David Letson

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The Sporting Spirit

Now that the brief visit of the Dynamo football team has come to an end, it is possible to say publicly what many thinking people were saying …

Stonewall Jackson’s grandsons: “The monuments must go.”

<b>Want to listen to this article out loud? Hear it on</b> <b>Slate Voice</b><b>.</b><p>Dear Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and members of the Monument Avenue …

Rights & Freedoms

Explaining science won’t fix information illiteracy.

If you consider yourself to have even a passing familiarity with science, you likely find yourself in a state of disbelief as the president of the …

Critical Thinking
Donald Trump

Trump’s Method, Our Madness

Sometimes, when psychoanalysts begin treatment with a new patient, they quickly find themselves feeling that they can’t make sense of what is going on. The patient’s statements and behavior simply don’t add up, and the flurry of dissociated statements and actions can quickly begin to produce …

Donald Trump
Trump Administration
Pollution

This genius dulce de leche recipe lets you be the boss. (Plus: It won't give you severe burns!)

<i>This post originally appeared in Genius Recipes from</i> Food52<i>.</i><p>First, let’s get this out of the way: Why make your own dulce de leche? Doesn’t it cook …

Banoffee Pie

Hillary Clinton is just the latest ambitious American woman to be accused of ill health.

The cover of this week’s <i>National Enquirer</i> features a wan, gray Hillary Clinton, looking like she has been drained of all her vital fluids. The …

Feminism

Stanford scientists combine satellite data and machine learning to map poverty

Changing Planet<p>Researchers correctly identified impoverished areas across five African countries by using machine learning to extract information from high-resolution satellite imagery, Stanford University’s School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences say in a news statement.<p>“One of the …

Mike Olbinski time-lapse video of storm clouds.

Mike Olbinksi is a wedding photographer based out of Arizona. He’s also a storm chaser, and creates jaw-dropping time-lapse animations of weather …

Astronomy

Chilcot: Why we cover our ears to the facts

<b>Do people moderate their views when presented with overwhelming evidence to the contrary? Not necessarily, writes Matthew Syed.</b><p>We like to think that we apportion our beliefs to the evidence. After all, isn't this the hallmark of rationality? When information comes along which reveals we should …

Mobile Banking
George Carlin

The night Mark Twain brought Huck Finn alive

Twain was dazzling audiences on an 1895 American tour when his wife had great advice: Be serious and less funny<p>Livy had some choice advice for her husband, Mark Twain: Make it less funny. Give the audience a chance to catch its breath.<p>Never a champion of his vaudeville tendencies, she now wanted …

Literature

6 ways to radically reform our corrupt financial system

The first order of business for award-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz? Break up banks that are too big to fail<p><i>The following is an excerpt from the new book</i> Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy <i>by Joseph E. Stiglitz (W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2016):</i><p>The growth of the top 1 percent was …

Finance

Marooned Among the Polar Bears

Last July, a Russian helicopter pilot had nearly completed a record-breaking trip around the globe when he crashed into the icy waters of the Arctic Circle. He never should have survived.<p>The pounding noise shatters the ancient, eerie silence of the Davis Strait, a frigid finger of ocean separating …

Arctic Circle

Video series has short interviews with climate scientists to help with denial.

One of the problems with debunking climate change deniers is that they reuse old, long-debunked claims over and over, even long after those claims …

Climate Change

iBlue Immobilizer Smart Car Security

Every year thousands of vehicles are stolen. Protect yourself against thieves by using the iBlue Immobilizer. It’s as simple and clever as that!<p>The …

Pollution

Celebrate La Befana at Christmas: The holidays need a wine-drinking witch.

Let’s be frank: Santa Claus is overexposed. Even before Thanksgiving, Americans are bombarded with Santa songs, movies, and commercials, most of …

The fanatic, fraudulent Mother Teresa.

<i>In 2003, Pope John Paul II approved the beatification of Mother Teresa. At the time, Christopher Hitchens called Mother Teresa “a fanatic, a</i> …

Christianity

Springsteen’s “Ties That Bind”: The new documentary goes deep into the “adult concerns” that fueled “The River”

The documentary airs on HBO Nov. 27, and is part of a 35th anniversary box set of the 1980 double album, out Dec. 4<p>"The Ties That Bind," the new Bruce Springsteen documentary about the recording of his 1980 album "The River," had its world premiere Saturday night in New York City as part of the NYC …

Die Hard

Climate Change Helped Spark Syrian War, Study Says

Research provides first deep look at how global warming may already influence armed conflict.<p>A severe drought, worsened by a warming climate, drove Syrian farmers to abandon their crops and flock to cities, helping trigger a civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, according to a …

The Chinese Century

Without fanfare—indeed, with some misgivings about its new status—China has just overtaken the United States as the world’s largest economy. This is, and should be, a wake-up call—but not the kind most Americans might imagine.<p>When the history of 2014 is written, it will take note of a large fact …

Economics