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The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

<b>1. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (1678)</b><p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.<p><b>2. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)</b><p>By the end of the 19th century, no book in English literary history had …

Literature

The Faustian Bargain Between Church and State

To receive tax-exempt status from the IRS, religious organizations must abstain from electioneering. Is that constitutional?<p>Only 110 of the purported 3,000 parishioners were at the Sunday morning service of the Hope Christian Church in Maryland, despite the daring occasion. Along with 1,500 other …

Tea Party

Robots are coming for your job: Amazon, McDonald’s and the next wave of dangerous capitalist “disruption”

Says one builder: “Our device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient. It’s meant to completely obviate them”<p>In the United States and other advanced economies, the major disruption will be in the service sector—which is, after all, where the vast majority of workers are now employed. This …

McDonald's

South African mercenaries' secret war on Boko Haram

Mercenaries from South Africa have proved quietly decisive in helping the Nigerian military turn around its campaign against Boko Haram, writes Colin Freeman in Abuja<p>With their roots in <b>South Africa</b> apartheid-era security forces, they do not fit the standard image of an army of liberation. But after …

China and Russia Grow Even Closer

Xi Jinping’s appearance at Vladimir Putin’s side at the Victory Parade in Moscow signifies a deepened relationship based on a common adversary: the United States.<p>On Saturday, Russia staged a grand celebration in Moscow to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the country’s defeat Nazi Germany in …

Russia

CHIP is a $9 Raspberry Pi killer

The Raspberry Pi was definitely a game changer when it hit shelves at only $35. But CHIP is hoping to make the Pi look positively pricey by comparison. The Kickstarter campaign has already blown way past its $50,000 goal. In fact, at the time of this writing its approaching $500,000. Like the Pi, …

Raspberry Pi

Does Apple's future depend on income inequality?

It's been a week, and the tech world has had a chance to digest (and digest and digest) the <i>New Yorker</i>'s profile of Apple design guru Jony Ive. Most …

Hillary Clinton's Contempt for Transparency

Her violations of public records rules indicate little regard for the people's right to information.<p>On January 13, 2009, Hillary Clinton attended her first confirmation hearing as a Secretary of State nominee. The same day, with Bush officials still under fire for using private email accounts to …

Hillary Clinton
Barack Obama

Tim Cook warns of dire consequences if we sacrifice privacy for security

Silicon Valley’s top CEOs snubbed President Barack Obama’s appearance at Stanford University today for the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, but Apple CEO Tim Cook used his invite to make the case for improving security.<p>Cook addressed attendees before Obama took the stage …

National Parks

FCC chairman mocks industry claims that customers don’t need faster Internet | Ars Technica

Wheeler: If slow speeds are enough, why do you heavily promote faster service?<p>The Federal Communications Commission today voted 3-2 along party lines …

FCC on verge of killing state laws that harm municipal broadband | Ars Technica

Chairman targets laws in Tennessee and North Carolina. 17 more states to go.<p>A Federal Communications Commission proposal to preempt state laws that …

Net Neutrality

Dish used “small business” discount to save $3 billion at taxpayer expense | Ars Technica

FCC commissioner calls for investigation into Dish's spectrum bids.<p>Dish took advantage of discounts intended for small businesses to save $3.3 …

Net Neutrality

Japanese bank introduces robot workers to deal with customers in branches

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is employing ‘Nao’, a multilingual 5.4-kg robot, who will begin work in a branch in April<p>Japan’s biggest bank is preparing to unveil robot employees with a human touch.<p>Nao, a 58-centimetre (1ft 11)-tall humanoid developed by the French company Aldebaran Robotics – a …

Robotics

The 21-Mile Walk to Work

James Robertson's commute is a personal triumph, but it also illustrates all the ways America fails the working poor.<p>America needs more people like James Robertson. Every place needs more people like James Robertson. But that doesn't mean his story isn't disturbing.<p>The 56-year-old Detroiter was the …

U.S. Economy

What moviegoers in Baghdad think of “American Sniper”

Several theaters across the city have pulled the film for its portrayal of Iraqis. Now audiences are weighing in<p>When Gaith Mohammed, a young man in his twenties with a degree in accounting, went to see "American Sniper" during its opening week at Baghdad’s Mansour Mall, he says the theater was full …

Box Office
France

Sex, Drugs, and Pluralistic Ignorance: Why Smart Groups Do Dumb Things

A new study finds that popular high schoolers have much less sex than their peers think. It's part of a deeper lesson in how misperceptions can make good people behave badly.<p>In Hans Christian Andersen's story, <i>The Emperor's New Clothes</i>, fraudsters sew the king a suit made of air but persuade his …

Psychology

10 insane right-wing reactions to the Charlie Hebdo massacre

Rush Limbaugh manages to tie the attack to Benghazi, while Gretchen Carlson blames Obama’s failed war on terror<p>The massacre at Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine in Paris, has launched a thousand right-wing, Islamophobic responses, as you might expect it would. As Cenk Uygur aptly put it, “It is …

Bill de Blasio

Suburbs and the New American Poverty

More people with low incomes now live outside of cities, and some areas are ill-equipped to deal with the influx of the poor.<p>NORCROSS, Ga.—Every weekday around 3:15 p.m., a big, yellow school bus stops on Pelican Drive outside Norcross Extended Stay, near the intersection with Best Friend …

Urban Design

That’s rich! Why so many wealthy Americans think they’re middle class

Recent remarks from Treasury Secretary Jack Lew help shed light on a troubling phenomenon<p>By Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's reckoning, being a millionaire does not constitute living high above the ranks of ordinary people. Lew said last week that back when he was in the private sector enjoying six- …

New York Times propagandists exposed: Finally, the truth about Ukraine and Putin emerges

NATO was the aggressor and got Ukraine wrong. Many months later, the media has eventually figured out the truth<p>Well, well, well. Gloating is unseemly, especially in public, but give me this one, will you?<p>It has been a long and lonely winter defending the true version of events in Ukraine, but here …

The Incredible Shrinking Incomes of Young Americans

It's repetitive for some to hear, but important for everybody to know: You can't explain Millennial economic behavior without explaining that real wages for young Americans have collapsed.<p>American families are grappling with stagnant wage growth, as the costs of health care, education, and housing …

Reinventing Jeb Bush

How America misremembers the family’s true conservative.<p>Jeb Bush. Not conservative enough. Try as I might, it remains impossible to see these two concepts as even remotely related. John Ellis Bush, the second son of George Herbert Walker Bush and Barbara Bush, who during his first run for Florida …

Ohio Republicans push law to keep all details of executions secret

HB 663 would bar courts from access to essential information State has experienced four botched executions in eight years Texas set to execute ‘floridly psychotic’ inmate<p>Republican lawmakers in Ohio are rushing through the most extreme secrecy bill yet attempted by a death penalty state, which …

Super efficient perovskites are dazzling solar cell researchers

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Courtesy of University of Oxford Press Department, Flickr Creative Commons<p>There’s a lot of excitement about a class of …

5 dangerous fantasies warping our foreign policy in the Middle East

Washington assumes the presence of U.S. troops will be a stabilizing force in the region, but why?<p>“Iraq no longer exists.” My young friend M, sipping a cappuccino, is deadly serious. We are sitting in a scruffy restaurant across the street from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Manhattan’s …

My imperfect forgiveness project: How writing a memoir forced me to deal with old resentments

Sifting through memories as I wrote my book, I had to let go of bitterness toward the loved ones who’d let me down<p>I've been working lately on forgiveness. So far the results have been mixed.<p>I didn't expect this to be the great project of my autumn, but that's how it turned out. Over the past two …

High-paid consultant to plead guilty in Chicago red light camera case | Ars Technica

Man was paid $2M, which was mostly sent on to a buddy who bought a car, boat.<p>One of the three defendants indicted two months ago on federal …