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America and the Great Abdication

Don’t mistake Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the world for isolationism.<p>When great powers fade, as they inevitably must, it’s normally for one of two reasons. Some powers exhaust themselves through overreach abroad, underinvestment at home, or a mixture of the two. This was the case for the Soviet …

'Never Trump' Will Be the Only Faction Still Standing When He's Gone

When the Republican Party’s current coalition falls apart, those who stood up to bigotry will be the only ones with the credibility to rebuild.<p>As Donald Trump’s first year in the White House ends observers are taking stock. Eugene Robinson speaks for many Democrats and disaffected independents: …

Author Describes Writing Controversial DOE Grid Reliability Report

When Energy Secretary Rick Perry set out this year to prove that Obama-era regulations were killing coal plants and undermining grid reliability, he turned to a veteran energy consultant from his home state of Texas to write the report.<p>Alison Silverstein was known to be proficient in energy …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

This Smartphone Startup Competes with Apple and Samsung But It's Not Worried

<i>A version of this post titled “Selling smartphones, one hip party at a time” originally appeared in the Startup Sunday edition of Data …

This Interactive Map Of Music Genres Will Take Up The Rest Of Your Day

A Belgian architect has created a map that could be the Internet’s next great music source.<p>The word ‘map’ doesn’t quite do Musicmap justice. If it were merely a map, that would just be a chance to jokingly present Dubstep as the Port Moseby, Papua New Guinea of the music world. Instead, the new …

14 Google Maps tips and tricks

Google Maps is pretty straightforward. Search for a place, get directions and navigate. But if you dig beneath the surface, there are many overlooked and useful features that can help you navigate like a pro.<p>If you use Google Maps on your phone, a lot has changed recently -- especially so over the …

Maps

Bobby Sands: 66 Days review – insight into a desperate man

An authoritative documentary about the IRA hunger striker gets to the heart of its subject<p>A contentious subject – the role of Bobby Sands, and of hunger strikes in general, in the Irish republican movement – is approached with intelligence and restraint in this thorough and well-researched …

Northern Ireland

20 Important URLs That Every Google User Should Know

20 Important URLs That Every Google User Should Know<p>Google is much more than a search engine. Google offers dozens of interesting services in Google …

Sixty years and nothing to show: The slow decay of American politics since Eisenhower, Stevenson

In 1956, both parties nominated likeable individuals who conveyed trustworthiness. In 2016, neither party has<p><i>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.</i><p>My earliest recollection of national politics dates back exactly 60 years to the moment, in the summer of 1956, when I watched the political …