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18 signs you've been cursed by the Chicago gods

Chicago can be a rough city. Sometimes minor inconveniences in your endeavors around town can ruin your day and leave you wondering whether you can …

Philadelphia

Hidden Netflix tricks that can vastly improve your streaming quality

We all love Netflix but there are times when we our streams aren’t as consistent as we’d like them to be. Because of this, we were intrigued to see</i> …

Religious Fundamentalism: A Side Effect of Lazy Brains?

Insights from neuroscience suggest that the brain tends to automatically accept rather than reject beliefs, oftentimes independent of how logical …

Religion

The 50 best tacos in America, ranked

So we asked our friends at Foursquare to dig through their troves of user data and compile a list of the best taco joints in the US.<p>Because the site allows users to save and favorite venues they love, Foursquare was able to track down which tacos diners are raving about most across America.<p>To …

Texas

8 Mental Habits the Most Successful People Learn to Break | Inc.com

Sometimes, success comes not from what you learn to do but what you learn to stop doing.<p>That bit of wisdom comes from Sandja Brügmann, serial entrepreneur and founder of the Passion Institute, a recently launched online educational program and consultancy for executives and entrepreneurs. "Once we …

Self-improvement

Cord cutters: Free app makes Netflix like watching cable TV so you can relive pay TV’s glory days

There are some things about pay TV that cord cutters will never, ever miss. The first couple that obviously spring to mind are the ridiculously …

Smart TV

Cut the Cable! Build Your Own Digital TV Antenna

Cable bills busting the budget? you may be missing out on free TV. Using scrap wire with stock lumber, build a slick homemade antenna and stay tuned.<p><b>1.) Gather Parts</b><p>This antenna spins to orient a pattern of wires, known as an array in engineerspeak, toward broadcasting towers. Rabbit ears and some …

I finally kicked cable TV to the curb

Cutting the cord in a town with a broadband monopoly is not easy.<p>At the end of May, my wife Paula and I received a note from Comcast explaining that …

Televisions

Moving to Chicago When You Don't Know a Soul

From deep dish pizza to "Da Bears," Chicago is a town known for its killer food and die-hard sports fans. Hometown pride is front and center in this Midwestern cultural hub. Now that you've made the move to Chicago, it's time to settle in and make the Windy City feel like home.<p>Even if you made the …

Exactly What Kind Of Socialist Is Bernie Sanders?

More Americans say they would vote for a Muslim or an atheist for president than they would for a socialist, according to a recent Gallup Poll. Yet "socialist" is now how Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has described himself throughout his career.<p>Sanders has not run from the term, even as he surges in …

Middle-class

Real Housewives of New York Reunion Recap: Bethenny Frankel Blasts “Bottom-Feeder” Ramona Singer in Explosive Fight

Fighting words! As the <i>Real Housewives of New York City</i> Season 7 reunion continued with its second installment, it seemed that the ladies were on edge …

Luann de Lesseps

John Oliver takes on televangelists in blistering Last Week Tonight segment

If John Oliver’s blistering, investigative, commercial-free journalistic smackdowns have ever felt like church — you’re not wrong.<p>In a 20-minute long …

Paul Krugman: GOP candidates promise government by the 1 percent, for the 1 percent

The rich <em>are</em> politically different from you and me<p>In his Monday column, the New York Times' Paul Krugman argued that desire by almost the entire Republican field of potential presidential nominees to gut politically popular programs like Social Security is evidence that the party has …

Social Security

Starbucks Has a Plan For Evenings: Wine, Beer, and Small Plates

Starbucks is a beverage giant mostly known for selling that morning cup of coffee. The chain has spent years working on a plan to give customers a …

The Best Pre-Workout Foods

The Best<p>We've covered what you should eat after working out. But what about beforehand? You need to fuel up properly, because exercising on an empty …

Hillary’s in danger, Trump is sunk: The hard truths America is ignoring this election season

While pundits regurgitate the same bad information, we’re missing the earth-shattering stories under our noses<p>In January, I began writing a weekly column for Salon. Hillary Clinton was still in pre-campaign mode but already losing ground -- churning out formulaic answers to stock questions, …

Government

I was betrayed by Republican religion: What my years as a Christian fundamentalist taught me about right-wing faith

The political form of Christianity, championed by “The 700 Club” and Fox News, is selling a powerful snake oil<p><i>“If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.”<br>— Luke 3:11 (NLT)</i><p>It is one of the great ironies of of contemporary American politics …

Celebrities Who Sell Weed

Celebrity Gossip

Jeff Bezos defends Amazon after NYT exposé of working practices

Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos has defended his company after allegations of employee cruelty made by the New York Times.<p>In a rare communication from the 51-year-old, Bezos told staff to carefully read the “very long” article and compared it with a “very different take by a current …

Jeff Bezos

Bethenny Frankel Says She Is "Happy" With Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet, but Is She Dating Other Men, Too?

<b>Bethenny Frankel</b> wants to keep it casual.<p>One month after E! News exclusively revealed that the <i>Real Housewives of New York City</i> star has been quietly …

Relationships

Bethenny Frankel Calls "Bulls--t" on Ramona Singer's "New Beginnings" on Real Housewives of New York Finale

"I will admit that I was wrong," Ramona says. "About what?" Bethenny asks. "I don't even know what you're referring to."<p>Bethenny says she was over it …

Real Housewives

People with this type of personality are more likely to become entrepreneurs

Science suggests there’s one personality type that’s more likely to ditch the corporate structure and work for themselves.<p>A new report from Truity …

TV pastor tells viewers to shun Christians who accept gay people

Televangelist Pat Robertson has claimed that Christians should shun anyone who accepts gay people.<p>The 700 Club host, whose show is broadcast widely …

LGBTQI

The Coddling of the American Mind

In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.<p><b>S</b>omething strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and …

Higher Education

The Distinct Personality of Entrepreneurial Cities

Great universities, venture capital, and talented people are necessary, but insufficient.<p>Mayors, economic developers, and business leaders alike all say they want one thing: more entrepreneurship. Across the country and the world, there’s been no shortage of efforts to clone the “next Silicon …

Entrepreneurship

Can Joe Biden beat Hillary Clinton?

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Joe Biden might run for president -- but his own relationships and political chops are the only elements of a campaign he has in place right now.<p>Amid questions about Hillary Clinton's authenticity, the vice president's aides and associates see his gaffe-prone, yet honest …

Government

Every American should know about the largest mass murder of gay people in US history

You've probably heard of New York City's Stonewall Inn, famous for its role in the LGBTQ rights movement and a newly designated landmark. What most Americans have never heard of is the story of the largest killing of gay people, all men, in US history.<p>Four years after the Stonewall Uprising, on …

Google launches free music streaming ahead of Apple Music debut

The company's great, human-curated playlists are now free (with ads)<p>As Apple Music nears its June 30th launch, Google is getting more aggressive about trying to sell users on its own Google Play Music service. Today the company is launching a free, ad-supported tier that offers curated playlists (a …

Uniquely Nasty: the government’s cruel campaign against gay Americans.

In 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the dismissal of every single gay person working for the federal government. For the next several …