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Smart Travel Advice: The More You Travel, the Bigger the World Becomes

<b>Don George</b> describes himself as a "travel evangelist" but he is much more than that. Yes, he loves to talk about the life-changing possibilities of travel, which started for him when he visited Paris in college. But he is also a best-selling author and writer, regarded by many as the preeminent …

The 19 Most Beautiful Places In The World Are Hidden In America

Europe is great and Asia is awesome, but the song says <i>America</i> the beautiful.<p>These hidden places prove you don't need to spend big bucks and make a transatlantic trek-- the world's most beautiful wonders have been here all along, right in your American backyard.<p><b>Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone</b> …

Andrew Stoloff Gives Recovering Addicts and Ex-Convicts Jobs At His Second Chance Bakery

On paper, Andrew Stoloff knew it made no sense to buy Rubicon Bakery in Richmond, Calif.<p>But the former Wall Street analyst’s decision to take over …

Employment

A foolproof illustrated guide to Obamacare

<b>(Grace Van’t Hof / quoobiecreative.com)</b><p>Everything you need to know now that the ACA is underway<p>Deborah Stone<p>October 28, 2013 5:58pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Boston Review.<p>The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is now underway. If you are among the majority of Americans who already …

Charming Cabin Built for $500 with Repurposed Windows

Located in the mountains of West Virginia, photographer Nick Olson and designer Lilah Horwitz have built their own enchanting retreat made out of discarded windows. The towering home away from home boasts a creative facade made of windows of varying sizes, giving it an artistic flair that is both …

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Darwin inspired Hitler: Lies they teach in Texas

<b>Charles Darwin, Adolf Hitler (AP)</b><p>And that’s not the only whopper students are being taught as history in some Texas charter schools<p>Jonny Scaramanga<p>October 25, 2013 11:45am (UTC)<p>When Joshua Bass, an engineer, sent his son to iSchool High, a Houston charter school, he was expecting a solid college …

Fight the NRA: 28,117 gun deaths since Sandy Hook must be remembered

<b>A Sparks Middle School student, October 21, 2013 in Sparks, Nev. (AP/Kevin Clifford)</b><p>There’s a mass shooting in America every five days. Why do we lack the courage to do something about it?<p>Sally Kohn<p>October 25, 2013 4:00pm (UTC)<p>As of this week, estimates are that 28,177 Americans have died of gun …

CEOs and inventors most likely took art or music lessons as a kid

<i>This item has been corrected.</i><p>Time spent learning to play Chopin or Bach at age 8 or 13 may give a child the chops to eventually be a CEO or scientist.<p>Or as researchers at Michigan State University put it: “A young Picasso or Beethoven could be the next Edison.”<p>People who own businesses or were …

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Work Until You Die? More Middle Class Americans Say They Can Never Retire

Forget pushing retirement off a few years. A growing number of Americans believe they’ll be working until death.<p>An alarming 37% of middle class Americans believe they’ll work until they’re too sick or until they die.<p>Another 34% believes retirement will come at the ripe age of 80. Just two years ago …

Instead of Raises, McDonald's Tells Workers to Sign Up for Food Stamps

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>McDonald's has taken a lot of heat lately for the subpar wages it pays its employees, but the …

Democrats blast Wal-Mart “welfare kings”

<b>Employee protesting in front of Walmart (AP/J Pat Carter)</b><p>Labor activists say a presentation Wal-Mart made to Goldman Sachs proves most workers make less than $25,000 a year<p>Josh Eidelson<p>October 23, 2013 6:09pm (UTC)<p>A slide from Wal-Mart’s U.S. CEO’s presentation to Goldman Sachs’ retail conference …

Surreal Photos of Singapore’s Solar-Powered Supertrees

Is it just us or do these trees look like something out of a sci-fi movie or, the very least, digital paintings? Sure, there's a bit of post processing done to these images but, for the most part, these are actual photos of Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Back in 2009, we posted on …

Arunachal Pradesh

How fast food poverty costs America billions

<b>(AP/John Minchillo)</b><p>While fast food corporations reap vast fortunes, taxpayers finance $7 billion in public assistance for the workers<p>Josh Eidelson<p>October 15, 2013 4:00pm (UTC)<p>Twin studies released at noon Tuesday estimate that the majority of families of front-line fast food workers use public …

The Warren-Cruz Scale: A Blue-Red Spectrum

Our exhaustive research into the New American Center tells us that we're divided into 8 segments, from liberal to conservative. Here's where your leaders stand.<p>Our exhaustive research into the New American Center tells us that we're divided into 8 segments, from liberal to conservative. Here's …

Christian delusions are driving the GOP insane

Why aren’t Republicans more frightened of a shutdown and a default? Part of the reason is magical thinking<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>October 10, 2013 9:40pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Alternet.<p>Why aren’t Republicans more afraid? The entire premise of both the government shutdown and the threats …

In Case You'd Like To Drunk Dial Congress...

If you've had a few drinks and want to give politicians on Capitol Hill a piece of your mind, drunkdialcongress.org is the one-stop-shop for drunk dialing random members of Congress.<p>The site's pitch: "Whether you are a furloughed worker, being forced to work for free, or just fed up at Capitol …

What Travelling to 66 Countries Has Taught Me

While I don't covet passport stamps and don't really pay attention to my little blue book anymore, I hit a travel milestone a couple of weeks ago that I couldn't ignore. My trip to Montenegro and Bosnia marked the 65th and 66th countries I've set foot in: a fact that floors me since I never …

Travelers

Krugman: The 1 percent has created a monster

<b>Paul Krugman (Reuters/Anton Golubev)</b><p>The New York Times columnist traces the origins of the insanity on the right<p>Elias Isquith<p>October 1, 2013 6:33pm (UTC)<p>In a post at his New York Times blog, the award-winning economist and columnist Paul Krugman argues that the right's crusade against Obamacare is …

The iPhone Is a Bigger Business Than Coca-Cola and McDonald's Combined

And Google. And Microsoft. And Home Depot.<p>Eric Chemi, head of research for <i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i>, pulls an amazing stat. iPhone sales in the last year exceed <i>all revenue</i> to Microsoft, Amazon, Comcast, or Google. The iPhone alone outsells Coca-Cola and McDonald's, perhaps the world's two most famous …

Bill Clinton: ‘If I Were President, I Wouldn’t Negotiate’ Over Funding Government

Former Pres­id­ent Clin­ton stead­fastly de­fen­ded Pres­id­ent Obama and Sen­ate Demo­crats Sunday morn­ing on their po­s­i­tion in the …

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For males, monogamy can have evolutionary benefits

NEW YORK - Whenever a public figure cheats on his wife, pundits can be counted on to trot out the tired old claim that males are simply wired by evolution to be promiscuous.<p>Two studies released on Monday beg to differ. By sticking to one female, they conclude, males of many species, especially …

Photography: Genetic Portraits

Today's post may strike you as a little eerie at first scroll but we're excited to share Genetic Portraits, a photographic research project exploring …

Lobster Boy Looms Large In Food Stamp Debate

Before Fox News turned its cameras on him, Jason Greenslate was an anonymous Southern California beach bum, hanging with his surfer pals, playing in a demonstrably awful band and, in his words, "livin' the ratt life."<p>He doesn't work and gets $200 a month in food stamp assistance that he sometimes …

GOP’s secret anti-choice plot: The shady crackdown on training abortion doctors

<b>(Reuters/Chris Keane/Joshua Lott)</b><p>Draconian laws to bar abortions are well known. But now there’s a quiet scheme to limit what medical students learn<p>Katie McDonough<p>September 19, 2013 11:45am (UTC)<p>As terrible as the last few years have been for reproductive rights in the United States, growing …

10-Square Meters Smart Student Unit Is A Smart, Green, and Affordable House for Student

This <b>Smart Student Unit</b> was built on only 10-square meters space by Tengbom Architects in order to offer student with an affordable, eco-friendly, and …

Starbucks CEO No-Gun Request Probably Won’t Change Anything

After politicians urged Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to ban guns at Starbucks, the executive has been pushed into the firearms debate. And so, in an …

Finally! Alabama ends segregated sororities after public shaming

<b>Students and faculty members of the Univ. of Alabama march across the campus to oppose racial segregation among its Greek-letter social organizations (AP/Dave Martin)</b><p>Alabama moves to integrate its Greek system, in a surprisingly overdue move. Where was the administration before?<p>Mary Elizabeth …