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March 26th, 2014

A Recipe for Better Disaster Movies

    It’s hard not to love mediocre, bad, or even awful movies that portray a post-apocalyptic or utterly dysfunctional future. If you’ve watched Logan’s Run, Water World, The Day After Tomorrow, AI, or Soylent Green more than once, you’ll know what we mean.

    But there’s nothing to love about the real-life disasters that flit across our headlines and quickly vanish from consciousness.

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Don't ban 'bossy,' own it

    Sometimes a clever catchphrase can work too well. Backlash against the name of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's "Ban Bossy" campaign threatens to overwhelm its girl-empowering message.

    At least Sandberg knows how to get people talking. A year ago she popularized "Lean in" with a best-selling advice book -- "Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead" -- and a nonprofit national Lean In network to build women leaders.

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How to change minds about climate change

    The American Association for the Advancement of Science is trying to awaken more Americans to the dangers of climate change, with a report Tuesday that focuses on a clear and accessible explanation of the evidence. It's a commendable and necessary effort, but what if the problem goes deeper than language?

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Is Obamacare dead if Republicans win Senate?

    If Republicans take control of the Senate next year, which seems highly plausible right now, they will surely intensify their war on Obamacare. Last week Bloomberg Government issued an analysis on the prospects for the law in 2015, including how the administration might respond to attacks from a Congress under full Republican control.

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Paul Ryan Misrepresents His Irish Roots

    Reflections upon the recent holiday: The first time my wife saw tears in my eyes was in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, at the tomb of Jonathan Swift. The brilliant 18th-century Irish satirist was my first and most enduring literary hero, a towering figure who Yeats thought "slept under the greatest epitaph in history" -- composed by Swift himself.

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Pull the chain on these cases

    Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair is a cad, a bully and a boor. Once a rising star in the Army and former deputy commander of U.S. forces in southern Afghanistan, Sinclair betrayed his wife, mistreated a mistress who was also his subordinate, and solicited nude photographs from other junior officers.

    He is also Exhibit A for why military law governing sexual assault prosecutions should be changed to take such cases outside the regular chain of command.

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Should Great Cities Roll Out the Welcome Mat for Great Fortunes?

    New York has a new mayor who wants to remake his deeply unequal city into much more than a playground for the super-rich. The experts who track global wealth trends think he’ll fail.

    A recent report from Knight Frank, a global consultancy firm, is predicting that by the year 2024, New York will replace London as the mega-wealthy’s top go-to urban destination.

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The Four Horsemen of the American Journalism Apocalypse

    As usual, America's foreign correspondents are falling down on the job.

    Stories devoid of historical context cast Russia's invasion of Ukraine as a naked act of neo-Soviet aggression. Considering that the relevant history begins a mere two decades ago, its omission is inexcusable.

    The spark that led to the takeover of Crimea was not the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych. It is what happened the day after.

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The Great American Experiment

    There are more than 1,000 chemicals known to be toxic to the brains of animals in lab experiments. Yet we only know of 214 for humans, and just 12 for developing fetuses and infants, a recent study revealed.

    Why are these numbers so far apart? Is it because lab animals’ brains are more feeble and susceptible to chemicals than ours?

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The year of the Russians

    After a quarter of a century of relative calm since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russians are coming again. On the heels of their successful Winter Olympics in Sochi, in which they won the medals competition, the regime of President Vladimir Putin has swiftly pivoted to much more serious gamesmanship in neighboring Ukraine.

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