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George W. Bush Showed Off His Paintings to Hillary Clinton on Air Force One

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On Monday, while hanging out in a startlingly normal-looking boardroom aboard Air Force One en route to Nelson Mandela's memorial service, George W. Bush whipped out an iPad and showed off his famous painting skills to Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and other members of the Obama inner circle.

The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2013

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2013′s bounty of long-form journalism, essay collections, biographies, history books, and memoirs covering a broad range of topics — from race and politics in America to unusual childhoods to the current Golden Age of television — has resulted in more than enough great nonfiction to choose from at ...

The worst TV of 2013

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When it came time to highlight the best television of 2013, The A.V. Club found ourselves in a bit of a bind: No single list could illustrate the depth and breadth of quality TV that debuted on American screens this year. But there is no “best” without a ...

Why I Only Read Books by Women in 2013

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In December 2012, I read Joanna Russ’ How to Suppress Women’s Writing. In the book, Russ identifies the arguments that many people make to discredit female writers — “she only wrote one book,” “this isn’t a serious/important enough topic,” “she wrote it under a pseudonym because she wanted ...

Breaking: Massive Black Friday strike and arrests planned, as workers defy Wal-Mart

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Topics: Wal-Mart, OUR walmart, Black Friday, Thanksgiving, Unions, UFCW, Labor, Strikes, Protests, economy, Poverty, DC, California, Editor's Picks, Christmas, Media News, Business News, News, Politics News Defying the nation’s top employer and a business model that defines the new U.S. economy, Wal-Mart employees and allies will try to ...

Squirrels escape climate change by taking over a ghost town

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Bodie, California, is, technically, a gold-rush ghost town and a state historical park. But a more accurate way to describe it would be “squirrel heaven.” According to Pacific Standard, a thriving population of Belding’s ground squirrels has pretty much taken over the town:They pop out from under the ...

50 Things Millennials Have Never Heard Of Pictures - 50 Things Millennials Have Never Heard Of | Rolling Stone

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In the current issue of Rolling Stone, contributing editor Jon Dolan breaks down a new millennials poll from the magazine and Pivot, as well as some other polling numbers, in an effort to discern fact from fiction about the much-maligned generation. The results are both surprising (64 percent ...

7 things to know about offline Americans

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The Pew Research Center recently reported that 15% of American adults are not internet users and that there were a number of demographic groups of adults who were particularly unlikely to be online.That number surprised some and became part ofpolicy discussion on Capitol Hill about broadband adoption issues.1 ...

Gender Inequality in Film: In Infographic Form

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Following the record-breaking opening of the female-led (although not female-directed) "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" last weekend, the New York Film Academy decided to take a closer look at women in film and what, if any advancements women are making in film both onscreen and behind-the-scenes-- and create an ...

The Sound of Global Warming: Melting Glaciers Sizzle in Warm Water

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What does global warming sound like? Scientists may have just found that out. They've recorded and identified the sizzle of glacier ice as it melts into the sea. (Photo : Flickr.com/blmiers2) What does global warming sound like? Scientists may have just found that out. They've recorded and identified ...

Horrendous Acts in a Beautiful Way: Behind the Scenes of 12 Years a Slave

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“I can’t even say the word storyboard; I want to vomit.” Such a statement may seem odd coming from 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen, whose films are renowned for their visual precision and their carefully paced long takes. But, believe it or not, this most exacting ...

Saltz: As Auction Houses Win, Art Lovers Lose

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Tonight, sometime after 7 p.m., Christopher Wool’s signature 1988 work, Apocalypse Now, will be auctioned at Christie’s, and estimates for the selling price are in the $10 to 15 million range; the last week or so has seen similarly record-high contemporary art purchases. Instead of catering to carefully ...

Why climate activists should get over their preoccupation with pipelines

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Architecturally, a keystone is the wedge-shaped piece at the crown of an arch that locks the other pieces in place. Without the keystone, the building blocks of an archway will tumble and fall, with no support system for the weight of the arch. Much of the United States ...

How 9 major papers deal with climate-denying letters

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If you've looked through the letters sections of US newspapers, you've probably read that human-caused global warming is a "hoax" and a "myth." You've also likely read about how "mankind cannot change the earth's climate" and how the carbon dioxide we release isn't a "significant factor" driving global ...

Can this kid's floating recycling bin help clean up our oceans?

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How a 19-year-old's design for a floating recycling bin could help turn the ocean cleanup tide. While most other kids his age were thinking about how to sneak into R-rated movies, Boyan Slat, a Dutch teenager, was contemplating how to overcome some of the most vexing physical hurdles ...

Fracking linked to rape, meth addiction, and STDs

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Yet another reason to hate fracking: It’s connected with an increase in STDs, car crashes, drug-related crimes, and sexual assault in areas where the oil and gas industry sets up shop. Or in Vice-speak, fracking workers have “an insatiable appetite for raw sex and hard drugs.” Writes Peter ...

Hundreds Of Millions Of The Global Poor Will Be Affected By Warming Oceans

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The damage climate change will do to the oceans could be disastrous for the world’s poorest, according to a new study.Humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions will alter the oceans in several ways, including shifts in ocean temperature, reduced oxygen concentrations, and higher acidity as they absorb more carbon dioxide ...

New York's Looming Food Disaster

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In New York City, locating a bite to eat is rarely a difficult task. The city is a food paradise or, depending on your mood, a place of overwhelming glut. But when Superstorm Sandy pummeled New York last fall, it revealed the terrifying potential for sudden food shortages.

Yachtsman describes horror at ‘dead’, rubbish strewn Pacific Ocean

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An Australian sailor has described parts of the Pacific Ocean as “dead” because of severe overfishing, with his vessel having to repeatedly swerve debris for thousands of kilometres on a journey from Australia to Japan.Ivan MacFadyen told of his horror at the severe lack of marine life and ...

Gulf ecosystem in crisis after BP spill

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New Orleans, US - Hundreds of kilograms of oily debris on beaches, declining seafood catches, and other troubling signs point towards an ecosystem in crisis in the wake of BP's 2010 oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico."It's disturbing what we're seeing," Louisiana Oyster Task Force member Brad ...

Powering Japan after Fukushima: Gas drilling isn't the only choice

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Japan is, understandably, shifting away from nuclear energy in the wake of the disastrous 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power station. Reuters reports: “Japan plans to start up 14 new gas and coal-fired power plants by the end of 2014, allowing a switch away from pricey oil,

Horrifying Maryville Rape Case Follows Familiar Pattern. Why Does This Keep Happening?

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An impressively reported and very upsetting story ran over the weekend in the Kansas City Star, by reporter Dugan Arnett. It starts with a house in ashes in the small town of Maryville, Missouri. The family who owned that house and lived in it from 2010 to August ...

Do Women Have More to Lose If Immigration Reform Dies? - COLORLINES

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For 10 years Juanita Flores struggled to find her way out of an abusive marriage. She was undocumented, had two small children, no opportunities for legal employment, and lived in constant fear of her husband’s physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Five years ago, the last time she saw ...

The Art of “Creative Sleep”: Stephen King on Writing and Wakeful Dreaming

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“In both writing and sleeping, we learn to be physically still at the same time we are encouraging our minds to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our daytime lives.”“Sleep is the greatest creative aphrodisiac,” a wise woman once said. Indeed, we already know that dreaming regulates ...

Can Obama disrupt the shutdown narrative?

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Can Obama Disrupt the Shutdown Narrative? At the start of this shutdown-struck week, I published a piece asking whether Barack Obama should "reveal his inner pissed-off president." The point was to wonder if it were time for the president, who usually keeps his cool, to call out the ...

Monsanto just dropped $1 billion on better weather forecasts

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Congressional paralysis is freezing or slashing national spending on weather forecasting and monitoring. Plans to deploy a next-generation array of satellites known as COSMIC-2 could be cut by lawmakers as part of the sequester spending cuts — if only they would pass a budget. And workers at NASA,

In Silicon Valley hub, new homes must be wired for electric cars

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If you build a new home in Tesla Motors’ hometown, your electrician is going to need to wire it up for an electric vehicle charger.The Palo Alto, Calif., City Council recently endorsed a building-code change that would require builders to include wiring in new homes that can easily ...

These Journalists Spent Two Years and $750,000 Covering One Story

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It costs a lot, but investigative reporting can save lives. And non-profits lead the way in producing high-quality, in-depth stories. So who's going to pay for them? In recent weeks, ProPublica has published a major—and scathing—investigative series on the dangers of Tylenol's main active ingredient, acetaminophen. Two years ...

Former Japanese PM And Current Environment Minister Speak Out Against Nuclear Power

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This week both Japan’s environment minister, Nobuteru Ishihara, and former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, a popular national figure, spoke out against nuclear power. Ishihara said the country’s target to cut greenhouse gas emissions should be based on a scenario with no nuclear power generation. Previously in January Ishihara ...

Vladimir Putin, zombie hunter

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Topics: GlobalPost, Vladimir Putin, zombies, You Don't Mess with Putin, Russia, IOS, Android, Technology News, Entertainment News, Politics News Is there anything Vladimir Putin cannot do? From finding ancient relics underneath the sea to foiling the United States‘ plans in Syria, the Russian president may be the toughest ...
 

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