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Give student loans the finger: A new solution to a massive generational outrage

Young people and their future families are being bankrupted. Here’s a radical response to the heist of the century<p>Recently, news broke that Rolling Jubilee, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the eradication of debt, purchased $4 million in private student loan debt and forgave all of it, …

Managing Anxiety by Whatever Means Necessary

When I shared my story about living with panic disorder, I received so much positive feedback from people coping with various forms of mental illnesses. It was a wonderful feeling to be connected with others who have gone through similar trials in life.<p>There's something else that needs to be …

Mental Health

Make this on Super Bowl Sunday: Guilt-free white bean and turkey chili

Before we got the subzero temperatures last week, we made a huge grocery haul since we knew we wouldn't want to leave the house for a few days. I …

Why you’re wrong about communism: 7 huge misconceptions about it (and capitalism)

Most of what Americans think they know about capitalism and communism is total nonsense. Here’s a clearer picture<p>As the commentary around the recent deaths of Nelson Mandela, Amiri Baraka and Pete Seeger made abundantly clear, most of what Americans think they know about capitalism and communism is …

Antimatter experiment produces first beam of antihydrogen

The ASACUSA experiment at CERN has succeeded for the first time in producing a beam of antihydrogen atoms. In a paper published today in <i>Nature</i> …

Top 10 Free Upgrades to Make Your PC Better

Chances are right now, you aren't using your PC to its absolute fullest potential. Maybe it's a little slow, maybe your monitor's colors aren't quite …

Computer Hardware

All About Pie Fats: Butter vs. Oil vs. Lard vs. Shortening

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.<p>Today: The texture of your pie crust depends on the fat you use -- here's how to choose it.<p>Do not fear the dough!<p>More: Everything You Need to Make the Perfect …

Baking

Charles Manson Today: The Final Confessions of a Psychopath

He's nearly 80 and his Family is smaller, but darkness still surrounds America's most notorious criminal<p>In California's San Joaquin Valley, about …

Top 10 Clever Google Search Tricks

Google is a more powerful tool than most people realize. You can get much more refined searches with Google’s built-in tools, advanced operators, and …

11 Recipes That Will Change How You Cook Forever

You might think you make these 11 basic recipes well, but we have some game-changing tips that will make them even better<p>We admit it: There are some things we still don't know how to make. But there are also things that people think they make well that they actually completely ruin. Like scrambled …

Cooking

How to Master Archery

Our eight-part <b>Be More Interesting</b> series will teach you new skills to wow your friends. Today, Max Silvestri learns how to master archery.<p>Our <b>Be More</b> …

Senator Feinstein Admits the NSA Taps the Internet Backbone

We know from the Snowden documents (and other sources) that the NSA taps the Internet backbone through secret agreements with major US telcos., but …

Totchos Recipes Combine The Majesty Of Tater Tots And Nachos (PHOTOS)

We've talked to you about totchos before, but today, we're diving even deeper. It turns out that when you search for "totchos recipes," a few people are really pulling most of our weight. Totchos, the blessed combination of tater tots and nachos, are pretty much exactly how you'd expect them to be, …

Dim Sum Guide: Be Ready When The Carts Roll By (PHOTOS)

When it comes to Chinese food, Dim Sum is about as good as it gets -- you get to try a variety of different dishes, get to know a different culinary culture, and even make some new friends at the communal tables. Often referred to as "Chinese brunch," Dim Sum meals are generally conducted with …

Modern Farmer's 5 Easy Things to Grow

<i>This week, our friends at Modern Farmer will be sharing some of their most recent recipes, choosing a wildcard, and answering our questions. For more news on farming near and far, pick up an issue in Provisions.</i><p><i>Today: No matter whether your thumb is green or black, you can grow these at</b> …

Best Healthy Lunch Box Snack Recipes

I do a lot of talking about how to compose a healthy lunch box. But, at the end of the day, none of my tips or recipes mean a thing if your kid won't eat what you pack. One way to get my kids excited about what's inside their lunch bags is to include a healthy snack with mega kid appeal. Something …

Healthy Eating

The Absolute Easiest Way to Compost

My friend Ryan Nevius is really cool. She's an environmentalist (hard-core!) who cares enough to make it simple for the laziest of her friends. …

Gardening

4 Restaurant Recipes Requested by Readers, from Eggs to Oysters

Four recipes—for baked eggs, lamb, pasta, and oysters—our readers requested from restaurants in Vermont, Oregon, New Orleans, and New York<p>We love when our readers find awesome recipes for us to print. Though we’re always looking for the next hot dish, we can’t be everywhere at once, and we rely on …

Eggs

Big Fat Pupusas at El Salvador Restaurant in San Francisco

My temporary home in San Francisco's Mission district is known more for its abundance of tacos and burritos than its Salvadoran fare, but there's certainly plenty of it around, some of it quite good.<p>Where Mexico has its tacos, El Salvador has its pupusas. At <b>El Salvador Restaurant</b>, the pupusas are …

McDonald's Gives Its Menu A Fancy Makeover (PHOTOS)

Thursday night at an elegant event space in Manhattan, suited gentlemen and ladies in cocktail dresses sipped Old Fashioneds and mojitos before sitting down to a five-course dinner prepared by celebrity chefs. Nothing looked amiss at the intimate soiree, except that every offering incorporated …

U.S. Officials on Chinese Chicken Processing: It’s Totally Cool, Trust Us

For all those worried about that ominous-sounding announcement that U.S. farms would start sending chicken to be processed in China, only for the …

12 Tips for Perfect Fried Chicken, Plus a Master Recipe

<i>Sunday Dinners comes to us from our own chef/photojournalist/farmer/father figure Tom Hirschfeld, featuring his stunning photography and Indiana farmhouse family meals.</i><p><i>Today: The slow art of fried chicken -- with 12 tips and a master recipe.</i><p>Frying chicken, at its best, is a state of mind formed …

Cooking

7 Simple Tips to Create a Great Cheese Plate

Do you technically love the idea of a cheese plate for dessert, but find yourself staring blankly in the cheese department, overwhelmed by the …

Living Rooms

The Mediterranean Diet for Beginners: The Complete Guide - 40 Delicious Recipes, 7-Day Diet Meal Plan, and 10 Tips for Success

• <b>Author:</b> Rockridge Press<p>“When eating well tastes like a yearlong vacation, it’s easy and exciting to do.”<b>—From Rockridge Press, the publisher of Amazon bestsellers, Paleo for Beginners and The Wicked Good Ketogenic Diet Cookbook</b><br>For most people, dieting and deprivation of variety and flavor go hand …

5 Biggest Storylines for Detroit Red Wings' 2013-14 Season

The regular season is just around the corner and the Detroit Red Wings still have some things to figure out.<p>Between trimming down to the 23-man roster, getting healthy and becoming salary-cap compliant, there is still plenty of work to be done with two preseason games remaining. However, those are …

13 Everyday Phrases That Actually Came From Shakespeare

Whether a fan or not though, you probably use many of Shakespeare's phrases on a regular basis.<p>Here's a list of 13 popular, albeit strange, sayings The Bard coined. In fact, we say or write some of these so often, they've become clichés.<p><b>1. "Green-eyed monster"</b><p>Meaning: jealousy.<p>In "Othello," Iago …

Literature

The Two Simple Equations That Lead to Financial Success

If you read financial books and magazines, visit financial websites, and watch money-focused TV, you'll come to the conclusion that managing money is …

Personal Finance

Detroit to get millions in federal aid to 'lift up' ailing city

The federal government has come up with a $300 million package for Detroit to knock down empty buildings, hire firefighters and add buses, as the city struggles after filing for the largest municipal bankruptcy ever.<p>While the promised aid is far short of the $80 billion in financing extended to the …

Obama Administration