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This doesn’t surprise me. Education gives you the tools to selectively use data that reinforces what you already believe: PRINCETON, N.J. — Republicans with higher levels of education are more likely than those in their parties with less education to say that the seriousness of global warming is “generally exaggerated.” By contrast, Democrats with some […]

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“Hear of experiences both miraculous and terrifying, humorous and adventurous, humbling and revelatory, about Westerners drinking ayahuasca,” promised an email I received, pitching an event to be held on Saturday called the “Ayahuasca Monologues.” “For centuries, shamans have drunk this powerful concoction,” the note continued, “to heal illness, obtain mystical insights, contact spirit guides, and […]

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First of all, I highly recommend you watch this. Our online lives have become toxic, and it feels awful. I can zing with the best of them — but I don’t usually want to. After all, as I’ve always told my kids, “I’ve yet to see someone on their deathbed say, ‘I really wish I’d […]

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He’s the new Bill O’Reilly! That would be the story about how Nancy Reagan was so amazed by Scott Walker’s recall victory that she invited him to come speak at the Reagan Library. (Walker failed to mention that ninety-one-year old Nancy Reagan is more of a figurehead of the Reagan Foundations that signs dozens of invites to people every year to speak […]

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Bill Moyers. You should go read the rest: The free market doesn’t live up to its billing because of several contradictions between what libertarians contend and the way the real world actually works. Fundamentally, the free-market model assumes away inconvenient facts. Libertarians presume no disparities of information between buyer and seller, no serious externalities, no public […]

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The walking man walks on

I kind of thought this might upend this guy’s life. I’m sorry it did, though: The James Robertson story was supposed to have a happy ending. The story of the 56-year-old Detroit factory worker who walks 21 miles to and from work each day warmed the hearts of the nation after his tale of perseverance went viral. Some […]

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From Ellen at Newshounds, “Why Don’t They Like Me?” Bill O’Reilly is awfully concerned that when he retires he will not get the same tributes as Jon Stewart has since announcing his departure from The Daily Show. The only possible explanation for such a discrepancy, O’Reilly argued, is that the media is unfairly liberal. Bill […]

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If you ask most people who or what inspires them, they are typically able to rattle off a handful of luminaries, friends or family members they look up to. But powerful people are an anomaly, according to a new set of studies published Wednesday in the Social Psychological & Personal Science journal: They often look […]

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But this is insane. Fucking a dolphin? Bookmark It

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One of my close friends is an American Indian, and she’s always telling me how naive I am about how prevalent anti-Indian bigotry is. Guess she’s right, this really shocks me: RAPID CITY— “Some 57 charges of child abuse and assault reportedly will be filed against the drunken hockey fans who subjected 57 American Indian […]

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