Your disenchantment is a threat to our socialist faith. --E. P. Thompson Some quick notes on the passages from Postwar which I alluded to in the last post.
Reuters Dear Congress: Stop worrying about the deficit, and start worrying about the unemployed. Especially the long-term unemployed.
David McNew/Getty Images Buried in a Kaiser Health News report about the latest Obamacare enrollment numbers is a curious fact that helps explain why we've heard so many complaints about the high costs of insurance plans on the new insurance exchanges.
Children look on as Somali security personnel patrol through Balad town, northeast of Mogadishu. Only 3 percent of young children in Somalia are registered with the state.
In my article accompanying our "50 Greatest Inventions [since the wheel]" project last month, I said that since such a list was inevitably arbitrary, its real value would be the discussion it provoked about what else could have been considered and why. [Not that our list itself wasn't good.
Universal Does the world need 3,000 more words about Love Actually? Obviously not. Does it need 3,000 more words about anything?
Just in case you'd gotten used to those now-ubiquitous photos of smog-choked Chinese cities, NASA has managed to up the ante with the image up above: yes, that's China's air pollution, as seen from orbit. The image was snapped by the space agency's Terra Satellite on January 7th during the country's most recent spate of severe pollution.
Juda Ngwenya/Reuters I was right to be wrong, while you and your kind were wrong to be right. —Pierre Courtade I have the misfortune of being near the end of Tony Judt's Postwar at a moment when of the great figures of our history, Nelson Mandela, has passed.
Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images Roberto Schmidt, the AFP photographer who snapped three leaders of the free world in a "They're just like us!
Seven siblings sit on a wooden fence in L'Anse Saint Jean, Saguenay River, Quebec, Canada. 1938. (Howell Walker/National Geographic) One sunny day in 1938, seven siblings, tanned and barefoot, sat upon a split-rail fence as a photographer, Howell Walker, snapped their picture.
QuinnDombrowski/flickr “This opinion represents one of the most comprehensive risk assessments of aspartame ever undertaken,” said Dr.
Phil Sears/AP Photo As the nation’s top college football teams prepare to take the field for the elite bowl games, three new reports out this week raise similarly troubling concerns about dismal graduation rates for many of the black players constituting the bulk of the starting lineups.While the formulas used in the three reports vary to some degree, the pictures painted are not dramatically different.
One can argue at length about how much progress the United States has made towards male-female equality over the past 20 years (my vote: less than you probably think).
Take a look at the top Youtube videos for 2013. 1. Ylvis - The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) by tvnorge 2.
Jonathan Ernst/Reuters When Paul Ryan got up to announce the bipartisan budget deal Tuesday evening, the chairman of the House Budget Committee looked nervous.
At first you can't even see it. It's too dark, too small. And then, helpfully, an arrow appears: "Moon".
The Atlantic's editors and writers pick their favorite moments from Breaking Bad, The Office, Orange is the New Black, and more from the past year.
mikecogh/Flickr On several occasions in the past year, David Coleman, the president of the College Board, which administers the SAT, has suggested that changes need to be made to the vocabulary tested on the exam. In a talk he gave at the Brookings Institution a year ago, Coleman remarked, “I think when you think about vocabulary on exams, you know, how SAT words are famous as the words you will never use again?
This is one of the first images that appears when you do a Shutterstock search for "delightful." (Shutterstock/Olesia Bilkei) In July 2012, when Marissa Mayer became the new CEO of Yahoo, she told The New York Times about her plans for the company.
Pew is out with a giant survey of American attitudes about gender in the workplace, and it's full of all sorts of interesting nuggets on issues like discrimination and work-life balance.