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The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy

The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem.<p>1.<p>For about a week every year in my childhood, I was a member of one of America’s fading aristocracies. Sometimes around Christmas, more often on the Fourth of July, my family would take up …

Income Inequality

Why Germans Are Getting Fed Up with America

It’s getting harder for Angela Merkel and the German elite to hold back growing anti-Americanism.<p>Germans have never liked U.S. President Donald Trump, and the backlash against his actions is stronger than ever after he pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal last week. But there’s a growing …

Europe

Washington Appears to Be Gearing Up for a Third Gulf War

Will Washington, Tel Aviv, Riyadh, and Tehran face off in a future cataclysm?With Donald Trump’s decision to shred the Iran nuclear agreement, …

Middle East

The invention of white people, the absurdity of race and fear of a Black planet

<b>by Paradise Free Jah Love Supreme</b><p>These African masks at a market in Nairobi, Kenya, remind us that all the faces of all the billions of people in the …

Race & Ethnicity

It’s No Wonder Iranians Hate America

When will the U.S. stop reminding them how legitimate their grievances are?<p>“Everyone wants to go to Baghdad. Real men want to go to Tehran.” So a senior British official was quoted as saying to Newsweek in 2002, witnessing the competitive bellicosity in the Bush administration’s run-up to the war …

Geopolitics

The Man Who Cracked the Lottery

When the Iowa attorney general’s office began investigating an unclaimed lottery ticket worth millions, an incredible string of unlikely winners came to light - and a trail that pointed to an inside job.

Lotteries

Republican House Armed Service chair warns Trump against leaving Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican leader of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee said President Trump should not walk away from the Iran nuclear deal.<p>President Donald Trump is facing a May 12 deadline on whether to re-impose sanctions against Iran. Texas Congressman Mac Thornberry said on …

Donald Trump

White Evangelicals Are The Most Fragile Of All White People

I once attended a missions conference run by a predominately white evangelical organization where, for one night, black styles of worship, preaching and spirituality were the focus. The worship team wore Black Lives Matter shirts and the preacher exhorted the thousands present to repent of the ways …

Race & Ethnicity

Capitalism is unfolding exactly as Karl Marx predicted

One hundred and sixty years ago, at a time when the light bulb was not yet invented, Karl Marx predicted that robots would replace humans in the workplace.<p>“[O]nce adopted into the production process of capital, the means of labor passes through different metamorphoses, whose culmination is the …

Karl Marx

You Should Throw Away Your Germy Kitchen Sponge Immediately. Here’s How to Wash Your Dishes Instead

<i>This article originally appeared on Time.</i><p>Quick—what’s the germiest room in the house?<p>You might be surprised to learn that it’s not the bathroom. …

E.coli

Portland Marathon cancels race, dissolves organization

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Marathon board of directors has canceled this October's race and plans to dissolve the 47-year-old organization …

U.S. Department of Justice

Harvey recovery funds may prioritize wealthy

AUSTIN, Texas — Advocacy groups said Friday that Texas is poised to unfairly distribute billions in federal funding provided for housing repairs …

Extreme Weather

The Arabian Sea’s Suffocating ‘Dead Zone’ Is Even Larger Than We Imagined

Since the early 1960s, scientists have known about the so-called “dead zone” in the Gulf of Oman, a patch of water practically devoid of all oxygen. …

Global Warming

Google Cofounder Sergey Brin Warns of AI's Dark Side

Artificial intelligence is a recurring theme in recent remarks by top executives at Alphabet. The company’s latest Founders’ Letter, penned by Sergey …

Artificial Intelligence

How to last longer during sex - the best ways to keep yourself going in bed

If you think you’re not lasting long enough during sex, you may be comforted to know that the average length of penetrative sex is 5.4 minutes, with …

Sean Hannity’s Ties to Two More Trump-Connected Lawyers

The Fox News host denies that Michael Cohen was ever his lawyer—but Hannity was represented by a pair of legal advisers who also have close links to the president.<p><i>This post was updated on April 17 at 4:24 p.m.</i><p>Sean Hannity has had no shortage of lawyers. In court on Monday, his name was disclosed as …

Donald Trump

White Woman Facing Charges for Lunging at and Striking Pregnant Black Servicewoman at Georgia Restaurant

A 71-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly attacked a pregnant black servicewoman over a confrontation about a parking space.<p>Cellphone …

I'm a millionaire who creates zero jobs. Why do I pay less tax than you?

In 2013, just a few years after the 2008 financial crisis, I was part of BlackRock’s Financial Markets Advisory Group working for the Greek Central Bank, assessing the capital requirements of the bailouts of the Greek banks. I was on the top floor of a bank building in Athens with about 20 bank …

Finance

U.S. IPO Week Ahead: A Pivotal Week With 8 IPOs

Eight deals are on the calendar for the week ahead looking to raise a combined $2.6 billion. Headlining the week is DellEMC spin-off Pivotal Software …

A major climate boundary in the central U.S. has shifted 140 miles due to global warming

A boundary that divides the humid eastern U.S. and the dry western Plains appears to have shifted 140 miles to the east over the past century due to global warming, new research suggests.<p>Scientists say it will almost certainly continue shifting in coming decades, expanding the arid climate of the …

Climate Change

White people abandon diverse neighborhoods for racial, not economic reasons

When people of color move into a community, white people tend to move out. This phenomenon—known as “white flight”—is well-established in sociological research. It has, however, been much harder to come to a definitive conclusion as to why this happens.<p>On one side of the debate, researchers say …

Trump Begs World Leaders to Let Him Back in Their Club

World leaders, predictably, have responded by suggesting that Trump get bent.<p>When <b>Donald Trump</b> was campaigning for president, he vowed to tear up existing trade agreements and use his unparalleled dealmaking expertise to strike new, better deals for the U.S. Such promises prompted hordes of …

Donald Trump

I'm British, and I experienced the biggest culture shock when I started working in the US

America. The land of the free and home of the brave. Where your rights include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — except if your pursuit of happiness takes you away from your desk for a few days.<p>When it comes to paid time off, Americans are dealt a pretty unfair hand.<p>Two years ago, I …

The Workplace

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Earth Science

Correction: Trump story on securing US-Mexico border

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story April 3 about President Donald Trump announcing that he wants to use the military to secure the border, The Associated Press reported erroneously the length of the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas. It is roughly 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) long, not 800 miles (1,290 …

Immigration

Jeff Sessions Quietly Appointed a Prosecutor to Probe Trump’s Foes. That Could Be an Unprecedented Disaster.

The press treated the news about John Huber’s probe as a non-event. That’s what they said about Ken Starr, too.<p>The headlines called it a non-event …

Who was here first? A new study explains the origins of ancient Indians

A new paper authored by 92 scientists from around the globe that was posted online this weekend could settle some major questions about the subcontinent’s history and what that means for various theories of Indian civilisation. The paper, titled “The Genomic Formation of South and Central Asia,” …

Anthropology

Former White House aide Dina Powell rejoins Goldman Sachs

Dina Powell, who until January served as a top national security adviser in the White House, will rejoin Goldman Sachs as a member of the firm's management committee, the company announced Tuesday.<p>"Dina will focus on enhancing the firm's relationships with sovereign clients around the world," …

Goldman Sachs

These key psychological differences can determine whether you're liberal or conservative

Politically, Americans are highly divided.<p>When it comes to issues of race, immigration, national security, and environmental protection, they disagree about how the government should handle things like never before.<p>Relative to polls in the 1990s, Republicans are now much more likely to say poor …

Psychology

What America is getting wrong about three important words in the Second Amendment

On Wednesday night, CNN hosted a town hall about gun violence with members of the community of Parkland, Florida, which only a week earlier had experienced a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Seventeen students and teachers lost their lives.<p>The town hall was remarkable in many …

Guns