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Canada shows the world the right way to face up to evil

<b>Ottawa (CNN) —</b> When terror came to the streets of Toronto this week -- in one of the worst mass killings in this country's history -- it challenged the sepia-soaked image of Canada as "a peaceable kingdom."<p>Like other large, diverse democracies, Canada has learned that it is not immune to random …

Canada

'Dear Mark, this is why I hate you.' An open letter to Zuckerberg

Dear Mark,<p>Fuck you. Oh, sorry, were you expecting something politer? Senators might thank for you volunteering to appear in Congress, but you helped …

Scientists have established a link between brain damage and religious fundamentalism

A study published in the journal <i>Neuropsychologia</i> has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a …

Northwestern University

The Problem Isn’t Just Trump. It’s Our Ignorant Electorate.

It is not effete snobbery or elitist condescension to note that ill-informed voters contributed to the current mess.<p>For many of us, mornings have …

Switzerland has a stunningly high rate of gun ownership — here's why it doesn't have mass shootings

Switzerland hasn't had a mass shooting since 2001, when a man stormed the local parliament in Zug, killing 14 people and then himself.<p>The country has about 2 million privately owned guns in a nation of 8.3 million people. In 2016, the country had 47 attempted homicides with firearms. The country's …

A Review of 6,000 Studies Across Two Decades Delivers Its Verdict on GMO Corn

We'll just leave this here...<p>There is a great deal of misinformation out there regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs).<p>From monikers like …

Trump is right about the UN – and the UK should follow him

As Britain leaves the EU, is it time to re-examine our membership and funding of another international institution – the United Nations (UN)?<p>Asking …

Foreign Policy

Liberals And Conservatives Are Lying About Chelsea Manning, And We’re Not Here For It

On Tuesday this week, The New York Times published an error-ridden and transphobic op-ed castigating former whistle-blower and trans activist Chelsea …

8 Under-the-Radar Hotels in Canada We Love

Canada is the world’s second-largest country, geographically speaking. Maybe that’s why its smallest hotels seem like such discoveries—jewel-like accommodations embedded in spectacular natural settings, or luxurious lodgings slipped in urban pockets so discreet even locals might miss them. As our …

It’s Time for the Lost Cause of the South to Get Lost

The nation has been held back for decades because of Southerners’ dishonest propaganda about the causes of the Civil War. Enough, enough, enough.<p>In …

Wind and solar power are saving Americans an astounding amount of money

Not getting sick and dying from pollution is worth quite a bit, it turns out.<p>Wind and solar power are subsidized by just about every major country in the world, either directly or indirectly through tax breaks, mandates, and regulations.<p>The main rationale for these subsidies is that wind and solar …

Fossil Fuels

America has become so anti-innovation – it's economic suicide

The fall of Juicero isn’t just entertaining tech industry stupidity – it’s the sign of a country refusing to break new ground<p>If you’ve used the internet at any point in the past few weeks, you’ve probably heard of Juicero. Juicero is a San Francisco-based company that sells a $400 juicer. Here’s …

Tech Industry

Please stop bragging about how busy you are

“Busy” has become a brand. We moan, brag, and compete about how busy we are.<p>Many of us are locked in a state of frantic, racing, cramming, skimming …

Time Management

DeVos and Tax Credit Vouchers: Arizona Shows What Can Go Wrong

Steve Yarbrough is one of the most powerful men in Arizona. As president of the State Senate, he has promoted a range of conservative policies, including a tuition tax credit system that provides over $100 million per year to finance vouchers for private schools.<p>In his speech to Congress this week, …

Known for political temperance, Iowa moves sharply right

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After decades as the crossroads of prairie populists and checkbook conservatives, Iowa has suddenly become solidly Republican …

President Trump Has Done Almost Nothing

Tune out the noise coming from the White House. So far, very little has actually happened.<p>Just weeks into Donald Trump’s presidency, you would think that everything had changed. The uproar over the president’s tweets grows louder by the day, as does concern over the erratic, haphazard and …

Donald Trump

You're More Likely to Die Choking Than Be Killed by Foreign Terrorists, Data Show

You're more likely to die from being buried alive or from choking on food than at the hands of foreign-born terrorists attacking on American soil.<p>The death rate data was compiled by NBC News in light of a recent report by the libertarian think tank the Cato Institute, which found the likelihood of …

Immigration

Are Kids Getting Too Many Vaccines?

Political leaders and parents have expressed concerns that young children are getting too many vaccines, often for diseases that aren’t raging …

US towns that pandered to anti-immigrant sentiment had to raise taxes and borrow to cover the millions in losses

The US is a nation of laws, not men, and that means that unconstituional actions by lawmakers end up being struck down by judges -- so when populist …

Immigration

5 amazing under-the-radar travel destinations to explore this year

Now that 2017 is well underway, this means that many people are trying their best to cling to their New Year’s resolutions.<p>And while certain …

National Parks

Is This the Most Romantic Restaurant in the World?

<i>Originally published by Travel + Leisure</i><p>There are few experiences more memorable (or romantic) than eating a delicious meal while surrounded by a …

12 spots to frequent in Tokyo if you want to be a true local

Saying Tokyo is overwhelming to visit is a gross understatement. Searching for a decent happy place to unwind or simply enjoy a lazy afternoon can …

Aid in reverse: how poor countries develop rich countries | Jason Hickel

New research shows that developing countries send trillions of dollars more to the west than the other way around. Why?<p>We have long been told a compelling story about the relationship between rich countries and poor countries. The story holds that the rich nations of the OECD give generously of …

Developing Countries

‘Final Fantasy’ Creator Sakaguchi on Remakes, ‘XV’ and Square Enix

It has been 12 years since the father of <i>Final Fantasy</i>, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has had anything to do with the blockbuster role-playing game franchise he …

videogames

There's a great new way to reuse your old Amazon shipping boxes

Turns out, Amazon has a new way to prevent its extra packaging from ending up on the curb.<p>Amazon announced it's participating in a program called "Give Back Box" earlier this week. Basically, if you ship donations to Goodwill in a used Amazon box, Amazon will cover the shipping.<p>Here's how it …

Minnesota Taxes The Rich, Pays Workers More, And–Shocking–The Economy Improves

The state’s economic success gives a simple and easy replicable model for how to grow an economy.<p>Change requires political will: Money, innovation, and public desire have little effect if policy isn’t pushed, sometimes ruthlessly, to use them. It’s a somewhat dull truth, but today we have a …

I’m with stupid: The entire 2016 election has been an insult to our intelligence

Donald Trump isn’t the only one to lie with impunity. Logic, facts and intelligence are the losers in this election<p>Back in 2008 only weeks away from the election of Barack Obama as president, British journalist George Monbiot wondered how U.S. politics had come to be “dominated by people who make a …

Donald Trump is the white boomers’ last gasp — believe it or not, the future looks brighter

The embattled GOP nominee represents the last stand for an entire generation of conservative white men — RIP!<p>The presidential election of 2016 has not involved a public policy debate as much as it has chronicled the ongoing struggle of Donald Trump to resemble a sentient and literate human being. …

Yes, there’s a “rigged election”: The one that ensures a Republican House majority

A huge Clinton wave could tilt red states blue — but it still won’t be enough for Democrats to take the House<p>Democrats appear headed for their biggest presidential election in years. Nate Silver has Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as an 86 percent favorite to move back to the White …