This article has absolutely nothing to do with domestic violence, please read it before commenting. The issue the author brings up here is that the NFL is structured in such a way to make its owners insanely wealthy while being a huge drain on the local communities that they're supposed to be members of. Supporting… » 9/25/14 2:22pm 9/25/14 2:22pm

Serious question, why do we think a society like Iran has such strict public chastity laws? I often wonder why religion puts such an emphasis on sex in general, my only working hypothesis is that it's a far-cry back to the time when rape was a fairly common occurrence and so the reason a father would hand-select the… » 9/18/14 5:41pm 9/18/14 5:41pm

More voices from the underrepresented. I love Letters From Death Row, Unemployment Stories and all of the Walmart/Target/Amazon pieces, and think we're one of the few places willing to shed so much honesty on such important stories. Also more foreign dispatches from locals, like @nalansarraj in Gaza, for example. » 7/28/14 6:01pm 7/28/14 6:01pm

Nick Denton never claimed he was a flag waving, son of a senator patriot. He's a British Hungarian expat who is successfully keeping a media organization independent by taking advantage of the same loopholes that billion dollar companies exploit for much higher margins. Plus we have (and have always had) a sizable… » 7/15/14 1:00pm 7/15/14 1:00pm

I've also found airplane mode is useful for resetting my connection when my Galaxy S5 shows connectivity but isn't able to download anything. I used to have to reset my phone in order to get the signal working again, but recently realized that turning Airplane mode on and off achieves the same result in a fraction of… » 6/02/14 10:25am 6/02/14 10:25am

I was actually thinking about this morning while watching Al Jazeera America. They do a better job than most news networks of providing weather coverage beyond "sunshine in the northeast, drought continues in CA." This morning they were showing a sea temperature map—record highs for April around the world. I don't… » 5/21/14 4:51pm 5/21/14 4:51pm

A fairly simple (but incredibly useful) knot that works like this is a square knot. It's commonly for tying two separate pieces of rope together; the more you pull on it the tighter the knot becomes. Ostensibly, if the jail door opened outwards (or slides in one direction, let's say to the right for the purposes of… » 4/23/14 9:03pm 4/23/14 9:03pm