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The Consumerist Church of Fitness Classes

Gyms provide ritual and community, serving as a sort of religion. They also promote values American culture already worships—capitalism and overwork.<p>You pay a regular tithe to support the community. In public, you wear symbols that identify you as one of the faithful. When you gather with other …

The price of happiness, by state - The Margin - MarketWatch

A few years ago, a Princeton prof and a renowned psychologist found that income of $75,000 a year is the threshold for daily happiness. Below that, …

The Complicated Popularity of Corsets

“Take a deep breath.” Such is the instruction given to Judy Garland’s character in the classic 1944 movie <i>Meet Me in St. Louis</i>, just as her sister …

Coco Chanel

U.S. Senate votes to overturn Obama broadband privacy rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted narrowly to repeal regulations requiring internet service providers to do more to protect customers' privacy than websites like Alphabet Inc's Google (GOOGL.O) or Facebook Inc (FB.O).<p>The vote was along party lines, with 50 Republicans …

Net Neutrality

From an Iowa classroom in 1968 to Donald Trump: Educator Jane Elliott on the legendary “Blue-Eyed/Brown-Eyed” exercise

<b>(Lapina via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>What Jane Elliott observed in an all-white third-grade class almost 50 years ago echoes loudly in the age of Trump<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>March 25, 2017 5:00pm (UTC)<p>In 1968, an elementary school teacher named Jane Elliott decided to find a way to teach her students about the …

Quieter Than 1984, but No Less Terrifying

Kingsley Amis’s 1976 alternate-history masterpiece The Alteration is an overlooked—but timely—novel about the dangers of authoritarianism.<p>Imagine a United States in which the president has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to scrub its website of climate-change content, his counselor and …

When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes

Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments.<p>First, listen to the story with the happy ending: At 61, the executive was in excellent health. His blood …

This Is How Steve Bannon Sees The Entire World

The soon-to-be White House chief strategist laid out a global vision in a rare 2014 talk where he said racism in the far right gets “washed out” and called Vladimir Putin a kleptocrat. BuzzFeed News publishes the complete transcript for the first time.<p><i>Donald Trump’s newly named chief strategist and</i> …

Steve Bannon

It’s Putin’s World

How the Russian president became the ideological hero of nationalists everywhere<p>In 2012, Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency after a four-year, constitutionally imposed hiatus. It wasn’t the smoothest of transitions. To his surprise, in the run-up to his inauguration, protesters filled the …

The View From Room 205: Thirty Fourth Graders And One Big Question

Can schools make the American<br>Dream real for poor kids?<p>By <b>Linda Lutton</b><br>Radio story edited by <b>Marianne McCune</b>, with <b>Cate Cahan</b><br>Illustrations by <b>Erik Nelson</b> …

Wally Lamb's new novel is like a super enhanced e-book

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eBooks

Hanging out with friends in times of stress heals us by rewiring our biology

Whether offering us consolation after the death of a loved one or commiseration when our team loses yet again, our social relationships are invaluable for helping us lead happier, less stressful lives. And humans aren’t alone in this respect. The role of social interactions and bonds in reducing …

Psychology

The history of ugliness shows that there is no such thing

In the 19th century, a hirsute aboriginal woman from Mexico named Julia Pastrana was billed on the freak-show circuit as “The Ugliest Woman in the World.” Brought to Europe, she performed according to Victorian norms: singing and dancing, speaking in foreign languages, undergoing public medical …

Art

This new machine can read book pages without cracking the cover

People can now read books without opening them, thanks to a new device created by scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Georgia …

Nature Communications

The power of the book

“Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts” will be the cultural bestseller of the season. Fiammetta Rocco meets the man who has examined more medieval …

From Darkroom To Kitchen: A Time Capsule Of Recipes From Midcentury Photographers

In 1977, Deborah Barsel, a bored assistant registrar at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, N.Y., decided to try a fun side project. She would create a cookbook made up of recipes and images from famous photographers of the day. She sent letters to various artists and put an ad in the museum's …

Eggs

Slightly More Than 100 Exceptional Works of Journalism

This fantastic nonfiction from 2015 is still worth discovering and pondering today.<p>Each year, I keep a running list of exceptional nonfiction that I encounter as I publish The Best of Journalism, an email newsletter that I curate weekly for its subscribers. This is my annual attempt to bring some …

The race to save a dying language

The discovery of Hawaii Sign Language in 2013 amazed linguists. But as the number of users dwindles, can it survive the twin threats of globalisation and a rift in the community?<p>In 2013, at a conference on endangered languages, a retired teacher named Linda Lambrecht announced the extraordinary …

Linguistics

6 Short Story Books to Read This Summer

Remember View-Masters? A once-popular line of stereoscopes, still around today, that came with a thin cardboard disk containing seven photos on film that circulated through a reel. Each time you pressed the button you were shown a new photograph, a new setting, a new story. That’s what short story …

Books

Bagpipes: A Rock-and-Roll History

For decades the instrument has played a cacophonous—and subtly political—role in popular music.<p>A few years back, when a friend asked me to play the bagpipes in a concert marking the 15th anniversary of Neutral Milk Hotel’s <i>In the Aeroplane Over the Sea</i>, I was thrilled. In my experience, most people …

American Medical Association warns of health and safety problems from 'white' LED streetlights

The American Medical Association (AMA) has just adopted an official policy statement about street lighting: cool it and dim it.<p>The statement, adopted …

Department Of Labor Awakening Could Have Greater Impact On Healthcare Than Obamacare Did

The biggest criticism lobbed against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been it hasn’t done much yet to slow the decades-long healthcare inflation. Since 2001 costs for a family of four have tripled to $25,826—hardly <i>affordable</i>. President Obama has said “interesting things happen in the fourth …

Health Care

Termites were farming 25 million years ago — long before humans

When it comes to farming, termites are OG. By searching through cliffs in southwestern Tanzania, researchers have discovered fossilized "fungus gardens" created by termites 25 million years ago, reports <i>The Washington Post</i>. And the scientists are not kidding about this — the gardens revealed that …

in News onJun 27, 2016 12:18 pm

With prospects of a state-funded bailout for Chicago Public Schools dim amid the political stalemate in Springfield, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked …

A Toast To The Toast, The Site That Was Just For You. Yes, Even You

The Toast — funny and literary feminist website, gleeful kneecapper of high culture, omphalos of cheerful misandry and habitat of the rare courteous and informative comments section — is closing.<p>The site, launched three years ago by Nicole Cliffe and Mallory Ortberg, will stop publishing July 1. …

Fanfiction

On-the-Job Tech: The Tech Skills You Need to Boost

As technology evolves and association professionals require more tech tools to get the job done each day, the responsibility for learning and …

How economists rode maths to become our era’s astrologers – Alan Jay Levinovitz

Since the 2008 financial crisis, colleges and universities have faced increased pressure to identify essential disciplines, and cut the rest. In …

Economics

Not anyone’s “crazy bitch”: Smashing the “Fatal Attraction” clichés of the “female breakdown”

A new wave of complex female characters are pushing back against the misogyny of the “bunny boiler”<p>On their self-titled debut album, the Seattle queer electroclash band, Le Tigre, debates the merits of John Cassavetes. Singing in unison, the band chants: “We've talked about it in letters/And we've …

in News onApr 14, 2016 1:34 pm

<i>By Aaron Cynic/Chicagoist</i><p>A full 183-page report from the city's Police Accountability Task Force on recommendations for reform was released …