Syfy’s addictive Deadly Class is like Harry Potter with prison gangs and the Yakuza

Syfy’s addictive Deadly Class is like Harry Potter with prison gangs and the Yakuza

Deadly Class’s stellar young cast can make you forget some of its misfires. One of the greatest lies told to children is that high school will be the best time of their lives. The only people who say this, or have an affection toward those dreadful years, are the sad souls who peaked in high school. Syfy’s new teen drama Deadly Class is quite clear about that. There is no illusion that high school is…

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The case against empathy

The case against empathy

Why this Yale psychologist thinks you should be compassionate, not empathetic. Who can be against empathy? If our moral intuitions align on anything, is it not on the idea that empathy for other human beings is a good thing? What harm could come from identifying with the thoughts and feelings of our fellow creatures? According to Paul Bloom, a professor of psychology at Yale, most of us are completely wrong about empathy. The author of…

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William Barr paved the way for Trump on immigration. Now he might help Trump go even further.

William Barr paved the way for Trump on immigration. Now he might help Trump go even further.

Barr was building a border wall back in 1991. William Barr, President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, showed during his confirmation testimony Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee that he’ll be a loyal foot soldier for Trump’s aggressive immigration agenda. Barr (predictably) defended Trump’s demands for a “wall” at the US/Mexico border; decried “sanctuary cities” (and claimed with no evidence that they entice criminals to come to the United States); and said that because…

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How a dramatic jewel heist may have played a role in Saudi teen Rahaf Alqunun’s fate

How a dramatic jewel heist may have played a role in Saudi teen Rahaf Alqunun’s fate

The Saudi teen whose pleas for asylum went viral has been resettled in Canada. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, an 18-year-old Saudi woman, burst onto the international stage earlier this month after she fled her family during a vacation in Kuwait, saying that they were abusive and that she feared for her life. After taking a flight from Kuwait to Thailand, where she spent two days locked in a hotel room broadcasting her pleas on social media,…

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Lunar eclipse 2019: how to watch this “supermoon” turn blood-red

Lunar eclipse 2019: how to watch this “supermoon” turn blood-red

It’s the last total lunar eclipse until 2021. Don’t miss it! In the night between January 20 and 21, the moon will pass into the shadow cast by Earth. Anyone in North and South America — as well as portions of Northern Europe and the northwest coast of Africa — will be able to see the full eclipse, which will entirely cover the moon for an hour and two minutes. What’s more, the moon will…

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Facebook is terrible. But as I was grieving, it was a lifesaver.

Facebook is terrible. But as I was grieving, it was a lifesaver.

From logistics to loneliness, Facebook was indispensable after my husband died. My husband was pronounced dead at 10:12 am on February 4, 2017. At 7:08 pm, I shared the news on Facebook. “My amazing, wonderful, hilarious, brilliant, generous, soulmate of a husband Jamie Hawkins-Gaar passed away this morning,” I wrote. I posted the awful update from my couch, with a friend looking over my shoulder to catch any typos. “He was running a half marathon…

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9 key questions about the longest government shutdown in history, answered

9 key questions about the longest government shutdown in history, answered

What are federal employees rights? Does this happen in other countries? And other frequently asked questions. It costs money to run the government, and it’s Congress’s job to manage the purse strings. With the government now in the midst of its third shutdown under President Donald Trump’s leadership — the longest in US history — there’s no sugarcoating it: One of the legislative branch’s most basic functions has broken down. Congress has let funding for…

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The idea that successful people can teach their secrets isn’t new. Now MasterClass is selling it for $180.

The idea that successful people can teach their secrets isn’t new. Now MasterClass is selling it for $180.

Can a video of Serena Williams teach you tennis? Probably not. After surviving for five months in space, astronaut Chris Hadfield has a new, tougher challenge: teaching me, a grown man whose only qualifications are narrowly passing 10th-grade science and usually keeping motion sickness at bay when commuting, to be a space explorer. “It will be a great moment of introspection for humanity if you’re the person who finds that one little fossilized flower on…

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How Tulsi Gabbard went from rising star to pariah — and then presidential candidate

How Tulsi Gabbard went from rising star to pariah — and then presidential candidate

Tulsi Gabbard had so much promise. Now her presidential bid feels quixotic. Here’s what happened — and why it matters. When Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) was first elected to Congress in 2012 amid an ocean of positive press, a 2020 presidential run seemed like it could well be in her future. But after she announced an intent to run on Friday, she was treated less like a marquee candidate and more like a sideshow. It’s a…

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Why Republicans took so long to call out Steve King’s racism

Why Republicans took so long to call out Steve King’s racism

After more than 15 years of espousing racist views in Congress, the representative from Iowa is finally seeing consequences. On Monday, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was unceremoniously booted from his House committee assignments by members of the Republican Steering Committee, four days after racist comments King made to the New York Times — “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” — became publicly known. King’s comments proved too much…

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