Josh Bradshaw

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How to Make Perfect Coffee

The science of what makes coffee great<p><i>Coffee has become recognized as a human necessity. It is no longer a luxury or an indulgence; it is a corollary of human energy and human efficiency.</i><p><i>-</i> William H. Ukers, <i>All About Coffee</i> (1922)<p>It was November 23, 2010. We were in Surf City, North Carolina, …

E.L. James Made $95 Million for 'Fifty Shades'

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Today in "that's a lot of money" news, we have <i>Forbes</i>'s list of the world's top-earning authors. E.L. …

A Warning From 1890: Sex Scandals Make Us Stupid

A surprisingly relevant observation about salacious gossip, applied to the Anthony Weiner era<p>Reuters<p>The seminal essay "The Right to Privacy," published in the December 15, 1890, issue of the <i>Harvard Law Review</i>, contains a passage that does as good a job of any I've ever seen of explaining why it is …

The Steady Decline of Homeownership for Everyone, Everywhere

The Best Way to Guarantee Something Will Fail Is to Call It a 'Grand Bargain'

But Obama's latest policy probably doesn't even qualify for the name.<p>It's like clockwork -- which is good, because nothing else about the nation's budgeting process seems to work these days: If it's a late summer in the Obama era, it's time to talk about a "grand bargain" on spending that's almost …

Former CIA Chief: Snowden's Leak Is 'a Little Like the Boston Bombers'

Michael Hayden likened an ideological preference for transparency to Islamic fundamentalism. Seriously.<p>In an interview with <i>Financial Review</i>, an Australian publication, General Michael Hayden, who has served as head of both the NSA and the CIA, made what may be the most jaw-dropping statement of the …

Porn on the Kindle: A Catch-22

People like to read erotic literature on an e-readers because they're discreet. But retailers can make the smut very difficult to find.<p>"Many of us realized immediately that, like the Internet, the Kindle was made for porn." So wrote the pseudonymous kinukitty at my website, <i>The Hooded Utilitarian,</i> a …

President Obama: Pitch Perfect on Trayvon, yet Silent on Abdulrahman

Do Americans care as much about justice and individual rights when Muslim Americans are killed?<p>Few things divide us as quickly and powerfully as criminal trials that contain or spark racial controversy. Think of the police officers who beat Rodney King; the murder case against O.J. Simpson; the …

The Huge Threat to Capitalism That Republicans Are Ignoring

In the 1950s, Communist ideology posed the biggest threat to the free market. Today, crony capitalism is more corrosive.<p>Reuters<p>Over the weekend, the <i>New York Times</i> published a jaw-dropping story about how Wall Street investment banks are slyly manipulating commodities markets to make billions at the …

Mission Creep: When Everything Is Terrorism

NSA apologists say spying is only used for menaces like "weapons of mass destruction" and "terror." But those terms have been radically redefined.<p>Fer Gregory/Shutterstock<p>One of the assurances I keep hearing about the U.S. government's spying on American citizens is that it's only used in cases of …

Pay For Your Next Meal With Your Face

The world's first facial recognition payment system lets you ditch your credit card.<p>Finland-based company Uniqul is preparing to release a payment system that uses facial recognition software to link a customer with his or her bank account. Instead of swiping a credit card to purchase goods (which …

The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements

Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what's typically found in a routine diet. Industry representatives, backed by a fascinating history, argue that foods don't contain enough, and we need supplements. Fortunately, many excellent studies have now resolved the issue.<p>On October 10, 2011, …

Even a Half-Century Ago, Journalists Were Predicting Detroit Would Go Bust

Longstanding flaws contributed significantly to this week's bankruptcy.<p>Reuters<p>News that Detroit has officially declared bankruptcy inspired me to dig into old newspaper and magazine stories to relive the city's glory years, and perhaps reread the stories of decline I remember from my childhood, …

Yes, You Should Be Totally Outraged By the Farm Bill

It's not just a microcosm of congressional insensitivity and bad economics. It's a small moral play about the role of money in politics.<p>Reuters<p>The farm bill passed by the House of Representatives yesterday is pretty much a disgrace. Republicans took legislation that had historically been 80 percent …

Who Will Take Care of China's 'Left Behind Children'?

While their parents work in faraway cities, the country's rural youth are often neglected. What can be done to help them?<p>As reports of sexual assault and even murder of children have triggered public debate in China, the safety of the country's youth has become a recurring issue. A July 4 incident …

NSA Scandal Meets Pixar, At Last (VIDEO)

Sqorck.com is now officially responsible for ruining childhoods across America. They've taken the classic Pixar opening sequence and given it a sinister twist that is all too appropriate in the light of U.S. government's recent indiscretions.<p>Here is an "alternate" ending version that is a bit less …

A Zimbabwe Hospital Charges Women $5 for Each Scream During Labor—Why?

"False alarms."<p><i>The Atlantic</i> business channel always enjoys a good price mystery. But this factoid probably falls under the category of Really Awful Price Mystery. It's so awful that I sincerely hope it's just not true: At least one Zimbabwe hospital reportedly charges $5 for each time a woman …

How Sharknado Explains the Federal Reserve

Flying sharks are just like quantitative easing. Really.<p>There is a movie called <i>Sharknado</i>. It is a real movie. It is about sharks in a tornado. The killer sharks in the tornado fly around snatching up people who say things like "we just can't wait here for sharks to rain down on us."<p>And it explains …

TV Is Americans' Main Source of News

Television is the main place Americans say they turn to for news about current events (55%), leading the Internet, at 21%. Nine percent say …