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Pope names 13 new cardinals, includes Washington DC Archbishop Gregory

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday named 13 new cardinals, including Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who would become the first Black U.S. prelate to earn the coveted red hat. In a surprise announcement from his studio window to faithful standing below in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said the churchmen would be elevated…

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Vote-by-Mail Programs Date Back to the Civil War

Voting by mail can trace its roots to soldiers voting far from home during the Civil War and World War II. By the late 1800s, some states were extending absentee ballots to civilian voters under certain conditions, but it wasn’t until 2000 that Oregon became the first state to move to an all-mail voting system.…

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    How the 2000 Election Came Down to a Supreme Court Decision

    Five hundred thirty-seven votes. That's all that separated Democrat Al Gore and his Republican challenger George W. Bush when, on November 26, 2000, three weeks after Election Day, the state of Florida declared Bush the winner of its 25 electoral votes in the race for U.S. president. After a wild election night on November 7,…

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      Chimps pare down their social circle in later years – study

      There is more that comes with older age than greying hair and wrinkled skin. When humans reach their later years, they favour more established friends and their social circle is pared down.Now, for what appears to be the first time, scientists have seen the same behaviour in another species. More than two decades of observations…

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        New theory of consciousness proposed by Surrey Scientist

        Publishing his theory in the eminent Oxford University Press journal Neuroscience of Consciousness, Professor McFadden posits that consciousness is in fact the brain’s energy field. This theory could pave the way towards the development of conscious AI, with robots that are aware and have the ability to think becoming a reality.Early theories on what our…

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          Sacrificial llamas found buried in Peru shed light on Incan rituals

          Archaeologists say killing of animals may have helped cement claim on new territory The llamas were decorated with valuable bracelets and string and buried alive alongside decorated guinea pigs. Photograph: Antiquity That the Inca sacrificed people to appease their gods is well known, but a discovery in Peru sheds new light on a far more…

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            The politics of punk in the era of Trump

            Trump is Punk! It’s a hashtag. It’s a slogan on t-shirts and trucker hats. It’s a click-bait headline.Milo Yiannopoulos, a former Breitbart editor, may have started this buzz with his speech (delivered in drag) at Louisiana State University on 22 September 2016, in which he claimed that “being a Donald Trump supporter is the new…

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              Penny For Our Thoughts

              By Nicky Charlish. Cathi Unsworth, Bad Penny Blues (Strange Attractor Press, 2020) Encomiums should engender enquiry. High praise should raise our suspicions of cant. However, the title of ‘Queen of London Noir’ has been bestowed deservedly upon the novelist Cathi Unsworth. A former music journalist, now a writer, lecturer and creative writing guide, for her…

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                Lying in State: The History Behind the Solemn Tradition

                Since 1852, 35 individuals have received the high honor of lying in state: 12 presidents, two vice presidents, plus members of Congress, unknown soldiers, military heroes, a city planner, and U.S. Supreme Court justices. Bestowed as a final tribute to distinguished government officials and military officers, a lying in state ceremony requires the approval of…

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                  Why Do 9 Justices Serve on the Supreme Court?

                  Only since 1869 have there consistently been nine justices appointed to the Supreme Court. Before that, Congress routinely changed the number of justices to achieve its own partisan political goals, resulting in as few as five Supreme Court justices required by law under John Adams to as many as 10 under Abraham Lincoln. The U.S.…

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                    Many colleges are fighting for survival. Is it even reasonable to expect the humanities to survive?  

                    THE STONEIn the midst of an existential crisis for higher education, is it even reasonable to expect the humanities to survive?By Jon Baskin and Anastasia BergMr. Baskin and Ms. Berg are editors of The Point.Oct. 22, 2020Credit...Illustration by Jim Datz; Photographs by James O'Neil and Mo Semsem, via Getty ImagesThis fall, as college students filter…

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                      Jew, poet, homosexual, painter, punster, novelist, critic, palm-reader, ether-addict, Kabbalist, Catholic: Who was Max Jacob?  

                      Who was Max Jacob? That’s the question poet and University of Chicago professor Rosanna Warren circles around in this detailed, nearly 600-page biography, a project she has worked on for more than 30 years.Born in Quimper, Brittany, in 1876, Jacob could never settle on, or settle for, a single identity — being a Jew, “cubist”…

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                        How the East India Company Became the World’s Most Powerful Monopoly

                        One of the biggest, most dominant corporations in history operated long before the emergence of tech giants like Apple or Google or Amazon. The English East India Company was incorporated by royal charter on December 31, 1600 and went on to act as a part-trade organization, part-nation-state and reap vast profits from overseas trade with India,…

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                        COVID-19, food crisis give new life to ancient practice of gleaning

                        (RNS) — As the number of laid-off workers and hungry Americans continues to rise, even as farmers are having trouble marketing their crops, the ancient practice of gleaning is having a moment — fueled in part by faith communities. Gleaning, or collecting food left over after a farmer’s harvest, usually set aside for the poor,…

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                        Resource Sovereignty Beyond Socialism and Capitalism

                        Ideas about sovereignty over natural resources remain trapped in a Cold War binary of market capitalism vs. state socialism, but both these systems are inadequate to the challenge of climate change. Recent political protests in Chile, drawing on indigenous imagery, point to a stringent need to rethink sovereignty.The Soyuz symposium scheduled for spring 2020 was…

                        Ruthlessly self-absorbed, obsessed with power, a sexual predator — Simone de Beauvoir was not a good person. But at least she stood for something  

                        Oct 21, 2020 10 Min read time Image: Flickr Simone de Beauvoir’s relationship with her readers was a mutually demanding collaboration. Sex, Love, and Letters: Writing Simone de Beauvoir Judith G. Coffin Cornell University Press, $32.95 (cloth) Why did I write all of this to you? Because I have never felt such a human closeness as…

                        The Cleverest, Weirdest Mapping Ideas Ever Patented (2017)

                        In 1912 an inventor in New York City named Joseph W. Jones filed a patent for a “Combined Road-Map and Odometer” that is arguably the forerunner to today’s dashboard GPS navigation systems. Jones’ invention was for a complex apparatus (see first slide in gallery above) that would display route directions and landmarks as a car…

                        The greatest Briton?

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                        Economics for the people

                        I’ve witnessed massive swarms of fireflies grace my garden like never before, drawn to the air cleansed of our arrogant greed, their glow a flashback to the time before us, omen of Earth without us, a reminder we’re never immune to nature. I say this might be the end we’ve always needed to begin again…

                        The maddening Martin Amis. He denounces authors’ asides into dreams, sex, and religion… and then commits those very novelistic sins  

                        Books of The TimesCredit….When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission.About 20 years ago, Martin Amis — the writer with the most pronounced daddy issues this side of Sylvia Plath — received a letter from an especially harrowing ex-girlfriend.Wrong Daddy, she said. Amis’s father, she claimed, was not…

                        Amy Coney Barrett’s religion isn’t the problem. It’s her record.

                        (RNS) — Most Americans learn early that part of growing up in a diverse nation means not criticizing anyone else’s family faith or personal religious beliefs (or lack thereof). This is why it’s so powerful when politicians characterize some objections to Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court as attacks on her faith.…

                        The pandemic isn’t over, and misinformation can still be deadly

                        (RNS) — Over the past six months, there has been a lot of attention paid to ventilators, personal protective equipment and the scarcity of them. The lack of these resources certainly puts a community in danger. But we also can’t overlook an equally deadly problem: misinformation. As senior vice president for international programs with World…

                        Retired BYU professor denounces Donald Trump in viral video

                        BYU professor emeritus Frank W. Fox outlines his reasons for not voting for Donald Trump. (YouTube screenshot) At 80 years old, Frank Fox says he’s not savvy about social media, but that hasn’t stopped the retired Brigham Young University history professor from using YouTube and Facebook to explain to his fellow Latter-day Saints why he’s…

                        How Are Electoral College Electors Chosen?

                        Delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787 argued over a lot of things, but one of their biggest debates was over how the United States should elect its president. Some among the Founding Fathers believed that direct nationwide election by the people would be the most democratic method. Others argued that a straightforward popular vote…

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