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Data and Goliath excerpt: The best ways to undermine surveillance.

<i>This essay is excerpted from</i>Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World <i>by Bruce Schneier, published byW. W.</i> …

Practicing Loving-Kindness When You Are Hurting

<b>“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” ~Charles Dickens</b> <b></b> <b></b><p>All of us have been hurt or angered …

Do You Make These Beauty Blunders?

Fashion<p>Do You Make These Beauty Blunders?<p>by Daniela Morosini | 03 12 2014<p>[Getty]<p>Here at Grazia Daily, we don't like be too prescriptive with beauty. …

My horrible right-wing past: Confessions of a one-time religious right icon

I was a religious fanatic appealing to political leaders. Today, the fanatics <em>are</em> the political leaders<p>I am a white, privileged, well-off, 61-year-old <i>former</i> Republican religious right-wing activist who changed his mind about religion and politics long ago. The New York Times profiled my …

Why String Theory Still Offers Hope We Can Unify Physics

In October 1984 I arrived at Oxford University, trailing a large steamer trunk containing a couple of changes of clothing and about five dozen …

Only the lonely

<i>I’m a short guy and I need advice. I don’t want a small paragraph’s worth of advice, like you gave “Below Their League” a few years ago. I need</i> …

In the Land of the Possible

Samantha Power has the President’s ear. To what end?<p>On July 17, 2013, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee met to consider the nomination of Samantha Power to be America’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. She was an unusual choice. Although she had been a professor at Harvard’s …

Enhance Your Critical Thinking Skills with These Socratic Questions

Critical thinking is crucial for making better decisions and effective communication. You can consistently think more critically about a topic or …

Meet the Amateur Street Photographer Taking China by Storm

Street View<br>Tao Liu<p>1 of 15<p>Early in October, in the third-tier Chinese city of Hefei in the province of Anhui, the young street photographer Tao Liu …

Why American Jews Eat Chinese Food on Christmas

A lack of dining options may have started Jewish Christmas, but now it's a full-fledged ritual.<p>If there’s a single identifiable moment when Jewish Christmas—the annual American tradition where Jews overindulge on Chinese food on December 25—transitioned from kitsch into codified custom, it was …

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Takes Powerful Step To Discuss Race With Employees

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is encouraging the company's 191,000 employees to talk about race in America and other issues raised by police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City.<p>Schultz last week called an impromptu employee meeting at the company’s headquarters in …

Sports Writing

We asked a few writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in specific categories. Here, the best in sports writing.<p>Eva …

Interview: Maya Rao on Spending a Month Working as a Cashier in the Bakken

Western North Dakota—at the epicenter of the Bakken oil rush—has become a new Wild West of sorts, where fortunes are made, sought and lost with …

The Internet's First Family | Hazlitt

<b>When the post</b> <b>about the Russian girls in danger</b> went up at 5:09 p.m. on May 19, 2010, Kathrine Gutierrez didn’t see it. She had other things on her …

#Nightshift: Minneapolis

<i>Excerpts from an Instagram essay, by Jeff Sharlet. See part one.</i><p>Ryan is working. He has brought out into the night—Minneapolis, a neighborhood called …

5 Tips for New Team Leaders

I’ve been a new manager five times in my career: once as a first-time manager at Google going from being a teammate to leading peers, three times as I was promoted within Google, and most recently as the new Chief Revenue Officer for UberConference, a teleconferencing startup in San Francisco. What …

25+ apps to make your everyday life easier

At our small, fast-moving nonprofit company, everyone does a couple of jobs — and productivity apps help us manage roles that shift between coding, …

Meditation Techniques For People Who Hate Meditation

Don’t have the time or patience for devoting 20 minutes a day to sitting still? You can still meditate with small moments of mindfulness.<p>When actor and comedian Wali Collins was in first grade, his teacher, Miss Dunn, would lead the class in a group meditation–except that none of the 6-year-olds …

How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math - Issue 17: Big Bangs

I was a wayward kid who grew up on the literary side of life, treating math and science as if they were pustules from the plague. So it’s a little …

Mathematics

Tales of the Trash

A neighborhood garbageman explains modern Egypt.<p>In Cairo, my family lives on the ground floor of an old building, in a sprawling, high-ceilinged apartment with three doors to the outside. One door opens onto the building’s lobby, another leads to a small garden, and the third is solely for the use …

The Empire of Edge

How a doctor, a trader, and the billionaire Steven A. Cohen got entangled in a vast financial scandal.<p>As Dr. Sid Gilman approached the stage, the hotel ballroom quieted with anticipation. It was July 29, 2008, and a thousand people had gathered in Chicago for the International Conference on …

The Stradivarius Affair

It isn’t every day that a street criminal—a high-school dropout with two felony convictions—is accused of stealing a centuries-old violin worth as much as $6 million. But nothing about the heist of the Lipinski Stradivarius, which galvanized the music world last winter, was normal, or even …

Learn the Basics of Photography with This Interactive Chart

Even the best camera is only as good as the photographer's skills. The "Where to Start" interactive chart guides beginners to learn about the basics …

Photography

The Most Popular Stories Of 2013 Chosen By You

2013 Has been our biggest year yet!<p>Over the past 8,765 hours we hope our stories have entertained, informed, inspired, shocked & given you a damn …

The best tracks of 2013: our top 20

1 Daft Punk – Get Lucky<br>2 Lorde – Royals<br>3 Mariah Carey – #Beautiful<br>4 Pet Shop Boys – Love Is a Bourgeois Construct<br>5 Vampire Weekend – Step<br>6 Disclosure – White Noise<br>7 Janelle Monae – Queen<br>8 Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal<br>9 Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?<br>10 Justin Timberlake – Mirrors<br>11 Drake – Hold …