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Flashback: Kenny Rogers Scores Number One With Brave 'Coward'

Things got real in the country giant's vengeance tale "Coward of the County," which began a three-week stay atop the country charts today in …

Edward Snowden’s Privacy Tips: “Get Rid Of Dropbox,” Avoid Facebook And Google

According to Edward Snowden, people who care about their privacy should stay away from popular consumer Internet services like Dropbox, Facebook, and Google.<p>Snowden conducted a remote interview today as part of the New Yorker Festival, where he was asked a couple of variants on the question of what …

Learn Proper Techniques for Grigri Use

37<p>SHARES<p><b>Learn proper techniques for smooth and safe belaying</b><p>The release of the Petzl Grigri in 1991 marked a major step in the evolution of belay …

Climbing

Learn This: Pack Smarter

52<p>SHARES<p>When I see that guy on the trail with a tent, banjo, puppy, and pony keg swaying from carabiners, I’m just left wondering why. Why do so many …

Backpacking

The Obama Speech About ISIS: Giving Himself An "A"

More on:<p>Syria<p>United States<p>Diplomacy and International Institutions<p>Iraq<p>There is too much one could say about the President’s speech last night to fit …

What To Do When You Drop, Lose, Or Forget Climbing Gear

3<p>SHARES<p>Dropped, forgotten, or mysteriously vanished gear can ruin a climbing day. Worst case, it can be life-threatening. But with a little know-how, …

Climbing

5 Brain Tricks for a Better Race

If you think you get fast through physical training alone, you could be missing out on half the process. Pete Magill is the record holder of the fastest-ever masters 5K and 10K and co-author of <i>Build Your Running Body.</i> Earlier this month I asked him about how to shave a minute off your next race in …

Marathons

What Type of Music Should I Listen To Before and During a Workout?

<i>A:</i><p>The workout soundtrack can be a very personal thing. Certainly there's no perfect pump-up song, but there is science behind getting the most out of your exercise playlist. And it applies whether your music library swings toward rap, indie, country, or classical.<p>Load up the first section of your …

Research

SeaWorld’s Most Rewarding and Traumatic Job

It's been a tough four years to work in public relations at a marine park. Intensive reporting about the conditions of marine mammals in captivity—in stories at <i>Outside</i>, in the book <i>Death at SeaWorld,</i> and in the documentary <i>Blackfish,</i> which I associate-produced—has generated widespread public debate …

SeaWorld

Climbing Dictionary

42<p>SHARES<p>In conjunction with The Mountaineers Books, <i>Climbing</i> will be offering one climbing-word definition a day over the next three weeks, using …

Training: 7 Simple Drills To Improve Footwork And Technique

67.9K<p>SHARES<p>You’ve surely heard this once (if not a thousand times) before: Climbing is all about your feet. However, when a fellow climber recites …

Here are the Taliban Terrorists Obama Released to Free POW Bowe Bergdahl

In exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl, the U.S. has released five senior Taliban commanders from the Guantanamo Bay prison. They are considered …

U.S. may act to keep Chinese hackers out of Def Con hacker event | Reuters

DENVER/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Washington is considering using visa restrictions to prevent Chinese nationals from attending popular summer hacking conferences in Las Vegas as part of a broader effort to curb Chinese cyber espionage, a senior administration official said Saturday.<p>A man types on a …

Recognizing Employees Take a Lot More Than Just a Paycheck

From istockphoto.com<p>In all the news and research feeds I follow, occasionally the author of an article or post will phrase his comments in a way that …

Government gag orders violate free speech, tech giants contend

Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, Facebook want clearance to disclose what type of national security info requests they get.<p>A group of prominent tech companies argues that US government gag orders that prohibit them from disclosing what type of national security information requests they receive are a …

Surveillance

Beyond 'Screen Time:' What Minecraft Teaches Kids

Kids can and should use the right kinds of video games to learn.<p>All video games are not created equal.<p>I wouldn’t recommend we encourage youth to play just any game. I doubt transferable skills are learned by repeatedly flapping a bird into a drainage tube. The best educational interventions are …

Who Will Be the President of Novorossiya?

No sooner had the leaders of the so-called "People’s Republics" of Donetsk, Luhansk, and Odessa declared the return of "" ("New Russia") earlier this …

Will Running Too Much Kill You?

The annual look at the current state of the evidence.<p>Let me start with a simple truth: there <b>is</b> such a thing as "too much" running. This is just common sense. If your goal is to optimize health, there will come a point where running an extra 5 miles per week doesn't make you healthier in any …

Marathons

Learn This: Save Yourself An Ascent With The Pre-Threaded Toprope

36<p>SHARES<p>You're climbing outdoors with novice friends, and you want to rig a toprope from a fixed-chain anchor. You’re the only one in the group who …

Perry rips ‘out-of-control’ federal government over Texas land dispute

Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined his state’s top attorney on Wednesday in blasting the federal Bureau of Land Management over concerns that it may be looking at laying claim to thousands of acres of property in northern Texas.<p>“The federal government already owns too much land,” Perry told Fox News.<p>At …

Putin's annexation of Crimea will diminish Russian influence in the very places he'd like to increase it: http://fam.ag/1gmlukX (Photo: Reuters)

Here’s What Lindsey Graham Offered to John Kerry When He Thought the Microphone Was Off

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was caught on a hot mic Thursday telling Secretary of State John Kerry to let him know how he could “help” with House Speaker John Boehner.<p>Screengrab via NBC News<p>Kerry had just testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee on the need to provide Ukraine with …

I got 30 months in prison. Why does Leon Panetta get a pass?

The confirmation in December that former<p>CIADirectorLeon Panettalet classified information slip to"Zero Dark Thirty"screenwriter Mark Boal during a speech at the agency headquarters should result in a criminal espionage charge if there is any truth to Obama administration claims that it isn't …

Time Warner Cable's plans to include Netflix on its set-top boxes may be in jeopardy

Comcast's purchase of Time Warner Cable is far from complete, but we're already starting to see some potential fallout from the deal. Netflix has been working with Time Warner Cable to get its app installed on the cable provider's set-top boxes, but now Bloomberg is reporting that the Comcast deal …

Video gamers spend $241 million on hardware in January

Number of the day<p>$241 million<p>That's how much was spent on video-game hardware in January, up 17 percent from a year earlier. <b>Sony</b>, vying with <b>Microsoft</b> for dominance of the U.S. console market, said its <b>PlayStation 4</b> sold twice the number of its nearest rival. (Microsoft's new <b>Xbox One</b> outsold Sony in …

Filmmaking

Baby dies while sleeping in car seat

By | Posted Dec 8th, 2006 @ 9:43pm<p><i>Originally posted Dec. 08, 2006</i><p><i>This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use.</i> …

How colonialism still pays dividends for European companies: http://fam.ag/1hlB2qm (Photo: Reuters)

Book of the Day: How to lobby the European Union: http://fam.ag/1gqigdK

Proof That Crash Training Doesn't Work

Several hard workouts in three weeks caused runners' fitness to decline.<p>A new study backs nine-time New York City Marathon champion Grete Waitz's advice about the best way to progress as a runner: Hurry slowly.<p>In the study, when runners did 24 hard workouts over an eight-week period, their fitness …

Exercise

How Ukraine is overshadowing Putin's Olympic moment: http://fam.ag/1iCNwX8 (Photo: Reuters)