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'Shocked and alarmed': New York Times reporter back from Libya describes the ISIS surge there

A New York Times reporter who recently returned from covering ISIS — aka the Islamic State and ISIL — in Sirte, a coastal city in northern Libya, told radio host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday that he was "shocked and alarmed" at how much ISIS has grown there.<p>"I have to say I was personally shocked and …

Writing the Cozy Mystery—the Sleuth

<b>By Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig</b><p>I’ve had a few people emailing me asking questions about starting a cozy mystery (or, really, any type of …

6 Of The World’s Greatest Writers Explain How They Deal With Writer’s Block

Russian state 'involved' in ex-KGB agent's London murder, inquiry hears

LONDON (Reuters) - The Russian state must have been involved in the 2006 poisoning of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko with a radioactive isotope, which amounted to “a nuclear attack on the streets” of London, an inquiry into the death was told on Thursday.<p>Kremlin critic Litvinenko died weeks …

25 Women to Read Before You Die - Powell's Books

Below you'll find our list — compiled following lively debate by Powell's staff — of 25 women you absolutely must read in your lifetime.<p>In one sense, …

“Albert is an old fool”: Einstein vs Schrödinger in battle of the Nobel laureates

<b>(Wikimedia)</b><p>Einstein & Schrödinger were friends then competitors in hunt for Grand Unified Theory. A media war tore them apart<p>Paul Halpern<p>April 18, 2015 7:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Einstein’s Dice and Schrödinger’s Cat”<p>This is the tale of two brilliant physicists, the 1947 media war that tore apart …

5 Reasons Capitalism Is The BEST And WORST Thing To Ever Happen To The World

By Lucius Marenus,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/19UgmDk<p>“Disruptors, it seems, gonna disrupt.”—James Hamblin, <i>A Brewing Problem</i><p>“All that is solid …

Will Self and John Gray on freedom and determinism – books podcast

The philosopher John Gray discusses his latest book, The Soul of the Marionette, with the novelist Will Self<p>The age-old question of whether the freedom we feel we have is merely an illusion was the subject of discussion when the philosopher John Gray met the novelist Will Self at a Guardian Live …

The Gulf of Time

<i>He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living hand to mouth.</i><br>—Goethe<p>During my years as editor of <i>Harper’s Magazine</i>, I could rely on the post …

Jay Leno

Asia’s Rise Is Rooted in Confucian Values

Booming states like China, South Korea and Singapore became capitalist by relying on old tenets of tolerance and social stability.<p>One of the striking elements of “The Governance of China,” a book published this past fall in several languages (including English) by Chinese President Xi Jinping, was …

Xi Jinping

The Democratic Trilemma: Is Democracy Possible?

You may have heard of the Marquis de Condorcet (Nicolas de Condorcet). He was an 18th century French philosopher, mathematician and social theorist. …

Critical Thinking

Books of the year 2014

It is New Year’s Day and I should be looking forward but I’ve been busy – and delayed by the flu – so I’m not yet done looking back. Listed below with potted reviews are the 23 books I read in 2014. This continues a tradition I started last year, when I decided to read less internet and more …

APA 2014-1: The moral basis of capitalism, or something

by Massimo Pigliucci<p>As I have done at the previous incarnation of Scientia Salon, the Rationally Speaking blog [1], from time to time I will report …

Opinion: Thinking the unthinkable | DW | 27.12.2014

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, war between two European states has been practically unimaginable. But Russia is now forcing the …

What Did “Generation Like” Think of “Generation Like”?

“For kids today, you are what you like,” says author and media scholar Douglas Rushkoff in <i>Generation Like</i>. But in today’s social media age, does …

FRONTLINE Wins Four Emmy Awards

Three FRONTLINE documentaries and a promotional trailer won last night at the 35th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards.<p>The winning FRONTLINE …

And The Biggest Threat To The Internet Is...

…government. That’s the opinion of over 1,400 experts, from academics to engineers, consulted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.<p>The Net Threats report highlights widespread fears that nation states will increasingly block, filter and segment the internet to try and maintain security and …

Iraq: A military solution to a political problem?

The unconditional nature of foreign military aid has contributed to Maliki's rigidity in solving the conflict in Iraq.<p>The ongoing delay in forming a government that could alleviate the crisis in Iraq is largely due to foreign involvement - specifically, the considerable military help being given to …

Baghdadi's misconstrued caliphate project

The notion of Muslim political unity is well-established in Islam, but is it what the Islamic State stands for?<p>The group too extreme even for al-Qaeda continues to make headlines. But this time, it is not the usual slaughter and terror they bring along wherever they advance. The extremist group …

Inside the Army, Guard lobbying war

The Army and the National Guard are at war over the Guard’s Apache helicopters, and both sides are turning to Congress for backup.<p>“We were unable to work it out in the Pentagon,” said one defense official involved in the dispute. Now, “we’re doing this very public and bloody battle.”<p>It’s a battle …

Using Fake Websites To Trick Political Donors Is Just The Start

Ray Bellamy, a retired doctor based in Florida, decided that he wanted to make a donation in a local congressional race. He began by Googling the Democratic candidate’s name, “Alex Sink.” He then clicked on one of the first results that popped up. A page loaded that that had the candidate’s typical …

The Techno-Militarization Of America

Remember last year? Edward Snowden! NSA! Shock! Horror! Dismay!<p>Looking back I’m amazed we all seemed so surprised. Over the last decade, pretty much every arm of American authority invoked “homeland security” as an excuse to acquire boatloads of new technology, and used it to help expand their …

The NYPD Division of Un-American Activities

On the morning of September 11, the detectives of the New York Police Department’s Intelligence Division traveled in force toward the burning towers …