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Saudi Arabia's explosion at a Canadian tweet shows how rules have changed

Well, that escalated quickly.<p>Canada’s call last week for the immediate release of human rights activists who were detained in Saudi Arabia within days spiraled into a full-blown diplomatic crisis. The Saudi government erupted in fury at Canada's two-sentence tweet, recalling its ambassador to …

Saudi Arabia

Ettore’s closes Roseville bakery amid financial maladies

Ettore’s Bakery & Café has closed its Roseville operation three months after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Ettore Ravazzolo announced …

Craft Beer

Justice Elena Kagan Says The Supreme Court Turned The First Amendment 'Into A Sword'

In her withering dissent in Janus v. AFSCME, the justice said her colleagues ignored precedent and "weaponized" the First Amendment.<p>The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 that public-sector workers cannot be required to pay fees to the unions that represent them. …

What To Do When ― Not If ― Roe Vanishes

Like many reproductive rights activists, I was horrified ― but sadly, not terribly surprised ― by the news that “moderate” swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring from the Supreme Court.<p>Though he was often unreliable, Kennedy was the one slim ray of hope for a continuing federal right to a …

Feminism

New Mortal Engines trailer puts London on wheels

Mix equal parts Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Mad Max, and you've got yourself Mortal Engines, the fantasy epic film produced by The Lord of the Rings …

Artist’s Meticulously Detailed Paintings Play with Perceptions of Size

Using canvases of all different dimensions, artist Michael Zavros is able to paint incredibly meticulous works of art. From paintings that can be held in the palm of your hand to those that are larger than the average human being, Zavros has tackled it all. But no matter what the artwork's size is, …

Art

These Illustrations Are Here To Inspire You Through A Creative Block

Are you in a creative slump?<p>Going through a dry spell can be incredibly frustrating -- but don't hit your head against the keyboard just yet. Sometimes all it takes is a more positive attitude to shift your perspective and spark some new inspiration (not to mention, adopting an upbeat mindset also …

Creativity

Explosive intervention by Pope Francis set to transform climate change debate

<i>The most anticipated papal letter for decades will be published in five languages on Thursday. It will call for an end to the ‘tyrannical’</i> …

Paul Krugman condemns “compassionless conservatism”: Politicians don’t know how Americans actually live

<b>(Reuters/Tim Shaffer)</b><p>“American families could easily have much more security than they have”<p>Joanna Rothkopf<p>May 29, 2015 12:35pm (UTC)<p>In his Friday New York Times column, economist Paul Krugman wrote about the findings of a Federal Reserve study on the financial well-being of U.S. households, which …

Pew Research Center

Samantha Power to Grads: Start Changing the World By 'Acting As If'

Thank you, Provost Price.<p>President Gutmann, trustees, faculty, alumni, friends and family, and class of 2015 – has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? It …

Tim Cook to Grads: This Is Your World to Change

Hello GW. Thank you very much President Knapp for that kind intro. Alex, trustees, faculty and deans of the university, my fellow honorees, and …

Bill Nye to Grads: Become the Next Great Generation

Distinguished faculty, parents, guests, alumni, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Scarlett Knights of all ages, and especially graduates: Welcome …

Artist's Illustrations Remind Us Love Is The Little Things

Love is cooking dinner on a Tuesday night; lazing on a Sunday afternoon; riding bikes through the park. Love is the little things.<p>Korean artist Puuung captures this in illustrations for the "Love is.." series showcased on Grafolio, an online forum featuring works from various artists, and updated …

Drawing

Artist Maude White Creates Intricate Scenes by Snipping Away at Paper

Maude White snips away tiny bits of paper to reveal incredibly intricate scenes. The artist, based in Buffalo, New York, brings imaginative animals and fanciful panoramas to life with her lacy, hand-cut designs. She calls her technique “paper carving.” Most of her creations are cut from plain white …

I Spent Seven Years Locked in a Human Warehouse

America shouldn't treat the mentally ill worse than it treats criminals.<p>On the morning of June 24, 2007, I kicked in my elderly neighbors’ door and brutally beat them with a broom handle. I then immediately called the police to tell them what I had done. I was arrested and charged with first-degree …

Enchanting Wood-Based Illustrations Vividly Portray Brilliant Mythological Scenes

Italian artist Alessia Iannetti uses her wondrous talent to create an enchanting world filled with pale, mesmerizing women, forest nymphs, feathery moths, and vivid hummingbirds. Applying graphite, watercolor, colored pencils, and ink to a wooden base, the artist illustrates pieces that are so …

Moths

Men aren't better writers than women. Literary mags need to close the book on gender bias

A new study says that top literary publications are guilty of prioritising male critics and authors, with some featuring less than a quarter of women. Radhika Sanghani explains why this doesn't represent what's on our book shelves<p>Some of the most talked about books in recent times are Donna Tartt’s</b> …

Amnesty slams Afghanistan's 'failure' to protect women rights defenders | DW | 07.04.2015

"Anti-government groups are targeting prominent and outspoken women's rights advocates [in order to] spread fear among other women's rights activists …

Amazingly Intricate Laser-Cut Wood Relief Sculptures by Gabriel Schama

Oakland-based artist Gabriel Schama creates incredibly intricate, densely layered wood relief sculptures using thin, laser-cut pieces of mahogany plywood. He starts with a vector illustration that is sent to a laser cutter. Lasers carve designs into 1/8-inch sheets of plywood, which are then glued …

Sculpture

Susan Sontag on Storytelling, What It Means to Be a Moral Human Being, and Her Piercing Advice to Writers

“Love words, agonize over sentences. And pay attention to the world.”<p><b>Susan Sontag</b> (January 16, 1933–December 28, 2004) spent a lifetime contemplating the role of writing in both the inner world of the writer and outer universe of readers, which we call culture — from her prolific essays and talks …

Literature

GOP’s new moral monstrosity: Trickle-down lies enrich the 1 percent, as wing-nuts assert control

<b>(Reuters/Kevin Lamarque/Joshua Roberts)</b><p>Republican extremists have outlined two demented budgets loaded with phony numbers. Why won’t Democrats fight back?<p>Bill Curry<p>March 22, 2015 10:58am (UTC)<p>Republicans in Congress proposed their budgets this week. You don’t want to know about them, yet there are …

“Race is being used to wreck the middle class”: The silent bigotry of America’s poverty politics

<b>Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh (Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com/AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>The rightwing media’s true influence: Racial resentment is the “strongest predictor” of welfare spending in America<p>Sean McElwee<p>March 22, 2015 11:00am (UTC)<p>Progressives have long argued that …

Income Inequality

If We Don't Overturn Citizens United, Congress Will Become Paid Employees of the Billionaire Class

I recently introduced an amendment at the Senate Budget Committee. It was pretty simple. It asked my Senate colleagues to begin the process of overturning the disastrous Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United, and to bring transparency and disclosure to the political process. The link to that …

Middle-class

Afghan woman killed by mob in Kabul was innocent, says investigator

No evidence found that 27-year-old Farkhunda, who was beaten and set on fire by group of men, had burnt a copy of the Qur’an<p>A woman killed by an angry mob in front of police in the Afghan capital last week for allegedly burning a copy of Islam’s holy book was wrongly accused, Afghanistan’s top …

Buzz Aldrin sends Mars message from Stonehenge

Buzz Aldrin, one of the first two men to walk on the moon back in 1969, has used one of mankind's oldest monuments as a backdrop for his call for a new leap in space exploration.<p>The veteran astronaut posted a picture to his Twitter feed Monday of himself in front of England's famed Stonehenge, a …

Elizabeth Warren challenges Obama (and Clinton) on trade

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Elizabeth Warren's push to kill major trade negotiations -- backed up by the AFL-CIO's plans announced Wednesday to cut campaign contributions to its traditional Democrat allies to fight alongside her -- could become major headache for President Barack Obama.<p>And eventually …

Marianne Williamson Is Back on the Political Frontlines

photo credit: Aaron Landman<p>Marianne Williamson, former Congressional candidate in Southern California (CA-33), is back on the political frontlines. Although Ms. Williamson did not win a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in last year's election, her campaign initiated a new political …

Civil Rights