Alan Wilkes

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Democrats Don’t Need Trump’s Voters To Retake The House

Stop me if you’ve seen a headline (or five) that proclaims something along the lines of: “Most Trump voters still support Trump.” Typically, the …

Snatch High-Pull Exercise Demo Video and Info

The snatch high-pull is a variation of the <b>snatch pull</b> involving a more active upper body.<p><b>Execution</b><p>The snatch high-pull is identical to the <b>snatch pull</b> …

Is Trump Really Smart? The Next Great Progressive President?

Presidential candidate Donald Trump is depicted by his detractors as a buffoon, a bully, a liar, a bigot stoking fear and hatred, and if ever elected, a danger to the most fundamental values that underpin the nation.<p>He claims he's smart. And he's accomplished a good deal to suggest he's right. He …

Congress’ Summer Fling With Marijuana

How Congress turned on the DEA and embraced weed.<p>It’s not easy being the DEA these days. After an unprecedented losing streak on Capitol Hill, the once-untouchable Drug Enforcement Administration suffered last week what might be considered the ultimate indignity: A Senate panel, for the first time, …

Cannabis

[Interview] Matthew Johnson: "Psychedelic therapy may become available in a decade"

Matthew Johnson is part of the team at the Johns Hopkins University that conducts research with psilocybin in a growing number of areas, ranging from …

Psychedelia

What he said, what he meant

He has messages for his GOP and Democratic critics.<p>President Barack Obama used his State of the Union speech Tuesday night to set an optimistic tone for the rest of his presidency — but also to drop big hints about the fights that lie ahead.<p>He targeted lines at his Republican critics and talked …

Driving

George Orwell, James Joyce and short fiction's place in the world of literature

As a writer preparing to unleash a collection of short stories onto the bookshop shelves, I read last week’s <i>Spectator</i> piece by the novelist Philip …

New Theory Suggests That We Live In The Past Of A Parallel Universe

Whether through Newton's gravitation, Maxwell's electrodynamics, Einstein's special and general relativity or quantum mechanics, all the equations that best describe our universe work perfectly if time flows forward or backward.<p>Of course the world we experience is entirely different. The universe …

Dark Matter

What Gets Lost When English Becomes the Lingua Franca of the World?

<b>The Fall of Language in the Age of English</b>, by the Japanese novelist and scholar Minae Mizumura, has all the ingredients of a rage-read. Indeed, when …

NSA Fesses Up To Improper Surveillance Of U.S. Citizens

While you were drinking eggnog on Christmas Eve, the National Security Agency released hundreds of pages of heavily redacted documents detailing instances of improper surveillance on U.S. citizens in the last 12 years.<p>The batch of documents, stretching from the fourth quarter of 2001 to the second …

Word Origins As Comics: Time to Cut to the Chase, People

Tired of a pedantic approach to word origins? Try this for size. Our goal is to both educate and entertain. There's no better place to begin than with the language we use. So let's start there. Book One of fifteen books of educational comics by Larry Paros.<p>This is the sixth column from that first …

Bulletproof Coffee: The Buttery Caffeine of Champions

Forget cream and sugar. Add butter to your morning brew to kickstart your day and feel invincible when you ride.<p>In his new book, <i>The Bulletproof Diet</i>, author and cyclist Dave Asprey says, "When you mix coffee with the right fats, you get a drink that stomps on hunger, and helps you lose weight, …

The great American rip-off: How big-money corruption fuels racial inequality

More than ever, America’s political fortunes are determined by a very wealthy — and very white — minority<p>In the wake of Citizens United, large donors dominate the political landscape, with 84 percent of the money spent in 2014 coming from contributions greater than $200. The big money explosion is …

Lost in Translation: Words with incredible meanings

Language

“The nuts hated him”: How the Bush dynasty — and its evolution — explains America

Going back to the days of Prescott Bush, one thing unites all Bush politicians. Will it haunt Jeb in 2016?<p>“Most dynasties are defined and circumscribed by region. The Roosevelts rode as high and far as the national fortunes of New York State. The Tafts go as far as Ohio takes them…. Not the Bushes. …

Does High IQ Increase the Risk of Depression and Mental Disorders?

Blame it on movies or books, but we have fallen into the habit of stereotyping. Popular culture portrays highly intelligent men and women as moody, …

Psychology

This Neuroscientist Is Trying to Upload His Entire Brain to a Computer

Randal Koene wants to move humanity from Earth to the Cloud, making us part robot and completely immortal.<p>Humans, if you hadn't already noticed, have stopped evolving. As David Attenborough recently reminded us, our species is the first—by our free will—to remove itself from the process of natural …

Singularity

Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and the 'Other America'

I fear for the future of this country.<p>Growth and progress could be this nation's reward for facing the challenge of our times with courage and a demand for equal justice. The American Revolution, the Civil War, the Great Depression, and the civil-rights movement of the 1960s were moments when the …

Get Ready for the Obama Boomlet

Remember when pundits loved the president? The conditions are right for that old feeling to return.<p>Remember when pundits loved Barack Obama? It’s been quite a few years now. But I suspect some of the adoration is about to come back.<p>There are three reasons. The first is that politically, Obama’s …

Literature

Exclusive: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Reflects On William S. Burroughs’ Sound Experiments

The avant-garde artist and Dais Records are giving Burroughs’ out-of-print sound experiments a second life.<p>For years, Dais Records co-founder Ryan …

“¿Encontraría a la Maga? Tantas veces me había bastado asomarme, viniendo por la rue de Seine, al arco que da al Quai de Conti, y apenas …

“¿Encontraría a la Maga? Tantas veces me había bastado asomarme, viniendo por la rue de Seine, al arco que da al Quai de Conti, y apenas la luz de ceniza y olivo que flota sobre el río me dejaba distinguir las formas, ya su silueta delgada se inscribía en el Pont des Arts, a veces andando de un lado a otro, a veces detenida en el pretil de hierro, inclinada sobre el agua. Y era tan natural cruzar la calle, subir los peldaños del puente, entrar en su delgada cintura y acercarme a la Maga que …

Borges and his Successors

In his short essay <i>Kafka and his Precursors</i>, Borges writes of the Czech author that “at first I had considered him to be as singular as the phoenix of …

Literature

A Little Lumpen Novelita

<i>I had to do things and not die – Roberto Bolaño,</i> A Little Lumpen Novelita<p>When starting a new book it’s tempting to hurry through the first few pages. …

How to Feel Your Lats and Use Them to Build a Stronger Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift

Posted by Jordan Syatt on Sep 16, 2014<p>Jordan Syatt is a charming Jewish guy with an affinity for lifting things up and putting them down. An IPA 5X …

USA: Protesters BLOCK Oakland police HQ

Protest

Playing Favourites: Marcel Dettmann

As complex as some people make it sound, the art of DJing is mostly about one simple act: showing people music you love. The more you love your …

First Listen: Caribou "Your Love Will Set You Free" (Carl Craig Remix)

2<p>SHARES<p>This is one of those remixes that we knew we had to check out as soon as it popped up in our inbox. Caribou is a cutting edge IDM/experimental …

This mind-bending video explains why death might not actually be real

Whoa<p>Design collective Kurzgesagt's latest video asks the biggest questions: "What is life?" and "Is death really even a thing?"<p>The discussion starts with physicist Erwin Schrodinger's definition of life, "Living things avoid decay into disorder and equilibrium." Take, for example, a cell. This …