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'I do not accept him as my leader' — Uber CTO's explosive anti-Trump email reveals growing internal tensions

In the message, CTO Thuan Pham blasted Trump as a "deplorable person" and called his election a huge step backward — even comparing it to the rise of ruthless dictators such as Mao Zedong in China and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia after the Vietnam War.<p>The email was being circulated internally among …

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Why Russia Loves the Idea of California Seceding

Once again, Moscow is winking at a long-shot breakaway movement in the U.S.<p>On a sunny late September day, a trio of tourists gathered on Moscow’s Red Square. Well-dressed, carrying a Russian flag, the visitors bunched in front of the Kremlin’s walls to snap a selfie. Like so many others before, the …

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The Positive Reframe: Why Trump’s Inauguration is Not the Beginning of an Era — but the End

Why Trump’s Inauguration is Not the Beginning of an Era — but the End<p><i>“We are suffering just now from a bad attack of economic pessimism. It is common</i> …

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Will Donald Trump’s divided America evoke the social turmoil of the ’60s? It might — and the 1860s too

Donald Trump’s polarized nation bears the scars of the 1960s — and divisions that go back much further than that<p>I began the morning on Inauguration Day intending to write a letter of apology to my kids, who are going to spend their teenage years in America under President Donald Trump. Not easy to …

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Today: Trump's America is starkly divided. Are states too different for us to reunite?

<b>This is Mic's daily read on Donald Trump's America — and how it affects you.</b><p><b>Welcome to America's only political newsletter powered by John Glenn's</b> …

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<i>by</i> <i>in</i> Criticism<p>Table of Contents<p>Of all the social networks, it’s the easiest, the simplest, the least full of harm. Let’s put it a different way. …

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The Age of Insight: How the Cross-Pollination of Art and Science in Early 20th-Century Vienna Shaped Modern Culture

Something unusual defined Vienna between 1890 and 1918, something that shaped more of Western culture than we dare suspect — artists, writers, thinkers and scientists across biology, medicine, and psychoanalysis came into regular contact and, in the process of these interactions, steered the course …

The Psychology of Time and the Paradox of How Impulsivity and Self-Control Mediate Our Capacity for Presence

“Consciousness is tied to corporeality and temporality: I experience myself as existing with a body over time.”<p><i>“Reality is never and nowhere more accessible than in the immediate moment of one’s own life,”</i> Kafka once told a teenage friend. <i>“It’s only there that it can be won or lost.”</i> The great …

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The So-Called Alien Megastructure Just Got Even More Mysterious

Last fall, a little-known star called KIC 8462852 became our planetary obsession when astronomers said that its erratic flickering could be the …

George R. R. Martin – A Feast For Crows - Brienne V - "Broken Men" Speech

"Ser? My lady?" said Podrick. "Is a broken man an outlaw?"<p>"More or less," Brienne answered.<p>Septon Meribald disagreed. "More less than more. There are …

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is a masterpiece until it's a franchise movie

<i>2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the</i> Star Trek <i>franchise – and the release of</i> Star Trek Beyond<i>, the 13th feature film in the series.</i> <i>To celebrate</i> …

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Mind-Bender: ‘Game of Thrones’ Director on Original, Brutal Idea for ‘Hold the Door’

Jack Bender, filmmaker and artist, will always be the Elephant in the Room<p>In the <i>Game of Thrones</i> universe, Jack Bender is a walking spoiler alert. As …

​Game of Thrones​ Has Lost the Ability to Surprise

<b>Spoilers for Game of Thrones past, present and future beyond this point.</b><p>As we pass the halfway point of <i>Game of Thrones</i>' sixth season, two things are …

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6 Things We Learned From the New Winds of Winter Chapter

Over the weekend, George R.R. Martin gave fans yet another glimpse at <i>The Winds of Winter</i>, reading a never-before-seen Aeron Grey chapter, “The …

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*SPOILER POLICY*<p>While I've read all the ASOIAF books, I don't reblog or post spoilers beyond the current episode, episode preview or trailer. I'm in …

'Game Of Thrones' And 'A Song Of Ice And Fire' May End Very, Very Differently

<i>Game of Thrones</i> is making its way through its sixth season, and doing quite a good job of surprising book readers and show watchers alike with new twists and turns. The show has now sailed past the vast majority of the written material from George RR Martin’s <i>A Song of Ice and Fire</i> series. Some fans …

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'Game of Thrones' Hodor Twist Different in Books, Says GRRM

We’re still processing the fallout from <i>Game of Thrones</i> Season 6's tearful “The Door,” amid news that the title revelation serves as one of three …

Game of Thrones' “The Door” was a meta-commentary on the whole series

The play's the thing.<p><i>Every week throughout season six, a handful of Vox's writers will discuss the latest episode of</i> <b>Game of Thrones</b><i>. Before you dig in, check out our</i> <i>recap of Sunday's episode</i><i>, as well the archive of</i> <i>our entire discussion to date</i><i>. Next up is gender issues writer Emily Crockett.</i><p><b>Emily</b> …

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George R.R. Martin revealed 3 huge shocks to Game of Thrones producers

Sunday’s Hodor revelation wasn’t the only stunning twist author George R.R. Martin revealed to the showrunners of <i>Game of Thrones</i>.<p>During the …

This Explosive Game of Thrones Episode Explained How the White Walkers Could Take Westeros

The big twist even book readers didn't see coming.<p><i>This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 5 “The Door.” If you’re not caught up now is the time to leave.</i><p>For six seasons now the White Walkers have seemingly been wandering aimlessly around the North building up the ranks in …

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Game of Thrones season 6: the White Walkers, explained

<i>Game of Thrones</i> season six, episode five, "The Door," offers a startling new revelation about the supernatural beings whose menacing existence has lurked in the background of the show from the beginning. In a vision, Bran Stark witnesses the creation of the White Walkers. He sees that, contrary to …

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Game of Thrones: So Were the Last Four Seasons with Daenerys Really Just a Waste of Time?

Is the Mother of Dragons right back where she started?<p>This post contains frank discussion of Season 6, Episode 4 of <i>Game of Thrones</i> titled “The Book of the Stranger.” If you are not caught up and don’t wish to know what happened, now is the time to leave.<p>This week’s episode ended in the same way a …

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Game of Thrones kills so many characters. Why does only Jon Snow get to come back?

The series increasingly does a poor job of explaining why its big moments happen.<p><i>Every week throughout season six, a handful of Vox's writers will discuss the latest episode of</i> Game of Thrones<i>. Before you dig in, check out our</i> <i>recap of Sunday's episode</i><i>, as well the archive of</i> <i>our entire discussion to</i> …

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Various and wonderful things • sansalayned: Oberyn wanted vengeance for Elia....

<i>Oberyn wanted vengeance for Elia. Now the three of you want vengeance for him. I have four daughters, I remind you. Your sisters. My Elia is</i> …

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Is George R.R. Martin’s Latest Game of Thrones Chapter a Dig at the Show’s Messy Dorne Plot?

The author strikes again with another well-timed release.<p>Without a doubt the most controversial and widely disliked moment on HBO’s <i>Game of Thrones</i> last season was Sansa Stark’s violent wedding night. Though it’s early yet, the least popular story line this year <i>seems</i> to be the continuation of the …

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These key 'Game of Thrones' book characters still haven't appeared on the show

<b>Warning: Spoilers from the first five books in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, and spoilers from season 6 of Game of Thrones.</b><p>The …

Game of Thrones' violence used to make sense. Now it's just gratuitous.

<i>Every week throughout season six, a handful of Vox's writers will discuss the latest episode of</i> <b>Game of Thrones</b><i>. Before you dig in, check out our</i> <i>recap of the Sunday's episode</i><i>, as well the archive of</i> <i>our entire discussion to date</i><i>. This week, we'll be hearing from culture editor Todd VanDerWerff,</i> …

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