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What the Newest Hate Symbol Says About Internet Culture

This past week a group of anti-Semites and racists co-opted the simple punctuation mark of parentheses and converted it into an anti-Semitic meme. It …

Obnoxiousness Is the New Charisma

IN a typical presidential campaign, the most successful candidates lay claim to leadership with their high-mindedness. They reach for poetry. They focus on lifting people up, not tearing them down. They beseech voters to be their biggest, best selves.<p>Not the two front-runners in this freaky …

In the age of Amazon, used bookstores are making an unlikely comeback

Early next month, Pablo Sierra is opening a used bookstore in Northwest Washington — an unlikely bet in the digital age made even more inconceivable, given that his only experience with books is reading them.<p>“I guess it is pretty crazy,” Sierra said, echoing an observation shared by some of his …

Books

How Students Protested Dining-Hall Food in an Honor Culture

In the Great Biscuit Rebellion of 1852, University of South Carolina students threatened to leave if their demands weren’t met––and the trustees let them go.<p>The 1853 commencement at the University of South Carolina was extraordinary for conferring diplomas on just 11 graduates, less than a fifth of …

South Carolina

Wrestling With God, and Taxes

In Iceland, a group has found a way to game—and protest—the government's "church tax."<p>In America, where there is separation of church and state, the government neither taxes nor funds religious organizations (beyond occasional grants for certain social services and a few other exceptions). But in …

Income Tax

There was a time when Big Oil worried it could be held accountable for climate change

Until relatively recently, oil industry officials were among the biggest detractors of climate science, suggesting that some research seemed frivolous. But in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the industry—worried that oil could be held responsible for rising temperatures in the future—conducted one …

Climate

Evidence suggests 2015 will be a record year for gun sales

In 2015, the FBI will likely process a record number of background checks for people looking to buy guns and get permits.<p>Background checks are a good proxy for measuring how gun sales are changing, even though one background check does not necessarily equal one gun. That said, the purpose of …

The Marriages of Power Couples Reinforce Income Inequality

The notion of “making a good match,” a staple of the writings of Jane Austen and Henry James, continues in contemporary romance novels. At the same time, income inequality commands increasing attention from economists. Lately we’ve been learning just how much these two topics are tied …

Iranian football matches postponed as air pollution soars

Tehran authorities say residents should refrain from all sports activities as pollution reaches more than twice accepted levels<p>Two football matches in Iran’s top league were postponed on Sunday as air pollution of more than twice the acceptable level persisted in the capital.<p>The games in Tehran …

China Officially Ends One-Child Policy In Historic Change Of Law

Chinese families will be allowed to have two children after lawmakers passed a decision to alter the country's three-decades-old policy from Jan. 1.<p>The law will come into effect on Jan. 1, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.<p>"The state advocates that one couple shall be allowed to have two …

Why it’s time all African countries banned skin lightening creams

With up to 70% of women using skin lightening creams in parts of Africa, Cote d’Ivoire has led the charge in tackling skin lighteners and has banned the practise nationally. It is time for the rest of the continent to follow.<p>Skin lighteners have become a common part of life in communities across …

South Africa

Bernie Sanders Gives Martin Shkreli's Donation to an HIV Clinic

Bernie Sanders has refused to accept the donation of a pharmaceutical CEO who controversially raised the price of an AIDS medication.<p>Instead, the …

What It's Like to Work in a Legal Nevada Brothel

Separating fact from fiction in one of America's most-controversial professions.<p><i>Perla, 34, has worked for three years at Sheri's Ranch, a legal brothel located outside of Las Vegas. Prostitution is legal in Nevada only at the 24 licensed brothels in the state. Sheri's is among the more famous and</i> …

Fairytale nation? How Denmark compares to the United States

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Four centuries after William Shakespeare wrote "something's rotten in the state of Denmark" in his play "Hamlet," the …

United States

Your Favorite Wrinkle Cream Might be Raising Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Photo by ShutterstockAmerica’s obsession with youth has consumers crazed for anti-aging products, but new studies reveal what could be slowing down …

Breast Cancer

Alaska Governor Says State Needs More Oil Drilling to Pay for Climate Change Damage

<i>This story was originally published by</i> Slate <i>and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i>Yep. In an interview with the BBC's Matt …

Oil & Gas Industry

The Real Debate Last Night Was Between Democratic Socialism and Casino Capitalism

In much of the world a nationally televised political debate about the relative merits of democratic socialism as opposed to casino capitalism would …

The US cities that will stay above sea level after global warming—and those that will disappear

We’ve all heard doomsday predictions about what global warming means for coastal US cities. And now a new, interactive map from nonprofit climate science publication Climate Central illustrates precisely how American cities will fare under the best and worst possible climate futures—and which ones …

Climate Change

How Not to Interview an HIV-Positive Person

Last week <i>The View</i>’s Candace Cameron Bure (formerly of <i>Full House</i>) and Raven-Symoné (once of <i>The Cosby Show</i>) sat down with former <i>Who’s The Boss?</i> child …

Sexual Health

When I recycle a beer bottle, does it secretly end up in the landfill?

Q. <b>Dear Umbra,</b><p><b>Here in my environmentally proud city, a local newspaper recently asserted that much of the glass our municipal curbside recycling</b> …

Girl to Man: time lapse shows teenager’s three-year transgender transformation

21-year-old Jamie Raines of Essex, England never felt quite comfortable being in a girl’s body, so just before his 18th birthday he started taking …

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Suburban wife loves the person, not gender, after spouse comes out as woman

The bride and groom wed in a traditional Catholic church ceremony in the mid-1970s, vowing to remain true to one another until parted by death.<p>They settled in a northwest suburban Lake Zurich tri-level, the wife taking on most of the homemaking, the husband working as a construction project …

Homophobes are fuming about this gay Star Wars ad

Fear is the path to pointless homophobia, apparently.<p>When Campbell’s Soup launched their Star Wars edition products, they probably weren’t expecting …

The Decline of ‘Big Soda’

Five years ago, Mayor Michael A. Nutter proposed a tax on soda in Philadelphia, and the industry rose up to beat it back.<p>Soda lobbyists made campaign contributions to local politicians and staged rallies, with help from allies like the Teamsters union and local bottling companies. To burnish its …

Washington State

World's energy systems at risk from global warming, says industry group

Energy grids, power stations and distribution networks are vulnerable to storms, flooding and heatwaves caused by climate change, says World Energy Council<p>The world’s energy infrastructure is at risk from the extreme weather expected to result from climate change, a group of prominent energy …

Climate Change

Kim Davis' Gay Friend Finds Her Embarrassing

Kim Davis is a disappointment to her gay friend, according to <i>The Daily Beast,</i> which tracked down an interview after the embattled Kentucky clerk …

Putin condemns homophobia, supports LGBT rights

President Vladimir Putin has attacked homophobic US laws while saying Russia ensures equal rights to all LGBT people.<p>The Russian leader made the …

Airbnb has spent more than $8 million fighting a proposed law in San Francisco

The housing rental site has put up more than $8 million to fight a ballot initiative that would put strict restrictions on the city's short term rentals, according to campaign contribution filings.<p>In comparison, the largest contributor to the opposition's campaign is a hotel labor union that …

San Francisco