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An Exploration Of The Changing Lives Of Women

Many revolutions begin with the sound of explosions and marching boots.<p>Now, another revolution is shaking up the world, and it's moving forward to the beep of alarm clocks and the clack of heels heading out.<p>Legions of women around the world are leaving their homes to join the paid labor force. …

Republicans and Dems Come Together — to Keep IRS From Competing with TurboTax — ProPublica

Last month, we detailed how Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, has fought a proposal that could make filing taxes easier and cheaper for millions of …

Christians should abandon Christianity

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>The author of “The Idolatry of God” says religion’s become a commodity — and a distraction<p>Candace Chellew-Hodge<p>April 21, 2013 4:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Religion Dispatches.<p>"The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction" by Peter …

Hunger Strikes and Indefinite Detention

<i>April 25: This post has been updated to reflect new developments.</i><p>It’s been 11 years since the first detainees were brought to Guantanamo Bay. But the …

Earth Day Thought from Jared Diamond

<i>The problems that we face are not beyond our control because we are the ones creating the problems. We can do something about them.</i><p>I’ve paraphrased a quote from Jared Diamond who spoke at an Earth Day celebration at Iron Horse Vineyards in Sonoma County. Diamond is the well-known author of “Guns, …

Best places to shop for travel gear and gadgets

Gadgets. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they're rapidly becoming part of the traveller's arsenal. But that doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune: next time you’re planning a trip overseas, consider taking along your travel tech shopping list. You can save plenty of cash if you know where to shop - and …

In Boston, our bloated surveillance state didn’t work

<b>(Reuters/Dan Lampariello)</b><p>Beefed-up expenditures and laws failed to stop the Boston bombing, and did little to help capture the suspects<p>Falguni A. Sheth • Robert E. Prasch<p>April 22, 2013 12:00am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on Translation Exercises.<p>The subtext of the official state view and …

Why Do Some People Faint When They See Blood?

It's a phobia, but other phobias don't give you that same woozy feeling.<p>Getting dizzy and fainting at the sight of someone else's blood doesn't seem to be the most, uh, <i>evolutionarily appropriate</i> response. How's that going to help you when you're trying to take down a buffalo? And despite it being …

Is Apple Looking For A Replacement For CEO Cook?

Is Apple (AAPL) secretly searching for a new chief executive to replace Tim Cook? Some Wall Street sources close to some Apple executives say such a move is afoot, although there’s yet no available evidence that the board of the once-mighty top tech-innovator is officially in such a game-changing …

Ttone Interaction Toothbrush Plays Music as Your Children Brushing Their Teeth

Teaching children the importance of brushing their teeth would be so much fun with <b>Ttone Interaction Toothbrush</b>. This little toothbrush provides …

Sunday shows dissect the Boston attacks

Guests examined what the attacks mean locally, nationally and internationally<p>Alex Halperin<p>April 21, 2013 5:27pm (UTC)<p>Today’s Sunday shows, like everyone else, tried to pick apart the details of how and why the terrorist attacks occurred in Boston this week. On CBS’s “Face the Nation” Bob Schieffer …

Does “Downton Abbey” perpetuate gay stereotypes?

<b>(Screenshot)</b><p>However complex, Thomas Barrow is like most gay characters on TV: The odd man out<p>Richard Kramer<p>April 21, 2013 5:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on the L.A. Review of Books.<p>IT WAS A SEASON OF SADNESS, a season of <i>tsuris</i>; the anti-Passover, I guess, as at the last minute the …

Koch Brothers eyeing Tribune company

Tribune owns the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and several large regional newspapers<p>Alex Halperin<p>April 21, 2013 6:59pm (UTC)<p>Word has circulated since at least March that the libertarian leaning, Tea Party backing Koch brothers wanted to buy the Tribune Company, the struggling newspaper …

Does revenge help anyone?

Victims need to tell their stories, feel heard — and sometimes get even. That instinct doesn’t usually help<p>Thane Rosenbaum<p>April 21, 2013 7:15pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Payback” by Thane Rosenbaum The grisly terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon was a tragic reminder of how helpless communities can …

Older suspect ejected from mosque on MLK Day

He was an “infrequent” visitor while the younger brother only attended once<p>Alex Halperin<p>April 21, 2013 9:25pm (UTC)<p>Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died during the police manhunt in Boston, was a disruptive presence at a Boston area mosque he sometimes attended, the Boston Globe reports:<p>The older and …

Boston nurses tell of bloody marathon aftermath

“We had to fight back our own fears, hold their hands as we were wrapping their legs.”<p>Carla K. Johnson<p>April 21, 2013 8:59pm (UTC)<p>BOSTON (AP) — The screams and cries of bloody marathon bombing victims still haunt the nurses who treated them one week ago. They did their jobs as they were trained to …

“Cooked”: Michael Pollan takes kitchen duty

A great food writer considers the deeper meanings of turning food into meals<p>Laura Miller<p>April 21, 2013 10:00pm (UTC)<p>Much food writing is little more than a gaseous substance that collects around recipes and advice. I like to cook and make most of my own meals, but I have no patience for the …

Stop posting that Dove ad: “Real beauty” campaign is not feminist

Dove’s just selling deodorant and soap in a new way, while peddling the same old beauty standards as empowerment<p>Erin Keane<p>April 18, 2013 3:10pm (UTC)<p>Unless your Facebook friends are completely preoccupied right now with Gabrielle Giffords' Op-Ed and Science Bros, you’ve seen multiple teary re-posts …

Can slaughterhouses be humane?

<b>(Reuters/Mike Cassese)</b><p>Prather Ranch Meat Company, which kills its cattle painlessly, bills itself as an ethical beef producer<p>Mac McClelland<p>April 21, 2013 2:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared in Modern Farmer.<p><b>A $5.25 all-beef</b> hot dog at the Stang’s Hot Dogs and Sausages stand in the Corte …

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

European Travel

The Quest To Uncover The Secret Lives Of Sharks

Can a crew of scientists and volunteers armed with homemade trackers save sharks from extinction?<p>I'm on a small boat. A woman in a bikini stands next to me dumping gallons of blood into the sea. Beside her, a man in board shorts strings barracuda heads onto large fishhooks as crooked as a witch's …