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With Gene Jones affair, Rob Ford isn’t just outrageous; he’s dangerous: James

And if the projects erupt, who do you think he will blame? Not his unbridled tongue and debased politics. No, the salvation he offers is a …

The glamorous life of a whistleblower: Working a dead-end job for minimum wage

Long before Snowden made headlines, Peter Van Buren shined light on the State Dept. Then the other shoe dropped…<p>There are many sides to whistleblowing. The one that most people don't know about is the very personal cost, prison aside, including the high cost of lawyers and the strain on family …

Say goodbye to TV’s golden age: Why Comcast’s rise and net neutrality’s downfall will change everything

The economic model that sustains quality TV is under assault. Does the future have room for any more Walter Whites?<p>Viewers be warned! The golden age of television is coming to an end, and here's how it's going to happen: An unholy cabal of judges, government regulators and "cord-cutting" …

Fox News’ new laughingstock: Cliven Bundy — and Stephen Colbert — will destroy Sean Hannity

Sean Hannity’s done. Roger Ailes booted Glenn Beck when he became a liability. A Colbert clip might make it so<p>I'll admit, this brilliant Stephen Colbert piece made me wonder: Could Sean Hannity’s detestable role in making Cliven Bundy a right-wing folk hero, and his lingering embrace of Bundy …

Marvel and Planned Parenthood made a Spider-Man comic in 1976 and it is awesome and weird

Galloping guacamole! The Amazing Spider-Man thwarts an evil alien who is lying to teens about sex<p>Marvel Comics and Planned Parenthood teamed up in 1976 to make a comic promoting safe sex, and it's kind of amazing.<p>Here's the story in a nutshell: The Amazing Spider-Man discovers that the alien …

Ronald Reagan owns Cliven Bundy: He’s born of GOP racial and anti-government hostility

It’s no shock that conservative heroes always end up being racists. The Republican playbook made them that way<p>Surprise! Surprise! The latest conservative lumpen-hero of the moment, Cliven Bundy, turns out to be incredibly — in fact, radioactively — racist. (Video here, in case you were abducted by …

America’s next great president: Why Obama’s departure paves the way for the next FDR

History explains the real differences between Obama and our liberal icons. Who will be the 21st century version?<p>Why can’t Barack Obama be more like Lyndon Johnson? The fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, commemorated by living presidents at the LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin, …

Why are we so afraid of a comprehensive jobs plan?

Bankrupt ideology, narrow politics and bad economics are robbing us of our future<p>After five long years, the economy has at last produced enough new jobs to compensate for the 8 million lost in the Great Recession of 2009. But in that same period some 7 million more Americans reached employment age, …

From high hopes to low wages: What happened to the American Dream?

Ideas about prosperity have become increasingly polarized over the past half-century — and we’re paying the price<p>America has frequently been referred to as the land of opportunity. Horace Greeley’s famous advice, “Go West, young man” and seek your fortune, illustrates the dream of nearly unlimited …

Watch the powerful first episode of Showtime’s “Years of Living Dangerously”

James Cameron’s epic climate series hits the Internet<p>Can climate change make for gripping entertainment? Can a star-studded cast and Hollywood-style dramatics convince people of global warming's reality, and of the urgency to act now to mitigate its impact? James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and …

Stopping The Sea From Drowning Us, With Artificial Ecosystems

Low-lying river deltas are thought to be particularly vulnerable to climate change and sea level rise. Places like the Niger River Delta, in Nigeria, could be overrun with flooding without new techniques to break the flow of incoming water.<p>This design from a Hungarian group called Szövetség’39 is …

Don’t frack this up! What really needs to happen to make hydrofracking safe

WSJ reporter Russell Gold says fracking’s many problems are fixable — <em>if</em> the proper steps are taken<p>How many of us are directly affected by fracking? Russell Gold, the senior energy reporter for the Wall Street Journal, has done the math: He found that since 2000, wells have been drilled …

Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan come out swinging against Hobby Lobby corporate religion claim

A Hobby Lobby win would mean “everything would be piecemeal; nothing would be uniform,” according to Kagan<p>Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dominated much of the questioning at the start of Tuesday's oral arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., suggesting that …

Is the Internet Making Us More Democratic?

<i>Matthew Carpenter-Arévalo is a peer at #DemocraciaEnRed, a Latin America-based movement to promote the evolution of democracy through modern tools.</i><p>While discontent rooted in the offline world continues to be the source of protests worldwide, few can argue that the lowered cost of communication …

Artist Renames Metro Stops For Famous Ladies

Make no mistake, Co.Design loves a new take on an old subway map. Whether it’s stops renamed for the area’s best coffee shops or systems rejiggered to better reflect a city’s soul, there’s plenty of room for improvement when it comes to mapping the heartbeat of an urban transportation system. Like, …

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Two Friends Hiked For 10 Months And Captured This Breathtaking Footage Of Yosemite

Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill are adventurers.<p>Over the course of 10 months, the friends backpacked 200 miles through Yosemite National Park, capturing a combined 45 days of unbelievably beautiful footage.<p>Their video is called Project Yosemite.<p>It will give viewers the experience of seeing …

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How the GOP became the white supremacy party — and got away with it

Paul Ryan’s condemnation of “inner city” values just scratches the surface. The modern GOP is fueled by such claims<p>Paul Ryan has attempted to clarify his racist argument that “inner city” black people are lazy and do not want to work. He issued a statement that:<p>After reading the transcript of …

John Oliver’s show parodies GOP’s ridiculous millennial ads

Meet Josh, a hipster Republican, just like Scott Greenberg<p>Still more than a month away from its premiere, former "Daily Show" correspondent John Oliver's upcoming HBO program, "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," is already making waves in the comedy world. On Thursday, the show released two …

It’s worse than Paul Ryan: The right has a new ugly, racial dog whistle

Conservative assault on food stamps, authored by Reagan, perfected by Ryan, is really an attack on the middle class<p>While attention focuses on Paul Ryan’s remarks about inner city culture, another dog-whistle theme continues its slow roil: food stamp abuse. More even than Ryan’s twisting narrative, …

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Wingnuts’ most audacious lie yet: Quietly pretending their views are liberal!

Aware they’ve lost the debate, anti-gay bigots are doing the unthinkable: Reframing their stand as anti-oppression<p>Following the state Senate’s lead, Republicans in Arizona’s House of Representatives voted on Thursday in favor of a new bill to turn their state’s LGBT residents into second-class …

What TV gets wrong about guns

When TV shows use firearms in unrealistic ways, they end up trivializing gun violence<p>My conservative boyfriend John likes to tease me, because I yell at the television every morning while "Fox & Friends" is playing. With a superior sniff, he points out that yelling at the television is silly …

The matter with Kansas now: The Tea Party, the 1 percent and delusional Democrats

Democrats believe demographics alone will defeat the Tea Party. It’s a smug fantasy: Economic populism’s the answer<p>It is a strange thing to say in the year 2014, as the political battle-lines grow harder and our bitter-enders ever more bitter, but there was a time when I didn’t think of my home …

17 major foundations declare they’re divesting from fossil fuels

The groups are selling off their stakes in coal, oil and gas<p>A group of 17 foundations are about to announce that they're divesting from fossil fuels, the New York Times reports. That's $1.8 billion that will be denied to companies that, when it comes down to it, do business in climate change.<p>For …

Top 10 reasons sex is good for you

From making you smarter to reducing cancer risk, boning does more than make you feel good<p>When news broke this week that sex actually makes us smarter, the collective Internet did a cartoon double-take. Sex is supposed to make us <i>lose</i> our minds, not <i>grow</i> them. Lust turns us into beasts, not rocket …

Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman and Richard Kind on stand-up, improv and Jerry Seinfeld

While promoting new indie flick “Obvious Child,” the comics opened up about failure and self love in comedy<p>Before he was a writer for the Golden Globe Award-winning show "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and before she was on "SNL," Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate were two stand-up comics fighting to establish …

6 Amazing Lego Artworks That Will Blow Your Mind

While for many, Legos will always be known as a childhood toy, some grown-ups have taken Legos to fascinating new heights making it more like an art form. Whether they're using thousands of Lego bricks to recreate familiar pop-culture scenes or creatively assembling them into sculptures worthy of a …

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Models’ Faces Turned Into Stunning Optical Illusions By Creative Russian Duo

Moscow-based photographer Alexander Khokhlov and makeup artist Valeriya Kutsan have created a bewitching series of portraits that play with the …

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