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Without Jay Cutler to kick around, who will be Chicago's next fall guy?

Sure, Jay Cutler will be missed, more so as a handy stooge than as a reliable quarterback, not that one has anything to do with the other.<p>It is the lot of all Bears quarterbacks to be the trash bag of shared grief, the common dumpster of annoyance and aggravation.<p>Cutler lasted longer at it than …

NFL

How East and West think in profoundly different ways

Psychologists are uncovering the surprising influence of geography on our reasoning, behaviour, and sense of self.<p>As Horace Capron first travelled through Hokkaido in 1871, he searched for a sign of human life among the vast prairies, wooded glades and threatening black mountains. “The stillness of …

Psychology

Unbelievable Photos of Tokyo's First November Snowfall in 54 Years

The city looked like a winter wonderland.<p>Tokyo woke up to its first snowfall — or "hatsuyuki" — last Thursday morning, a whopping 40 days earlier than average when an unusual cold front hit the city, <i>The Japan Times</i> reported.<p>It was the first time snow had fallen in November in central Tokyo since …

33 Authors Gave Us Their Best Advice On Writing

"Write the book that you're desperate to read. Fall in love with your characters. Finish the day's writing at a point where you want to know what happens next. And keep writing every day."<p><b>01.</b> As Kandinsky says, "Everything starts with a dot." Sometimes the hardest thing in writing a story is where …

Stunning aerial photos of Hong Kong taken from a drone | CNN Travel

Hong Kong

Yes, Chinese women say, dating foreign guys is “dangerous,” but not in the way Beijing says

A recent Chinese propaganda campaign about national security uses a comic called “Dangerous Love” to warn Chinese women not to date foreigners.<p>Li, a college graduate who works for the government, meets red-haired, beak-nosed David, who claims he is an academic, at a friend’s gathering. “Honestly, I …

China

Me on a bridge

Women who wear the hijab contribute to “passive terrorism,” says a US military paper

The hijab is much more than a head covering. It contributes to the spread of Islamic extremism—or so says part of a US military white paper that is generating criticism.<p>As The Intercept reported today, a paper titled “Countering Violent Extremism: Scientific Methods and Strategies,” issued by the …

Islam

Rethinking the Calorie

The simple weight-loss formula—burn more energy than you consume—may actually be holding us back in the fight to curb obesity.<p>“For me, a calorie is a unit of measurement that’s a real pain in the rear.”<p>Bo Nash is 38. He lives in Arlington, Texas, where he’s a technology director for a textbook …

Nutrition

Japan Schools the East Coast on Dealing With Snow

Heated roads and zero flight cancellations: Welcome to “snow country.”<p>While the Northeastern United States endures its crippling snowfall, and all the transportation shutdowns, shelter-in-place orders, and travel cancellations that come with it, it’s instructive to look further east, where all …

Japan

Clock is ticking for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers

Groundhog Day arrived late Saturday night for Aaron Rodgers. The Green Bay Packers quarterback trudged into an interview room below University of …

This incoherent Donald Trump interview proves one thing: Sarah Palin’s descent into obscurity is complete

The former VP candidate now has a show on a right-wing TV network<p>Sarah Palin's slow descent into obscurity continued last week when she launched a new pundit-style TV show called "On Point with Sarah Palin" on a heretofore unknown cable network called "One America News."<p>By way of background, One …

Donald Trump

Trump Is Setting the GOP Agenda

Every Republican presidential contender is playing Trump’s game. And losing at it.<p>Remember way back to two weeks ago when the Donald Trump candidacy was the best thing to ever happen to Jeb Bush?<p>The billionaire business mogul would distract the other contenders for the nomination, the Bush team …

Donald Trump

Morrissey on How Obama ‘Has Meant Nothing’ and Trump ‘Can’t Be Allowed to Represent America’

The outspoken solo artist and ex-Smiths frontman opens up about his recent album, why he thinks U.S. police are the new KKK, and much more.<p>Last week …

What Do Donald Trump Voters Actually Want?

30 of the billionaire real-estate developer’s backers offer individual explanations for their support.<p>Last week, I asked Donald Trump supporters why they believe that the billionaire real-estate developer will treat them any better than the career politicians they mistrust.<p>The dozens of replies …

Donald Trump

China Is Tearing Down Crosses

As part of a wider campaign to suppress religious freedom, China's government is demolishing crosses in the “Jerusalem of the East.”<p>HONG KONG — …

Pat Buchanan is bullish on The Donald: Right-wing pundit predicts Trump will go the distance

Erstwhile rival has warm words for the surging GOP presidential candidate<p>Failed presidential candidate and World Net Daily columnist Pat Buchannan became the latest pundit to compare Donald Trump's campaign to that of Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in an essay predicting the bombastic …

Government

Trump Aide's Outburst Raises Questions About His Ambiguous Role

Michael Cohen isn't being paid by the campaign. But he talks a lot about Donald Trump's political ambitions on TV.<p>WASHINGTON — The dustup over a top Donald Trump aide's comments about rape highlights the ambiguous role of the aide, Michael Cohen, with Trump's political efforts.<p>Cohen, Trump's …

Real Americans Give Donald Trump 2.5 Stars

Taking the measure of the presidential candidate using the Yelp reviews of his customers<p>With Donald Trump atop the Republican presidential field, leading CNN’s national poll even as he runs first in New Hampshire and second in Iowa, it’s clear that prospective voters aren’t listening to the GOP …

Donald Trump

The birth of a psychopath

<b>(CNN) —</b> After every horrific crime that shocks us, the next question we often ask is, "How could anyone do such a thing?"<p>If the criminal is a psychopath, the answer is very simple. They don't feel empathy or guilt. So instead of asking, "How could they do this horrible thing?" the more pertinent …

Psychology

The left has Islam all wrong: Bill Maher, Pamela Geller and the reality progressives must face

Confusion over Islam and how to relate to it imperils free speech, without which no secular republic can survive<p>Whatever her views on other matters are, Pamela Geller is right about one thing: last week’s Islamist assault on the “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest she hosted in Texas proves the jihad …

Religion

Iran Riots Over Maid’s ‘Honor Killing’

The suicide of a hotel maid—after an alleged rape attempt by an Intelligence Ministry employee—has set off violent riots in northwest Iran.<p>On May 4, …

Japanese Army Uses 3,500 Tons Of Snow To Create Massive Star Wars Sculpture For Snow Festival

Some dedicated Star Wars fans in Japan have just created what may be the most epic pieces of Star Wars art that I’ve ever seen.<p>The Japanese Ground …

“This is war”: Sarah Palin slams “quasi-conservative” O’Reilly for not taking her fake 2016 candidacy seriously

The reality show host takes umbrage at Bill O’Reilly’s suggestion that she would make 2016 a reality show<p>Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin came out swinging against her Fox News colleague Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday, ripping the anchor for not taking her latest flirtation with a presidential bid …

Republicans

You Betcha I Was Wrong About Sarah Palin

It’s time to admit that, whatever their motivation was at the time, the Alaska governor’s critics always had a point.<p>Has conservative genuflection at …

GOP Summit—The Good, The Bad And The Absolutely Crazy

GOP presidential contenders flocked to Iowa on Saturday to try out their pitches on the unofficial beginning of the Iowa Caucus. Hint: Sarah Palin …

What bigots do on MLK Day: How hateful extremists tried to co-opt the holiday

From harassing Muslims to invoking MLK as a gun rights advocate, here’s how some “patriots” degrade a holiday<p>The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend may have provided Americans with an opportunity to reflect on the struggle for civil rights, but it didn’t make an impact on the rising …

Rights & Freedoms

Here’s how we defeat the vulgarians: Bill Maher, wrong-headed neocons, and the real answer to “radical Islam”

We need an honest response to Charlie Hebdo. Start by remembering how 9/11 felt before Bush hijacked it for war<p>A lot of garbage has spewed from people unworthy of our attention since the attacks in Paris last week, and who can be surprised? One grows heartily tired of ignorant vulgarians such as …

Political Science