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What Americans Don’t Get About Nordic Countries

When U.S. politicians talk about Scandinavian-style social welfare, they fail to explain the most important aspect of such policies: selfishness.<p>Bernie Sanders is hanging on, still pushing his vision of a Nordic-like socialist utopia for America, and his supporters love him for it. Hillary Clinton, …


Cable news totally ignored Bernie Sanders’s speech on Tuesday

<i>This post has been updated to include Al Jazeera America's airing of Sanders's speech.</i><p>Bernie Sanders was the proverbial tree falling in a forest on Tuesday night. None of the three major cable news channels aired even a moment of his speech live.<p>Did it still make a sound?<p>Apparently the Vermont …


Six tiny robots can pull a two-ton car

Stanford university's uBots have pulled off a feat that makes ants look like slackers. Working in concert, six of the robots managed to tow a 3,900 pound car, despite weighing just a half-ounce each -- much less than other car-towing robots. The secret, according to the team, is biomimicry. The wee …

Political Science

Justice Department warns local courts about unlawful fines and fees

The Justice Department is asking local courts across the country to be wary of how they slap poor defendants with fines and fees to fill their jurisdictions’ coffers, warning that such practices often run afoul of the U.S. Constitution and have serious real-world consequences.<p>In a letter that will …

U.S. Department of Justice

Indonesia blows up illegal toothfish ship sought by Interpol

PANGANDARAN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities on Monday bombed the last major ship internationally wanted for years of illegally taking toothfish from southern waters, reiterating a strong message to would-be poachers who enter the country's waters.<p>The navy seized the Nigeria-flagged Viking …


Chinese courts convict more than 99.9 per cent of defendants

“Astronomical” conviction rate comes after Beijing vows to stamp out wrongful convictions and impose ‘rule of law’<p>Chinese courts found guilty all but a tiny minority of defendants last year, despite claims by Beijing to be confronting wrongful convictions and upholding the rule of law.<p>Only 1,039 of …

North Korea

A Day in the Life of Design Director Adam Reineck

Flipboard is all about fascinations: travel blogging, ethical fashion, visual anthropology, portrait photography—whether you have a passion or just a passing interest, Flipboard helps you dive deep into that world.<p>This means Flipboard is many things to many people. One of those people is San …