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3 maps that explain the geopolitics of nuclear weapons

North Korea has received a lot of focus due to a recent missile test and the expectation of another nuclear test. It is a poor country whose nuclear program has allowed it to punch above its weight internationally. This has also forced superpowers to approach it with great caution.<p>Nuclear bombs are …

North Korea

Catastrophic Leak: WikiLeaks Publishes CIA's Secret Hacking Tools

The agency apparently suffered a catastrophic leak, leading to what WikiLeaks claims is the 'largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.'<p>WikiLeaks today published thousands of documents that it claims are from the CIA's arsenal of hacking and cyberespionage tools, calling this …

A financial planner explains how to start investing with $100

You see, if you save $100 in your sock drawer, 30 years from now when you go to check on it, you will still only have $100.<p>Conversely, if you invest $100 in a mutual fund, even if you never made another investment, with a 7% annual return it has the potential to grow to $761.23 after 30 years with …

Investing

This Obscure Story That Should Be Huge Shows How Trump Gets Away With It

One of the flaws in the design of the federal government is that, while the founders envisioned competing branches of government, unified party …

A financial planner explains exactly how you should prioritize your money

The majority of people who approach me for advice are most interested in guidance as it relates to their investment portfolios.<p>I would like to point out that there is a hierarchy of personal financial priorities, and though very important, investing for the future should be considered third of the …

Retirement

A Russian newspaper editor explains how Putin made Trump his puppet

“They consider him a stupid, unstrategic politician.”<p>Mikhail Fishman is the editor-in-chief of the Moscow Times, an English-language weekly newspaper published in Moscow. The paper is critical of Vladimir Putin; indeed, it was targeted twice in 2015 by Russian hackers and has been attacked …

A Dangerous Time for the Press and the Presidency

Trump’s branding of the press as an "enemy" seems less an attempt to influence coverage than an invitation to repression and even violence.<p>At the dawn of a turbulent era in American history, an inexperienced but media-savvy President, early in his first term, was obsessing about negative press.<p>John …

Journalism

How to Know When It's Time to Quit

It's not called quitting if you're improving your life.<p>Nobody likes thinking of themselves as a quitter, but there's no point in staying stuck in something if it's not accomplishing anything or making you happy. In those cases, it's sometimes wiser to cut your losses of time and energy.<p>If you're …

Should Jeff Sessions Recuse Himself From the Russia Inquiries?

Justice Department regulations appear to suggest the attorney general should not be involved in any investigations into Trump associates’ ties to Russia.<p>Senate Democrats are calling for Attorney General Sessions to recuse himself from reported inquiries into contacts between former National …

Are Teachers Becoming Obsolete?

A veteran educator reflects on the personalized-learning trend that’s left him wondering if a computer is more capable of doing his job than he is.<p>Leaving my school building the other day, I had an unexpected realization: Perhaps a computer was a more effective teacher than I currently was. The …

Teaching

Is AI a Threat to Christianity?

Are you there, God? It’s I, robot.<p>In his relatively short tenure, Pope Francis has been hard at work welcoming spiritual seekers into the Catholic Church. He’s refused to judge LGBT people, sought to integrate divorced couples, and extended priests’ ability to forgive abortion. But Francis’s wide …

My dad predicted Trump in 1985 – it's not Orwell, he warned, it's Brave New World

The ascent of Donald Trump has proved Neil Postman’s argument in Amusing Ourselves to Death was right. Here’s what we can do about it<p>Over the last year, as the presidential campaign grew increasingly bizarre and Donald Trump took us places we had never been before, I saw a spike in media references …

Donald Trump

Trump’s “Muslim ban” is a huge gift to ISIS

ISIS says the US is at war with Islam. Trump just helped them make their case.<p>ISIS has been trying for years to convince Muslims around the world that the West — and especially the United States — is at war with Islam. President Donald Trump’s new executive order on immigration will make it much …

IQ

Vanishing point: the rise of the invisible computer

For decades, computers have got smaller and more powerful, enabling huge scientific progress. But this can’t go on for ever. What happens when they stop shrinking?<p>In 1971, Intel, then an obscure firm in what would only later come to be known as Silicon Valley, released a chip called the 4004. It …

Particles

How Black America Saw Obama

I stood in Grant Park on election night 2008, along with more than 200,000 other people, and watched as a man I’d known as a fellow member of a Chicago church, a man I’d worked to help get elected, took to the stage. He would be the first black president of the United States of America. My joy at …

Sugar, explained

Sugar is the dietary villain of our day. But the science is complicated.<p>First it was too many calories. Then it was too much fat. Now there’s a full-on war on sugar, our latest dietary enemy No. 1.<p>In health policy and nutrition science circles, this single nutrient is taking up a lot of oxygen …

How to Get Rich, According to New Psychological Research

Wealth is a byproduct of this approach to life, new research suggests.<p>Here's a seemingly simple question for you: How does a person get rich?<p>While the answer might be complicated in the particulars, the basic outlines of accumulating wealth appear straightforward at first blush--you aim to make …

Americans — not just liberals — have a religious literacy problem

The idea that liberals and cultural elites suffer from religious illiteracy is now widely accepted, by both the accusers and the accused.New York Timesexecutive editor Dean Baquet confessed to NPR’s Terry Gross that “media powerhouses don't quite get religion.” Former Obama White House staffer and …

You Can Improve Your Default Response to Stress

One morning while anchoring <i>The Early Show</i> in New York, one of my coanchors got mixed up and tossed the show to me five minutes before I was slated to appear for my next segment, which was covering breaking news on political corruption in Washington. The teleprompter was cued to a different story, …

4 Ways to Control Your Emotions in Tense Moments

Twenty-three years ago, one of my employees — I’ll call him Dale — asked for a private meeting. Dale was serious and bookish and had very strong opinions. His work was fastidious. He rarely socialized with colleagues, but he was impeccable in his commitments to others. And he was skilled at his job.<p>…

How Sleep Affects Your Weight

<i>For</i> SELF, by Amy Marturana.<p>Another good reason to start getting more shut-eye.<p>The amount and quality of sleep you get any given night really sets the tone of the following day. When we’re well-rested, our minds and bodies just seem to work better. When we’re really tired, everything’s harder. We …

Immune System

Donald Trump’s election is the death of America’s labor unions

<b>(Mel Evans)</b><p>Labor unions have been undergoing a long, slow decline. They may have reached an unfortunate milepost<p>Raymond Hogler<p>December 2, 2016 8:40am (UTC)<p><i>This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.</i><p>I’ve written before on how the decline of organized labor …

Unions

The moral challenge of military robots arises when we delegate fighting wars

Using drones or autonomous soldiers in modern warfare may avoid some of the awfulness but does it forfeit any ethical defence for fighting in the first place?<p>Long before undergoing any proper study of war, I remember believing I had the problem sorted. In primary school, I remember remarking to …

White prosperity over racial equality: It’s (still) the American way

<b>(Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/Wikimedia)</b><p>Donald Trump’s victory feels like an earthquake, but its roots run deep in America’s history and priorities<p>Darren F. Speece<p>November 25, 2016 1:00pm (UTC)<p>On November 8, 2016, individual voters confronted the imperfect legacy of the Founding Fathers. In this …

Civil Rights

What Every Layperson Should Know About String Theory

It’s one of the most brilliant, controversial and unproven ideas in all of physics: string theory. At the heart of string theory is the thread of an idea that’s run through physics for centuries, that at some fundamental level, all the different forces, particles, interactions and manifestations of …

Psychology explains how Trump won by making white men feel like victims

Psychology

9 Habits Of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People

When emotional intelligence first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70% of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into what many people had always assumed was the sole source of …

Emotional Intelligence

Nietzsche's 10 Rules for Writers

1. Of prime necessity is life: a style should <i>live</i>.2. Style should be suited to the specific person with whom you wish to communicate. (The law of</i> …

Friedrich Nietzsche