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Gifts of the Puritans

What contemporary Americans owe to the straight-laced settlers of New England<p>Americans can learn a lot about themselves and their society by revisiting—but not by reverting to—their republic’s distinctive Puritan origins, which anticipated its present dilemmas and strengths far more acutely than is …

New England

This Land Is Your Land -- Can a Democracy Be All It Can Be Without the Possibility of Property Ownership for All?

Americans across the political spectrum share a deep concern about the growing and glaring inequalities in wealth and income, even as our economy starts to surge.<p>While Congress turns a deaf ear to this crisis, we might well lament: if only, at our nation's founding, we'd taken Thomas Jefferson's …

The Civil War Was About Slavery. Confederate Leaders Were Totally Clear On This.

Symbols of the Confederacy are an inescapable fact of life in Southern states. The Confederate flag is displayed prominently near the South Carolina statehouse, evoked in multiple Southern state flags, flown in frontyards, on T-shirts and off pickup trucks. And those who fought during the Civil War …

Jesus is a political prisoner: An American history of Christianity’s corruption

<b>(AP/Danny Johnston/Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/Wikimedia/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Nowadays, the Christian right is a fixture of the political world. But it hasn’t always been that way<p>Sean Illing<p>May 24, 2015 4:00pm (UTC)<p>According to the Pew Research Center, the Christian share of the population has …

Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls …

10 Things In Tech You Need To Know Today

<b>1. A BBC Panorama investigation revealed that Apple may be sourcing tin from illegal mines in Indonesia.</b> The documentary used hidden camera footage to expose working conditions inside Apple's suppliers.<p><b>2. Google is developing a version of Android that would power the internal entertainment and</b> …

Labor Day: Created in Six Days From Collective Guilt and a Stubborn Landlord

<i>The following was first published on Kevin's blog, MyMediDiary.</i><p>This weekend, we're celebrating the end of summer -- the bookend to Memorial Day and a great Monday to have off. Labor Day was created to supposedly honor the American worker but was passed in record time in 1887 by a Congress and …

The GOP’s libertarian time bomb: Why “going Rand” would be an electoral disaster

<b>Rand Paul (AP/Lauren Victoria Burke)</b><p>The conventional wisdom is that a libertarian shift would revitalize Republicans — but that’s dead wrong<p>Sean McElwee<p>August 23, 2014 10:30am (UTC)<p>The time has come again for a perennial theme in politics: the idea that Republicans should “go libertarian.” The …

This Fall, Minorities Will Outnumber White Students in U.S. Schools

A new study shows the changing demographics in American education.<p>While 62 percent of the total U.S. population was classified as non-Hispanic white in 2013, when public schools start this fall their racial landscape will reflect a different America.<p>According to a new report by the National Center …

Astonishing Stretchable Paper Sculptures Appear to Be Made of Stone

At first glance the sculptures constructed by artist Li Hongbo appear to be chiseled out of stone, but once manipulated and pulled, they reveal the use of a different medium. Once the viewer uncovers that the sculpture can not only move, but stretch, spread, twist, bend, and contract, the pieces …

Citing Sources

Know Your Rights When Taking Photos and Making Video and Audio Recordings

<i>This information is available as a PDF or as a pocket card by contacting your closest ACLU-PA office.</i><p><i>Please note that the PDF version has not yet</i> …

Wiretapping

Congress on Track to Be Least Productive

12-year-old Florida boy arrested in killing of homeless man

A 12-year-old boy has confessed to shooting a homeless man in the head and leaving him to die on a Jacksonville, Fla., street, law enforcement officials announced Thursday.<p>The boy told Jacksonville County sheriff's investigators that he shot 54-year-old Thomas Trent in the head near an abandoned …

Crime

Five-year-old girl shot dead by playmate

Noelle Aston Shawver - described by family as a "bright and loving girl" - killed by five-year-old boy as playdate goes tragically wrong<p>A five-year-old girl has been shot dead by a young boy while they were playing together.<p>Adults were in another room in the house at the time of the accidental …

Chicago police say homicides fall to lowest level since 1963

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago’s police superintendent said on Friday the number of homicides had fallen to the lowest level in five decades so far this year as he sought to dispel the notion that America’s third-largest city reigns as the nation’s murder capital.<p>Chicago Police Superintendent Garry …

Venezuela Begins Evicting Residents From Torre David, The World’s Tallest Squat

The thousands of residents of Venezuela’s infamous vertical slum are being moved to a new housing complex by city authorities.<p>The thousands of squatters in Torre David, a half-built 52-story skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela, are being relocated. City authorities are moving a total of more than …

Here's A Brilliant Way To Peel An Apple Using A Power Drill

Who has time to peel dozens of apples at once?<p>Not Jasper van Ramshorst, who took to Facebook with a kitchen hack that's been making its way around the Internet this past week.<p>Ramshorst simply uses a power drill to spin the apples at high speed while holding a peeler against the skin of the …

Chris Crawford on Interactive Storytelling

The book suggestion of this week is about storytelling, the title is Chris Crawford on Interactive Storytelling by Chris Crawford. The reason I …

When your Mac runs slow, give it a tuneup

Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often than it did when your machine was new. The operating system just …

Operating Systems