Alicia Whitaker

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Obama Zings Friends And Foes Alike In Year-End News Conference

It's the season of peace and goodwill, but President Obama may have tested the limits of both with some comments at his end-of-year news conference.<p>Asked if he would negotiate with congressional Republicans about the debt ceiling, Obama said he wouldn't do so over raising the limit, though he was …

This Incredibly Tiny Husky Puppy Learning To Howl Is The Most Inspirational Thing You'll See Today

I just can't. I cannot deal with this.<p>According to YouTube, Belka lives in Churchill, Manitoba. Her name means "squirrel" in Russian and she's only 20 days old. From the video page:<p>Her human is trying to teach her how to howl. She's not <i>quite</i> there yet, but it seems like she's getting close!

Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot, Animated in Motion Graphics

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed my share of animated adaptations of Carl Sagan’s iconic <i>Pale Blue Dot</i> monologue, based on the seminal photograph of Earth taken by the <i>Voyager 1</i> spacecraft in 1990.<p>Now comes a lovely motion graphics adaptation by animation studio ORDER — enjoy, and see if you can hold …

Conservative rift laid bare as Boehner rips into Tea Party over budget strategy

The schism at the heart of conservative politics in the US was laid bare on Thursday when John Boehner, the speaker of the House of Representatives, launched a stinging attack on the collection of rightwing lobby groups that hold sway over the fundamentalist wing of the Republican party.<p>Boehner, …

Democratic Divide on Social Security Spills Into Streets

On a brisk, sunny Wednesday afternoon a handful of protesters stood outside of 1025 Connecticut Ave NW in Washington, while a boisterous woman led …

HHS to Issa: We don't trust you

The Health and Human Services Department told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa that it won’t turn over documents related to the security of the Healthcare.gov website because it can’t trust him to keep secret information that could give hackers a roadmap to …

Michigan Democrats accuse 'ignorant' male Republicans over abortion bill

Frustrated Michigan Democrats are decrying the passage of a bill in the state legislature that requires women seeking health insurance coverage for abortions to have purchased a separate plan before ever becoming pregnant.<p>“The Republican male majority continues to ignorantly and unnecessarily weigh …

Senate confirms “radical feminist” judge Nina Pillard to federal bench

<b>Nina Pillard and President Obama (AP)</b><p>Effective immediately, it is illegal to be a man in the United States<p>Katie McDonough<p>December 12, 2013 11:04pm (UTC)<p>The Senate voted late Wednesday to confirm Nina Pillard to the second-highest court in the United States, and now the American people must watch …

The Cruzification of Marco Rubio

The junior senator’s blatant pandering in bashing the budget deal shows the shameless lengths he will go to get back into the GOP base’s good …

What Are the Most Important Libraries in the World?

Wonderful libraries are everywhere, each one home to a unique collection of the world’s knowledge and history. The collections in these libraries, …

Listen to Charles Bukowski Poems Being Read by Bukowski Himself & the Great Tom Waits

The outspoken, ragged-edged poet and novelist Charles Bukowski entered our world 93 years ago this Friday, and presumably began making trouble …

How Mandela Expanded The Art Of The Possible

When I was coming of age in the late 1970s, as an African-American high-schooler and college student, I had two certainties: Nelson Mandela would die in prison in apartheid South Africa and no black person would become U.S. president in my lifetime.<p>So much for my youthful powers of …

Visual Rhythms Class

Clash of the Titans: Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault Debate Human Nature & Power on Dutch TV, 1971

Today, we're revisiting the clash of two intellectual titans, Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault. In 1971, at the height of the Vietnam War, the …

Noam Chomsky on the Purpose of Education

In this talk based on his presentation at the Learning Without Frontiers conference in January, philosopher, linguist, and cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky — easily one of our time’s sharpest thinkers — discusses the purpose of education.<p>Despite the slow pace and the cheesy AfterEffects animated …

Mystery Donor Hits $500,000 In Anonymous Salvation Army Red Kettle Donations!

A Secret Santa has struck a red kettle once again, bringing his (or her!) total donations to $500,000.<p>For the past eight years, one incredibly generous donor has dropped a substantial check into a Salvation Army bell ringer’s bucket in Joplin, Missouri. This time around, the mystery giver handed …

Watch the Real-Life Anchorman Who Inspired Will Ferrell to Create Ron Burgundy

In a new* *<i>Rolling Stone</i> interview, Will Ferrell reveals the origin story of Ron Burgundy, the satirical 70s anchorman who is currently terrorizing our great nation —its college campuses, grocery aisles, and museums—to promote <i>Anchorman</i>’s upcoming sequel,<i>Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues</i>.<p>The actor …

Carl Sagan - Millions, Billions and Trillions. All the illions from Cosmos and in order.

Judge orders Colorado baker to serve gay couples

A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday.<p>The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because …

Why it's time for brain science to ditch the 'Venus and Mars' cliche

As hardy perennials go, there is little to beat that science hacks' favourite: the hard-wiring of male and female brains. For more than 30 years, I have seen a stream of tales about gender differences in brain structure under headlines that assure me that from birth men are innately more rational …

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Constant Conversations (Alternate Version)

Arthur Channel - Thirst Of The Universe