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UN human rights expert: US legally obliged to prosecute senior Bush officials for torture crimes

A U.N. human rights expert said a report that the U.S. Senate released on Tuesday revealed a “clear policy orchestrated at a high level within the …

Elizabeth Warren was told to stay quiet, but she didn’t – and it’s paying off

In her book released this year, Sen. Elizabeth Warren recounted a dinner she had with President Obama’s chief economic adviser, Larry Summers, in April 2009, when Warren was the outspoken chairman of a congressionally appointed panel probing the government’s response to the financial crisis.<p>Larry …

Inside The Koch-Backed History Lessons North Carolina Wants To Teach High School Students

Public high school students in North Carolina will be taught from a lesson plans and worksheets prepared by a organization closely tied to the …

7 little-known animals that are delightfully weird

Strange but true: The Venezuelan poodle moth, pictured here, was originally believed to be an Internet hoax<p>Aaron Rodriques<p>December 14, 2014 6:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on The Dodo.<p>These animals are not well-known. But they're real ... and they're fabulous.<p><b>1. Desert rain</i> …

Our Democracy Is Dying

In case anybody hasn't noticed, democracy in America is dying now. This isn't an overstatement; it's a fact. Corporate interests dominate our politics so much at this point that our government, for all intents and purposes, is merely its handmaiden. Whatever Wall Street wants, Wall Street gets. …

27 Things That Changed The Way We Think About Health In 2014

From the worst Ebola outbreak in history to the tragic death of Robin Williams, here are some of the things that really got us talking about health in 2014. Listed in no particular order.<p>And they actually did it a month earlier than expected.<p>View this post on Facebook<p>View this post on Facebook<p>Many …

Grand Jury Indicted The Man Who Filmed Eric Garner’s Killing - The Ring of Fire Network

A New York City grand jury decided yesterday not to indict the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death back in July. However, Ramsey Orta, who …

The illegal ivory trade may not fund a major terror group, after all

<b>(absolutely_frenchy via iStock)</b><p>Kathryn Bigelow and other prominent activists have denounced poachers’ ties to al-Qaida, but are they real?<p>Tristan McConnell<p>November 16, 2014 6:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.<p>NAIROBI, Kenya — Hollywood director Kathryn Bigelow has made a …

We Are the Most Unequal Society in the Developed World... And We Don't Know It

The American people have spoken. But what did we really say about inequality?<p>At first glance, it seems that extreme inequality mattered little to the majority of voters who put pro-business candidates into office. After all, the Republicans, along with far too many Democrats, are certain to cater …

Green groups urge climate fund to exclude fossils

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Environmental groups are demanding tighter rules on climate finance for poor nations after an Associated Press investigation showed …

The Exponential Benefits of Eating Less

<i>By James McWilliams</i><p>There’s one T-shirt in my drawer that I don’t wear, mainly because I think it’s sort of offensive. It reads: <i>Eat Less You Pig</i>.<p>A nutritionist gave it to me. She had the shirts made because she was tired of the endless hand wringing over what it meant to eat ethically, eat …

Black bodies are not weapons: Why white supremacists insist Michael Brown was “armed”

<b>Lesley McSpadden, right, the mother of Michael Brown, watches as Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., holds up a family picture, Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP/Jeff Roberson)</b><p>The right is enraged that anyone would say Mike Brown was “unarmed.” Here’s why they’re so dangerously deluded<p>Heather …

Privilege 101: A Quick and Dirty Guide

Being a white woman is hard, being a woman of color is harder.<p>Being a black man is hard, being a gay black man is harder.”<p>Let’s look at the example …

Miss Honduras winner and sister found dead

Police in Honduras have found the bodies of a beauty queen and her sister, six days after the two young women disappeared from a party.<p>María José Alvarado, 19, had been due to travel to London in preparation for the Miss World pageant in December. Her body was found buried near a river near the …

Thai Students Arrested For Flashing "Hunger Games" Salute To Military Leader

"Does anyone else want to protest?" General Prayuth Chan-Ocha asked after the students were carted away.<p>According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the Thai Public Broadcasting Service suspended reporter Nattaya Wawweerakup after soldiers "raised objections with the station's managers" …

College kids’ homeless hell: Why a secret, massive crisis is getting even worse

<b>(Jorge Salcedo via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>While colleges spend billions on new facilities, you’d be shocked where students are staying. Here’s the dark truth<p>Matt Saccaro<p>November 17, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>With colleges spending billions on lavish housing developments, it's easy to think that all students …

FactCheck: does the new climate deal let China do nothing for 16 years?

“<b>As I read the agreement it requires the Chinese to do nothing at all for 16 years while these carbon emissions regulations are creating havoc in my</b> …

World Oil Production On The Rise

World oil production is on the rise, going from 87.8 million barrels a day in 2011 to 97.6 million a day in 2020. However, OPEC's share of the world's oil production is not going down. At least not by much. In 2011 it was 41%. Thanks to North America, OPEC's share will decline by a full percentage …

Yazidi girls seized by Islamic State speak out after escape

Their accounts tell of girls and young women separated from their families, divvied up or traded among the Islamic State's men, ordered to convert to …

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Court orders strip club to pay $10M in back wages to dancers

More than 2,000 current and former exotic dancers in New York City were awarded $10 million in a class-action lawsuit they brought against their employer, Rick's Cabaret.<p>The federal judge's order came on Friday, four years after the dancers filed their lawsuit alleging the company cheated them out …

Paralyzed Iraq War Veteran's Writes Last Words To Bush & Cheney

Last March, I came across a letter written to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney from a paralyzed and dying Iraq war vet named Tomas Young. It touched me …

10 Verbs with Two Past-Tense Forms That Creeped (or Crept) into English

<b>Vocabulary.com, posted by Arika Okrent</b><p>Sometimes you know a word has two forms, but you 're not sure which one is appropriate to use in the situation …

Why grammar pedants miss the point

The cause of good writing is not served by griping pedants, writes Steven Pinker.<p>Many people have strong opinions on the quality of language today. They write books and articles deploring it, fire off letters to the editor and call in to radio talk shows with their criticisms and complaints. Their …

The Democrats' favorite denier

Why enviros are cheering Chairman Inhofe.<p>Jim Inhofe isn’t a scientist — and when it comes to climate change, he doesn’t give a damn.<p>The longtime Oklahoma senator is the Hill’s most flamboyant critic of climate research, denouncing the concept of man-made global warming as a “hoax” and a …

Teaching the Bible as Literature in Public High School (Part 1)

Anyone who wants to major in the arts and humanities, the natural sciences, the helping professions, or simply wants to be culturally literate, must come to terms with the Bible, that literary Mount Everest that has shaped Western humanity's view of itself and the universe.<p>It is a book so central …

As Bad As You Think It Is, It's Worse: Wage Theft Comes to America

In Denmark fast food workers make $20 an hour plus benefits, and the corporations who employ them are still profitable. Why there and not here?<p>The answer is simple and painful -- wage theft. In America corporations are systematically stealing our wages. Virtually everyone in the bottom 95 percent …

Texas Oil Regulator Says It Will Not Honor Town’s Vote To Ban Fracking

On Tuesday, the town of Denton, Texas, voted by a wide margin to ban fracking within the city limits. Two days later, the chairwoman of Texas’ oil …

Eight foods you're about to lose due to climate change

What does climate change taste like?<p>It’s an odd question, but an increasingly pertinent one. After all, as temperatures rise and extreme weather becomes the norm, many food production systems are becoming threatened. As that trend increases, it’s worth asking which foods consumers will have to cut …

The Telling Twitter Reactions to Obama's Call for Net Neutrality

Within moments of President Obama's call for the FCC to reclassify broadband networks as telecommunication services—thereby allowing for more federal …