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  • Book Review: Faster, Higher, Stronger

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    Ian Gordon
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Faster, Higher, Stronger By Mark McClusky HUDSON STREET PRESS Speed-skating super-suits, motion-tracking cameras, the 10,000-hour rule—it's all covered in Mark McClusky's engrossing look into how athletes use science to avoid injury, train smarter, and shatter rec­ords. McClusky, the editor of Wired.com and a former Sports Illustrated reporter, digs into vaguely familiar terms like VO2 max and the oxygen deficit to suss out what separates champs from near-misses while introducing a roster of entertaining characters: a Soviet hammer-throw guru, a Wall Street analyst turned cycling…
  • 7 Big Gun Fights to Watch on Election Day

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    Hannah Levintova
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    No election cycle in recent memory has seen the guns issue heat up the way this year's has. The National Rifle Association, continuing a long-running strategy of campaign spending, earmarked over $11 million for this year's elections—but for the first time in decades the nation's leading gun lobby is facing some truly formidable opposition. Americans for Responsible Solutions, launched by former congresswoman and mass shooting survivor Gabby Giffords, and Everytown for Gun Safety, bankrolled by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, have spent millions of their own to try to…
  • Most Latinos Don't Hold Obama's Immigration Delay Against Him

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    Kevin Drum
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:28 pm
    This is just raw data, and I suppose you can take in two ways, but here's what a new Pew poll says about supposed Latino outrage over President Obama's decision to delay executive action on immigration until after the election. Basically, the whole thing was overblown. It turns out that only about 9 percent of Latinos are angry about the delay. David Lauter summarizes the rest of the survey: The Pew survey showed that Latino support for Democrats has receded on a couple of key measures, including party identification and a question about which party better represents their interests. But the…
  • Attack Ad Accuses Democratic Governor of Wanting to Set a Mass Murderer Free

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    Patrick Caldwell
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    A man's life literally hangs in the balance in this year's governor's race in Colorado. As I explained earlier this month, Republican candidate Bob Beauprez has singled out a death row inmate by name and promised to ensure that he will be killed. "When I'm governor, Nathan Dunlap will be executed," Beauprez has said. Dunlap was convicted and sentenced to death in 1996 for murdering four of his Chuck E. Cheese coworkers. But when his execution date neared last year, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper issued a stay, though he refrained from offering permanent reprieve. Hickenlooper backed…
  • The Craziest Things Republican Candidates Have Said About Climate Change In One Video

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    Amber Ferguson
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    This story originally appeared in the Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Can the GOP's 2014 candidates give a straight answer on climate change? It appears not. Many Republican candidates have offered roundabout answers to climate change questions. Some have said the climate isn't changing at all, while others have disputed research showing that human activity is driving those changes. Then there's Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM), who said during a debate this year that he's confident our climate isn't changing because he has "Googled this issue." Lee…
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  • Book Review: Faster, Higher, Stronger

    Ian Gordon
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Faster, Higher, Stronger By Mark McClusky HUDSON STREET PRESS Speed-skating super-suits, motion-tracking cameras, the 10,000-hour rule—it's all covered in Mark McClusky's engrossing look into how athletes use science to avoid injury, train smarter, and shatter rec­ords. McClusky, the editor of Wired.com and a former Sports Illustrated reporter, digs into vaguely familiar terms like VO2 max and the oxygen deficit to suss out what separates champs from near-misses while introducing a roster of entertaining characters: a Soviet hammer-throw guru, a Wall Street analyst turned cycling…
  • 7 Big Gun Fights to Watch on Election Day

    Hannah Levintova
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    No election cycle in recent memory has seen the guns issue heat up the way this year's has. The National Rifle Association, continuing a long-running strategy of campaign spending, earmarked over $11 million for this year's elections—but for the first time in decades the nation's leading gun lobby is facing some truly formidable opposition. Americans for Responsible Solutions, launched by former congresswoman and mass shooting survivor Gabby Giffords, and Everytown for Gun Safety, bankrolled by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, have spent millions of their own to try to…
  • Joni Ernst Is the Tea Party's Endgame

    Patrick Caldwell
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Louis Brems/ZUMA Early last Thursday morning, Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for Senate in Iowa, swung by the Des Moines Rotary Club to speak at the group's monthly lunch meeting. Mostly white and mostly male, the club counts much of the state's political elite among its members. The day Ernst visited, I spotted the current Republican secretary of state, the GOP's nominee to succeed him, a Republican state senator and former congressional nominee, and a former state GOP chair in the crowd. Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who is about to win his sixth term in office, wasn't there, but…
  • These Maps of California's Water Shortage Are Terrifying

    Tom Philpott
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Just how bad is California's water shortage? Really, really bad, according to these new maps, which represent groundwater withdrawals in California during the first three years of the state's ongoing and epochal drought: Images by J. T. Reager, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, from "The global groundwater crisis," Nature Climate Change, Novemeber 2014, by James S. Famiglietti The maps come from a new paper in Nature Climate Change by NASA water scientist James Famiglietti. "California’s Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins have lost roughly 15 cubic…
  • Most Latinos Don't Hold Obama's Immigration Delay Against Him

    Kevin Drum
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:28 pm
    This is just raw data, and I suppose you can take in two ways, but here's what a new Pew poll says about supposed Latino outrage over President Obama's decision to delay executive action on immigration until after the election. Basically, the whole thing was overblown. It turns out that only about 9 percent of Latinos are angry about the delay. David Lauter summarizes the rest of the survey: The Pew survey showed that Latino support for Democrats has receded on a couple of key measures, including party identification and a question about which party better represents their interests. But the…
 
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  • 7 Big Gun Fights to Watch on Election Day

    Hannah Levintova
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    No election cycle in recent memory has seen the guns issue heat up the way this year's has. The National Rifle Association, continuing a long-running strategy of campaign spending, earmarked over $11 million for this year's elections—but for the first time in decades the nation's leading gun lobby is facing some truly formidable opposition. Americans for Responsible Solutions, launched by former congresswoman and mass shooting survivor Gabby Giffords, and Everytown for Gun Safety, bankrolled by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, have spent millions of their own to try to…
  • Joni Ernst Is the Tea Party's Endgame

    Patrick Caldwell
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Louis Brems/ZUMA Early last Thursday morning, Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for Senate in Iowa, swung by the Des Moines Rotary Club to speak at the group's monthly lunch meeting. Mostly white and mostly male, the club counts much of the state's political elite among its members. The day Ernst visited, I spotted the current Republican secretary of state, the GOP's nominee to succeed him, a Republican state senator and former congressional nominee, and a former state GOP chair in the crowd. Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who is about to win his sixth term in office, wasn't there, but…
  • Why Are Environmentalists Supporting This Republican Senator?

    Ben Adler
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Since the 2008 election and the subsequent rise of the Tea Party movement, the Republican Party has moved far right on energy and environment issues. Politicians who once accepted climate science have decided that they actually don't. Congressional Republicans have voted to cut funding for the EPA and its programs, to prevent federal agencies from studying climate change, and to revoke EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gases. Environmental groups that want to demonstrate their…
  • Fox News' Parent Company Is Really Worried About Global Warming

    Jeremy Schulman
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    The day after Superstorm Sandy devastated much of the East Coast, Al Gore issued a statement linking the storm to climate change. That's when Fox News went on the attack. "These global warming claims have been debunked time and time again," declared Eric Bolling, a former crude oil trader who is now one of the network's most inflammatory hosts. "Look, it's weather. Weather changes. Things happen. It has nothing to do with global warming." But Fox's parent company, 21st Century Fox, sees things differently. Earlier this month, a London-based organization called CDP released hundreds of…
  • These Guys Were on the Deepwater Horizon When It Blew Up

    Tim McDonnell
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am
    After the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform exploded in June 2010, killing 11 workers and sending roughly five million barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, much of the media coverage featured sludge-covered seabirds, empty shrimp baskets, and other environmental impacts. But for Doug Brown, the catastrophe was even more immediate. He was the rig's chief engineer, standing in the control room when a deafening blast sent him flying and turned his workplace into a fiery, oil-soaked hell. In The Great Invisible, a documentary about the blowout and its aftermath that premieres…
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  • Most Latinos Don't Hold Obama's Immigration Delay Against Him

    Kevin Drum
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:28 pm
    This is just raw data, and I suppose you can take in two ways, but here's what a new Pew poll says about supposed Latino outrage over President Obama's decision to delay executive action on immigration until after the election. Basically, the whole thing was overblown. It turns out that only about 9 percent of Latinos are angry about the delay. David Lauter summarizes the rest of the survey: The Pew survey showed that Latino support for Democrats has receded on a couple of key measures, including party identification and a question about which party better represents their interests. But the…
  • After Supreme Court Decision, Patent Trolls Getting Cold Feet?

    Kevin Drum
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    A few months ago, in Alice v. CLS Bank, the Supreme Court struck a modest blow against patent trolls. The court ruled that merely programming a computer to carry out a well-known process isn't enough to qualify for a patent. There has to be more to it. So how has that affected the patent troll business? Joff Wild reports on a new analysis of third-quarter patent litigation activity: According to the research, which covers the third quarter of this year (June to September), there was a 23% drop in the number of suits filed compared to the second quarter, and a 27% year-on-year reduction. The…
  • In NSA Bills, the Devil Is in the Details

    Kevin Drum
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Sen. Patrick Leahy says that his USA FREEDOM bill will stop the NSA's bulk collection of phone data. H.L. Pohlman says it's not quite that easy: In Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-28) issued in January 2014, the Obama administration defined “bulk collection” as the acquisition “of large quantities of signals intelligence data which . . . is acquired without the use of discriminants (e.g., specific identifiers, selection terms, etc.).” Thus, as long as the government uses a “discriminant,” a selection term, no matter how broad that term might be, the…
  • Benjamin Netanyahu, "Chickenshit"

    Kevin Drum
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Jeffrey Goldberg has an, um, unique new perspective on the steadily deteriorating relationship between President Obama and Israeli prime minister Bibi Netanyahu: Over the years, Obama administration officials have described Netanyahu to me as recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, and “Aspergery.”....But I had not previously heard Netanyahu described as a “chickenshit.” I thought I appreciated the implication of this description, but it turns out I didn’t have a full understanding. ....“The good thing about Netanyahu is that…
  • Why Do Republicans Hate the Beatles?

    Kevin Drum
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Over at the Facebook Data Science blog, Winter Mason shows us how personal likes and dislikes line up with political ideology. Democrats like Maya Angelou, The Color Purple, and The Colbert Report. Republicans like Ben Carson, Atlas Shrugged, and Duck Dynasty. It's all good fun, though I'm a little mystified about why the Empire State Building is such a Democratic-leaning tourist destination. Maybe Republicans just dislike anything related to New York City. But it's music that I want some help on. I get that country tends to be right-leaning and Springsteen is left-leaning. But what's up with…
 
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  • Attack Ad Accuses Democratic Governor of Wanting to Set a Mass Murderer Free

    Patrick Caldwell
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    A man's life literally hangs in the balance in this year's governor's race in Colorado. As I explained earlier this month, Republican candidate Bob Beauprez has singled out a death row inmate by name and promised to ensure that he will be killed. "When I'm governor, Nathan Dunlap will be executed," Beauprez has said. Dunlap was convicted and sentenced to death in 1996 for murdering four of his Chuck E. Cheese coworkers. But when his execution date neared last year, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper issued a stay, though he refrained from offering permanent reprieve. Hickenlooper backed…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for October 29, 2014

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    US Marines and sailors board a flight out of Afghanistan as all personnel withdraw from the region. (US Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. John Jackson)
  • Elizabeth Warren Challenges Chris Christie for the Science Behind His Ebola Quarantine

    Inae Oh
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is demanding Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) reveal the science behind his controversial decision to place all health care workers returning back from Liberia, Guinea, or Sierra Leone to be placed under a mandatory quarantine. Spoiler alert: the science does not exist. "He should bring out his scientists who are advising him on that, because we know that we want to be led by science," Warren said Tuesday during an appearance on CBS's This Morning. "That’s what’s going to keep people safe,” she added. “Science, not politics." Warren, who was…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for October 28

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    A US Army soldier plunges into the water in his parachute during a combat water survival test. (US Army photo by Capt. Thomas Cieslak)
  • NRA Victory Means It's Still Perfectly Legal to Cook Dogs and Cats in Pennsylvania

    Inae Oh
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    House Bill 1750 in Pennsylvania was supposed to finally ban live pigeon shoots and make it illegal to raise dogs and cats for consumption in the state. Animal rights activists, who have been lobbying for such an end for decades, had good reason to expect victory earlier this month: the bill had passed in the state Senate with a 36-12 margin and Gov. Tom Corbett (R) had signaled his support for it. 75 percent of Pennsylvania residents also agreed with the ban. The proposed law would have also been a piece of landmark legislation, considering only a handful of states prohibit slaughtering pets…
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  • The Craziest Things Republican Candidates Have Said About Climate Change In One Video

    Amber Ferguson
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    This story originally appeared in the Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Can the GOP's 2014 candidates give a straight answer on climate change? It appears not. Many Republican candidates have offered roundabout answers to climate change questions. Some have said the climate isn't changing at all, while others have disputed research showing that human activity is driving those changes. Then there's Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM), who said during a debate this year that he's confident our climate isn't changing because he has "Googled this issue." Lee…
  • 5 New York Epidemics That Were Way Worse Than Ebola Will Be

    Tim McDonnell
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    An 1865 cartoon from Harper's Weekly ridicules the incompetence of the New York City Board of Health, first established to fight yellow fever. US National Library of Medicine Ebola has arrived in New York City. So should residents here be worried about a widespread outbreak? Almost certainly not: The disease is not airborne, and infected patients are only contagious once they show symptoms. Craig Spencer, the infected doctor in New York, has said he didn't have symptoms Wednesday night when he rode the subway between Manhattan and Brooklyn and went bowling. Three people he came into contact…
  • Environmentalists Don't Like Europe's New Climate Plan. Can Obama Do Better?

    James West
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Environmental groups are warning that a new European agreement to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 sets the bar far too low. The pact—which was reached early Friday in Brussels—makes the European Union the first major bloc of countries to commit to emissions targets ahead of next year's crucial climate change talks in Paris. At the Paris meeting, world leaders will attempt to hammer out a global agreement that will keep warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). The Guardian reports that in addition to their commitment to cut greenhouse emissions…
  • In Just 15 Years, Wind Could Provide A Fifth Of The World's Electricity

    James West
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Up to one fifth of the world's electricity supply could come from wind turbines by 2030, according to a new report released this week by Greenpeace and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). That would be an increase of 530 percent compared to the end of last year. The report says the coming global boom in wind power will be driven largely by China's rebounding wind energy market—and a continued trend of high levels of Chinese green energy investment—as well as by steady growth in the United States and new large-scale projects in Mexico, Brazil, and South Africa. The report,…
  • Drinking a "Medium" Soda Every Day Can Age You As Much As Smoking Does

    Kiera Butler
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Just as soda companies plunk down millions of dollars to defeat local soda-tax ballot measures, researchers have found a link between regular soda consumption and premature aging. Published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Public Health, a study of 5,300 adults compared the cells of people who drink soda every day to those of their non-soda-drinking counterparts. In the soda group, the ends of the chromosomes—known as telomeres—were shorter, a sign of their cells' diminished ability to regenerate. Our telomeres naturally shorten as we age, but scientists have discovered that a few…
 
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  • 7 Big Gun Fights to Watch on Election Day

    Hannah Levintova
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    No election cycle in recent memory has seen the guns issue heat up the way this year's has. The National Rifle Association, continuing a long-running strategy of campaign spending, earmarked over $11 million for this year's elections—but for the first time in decades the nation's leading gun lobby is facing some truly formidable opposition. Americans for Responsible Solutions, launched by former congresswoman and mass shooting survivor Gabby Giffords, and Everytown for Gun Safety, bankrolled by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, have spent millions of their own to try to…
  • Joni Ernst Is the Tea Party's Endgame

    Patrick Caldwell
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Louis Brems/ZUMA Early last Thursday morning, Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for Senate in Iowa, swung by the Des Moines Rotary Club to speak at the group's monthly lunch meeting. Mostly white and mostly male, the club counts much of the state's political elite among its members. The day Ernst visited, I spotted the current Republican secretary of state, the GOP's nominee to succeed him, a Republican state senator and former congressional nominee, and a former state GOP chair in the crowd. Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who is about to win his sixth term in office, wasn't there, but…
  • Why Are Environmentalists Supporting This Republican Senator?

    Ben Adler
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Since the 2008 election and the subsequent rise of the Tea Party movement, the Republican Party has moved far right on energy and environment issues. Politicians who once accepted climate science have decided that they actually don't. Congressional Republicans have voted to cut funding for the EPA and its programs, to prevent federal agencies from studying climate change, and to revoke EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gases. Environmental groups that want to demonstrate their…
  • This Machine Turned Colorado Blue. Now It May Be Dems' Best Hope to Save the Senate.

    Andy Kroll
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    "It's eerie how much 2014 is like four years ago," says Craig Hughes, a Denver-based political consultant who ran Democrat Michael Bennet's successful 2010 Senate campaign. It's just after 10 a.m., and we're sitting in a coffee shop called Paris on the Platte. Hughes recounts how, back in 2010, all but one of the final 18 public polls conducted before Election Day showed Bennet losing. In recent weeks, Democratic Sen. Mark Udall has trailed Republican Rep. Cory Gardner in 11 of 12 polls. In 2010, pundits said that Bennet's campaign ran too many pro-choice advertisements; political…
  • The Mother Jones Guide to Evil NBA Owners

    Ian Gordon and Sam Brodey
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    Advertise on MotherJones.com Six months ago, the NBA rid itself of its worst owner, perpetual sleazebag Donald Sterling. Everyone praised the swift, harsh punishment meted out by commissioner Adam Silver for Sterling's racist tirade—well, almost everyone. Shortly after the league announced the lifetime ban of the Clippers owner, Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank celeb Mark Cuban called the league's move "a very, very slippery slope." Cuban got on board the next day, even tweeting that he agreed 100 percent with Silver's decision. But what was he so worried about? Well, the league's…
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  • These Maps of California's Water Shortage Are Terrifying

    Tom Philpott
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Just how bad is California's water shortage? Really, really bad, according to these new maps, which represent groundwater withdrawals in California during the first three years of the state's ongoing and epochal drought: Images by J. T. Reager, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, from "The global groundwater crisis," Nature Climate Change, Novemeber 2014, by James S. Famiglietti The maps come from a new paper in Nature Climate Change by NASA water scientist James Famiglietti. "California’s Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins have lost roughly 15 cubic…
  • Fox News' Parent Company Is Really Worried About Global Warming

    Jeremy Schulman
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    The day after Superstorm Sandy devastated much of the East Coast, Al Gore issued a statement linking the storm to climate change. That's when Fox News went on the attack. "These global warming claims have been debunked time and time again," declared Eric Bolling, a former crude oil trader who is now one of the network's most inflammatory hosts. "Look, it's weather. Weather changes. Things happen. It has nothing to do with global warming." But Fox's parent company, 21st Century Fox, sees things differently. Earlier this month, a London-based organization called CDP released hundreds of…
  • These Guys Were on the Deepwater Horizon When It Blew Up

    Tim McDonnell
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am
    After the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform exploded in June 2010, killing 11 workers and sending roughly five million barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, much of the media coverage featured sludge-covered seabirds, empty shrimp baskets, and other environmental impacts. But for Doug Brown, the catastrophe was even more immediate. He was the rig's chief engineer, standing in the control room when a deafening blast sent him flying and turned his workplace into a fiery, oil-soaked hell. In The Great Invisible, a documentary about the blowout and its aftermath that premieres…
  • Almost Everything You've Bought Recently Came to You Via This Dirty Industry

    James West
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you've recently purchased a new iPhone, or a fancy t-shirt, or a children's toy… or really virtually any consumer or industrial good, there's a strong chance that a giant ship ferried it from or through China. China, dubbed "the world's factory" for pumping out so much of the world's consumables, now boasts seven of the world's top ten busiest trading ports. Strung up and down its densely populated eastern coast, China's ten biggest ports handle nearly 30 percent of the world's containers each year. These mega-ports—Shanghai's is the planet's busiest—helped China become…
  • Lay Off the Artisanal Ice, You Ignorant Hipsters

    Rebecca Cohen
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you want to understand the latest trend in craft cocktails, you could do worse than to listen to Outkast. What's cooler than being cool is indeed ice cold. Specifically, it's stored at minus-2 degrees, sculpted with a Japanese band saw, and retails for $1 a cube. Yes, artisanal ice is now a thing. In hipster meccas from Portland to Williamsburg, bars are serving up their drinks on extra-dense, extra-clear cubes, produced through a laborious process of freezing and carving. Cocktail connoisseurs swear the difference in flavor is worth the extra effort: In addition to being more…
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  • Contact: At 66, Jackson Browne Is Far From Running on Empty

    Jacob Blickenstaff
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Jackson Browne Jacob Blickenstaff More From CONTACT: Sean Rowe Taylor Goldsmith, Dawes Liam Bailey Thomas Bartlett and Martin Hayes Aaron Freeman Puss n Boots Ben Watt Joe Henry Jolie Holland Rodney Crowell Benmont Tench Jackson Browne released his 14th studio album, Standing in the Breach, earlier this month. In a career that spans more than four decades, the 66-year-old Browne has never deviated too far from the honest and self-aware songwriting he's known for. The archetypal "sensitive guy" songwriter has proven himself, through his consistency and guilelessness, to be a deep and committed…
  • Olympics to Crack Down on Human Rights Abuses…After 2022

    Katie Rose Quandt
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    Following widespread allegations of wrongdoing in both the Beijing and Sochi Olympics, human rights protections will be added to the contracts signed by future Olympic host cities. The International Olympic Committee's president presented this change to Human Rights Watch at an October 21 meeting. The new language will contractually require host countries to "take all necessary measures to ensure that development projects necessary for the organization of the Games comply with local, regional, and national legislation, and international agreements and protocols, applicable in the host country…
  • There's an International Soccer Tournament Where All the Players Are Homeless

    Katie Rose Quandt
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    "A homeless soccer team? What?" That's what Shane Bullock, 26, recalls thinking when a coach came by his San Francisco shelter last fall to recruit players. Now, a year later, he's in Santiago, Chile, representing the United States against teams from 49 countries at the 12th-annual Homeless World Cup. The Homeless World Cup—which is actually just what it sounds like—draws a total of 100,000 spectators to cheer on teams of homeless (or, like Bullock, recently homeless) men and women in highly competitive four-on-four soccer matches, which are played on a basketball-sized courtwith…
  • William Gibson: The Future Will View Us "As a Joke"

    Tasneem Raja
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Photoillustration: Mario Wagner; Photograph: Michael O'Shea For evidence that the sci-fi future is encroaching on the present, look no further than William Gibson's latest book, The Peripheral, which opens a mere decade or so from now and includes a cameo for cronuts, those croissant-doughnut hybrids invented last year by a New York City chef. When Gibson's debut, Neuromancer, exploded onto the sci-fi scene way back in 1984, his vision of "cyberspace" felt dizzyingly distant. (Gibson, now 66, had coined the term in a short story a couple of years earlier.) Now Neuromancer just seems…
  • Canada's Coverage of the Ottawa Shootings Put American Cable News to Shame

    James West
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation today gave a master class in calm, credible breaking-news reporting. Also Read: Kevin Vickers, Canada's Badass National Hero, Is a Portrait of Humility Anchored by the unflappable Peter Mansbridge, news of the shootings in Ottawa unfolded live on the CBC much like they do here in the United States: lots of sketchy details, conflicting reports, unreliable witnesses, and a thick fog of confusion. All of that was familiar. What was less familiar was how Mansbridge and his team managed that confusion, conveying a concise and fact-based version of fast-moving…
 
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