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The 19 most game-changing weapons of the 21st century

We've come a long way since the stealth bomber.<p>Just as smart gadgets have invaded our homes and revolutionized our lives over the last 15 years, next-level weaponry has transformed the military.<p>The imperatives of the military have always been one of the main drivers of technological …

Military

Why Are Conservatives Abandoning States' Rights for Big Banks?

Talk about cognitive dissonance.<p>On the home page of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA)'s home page is a video talking about the importance of "states' rights." The Attorney General of Georgia even opines in the same piece that expansion of the federal government is "not …

States' Rights

Bernie Sanders criticizes Obama's planned Nike visit to promote trade deal

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is calling upon President<p>Obamato cancel his plans to visit Nike's corporate headquarters this week as part of theWhite House's push to drum up support for a major new trade agreement.<p>Sanders said the shoe giant, which has moved many of its manufacturing jobs to cheaper …

Clinton Cash: errors dog Bill and Hillary exposé – but is there any 'there' there?

While some of the boldest claims about the Clintons’ finances have been shown to be unsubstantiated, it could still damage Hillary Clinton’s White House hopes<p>Even in the hyper-partisan world of American political publishing, the storm generated by the latest book about the Clintons has been …

Government

If it flew 100 years ago, it will fly again: the 1916 warplane built from drawings

A 93-year-old is among 13 volunteers constructing a replica of the pioneering 1½ Strutter, which they hope will be airborne next year to mark its centenary<p>In a ramshackle air hangar in a windswept field on the east coast of Scotland, Bernard Ginty, 83, is frowning in concentration at an intricate …

Aviation

"Clinton Cash" Author to Kochs: Don't Let Up on the Left

<i>Peter Schweizer claims to be non-partisan, but is really a right-wing political operative.</i><p>The road to 2016 will be a bumpy one for Hillary Clinton, despite the dearth of competition in the Democratic field. The Republican offensive has been ongoing since the 2012 Benghazi attack, and has gained …

Government

This Tiny Town Near St. Louis Is Making Minor-Crime Arrests At 100 Times The National Average

ST. LOUIS -- A study of policing in the St. Louis area released Monday, which criticized the profit-driven practices of many departments in St. Louis County, revealed a startling statistic about arrests for minor crimes made in one tiny municipality.<p>Beverly Hills, Missouri, population 574, has …

Justice

The 13 most bizarre Soviet-era buildings that are still standing today

This is especially true in the former communist countries of Europe and Central Asia, where architects of the time designed some striking and frankly absurd structures before the Soviet era came to an end towards the end of the 20th century.<p>Many of these structures survived the fall of the Berlin …

European Travel

An Unprecedented GOP Effort to Allow Corporations to Run Wild

On Wednesday afternoon, a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on legislation that, if successful, would be a giant step forward for corporate America and an equally giant step backward for consumers.<p>Rep. Bob Goodlatte has introduced H.R. 1927 -- the misleadingly titled …

Brown v. Board of Education

Navy researchers make bulletproof glass out of clay

The US Naval Research Laboratory announced a major breakthrough in materials science on Thursday. After decades of research and development, the NRL has created a transparent, bulletproof material that can be molded into virtually any shape. This material, known as Spinel, is made from a synthetic …

Why Are Conservatives Willing to Surrender American Sovereignty?

Why are the Tea Party folks and other conservatives like Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan, who are usually so anxious to protect our citizens from governmental abuse, supporting putting trade agreements on a fast track? This means that Congress could not amend an agreement. It could only vote to approve or …

Tea Party

Putin proposed Steven Seagal as Russian envoy to US

Vladimir Putin’s proposal to Barack Obama that Steven Seagal be appointed honorary consul to Russia was met with bemusement<p>Russia’s president, Vladmir Putin, stunned his US opposite number, Barack Obama, by proposing the appointment of actor Steven Seagal as Russia’s “honorary consul” in two US …

Russia

Business Owner Sets Minimum Wage for Employees. Limbaugh Calls That Socialism. I Call Him Ignorant.

You may have heard about Dan Price, the founder and CEO of Gravity Systems, or at least you may have heard about what he did last week. He set a new minimum wage for employees at his company. That new minimum wage is $70,000 a year. He's making this happen in part by cutting his own pay to $70,000. …

Economics

Confederate History Month: An Embarrassing Abomination

Many of us think of April as the heart of spring, when life renews with a comforting exuberance and riot of color. Some think of Earth Day, a celebration to protect the little blue dot we call home. But others have a different, more sinister celebration in mind.<p>Seven state governments have …

War

Don't Go Away Mad, Just Go Away: Facebook's Zero Effect on My Presidential Election

It is April of 2015. The next presidential election will be held on November 8th, 2016. That is over 550 days away, yet here is my Facebook status from last Saturday:<p><b>So someone I briefly worked with years ago and her friends I've never even met are bitching at me on FB about someone I cannot vote</b> …

Social Media

Hot Trend For 2016: Even More Extravagant Super PAC Lies And Corruption!

According to the Associated Press, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is poised to "give [the] traditional campaign a makeover." Which sounds exciting! I think we can all agree the "traditional campaign" could sure use a touch-up or two. So what are Bush's people going to do? They're going to …

Conscience

NRA may have systemically broken political spending law – report

Gun rights organization allegedly ‘mixing’ corporate funds with Pac funds and solicitations, among other possible violations, report says<p>The National Rifle Association and its two arms for lobbying and campaign contributions may have systemically violated political spending law, a new report claims.<p>…

Corruption

House GOP Tries To Reverse D.C.'s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Law

House Republicans advanced a measure on Tuesday that would reverse a Washington, D.C., law preventing employers from being able to fire individuals based on their personal reproductive health decisions.<p>The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act, passed into law by the D.C. City Council in …

Employment

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame running for president

The rapper Waka Flocka Flame announced that he is running for president.<p>In a campaign announcement video for Rolling Stone that was released on Monday, Flame marked April 20, a day notorious for being associated with marijuana smoking, he unveiled his 2016 campaign.<p>“I’m very pleased to announce …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Russia just unveiled its new Armata battle tank

The Russian military has released its first official picture of the new "Armata" Universal Combat Platform that will form the base of its main battle tank.<p>The pictures come as part of the preparations for the Victory Day parade on May 9 in the Russian capital. Among the over 100 vehicles that will …

Military

The GOP's Handout for the Wealthiest Americans

Last week House Republicans passed a bill to repeal the estate tax, giving a massive tax cut to the wealthiest 0.15 percent of Americans. In other words, 99.85 percent of Americans would see absolutely no benefit from this legislation -- only the huge spike in federal debt that would come along …

Estate Tax

Walker's Dark Money Allies Orchestrate Coup of the Courts

Two court cases next week -- one being heard in open court, another being considered in silence behind closed doors -- will decide the future of Wisconsin campaign finance law, the independence of the Wisconsin judiciary, and will impact the future of presidential candidate Scott Walker.<p>The stakes …

Government

I'm a liberal. I eat at Applebee's.

I'm a fan of their half price appetizers. My mom and I like to meet there early on Sunday evenings for Oriental chicken salad and cheese sticks.<p>Why the heck am I writing about this?<p><b>First, a few other things about me.</b><p>I design training for Fortune 500 companies.<p>I like hockey and sports. Particularly …

Taxes

Men And Women Use Different Scales To Weigh Moral Dilemmas

You find a time machine and travel to 1920. A young Austrian artist and war veteran named Adolf Hitler is staying in the hotel room next to yours. The doors aren't locked, so you could easily stroll next door and smother him. World War II would never happen.<p>But Hitler hasn't done anything wrong …

Critical Thinking

New Kansas Law Will Allow Concealed Carry Without Gun Permit or Training

A bill signed Thursday by Gov. Sam Brownback will allow residents in Kansas to carry concealed firearms without a permit or training.<p>Kansans aged 21 …

Guns

Are we ready for the next volcanic catastrophe?

The largest eruption ever recorded, in Indonesia 200 years ago, wreaked havoc across the world, causing hunger, disease and death for years afterwards. When a volcanic event on that scale happens again – and it will – we should be prepared for serious disruption to our climate and food production<p>If …

Geology

The GOP Budget: Every Tax Loophole Is Sacred

Every tax loophole is sacred.<p>That's the prime guiding principle of the budget Republicans are trying to push through the Senate. Republicans claim to be concerned with reducing the federal deficit, which their Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) described as a "dangerous financial …

Health Care

Workers Save Lives

Labor unions, particularly those for public sector workers, have become such a popular punching bag that their membership might as well wear Everlast tags. They are such a common scapegoat that they might as well have horns. (A few right wingers probably think they already do.) At this point, it …

Transportation

Obama's 7 best zingers at D.C. insiders' annual dinner

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> It's not every year President Barack Obama addresses Washington's annual Gridiron Club dinner, an event that brings together some of the city's most prominent journalists and the government officials they cover.<p>But when he does, he goes all out, taking jabs at himself, the …

Barack Obama

IL Governor Rauner Gets $750,000 Tax Break, Proposes Slashing Services to Middle Class and Poor

Illinois' new GOP Governor, Bruce Rauner, will personally receive a $750,000 per year tax cut as a result of his decision not to continue the state's temporary 1.25% income tax surcharge that expired last year.<p>His taxes were cut by an amount equal to the annual income of 14 families of four making …

Health Care