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The novel that gives me insight into my alcoholic husband

I have sort of fallen in love with a character in a novel who is a fortysomething hard-drinking writer – a brutal narcissist and over-the-hill, womanising alcoholic. Some would say I have questionable taste in men<p>R hands me a novel he has been raving about, its protagonist a fortysomething …

No Quick Fix to Fighting Depression Comes Without Long-Term Side Effects

In today's fast-paced multitasking world, too many look to the quick fix. Antidepressant drugs, originally prescribed for severe depression, are being handed out like candy for any number of reasons. These days there is no longer a stigma attached to antidepressants. Taking them is often viewed as …

From Burma to Burlington: The Story of 'Brings Luck'

<i>Hai Blu and his wife, True Tender</i><p>This is the story of Hai Blu, whose life story began with unimaginable bad fortune, then turned toward fortune so good that it met the destiny of his Burmese name, meaning “Brings Luck.”<p>Hai Blu (pronounced like <i>hey blue</i>) is from the Karen ethnic minority group of …

The Single Best Overview of What the Surveillance State Does With Our Private Data

Even though the people being spied on are often totally innocent, the government stores their information for a very long time.<p>The U.S. surveillance debate is constantly distorted by the fact that national-security officials hide, obscure, and distort so much of what they do. Occasionally a …

Obamacare is just a Bandaid. US healthcare needs radical surgery

Americans are stuck with an absurdly costly and unfair health system. There's a simple, effective cure: Medicare for all<p>We apologize for the inconvenience. The Marketplace is currently undergoing regularly scheduled maintenance and will be back up Monday 10/7/3013.<p>You read it right, 3013. That was …

US shutdown: a guide for non-Americans

Please explain what just happened<p>The US government has begun shutting its non-essential services. Hundreds of thousands of workers are waking up to the news that they are on unpaid leave, and they don't know how long it will last. The shutdown, triggered at midnight Washington time, will bring a …

8 Exceptional(ly Dumb) American Achievements of the 21st Century

<b>Bragging Rights</b><p><i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>“<i>But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death, and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act. That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes us exceptional. With</i> …

To reform the NSA, fire officials who lie

I saw this at first hand over the Pentagon Papers case: the NSA has a culture of lying. That should be Obama's first concern<p>The NSA has lied to the Congress, the courts, and perhaps even to the president himself, but no one seems to care.<p>The Director of National Intelligence James R Clapper …

Mr. Rumsfeld Doesn’t Regret

How does Donald Rumsfeld see his signal legacy: the disastrous invasion of Iraq? For a new movie, the author, a noted documentary-maker, conducted 34 hours of interviews with the former secretary of defense—producing a portrait of Rumsfeld’s knowns and unknowns.<p>In May of 2011, I sat in a conference …

Craig James's Views on Homosexuality Shouldn't Cost Him a Fox Sports Job

It's important to fully air our disagreements in civic debate -- and to maintain spheres that are free from its controversies.<p>Like so many Americans of my generation, the growing acceptance of gays and lesbians in this country strikes me as a wonderful, long-overdue advance in moral sense. I've …

Teenager Posts Of The Week: Foolproof Flirting Tips And Essay Excuses

If you've ever wanted to explain to an adult what it's actually like to live inside the brain of a teenager... there's a Tumblr for that. Scroll below for 15 new memes we love this week from the hilarious website Teenager Posts and prepare to see your life described in disturbing detail.<p>To see our …

Faces of the Facebook Revolution

As Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule drew to an end last month, attention turned to Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the home base for thousands of young revolutionaries. Photographer Micah Garen was there, on the ground with the wounded yet unwavering protesters. The portraits that follow …

Gay Pakistan: Where sex is available and relationships are difficult

<b>Pakistan is not the kind of place that most people would associate with gay liberation. But some say the country is a great place to be gay - even describing the port city of Karachi as "a gay man's paradise".</b><p>Underground parties, group sex at shrines and "marriages of convenience" to members of the …

LGBTQI

The Quiet Gay-Rights Revolution in America's Churches

A shift among people of faith is moving public opinion -- and changing gay Americans' lives in profound ways.<p>Margaret Miles and Cathy ten Broeke, the first women to wed legally in Minnesota, are married by Rev. James Gertmenian on August 1. (Stacy Bengs/Associated Press)<p>For most gay Americans in …

The Hero Tech Entrepreneur Giving Up Everything to Protect User Privacy

Instead of giving in to government demands -- he isn't allowed to say what -- the creator of encrypted email service Lavabit closed up shop.<p>Why did Ladar Levison shut down his email company, Lavabit -- a closure so painful that he likened it to putting his pet to sleep? Unless he walked away from …