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The lost history of the Freemasons

Conspiracy theories abound about the Freemasons. But Scotland’s true Masonic history, while forgotten by many for centuries, remains hidden in plain sight.<p>With its cobblestone paving and Georgian façades, tranquil Hill Street is a haven in Edinburgh’s busy New Town. Compared to the Scottish …

Freemasonry

Socialism for the Rich, Capitalism for the Poor: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky at a SISSA event on September 17, 2012. In a democracy, the public influences policy but the US state largely works to benefit the …

Middle-class

7 must-see Second World War films

Rife with drama, tragedy and danger, the Second World War has inspired – and continues to inspire – countless filmmakers across the world, generating …

U.S. Imposes Nationwide Ban On Smoking In All Public Housing

The Obama administration has issued a sweeping final rule banning smoking in all public housing units nationwide, extending a smoke-free environment to nearly a million units.<p>The rule, issued Wednesday by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, prohibits smoking any lit tobacco products …

Housing

Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it

Many of his staffers are from an opaque corporate misinformation network. We must understand this if we are to have any hope of fighting back against them<p>Yes, Donald Trump’s politics are incoherent. But those who surround him know just what they want, and his lack of clarity enhances their power. …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s Transition Team Wants to End Net Neutrality

The principle that internet service providers should treat data equally was championed by the Obama administration, but corporate lackeys are set to …

Scientists soon to test Albert Einstein's speed of light theory - Firstpost

<b>London</b>: A theory which predicts that the speed of light is variable, not constant as suggested by Albert Einstein, may soon be tested and could …

Physics

Earth’s magnetic field is COLLAPSING and the poles are about to switch

<b>As it turns out – according to studies— our</b> planets <b>magnetic field could flip in our lifetime. According to experts, the position of the South Pole</b> …

Slovakia comes to grips with proudly neo-Nazi party

The wave of far-right parties across Europe has been gathering steam from Greece to France and Germany. While most of the continent's extreme forces have taken pains to steer clear of Nazi imagery, Slovakia's answer to the trend celebrates it.<p>Kotleba — The People's Party Our Slovakia — won almost …

Europe

Android privacy tips: 8 ways to secure your smartphone before Trump takes power

Donald Trump is the President-elect of the United States and the 61,039,251 (and counting) Americans who didn't vote for the Republican candidate …

Information Systems

The Normans: a timeline

Marc Morris traces the story of the Normans from Viking settlement in northern France to the loss of Normandy by King John.<p><i>This article was first</i> …

World History

Here's how long various drugs stay in your system

One of the reasons that drug tests are a colossal scam is that not all drugs stay in your system for the same amount of time. In fact, some of the least dangerous drugs such as marijuana can be detected in your urine, blood, and hair for much longer than harder drugs such as heroin and meth — …

Medicine

Pink Floyd signs out with 'river' journey back

For Pink Floyd, it will be with a collection of outtakes bearing the band's epic psychedelic roots -- but whose theme this time is not alienation, but continuity.<p>Pink Floyd has declared that "The Endless River" -- the band's first album in 20 years -- will be the finale for the Cambridge, England …

Indie Music