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9 mind-expanding documentaries to increase your intelligence

Be honest, now and then we all spend our free time watching various TV series, don’t we? And while some may consider it to be a rather meaningless …

Black Mirror

Chicago: The shocking numbers behind the violence

<b>(CNN) —</b> They call it "Chi-raq" for a reason. Chicago is already on track to cross a disturbing threshold and top the number of shootings and homicides in the city for the entire year in 2015.<p>The numbers help tell the bloody story:<p>Last Friday to Sunday alone, gun violence has been blamed for eight …

Dwyane Wade

What is the Clinton Foundation and why is it controversial?

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Clinton Foundation is under intensifying scrutiny as Republicans accuse it of being a corrupt and opaque institution.<p>Donald Trump called for a special prosecutor to investigate the foundation during the 2016 election and charged Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton engaged in …

Clinton Foundation

Books that will Improve your Knowledge of the World

Inspired by a reader’s question to me, I thought I’d ask Farnam Street follers on Facebook and Twitter for an answer to the question: <b>What books would</b> …

This Interactive Map Of Music Genres Will Take Up The Rest Of Your Day

A Belgian architect has created a map that could be the Internet’s next great music source.<p>The word ‘map’ doesn’t quite do Musicmap justice. If it were merely a map, that would just be a chance to jokingly present Dubstep as the Port Moseby, Papua New Guinea of the music world. Instead, the new …

Push-Ups: You're Doing Them Wrong!

How to Do Real Push-Ups That Get Results<p>You Probably Suck at Push-Ups<p>If someone says he can do 40 or fewer push-ups in a row, he typically can't …

Workouts

6 documentaries on Netflix that will make you smarter

The reason these are the best of Netflix's many "brainy" entries is they all share a multifaceted approach — looking at the economics, social, and cultural angles of each problem while also keeping us tied to a single, compelling narrative.<p>Six incredible, stimulating documentaries, all streaming on …

Ireland's abortion laws are cruel and inhumane, UN human rights panel rules

Ireland's restrictive abortion laws subject women to cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment, a UN inquiry has ruled, in a landmark decision that will increase pressure on Dublin and other governments to repeal bans on the practice.<p>The judgement by the UN's human rights committee demands that …

Rights & Freedoms

This 18-Year-Old Prodigy Is the Future of Hip-Hop

Lil Yachty has already collaborated with Kanye West and Chance the Rapper. Now he's about to blow up on his own.<p>It's one in the afternoon when Lil Yachty and I meet up in the Times Square hotel where the Atlanta resident is staying during his almost weekly trip to NY— but he's still half asleep. …

Rap & Hip-Hop

4 Devastating War Crimes You Didn't Learn About In History Class

These horrific war crimes reveal a humanity that isn't good or bad, but absolutely sadistic.<p>A victim of Japan’s infamous Unit 731 (see page 2).<p>Human …

The 13 Movies Worth the Haul to the Multiplex in June 2016

Take advantage of movie-theater air conditioning this month.<p>Stop the presses: there will be neither a Marvel nor a DC superhero film opening this month. But don't worry! Hollywood will continue to make sure that no moviegoer suffers even the faintest trace of CGI withdrawal. Be it the specters of</i> …

Film Industry

Making Marijuana Edibles Is Way Easier Than You'd Think. Here's a Beginner's Guide.

If the only experience you have with edibles is ingesting an entire pot brownie (first mistake) at age 16 and truly, truly believing you were going …

The rise of the far-Right in Europe is not a false alarm

It is a paradox, given the unmatched scale of the horrors inflicted on Europe by Nazi Germany, that one of the most enduring weapons in the fight against fascism and the far-Right has been to never take them too seriously.<p>Think of Herr Flick, Himmler’s fictional godson in the sitcom <i>‘Allo ‘Allo!</i> or …

Noam Chomsky predicted the rise of Donald Trump six years ago

Both parties have colossally failed the American people. It was only a matter of time before a strongman stepped in<p>In an interview with Chris Hedges in 2010, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned linguist and dissident intellectual, remarked that he has "never seen anything like this."<br>By <i>this</i>, he meant …

Do women really go for 'bad boys'? Here's the science that settles the question

“Nice guys finish last” is one of the most widely believed maxims of dating. Fleshed out, the idea goes something like this: heterosexual women might …

Portugal Just Ran For 4 Straight Days Entirely on Renewable Energy

Awesome!<p>As renewable energy matures into an ever more popular and cost-effective source of electricity, we're getting used to seeing some historic …

Forgotten scandal: How the U.S. prevented U.N. action on Rwandan genocide, under Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright

2001 Organization of African Unity report: The U.S. “almost single-handedly blocked international action in Rwanda”<p>The 2016 election has brought many of the Clinton administration's reprehensible policies back into the limelight.<p>Bill, with the steadfast support of Hillary, gutted welfare, …

How Public Schools Demand Failure and Perpetuate Poverty

Insisting students remain in school is analogous to telling a battered woman to stay with her abusive husband.<p>Viewed broadly, schooling is an …

Education

“The scope of our failure”: The real story of our decades-long foreign policy disaster that set the Middle East on fire

<b>Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld (AP/Reuters/Jason Reed/Kevin Lamarque/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>The brilliant Andrew Bacevich tells Salon why our massive march to folly in Middle East has to be seen as one war<p>Patrick L. Smith<p>May 15, 2016 9:58am (UTC)<p>I first interviewed Andrew Bacevich, …

Geopolitics

Noam Chomsky: America has made the world a more dangerous place

<b>(AP/Adel Hana)</b><p>America’s leftist conscience explores the devastating consequences of our war on terror. Part 2 of a 2-part excerpt<p>Noam Chomsky<p>May 11, 2016 9:15am (UTC)<p>[<i>This piece, the second of two parts, is excerpted from Noam Chomsky’s new book,</i> Who Rules the World? <i>(Metro</i><i>politan Books). Part 1 can</i> …

Middle East

10 Things to Watch on Netflix if You Love True Crime

Something to fill your Making a Murderer void.<p>1. <i>Cropsey</i><p>What starts as an investigation into an urban legend about a boogeyman turns into a stunning investigation of Andre Rand, a Staten Island man convicted of kidnapping children. The shaky camera (à la <i>Blair Witch Project</i>) will make you want to …

The 33 Best Documentaries of All Time

<i>By: Christopher Campbell</i><p><i>Credit: Portrait Films (edited)</i><p>Documentary is not a genre, but an entire branch of moviemaking. So pitting diverse qualifying contenders against each other to determine the 33 best... well, that's difficult.<p>Have I included enough music docs (<i>Don't Look Back</i>, <i>Gimme Shelter</i>), …

Why Drug Rehab Is Outdated, Expensive, and Deadly

The U.S. will spend $40 billion this decade fighting addiction, yet little of it will be used on science-based treatment. Why do we deny medicine for …

Prosthetics

Here's How Trump and Clinton Made—and Spend—Their Fortunes

Here’s a look at the personal wealth portfolios of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump, how they …

This Village Without Roads Is Straight Out Of A Fairytale Book

If you ever wanted to live your own fairy-tale, you may want to consider moving to the village Giethoorn. Also known as “Venice of the Netherlands”, …

10 Great Breakfasts for Building Easy Muscle

Following on from last Thursday's column, which was all about developing muscle to get toned up for both summer and life. In keeping with my core …

Destroyed women, abandoned babies: why Ireland must move forward on abortion

Yesterday, the body of a newborn baby was found amid refuse at an Irish recycling plant. Nothing terribly exciting there.<p>Where I’m from, this is an old story. It was told a lot the year I was born. In 1984, the near-dead body of Ann Lovett, a 15-year-old schoolgirl, was found at a grotto of the …

Pregnancy

Donald Trump will not be president: History, polling data and demographics all point to a single result

You won’t have to move to Canada. Trump is more likely to lose in a historic rout than he is to win the White House<p>The GOP nomination is within Donald Trump’s grasp.<p>Trump’s decisive victory in the Indiana primary on Tuesday night drove his two final challengers to withdraw from the race. Whatever …

The 8 best action movies on Netflix right now

Yes, they can. We came up with a list of eight films currently streaming on Netflix that are thrilling, intense, and applauded by critics. Read on to see the best-rated action films on Netflix: