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  • Robert Downey Jr. reportedly playing Iron Man in 'Captain America 3

    10/18/2014 3:33:46 PM PDT · by Theoria · 29 replies
    The Verge ^ | 14 Oct 2014 | Jacob Kastrenakes
    Film will introduce 'Civil War' plot line It looks like Robert Downey Jr. will be putting the Iron Man suit back on again for some big roles in the Marvel universe. According to Variety, Downey is close to signing on to play Iron Man in Captain America 3, taking up a significant role in the film that will help it introduce a new phase of Marvel movies.The film will reportedly find Iron Man and Captain America feuding over a law called the Superhero Registration Act, which requires heroes to register with the US government to do its bidding. Iron Man is...
  • Did Marco Polo "Discover" America?

    09/27/2014 8:41:05 PM PDT · by Theoria · 29 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | Oct 2014 | Ariel Sabar
    For a guy who claimed to spend 17 years in China as a confidant of Kublai Khan, Marco Polo left a surprisingly skimpy paper trail. No Asian sources mention the footloose Italian. The only record of his 13th-century odyssey through the Far East is the hot air of his own Travels, which was actually an “as told to” penned by a writer of romances. But a set of 14 parchments, now collected and exhaustively studied for the first time, give us a raft of new stories about Polo’s journeys and something notably missing from his own account: maps. If genuine,...
  • The American Middle Class Hasn’t Gotten A Raise In 15 Years

    09/22/2014 8:29:16 PM PDT · by Theoria · 30 replies
    Five Thirty Eight ^ | 22 Sept 2014 | Ben Casselman
    In 1988, the typical American adult was 40 years old, white and married, with a high school diploma. If he was a man, he probably worked full time. If she was a woman, she probably didn’t.Twenty-five years later, Americans are older, more diverse and more educated. We are less likely to be married and more likely to live alone. Work is divided more evenly between the sexes. One thing that hasn’t changed? The income of the median U.S. household is still just under $52,000.The government’s release last week of income and poverty data for 2013 brought renewed attention to the...
  • Jameis Winston Case Said to Be Subject of Florida State Inquiry

    09/04/2014 8:00:48 PM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04 Sept 2014 | WALT BOGDANICH
    Nearly 21 months after a female student accused Jameis Winston, Florida State’s marquee quarterback, of sexually assaulting her in his apartment, the university has begun a disciplinary inquiry into the case, the woman’s lawyer said Thursday. Florida State officials interviewed the woman last month, spending a little more than an hour asking questions, said the lawyer, John Clune. “We thought it went very well,” he said. “The school seemed to take it very seriously.” Other people connected to the case were also interviewed, he added, but he declined to identify them. Clune’s client withdrew from Florida State late last year...
  • For Men's Rights Groups, Feminism Has Come At The Expense Of Men

    09/03/2014 9:52:40 AM PDT · by Theoria · 34 replies
    NPR ^ | 02 Sept 2014 | Joel Rose
    This summer, a few hundred men and a handful of women gathered in a VFW hall near Detroit to attend what organizers billed as the first International Conference on Men's Issues. The crowd wasn't huge, but it was enthusiastic. The event was a real-world gathering organized by the website A Voice for Men, part of an informal collection of websites, chat rooms and blogs focused on what's known as the men's rights movement. Speaker after speaker insisted that history would remember this moment. "It's happening here. It's happening now. It's happening with us," Warren Farrell, one of the keynote speakers,...
  • Mysteries set in stone

    09/02/2014 10:25:42 AM PDT · by Theoria · 18 replies
    Capital Journal ^ | 22 Aug 2014 | David Rookhuyzen
    They are mystery stories, written large as life in mineral ink on the pages of the northern plains. A 360-foot snake – reportedly once with a blazing red tongue – slithering along a grassy slope. A long-tailed turtle lying next to woman near an earthen mound. A large grid spread across the spur of a hill. All created from lines of small boulders. Hundreds of these stone effigies or alignments, ranging from animal forms to mosaics can be found across the seven Midwestern states and parts of Canada, including more than a hundred such figures in South Dakota. The mystery...
  • The Assembly of a New World Order

    08/29/2014 10:34:50 AM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Henry Kissinger
    The concept that has underpinned the modern geopolitical era is in crisis Libya is in civil war, fundamentalist armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan's young democracy is on the verge of paralysis. To these troubles are added a resurgence of tensions with Russia and a relationship with China divided between pledges of cooperation and public recrimination. The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis. The search for world order has long been defined almost exclusively by the concepts of Western societies. In the decades following World War II, the...
  • Senate Democrats are outperforming expectations

    08/28/2014 9:15:35 PM PDT · by Theoria · 33 replies
    Princeton Election Consortium ^ | 28 Aug 2014 | Sam Wang
    [Note: this  is a work in progress. I'm basically seeking comment as I develop a November predictive model. Please give your feedback... -Sam]I’ve been asked why the PEC Senate poll snapshot is more favorable to Democrats than forecasts you’ll find elsewhere: NYT’s The Upshot, Washington Post’s The Monkey Cage, ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight, and Daily Kos. All of these organizations show a higher probability of a Republican takeover than today’s PEC snapshot, which favors the Democrats with a 70% probability.Today I will show that in most cases, added assumptions (i.e. special sauce) have led the media organizations to different win probabilities –...
  • ACLU, U.S. Settle Lawsuit On Deportation Of Immigrants

    08/27/2014 5:05:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 4 replies
    NPR ^ | 27 Aug 2014 | Krishnadev Calamur
    Marta Mendoza, a 47-year-old Mexican woman, had lived in the Los Angeles area illegally for 32 years. There, she raised six children, all U.S. citizens.In July 2013, Mendoza, who has a history of mental health issues, was arrested for shoplifting at a pharmacy near her home. The American Civil Liberties Union says that while in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, she was pressured to sign "voluntary return" papers, which led her to be returned to her home country five days later."We didn't know where she was at," her daughter Patricia told NPR's John Burnett. "We had to go...
  • Fantasy football: Legal questions arise as gambling games grow

    08/27/2014 2:20:20 PM PDT · by Theoria · 2 replies
    AP ^ | 27 Aug 2014 | EDDIE PELLS
    Some of the newest incarnations of fantasy football look a lot more like gambling than intricate, outsmart-your-opponent strategy games. Since 2011, the billion-dollar fantasy market has been infused with dozens of daily and weekly games. Those games allow players to win huge prizes quickly, sometimes in one week, sometimes in just one night. With players betting thousands or even tens of thousands a night, legal experts believe it's time to review the section of the 2006 federal law that was written specifically to protect fantasy sports from being banned the way online poker was. "There's importance in clarifying the law,"...
  • US sailors prepare for fresh legal challenge over Fukushima radiation

    08/25/2014 4:28:33 PM PDT · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 20 Aug 2014 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    $1bn lawsuit accuses Tepco of failing to avoid the accident and of lying about radiation levels that have caused health problems to themselves and their families stationed in Japan The first time it occurred to James Jackson that there could be lasting damage from his US Navy service during Japan’s tsunami and nuclear disaster came when his eldest son, Darius, was diagnosed with leukaemia.Darius, now 15, spent a month in hospital in early 2013, soon after his diagnosis. “I thought I was going to have to bury him,” Jackson recalled. The teenager who aspired to play college basketball now has...
  • The Islamic State and the land of lost gods

    08/25/2014 12:02:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 23 Aug 2014 | Tom Holland
    From the dawn of civilisation, the Fertile Crescent has been a cradle to strange and fascinating sects. Not any more As the fighters of the Islamic State drive from village to captured village in their looted humvees, they criss-cross what in ancient times was a veritable womb of gods. For millennia, the Fertile Crescent teemed with a bewildering variety of cults and religions. Back in the 3rd Christian century, a philosopher by the name of Bardaisan was so overwhelmed by the sheer array of beliefs to be found in Mesopotamia that he invoked it to disprove the doctrines of astrology....
  • Montana to appeal judge’s immigrant law ruling

    08/24/2014 1:37:38 PM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 22 Aug 2014 | Matt Volz
    <p>Montana's attorney general plans to appeal a judge's ruling that a voter-approved law requiring immigration checks of anybody applying for state services goes against federal immigration laws.</p> <p>The 2011 Republican-led Legislature wrote the proposal meant to deny government jobs and assistance to people who are in the U.S. illegally. Legislators sent the plan to the 2012 ballot, where the referendum passed with nearly 80 percent of the vote.</p>
  • Sea Lions And Seals Likely Spread Tuberculosis To Ancient Peruvians

    08/21/2014 1:43:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | 21 Aug 2014 | Michaeleen Doucleff
    When Europeans came to the Americas, they brought some nasty diseases — smallpox, cholera and typhus, to name a few.But one pathogen was already there. And it likely traveled to the shores of South America in a surprising vessel.By analyzing DNA from 1,000-year-old mummies, scientists have found evidence that sea lions and seals were the first to bring tuberculosis to the New World. The sea animals likely infected people living along the coast of Peru and northern Chile, a team from the University of Tubingen in Germany reported Wednesday in the journal Nature."We weren't expecting to find a connection to...
  • Wreck Of World War II-Era U.S. Ship Dubbed 'Galloping Ghost' Is Found

    08/19/2014 3:21:06 PM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | 19 Aug 2014 | Krishnadev Calamur
    The USS Houston sank during World War II after being hit by the Japanese, killing 700 sailors and Marines. Now, more than 70 years later, U.S. and Indonesian divers have confirmed that a sunken vessel in the Java Sea was the wreck of the ship dubbed "The Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast."The Houston was carrying 1,068 crewmen when it was hit on Feb. 28, 1942, during the Battle of Sunda Strait. Only 291 sailors and Marines survived the sinking and their later use as slave labor by the Japanese. The vessel's commanding officer, Capt. Albert H. Rooks, was posthumously...
  • Proposed Pipeline Would Cut Across Iowa

    08/13/2014 2:16:13 PM PDT · by Theoria · 22 replies
    Iowa Public Radio ^ | 13 Aug 2014 | Clay Masters
    Business is booming in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale oilfields. With that boom comes a need for infrastructure. More than half of the oil out of the Bakken leaves by train or truck. But companies are working on pipelines. One proposed pipeline would cut clear through the state of Iowa. A Texas company wants to build an 1,100 mile crude oil pipeline, from the northwest corner of the state to the southeast. In two years, the pipeline could be carrying up to 320,000 barrels a day, from the Bakken Shale Oil Fields, to Patoka Illinois, and from there, the oil would...
  • World's oldest eel dies in Swedish well[155]

    08/13/2014 11:28:58 AM PDT · by Theoria · 48 replies
    The Local ^ | 08 Aug 2014 | The Local
    The world's oldest European eel just died in its home, a well in a southern Swedish fishing town, aged 155. Some people have ghosts in their attics. Tomas Kjellman, resident in the little fishing town of Brantevik in Skåne, has always had an eel in his well. "My family bought the cottage in 1962, and we always knew the housepet was included," Kjellman told The Local. Its presence has been well-documented for more than a century. But no more. "Of course it's sad. I have memories of the eel from when I was a child," Kjellman said. The eel featured in...
  • 9 incredible lessons in parenting from around the world

    08/12/2014 2:10:49 PM PDT · by Theoria · 23 replies
    Global Post ^ | 11 Aug 2014 | Emily Lodish
    Every culture has kids. Some just raise them better than others. If there's one thing Tiger Moms have in common with those bringing up Bébé, it's that they both show us just how varied parenting styles can be.Argentinian parents let their kids stay up until all hours, Japanese parents let 7-year-olds ride the subway by themselves and Danish parents leave their kids sleeping in a stroller on the curb while they go inside to shop or eat.Some global parenting styles might make American parents cringe, but others sure could use a close study. Vietnamese mothers, for instance, get their kids out...
  • Farmer may hold UFO clue to 36-year Valentich plane mystery

    08/12/2014 10:00:55 AM PDT · by Theoria · 33 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 09 Aug 2014 | Aaron Langmaid
    This photograph was taken off Cape Otway 20 minutes before pilot Frederick Valentich went missing. Picture: Supplied INVESTIGATORS have shed new light on one of ­Australia’s greatest aviation mysteries. Almost 36 years to the month that Victorian pilot Fred Valentich vanished without a trace, an independent researcher says there is evidence suggesting the 20-year-old’s Cessna was spotted in the sky over South Australia — attached to a UFO.The Victorian UFO ­Action group wants help to identify a farmer near Adelaide who reportedly ­witnessed the 30m craft hovering over his property the morning after Mr Valentich went missing.It is claimed...
  • The secret life of food stamps might get less secret

    08/11/2014 1:48:14 PM PDT · by Theoria · 47 replies
    MarketPlace.org ^ | 05 Aug 2014 | Krissy Clark
    Should the public know how much money Wal-Mart, or that convenience store down the street, takes in through the federal food stamp program? Or does that amount to a retail trade secret? Those are the questions at the heart of a request for public comment announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which runs the food stamp program. Here’s the background: Last year we spent $76 billion tax payer dollars on the food stamp program (officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP). That money goes to about 47 million low-income Americans, who use it to buy...
  • The GMO Fight Ripples Down the Food Chain

    08/08/2014 10:05:59 AM PDT · by Theoria · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | 07 Aug 2014 | Annie Gasparro
    Facing Consumer Pressure, More Firms Are Jettisoning GMOs From Their Foods Two years ago, Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. initiated a plan to eliminate genetically modified ingredients from its ice cream, an effort to address a nascent consumer backlash and to fulfill its own environmental goals.This fall, nearly a year behind schedule, it expects to finish phase one, affecting its flavorful "chunks and swirls" like cookie dough and caramel. The only part left to convert: the milk that makes ice cream itself. Thanks to the complexities of sourcing milk deemed free of genetically modified material, that could take five to...
  • The dark, disturbing world of the visa-for-sale program

    08/05/2014 3:02:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    Fortune Magazine ^ | 24 July 2014 | Peter Elkind and Marty Jones
    Whether you’re a skilled technology worker or a poor laborer, it’s getting harder to become a U.S. citizen. But for those with $500,000 to buy their way in, it’s a different matter. That’s just the beginning of the problem. On Nov. 15, 2012, about 100 people gathered in a parking lot near O’Hare Airport in Chicago for a ceremonial occasion: the demolition of a fleabag motel to make way for what was intended to be a world-changing construction project. Next door to a Hooters restaurant, just off the Kennedy Expressway, was to rise a commercial and environmental wonder—the “World’s First...
  • Trial over Oklahoma City bombing evidence wraps up; FBI accused of threatening witness

    08/04/2014 11:04:22 AM PDT · by Theoria · 32 replies
    KFOR ^ | 01 Aug 2014 | Dallas Franklin and KFOR-TV
    The trial over evidence and conspiracy theories from the Oklahoma City bombing wrapped up in Salt Lake City, with a shocking twist. According to KSTU, the trial is over documents and a videotape the FBI allegedly had from the 1995 bombing that killed 168 people ended on Thursday.Jesse Trentadue, who claims his brother was killed in an interrogation by federal agents when he was mistaken for a bombing co-conspirator, is suing for the records.The Salt Lake City man says his requests under the Freedom of Information Act for surveillance tapes from around the bomb site have not been fulfilled.He claims there is a...
  • New York City Pension System Is Strained by Costs and Politics

    08/04/2014 10:01:22 AM PDT · by Theoria · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 03 Aug 2014 | DAVID W. CHEN and MARY WILLIAMS WALSH
    For years, New York City has been dutifully pumping more and more money into its giant pension system for retired city workers. Next year alone, the city will set aside for pensions more than $8 billion, or 11 percent of the budget. That is an increase of more than 12 times from the city’s outlay in 2000, when the payments accounted for less than 2 percent of the budget. But instead of getting smaller, the city’s pension hole just keeps getting bigger, forcing progressively more significant cutbacks in municipal programs and services every year. Like pension systems everywhere, New York...
  • Ice age lion figurine: Ancient fragment of ivory belonging to 40,000 year old animal figurine....

    08/02/2014 10:07:57 AM PDT · by Theoria · 12 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 30 July 2014 | Science Daily
    Archaeologists from the University of Tübingen have found an ancient fragment of ivory belonging to a 40,000 year old animal figurine. Both pieces were found in the Vogelherd Cave in southwestern Germany, which has yielded a number of remarkable works of art dating to the Ice Age. The mammoth ivory figurine depicting a lion was discovered during excavations in 1931. The new fragment makes up one side of the figurine's head, and the sculpture may be viewed at the Tübingen University Museum from 30 July. "The figurine depicts a lion," says Professor Nicholas Conard of Tübingen University's Institute of Prehistory...
  • ‘Fury,’ Starring Brad Pitt, a Raw Look at Warfare

    07/30/2014 10:02:13 AM PDT · by Theoria · 42 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 July 2014 | MICHAEL CIEPLY
    In the first minutes of the writer-director David Ayer’s “Fury,” about American soldiers slogging through Europe in the final days of World War II, Brad Pitt, as the tanker Don Collier, slides his knife behind the eye of a German lieutenant.“Piercing his brainpan with a CRACK,” is how Mr. Ayer’s screenplay describes the move. (In Dolby Digital sound, it will be a very loud crack.) Mr. Pitt, our hero, then calmly wipes his blade clean on the German’s uniform.The Good War this is not.In what promises to be one of the most daring studio movies in an awards season that...
  • The Hidden World of the Great War- The Lost Underground of World War I

    07/29/2014 9:19:39 AM PDT · by Theoria · 3 replies
    National Geographic Magazine ^ | Aug 2014 | Evan Hadingham
    The entrance is a wet hole in the earth little bigger than an animal burrow, obscured by thorny brush in a secluded wood in northeastern France. I’m following Jeff Gusky, a photographer and physician from Texas who has explored dozens of underground spaces like this one. Together we slither through the muddy hole into the darkness below. Soon the passage opens up, and we crawl forward on hands and knees. The glow from our headlamps wavers along the dusty chalk walls of the century-old tunnel, which slopes away from us down into the shadows. After a few hundred feet the...
  • Homeless Shelter’s Opening in Queens Stirs Ugly Exchanges

    07/25/2014 12:51:40 PM PDT · by Theoria · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 July 2014 | KATE TAYLOR and JEFFREY E. SINGER
    The crowd of 500 included grandmothers and small children, Chinese immigrants and the president of a local Republican club, all shouting that the mayor had trampled their rights. The source of their anger? The 180 homeless families the city had moved into the defunct Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst, Queens. The residents felt nervous around the new arrivals, they said. There were reports of shoplifting from the Good Fortune Supermarket, public urination and panhandling – all things, they said, that had been unheard-of in their neighborhood until now. During the protest on Tuesday night, one of the organizers spoke through...
  • Prosecutors Are Reading Emails From Inmates to Lawyers

    07/23/2014 6:04:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 22 July 2014 | STEPHANIE CLIFFORD
    The extortion case against Thomas DiFiore, a reputed boss in the Bonanno crime family, encompassed thousands of pages of evidence, including surveillance photographs, cellphone and property records, and hundreds of hours of audio recordings. But even as Mr. DiFiore sat in a jail cell, sending nearly daily emails to his lawyers on his case and his deteriorating health, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn sought to add another layer of evidence: those very emails. The prosecutors informed Mr. DiFiore last month that they would be reading the emails sent to his lawyers from jail, potentially using his own words against him. Jailhouse...
  • Britain Announces Inquiry Into Killing of Ex-K.G.B. Officer[Litvinenko]

    07/22/2014 8:58:37 AM PDT · by Theoria · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 22 July 2014 | ALAN COWELL
    Almost eight years after Alexander V. Litvinenko, a former K.G.B. officer turned whistle-blower, was poisoned in London with a radioactive isotope, the British authorities announced on Tuesday that a public inquiry would be held into his death, permitting investigators to explore whether Russian leaders ordered the killing. At a time when President Vladimir V. Putin faces mounting Western opprobrium for his support of pro-Russia separatists accused of shooting down a Malaysia Airlines jetliner over eastern Ukraine, the announcement from Theresa May, the British home secretary, could be seen by Moscow as a further rebuke. “It is more than seven years...
  • Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block

    07/21/2014 4:55:16 PM PDT · by Theoria · 57 replies
    ProPublica ^ | 21 July 2014 | Julia Angwin
    A new kind of tracking tool, canvas fingerprinting, is being used to follow visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn. First documented in a forthcoming paper by researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium, this type of tracking, called canvas fingerprinting, works by instructing the visitor’s Web browser to draw a hidden image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, the images can be used to assign each user’s device a number that uniquely identifies it. Like other tracking tools, canvas fingerprints are used to build profiles of users based on the websites...
  • How Turbans Helped Some Blacks Go Incognito In The Jim Crow Era

    07/19/2014 12:33:12 PM PDT · by Theoria · 4 replies
    NPR ^ | 19 July 2014 | Tanvi Misra
    There's a weekly trial on the Internet about who may be stealing culture from whom. Earlier this week, the defendants were Iggy Azalea and white gay men. A while back, it was Macklemore and the Harlem Shakers. Now, we have come across a story from the Jim Crow era about cultural mimicry between people of color.In mid-20th century America, the turban was a tool that people of color used for "confounding the color lines," writes Manan Desai, board member of the South Asian American Digital Archive.At the time, ideas of race in America were quite literally black and white. In...
  • 10,000-year-old rock paintings depicting aliens and UFOs found in Chhattisgarh[India]

    07/17/2014 3:56:53 PM PDT · by Theoria · 71 replies
    Times of India ^ | 15 July 2014 | Rashmi Drolia
    Chhattisgarh state department of archaeology and culture plans to seek help from Nasa and Isro for research on 10,000-year-old rock paintings depicting aliens and UFOs in Charama region in Kanker district in tribal Bastar region. According to archaeologist JR Bhagat, these paintings have depicted aliens like those shown in Hollywood and Bollywood flicks. Located about 130km from Raipur, the caves come under village Chandeli and Gotitola. "The findings suggest that humans in prehistoric times may have seen or imagined beings from other planets which still create curiosity among people and researchers. Extensive research is needed for further findings. Chhattisgarh presently...
  • The contest is over! And the winners are[Site Picks The Best Aerial Drone Photos]

    07/11/2014 3:31:08 PM PDT · by Theoria · 8 replies
    dronestagr.am ^ | 11 July 2014 | dronestagr.am
    Winners of the 2014 Dronestagram Photo Contest have finally been selected! Picking winners was a very difficult task especially because of the great quality of the photos that have been submitted. We tried to reward the photos that show the best the fantastic potential offered by drones in terms of image. It’s been an amazing first edition with many photos entered from everywhere in the world. Thank you all for joining in.We would like to extend a special thanks to our contest sponsors National Geograpic, Go Pro, Picanova, Droneshop and Parrot for generously offering amazing gifts !Are you one of...
  • Could A Socialist Senator Become A National Brand?

    07/10/2014 8:16:19 AM PDT · by Theoria · 24 replies
    NPR ^ | 10 July 2014 | Ailsa Chang
    As members of Congress continue hammering out a bill to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs' beleaguered health care system, attention has focused on one man leading the charge: Bernie Sanders, Independent senator from Vermont and a self-described socialist. Sanders barely got 2 percent of the vote when he first tried breaking into Vermont politics in the 1970s, but now there's buzz that the man known simply as "Bernie" may be a presidential candidate in 2016."The cost of war is huge," the 72-year-old said recently during lunch at Henry's Diner in Burlington, Vt., where he rose to become an immensely...
  • Why Teenagers Today May Grow Up Conservative

    07/08/2014 5:24:57 AM PDT · by Theoria · 46 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08 July 2014 | David Leonhardt
    There was a time not so long ago when the young seemed destined to be liberal forever. Americans in their teens and 20s were to the left of their elders on social issues. They worried more about poverty. They voted strongly Democratic.In retrospect, we refer to this period as the 1960s, and it didn’t last long, let alone forever. Less than a generation after young people were marching for civil rights and against the Vietnam War, they voted overwhelmingly for Ronald Reagan.Today, of course, the young are liberal again, and it seems as if they will be forever. They favor...
  • Meet Chiquita: A tiny, blonde, 500-year-old Wyoming mummy

    07/07/2014 8:43:10 AM PDT · by Theoria · 18 replies
    Casper Star-Tribune Online ^ | 06 July 2014 | Jeremy Fugleberg
    George Gill hands over the never-published photos of the infant he calls Chiquita. Her fine blond hair arches over her wrinkled, leathery skin. Her arms are wrapped around her, a tiny mouth frozen in an “O.” If she once had another name, Gill wouldn’t know it. After all, Chiquita has been dead for hundreds of years. She is one of only a handful of known infant mummies in existence with a particular birth defect. Two such mummies, Chiquita and one known as the Pedro Mountain mummy, were found in Wyoming. They both hold tantalizing clues about those who inhabited Wyoming’s...
  • Immigration Reform Can't Wait

    06/18/2014 5:53:52 PM PDT · by Theoria · 39 replies
    WSJ ^ | 18 June 2014 | Rupert Murdoch
    There is rarely a good time to do hard things, and America won't advance if legislators act like seat-warmers. When I learned that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had lost his Republican primary, my heart sank. Not simply because I think he is an intelligent and talented member of Congress, or because I worry about the future of the Republican Party. Like others who want comprehensive immigration reform, I worried that Mr. Cantor's loss would be misconstrued and make Congress reluctant to tackle this urgent need. That would be the wrong lesson and an undesirable national consequence of this single,...
  • US appeals court reverses ruling that granted defense access to FISA court records

    06/16/2014 7:56:20 PM PDT · by Theoria · 3 replies
    AP ^ | 16 June 2014 | AP
    <p>Attorneys for a 20-year-old man accused of trying to ignite a bomb in Chicago will not be allowed unprecedented access to secret intelligence court records, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday, reversing a trial court and handing a victory to the federal government.</p>
  • Eric Cantor’s Opponent Beat Him By Calling Out GOP Corruption

    06/12/2014 10:21:04 AM PDT · by Theoria · 8 replies
    Republic Report ^ | 12 June 2014 | Lee Fang
    “All of the investment banks, up in New York and D.C., they should have gone to jail.”That isn’t a quote from an Occupy Wall Street protester or Senator Elizabeth Warren. That’s a common campaign slogan repeated by Dave Brat, the Virginia college professor who scored one of the biggest political upsets in over a century by defeating Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary last night.The national media is buzzing about Brat’s victory, but for all of the wrong reasons.Did the Tea Party swoop in and help Brat, as many in the Democratic Party are suggesting? Actually, the Wall Street...
  • Brain stimulation: The military’s mind-zapping project

    06/04/2014 9:35:46 AM PDT · by Theoria · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 03 June 2014 | Emma Young
    Shocking the brain with mild electrical current was once a controversial treatment for the mentally ill. Now evidence is emerging that it could quicken learning and improve attention, and as Emma Young discovers, the US military is very interested in its potential. An unusual trial is underway at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio. An airman sits at a monitor in a laboratory, wired up with electrodes, his jacket slung over the back of his chair. Plane-shaped icons keep entering his airspace. He has to decide whether each incoming plane is a friend or a foe. If it’s...
  • Outcry as businessman gets work-release after 7 DUIs, car crash

    06/01/2014 10:40:46 AM PDT · by Theoria · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 01 June 2014 | Michael Martinez and Dan Simon
    Joseph Shaun Goodman's seventh arrest for DUI was as sensational as it gets. Police chased him in his Ferrari at more than 90 mph in downtown Olympia, Washington. A passenger, whom Goodman had just met at a bar, begged to leave the car, and his wish was granted while the car slowed. Goodman crashed his sports car, a 2000 model worth $70,000, into a house and two cars. The tall, tan businessman was finally arrested behind the wheel in a church parking lot with police drawing their guns on him just before midnight December 29. Cops noted his watery, bloodshot...
  • Drone Wars: Who Owns The Air?

    05/30/2014 3:38:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 13 replies
    NPR ^ | 30 May 2014 | Steve Henn
    There are lots of entrepreneurs who would love to fly drones — tiny unmanned aircraft — all over the country. They dream of drones delivering packages and taking photos, but there's a battle in the courts right now standing in their way. The battle is about whether it's legal for drones to take to the sky. The question at the core of the battle: Who owns the air? It's a question that goes back to the Middle Ages, to a Latin phrase that translates to "he owns the soil owns up to the heavens." In England, this phrase was the...
  • Indian teen girls gang-raped and hanged from a tree: police

    05/29/2014 11:00:58 AM PDT · by Theoria · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 30 May 2014 | Nita Bhalla
    Indian police have arrested one man and are looking for four other suspects after two teenage girls were gang-raped and then hanged from a tree in a village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, police said on Thursday. The two cousins, who were from a low-caste Dalit community and aged 14 and 15, went missing from their village home in Uttar Pradesh's Budaun district when they went out to go to the toilet on Tuesday evening. The following morning, villagers found the bodies of the two teenagers hanging from a mango tree in a nearby orchard. "We have registered...
  • Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders

    05/27/2014 7:28:34 AM PDT · by Theoria · 38 replies
    NPR ^ | 27 May 2014 | Jon Hamilton
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is launching a $26 million program to help military personnel with psychiatric disorders using electronic devices implanted in the brain. The goal of the five-year program is to develop new ways of treating problems including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, all of which are common among service members who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan."We've seen far too many times where military personnel have neuropsychiatric disorders and there's very few options," says Justin Sanchez, a program manager at DARPA.DARPA is known for taking on big technological challenges, from missile defense to creating...
  • Amish Leave Pa. In Search Of Greener, Less Touristy Pastures

    05/22/2014 1:34:19 PM PDT · by Theoria · 35 replies
    NPR ^ | 22 May 2014 | Chris Scinta
    Rolling pastures dotted with grazing cows, fields of corn and classic buggies driven by Amish in hats and bonnets — these are the images that attract visitors to Lancaster County, home to more than 30,000 of the Pennsylvania Dutch.Visitors who also bring big money to the state — to the tune of nearly $1.8 billion a year. Which explains why the winning bumper sticker in a contest sponsored by Pennsylvania's Tourism Office didn't feature the Liberty Bell or the battlefield in Gettysburg — but rather, "I Break for Shoofly Pie," an ode to the traditional Amish dessert.But pictures can be...
  • Conservatives Draft Manifesto to Help Republicans Attract Middle-Class Voters

    05/21/2014 9:46:20 PM PDT · by Theoria · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 21 May 2014 | Jonathan Martin
    Hoping to push their agenda ahead of the presidential election, a group of prominent conservatives has devised a 121-page policy manifesto aimed at giving the Republican Party a message that will attract some of the middle-class voters the party lost in recent White House races.The document, to be unveiled Thursday, features eight essays with proposals on issues including health care, taxes and education. The authors hope the book will help Republicans address the economic anxieties of Americans and nudge the party from its most polarizing positions and constant confrontations with President Obama.“We have to do more than ‘Stand athwart history,...
  • Bewildered By Bilderberg

    05/21/2014 7:36:16 PM PDT · by Theoria · 13 replies
    NPR ^ | 21 May 2014 | Linton Weeks
    The Bilderberg annual conference is convening at the end of May in Denmark. Or so it's reported.For folks who have never heard of Bilderberg, it's an invitation-only confab of high-powered people who jawbone about world issues. Its mission, according to its official website, is at once simple and complex: "to foster dialogue between Europe and North America."There was a time when Bilderberg — like the Illuminati and Trilateral Commission — evoked secrecy and political puppetry and global strings-pulling. There was a time when conspiracy theorists assigned great power and underhanded chicanery to the leaders who gathered at Bilderberg. There was...
  • Officials: Woman, 34, Enrolled in School as Teen

    05/15/2014 3:21:50 PM PDT · by Theoria · 34 replies
    AP ^ | 15 May 2014 | AP
    34-year-old woman posed as a teenager to enroll as sophomore at a small private high school in East Texas, officials said Wednesday. Longview police said Charity Johnson was arrested early Tuesday morning after telling officers she was "Charite Stevens" and was born in November 1997. Police had been called to an apartment when the person Johnson was staying with said she no longer wanted her living there. Police gave Johnson a trespass warning. Officer Debra Stiles said during the investigation, police determined she had given them a false name and birthdate. Police say Johnson is 34, although jail records list...
  • New World's Oldest Skeleton Is a Key Genetic Link

    05/15/2014 11:37:31 AM PDT · by Theoria · 37 replies
    WSJ ^ | 15 May 2014 | Robert Lee Hotz
    Remains Found in Mexico Connect Earliest Settlers With Continent's Natives She was just a teenager when she died alone in the dark. The scientists who analyzed her bones said Thursday that she is the oldest nearly complete, genetically intact human skeleton in the New World. Her remains—discovered deep within a flooded cave in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula—cement the connection between the earliest settlers of the Americas and modern Native Americans. A unique genetic marker exhumed from her 12,000-year-old skeleton offers evidence that the first hunter-gatherers who crossed the Bering Sea from northeast Asia on a now-submerged territory called Beringia belonged to...