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How the Pentagon Paid for NFL Displays of Patriotism


A key component is missing from the current controversial discussion surrounding football players and the national anthem. In the recent days of argument over whether NFL players have the right to protest racial inequality and systemic injustice in the United States, few have brought up the fact that less than a decade ago, professional football players didn’t even appear on the field during the national anthem.

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Gorgeous NSFW Female Portrait Photography by Álvaro Rodríguez Navarro

Awesome portraits by Álvaro Rodríguez Navarro, talented 24-year-old self-taught photographer, retoucher and artist based in Ciudad-Rodrigo, Castilla y León, Spain. Álvaro focuses on portraiture, he shoots a lot of beauty, lifestyle, nude and street portrait photography. More: Álvaro Rodríguez Nav

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Why media companies fear, and photographers love, this guy.

Justin Peters
The “copyright enforcer” is a walking lawsuit factory. He’s also the best hope for photographers to get paid.
—Our story starts with Geno Smith getting punched in the jaw by a teammate, as most good stories about copyright law do. It was August 2015, and the then-quarterback for the New York Jets got clocked in a practice altercation that sent him into surgery and sidelined him for the start of the NFL season. Two days after Smith’s surgery, a photojournalist named Angel Chevrestt spotted the shirtless, puffy-cheeked quarterback standing outside his apartment, tossing a football to a friend. Chevrestt took some pictures and licensed them to the New York Post, where they ran alongside an article titled “Big Mouth! Geno Emerges for First Time Post-Sucker Punch Surgery.”

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What’s wrong with secret donor agreements like the ones George Mason University inked with the Kochs

When public universities and their foundations take large sums of money from political and strategic philanthropists, they can’t safeguard academic freedom unless there’s some transparency.

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Why We Should Say Yes to Drugs


Andrew Sullivan
The great mystery to me of psychedelic experiences is the centrality of love.

I mean, why is it love exactly — overwhelming love — that so many experience under the spell of these molecules? When I first dabbled in the expansion of consciousness, I assumed it was simply some kind of wish-fulfillment.

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Read an exclusive excerpt from Stephen King’s new novel ‘The Outsider’

With the mystery surrounding the gruesome murder of an 11-year-old boy, Stephen King’s new novel ‘The Outsider’ is poised to be the summer’s spookiest read

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The Reporter Who Took Down a Unicorn

How John Carreyrou battled corporate surveillance and intimidation to expose a multibillion-dollar Silicon Valley start-up as a fraud.

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The Asteroid That Smote the Dinosaurs Burned the Birds Out of Trees


Ed Yong
Forest fires killed off tree-dwelling species and left the ground-dwelling ones to restart the avian dynasty.

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Archaeologists Discover A Stunning Neolithic Site On Cyprus With Artifacts Including Pictographs And Jewelry

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Our entirely avoidable plunge into oblivion, as a nice poster

Climate scientist Ed Hawking came up with a simple way to visualize how quickly the earth is warming up.

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The Many Philip Roths

The novelist’s wide-ranging work spanned from irreverent short stories to self-lacerating picaresque to experimental fiction, but at its center there was still a moral core.

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The story behind Philip Roth’s final days

Literary giant’s anointed biographer Blake Bailey shares the details of Roth’s long struggle with coronary artery disease, and of his prolific — and profound — writing life

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Peer rejection isn’t the culprit behind school shootings

While many school shooters suffered peer rejection of some sort, research doesn’t support the idea that peer rejection is the culprit behind shootings, a scholar argues.

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Robot submarine finds “holy grail of shipwrecks” with up to $17 billion in treasure

It’s called the Remus 6000 and it can dive nearly four miles and is loaded with sensors and cameras

The Annual Burning of Benedict Arnold

New London, Connecticut still holds a grudge against its hometown son who turned traitor and burned the city.

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Remembering Philip Roth, a Giant of American Literature

FILE – In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, author Philip Roth poses for a photo in the offices of his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, in New York. Roth, prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, religion and mortality, has died at age 85, his literary agent said Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

The writer, who died at the age of 85, was the last of the larger-than-life novelists of the mid-20th century.

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Philip Roth, a Born Spellbinder and Peerless Chronicler of Sex and Death

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Americans living in cities are not any more lonely and depressed than everyone else

Turns out everybody else is just as bummed out.

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…and that’s a fact

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Just Kills: The True Story Of How The Marine Corps Blew The Biggest War Crimes Case Since Vietnam

The Haditha massacre was one of the most horrific incidents of the Iraq War. This is the true story of why none of the perpetrators were brought to justice.

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The Unceasing Necessity of Philip Roth


By James WoodMay 23, 2018
Philip Roth would not cease from exploration; he could not cease; and the varieties of fiction existed in order for him to explore the varieties of experience.
Photograph by Bob Peterson / The LIFE Images Collection / Getty

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Homer’s Odyssey has topped our poll of 100 Stories that Shaped the World. Natalie Haynes looks at why the epic poem has survived for millennia.

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A jobs guarantee is a flawed idea

Democrats are trying to impress their base, rather than writing good policy

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Why America is the World’s First Poor Rich Country

Or, How American Collapse is Made of a New Kind of Poverty

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Investigators say identify Russian military unit in MH17 downing

Prosecutors investigating the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 said on Thursday they had identified the missile used to shoot down the plane as coming from Russia’s armed forces.

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Tiny Brains of Extinct Human Relative Had Complex Features

A study of skull fragments from an extinct human relative recently discovered in South Africa suggests that it may have exhibited complex behavior.

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15 Years Ago, the Military Tried to Record Whole Human Lives. It Ended Badly

Before Facebook, the military tried to make an all knowing ‘cyberdiary’ called LifeLog.

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The friend effect: why the secret of health and happiness is surprisingly simple

A study has found that regularly eating meals alone is the biggest single factor for unhappiness, besides existing mental illness. Why is hanging out with friends so helpful?

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Kuthodaw Pagoda And The World’s Largest Book

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Violence, rebellion and sexual exploitation: the darker side of ancient Rome

The Roman elite may have prided themselves on their dignity and honour, but – as Harry Sidebottom reveals – the ancient city of Rome was a hotbed of class hatred, racial animosity, religious intolerance and sexual exploitation…

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The Most Important Inventor You’ve Never Heard of

Stanford Ovshinsky changed your life, and the full impact of his brilliance may still be to come

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If Movie Posters Told The Truth…

How would honest copywriters have pitched the cool films to audiences?

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RIP Bill Gold: The Extraordinary Movie Poster Master – Flashbak

The man who created the posters for some of the best-known films in history

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Photographer Sean Smith captures the city at night, from cabaret stars to road maintenance workers, homeless people to fire wardens

Source: While the city sleeps: London after hours – a photo essay

‘It’s a f—ing circus’: Experts are floored that White House officials attended highly classified briefings about the Russia probe

how to get security clearance? have Trump sign off on it