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Inside the Crazy Sex Cult That Invaded Oregon

The new Netflix docuseries ‘Wild Wild Country’ tells the true story of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, a guru who sought to create a metropolis in rural …

How guns became such a deeply ingrained part of the American identity

This month's tragic slaughter in a Florida high school has prompted national outrage and mobilized young people around the state and the country. But it has led to little besides a minimal state proposal in Florida that has not yet been formalized nor passed and to the cancellation of some airline, …

What America is getting wrong about three important words in the Second Amendment

On Wednesday night, CNN hosted a town hall about gun violence with members of the community of Parkland, Florida, which only a week earlier had experienced a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Seventeen students and teachers lost their lives.<p>The town hall was remarkable in many …

Guns

The Key to Weight Loss Is Diet Quality, Not Quantity, a New Study Finds

Anyone who has ever been on a diet knows that the standard prescription for weight loss is to reduce the amount of calories you consume.<p>But a new study, published Tuesday in JAMA, may turn that advice on its head. It found that people who cut back on added sugar, refined grains and highly processed …

Nutrition

Here are 9 things Americans just don't understand -- compared to the rest of the world

To hear the far-right ideologues of Fox News and AM talk radio tell it, life in Europe is hell on Earth. Taxes are high, sexual promiscuity prevails, …

Migrant death fears in Alps as weather worsens but crossings continue

In the depth of the northern winter many migrants are making perilous trans-alpine journeys to get into Europe on foot.<p>More and more are being discovered on freezing back roads in the dead of night, or have to be rescued when they get into difficulties. Mountain guides say if measures are not taken …

Your smartphone📱is making you👈 stupid, antisocial 🙅 and unhealthy 😷. So why can't you put it down❔⁉️

A decade ago, smart devices promised to change the way we think and interact, and they have – but not by making us smarter. Eric Andrew-Gee explores the growing body of scientific evidence that digital distraction is damaging our minds<p>In the winter of 1906, the year San Francisco was destroyed by …

Psychology

Death of the French kiss? Mayor refuses to give 'la bise' to her 73 colleagues

A French mayor has made national waves by declaring she will no longer give <i>la bise</i> to 73 colleagues every morning, confessing she deliberately arrived late for meetings to avoid the Gallic greeting kiss.<p>Aude Picard-Wolff, the mayor of Morette, in Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, expected to raise a few …

Is there a neo-Nazi storm brewing in Trump country?

When the men in black walked into her restaurant one Friday morning and sat at the round table in the corner, Brittany Porter knew exactly what they were.<p>Pale, skittish, aggressively tattooed, they wore black T-shirts with a cryptic white logo over their hearts. One had a razor inked along his left …

Rights & Freedoms

Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism

A scientist and a monk compare notes on meditation, therapy, and their effects on the brain<p>Can training the mind make us more attentive, altruistic, and serene? Can we learn to manage our disturbing emotions in an optimal way? What are the transformations that occur in the brain when we practice …

Meditation

Poll: Hugs and dirty jokes - Americans differ on acceptable behavior

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans differ widely in their views of what constitutes sexual harassment, with age and race as well as gender throwing up the dividing lines, posing a challenge for those who police for such conduct in the workplace.<p>The issue has been thrown into the national spotlight as a …

Sexual Harassment

Ohio couple told again to get rid of 'support' goats

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio couple who say their three goats have helped ease the husband's depression has been ordered once again to get rid …

Grand Rapids

U.S. warns citizens against risks of travel to Saudi Arabia

DUBAI (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Tuesday warned citizens to "consider the risks" when traveling to Saudi Arabia due to militant threats and the threat of ballistic missile attacks on civilians by rebels in Yemen.<p>The warning comes two weeks after U.S.-allied Saudi Arabia said it had …

Saudi Arabia

Is this the most ridiculous penalty you've ever seen?

Bangkok Sports Club beat Satri Angthong 20-19 in a dramatic penalty shootout that culminated in one of the most astonishingly lucky penalties ever scored.<p><b>Pictures courtesy of Phakawat Kunpatee</b>

Bangkok

Global pollution kills 9m a year and threatens 'survival of human societies'

Pollution kills at least nine million people and costs trillions of dollars every year, according to the most comprehensive global analysis to date, which warns the crisis “threatens the continuing survival of human societies”.<p>Toxic air, water, soils and workplaces are responsible for the diseases …

Pollution

What America Taught the Nazis

In the 1930s, the Germans were fascinated by the global leader in codified racism—the United States.<p>There was no more extravagant site for Third Reich political theater than the spectacular parade grounds, two large stadiums, and congress hall in Nuremberg, a project masterminded by Albert Speer. …

King Lear Is a Media Mogul in Dunbar

In the latest book in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, Edward St. Aubyn considers the nature of power and ambition.<p>In the opening chapter of Edward St. Aubyn’s <i>Dunbar</i>, King Lear has been reimagined as a once-formidable Canadian media mogul, Henry Dunbar. Having been deposed from his position of power …

Jose Altuve, Baseball’s Unlikeliest Superstar

The 5-foot-6-inch Houston Astros second baseman and American League MVP frontrunner is one of the greatest anomalies in the sport’s history.<p>Part of baseball’s charm is the everyman nature of its players. Though some stars are the types of muscular super-humans who populate sports like football and …

Noam Chomsky on the Trump presidency

<b>(AP/Hatem Moussa)</b><p>“Trump’s antics ensure that attention is focused on him, and it makes little difference how,” says Chomsky<p>Noam Chomsky • David Barsamain<p>October 7, 2017 9:29pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p><i>[This interview has been excerpted from Global Discontents:</i> …

Political Science

Thoughts, prayers, and the five stages of media tragedy distillation

Running down the five stages of tragedy, as handled by the media<p>Americans, as a culture, crave convenience. Clarity. The simple explanation. Last week’s horrendous shooting in Las Vegas denied us all of these palliatives even though explanation would seem to be so very simple, a matter of if and …

Trauma is the American experience

Being black in certain parts of America trains you to deal with murder. Lately, the whole country has been learning<p>What happened with Kenneka Jenkins, the young black woman from Chicago who mysteriously died in a hotel freezer? How are they surviving in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane …

Mass Shootings

Women’s labor, sex work and U.S. military bases abroad

Commercial sex zones have developed around U.S. bases worldwide, and problems are particularly pronounced overseas<p>Women’s labor, though often unacknowledged and overlooked, has long been essential to the workings of the U.S. military, as with most militaries across time and place. This has been …

South Korea

What is better – a happy life or a meaningful one? – Roy F Baumeister

Parents often say: ‘I just want my children to be happy.’ It is unusual to hear: ‘I just want my children’s lives to be meaningful,’ yet that’s what …

Stephen Batchelor Talks Buddhism in a “Secular Age”

Once an ordained monk, the author’s latest work focuses on bringing Buddhist teachings into the 21st century.<p>What is Buddhism? It’s a simple question, but an unanswerable one, at least on a frozen, bite-size, media-ready level. It’s a question not unlike the koan that <b>Stephen Batchelor</b> pondered back …

Meditation

The new atheist commandments: Science, philosophy and principles to replace religion

Atheism need not be reactionary — it can offer constructive rules to live by. Stand back, Moses: Here’s our shot<p><i>"Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”</i> — Lewis Carroll, <i>Alice in Wonderland</i><p>*<p>We begin by suggesting a framework of secular …

The One-Armed Orphan Who Brought Human Rights To The World

The human wrongs many experienced during the twentieth century—individually and collectively—spawned today’s human rights movement.<p>Even the Thomas …

What makes song lyrics poetry?

<i>Michael Lindgren is a frequent contributor to The Washington Post.</i><p>When Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in literature last October, it produced a bonanza of debate over questions that had long dominated late-night dorm-room and barstool conversations. Is pop music poetry? Are pop songs poems? For some …

Literature

How do you differentiate good acting from bad acting?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i><p><b>Answer by Marcus Geduld, Shakespearean director, computer programmer, teacher, writer:</b><p>Advertisement<p>If …

'Fairytale of New York': How a soused Irish punk band created the greatest Christmas song of all time

The first thing to say about The Pogues' "Fairytale of New York" is that it is absurd when described in words.<p>Take an ever-soused Irish folk/punk …

Watch the Cosmic Evolution of the Universe in This Stunning Short Film

In <i>Infinitude</i>, abstract, geometrical shapes condense into stars, which explode into supernovae, sending an asteroid careening through space towards a …

Black Holes