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2 overlooked characteristics of an empire in decline

I've previously covered two other key characteristics of an empire in terminal decline: complacency and intellectual sclerosis, what I have termed a failure of imagination.<p>Michael Grant described these causes of decline in his excellent account The Fall of the Roman Empire, a short book I have been …

Can 2 Parents, 2 Kids Live on Minimum Wage? Not Even Close: Report

For minimum wage employees, the data may not be a surprise, but it remains a stark finding.<p>A new Economic Policy Institute report finds that, no matter where they live in the United States, minimum wage workers earn far less than they need to make ends meet.<p>Compiling data from the U.S. Department …

The Best Movies to Watch on Netflix in September

It's a new month and that means a new batch of movies just hit our favorite streaming site.<p><b>Available September 1</b><p><b>1) Lawrence of Arabia (1962)</b><p>In this Oscar-winning epic, British Lieutenant T.E Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) travels to Arabia to mediate between the British and Arabs in their war against the …

Uh-Oh, Donald Trump's Not Gonna Like This Latest Auto-Industry Metric

The numbers are in for the first half of this year and automobile production in North America is running at the hottest pace since the turn of the century. Auto manufacturing and sales have been a literal and figurative engine driving the U.S. economy out of the recession.<p>But what’s been good for …

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Photographer's Unconventional Self-Portraits Highlight Intriguing Architecture in Urban Spaces

In her <i>Urban Self-Portrait</i> series, Anna di Prospero photographs herself against the backdrop of towering, irregular architectural forms in the middle of sprawling cities. Stretching out on the ground, twisting her body into emotive contortions, or caught in startling states of undress, the Italian …