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GUNDAM - Enlightenment

Five Questions About the Bombing of a Hospital in Kunduz

On Saturday, at 2:08 A.M. local time, an American AC-130 began to bomb a hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), in Kunduz, Afghanistan. According to accounts from doctors and nurses, the air strike continued for more than an hour, in fifteen-minute waves. The hospital …


Thich Nhat Hanh on Loosening the Knots of Anger

Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us how to relax the bonds of anger, attachment and delusion through mindfulness and kindness toward ourselves.

To be happy, to …


What “Orwellian” Really Means: An Animated Lesson About the Use & Abuse of the Term

In all of our minds, the word “Orwellian” conjures up a certain kind of setting: a vast, fixed bureaucracy; a dead-eyed public forced into gray, …

Cool Stuff

Kilchurn Session XIII

Salman Rushdie on Magical Realism

Taiye Selasi: Don't ask where I'm from, ask where I'm a local

When someone asks you where you're from … do you sometimes not know how to answer? Writer Taiye Selasi speaks on behalf of "multi-local" people, who …

TED Talks

Laurie Anderson on Her Ambitious Guantanamo Meditation 'Habeas Corpus'

"It literally makes me sick to . . . to realize: We did that?"

Laurie Anderson, no stranger to storytelling or feats of artsy ambition, is preparing a momentous multimedia work about a subject as pointed and political as they come: the story of a long-suffering detainee from Guantanamo Bay. Under …

Laurie Anderson

Our Favorite Images From NASA's Incredible New Apollo Gallery

Earlier this week, NASA uploaded an incredible treasure trove of images to a new gallery on Flickr: unprocessed photographs from all of the manned …

Moon Missions

Nietzsche on How to Find Yourself and the True Value of Education

“No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life.”

“Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?” Elizabeth Gilbert asked in framing her catalyst for creative magic. This is among life’s most abiding questions and the …

Western Philosophy

Paris’s first attempt at car-free day brings big drop in air and noise pollution

Paris’s “day without cars” last week led to such a dramatic drop in both air and noise pollution that the mayor’s office is now planning more vehicle-free days in the French capital.

Airparif, which measures city pollution levels, said levels of nitrogen dioxide dropped by up to 40% in parts of the …


Watch Foo Fighters Cover Pink Floyd's 'In the Flesh?' at the Austin City Limits Festival

Foo Fighters added the opener of Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' to their list of cover songs in Austin, Texas. Continue reading…

Foo Fighters

Republicans Are Using Fear and Guns to Keep Us 'Safe.' It's Killing Us.

The morning after.

​Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world…​

"This is why we have to crack down hard. When you have a culture of violence in any country, it can be used as an excuse. It radicalises people. "It means we have to continually work for peace." The gunman who shot at least …


Katahimikan - Evanescent

Richard Glossip and the End of the Death Penalty

Update: Richard Glossip’s execution was delayed on Wednesday afternoon by thirty-seven days because of questions concerning the chemicals used for lethal injection.

If the Supreme Court abolishes the death penalty soon, which Justice Antonin Scalia said, last week, that he “wouldn’t be surprised” to …

Death Penalty

Michael FK - Crossing The Bridge

Health Program for Sept. 11 First Responders Set to Expire

Because Congress failed to renew it

(WASHINGTON) — A law that provides medical monitoring and treatment for Sept. 11 first responders expires at midnight Wednesday due to the failure of Congress to act.

For now, first responders who rushed to the World Trade Center after the 2001 terrorist attacks, …


Elizabeth Warren throws down with a think-tank — and wins

Her letter about corporate fealty masquerading as research led to the resignation of a Brookings scholar

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren singled out a Brookings Institution scholar for writing a paper that would benefit his corporate benefactors, but instead of contesting the charges, the …


Deaths from gun violence vs. deaths from terrorism, in one chart

In his impassioned address in the wake of Thursday's horrible shooting at an Oregon community college, President Obama issued a challenge to the …


Finnish Musicians Play Bluegrass Versions of AC/DC, Iron Maiden & Ronnie James Dio

Europeans do weird things with American folk music. Sometimes they do horrible things, like the 1994 techno rendition of traditional country song …

Ronnie James Dio

Pablie - Soul Drivers

How to Restart an Ecosystem - Issue 28: 2050

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When I first flew over Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park in March, 2004, I saw a lush, Eden-like …


Three Buddhist teachers explain the essence of “Prayer for Everyone”

Photo by J3SSL33.

This week, is promoting #PrayerForEveryone, a global interfaith campaign to draw awareness to the Global Goals For …


Hillary Clinton's forceful response to a GOP leader's miscue on Benghazi

Republicans' use of the House Benghazi Committee as a political weapon to affect the 2016 presidential election is "deeply distressing" and dishonors …

Hillary Clinton

Aubrey Beardsley’s Macabre Illustrations of Edgar Allan Poe’s Short Stories (1894)

Earlier this month, we featured Oscar Wilde’s scandalous play Salome as illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley in 1894. Though Beardsley’s short life and …

Edgar Allan Poe

Binary System

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