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Income inequality: trickle down economics is alive and well in Australia | Ben Oquist

Old theories never die, they just get renamed. Scott Morrison’s idea of cutting taxes for the rich won’t spur growth, it will just entrench inequality further<p>I grew up in Sydney, a beautiful city regarded as one of the most liveable in the world. But that amenity is increasingly becoming …

Secrets of the Silk Road emerge from ancient latrine pit in China

The ancient Silk Road is widely known as the main route for tea, silks and spices to be transported from the ancient world to Europe 2,000 years ago.<p>But new research - conduced in an ancient toilet - confirms that travellers may have been taking more than just goods for market along huge distances …

Anthropologist follows trail of century-old hobo graffiti

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthropologist Susan Phillips had spent a career examining the graffiti that covers urban walls, bridges and freeway …

The Nazi Underground

Is treasure buried beneath the mountains of Poland?<p>Lower Silesia, in southwestern Poland, is a land of treasure hunters. Until the end of the Second World War, the region—covered by mountains and deep pine forests with towering, arrowlike trees—was part of Germany. In the early months of 1945, the …

Archaeology

Picturing a World Where Animals Are Seen as Individuals

<i>This post was originally published in February 2016. We’re resurfacing it as part of our #ThrowbackThursday effort to give some love to our favorite posts.</i>—The Proof Team<p>Stefano Unterthiner wants us to view all species the way we view our pets—as individuals.<p>A former zoologist, the National …

Could a simple supplement halt Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer's patients who took resveratol twice-a-day for a year were found to have fewer dementia biomarkers in their blood and scored better on cognitive tests<p>A cheap supplement may halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease after a trial suggested that dementia sufferers stopped deteriorating …

Nazi gold train: Inside Hitler's labyrinth on the trail of a hidden legend

The Telegraph goes inside the network of tunnels in south-west Poland that may finally yield their secrets<p>The waterlogged tunnel threading its way beneath the hills of Lower Silesia amounts to a relic of one of Hitler’s most grandiose and futile projects.<p>This subterranean passage, reached through a …

Bilderberg 2015: where criminals mingle with ministers

Even a lecture on the convicted criminals due to arrive or a chat about ‘shameless’ HSBC didn’t deter Austria’s officers from yet another ID check<p>I had three Austrian policemen in my hotel room last night. They stood there all grim faced with their fluorescent bibs, torches and sidearms. It was …

Meltdown or Mother Lode (3 Nuclear Technologies and Why You Should Be Excited)

<i>This piece was adapted from Tomorrowland: Our Journey from Science Fiction to Science Fact by Steven Kotler.</i><p>We use a lot of energy. A lot of energy. Thus, if you want to talk safety and security, you have to start with the options available. Can solar and wind even satisfy our needs? Can green …

Holocaust documentary whose horrors remained unseen reaches cinemas – after 70 years

In 1945, Alfred Hitchcock advised on a film that would catalogue the atrocities uncovered in concentration camps by Allied troops. Now the Imperial War Museum has completed the film with previously unseen footage<p>Skeletal figures, too weak to move, wait limply for help. At gunpoint, blank-faced SS …

World History

Top US lawmakers to discuss police killings as reform momentum builds

Recent video of police killings of black men galvanises lawmakers into tackling issue as New York congressman asks: ‘What more does Congress need to see?’<p>Top US lawmakers are to discuss ways of tackling the killing of black suspects by police amid signs that the hitherto muted political response to …

Justice

Did your science textbook teach that embryo drawings prove evolution?

Jonathan Wells, a biologist with Ph.Ds from Yale and UC Berkeley, writes about one example of fake evidence here:<p>Charles Darwin thought that “by far …

Biology

Toppled boom crane truck mistaken for sculpture outside Dallas museum

Given the right context, just about anything can be a work of art. For instance, Andy Warhol painted pictures of soup cans, and Marcel Duchamp displayed a urinal at an exhibition. The Dallas Musuem of Art recently received a temporary and very accidental new sculpture outside when a crane tipped …

Art

How the 1 percent always wins: “We live in a faux democracy, which is why everyone’s so cynical and nobody votes”

The rich get richer, the middle class gets hollowed out. We all stay quiet. Steve Fraser explains why we allow it<p>Why aren’t we getting angry about the steady shifting of treasure from the middle class to the very richest? Why haven’t the few who are vocal and visibly frustrated coalesced into a …

Science, sex and the truth about God and politics

<b>(AP/Jacquelyn Martin)</b><p>Research shows that less religion means better societal health. Try telling that to conservative Christians<p>Hector A. Garcia<p>March 15, 2015 6:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Alpha God: The Psychology of Religious Violence and Oppression” by Hector A. Garcia<p>Choosing what to think is a …

Religion

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Why ISIS Exists

<i>In the U.S. war on Iraq, hundreds of thousands died the sort of deaths that, if broadcast in an ISIS video, would have inflamed international opinion.</i><p>The Middle East is suffering the blowback from rotten U.S. policies, disastrous wars, and cultural turmoil. ISIS and its ilk are one result.<p>ISIS -- …

Electric Garbage Trucks: Huge Energy Savings And They Won't Wake You Up In The Morning

If one raises the topic of electric vehicles (EVs), everybody seems focused on Tesla these days. How many vehicles have they sold? Is Apple a would-be competitor? Where’s the stock going? And of course Tesla and its EV brethren have tremendous potential to reduce overall energy consumption and …

Electric Vehicles

Potential weight-loss agent from a tree is almost too good to be true

It has qualities so remarkable, it could come from the land of Oz (and could become the television doctor's next big thing, too): a compound derived from a tree growing in South and Central America prompted obese mice to lose 20% to 30% of their weight. It also allowed normal, healthy mice to chow …

The World's Slowest Photo Will Take 1,000 Years to Expose

You'll have to wait until the year 3015 years to see Jonathon Keats' pinhole photo.<p>Tomorrow, conceptual artist and experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats will unveil the bespoke pinhole camera he'll be using to shoot a single photograph over the course of an entire millennium. According to Slate, …

Archaeologists find two 'lost cities' deep in Honduras jungle

Archaeological team say they have set foot in a place untouched by humans for at least 600 years in a site that may be the ‘lost city of the monkey god’<p>Archaeologists have discovered two lost cities in the deep jungle of Honduras, emerging from the forest with evidence of a pyramid, plazas and …

Archaeology

Nato expansion and the Ukraine conflict

Seumas Milne’s commentary on the situation in Ukraine (The demonisation of Russia risks paving the way for war, 5 March) contains errors in historical fact and in political judgment. Incidentally, these errors are also a regular feature of Russian statements, which Nato totally rejects. Nato has …

Russia

Putin condemns Nemtsov killing; seeks curb on protests

Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the killing of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov as an "audacious murder" Wednesday and called for measures to block the rise of "color revolutions" in Russia that could stir up illegal protests, propaganda on social media and attempts to overthrow the …

Michael Brown's family to file wrongful death lawsuit

Lawyers for the family of Michael Brown, the teenager killed last summer in Ferguson, Missouri, said on Thursday they would file a wrongful death civil case on behalf of the family.<p>“We are officially in the process of formulating a civil case that we anticipate will be filed shortly on behalf of …

The strange world of felt presences

On 20 May 1916, Ernest Shackleton, Frank Worsley, and Tom Crean reached Stromness, a whaling station on the north coast of South Georgia. They had been walking for 36 hours, in life-threatening conditions, in an attempt to reach help for the rest of their party: three of their crew were stuck on …

Cognition

Discrimination in Ferguson: full extent of police bias laid bare in damning report

The full extent of the racial persecution of black residents in Ferguson, Missouri, by the city’s overwhelmingly white law enforcement authorities was disclosed on Wednesday in a damning report by the US Department of Justice.<p>Ferguson’s police department and court system “reflect and exacerbate …

Auschwitz: the men behind the mass murder

Laurence Rees - who has interviewed war criminals from German, Russian and Japanese camps - explains why many of the former Nazi soldiers he met had …

World History

Tales from Auschwitz: survivor stories

Photograph: Reuters<p>Some of the 600 children who survived Auschwitz show their identification numbers.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/1/26/1422280529297/87c46f20-f20a-46e4-81ed-e0170d19ce79-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Reuters<p>Some of the 600 children who survived …

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Noam Chomsky: America is a terrified country

<b>(AP/Hatem Moussa)</b><p>The philosopher on the violence we wage abroad, the income inequality we face at home and where we go from here<p>Catherine Komp<p>November 23, 2013 3:45pm (UTC)<p><i>This is an excerpt from the just released 2nd edition of Noam Chomsky’s "Occupy: Class War, Rebellion and Solidarity,"</i> …