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Must-read books, according to David Bowie

As she stepped onto Piazza della Repubblica in Florence, on August 22, 1951, Ninalee 'Jinx' Allen was greeted by Italian cat callers of all shapes and sizes. Her friend and photographer, Ruth Orkin, took advantage of this moment to shoot this photo that would become a bestselling poster and symbol of Italian post-war Dolce Vita.

The Inconceivable Atomic Legacy of New Mexico

New Mexico is the "only state in the US supporting the entire cradle-to-grave nuclear economy," hosting uranium mining, nuclear weapons design and testing, the largest single arsenal of nuclear weapons, and—to the consternation of many—the country's...<p><i>The Trinity site, New Mexico (photo via)</i><p>In …

Suicide Myths

Looking at the media coverage, you might think drought is the only factor in rural suicide. But blokes in the bush are killing themselves for more reasons than a lack of rain.<p><i>Image via</i><p>Does drought cause suicide? Is a man who works the land different from a man in the city?<p>Yesterday the Abbott …

Everything You Didn't Know You Wanted to Know About Abortion

You already know how babies are made, but at Vienna's Museum for Contraception and Abortion you can learn how people over the centuries have stopped them from being made.<p><i>Founded in 2007, the Museum for Contraception and Abortion, in Vienna, Austria, is the world's most thorough collection of the</i> …

Capitalism Beats Back Bigotry

When Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062, Arizona's now infamous homophobic "religious-freedom" bill, she kept her state (relatively) safe for gay people and satisfied business interests. The system works!<p><i>Jan Brewer just made businesses and gay people very happy. Photo via Flickr user Gage Skidmore</i><p>Yesterday, …