Great Depression stripped many Australian workers of their …

Charles Waterstreet’s recruitment process isn’t as complicated as you might think; he prefers photos of candidates over CVs

IN Sydney legal circles they’re known as Charlie’s Angels, and their boss is looking for<br>a new one.

Ask This State Whether A Higher Minimum Wage Kills Jobs

There’s more real life evidence that a higher minimum wage may not be harmful for job creation.<p>In their new analysis of small businesses and job …

Rupert Murdoch and Vice

<b>As Rupert Murdoch completes and considers more grandiose media acquisitions, his empire looks on increasingly shaky ground, writes former News Ltd</b> …

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US trade rep demands end to other nations' healthcare, privacy rules, food labelling...

Public Citizen analyzes the new Obama 2014 National Trade Estimate Report, in which the US Trade Rep demands that: Japan abolish its privacy rules …

The Antarctic Ice Sheet Has Started to Collapse and Nothing Can Stop It

For decades, scientists have feared the collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet—a vast swath of ice that could unleash a slow but unstoppable …