Politics

The Muslims Are Coming…to the Subways!

The Muslims Are Coming…to the Subways!

How do you respond to a $100,000 campaign of hateful, anti-Muslim ads in the New York City bus and subway system? Do you deface them? Do you stand in front of each poster yelling at passersby “Don’t look at this poster!”? Do you shutter yourself a...

Last fall, a certain bigot put up anti-Muslim posters in the subways. Starting next week, we get our revenge. With laughs.

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Jeb's Faith-Based Prisons

Jeb’s Faith-Based Prisons

Jeb’s Faith-Based Prisons

On July 24, 2004, then-governor Jeb Bush received a frantic email from Joy Buchholz about the conditions in her daughter’s prison.Buchholz explained her daughter wanted to be in one of the faith-based prisons Bush helped establish because she expe...

Jeb Bush touts his record as a prison reformer because of the success of his faith-based prison program, but does that really make him a reformer?

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NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE, Verna Bloom, Tim Matheson, 1978.

Poor People Poorer Now Than in the ’70s

Poor People Poorer Now Than in the ’70s

For the moment, the Democrats have resumed their time-honored posture of arguing about trade policy. It’s an important issue, and one on which I’m not sure where I come down. But as they prepare to rip each other’s flesh, they might bear in mind i...

As they fight over a new trade deal, Democrat should recall their top task for 2016: educating voters on the reality of wage stagnation—by going back to 1979, when the flatline started.

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The Muslims Are Coming…to the Subways!

The Muslims Are Coming…to the Subways!

How do you respond to a $100,000 campaign of hateful, anti-Muslim ads in the New York City bus and subway system? Do you deface them? Do you stand in front of each poster yelling at passersby “Don’t look at this poster!”? Do you shutter yourself a...

Last fall, a certain bigot put up anti-Muslim posters in the subways. Starting next week, we get our revenge. With laughs.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles before delivering the keynote address at the Women in the World summit in New York April 23, 2015.   REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton - RTX1A1Q0

Fired-up Hillary Channels Obama

Fired-up Hillary Channels Obama

Meet the new Barack Obama: Her name is Hillary Clinton.As Democrats transfer their allegiance from the candidate of “Yes We Can” and the rallies with hundreds of thousands to the candidate of the understated YouTube campaign kickoff and the small ...

Before a friendly audience in Manhattan on Thursday, Clinton took a page from the president’s speech playbook, placing her candidacy within women’s larger struggle for equality.

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, right, smiles with Hillary Clinton, U.S. secretary of state, center, and daughter Chelsea Clinton, left, after the closing session of the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. The seven-year-old Global Initiative founded by former U.S. President Bill Clinton matches businesses and philanthropists with nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations to solve problems.

Clintons to Do Damage Control in Africa

Clintons to Do Damage Control in Africa

With questions swirling at home around influence-peddling and lax accounting standards at the Clinton Foundation, President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea will embark next week on a four-nation African tour to highlight the group’s work.On a co...

The centerpiece of the Clinton post-presidency is causing troubles for Hillary’s potential pre-presidency.

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Entertainment

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Say Hello to Jared Leto’s The Joker

Say Hello to Jared Leto’s The Joker

The first full look at Jared Leto’s The Joker in the 2016 superhero team-up Suicide Squad was revealed Friday evening by the film’s director, David Ayer, via Twitter. Ayer tweeted out the picture in celebration of the 75th anniversary of The Joker...

Filmmaker David Ayer has revealed exactly what Oscar winner Jared Leto will look like as villain The Joker in the 2016 superhero flick Suicide Squad, and it’s a doozy.

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In this Tuesday, July 19, 2011 photo, Rose Byrne poses for a portrait in New York.

Rose Byrne’s Comedy Takeover

Rose Byrne’s Comedy Takeover

It has seemed, lately, that Rose Byrne is in every single movie. The Aussie actress knows it, too.“Have I saturated everyone? Is it too much?” she laughs.Since parlaying a revelatory comedic turn in Get Him to the Greek into the most complex (and ...

A quirk of Hollywood timing has made Byrne omnipresent on movie screens. From “Adult Beginners” to reuniting with Melissa McCarthy for “Spy,” the Aussie talks her cinema saturation.

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Host Chris Rock speaks during the 2014 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California June 29, 2014.

Why Black People Can’t Get Into Baseball

Why Black People Can’t Get Into Baseball

I have watched sports most of my life. I admittedly know next to nothing about baseball.Growing up, my friends hardly if ever discussed “America’s Pastime.” I attended a Mets game last week and it was my first time in a Major League ballpark since...

It’s a game that’s coasted on nostalgia, never bothering to adapt to the changing sports landscape. Chris Rock has a point: The love affair between blacks and baseball is over.

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GREY'S ANATOMY - "Go It Alone" - Cristina enlists Meredith to help her prepare an acceptance speech for her possible Harper Avery win and while Owen offers to attend the ceremony with her, she insists on going alone. Meanwhile, Derek feels overwhelmed between his responsibilities at home and at the hospital. April and Jackson come to a disagreement on children and religion, and Callie and Arizona try to reconnect in their marriage, on "Grey's Anatomy," THURSDAY, APRIL 17 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

That Shocking ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Death

That Shocking ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Death

Shonda Rhimes continues to flame suspicions that she's in cahoots with Kleenex. The latest proof of the payola scandal: Thursday night’s episode of Grey's Anatomy, which brought with it the death of one of the series’ original, and most ...

One of the original cast members of Shonda Rhimes's groundbreaking medical drama died on Thursday night’s episode. Here’s why we still can’t stop crying. (Spoilers!)

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In this Tuesday, July 19, 2011 photo, Rose Byrne poses for a portrait in New York.

Rose Byrne’s Comedy Takeover

Rose Byrne’s Comedy Takeover

It has seemed, lately, that Rose Byrne is in every single movie. The Aussie actress knows it, too.“Have I saturated everyone? Is it too much?” she laughs.Since parlaying a revelatory comedic turn in Get Him to the Greek into the most complex (and ...

A quirk of Hollywood timing has made Byrne omnipresent on movie screens. From “Adult Beginners” to reuniting with Melissa McCarthy for “Spy,” the Aussie talks her cinema saturation.

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How Dr. Oz explained himself

Dr. Oz Sets Out to Shame His Critics

Dr. Oz Sets Out to Shame His Critics

Never get into a fight with a man who buys ink by the barrel, and—here’s a useful 21st-century corollary—never attack a guy who hosts his own popular weekday television show.Celebrity cardiothoracic surgeon Mehmet Oz—he of the healthily-rated Dr. ...

The controversial TV doctor said colleagues demanding his dismissal from the Columbia University Medical School faculty were headline-hunting.

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Actor Adam Sandler makes a silly face for photographers as he arrives for the red carpet premiere of "Blended," May 21, 2014 at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.   AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Adam Sandler’s Disturbing Racial Tourism

Adam Sandler’s Disturbing Racial Tourism

Jokes about race are tricky, especially in an era where all communication, from Twitter to the privacy of your own home, is being monitored by the PC police, ready to pounce on anything that bears even the slightest whiff of would-be impropriety.I...

Navajo Nation actors stormed off the set of Sandler’s film “The Ridiculous Six over perceived racial insensitivities, e.g. characters named Wears No Bra and Beaver’s Breath.

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Meryl Streep: 'I Wanted To Be Tom Saw...

Meryl Streep: 'I Wanted To Be Tom Saw...

If anyone is uniquely equipped to educate the public on the difficulties of finding good roles for women, it's Meryl Streep. At the 2015 Women in the World Summit, Jon Stewart interviewed the acting legend as part of a panel on women in film ...

Acting legend talks to Jon Stewart about how most protagonists in literature, history and film are 'all fellas.'

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How Dr. Oz explained himself

Dr. Oz Sets Out to Shame His Critics

Dr. Oz Sets Out to Shame His Critics

Never get into a fight with a man who buys ink by the barrel, and—here’s a useful 21st-century corollary—never attack a guy who hosts his own popular weekday television show.Celebrity cardiothoracic surgeon Mehmet Oz—he of the healthily-rated Dr. ...

The controversial TV doctor said colleagues demanding his dismissal from the Columbia University Medical School faculty were headline-hunting.

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World News

Italian police stand in front of St. Peter's basilica in the Vatican on March 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO  MONTEFORTE        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Qaeda Eyed Vatican Attack From US Base

Qaeda Eyed Vatican Attack From US Base

PALERMO, Italy — Italian counter-terrorism operatives issued arrest warrants for 18 men and arrested nine across Italy on Thursday. They are thought to be part of an al Qaeda terrorism ring based on the idyllic Mediterranean island of Sardinia. Am...

Italian police have busted what they claim is a major al Qaeda cell in Sardinia smuggling migrants and planning attacks in the mainland.

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Mother’s Linda Boyle, left and Lyn Coleman hold photo of their married children, Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman, who were kidnapped by the Taliban in late 2012, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Stewartstown, Pa. The family of a pregnant American woman who went missing in Afghanistan in late 2012 with her Canadian husband received two videos last year in which the couple asked the U.S. government to help free them and their child from Taliban captors, The Associated Press has learned.  (AP Photo/Bill Gorman)

Taliban Hold American Mom & Baby Hostage

Taliban Hold American Mom & Baby Hostage

In 2012, a 28-year-old American woman, Caitlin Coleman, was abducted along with her husband, Joshua Boyle, while traveling in Afghanistan. Coleman was pregnant and gave birth while in captivity. The family has been held ever since by the Taliban, ...

She was an explorer, traveling the Third World while pregnant. Then the jihadists took her.

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A woman lights a candle during a religious service at the cathedral in Etchmiadzin, outside Yerevan, on April 23, 2015, ahead of the canonization ceremony for the Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. Armenians prepare to commemorate on April 24 a hundred years since 1.5 million of their kin were massacred by Ottoman forces, as a fierce dispute still rages with Turkey over Ankara's refusal to recognise the mass murder as genocide. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV        (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Kim Kardashian Can’t Fix Armenia

Kim Kardashian Can’t Fix Armenia

SEVABERD, Armenia — Just a couple of decades ago this Armenian village on a snowy mountaintop 34 kilometers away from the capital had 361 residents working mostly at a state farm. Since then almost all the young people have abandoned their homes. ...

The air of tragedy hangs heavily over a country caught between Russia and Turkey that has suffered mightily in the past with few prospects for escape.

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A fully armed MQ-9 Reaper taxis down a runway in Southwest Asia. The Reaper's primary mission is as a persistent hunter-killer against emerging targets.

CIA Under Fire for Killing Hostage

CIA Under Fire for Killing Hostage

The U.S. had practically round-the-clock surveillance of the site where American hostage Warren Weinstein was held by al Qaeda in Pakistan. Yet a CIA drone strike still accidentally killed him and a fellow captive, Italian Giovanni Lo Porto. And t...

The agency’s drone operators had little idea who they were shooting at. They fired anyway. Now, a pair of hostages are dead. And Washington is demanding answers.

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Mother’s Linda Boyle, left and Lyn Coleman hold photo of their married children, Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman, who were kidnapped by the Taliban in late 2012, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Stewartstown, Pa. The family of a pregnant American woman who went missing in Afghanistan in late 2012 with her Canadian husband received two videos last year in which the couple asked the U.S. government to help free them and their child from Taliban captors, The Associated Press has learned.  (AP Photo/Bill Gorman)

Taliban Hold American Mom & Baby Hostage

Taliban Hold American Mom & Baby Hostage

In 2012, a 28-year-old American woman, Caitlin Coleman, was abducted along with her husband, Joshua Boyle, while traveling in Afghanistan. Coleman was pregnant and gave birth while in captivity. The family has been held ever since by the Taliban, ...

She was an explorer, traveling the Third World while pregnant. Then the jihadists took her.

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Adam Ghadan

Metalhead Jihadi Pioneer Meets His Maker

Metalhead Jihadi Pioneer Meets His Maker

“You are an American. You have joined a movement waging war on America, and killing large numbers of Americans. Don’t you in any way feel that you are betraying your people and country?”It is October 2004 and a voice off-camera poses the question ...

American Adam Gadahn joined Osama bin Laden before 9/11, the death metal fan’s stature rising and falling along with al Qaeda before a U.S. drone strike took him out.

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Quorom video: Essy

Kenya’s Secret LGBTI Activist

Kenya’s Secret LGBTI Activist

Quorum is a live journalism forum focused on LGBT experiences around the world. Its mission is to lift up the voices of non-Western LGBT activists defining the struggle for justice. Visit Quorum.TheDailyBeast.com for more stories of persecution, t...

When meeting anonymously with anti-gay religious leaders, Kenyan LGBTI activist Essy asks, “Do you really think that I should be beaten, now that you know me?”

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French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (L) and Archbishop of Paris Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois speak to journalists at the end of a meeting at the Interior Ministry in Paris, April 23, 2015. An Algerian man suspected of planning an imminent attack on a church was arrested in Paris, with police discovering Kalashnikovs,  hand guns and ammunition in his possession, top officials said on Wednesday.  REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX19XN8

The Terrorist Shot Himself. Don’t Laugh!

The Terrorist Shot Himself. Don’t Laugh!

PARIS — Okay, this particular alleged terrorist turned out to be a putz. But up until the moment he shot himself in the leg and called an ambulance, which brought the police, who found an arsenal in the trunk of his car and a computer with what ap...

Three months after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, French authorities are stunned by the implications of a new plot aimed at churches.

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Adam Ghadan

Metalhead Jihadi Pioneer Meets His Maker

Metalhead Jihadi Pioneer Meets His Maker

“You are an American. You have joined a movement waging war on America, and killing large numbers of Americans. Don’t you in any way feel that you are betraying your people and country?”It is October 2004 and a voice off-camera poses the question ...

American Adam Gadahn joined Osama bin Laden before 9/11, the death metal fan’s stature rising and falling along with al Qaeda before a U.S. drone strike took him out.

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U.S. News

On Death Row for Similar Hair Color

On Death Row for the Wrong Hair

On Death Row for the Wrong Hair

For 21 years, death row inmate Willie Jerome Manning has waited for a DNA test to prove his innocence. In 1994, he was convicted in the murder of two white Mississippi State University students, who were kidnapped outside a frat house and later fo...

Hair analysis helped to send Willie Jerome Manning to death row 21 years ago. The science proved to be wrong but not before hundreds of men had been convicted or even executed.

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In this dataset, the simulation from NOAA's HYSPLIT model shows a continuous release of tracer particles from 12-31 March at a rate of 100 per hour representing the Cesium-137 emitted from Fukushima Daiichi. Each change in particle color represents a decrease in radioactivity by a factor of 10. Radioactivity decreases due to removal by rainfall and gravitational settling. Decay is not a factor for Cesium in this short duration simulation compared to its 30 year long-half life. The air concentration would be computed from the particle density so it is only partially related to the color scale. The released particles are followed through the end of April using meteorological data from the 1-degree resolution NOAA global analyses.

How Radioactive Is the Pacific, Really?

How Radioactive Is the Pacific, Really?

Radioactive elements from Japan’s Fukushima disaster were found in the ocean on the U.S. Pacific coast last week. Alarmist fringe sites were quick to herald everything up to an alleged collapse of the Pacific fishery as the result of this four-yea...

This month, an alarming report said Fukushima radiation had hit American shores. The truth is, it’s only in trace amounts. The real problem is that it’s nobody’s job to check ever ag...

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NRA makes a gun cartoon for the kids

NRA Makes a Gun Cartoon for the Kids

NRA Makes a Gun Cartoon for the Kids

Finally, the National Rifle Association (NRA) is embracing common sense and compassion. They’re supporting real regulations to keep people safe! And…you can’t possibly have bought that unless you’ve been in a persistent vegetative state since abou...

The NRA wants you to think of the children—after marketing guns to them.

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On Death Row for Similar Hair Color

On Death Row for the Wrong Hair

On Death Row for the Wrong Hair

For 21 years, death row inmate Willie Jerome Manning has waited for a DNA test to prove his innocence. In 1994, he was convicted in the murder of two white Mississippi State University students, who were kidnapped outside a frat house and later fo...

Hair analysis helped to send Willie Jerome Manning to death row 21 years ago. The science proved to be wrong but not before hundreds of men had been convicted or even executed.

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Adam Ghadan

Metalhead Jihadi Pioneer Meets His Maker

Metalhead Jihadi Pioneer Meets His Maker

“You are an American. You have joined a movement waging war on America, and killing large numbers of Americans. Don’t you in any way feel that you are betraying your people and country?”It is October 2004 and a voice off-camera poses the question ...

American Adam Gadahn joined Osama bin Laden before 9/11, the death metal fan’s stature rising and falling along with al Qaeda before a U.S. drone strike took him out.

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US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on April 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. The White House admitted Thursday that a January US operation against an Al Qaeda compound near the Afghan-Pakistan border killed one American and one Italian hostage, along with an American member of the jihadist group.

Hostage Begged Obama Before Drone Strike

Hostage Begged Obama Before Drone Strike

Editor’s Note: The U.S. announced on April 23, 2015 that Weinstein was killed in a drone strike on Al Qaeda in Pakistan.It was before dawn the morning of Aug. 13, 2011, when a group of men armed with assault rifles knocked on Warren Weinstein&apos...

Warren Weinstein, 72, was accidentally killed by a U.S. airstrike on an Al Qaeda compound in Pakistan.

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Tech + Health

Vaxxers Strike Back in California

Vaxxers Strike Back in California

UPDATE: SB277 moved closer to reality Wednesday after passing through California's senate education committee with a vote of 7-2. The committee, which was initially opposed to the bill, reportedly flipped after it was amended to include a gro...

Legislators in Sacramento are debating a bill that would eliminate ‘personal belief’ exemptions from vaccination requirements at public schools. It’s about time.

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A demonstrator holds a placard in front of the India Gate as she takes part in a protest rally organised by various women's organisations in New Delhi December 21, 2012. Thousands of protesters took to the streets in various parts of the country to demand urgent action against the men who took turns to rape a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus on December 16, local media reports said.

India's Forgotten Rape Crisis

India's Forgotten Rape Crisis

The infamous gang rape and killing of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh in Delhi on December 16, 2012 put India’s treatment of violence towards women in a global spotlight. As Leslee Udwin’s 2015 documentary India’s Daughter shows, men and women took to the...

World attention on India’s rape epidemic has waned since the infamous killing of Jyoti Singh, but the country’s sexual violence crisis continues unabated.

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Tenured Prof Fired for Endoring Evolution

The Fundamentalist Witch Hunt’s New Prey

The Fundamentalist Witch Hunt’s New Prey

Evangelicals have just voted another intellectual off their island.On the eve of April Fools’ Day, while on vacation in Hawaii with his wife, Professor Tom Oord got an email from the president of Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) notifying him t...

A beloved professor forced from a Nazarene university this month is the latest casualty in a war that’s being waged against thinking evangelical Christians.

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Amy Keil crosses the Boston Marathon finish line on April 20, 2015. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

She Ran a Marathon 7.5 Months Pregnant

She Ran a Marathon 7.5 Months Pregnant

All over the city, sweaty demigods with calves of steel were stumbling around Boston on Monday, wrapped in silver capes or “heatsheets,” having finished running 26.2 miles of its world-famous marathon before I had time to pour my second cup of cof...

Amy Keil ran the Boston Marathon 7.5 months pregnant Monday. But is that safe? Yes, actually. In her case, it’s probably totally fine.

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A demonstrator holds a placard in front of the India Gate as she takes part in a protest rally organised by various women's organisations in New Delhi December 21, 2012. Thousands of protesters took to the streets in various parts of the country to demand urgent action against the men who took turns to rape a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus on December 16, local media reports said.

India's Forgotten Rape Crisis

India's Forgotten Rape Crisis

The infamous gang rape and killing of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh in Delhi on December 16, 2012 put India’s treatment of violence towards women in a global spotlight. As Leslee Udwin’s 2015 documentary India’s Daughter shows, men and women took to the...

World attention on India’s rape epidemic has waned since the infamous killing of Jyoti Singh, but the country’s sexual violence crisis continues unabated.

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Animals Getting Stoned

Animals Like to Get High in the Wild

Animals Like to Get High in the Wild

In the running battle between the nervous systems of animals and the chemical production factories of plants, animals have learned to convert aversions into affections. Reports of wildlife consuming psychotropic, hallucinogenic, stimulating, or se...

Humans aren’t the only ones who turn to drugs for a little bit of escape. In a new book on the science of hedonism, the quest by animals to get high is documented.

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Getting Old Shouldn’t Have to Suck

Getting Old Shouldn’t Have to Suck

In The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America, Ai Jen Poo uses a lot of numbers: 10,000 people turn 65 every day; the average cost of a year in a nursing home is $83,000; by 2050, the number of people needing long-term ...

With 10,000 people turning 65 every day, the problems of the elderly are exploding, and we have no decent care system in place, says one expert.

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The Ultimate 'Game of Thrones' Workout

The Ultimate 'Game of Thrones' Workout

If you haven’t heard, the first four episodes of HBO’s fifth season of Game of Thrones leaked last week, giving us a free pass to lie on our couches and binge on fantasy drama. Will Tyrion Lannister flee the realm? Will Khaleesi keep her dragons l...

‘Temptation Bundling’ ties your ‘should be doing’ behaviors, like exercise, to your guilty-pleasures, such as binge watching ‘Game of Thrones.’ It is known, Khaleesi.

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Animals Getting Stoned

Animals Like to Get High in the Wild

Animals Like to Get High in the Wild

In the running battle between the nervous systems of animals and the chemical production factories of plants, animals have learned to convert aversions into affections. Reports of wildlife consuming psychotropic, hallucinogenic, stimulating, or se...

Humans aren’t the only ones who turn to drugs for a little bit of escape. In a new book on the science of hedonism, the quest by animals to get high is documented.

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 19: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the new Kensington Leisure Centre on January 19, 2015 in London, England.

Inside the World of the New Royal Baby

Inside the World of the New Royal Baby

The birth of Royal Baby #2 is most likely just a few days away—a due date of April 25 is being bandied about—but just how much do we know of what being a royal baby entails?Public Appearances: Kate stayed in the hospital just one night after Princ...

The plans to cosset Kate and William’s second baby are both rigorously well-organized and supportive for both infant and his or her proud parents.

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The Hunting of Bruce Jenner

The Hunting of Bruce Jenner

The Hunting of Bruce Jenner

The pictures, which ran in the New York Daily News, were apparently taken from a hillside near Bruce Jenner’s Malibu home; photographers huddled over their telephoto lenses waiting for the money shot.Now the cops are hunting for the paparazzi; Jen...

Paparazzi photos of Jenner allegedly wearing a dress mark a new low in the media's treatment of the reality star. Don’t expect the lurid headlines to end with his Diane Sawyer co...

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Fashion icon Iris Apfel at her home in New York, July 27, 2011. Apfel, who has a wardrobe so large it is kept in a warehouse, will soon be selling her designs on the Home Shopping Network. (Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times)

The Fabulous Life Of Iris Apfel

The Fabulous Life Of Iris Apfel

“Mamma mia,” Iris Apfel exclaims as she settles into a chair at Le Cirque in New York.She’s running late from a doctor’s appointment to fix a neck problem that has been bothering her.“It’s made me like a zombie. I’ve been walking around like ‘ahh’...

Celebrity came late to the model and fashion-world personality Iris Apfel—and she’s relishing every delicious minute. Here she imparts her wisdom on style, ageing, and living life to...

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Actress Sandra Bullock attends The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre LA Live on January 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

Sandra Bullock ‘Most Beautiful?’ Really?

Sandra Bullock ‘Most Beautiful?’ Really?

The curators of the “World's Most Beautiful Women” at People magazine have surely spent months mulling over their annual issue, which hit newsstands Wednesday.They have surely devoted hundreds of hours to debate contenders’ merits and the def...

“People” magazine’s “most beautiful” women list isn’t about looks, but calibrates a more complex algorithm of pop-cultural currency.

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The Hunting of Bruce Jenner

The Hunting of Bruce Jenner

The Hunting of Bruce Jenner

The pictures, which ran in the New York Daily News, were apparently taken from a hillside near Bruce Jenner’s Malibu home; photographers huddled over their telephoto lenses waiting for the money shot.Now the cops are hunting for the paparazzi; Jen...

Paparazzi photos of Jenner allegedly wearing a dress mark a new low in the media's treatment of the reality star. Don’t expect the lurid headlines to end with his Diane Sawyer co...

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Irish Kids Looking for Their Doppelgangers

Face to Face With Your Doppelgänger

Face to Face With Your Doppelgänger

How would you react if you came face-to-face with your doppelgänger?Chances are you’ve had more than one person say how strikingly you look like someone else. With almost 8 billion people in the world, there has to be someone you kind-of-sort-of l...

“Twin Strangers” features three millennials searching for their doppelgängers, but how likely is it that we have doubles of ourselves?

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The 'Ocean's 11' of Bourbon Burglaries

The 'Ocean's 11' of Bourbon Burglaries

The 'Ocean's 11' of Bourbon Burglaries

Call it Pappy’s Revenge.On Tuesday, at a courthouse in Frankfort, Kentucky, nine people were indicted, accused of a long-running scheme to steal and sell bourbon.They had chosen Pappy Van Winkle, the grand cru of bourbons—bad move. Until recently,...

Prosecutors claim a criminal syndicate stealing and selling the most coveted bourbon was an audacious inside job.

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Actress and photographer, Jessica Lange poses with her photographs during the reception of 'Jessica Lange: 50 Photographs 1992-2008' at The Rose Gallery on July 18, 2009 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jessica Lange

Jessica Lange Has a Thing For Clowns

Jessica Lange Has a Thing For Clowns

Two unknown figures sporting a pair of rather terrifying clown masks—distorted, burned, and revealing razor sharp teeth—lean casually against a battered concrete wall.The black-and-white portrait evokes everyone’s worst nightmare—but the frozen mo...

Her pictures are of dramatic moments, but the Oscar-winning actress says she doesn’t want her photography to be intrusive.

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Irish Kids Looking for Their Doppelgangers

Face to Face With Your Doppelgänger

Face to Face With Your Doppelgänger

How would you react if you came face-to-face with your doppelgänger?Chances are you’ve had more than one person say how strikingly you look like someone else. With almost 8 billion people in the world, there has to be someone you kind-of-sort-of l...

“Twin Strangers” features three millennials searching for their doppelgängers, but how likely is it that we have doubles of ourselves?

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Armenians killed by Turks during the Armenian Genocide, 1915.

Yes, Slaughter of Armenians Was Genocide

Yes, Slaughter of Armenians Was Genocide

Genocide is not the murder of people but the murder of a people.In his first publication using the term he had coined, the lawyer Raphael Lemkin explained, “The practice of extermination of nations and ethnic groups as carried out by the invaders ...

The Turkish government may not want to admit it, but the murder and removal of millions of Armenians was genocide.

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  • Painting Depicting Gulliver's Travels, Armagh, County Armagh, Northern Ireland

    Gulliver’s Prototype Apple Watch

    Gulliver’s Prototype Apple Watch

    On Friday the Apple watch will launch on a million wrists. The last time a timepiece sparked such a flummery of excitement was 300 years ago when the Lilliputians laid eyes on the pocket watch of the “great man mountain” in Jonathan Swift’s 1726 s...

    The Lilliputians gape at Gulliver’s pocket watch just as we drool over the Apple Watch. Swift himself would have sniffed at our techno-frenzy (but he would have loved the watch).

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How Two Dutch Geniuses Taught Us to See

How Two Dutch Geniuses Taught Us to See

Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing is one of those engaging books that makes you smarter without making you suffer. Laura J. Snyder’s scholarly yet accessible narrative offers refresher cou...

Vermeer the painter and Leeuwenhoek the scientist were contemporaries in 17th century Delft, where each man pioneered breakthroughs that upended conventional wisdom about reality.

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A male Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) starved to death as a consequence of climate change. This male Polar Bear was last tracked by the Norwegian Polar Institute in April 2013 in southern Svalbard. Polar bears need sea ice to hunt thir main prey, seals. The winter of 2012/13 was one of the worst on record for sea ice extent. The western fjords on Svalbard that normally freeze in winter, remained ice free all season. This bear headed north, looking for suitable sea ic to hunt on. It travelled a long way north, finding no suitable sea ice to hunt on, it finally ran out of gas and collapsed exhausted and died. The future for Polar Bears looks bleak in a climate changing world. Recent scientific studies show that Polar Bears are geting thinner and weighing less, as they have less time to hunt in the winter and a longer fasting period in summer. Without sea ice, they starve to death. Predictions show the Arctic being ice free before the end of the century.

The Gluttony of Humanity!

The Gluttony of Humanity!

In a series of stunning photos, a new book captures the extent of the consequences of humanity's greed.

In a series of stunning photos, a new book captures the extent of the consequences of humanity's greed.

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Speed Read: Krakauer’s Campus Rape Book

Speed Read: Krakauer’s Campus Rape Book

Jon Krakauer’s latest book, Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, is a cry of outrage over the mistreatment of rape victims by universities and authorities.Known for his best-selling books about trekking the Himalayas (Into Thin...

A friend’s rape forced Krakauer to rethink his views on sexual assault, and that led him to chronicle what he calls an epidemic of rape at the University of Montana.

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How Two Dutch Geniuses Taught Us to See

How Two Dutch Geniuses Taught Us to See

Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing is one of those engaging books that makes you smarter without making you suffer. Laura J. Snyder’s scholarly yet accessible narrative offers refresher cou...

Vermeer the painter and Leeuwenhoek the scientist were contemporaries in 17th century Delft, where each man pioneered breakthroughs that upended conventional wisdom about reality.

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Happy Birthday, Rome!

Happy Birthday, Rome!

Happy Birthday, Rome! The ancients celebrated Rome’s birthday on April 21. They calculated that the city was founded in 753 BC, that is, 2,768 years ago, a date that archaeology suggests was roughly correct. But April 21 is more than just an antiq...

Almost 3,000 years after it was founded, Rome still symbolizes the soul of the West. If you don’t believe it, ask ISIS, which wants to blow it up.

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Former President George W. Bush listens to remarks after he announced that former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik (L), who helped the city respond to the September 11, 2001, attacks and trained Iraqi police, will become the new homeland security secretary, December 3, 2004. Kerik replaces Tom Ridge, who announced his resignation on Tuesday.

Top Cop's Criminally Boring Jail Memoir

Top Cop's Criminally Boring Jail Memoir

Ten years ago, Bernie Kerik was on top. The longtime NYPD officer had hitched his career to Rudy Giuliani and rode that wave all the way to NYPD Commissioner, then leveraged those contacts into lucrative security consulting contracts after 9/11 an...

Former NYPD Commissioner, and recent parolee, Bernie Kerik’s memoir makes a bland case for criminal justice reform, and himself.

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Why These Books Won Pulitzers

Why These Books Won Pulitzers

Pulitzer Prize for General NonfictionThe Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth KolbertWhen journalist and author Elizabeth Kolbert got the news Monday that she had won a Pulitzer Prize for her book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural...

Mass extinction. A pope and a fascist. A lost North American tribe. A beguiling WWII tale. Scott Porch, Bill Morris, William O’Connor, and Malcolm Jones on the Pulitzer board’s picks.

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Happy Birthday, Rome!

Happy Birthday, Rome!

Happy Birthday, Rome! The ancients celebrated Rome’s birthday on April 21. They calculated that the city was founded in 753 BC, that is, 2,768 years ago, a date that archaeology suggests was roughly correct. But April 21 is more than just an antiq...

Almost 3,000 years after it was founded, Rome still symbolizes the soul of the West. If you don’t believe it, ask ISIS, which wants to blow it up.

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