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The allegations against Brett Kavanaugh are about the present, not just the past

Kavanaugh’s denial raises a question that must be answered.<p>The story Christine Blasey Ford tells of her assault at the hands of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his classmate Mark Judge is chilling. They “physically pushed me into a bedroom,” Ford recalls. The boys “locked the door and …

Brett Kavanaugh

If You Hate Small Talk, Use These 20 Questions As A Conversation Starter Instead

We are wired to be deep connectors; however, societal norms have taken us a few steps away from our true nature. It's much more socially acceptable to have small talk and direct our conversations to safe topics such as the weather and other people.<p>As society continues to evolve and younger …

Money

Pondering the mystery of why the Russians came to Washington

<b>(Getty/Photo Montage by Salon)</b><p>Three top Russian intelligence officials met with their American counterparts in D.C. in January. Why?<p>John Colarusso<p>September 16, 2018 4:30pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>Like a modern, dark inversion of the fable of the Three Wise Men …

Donald Trump

Elon Musk is building a spaceship that's so ambitious that some experts are calling it 'science fiction.' Here's what SpaceX and its engineers are up against.

In December, a giant white tent appeared at the Port of Los Angeles. A routine permit suggested that SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk, was using the roughly 20,000-square-foot $500,000 facility as a "storage tent."<p>But Musk revealed the tent's true purpose a few months later. Inside, …

BFR

5 STEM Toys to Entertain and Enlighten Your Kids

Keep your kids’ neurons firing with these science- and math-centric toys and games.<p>1. Ryze Tech Tello<p>Kids can program this palm-sized drone to fly in …

German ruins of World War II

Like a hollow tooth<p>It's hard to imagine that in 1945 many German cities were completely destroyed by bombs, as is the case in Iraq or Syria nowadays. …

2 Brutal Truths About Losing Weight and Getting Fit That Few People Are Willing to Admit

A few weeks ago, I was at the gym doing dips and realized I was stuck. I typically do 50 dips at the end of my chest and triceps workout just to round off the session. A year ago, I could accomplish that in two sets: 32 and 18, or 30 and 20, or if I was especially tired, 26 and 24, but two sets was …

Fitness

America’s Slide Toward Autocracy

Democracy has taken a beating under President Trump. Will the midterms make a difference?<p>Editor's Note: This article is part of a series that attempts to answer the question: Is democracy dying?<p>Twenty-one months into the Trump presidency, how far has the country rolled down the road to autocracy? …

Donald Trump

Martina Navratilova: What Serena Got Wrong

Serena Williams has part of it right. There <i>is</i> a huge double standard for women when it comes to how bad behavior is punished — and not just in tennis.<p>But in her protests against an umpire during the United States Open final on Saturday, she also got part of it wrong. I don’t believe it’s a good …

Serena Williams

A Scientist Dreams Up A Plan To Stop The Sahara From Expanding

The Sahara desert is expanding, and has been for at least a century. It's a phenomenon that seems impossible to stop.<p>But it hasn't stopped at least one group of scientists from dreaming of a way to do it. And their proposed solution, a grand scheme that involves covering vast areas of desert with …

Solar Panels

Dallas officer Amber Guyger charged with manslaughter after killing neighbor in his apartment

Texas law enforcement officials Sunday arrested a Dallas police officer in connection with a manslaughter warrant after she fatally shot one of her neighbors, a black man, in his apartment last week.<p>Amber Guyger was booked into the Kaufman County Jail about 7:20 p.m. Sunday, according to online …

Jesus

9 Apps to Try if You Want to Learn Something New Every Day

Sure, smartphones and smartphone apps can waste our time and bring out the worst in people, but they can most definitely also be a force for good: …

Apps

Bees are dying at an alarming rate. Amsterdam may have the answer.

World<p>AMSTERDAM — An unkempt stretch of tall grass, wildflowers and weeds in front of a train station doesn't look like much — but it may be crucial to solving one of the world's biggest environmental puzzles.<p>While scientists around the globe have been sounding alarm bells over the decline of bees …

Netherlands

Kamala Harris And Brett Kavanaugh Had A Very Weird Exchange At His Confirmation Hearing About The Mueller Investigation

The Wednesday night exchange began down the quizzical-faces path after Kavanaugh did not give a clear or definitive answer to Harris’s question.<p>“Is …

Brett Kavanaugh

The future is here today: you can't play Bach on Youtube because Sony says they own his compositions

James Rhodes, a pianist, performed a Bach composition for his Youtube channel, but it didn't stay up -- Youtube's Content ID system pulled it down …

European Parliament

Hyperinflation is affecting how Venezuelans have sex

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Venezuela

What Would a Socialist America Look Like?

We asked thinkers on the left—and a couple of outliers—to describe their vision for a re-imagined American economy.<p>Just a decade ago, “socialism” was a dirty word in American politics. Debates over its merits were mostly limited to obscure blogs, niche magazines and political parties on the other …

Opinion

Lessons from Chemnitz: Eastern Germany's right-wing protesters awash in anxiety

The resentments at play over migrants in Germany have reached a dangerous level following the stabbing of a German man. In Chemnitz DW's Jefferson …

Chemnitz

A Venezuelan journey – in pictures

On foot, by bus, on the back of juddering trucks, like tens of thousands of others they slogged for days along the Pan-American highway through Colombia and Ecuador. Grubby and sleepless, their goal was to reach Peru, a sanctuary of sorts for a desperate Venezuelan family. Exhausted and sleepless …

Venezuela

New $299 electric bicycle is ultra-affordable and even airline compliant

Electric bicycles come in all shapes, sizes and prices, from large $2,900 cargo e-bikes to cute little $499 folding electric bikes.<p>Now Stark Drive has redefined the idea of affordable electric bicycles with a new $299 offering, the Stark Drive Mini.<p>Stockholm-based Stark Drive is a fairly new e-bike …

Electric Vehicles

The writing was on the wall when John McCain unleashed Sarah Palin

Just before Barack Obama first won the presidency, I was covering John McCain’s rallies in Kentucky. The people I met there convinced me that McCain might win, that this was no done deal. I was working with a writer who happened to be black – David Matthews – and at one rally we were pulled aside …

Sarah Palin

More refugees find jobs in Germany, integration going 'pretty well'

BERLIN (Reuters) - A growing number of migrants are finding jobs in Germany, according to data released on Tuesday that will give heart to supporters of Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to let in hundreds of thousands of war refugees since 2015.<p>Figures last week also showed that German companies …

Angela Merkel

Venezuela’s Crack-Up Is Accelerating

What happens when the country with the world’s largest oil reserves becomes its latest failed state? As Venezuela’s government grows increasingly despotic, a crack-up is accelerating — and despite plenty of warning, the world remains unprepared for the consequences.<p>Recent headlines read like the …

Opinion

Horner's Biggest Mistake?

Danny Ricciardo's decision to sign for Renault is one of the biggest surprises I have experienced in sixty years of following the sport.<p>When he …

Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.

If my nephew’s ideas on immigration had been in force a century ago, our family would have been wiped out.<p>Let me tell you a story about Stephen Miller and chain migration.<p>It begins at the turn of the 20th century, in a dirt-floor shack in the village of Antopol, a shtetl of subsistence farmers in …

South African Politics

In 45 years, I've seen only one other president ever act as desperate as Trump | Opinion

William D. Ruckelshaus served as acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and as deputy attorney general in 1973.<b>By William D.</b> …

Long-lost Roman library reemerges in Germany after 2,000 years in darkness

When the Romans expanded across Europe 2,000 years ago, they made inroads into almost every corner of the continent, fighting as far away as Scotland and sending its coins to what today is Estonia.<p>But Germany posed a particular challenge. In the year 9 of our modern calendar system, the Romans …

German History

6 Ways to Buy an Airplane Ticket for the Price of a Movie Ticket

An airplane ticket for $5 seems to be nonsense…but not when you know how to search.<p>Gardening Cosmo brings you many wonderful ways to find the …

16 Epic Places in Germany Even Germans Don't Know About

Whether or not most people realize it, Germany is a country filled with spellbinding scenery and marvelous historical buildings, towns, and villages. …

Castles

What we found in an undisturbed rainforest hidden on top of an African mountain

Atop Mount Lico in northern Mozambique is a site that few have had the pleasure of seeing—a hidden rainforest, protected by a steep circle of rock. Though the mountain was known to locals, the forest itself remained a secret until six years ago, when Julian Bayliss spotted it on satellite imagery. …