Allyson Niitani

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How to piss off someone from Montreak

How to piss off someone from Montreal<p>Mystifyingly foreign to anglophone Canada, who don’t understand our penchant for dropping French words into …

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Eco-Friendly Air France Tableware Design Turns Spoons Into Airplanes

Eco-sensibilities in aviation have now evolved from a focus on new biofuels and winglets down into the design of knives, forks, spoons and other …

5 depressing ways the 1 percent is strangling the US economy

<b>((Wikimedia))</b><p>Once the backbone of our society, the middle class has been broken — and we have the country’s richest to thank<p>Paul Bucheit<p>October 8, 2013 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Alternet.<p>The middle class, once the backbone of a strong American society, has been broken, beaten …

Putin launches Olympic torch relay for Sochi Games

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1016000/1016705_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534457463_e67cdaf547b5c0a95bb05a76ea62bec3<p><b>Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken part in a ceremony in Moscow to launch the torch relay for next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi.</b><p>The torch …

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Obama meets with top lawmakers but no deal on shutdown

Top Democratic and Republican congressional leaders met Wednesday afternoon with president at White House.<p>WASHINGTON — On the second day of the government shutdown, Congress and the White House drew no closer to resolving the impasse, although President Obama and key congressional leaders held …

Russian embassy in Libya attacked

The Russian embassy in Libya's capital, Tripoli, was attacked by unknown gunmen, according to the Russian foreign ministry.<p>"In Tripoli ... a shooting occurred and there was an attempt to enter the territory of the Russian embassy in Libya," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich, …

Discovery Channel's 'Hawaii' Shows Just How Amazing The Islands Are

“It was nature’s greatest experiment in evolution, an experiment that asked a big question: What would happen if you put the world’s most active volcano in the wettest place on the planet, and then made it all so remote, that everything that happened here happened in complete isolation from the …

Stalin's Rope Roads

The mining town of Chiatura, Georgia, surrounded by steep cliffs, is criss-crossed by a network of aging Soviet-era aerial tramways that are still in use today. In the early 20th century, after the U.S.S.R. annexed Georgia, Soviet authorities were intent on extracting the vast manganese deposits …

Government shutdown Q&A: How long? What's the impact?

Much of the federal government will shut down as of midnight. What will be closing, why and what impact will it have?<p><b>Question:</b> Why a<p>shutdown?<p><b>Answer:</b> Every year,<p>Congresshas to approve laws, known as appropriations, that provide money for federal agencies. The new budget year begins on Oct. 1, and …

More Than 1/4 of Americans Really Don’t Like Their Government Right Now

Twenty-six per­cent of Amer­ic­ans re­cently re­por­ted that they feel “angry” with the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment. Half, 51 per­cent, say they are …

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Deja Vu: A Look Back At The Last Shutdowns, In Photos

With the possibility of a federal government shutdown looming on the horizon, we decided to take a look back in photographs at the last time the government closed its doors.<p>On Nov. 13, 1995, with a midnight shutdown almost inevitable, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped due to lack of …

Why Hawaii Is the Most Liberal State in the Country

Forget Massachusetts, Vermont, Minnesota, and California. Hawaii is the most liberal state in the U.S. This falls under the category of "what Hawaii can teach the world."<p>Currently, Governor Abercrombie called for a special session of the Legislature just to approve gay marriage. The left here is …

20 Greatest World Cup Goals

This article explores the 20 greatest World Cup goals in history. There are many pieces out there that present the most wondrous goals on a purely aesthetic basis, based on technique, finesse, power or unpredictability.<p>This editorial doesn’t ignore the beauty of a moment or the sheer delight of a …

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No more debt!: The new plan to destroy tuition and loans

A new system would get rid of college debt, by making some schools free — with a novel way to pay it forward<p>David Sirota<p>September 16, 2013 4:48pm (UTC)<p>If states are the laboratories of democracy, then what’s happening in Oregon's lab seems destined to become one of the most controversial higher …

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Racist Twitter Attacks Miss America

On Sunday night, Nina Davaluri became the first Indian-American to win the Miss America pageant. A lot of people celebrated the moment as a triumph …

Putin's Feats of Strength: Beating a Congressman in an Arm-Wrestling Match

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>"Come to find out later, that was Putin. I didn't know who he was then," Rohrabacher told KPCC in an …

Less Than 50 Percent of Americans Trust the Government to Do its Job

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Less than 50 percent of Americans trust the government to handle international and domestic …

This Tiny Concrete Speck Is Its Own Country

By Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler<p>The Principality of Sealand has its own flag, a white diagonal stripe dividing fields of red and black. It has currency, postage stamps, a national anthem ("E Mare Libertas," which is also its national motto, meaning "from the sea, freedom"), and even a soccer …

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40 Hidden Artworks Painted on the Edges of Books

A fore-edge painting is a technique of painting on the edges of the pages of a book. The artwork can only be seen when the pages are fanned, as seen …

Fox News-style fear spreads

<b>News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)</b><p>Fact-free journalism and dogged ideology are a disaster for democracy as Murdoch’s model spreads in the Middle East<p>Nabil Echchaibi<p>September 12, 2013 11:43am (UTC)<p>The news from Egypt sounds delusional these days. Military coup, …

What it’s like to swim enveloped in jelly…fish

I can still remember the swimming pool filled to the lip with chunky cubes of green jelly. I hated him. I don’t remember the name of the character or …

13 Tea Party Signs That Forgot How To Sign

That escalated quickly.

Guns and kids: the youngest casualties of America's infatuation with firearms

The cover of the recent Children's Defense Fund report (pdf) on gun violence in the United States carries a single statistic:<p>The number of children and teens killed by guns in one year would fill 134 classrooms of 20 students each.<p>That's just a more dramatic way of stating an already staggering …

The Most Extreme Staircases In The World Could Finally Squash Your Fear Of Heights

(Photo: Getty Images)<p>When you want to sightsee and exercise at the same time, there's only one thing to do: climb a really, really big staircase. And if any are beautiful enough to tame your fear of heights, there are some pretty spectacular ones to check out.<p>We're counting down some of our …

US cancer care in crisis, experts say

Cancer may be the most feared diagnosis, but Americans are getting disorganized care and they’re often not even getting treatment based on the best scientific evidence, a panel of experts reports.<p>It’s often too expensive, and the most privileged are getting far better care than people with lower …

Naturally secreted chemicals could make you invisible to mosquitos

Mosquitos are undoubtably one of nature's most annoying lifeforms — annoying at the best of times, and disease-carriers at the worst. Humanity has made many efforts at repelling the troublesome insects, with the chemical DEET being perhaps the most well known example, but a group of scientists from …

Right-wing parties win Norway election

Norway's Labour Party has conceded defeat in the nation's general election, as the Conservative Party and its right-wing allies swept to power after an eight-year hiatus.<p>Jens Stoltenberg, the incumbent Labour Party prime minister, conceded defeat late on Monday, while his challenger, Conservative …

Moscow's Stunning Metro System Feels Like A Trip Back In Time

What's more impressive is that the system is still decorated with the work of the Soviet artists who created murals, mosaics, and stained glass panels to make spending time underground a more pleasant experience.<p>Riding the metro is Moscow isn't just a quick way to get around a city known for long, …

The Masters of Nature Photography book – in pictures

Wild horses of the Netherlands, red-crowned cranes dancing in the snow, the plight of a tortured chimpanzee and a polar panorama feature in the collection of wildlife images in the book published by the Natural History Museum<p>• Masters of Nature Photography by Rosamund Kidmane Cox - Guardian Bookshop