A F James MacArthur

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What It Means to Be a Public Intellectual

Here is the machinery of racism—the privilege of being oblivious to questions, of never having to grapple with what is around you.<p>Last night my wife and I went out for dinner. Our server was French, a fact that allowed us to spend a few moments practicing the language. When the server left, my wife …

15 billionaires with real rags-to-riches stories

It’s inspirational to read stories of folks who went from having nothing to having everything. I know it makes me feel better, like it’s possible …

China destroys ivory stockpile in 'significant symbolic step towards saving Africa's elephants'

China has conducted its first, large-scale destruction of illegal, stockpiled ivory in a move described by conservationists as "a significant symbolic step towards saving Africa's elephants"<p>More than six metric tons of tusks, ivory ornaments and carvings were fed into crushing machines by forestry …

Greenland explores Arctic mineral riches amid fears for pristine region

London Mining, a British mineral company, is trying to attract Chinese and other international investors to build a £1.5bn iron ore mine just outside the Arctic Circle in Greenland.<p>The move comes as BP and Shell join others exploring for oil and gas in the pristine waters off Greenland, as concerns …

Elon Musk: Triumph of His Will

For his entire life, Elon Musk has bent people to his insatiable will. Most recently, he's co-opted NASA. And now we'll see whether he's a) the visionary who forces americans to become explorers again, or b) a man so distracted by vision that his life's work is a series of brilliant disappointments.<p>…