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Divine Bodies

Hey, Dude, Where’s My Planet?

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While the church got headlines for dropping its much-mocked ‘Mormons get their own planets’ doctrine, it quietly reaffirmed a far more important, and more radical, tenet of the faith.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently backpedaled on a key tenet of Mormon theology: that after death, righteous Mormons will become gods, with the capacity to create planets of their own. But while press coverage of the walk-back has focused on the “Mormons get their own planets” doctrine, already ridiculed on Broadway and TV, what’s remarkable is what the LDS church left in.Indeed, the church doubled down on the core Mormon teaching that God had a physical/human body, and that, in turn, we will have spiritual/divine ones.

Delayed Recall

The Old GM Is Back

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The automaker was supposed to get rid of its unresponsive culture in exchange for taxpayer salvation. Instead, it dithered as faulty ignition switches killed customers.

In a room crowded with lawyers, cameras, journalists, and the families of car crash victims, the Transportation Secretary gazed steely eyed at the member of Congress grilling him about a government investigation.“Do you honestly believe that Toyota is being held to exactly the same standard as General Motors and everybody else?” Rep. Jason Chaffetz asked Raymond L. LaHood.“Absolutely, 100 percent,” the secretary snapped.That February 2010 exchange came to mind last week, when, in another crowded hearing room, GM Chief Executive Mary Barra faced her own barrage of questions.

Final Four

The Myth of the ‘Clutch Gene’

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The Kentucky freshman sunk his third game-winning three-pointer in a row, launching fresh claims about his ‘clutch gene.’ Should we care that there’s no such thing?

On Saturday night, a thrilling, back-and-forth heavyweight brawl ended with the Kentucky Wildcats prevailing over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Final Four by a score of 74-73. Freshman sensation Aaron Harrison stared down the defense as the clock wound down before canning an NBA-range three-pointer with Kentucky down two and a mere 5.2 seconds to go.And if it looks vaguely familiar, it’s because on March 30th, he rattled in equally pressure-filled deep trey with only 2.


You’re Safer on an Army Base

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On average, military bases are safer than similarly sized American cities. The violence at Fort Hood may best be explained as a workplace shooting, not a uniquely military tragedy.

When we talk about the Fort Hood shooting, where Army Spc. Ivan Lopez turned on his co-workers in a senseless killing spree last Wednesday, we need to understand that it happened in an American city.You wouldn’t know this from watching the news lately, but military bases are actually, on average, safer than comparably sized American cities. And mass shootings aren’t some unique monstrosity the military has unleashed, they’re an American problem.


What We Need to Fix Climate Change

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We keep learning more about the catastrophe in front of us, but it isn’t helping us solve the problem.

It’s starting to feel like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change could keep issuing its reports from here to eternity. The Fifth Assessment Report, released just in time to avoid April Fool’s Day, continues a steady trend: our knowledge is increasing, just about everything that matters is getting worse, and all we can realistically hope to do is soften the edges of a slow-moving catastrophe.This pessimism may be the most realistic view of the climate crisis.


College Sports as Corporations?

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Players want to get paid. Schools want to make billions. The only solution may be to ditch the non-profit façade and share the money.

It will be raining cash in North Texas this weekend as the National Collegiate Athletic Association holds what many consider to be one of the crown jewel events on the college sports calendar at Jerry Jones’s football palace in Arlington: the Final Four. The cash is coming in from all precincts, television, ticket sales, corporate sponsorships and for the colleges who participate, it is tax free. Everyone is making a buck off of the event except the people who are the stars of the show—the “student-athletes.


Can Generation Hot Avoid Its Fate?

The new report released by the IPCC has provoked a host of emotions for one journalist and father with the exception of one: despair. Only hope for his daughter and the rest of Generation Hot can deliver us from crisis and into recovery and rejuvenation.

We can’t say they didn’t warn us. The report released by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change this week is only the latest and most dire in a string of scientific declarations leading back to 1988, when NASA scientist James Hansen’s landmark testimony to the United States Senate put man-made global warming on the public agenda. As a journalist who has reported on climate change from dozens of countries since then, I can’t say I was surprised by the IPCC’s report.

Could Ebola Hit America?

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An Ebola outbreak halfway around the world has killed more than 80 people in three West African nations. But, as an outbreak of the virus in a Washington, D.C. suburb proved, the world is getting too small for a disease this deadly to stay contained for long.

A hunter comes across a sickly gorilla, too weak to defend itself from the blows of his cleaver. Perhaps it’s already dead—many locals have no problem eating animals found dead of unknown causes, viewing them as gifts from forest spirits.The hunter takes the carcass home and butchers it. Naked hands and arms are unguarded from the gorilla’s blood and viscera, and equally vulnerable to a careless butcher’s blade. A knick to a finger while handling infected meat is more than enough for the thin, threadlike virus to make its way into its first victim.


Gay Rights Bullies Cry Victim

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In Andrew Sullivan’s assessment of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich’s resignation, the former exec was “hounded” from his job by gay rights “fanatics.” But this was a business decision—and a revealing one.

Can you hear the piteous weeping? The wronged tears? Those poor bigots are under attack. Those who are prejudiced against gay people are having their constitutional right to say so trampled. It’s a terrible injustice: you can’t believe that gay people are lesser without some pesky homosexual objecting and “bullying” you into believing that equality under the law is a venerable aim.And so is heralded the latest trope in the saga of former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who resigned after the controversy around his giving donations to a 2008 Proposition 8 campaign to retain a ban on gay marriage in California.

Ivy Bush League

Harvard Hurts Sex Assault Victims

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Why does a university use an antiquated definition of sexual assault, put the burden of evidence on victims, and discourage prosecution of cases?

Dear Harvard: I am writing to let you know I give up. My assailant will remain unpunished, and life on this campus will continue its course as if nothing had happened. Today, Harvard, I am writing to let you know that you have won.The defeated tone of the anonymous open letter published in Monday’s Harvard Crimson struck a nerve far beyond the confines of Harvard Square. The female undergraduate student’s account of her assault at the hands of “a friend of mine” she trusted is chilling, but most of the letter was devoted to exposing the systematic failure of Harvard’s administration to support and protect her in the aftermath.

Who Is Frazier Glenn Miller?

Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon dissects the story of Miller, a 'nightmare image' of 'hate groups nestled in the heartland' who went on a Kansas killing spree on Sunday.

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Inside CIA Chief’s Mission to Kiev

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The head of the CIA just made a secretive journey to Ukraine—to do what, he won’t say. But the answer could change the power equation in the hottest of geopolitical hotspots.

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