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Friday Talking Points -- End Of The Silly Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.26.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's still only August, but already the predictions that this would be an exceedingly banal presidential election campaign look like they've already come true. This week's campaign news might be summed up as an elementary school playground shouting match: "You're a bigot!" "No, you're a bigot!" Sigh.

'I Am No One,' A Conversation with Patrick Flanery

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.11.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Andrew van der Vlies Patrick Flanery earned a B.F.A. in film at NYU and worked in the film industry before moving to the U.K, where he complet...

Tribe Trump: How Fear Turns Us Into Bigots, and Puts Us At Risk

David Ropeik | Posted 12.15.2016 | Politics
David Ropeik

When we face a threat we can't protect ourselves from as individuals, we metaphorically circle the wagons, and anyone inside our circles - those who share our race or gender or nationality or socioeconomic class or religion or general beliefs and values - is friend, and anyone outside those circles is foe.

Death and The Donald

Bronwyn Fryer | Posted 12.09.2016 | Politics
Bronwyn Fryer

It's no surprise that people are attracted to charismatic goons like Trump who promise to eradicate perceived "evil." He and other right-wing leaders have always understood that fear, defensiveness, and perception of being persecuted are exquisitely potent political tools.

Koch Brothers Take The Paranoid Style Of Politics To The Next Level

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics

Ken Vogel, who muckrakes the world of the idle-rich weirdos who run our political system like none other, returns Wednesday with the latest inside dop...

Lori Pond: Fight or Flight

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 10.15.2016 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

Photographer Lori Pond is curious about fear. Not a general sense of unease for foreboding; not mundane anxiety; not esoteric crises or arbitrary phobias -- but real, urgent, existential fear. The immediate kind that triggers the so-called Fight or Flight response.

Three Exceptional Facts About America

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.29.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If you were to isolate the single most striking, if little discussed, aspect of American foreign policy in the first 15 years of this century, it might be that Washington's inability to apply its power successfully just about anywhere confirms that very power; in other words, failure is a marker of success.

Spin Fail as Clinton Foundation Keeps Books Firmly Shut

Till Bruckner | Posted 05.21.2016 | Media
Till Bruckner

Earlier this month, I was in Marrakech to cover the Clinton Global Initiative schmoozefest and make up my mind about whether the Clinton Foundation is as sinister as its critics make it out to be.

Dismissive of 'Rape Culture,' a New York Times Columnist Perpetuates It in a Screed Against 'Sensitivity'

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 05.25.2015 | College
Elizabeth Nicholas

If you only read Shulevitz's article, you might believe an epidemic of overly dramatic rape victims and overly-sensitivity responses to them was sweeping the country.

Fighting the New Stupidity

Keith M. Parsons | Posted 04.08.2015 | Science
Keith M. Parsons

Vaccines are a great triumph of the human intellect over ancient evils. That triumph must not be dimmed by ignorance, paranoia, and demagoguery.

Popcorn Preview: American Sniper

Leslie Sisman | Posted 03.11.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

At the recruiting office, they give him a brochure for the Seals... and we soon see Chris in basic training. "We're looking for warriors, not quitters." Training is brutal but Chris makes it to sniper school, where his "hell of a gift" sets him apart.

America Is Nervous -- We Must Lay Down Our Arms

Michelle Kraus | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

There are far too many loose guns floating around the United States of America. What are we doing? This is not the world our forefathers conceived wh...

Dementia Through The Eyes of a Child

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 09.14.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Flora Ross

In the beginning, the residents sitting around the room were withdrawn, as is typical. Some watched with interest, many with detachment, some not at all. But then an amazing thing happened.

4 Problems Stoicism Can Help Us With

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 07.14.2014 | World

‘Stoicism’ was a philosophy that flourished for some 400 years in Ancient Greece and Rome, gaining widespread support among all classes of society...

The Most Dangerous Game: Christopher Yates' Black Chalk

Jaime Lubin | Posted 07.09.2014 | Books
Jaime Lubin

"Never trust the artist, trust the tale." Christopher Yates invokes the famous D.H. Lawrence quote that functions as an epigraph to Black Chalk, Yates' darkly psychological debut thriller.

5 Hotel Room Paranoias We All Have

Oren Mendez | Posted 06.03.2014 | Comedy
Oren Mendez

If the cleaning lady did half the things I think she does in my room, she wouldn't get more than two rooms done the entire day.

13 Signs You're Way Too Paranoid About April Fools' Day Pranks

The Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn & Carol Hartsell | Posted 03.31.2014 | Comedy

Ah, April Fools' Day. It's all fun and games until the prank is on you, but that doesn't mean you need to spend the next 24 hours living like a parano...

The Parenting Fear I Couldn't Escape -- And Still Apologize For

Julia Fierro | Posted 05.25.2014 | Parents
Julia Fierro

We laugh about it now. Still, I find myself apologizing now and then, despite the years that have passed, because I haven't completely forgiven myself.

Jason Linkins

Georgia's Common Core Paranoia May Be Coming For The SAT

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

If you've spent any time at all reading up on recent trends in education policy, you probably know: Common Core State Standards Initiative -- the most...

Paranoia, Surveillance and Military Tactics: Have We Become Enemies of the Government?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

While this hyper-militarization of the government is being sold to the public as a means of preventing terrorism and maintaining national security, it is little more than a wolf in sheep's clothing.

The Top 17 News Stories of 2013 With Analysis by a Newser Commenter

Chris Kelly | Posted 02.27.2014 | Comedy
Chris Kelly

I'm a busy man, and I like my news in 50-to-100-word chunks, like fragments of Sappho. So I couldn't get by without the news aggregation site Newser.

11 Box Office Turkeys From 2013

Posted 11.28.2013 | Entertainment

"Iron Man 3," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Man of Steel," "Despicable Me 2" and "The Heat" are just some of 2013's biggest box office hits. Wha...

What Would William Shatner Do?

Dori Hartley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Dori Hartley

Wherever I go, whether it's a trip around the world or to the local supermarket to pick up Frosted Flakes, I live in a fantasy world that revolves around the idea that I am Neo from The Matrix -- regardless of how much of a mom I look like in real life.

The Commuter Life: The Insanity of Tunnel Vision

Kyle Dowling | Posted 11.24.2013 | Comedy
Kyle Dowling

My train had just left Penn and was heading back to reality, back to where things made sense to me, where I felt a form of comfort. Yes, I'm talking about New Jersey. Deal with it. I assure you there are far worse places to be...

Will You Be As Happy As These Guys Look After You See 'Paranoia'?

Mike Ryan | Posted 10.15.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ryan

On Friday, Paranoia will run wild at your local movie theater chain. In Paranoia, Harrison Ford (Air Force One) and Gary Oldman (Air Force One) star as dueling titans of technology, with Liam Hemsworth's (Air Force One) up-and-coming whiz kid caught in the middle. Is anyone actually paranoid in Paranoia? As a service to you, we answer every question that you could possibly have about Paranoia.