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The Tea Party’s paranoid aesthetic

<b>(AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)</b><p>To understand the powerful appeal of the movement to many of its adherents, a narrative history is first required<p>Kim Messick<p>August 10, 2013 12:30pm (UTC)<p>Most commentary on the Tea Party focuses on its political aspects -- its positions on specific programs or pieces of …

Chicago could be the next Detroit | Salon.com

Not that Illinois is in a much better situation financially. This past March, Crain’s Chicago Business reported that Illinois exceeded $100 billion in pension debt, calling this a “sorry milestone in the state’s long slog to fiscal hell.” Illinois’ debt just clocked in at $154 billion, and …

Coming soon to a cinema near you… a fine crop of world-class British films

A man-eating alien, set loose on the Scottish Highlands and played by a glamorous American star, may not look like a fitting figurehead for a major British film industry revival, but Scarlett Johansson's role in Jonathan Glazer's long-awaited <i>Under the Skin</i> is the most eye-catching offer in an …

8 Cool Civil War Artifacts

Rare photographs, casts of Lincoln's (giant) hands and more<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery.</i><p>The Mugar Memorial Library at Boston University is hosting an exhibit of artifacts from the American Civil War. The show, up until the end of August, was designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the …

A new way of thinking about how the brain works

My book, <i>50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know</i>, is out now, and is available at a discount price from Amazon and the <i>Guardian</i> bookshop. (And here's a lovely review by Vaughan Bell, who calls it "a concise, solid grounding in neuroscience… remarkably lucid… balanced and entertaining".) When I …

A Cloud Room And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Here's What Happens In A Single Second On The Internet [Infographic]

Four million people laugh at the same cat in unison, probably.<p>The Internet is so mind-bogglingly huge that it's tough to grasp exactly how gigantic it is. The site Every Second on the Internet breaks it down, counting out the Tweets, Facebook statuses, and emails (oh lord, you guys, so many …