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Be Careful What You Google

The search engine creates a feedback loop that influences the way people see the world, a new study finds.<p>Google is a modern oracle, and a miraculous one at that. It can lead you to the <i>Perfect Strangers</i> theme song lyrics, or to a satellite image of your childhood neighborhood, or to a blueprint for …

CEOs

Rebel Wilson confirms Pitch Perfect 3 is happening

And Wilson will star in it<p><i>Pitch Perfect 2</i> arrives next month, and the story of a cappella, friendship, and slapstick won't end there. Rebel Wilson confirmed to <i>LA Times</i> reporter Amy Kaufman that a third <i>Pitch Perfect</i> installment is in the works, and that Wilson will once again star.<p>There's no word …

First four episodes of Game of Thrones season 5 leak online

Spoilers are coming<p>The fifth season of <i>Game of Thrones</i> premieres tonight on HBO, but it’s getting an early airing on the internet. While you’d normally have to wait four weeks to see the initial four episodes of the series, they’ve been leaked to torrent sites and some fans are scrambling to …

Bill Maher terrifies Bill O’Reilly: An atheist has the Fox News host running scared

<b>(AP/Janet Van Ham/Kathy Willens/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>What flabbergasts O’Reilly & Coulter is nonbelievers are no longer keeping mum about Christianity’s rank stupidity<p>Jeffrey Tayler<p>April 12, 2015 9:59am (UTC)<p>Refuting the likes of Fox News’ popular talk-show host Bill O’Reilly and the …

Religion

Hillary Clinton just doesn’t get it: She’s already running a losing campaign

<b>(AP/Carolyn Kaster)</b><p>Rand Paul has edged in front of her. Jeb thinks she’ll be easy to defeat. She’s playing right into their hands<p>Bill Curry<p>April 12, 2015 9:58am (UTC)<p>Hillary Clinton joins the race for president today. If you believe the leaks from her staff, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t, …

Government

Rise of the techno-Libertarians: The 5 most socially destructive aspects of Silicon Valley

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>The tech industry is morally and ethically bankrupt, and it’s starting to take its toll on ordinary Americans<p>Richard Eskow<p>April 12, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Nowadays the Silicon Valley is either celebrated as a hotbed of creativity or condemned as …

Silicon Valley

“Seven long-ass books”: “SNL” reimagines “Game of Thrones” in South Centros

<b>(NBC)</b><p>“Game of Thrones” meets the ’91 Singleton classic “Boyz n the Hood”<p>Colin Gorenstein<p>April 12, 2015 11:07am (UTC)<p>Fox's "Empire" has long drawn comparisons to "Game of Thrones" -- with its prevailing lion imagery and broken-family plotline -- but, surprisingly, it wasn't 'Empire" that got a "Game …

Game of Thrones

I was a childhood racist

<b>A photo of the author as a young boy</b><p>In 1966, I had never questioned segregation. Then my school finally integrated. That’s when I said something awful<p>Jim Grimsley<p>April 12, 2015 5:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood”<p>In a day in late …

Does Christianity Have a Future?

A new study shows Christianity on the decline in the wealthy West, with Islam surging. What Would Jesus Say? It’s not what you think.<p>A study released …

Bill Clinton Could Be the Best First Lady Ever

Hillary won’t be the only one breaking new ground if she gets back into the White House. Here comes first gentleman Bill Clinton.<p>Finally! “Madame …

The Abuse of Satire

Garry Trudeau on Charlie Hebdo, free-speech fanaticism, and the problem with “punching downward”<p>My career—I guess I can officially call it that now—was not my idea. When my editor, Jim Andrews, recruited me out during my junior year in college and gave me the job I still hold, it wasn’t clear to me …

Political Cartoons

Daredevil: A Longform Approach to Comic-Book Television

Marvel's first show with Netflix borrows its gritty look and feel from Frank Miller, but stays true to the binge-friendly nature of comic books and streaming services.<p>Comic-book storytelling has long seemed more compatible with the arc of a television season than it is with film: For all the …

Comics

What's Preventing Better U.S.-Cuba Relations?

A brief guide to the major sticking points<p>The face-to-face conversation between President Obama and his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro, marked the most significant thaw in the two countries' relationship in decades. The meeting, held Saturday at the Summit for the Americas, signaled that the …

Are Americans Really Champions of Racial Equality?

70 years after Gunnar Myrdal's An American Dilemma, it's time to let go of the idea that America's morality will overcome its history of discrimination.<p>In his speech at Selma last month, President Barack Obama highlighted the inconsistencies between America’s egalitarian ideals and its history of …

The Truth About Black Twitter

Complex, influential, and far more meaningful than the sum of its social justice-driven hashtags<p>Black Twitter is a force. It’s also not particularly well understood by those who aren’t a part of it. The term is used to describe a large network of black Twitter users and their loosely coordinated …

Social Media

An Oral History Of How "Game of Thrones" Went From Crazy Idea To HBO's Biggest Hit

Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.W. Weiss, and HBO brass recall how the show (barely) got off the ground.<p>On Sunday night the fifth season of HBO’s epic fantasy series <i>Game of Thrones</i> premieres, and at this point, there is no questioning its epicness. With nearly 20 million viewers per …