Miriam Sheaffer

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Julian Assange's letter to Benedict Cumberbatch

The text of the letter sent by the WikiLeaks founder to the actor playing him in The Fifth Estate, in response to an approach by Cumberbatch to meet<p>• Cumberbatch: Assange tried to talk me out of playing him<p>Dear Benedict,<p>Thank you for trying to contact me. It is the first approach by anyone from the …

Bullied for Not Believing in God

Despite secularism and atheism being on the rise, some areligious students feel discriminated against—at times violently. Now teachers across the U.S. are creating Secular Safe Zones to "curtail anti-atheist bullying, discrimination, and social isolation."<p>Earlier this year, while no one was …

The Wendy Davis Rocket Ride

Overnight, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis became a national political name and a hero to abortion-rights supporters around the country.<p>The Fort Worth Democrat stood and spoke for nearly 11 hours Tuesday to run out the clock on a sweeping bill that could have closed all but five abortion clinics in …

The Incarceration Epidemic

About one-fourth of all incarcerated people on Earth is in the U.S. That constitutes a public health problem.<p>Shannon Stapleton/Reuters<p>The U.S. incarceration rate has more than quadrupled since 1980. It's now the highest in the world, just ahead of Russia and Rwanda. It is estimated that …

'The Great Gatsby Curve': Why It's So Hard for the Poor to Get Ahead

High-income kids who don't graduate from college are 2.5 times more likely to end up rich than low-income kids who do. Why it's so hard for the poor to get ahead today.<p>The American Dream isn't dead—it just moved to Denmark.<p>We like to think of ourselves as living a classless society, but it isn't …

Eighth Graders Play Macklemore's "Same Love" For Gay Teacher

Two students planned a surprise for their teacher during the "YouTube of the Day" part of their class.<p>I teach Grade 8 (13-14 years old) in Ontario, Canada. I am gay, and my students have known this for about a month or so. I am in my first year of teaching, and I teach the class that is considered …

Las Vegas Neon Museum

By Corey Lewis<p>A wide lens on Las Vegas today shows a city that, while taken over in recent decades by a sterile, mega-mall homogeny along its new main drag, is still no stranger to design, studded with architectural monuments from Rafael Viñoly and Daniel Libeskind (and a tombstone by Lord Norman …

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Whatever Happened to Terence Trent D’Arby?

The day “Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby” came out, in the fall of 1987, I bought it, on cassette, in a state of fevered anticipation. I had been reading about D’Arby all summer: the record, released in England that July, had become an instant sensation, topping the …

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Watch Idem Paris, David Lynch’s Short Film on the Art of Making Lithographs

Located in the Montparnasse section of Paris, the Idem studio was originally built by the printer Emile Dufrenoy in 1880, as a space to house his …

Urban Outfitters Buys Yard Sale Clothes And Resells Them To Hipsters As 'Vintage'

The retailer has done this for years, usually selling the used goods as promotions for about two weeks.<p>But an incredulous shopper recently posted a picture on Reddit of a tag attached to one of the items. It reads "this unique found item was hand-selected for you from a yard sale or flea market. …

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40 Adorable Vintage Photographs That Capture Friendship Between Girls And Their Cats

The cat, also known as the domestic cat or housecat to distinguish it from other felids and felines, is a small, usually furry, domesticated, …

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Philippines crowd attempts new paper lantern record

<b>Thousands of paper lanterns lit up the night sky above a university campus in the Philippines as a crowd gathered to attempt a new world record.</b><p>The organisers, a Thailand-based organisation called the Middle Way Meditation Institute, said 15,185 lanterns were released in total.<p>It said Friday's …

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