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“They’re rich and I don’t have anything”: Why Louie pretends to be poor

As the real Louie has found commercial success, “Louie” insists that he hasn’t<p>In a recent episode of “Louie,” after an unfortunate tickling mishap causes Louie to accidentally punch a wealthy model, his lawyer explains the settlement the comedian faces from the model’s family: $5,000 a month, for a …

7 reasons Hillary Clinton’s 2016 nomination is far from inevitable

As in 2007, she has vulnerabilities other candidates simply don’t. Could Elizabeth Warren steal the ticket?<p>In December 2007, just as the 2008 presidential primaries were beginning to heat up, and with Hillary Clinton 26 points ahead in national polling of Democrats, I wrote an article for AlterNet …

“Louie’s” manic bossy nightmare girls: How Louis C.K. destroyed this male wishful thinking fantasy

“Louie’s” girls are tough and scary and know what they want: He killed the MPDG and invented a new type altogether<p>If anyone was going to kill the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, it had to be Louis C.K. Who else but our reigning skeptic, destroyer of widely held delusions, and enemy of the smug “it’s all …

Robert Reich: 10 ways to close the inequality gap

The former secretary of labor on American society’s single greatest obstacle — and what we can do about it<p>Some inequality of income and wealth is inevitable, if not necessary. If an economy is to function well, people need incentives to work hard and innovate.<p>The pertinent question is not whether …

“A woman who knows how to pick a horse”: Close-reading the surreally sexist bourbon ads that air during “Mad Men”

According to these Woodford Reserve ads, real women like bourbon, horses and men who build (not Ikea) bookshelves<p>Most of us probably didn’t pay a lot of attention to the commercials aired throughout last night’s episode of “Mad Men,” you know, because of all the threesomes and nipple-severing that …

Tim Geithner’s anti-populist “blood lust”: How his stubbornness cost America

The former Treasury secretary likes to think of his opponents as poseurs with pitchforks. Here’s why he’s wrong<p>Sometimes Democrats can be as bad as Beltway pundits in depicting genuine disagreements about policy and ideology as merely craven political posturing. I am reminded of that once again by …

401(k)s are retirement robbery: How the Koch brothers, Wall Street and politicians conspire to drain Social Security

The decades-long tale of how the Kochs, Reagan, Wall Street and even Democrats have tried to gut Social Security<p>On the eve of the Reagan presidency in 1980, Milton and Rose Friedman published "Free to Choose," a proposal for gradually phasing out Social Security. The entitlements of retirees would …

The New Haven Independent seeks to expand its hyperlocal mission to low-power radio

Why be limited to one medium? Taking to the terrestrial airwaves would bring a new audience to the Independent’s journalism.<p>The New Haven Independent, which launched eight years ago amid the first wave of online-only community news sites, may soon expand into radio.<p>The nonprofit Independent is one …

The Accidental Truth in the RNC’s Latest Race Gaffe

A tweet about Rosa Parks ‘ending racism’ reveals a shameful truth about the GOP: Equality has never been the party’s fight and likely never will …

Virginia to force married gay couples to file taxes as though they were single

The move is a break with an IRS directive on federal taxes, and in keeping with Virginia’s record on LGBT rights<p>Virginia is going to make filing taxes an even bigger pain for married gay couples in the state by requiring them to file state taxes as single individuals, even if they are jointly …

Gaming companies can’t seem to avoid sexist marketing

Last month saw the release of two highly-anticipated gaming systems, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but it seems that the new generation of consoles hasn’t spawned a new generation of gender awareness.<p>To promote the UK launch of its PlayStation 4 console, Sony took out a two-page commercial in The …

Living Rooms

13 Times The Reagan White House Press Briefing Erupted With Laughter Over AIDS

In Jon Cohen's 2001 book, Shots in the Dark: The Wayward Search for an AIDS Vaccine, he detailed the Reagan administration's early indifference to the growing epidemic. White House acting press secretary Larry Speakes, and some of the reporters at press briefings, found the crisis to be quite the …

50 Best Albums of 2013

Vampire Weekend cut the cute and raised the stakes, Kanye assaulted our ears, Bowie shocked the world and Miley tossed a dance-pop party grenade<p>50<p>The …

iPhone 5C snags half its buyers from rival brands

The cheaper iPhone convinces a broader range of users to take a bite out of Apple, says Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.<p>The iPhone 5C has lured almost half of its users from Samsung, LG, and other rival smartphone makers, according to research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.<p>Many Apple analysts and …

Mobile

Five Arab states top the most corrupt list

Five Arab countries are ranked among the top 10 most corrupt nations, according to Transparency International's newly released annual Corruption Perceptions Index, as instability in the region has profound effects on governance.<p>The list, published on Tuesday, ranks countries on an index score that …

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Noam Chomsky: America hates its poor

Linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky on our country’s brutal class war — and why it’s ultimately so one-sided<p><i>This is an excerpt from the just released second edition of Noam Chomsky’s</i> "Occupy: Class War, Rebellion and Solidarity," <i>edited by Greg Ruggiero and published by</i> <i>Zuccotti Park Press.</i><p><b>An</b> …

What is the second law of thermodynamics?

Endless movement between hot and cold will eventually mean the end of the universe<p>Thermodynamics is the study of heat and energy. At its heart are laws that describe how energy moves around within a system, whether an atom, a hurricane or a black hole. The first law describes how energy cannot be …

From Treasure To Trash: Man Tosses Out Bitcoin Wallet On Hard Drive Worth $9 Million

Years ago, when renovating with friends, I took off my rings so that they wouldn’t get damaged. In the flurry of clean-up, the rings got tossed into the trash. Despite going through bag after bag of garbage, we couldn’t find them. I was not happy.<p>That has to be nothing compared to what James …

Senate Democrats Just Took Us a Step Closer to the Imperial Presidency

Why would the Democrats, who never seem to stop worrying about overweening presidential control, roll back the filibuster—and hand their own power to …

Digital era confounds the courts

The Founding Fathers weren’t big on texting.<p>Courts have long struggled to deal with key questions at the intersection of individual privacy and ever-advancing technology with little guidance from the Constitution or from prior cases – now judges and experts are hoping that’s about to change.<p>The …

Why the Christian right is so excited about 2014

A change to obscure procedural rules in the Senate could present a rare opportunity to enshrine their dogma as law<p>Elections have consequences. The Senate Democrats’ detonation of the “nuclear option” has dramatically raised the stakes for secular progressives in 2014, because if there are two …

Q&A: Richard Dawkins discusses evolution, religion and his fans

CONVERSATIONS IN SCIENCE<p>Q&A: Richard Dawkins discusses evolution, religion and his fans<p>British author and outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins talks about evolution, religion and his 'appetite for wonder.'<p>November 30, 2013|By Eryn Brown<p>British intellectual Richard Dawkins, author of “The Selfish …

The ‘Tennessee Crackers’ Would Have Never Happened

No one would have dreamed of giving an NFL team a name insulting to white people, Catholics, or Jews. So why is ‘Redskins’ okay? One reason: Native …

Lay off Michelle Obama: Why white feminists need to lean back

The first lady’s critics miss the fact that black women have never been the model for mainstream American womanhood<p>In a column at Politico last week entitled “Leaning Out: How Michelle Obama Became a Feminist Nightmare,” Michelle Cottle cast First Lady Obama as a feminist failure, declaring that …

How the Iran nuclear deal matters for North Korea

South Koreans wonder whether the pact could be a model for the world’s other seemingly intractable nuclear standoff<p>SEOUL, South Korea — Given the tumultuous relations between Washington and Tehran, the nuclear pact announced early Sunday was the most significant diplomatic development between the …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

CANNABIS INDUSTRY The buyer, the target and the other guy: Behind Canada’s biggest marijuana deal Subscriber content<p>TRADE U.S. NAFTA negotiators considering Canada's proposed compromises Subscriber content<p>TRADE At Montreal talks, Canada proposes new approach to breaking NAFTA auto gridlock …

More laws are needed as religion declines, top judge says

One of Britain's most senior judges said the rapid rise in the number of laws in recent years had been necessary as other modes of social control such as religion and old fashioned morality declined<p>One of Britain’s most senior judges has blamed a decline in religion and traditional moral values for …

Mt.Gox Launches Bitcoins.com To Explain What The Heck A Bitcoin Is

It’s Thanksgiving! And, judging by the fact that you read tech blogs, you’re probably at least a bit of a geek. Know what that means? Today’s the day you get to answer all of your extended family’s tech questions! Hurrah!<p>For the last few years, that’s probably meant explaining the difference …

Joe Lieberman, who once promised he’d never become a lobbyist, becomes a lobbyist

The former Connecticut senator in 2012: “I’m not going to lobby”<p>About a year ago, Joe Lieberman promised — twice — that he'd never become a lobbyist.<p>On Wednesday, Joe Lieberman registered to become a lobbyist.<p>According to a report from Politico, Lieberman registered to lobby on behalf of a Libyan …