Nadiah Ahmad

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How Parks and Recreation Pulled Off Its Perfect Ending

After seven long years and many many threats of cancellation, NBC’s last must-see sitcom, <i>Parks and Recreation</i>, finally got to bow out on its own terms. Here’s a rundown of all the fun references and deeper character moments that gave us the perfect ending to a stellar season of television.<p><b>Flashback</b> …

TV
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True or False: Scandinavians Are Practically Perfect in Every Way

Thanks to big government and high taxes, Scandinavia is a success story—mostly.<p>To an outsider, Scandinavia can seem like a group of small, difficult-to-tell-apart Nordic countries. Frequently derided by right-wing politicians as an example of everything wrong with Big Government, the Scandinavian …

North Africa

Jon Stewart stepping down from The Daily Show: He was bad for liberals.

Seventeen years ago, <i>The Daily Show</i> was a forgettable late-night lark on a little-watched cable channel. Today, after covering seven elections and …

Comedy

Robert Pinsky discusses Samuel Johnson’s classic poem On the Death of Dr. Robert Levet.

Here is a great poem that may mark a significant divide, between readers who treasure Samuel Johnson’s “On the Death of Dr. Robert Levet” and those …

Literature

The Myth of the Gay Community

With marriage equality imminent, few social issues affect the entire group equally.<p>A couple months before graduating from college last spring, a friend and I went out for pizza. Our conversation touched on the usual senior year talk—spring break plans, theses, the like. Sprinkled throughout, …

LGBTQI

On MasterChef Junior, Innate Biases Are Hard to Beat

The charm of Gordon Ramsay's cooking contest masks the way it perpetuates certain race and gender norms among its young competitors.<p>Fox’s <i>MasterChef Junior</i> stands out even among the hundreds of cooking competition shows currently on air, not to mention the dozen or so other versions of the storied</i> …

Masterchef

Guest post: Nigeria needs more than Goodluck

<i>By Kevin Daly, Aberdeen Asset Management</i><p>If you are a young Nigerian, life was already hard enough before the price of oil collapsed and Boko Haram …

Africa

Mexico’s energy reform: black silver?

Oil is popularly known as black gold. Now the world’s biggest miner of another shiny precious metal is jumping on Mexico’s ambitious energy reforms …

Mexico

Debt, Kant, and cant

2015-02-16T15:48:13.000Z<p>By: Joseph Cotterill<p>One may think that this retreat from game theory is motivated by some radical-left agenda. Not so. <b>The</b> …

German Philosophy

No one needs to buy Tesla

2015-02-17T12:15:34.000Z<p>By: Dan McCrum<p>Apple is recruiting experts in automotive technology and vehicle design to work at a new top-secret research …

Tesla

Oil and Gas Companies Are Dodging Workers' Compensation Payments In North Dakota

Oil and gas companies in North Dakota owe the state more than $800,000 in unpaid workers’ compensation insurance premiums, International Business …

Ousted Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Formally Indicted

Thailand's attorney general on Thursday filed criminal charges against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra over negligence in connection to her …

Dawkins: Don't Force Your Religious Opinions on Your Children

Last week the local government council of the London borough of Islington was reported in the <i>Islington Gazette</i> as having banned pork products from …

Religion

Hollande's flagship economic reform law faces parliamentary test

PARIS (Reuters) - Francois Hollande faces a major test on Tuesday when his flagship economic reform bill is put to parliament, 10 days before the European Commission rules on whether France's reforms go far enough to avoid sanctions for its budget slippages.<p>The bill cuts red tape in a wide variety …

North Africa

Why Steve Jobs was such a jerk to employees

He once fired the head of the team who created MobileMe, Apple's first attempt at a cloud service, in a public meeting in front of his team. There are many examples of him almost bringing employees to tears.<p>Today in a profile in the New Yorker, Apple chief designer Jony Ive — a close friend of Jobs …

Steve Jobs

The 10 things in advertising you need to know today

<b>1. Posting a photo is now the worst way for brands to ensure their content gets seen on Facebook.</b> The organic reach of photos is less than half that of video, and photos even get seen by fewer eyeballs than text-only and link posts, according to new data from Socialbakers.<p><b>2. Keep, the bookmarking</b> …

Advertising

8 Questions Successful People Ask Themselves

<i>This post is in partnership with The Muse. The article below was originally published on The Muse.</i><p>We all know that having a mentor is one of those …

Jeff Immelt

The myth of pure science: It’s all about political, economic, religious interests

Scientific research can flourish only in alliance with some ideology. Even Darwin couldn’t have done it alone<p><b>The Ideal of Progress</b><p>Until the Scientific Revolution most human cultures did not believe in progress. They thought the golden age was in the past, and that the world was stagnant, if not …

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