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Unlearning the myth of American innocence

When she was 30, Suzy Hansen left the US for Istanbul – and began to realise that Americans will never understand their own country until they see it as the rest of the world does<p>My mother recently found piles of my notebooks from when I was a small child that were filled with plans for my future. …

Political Science

Understand the Fundamentals of Light - a Bite-Sized Guide for Photographers

In order to understand the fundamentals of light, let's roll this back a little and consider whether you have ever asked yourself what photography</i> …

Landscape Photography

The White House power struggle between Steve Bannon and the “globalists,” explained

This battle cuts to the core of the contradictions around Trump’s character and his presidency.<p>For weeks, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has been locked in combat with another faction of administration officials — and both Bannon’s job and the future of the Trump administration may be at …

Donald Trump

Getting out of Auto: Understanding the metering modes on your camera

Metering modes allow a camera to determine how much light there is in any given scene, and how much there should be. However, the way the modes …

Cameras

YouTube TV launches today. It has some cool features and some big drawbacks

YouTube TV,<p>Google's new streaming package of about 40 television channels, is the tech industry's latest bid to get cable-shunning millennials to pay for live TV over the Internet. It offers intriguing advantages over rivals, but it remains hobbled by a limited channel selection.<p>Don't confuse the …

McCain rips Trump administration over Syria policy

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sen. John McCain said Tuesday the Trump administration's decision to no longer prioritize ending the Syrian civil war is "another disgraceful chapter in American history."<p>"(Syrian President) Bashar Assad and his friends, the Russians, take note of what Americans say," the Arizona Republican …

Donald Trump

Love Isn’t Enough (and Other Lessons from Ending a 6-Year Relationship)

<b>“Some people think that it’s holding on that makes one strong; sometimes it’s letting go.” ~Unknown</b><p>Sometimes we prolong relationships for the sake of …

Relationships

Psychologists Explain The Benefits Of Baking For Other People

People who bake use any excuse to heat up their ovens. They bake a cake to crown someone’s birthday, labor over cookies to celebrate a holiday, and whip up brownies because everyone loves chocolate. But it turns out that baking is about more than creating something sweet to eat. Baking, especially …

Mindfulness

For some California sheriffs, it's not politics stopping them from fully helping ICE: It's the legal risk

Adam Christianson makes no bones about helping federal immigration agents nab people for deportation.<p>The three-term sheriff of Stanislaus County, east of the Bay Area, gives agents from<p>Immigration and Customs Enforcementunfettered access to his jails, where they interview inmates and scroll through …

This Audi Ad Was Shot Using 1/43 Scale Models and a Homemade Desert

Most car commercials involve big budgets, test drivers, and excursions to exotic far-away lands—unless, of course, you hire miniature photography …

Young Russians are fed up, and the Kremlin has taken notice

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> The thousands of Russians who took to the streets over the weekend may not have vented their fury directly at Vladimir Putin, but the President certainly took note of the message.<p>After the largest mass demonstrations in years, when crowds across the country took part in …

Russia

Japanese Zen Philosopher Reveals Why Suffering Unlocks the Secrets of Life

We’re biologically conditioned to avoid pain, distress and hardship. So why does this Japanese Zen philosopher say that suffering helps you to unlock …

Mexican state attorney general arrested at U.S. border in San Diego on drug trafficking charges

Federal agents in San Diego have arrested the attorney general for the Mexican state of Nayarit on charges that he conspired to smuggle<p>heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine into the U.S.<p>Edgar Veytia, 46, was detained Monday at the U.S. border in San Diego on an indictment handed down by a grand jury …

17 Profound Quotes From an Ancient Zen Master That Will Make You Think Deeply About Life

Among the most important texts of Zen literature, the Lin-Chi lu details the insights and exploits of the great ninth century Chinese Zen master …

What Happens to Your Brain When You Stop Believing in God

It's like going off a drug.<p>My belief in God didn't spontaneously combust—it faded. I lost my virginity at 16. I stopped going to church. I snuck out past curfew. As punishment, my mom made me memorize Bible verses, and I recited them like recipes.<p>I wasn't the only kid who stopped believing. A …

Religion

The Antelope Valley poppies have exploded into a spectacular burst of neon, signaling an end to drought

They come upon you before you know it. You exit Highway 14 in the Antelope Valley and suddenly, as you drive west along Avenue I, they hit you with an unexpected force.<p>Brilliant orange fields of poppies blanket the hillsides. Acres and acres of poppies. Football fields of poppies. What is this, you …

'It's Not Your Fault': Researchers Confirm Cancer Is Often Random

Random mutations are the single biggest factor in causing cancer, researchers reaffirmed Thursday.<p>About two-thirds of the genetic mutations that lead to cancer happen simply because of random errors made as cells divide and not because of diet, chemicals or inherited genes, the team at Johns …

Cancer

7 Brutal but Powerful Lessons People Often Learn Too Late in Life

You know the old saying, “Youth is wasted on the young”?<p>I think about that sometimes – how I wish I’d had the self-awareness and confidence that I …

Steve Bannon's Would-Be Coalition of Christian Traditionalists

From American evangelicals to Russian Orthodox, they're united against Islam. Is that enough to overcome all that divides them?<p>“If we do not bind together as partners with others in other countries then this conflict is only going to metastasize,” said Steve Bannon in 2014. He was referring to a …

Religion

Premier League people: Victoria Haydn

L.A. County sheriff expresses sympathy for immigrants, but says sanctuary bill could hurt them

Los Angeles County SheriffJim McDonnellsays he understands the struggles of immigrants trying to make a better life in America.<p>His parents moved to Boston from Ireland a year before he was born. His father was a laborer whose gigs included digging ditches.<p>But McDonnell now finds himself walking a …

How the phony conspiracy theory over wiretapping caught fire

When Michael Flynn, President Trump's short-lived national security advisor, resigned last month, Mark Levin was outraged.<p>Not because Flynn had falsely denied speaking with the Russian ambassador about U.S. sanctions before Trump took office. Rather, the conservative talk radio host was furious …

Gorsuch's Selective View of 'Religious Freedom'

Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia possesses the same limited view of religious freedom supported by the conservatives currently on the Supreme Court.<p>As the Judiciary Committee hearings for Judge Neal Gorsuch begin, I retain my impression that he is in his way a splendid fellow, …

Religion

Here's what Trump supporters mean when they talk about the 'deep state'

Leaks to reporters. Supposed wiretaps of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign. Federal court rulings against the ban on travel and refugee resettlement.<p>For allies of Trump — aides, politicians and right-wing news sites — these are evidence of the existence of a "deep state," a secretive, …

Fake news has a long history in the Middle East — and the lessons for Americans are unmistakably dire

Information has long been falsified and weaponized in Turkey and the Arab world — and we’re headed that way fast<p>Fake news is all the rage; you can't escape it. The entire op-ed section of last Tuesday’s Washington Post was dedicated to some aspect of the fake news phenomenon. My initial inclination …

Journalism

D.C.'s blast of snow stopped the cherry blossoms cold; only half survived. Now what?

March 14 to 17 was supposed to be the earliest peak bloom ever for the famed Japanese cherry trees along the Tidal Basin and Potomac Park in Washington, D.C.<p>But last Tuesday brought snow instead of clusters of fluffy white flowers to the nation's capital.<p>Half the Yoshino trees lost their blossoms …

The Denationalization of American Muslims

For years, Republican leaders treated Frank Gaffney as a pariah. But his dark warnings about Sharia law taking over America found an audience among grassroots conservatives—and now, in the White House.<p>On March 6, the zoning board in Bayonne, New Jersey, turned down a request to convert an old …

Religion

Trump embraces the blame game, while brushing aside some inconvenient realities

President Trump’s frustration has repeatedly been visible as his successful campaign has given way to a troubled presidency, driven by the distance between his promises and the bracing difficulty of governing.<p>At a campaign rally Wednesday in Nashville and in a separate<p>Fox Newsinterview, Trump had …

Is the Scalia theory embraced by Judge Gorsuch a lofty constitutional doctrine or just an excuse to be conservative?

When Judge<p>Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’sSupreme Courtnominee, goes before theSenatenext week, it will be a triumphant moment for “originalism,” the once-obscure theory that the Constitution should be interpreted according to the meaning of words and phrases as they were understood in the times …

I prefer my photos RAW: The Best RAW camera apps for shooting with the iPhone!

What are the best RAW camera apps available for my iPhone?While a lot of people are super content to simply load up their Camera app and snap a …