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Top 10: coolest Cold War attractions

Instagram Star Quits, Reveals How Photos Are Edited, Contrived, and Paid For

<b>Update</b>: O’Neil has apparently deleted all of her social media content, including the video and photos that were originally in this post.<p>18-year-old …

Spare me this sanctimonious Australian self-congratulation after US gun massacres

Barack Obama remarked last week that gun massacres have attracted a “routine” response. I found no such response was available to me when I drove down to Roseburg from Portland last week to help cover the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg for Guardian US. The impact of such a …

Color Film was Built for White People. Can Film Be Racist?

Vox has a fascinating history of color film and how the chemical formulation of film was biased towards highlighting white skin tones. According to …

Kodak

A List of Books that May Change your Life

I started off 2015 with a 10-day silent Vipassana meditation course, one of the hardest things I’ve ever chosen to do. I wasn’t a meditator. I had …

Books

Hitler’s world may not be so far away | Timothy Snyder

Misunderstanding the Holocaust has made us too certain we are ethically superior to the Europeans of the 1940s. Faced with a new catastrophe – such as devastating climate change – could we become mass killers again?<p><b>It was 20 years after I chose to become a historian</b> that I first saw a photograph of …

History

The Governance of ISIS and of Much of the Muslim World Are Uncomfortably Similar

It must be clearly stated again that ISIS (or Daesh as many of us Muslims like to call it) has bastardized Islam beyond recognition.<p>Justifying rape as a form of worship, as reported in the <i>New York Times</i>' article "ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape," encapsulates the dehumanization of girls and women …

14 incredible national parks around the world

From the grassy planes of the Serengeti to the Arctic wilderness of Svalbard, these are the parks that are worth traveling the world to see.

National Parks

What He Said About Hell and the Bible Rocked the Christian World. Here’s What Ex-Pastor Rob Bell Is Up to Four Years Later.

Few evangelical figures in recent memory have sparked as much theological debate as has Rob Bell, the author, speaker and former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who ignited furor when his 2011 book “Love Wins” questioned traditional theological constructs surrounding …

A New Wall Street Memoir Full of Hookers, Cocaine, and Other Clichés

John LeFevre never worked at Goldman Sachs. It says so on the carefully argued jacket flap of his memoir, <i>Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance,</i> …

Lonely Planet's best places in Europe 2015

Europe is a magical miscellany of peoples and places, and the range of destinations can be overwhelming if you’re planning a trip. To narrow down the choices, we asked our team of Europe-based editors and authors to pick a list of 10 destinations looming large in their travel plans right now.<p>This …

2015 Tours of a Lifetime

Distractify

Before you cough up $30 for her lip kits, here are all the complaints customers had about Kylie Cosmetics.<p>By Tiffany White<p>1 minute ago<p>All the people …

10 of Europe's best national parks … that you've probably never heard of

Photograph: Alamy<p>Vintgar Gorge, Triglav national park.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/3/27/1427478158484/c953cf50-91e1-4a84-8a54-656560902bcf-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Alamy<p>Vintgar Gorge, Triglav national …

America’s ISIS next door: Mexico, billion-dollar cartels and the colossal failure of the war on drugs

<b>(Shutterstock/American Spirit)</b><p>They behead people by the hundreds. And like ISIL, Mexican gangs are flourishing as a result of failed U.S. policy<p>Rebecca Gordon<p>March 24, 2015 6:15pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>They behead people by the hundreds. They heap headless, handless …

What's the Best Backpacking Travel Gear?

<i>A:</i><p>Whether you plan to live out of your backpack for a week or a month, you’re best served by traveling light. Here are eight pieces of gear that will help you confront whatever adventure—or misadventure—international travel may throw your way. Bonus: They all fit in a 46-liter pack.<p>Osprey Porter 46 …

10 packing tips for a 'best-case' scenario | CNN Travel

Travel

How To Wake Up Happy: 3 Can’t-Fail Techniques You Can Use

A happy person is a productive person.<p>But unfortunately, happiness takes work. It takes dedication. Yes, sometimes, things just work out in your …

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.