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Austerity has strangled the British economy. Only Labour gets this | Joseph Stiglitz

Neoliberalism was a creature of the Reagan and Thatcher era. Austerity is its death rattle. Before it does any more damage, Britain needs a plan for growth<p>The choice facing the voters in this election is clear – between more failed austerity or a Labour party advancing an economic agenda that is …

How to hide tiny artworks in your URLs

We all know the humble URL; it tells the internet where we want to go. But, as digital artist Alexander Reben discovered, it can do so much more. It turns out that entire webpages can live within its character string -- you just need to know how to build them. Reben does, and has been using a …

50 Books Recommended by This Year's TED Speakers

The much-buzzed-about conference generated a gargantuan list of intriguing book recommendations.<p>TED is one of the world's premier cultural events, providing not just a chance for the thousand or so attendees to hear from some of the smartest people around, but also opening up this knowledge to …

Books

13 Great Young Adult Novels Adults Will Love Too

Rainbow Rowell<p>To say that Cath and her twin sister Wren are die hard fans of Simon Snow (think <i>Harry Potter</i> meets <i>Twilight</i>) would be an understatement. They dress up as Simon Snow, line up in the cold for the latest books and movies, and most importantly, write Simon Snow fan fiction. They do …

Top 10 Christmas traditions and their origins

Discover the fascinating stories behind these festive traditions, from Christmas food and carols to greetings cards and crackers.<p>Christmas cards<p>Having helped set up the Public Records Office (now the Post Office), Sir Henry Cole and artist John Horsley created the first Christmas card in 1843 as a …

How sanctions are fueling a Russian food revolution | CNN Travel

(CNN) — Russia has always had a great tradition of making tasty meals from very little.<p>Where else would you find fried eggs with jam, gelatinous aspic creations or almost microscopically chopped "okroshka" soups on the menu?<p>With Moscow in the grip of sanctions that have hit menus hard -- President …

Confessions of an Instagram Influencer

I’ve always been well-liked. At least, I think that’s the case. I have friends, a spouse, a job, a college degree. I exercise. I get haircuts …

Costa Book Award 2016 shortlist stars 14 women and just six men

The Costa Book Award shortlist this year stars the most female authors in its history, as the changing landscape of publishing overturns decades of dominance by men.<p>The Costa shortlists, broken down into five categories, include 14 women and just six men this year, in a trend which has seen the …

Seoul: The Cutting-Edge of Cool in South Korea

South Korea's capital unites red-hot energy with cool-blue breeziness.<p>Are you familiar with the Korean Wave? Are you among the more than one billion(!) people who tune in to watch the Korean drama <i>Descendants of the Sun</i>? Do you swoon whenever Lee Byung-hun appears on the big screen? Do you follow, …

Inside The Global “Club” That Helps Executives Escape Their Crimes

A parallel legal universe, open only to corporations and largely invisible to everyone else, helps executives convicted of crimes escape punishment. Part one of a BuzzFeed News investigation — read the whole series here.<p><b>Imagine a private, global super</b> <b>court that</b> empowers corporations to bend …

'Hidden Figures': How Black Women Did The Math That Put Men On The Moon

Many Americans are familiar with the astronaut heroes of the 20th century space race — names like Gus Grissom and Neil Armstrong. But who did the calculations that would successfully land these men on the moon?<p>Several of the NASA researchers who made space flight possible were women. Among them …

The Political Magic of C.S. Lewis

WHEN I was on Christmas break from college in 1980, I wrote a letter to the editor of my hometown newspaper, The Tri-City Herald. It was published soon after I began to embrace Christianity, a gradual rather than a dramatic process that didn’t come all that easily.<p>The letter was a response to a man …

What Are White Writers For?

One sleepy week last July, months before Lionel Shriver strode onstage in Brisbane with her sombrero and her fury about cultural appropriation, Slate …

Houston Brand Management: 7 Online Tools To Make You A Better Blogger

Brand recognition was simple in the days when television gave marketers a captive audience. The key was keeping your name and cute jingle in front of enough people, often enough. These days are no more. Consumers can choose what they will view and when, and don't appreciate invasive marketing. The …

Marketing

SEO for Bloggers: How to Nail the Optimization Process for Your Posts - Whiteboard Friday

Success isn't an overnight phenomenon when it comes to SEO, but with the right process and a dose of patience, it's always within reach — even if …

SEO

19 Incredibly Useful Websites You Wish You Knew Earlier

We tend to think of learning a new skill or “going back to school” as something you’d do when looking to change careers, or to upgrade within your …

Learning

The 10 Best History Books This Fall

A good grasp of history can help us all understand the issues, conflicts, and discussions of the present moment with that much more clarity. And in a year in which history has led to unexpected events across the globe, from the deeply contentious nature of the current U.S. presidential election to …

Did Harry Potter’s Prisoner of Azkaban usher in the modern genre blockbuster?

The importance of Alfonso Cuarón<p>We live in a world that sees the Harry Potter films as inevitabilities. Of course the monstrously successful book series that shifted how we thought about the literature of children and young adults would be made into a monstrously successful series of movies with a …

It turns out many ISIS recruits don’t know much about Islam

A recent trove of documents linked to the Islamic State reveals an increasingly pronounced phenomenon: Many of the young recruits to the extremist organization don't know much about Islam.<p>In a report published this week, the Associated Press analyzed the entry form documents of some 4,030 foreign …

The Long Cosmos by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter – a final farewell to the Long Earth

‘Stepping’ from one Earth to the next, meeting strange creatures and reflecting on life, love and quantum theory: a gentle collaborative journey through the multiverse comes to an end<p>And so here it is, the last new work we’ll ever have from Terry Pratchett, barring a box of undiscovered treasure …

Writing Systems And Calligraphy Of The World

East Asian Writing Systems<p>Obviously, the Chinese uses Chinese characters (where they are known as <i>hanzi</i>). But Chinese characters are also used in …

Here's what the BBC white paper changes mean for you

The structure and working of the BBC is set to undergo a major transformation following the publication of a government review into the …

How London became a Labour city – and what it means for British politics

Sadiq Khan’s crushing victory in the mayoral election has confirmed the party’s dominance in the capital. Is it time to stop treating London’s political stance as a weird anomaly?<p>The constituency office of Emily Thornberry, Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury, is a low, workaday building …

HMV is closing the gap with Amazon in the UK

What a difference three years makes. HMV, a company that was teetering on the edge of closure three and a half years ago, has pushed past Tesco to become the UK's second biggest entertainment retailer behind Amazon. The company recorded a 2 percent rise in sales of CDs, DVDs and video games in the …

April 2016 Loot Crate Level Up Unboxing 'QUEST'

April 2016 Loot Crate Level Up<p>This month’s quest themed Loot Crate was full to the brim with sweet gear… as always. In the regular subscription crate …

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