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The Gun Lobby Is Down to Its Last, Unconvincing Excuse

Las Vegas rips apart the "good guy with a gun" justification, leaving only a flawed constitutional take to justify the madness<p>As of this writing, the …

Jimmy Kimmel and Sean Spicer talk facts, Trump and inauguration crowd size

In his late night debut Wednesday night, Sean Spicer spoke with Jimmy Kimmel about President Donald Trump, facts and the White House press conference that started it all.<p>"So right off the bat, your first ever press conference, you get in there and it's the day after the inauguration, right? And you …

The White House

5 Tips for a Better Cup of Coffee

From pre-warming mugs to water temperature guidance, we're here to improve your morning ritual.<p>Drinking coffee is more than a routine that starts the day. It's the routine that lets you know you’re still breathing. That being said, it’s easy to get stuck in your ways. Stubbornness—or maybe just …

Coffee

It’s Time for the Lost Cause of the South to Get Lost

The nation has been held back for decades because of Southerners’ dishonest propaganda about the causes of the Civil War. Enough, enough, enough.<p>In …

War

Chili Cheese Dog Boats Recipe by Tasty

Ingredients<p>for 8 servings<p>8 buns hot dog bun<br>• ¼ cup (60 g) butter, melted<br>• 2 cloves garlic, minced<br>• 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped<br>• 8 slices cheddar cheese, grated<br>• 15 oz (425 g) chili, with or without beans<br>• 8 hot dogs<p>Preparation<p>Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).<br>• Place the 8 hot dog buns in a 9x13 inch …

Hot Dogs

Giant BBQ Rib Sandwich (To Feed A Crowd) Recipe by Tasty

Ingredients<p>for 8 servings<p>1 rack baby back ribs, membrane removed, this is essential for de-boning<p>Dry Rub<p>2 tablespoons paprika<br>• 1 tablespoon pepper<br>• 2 tablespoons brown sugar<br>• 2 teaspoons salt<br>• 1 teaspoon garlic powder<br>• 1 teaspoon onion powder<br>• 1 teaspoon cumin<br>• 1 teaspoon chili powder<p>Glaze<p>1 cup (225 g) BBQ …

BBQ

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Still Has No Idea What to Make of Black Art

The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which airs tonight on HBO, opens with a tribute to the god of the institution: Chuck Berry. …

Music

Jacques Derrida & Ornette Coleman – A Match Made In Heaven

Today in the world of glorious web discoveries, I saw on the OpenCulture twitter account a link to an interview between jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman …

Yes, That’s Jewish Folk Music You’re Hearing—in Mexico

The street performer ‘El Maestro’ grew up in a small town and is not Jewish, but spends his days entertaining tourists with traditional klezmer songs he learned on the Internet; ‘a small summary of all of life’<p>PUEBLA, Mexico—On most days, weather permitting, Juan “El Maestro” Pérez packs up his …

Mexico

Three of the best classical concerts

Gringolts Quartet | Daniel Grimwood | Ensemble Claudiana, Roberta Invernizzi & Sonia Prina<p>1 Gringolts Quartet<p>Violinist Ilya Gringolts’s quartet regularly include contemporary music alongside their standard repertory. The staples this week come from Beethoven (the sixth of his Op 18 set) and Brahms …

Piano

How Handel's Messiah went from cost-saving strategy to annual ritual

<i>Article posted by Matthew Parsons in Longreads</i><p>If you are a classical music concertgoer, there is a pretty high likelihood that you either have …

Flute

Orchestras experiment with innovative ways to reach audiences

The line forms at twilight outside of an empty San Francisco warehouse. Tickets are scanned as guests walk through a dimly lit passageway leading to …

The Uses Of The Classical

For three seasons, <i>America’s Got Talent</i> apportioned one slot to a contestant voted in via YouTube, creating an impression of direct democracy on …

Will Someone Please Tell Me If Ravel's 'Boléro' Is About Sex Or Not?

Classical Music Hour with Fran<p>Happy new year? Does anyone know if Maurice Ravel’s <i>Boléro</i> is actually about sex? Please let me know. I started this …

Flute

2016: The year in classical music

Numbers, facts, people: it was a year of milestones in the classical world - and as always, Germany calls the tune.<p>Two of the most influential …

Slow Roasted Oven BBQ Beef Brisket

5 from 2 votes<p>Slow Roasted Oven BBQ Beef Brisket<p>Prep Time<p>10 mins<p>Cook Time<p>5 hrs<p>Total Time<p>13 hrs 10 mins<p>Slow Roasted Oven BBQ Beef Brisket is so tender …

BBQ

What Is Participatory Economics? An Interview With Michael Albert

(Photo: Erik Scheel)<p>Participatory economics has long been proposed as an alternative to capitalism and centralized planning. It remains, nonetheless, …

Why Is Slow Cooking Good For You?

Do you want tasty budget meals with least possible effort? Think slow cooking!<p>Image Credit: halfbakedharvest.com<p>Using a crockpot, or slow cooker to …

The Guardian view on the humanities: science doesn’t have all the answers

It is 60 years since CP Snow’s essay The Two Cultures poured scorn on the literary world and welcomed the advance of science and technology. But in a fractured world, the humanities are key to an understanding of others<p>In Denis Villeneuve’s lyrical sci-fi movie Arrival, a dozen mysterious vessels …

Humanities

Team Trump’s Message: The Clash of Civilizations Is Back

From Bannon’s defense of the “Judeo-Christian West” to Flynn’s attacks on Muslims, some nat sec experts fear the incoming Trump administration believes America is at war with Islam—and that it won’t end well.<p>Last February Mike Flynn, the incoming national security adviser to President-elect Donald …

Religion

Foodies Agree—This Is the Best Way to Start Your Day

We've heard it ad nauseam: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Yet thanks to our increasingly chaotic schedules, 31 million Americans …

Why Audio Streams Just Surpassed Video Streams For The First Time In U.S. Music History

The U.S. music industry just reached a milestone that really should have been true all along: Americans are now more likely to listen to music than watch it on YouTube—but that doesn’t necessarily mean that musicians will make more money this year.<p>According to mid-year reports from leading media …

Apple Music

The ISIS Apocalypse

<b>By William McCants</b><p>CHAPTER 1<p><b>RAISING THE BLACK FLAG</b><p>On a mild August morning in 2014, a passerby noticed a black flag hanging outside a rundown duplex in suburban New Jersey. He could not make out the flag's black-and-white Arabic, but he recognized the design from the news. All summer, American …

The Urban-Rural Divide: Deep Roots In American History

<i>A Southern cotton plantation. By Currier & Ives. Image is in the public domain via Wikimedia.com</i><p>By Daniel Blake Smith<p>Anyone observing America's ongoing culture wars, especially as they surface in the current presidential election cycle, is forcefully reminded that we are not a country divided by …

Manners in meltdown: Thanks to a rise in narcissism, are chivalry and decency things of the past?

There’s a song in the musical Chicago in which the characters bemoan the state of the modern world. “Whatever happened to fair dealing, and pure …

Game of Thrones

Volleyball in a hijab: Does this picture show a culture clash?

<b>For the Times it was a "culture clash", for the Daily Mail "a massive cultural divide" between "the cover-ups" and "the cover-nots" - and for the Sun the cultural divide was not "massive" but "colossal".</b><p>The pictures of Egypt's women's beach volleyball team playing Germany swept the internet …

Human Rights

Something Weird Happens to Your Brain When You Start Improvising

This is what creativity looks like.<p>The best musicians are somehow able to come up with a song or piece of music on the fly that no one has ever heard …