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The Psychological Quirk That Explains Why You Love Donald Trump

The popularity of the GOP front-runner can be explained by the Dunning-Kruger Effect.<p>Many commentators have argued that Donald Trump’s dominance in the GOP presidential race can be largely explained by ignorance; his candidacy, after all, is most popular among Republican voters without college …

Psychology

Stephen Glass' New Republic Scandal Still Haunts His Law Career | The New Republic

The last time I talked to Stephen Glass, he was pleading with me on the phone to protect him from Charles Lane. Chuck, as we called him, was the …

The quake-maker you've never heard of: Cascadia

<b>(CNN) —</b> Mother Earth slowly reveals her secrets, and this time, it's a fault line deep in the belly of the planet.<p>Its name is a whopper: The Cascadia subduction zone.<p>Its gargantuan size and potential power amaze earthquake experts, who say it could cause the worst natural disaster in the history of …

Geology

Why Police Need Constructive Criticism

The mistrial in the Freddie Gray case reveals the value of helping officers learn from their mistakes.<p>The trial of Officer William Porter, the first of six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, ended in a mistrial last week after the jury heard sharply conflicting accounts about the inner …

Justice

How California's Largest School District Blamed an 8th Grader for Her Rape

The LAUSD’s indefensible effort to defend itself.<p>When “M.S.” was 13, her math teacher at Edison middle school in Los Angeles invited her to be friends online. Soon, according to a California appeals court, the same teacher started sending her sexually explicit messages. That winter, he called the …

Education

Amid the Crowing of the GOP and Clinton, Sanders Is on the Rise

How easy it is to mock the Republican candidates. They're the gang in the clown car climbing all over each other to offer a reactionary message of disarray that has all but destroyed the chances of the Bush family dynasty continuing. But isn't that a grand achievement for the democratic process?<p>Why …

This Kid Is REALLY Excited About His UPS Delivery Man Costume

"I'm package guy!"<p>Kids typically get excited about dressing up for Halloween, but this little boy is taking costume enthusiasm to a whole new level.<p>This gem from America's Funniest Home Videos shows an adorable kid jumping around in his UPS worker Halloween costume. "I'm the package guy! I'm the …

How do we know David Cameron has slave owners in family background?

David Cameron was revealed to have slave-owners in his family background in 2013 when researchers from University College London examined compensation payments made to Britain’s most powerful families following the UK abolition of slavery in 1833.<p>Jamaica calls for Britain to pay billions of pounds …

University College London

Slavery reparations calls will not go away, David Cameron told

Black British activists have warned David Cameron that pressure to make reparations for slavery will no go away, after the prime minister faced calls to make amends for Britain’s historical role in the trade before his trip to Jamaica.<p>His arrival on the Caribbean island was overshadowed by letters …

Black History

WATCH: Black Lives Matter Disrupts Jeb Bush Rally In Nevada—His Supporters Chant 'White Lives Matter'

Wednesday afternoon, a broad coalition in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement disrupted a Jeb Bush town hall in Las Vegas with chants of …

America’s Slave Empire

Three prisoners—Melvin Ray, James Pleasant and Robert Earl Council—who led work stoppages in Alabama prisons in January 2014 as part of the Free …

Sinusitis

6 of the Most Meaningless Words That Politicians and Pundits Throw Around -- and Should Be Abandoned

Seventy years ago, George Orwell wrote the prophetic essay, “Politics and the English Language,” in which he noted that politicians, journalists and …

Political Science

Jihadi threat requires move into 'private space' of UK Muslims, says police chief

Islamist propaganda is so potent it is influencing children as young as five and should be countered with intensified monitoring to detect the earliest signs of anti-western sentiment, Britain’s most senior Muslim police chief has warned.<p>Scotland Yard commander Mak Chishty said children aged five …

Extremism

Senator Denies 280,000 People Health Care, Calls Advocate 'Asshole' For Asking Him To Give Up Same

On Tuesday night, a Tennessee Senate committee voted to deny some 280,000 state residents access to health care, rejecting a plan to expand Medicaid that would have cost the state nothing.<p>Following the vote, advocates for expansion ran into state Sen. Todd Gardenhire (R), a wealth manager at Morgan …

Sidewalk Flowers: An Illustrated Ode to Presence and the Everyday Art of Noticing in a Culture of Productivity and Distraction

A gentle wordless celebration of the true material of aliveness.<p><i>“How we spend our days, of course, is how we spend our lives,”</i> Annie Dillard wrote in her magnificent defense of living with presence. But in our age of productivity, we spend our days running away from boredom, never mind its creative …

Racism’s sinister word games: What a white-supremacist talking point tells us about modern politics

How a neo-Confederate’s bizarre self-justification helps explain the remarkable persistence of American racism<p>In a striking recent video interview, a Guardian reporter presses Pat Godwin, president of Selma, Alabama’s United Daughters of the Confederacy, on the question of whether viewers are right …

Pope confirms Cardinal O'Brien will play no further public church role

<b>Pope Francis has accepted a decision by Keith O'Brien to formally give up his rights and duties as a cardinal.</b><p>The disgraced Catholic clergyman will retain the title of cardinal but will be reduced to a strictly private life.<p>He will have no further participation in public, religious or civil events. …

Fury as Abbott calls Aboriginal communities a 'lifestyle choice'

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda said the comments were "baffling" and would cause offence in the …

No, Nigel Farage, racism isn’t dead

Racism RIP, reckons Nigel Farage. Bring out the bunting. Antidiscriminatory legislation in the workplace “would probably have been valid” 40 years ago, but “I don’t think it is today”, he says in a documentary to be screened on Channel 4 on Thursday. “If I talked to my children ... about the …

United Kingdom

'A long 11 minutes': how Ferguson police reacted to the shooting of two officers

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, waited more than 10 minutes to pursue the shooter of two officers outside the city’s police station following a protest last week, according to extended video footage recorded at the scene.<p>Ferguson police duo shot during protest were seriously injured, officers say<p>Read …

Justice

Train derails in Northern Ontario, heightening safety fears

A second fiery derailment near a Northern Ontario community is adding to concerns that federal rail-safety regulations – brought into effect after the 2013 tragedy in Lac-Mégantic – do not go far enough in addressing the dangers of shipping crude oil by rail.<p>The accident, which occurred early …

Hedley’s Jacob Hoggard on why a big ego can be a big asset

He only made it to the semi-finals, but Jacob Hoggard was the breakout star of the second season of <i>Canadian Idol.</i> Since then, the Hedley front man from Surrey, B.C., has achieved the unlikely: an enduring career resulting from a reality TV show. Next Sunday, Hoggard will host the 44th annual Juno …

Houston Muslim School Burned Down In What Investigators Say Is Likely An Arson Attack

Unfortunately, the execution of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill was not the only Islamophobic violence that happened this week. The same week, …

6 Craziest Right-Wing Judges in America

Wacky congressman and eccentric state legislators may get most of the Internet ink for the outlandish things they say and do, but judges hold just as …

New York’s streets are suddenly safer. Why?

It is 15 below zero – using what US meteorologists call RealFeel temperature – in Brooklyn’s notorious Marcy Projects. The cold has driven the drug dealers off the streets; police, who have taken to patrolling in fours since two officers were gunned down in a police car last December, are scarce; …

Eric Garner

Brian Williams Used 'Thuggish Kids' To Dramatize Hurricane Katrina Story

Brian Williams has been accused of many things, but being racist has not been one of them. Yet one of the stories Williams told whose authenticity has been called into question bears the hallmarks of subtle bigotry.<p>That story -- told over the years to various reporters, writers and others -- …

Ohio workers join US oil refineries strike

Workers in northwest Ohio have joined the first nationwide strike at US oil refineries since 1980.<p><i>The Blade</i> newspaper of Toledo reported that some 100 BP-Husky Toledo refinery workers began picketing at midnight on Sunday outside the plant in Oregon, Ohio.<p>A local union official said on Saturday …

The doctrine that refuses to die: Why America will never escape its national security state

A depressing new report reveals the FBI is “broadening its surveillance role.” Just business as usual in Washington<p>When it comes to the national security state, our capital has become a thought-free zone. The airlessness of the place, the unwillingness of leading players in the corridors of power …

America’s perfect, self-sustaining terror machine: Why we’re forever doomed to a national security state

Decades after the Cold War, fear of foreign enemies real and imagined still dictates American foreign policy<p>As 2015 begins, let’s take a trip down memory lane. Imagine that it’s January 1963. For the last three years, the United States has unsuccessfully faced off against a small island in the …