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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 <i>are</i> the political leaders<p>Frank Schaeffer<p>December 24, 2014 11:58am (UTC)<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 …

The dangerous myth at the heart of conservative ideology

<b>Rick Santorum (AP/Charlie Neibergall)</b><p>The right believes the separation of church and state is a modern conceit. It couldn’t be further from the truth<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>December 9, 2014 4:55pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Rick Santorum may be a terrible politician, but when it comes …

Wake up and oppose theocracy: Bill Maher, Rula Jebreal and the urgent Islam debate

<b>(Comedy Central/HBO)</b><p>There is a pressing need for frank talk about Islam and Christianity. Liberals should be on the side of real debate<p>Jeffrey Tayler<p>November 15, 2014 2:15pm (UTC)<p>Since he delivered his "Real Time" monologue against liberals who treat Islam with excessive deference a month ago, the …

The 'Hickenlooper Effect': How Colorado's Governor Recruited Entrepreneurs To Drive An Economic Recovery

It was late, the streets deserted and traffic-less despite being the middle of downtown Denver, home to over 3 million people. Colorado’s 62 year old governor emerged from the stone-columned civic center alone – without fanfare, entourage, or escort, and quietly eased his lanky frame into the back …

Evangelical Myth Won. Wall Street Won. The Banks Won. America Lost.

<b>The Republican Party base is white evangelicals.</b> So no wonder the GOP lies about the country, the economy and the president worked. The folks who base their lives on religious mythology have spent lifetimes being trained to believe lies. And if you point that out then they kick into victim mode and …

Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss: Religion could be largely gone in a generation

<b>Lawrence Krauss</b><p>The co-creator of “The Unbelievers,” a documentary made with Richard Dawkins, believes religion could disappear<p>Sarah Gray<p>November 4, 2014 9:27pm (UTC)<p>Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss believes that in a generation religion could disappear. Earlier this year the theoretical physicist, who …

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9 Books That Inspired Elon Musk

"I read books," he reportedly likes to say.<p>Musk — who was smart enough to get into a physics Ph.D. program at Stanford University and then drop out because it didn't seem that relevant to him — has always been hungry for the written word.<p>In its profile of the Tesla and SpaceX CEO, the New Yorker …

This Ingenious New Invention Could Remove the Gross Stuff from Your Whiskey

This product designed to ramp up the aging process on a very small scale.<p><i>(Photo Credit: Time & Oak)</i><p><b>Did you even know there was gross stuff hiding in there?</b><p>Portland, Oregon-based startup company Time & Oak has taken to Kickstarter to garner support for a new product, designed to get rid of the junk …

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The big “middle class” rip-off: How a short sale taught me rich people’s ethics

<b>(Andy Dean Photography via Shutterstock)</b><p>So many of us are clueless about business and finance. Here’s why that’s just the way the investment class likes it<p>Edwin Lyngar<p>September 29, 2014 9:35pm (UTC)<p>“Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.” – Honoré de Balzac.<p>The closest I ever came to acting …

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5 Phenomena That Science Has Yet To Fully Explain

What do ghosts and yawns have in common? They remain scientific enigmas.<p>Who doesn't love a good mystery, especially one that stumps researchers?<p><i>Popular Science</i>'s editor-in-chief, Cliff Ransom, moderated a panel about such seemingly inexplicable phenomena this weekend at Comic-Con in San Diego. The …

String Field Theory Genius Explains The Coming Breakthroughs That Will Change Life As We Know It

"In string theory, all particles are vibrations on a tiny rubber band; physics is the harmonies on the string; chemistry is the melodies we play on vibrating strings; the universe is a symphony of strings, and the 'Mind of God' is cosmic music resonating in 11 dimensional hyperspace."<p>(The "Mind of …

Arcade Fire Cover ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Theme in Los Angeles

Arcade Fire debuted another unlikely cover tune during their Saturday night gig in Los Angeles, as the band broke out a funky take on the <i>Beverly</i> …

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Denali's Howl

• <b>Author:</b> Andy Hall<p>In the summer of 1967, twelve young men ascended Alaska’s Mount McKinley—known to the locals as Denali. Engulfed by a once-in-alifetime blizzard, only five made it back down. <br>Andy Hall, a journalist and son of the park superintendent at the time, was living in the park when the …

Who Was Carl Sagan?

The famed scientist, and celebrity, had a lot more going on than just hosting a television series.<p>It was almost like a dispatch from another planet: the invitation to the young astronomer to leave Brooklyn and visit the lakes and gorges of upstate New York.<p>"A letter shows up in my mailbox from Carl …