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Droning On: the More Drones We Worry About, the Less We Care About What Matters

The past few months have revealed an American obsession with drones that touches nearly every aspect of modern life. Unfortunately for vulnerable civilians in other countries, we’re obsessing over the wrong drones.<p>Amazon’s R&D department is eyeing drone delivery, but you don’t have to wait until …

Richard Dawkins is so wrong it hurts: What the science-vs.-religion debate ignores

Acolytes of Dawkins & Hitchens pretend that ignorant evangelicals represent all of religion. Here’s what they miss<p>I’m supposed to hate science. Or so I’m told.<p>I spent my childhood with my nose firmly placed between the pages of books on reptiles, dinosaurs, marine life and mammals. When I wasn’t …

Deciphering The Hidden Messages In “Game Of Thrones” Costumes

Costume designer Michele Clapton reveals what you can learn about the devious, demented characters in season four of Game of Thrones, if only you’d look a little closer at their clothes.<p><i>Game of Thrones</i> features dragons, blood magic, white walkers, dire wolves, and all sorts of made-up creatures, …

David Simon: 'There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show'

The creator of The Wire, David Simon, delivered an impromptu speech about the divide between rich and poor in America at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, and how capitalism has lost sight of its social compact. This is an edited extract<p>• Lanre Bakare: Go home, David Simon. Without justice …

In the Bedroom with Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

George R.R. Martin Releases Chapter From New 'Game of Thrones' Book

It doesn't matter if you're caught up on every <i>Game of Thrones</i> episode, if you're done reading all of the books or even if you're some sort of fantasy …

The campaign trail brings out the best in Veep

It’s so good to laugh again. The state of television comedy isn’t dire, exactly, just soft. Networks are constipated with swooning rom-coms and …

Game of Thrones: the bloody historical truth behind the show

The gruesome deaths in the epic TV fantasy Game of Thrones have nothing on medieval England, says historian Dan Jones<p>Valar morghulis: all men must die. With these words, the fourth series of Game of Thrones announces itself on the publicity posters. Must we really be told? It would be a very dim …

REVIEW: Hello, Cruel World! Game of Thrones Is Back

Westeros has a hangover. By the end of <i>Game of Thrones</i>‘ season 3, Robb and Catelyn Stark had been slaughtered at the Red Wedding, effectively quashing …

Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Is the Best Fantasy Show Ever and You'll Love Season 4

Don’t like fantasy shows? Get over it. Game of Thrones hastranscended its genre to become one of the best dramas on TV. Season 4 starts Sunday. …

The New Face of Heroin

Eve Rivait rode her first horse when she was five, too small to get her feet through the stirrups, let alone give the animal a kick that registered. …

Drug Addiction

Adjusting the Picture

I have a confession to make: I stopped watching <i>Mad Men</i> half way through the first season. It’s not that I thought it was no good, it’s just that it …

TV

If you think cybercrime is scary now, just wait until hackers can control and monitor every object in your environment

Recent work by security researchers indicates that one of the problems with having a “smart” home is that some day, it might be smart enough to attack you. The essence of the forthcoming “internet of things” is that everything we own, from our refrigerators and egg cartons to our cars and …

Internet of Things

How Buck McKeon created a global drone enterprise

<b>A lawmaker helped create the drone industry - and has reaped the benefits.</b><p>A drone reportedly flew over North Dakota last year, taking pictures of a meth lab. The drone's flight log was released in July in response to a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil-liberties …

Drones

Time for a Deal with Iran

The election of new president Hassan Rowhani in Iran has presented a rare moment of modest optimism, both in Congress and in the administration, for …

From Russia With Love: Snowden Gets Asylum

Jacob Heilbrunn<p>August 1, 2013<p>With its decision to grant Edward Snowden temporary asylum, Russia is once again demonstrating its independence from …

Surveillance

The Attack in Benghazi: Worth Investigating After All

CNN reports that dozens of CIA agents were on the ground there -- and that they're being pressured to keep quiet. Why?<p>Reuters<p>Suddenly it is imperative that Congress investigate details surrounding the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens. I've never felt that way before. But Drew Griffin's …

The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy

For over two years, the civil war in Syria has been synonymous with cries of moral urgency. <i>Do Something!</i> shout those who demand the United States …

Political Science

The Surveillance Society

Privacy is mostly an illusion. A useful illusion, no question about it, one that allows us to live without being paralyzed by self-consciousness. The …

The Drone Gender Gap: Big Differences in How Men and Women View Strikes

A new report on global attitudes about the U.S. from the Pew Research Center shows something that isn't terribly surprising: American drone strikes …

Al Qaeda affiliate claims responsibility for Iraq bombings | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An al Qaeda-affiliated group claimed responsibility for a wave of bombings across Iraq that killed 60 people on Monday and the Interior Ministry said it was facing an “open war” from insurgents bent on plunging the country into sectarian strife.<p>Street cleaners remove debris on …

Zawahri vows al Qaeda to free Guantanamo inmates | Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri slammed U.S. treatment of hunger striking inmates at Guantanamo Bay and said the group would spare no effort to free them, according to an audio recording posted on the Internet on Wednesday.<p>Al Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri speaks from …