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All That Moola: The History of 'Bucks' and Other Words We Use to Mean Money

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.18.2014 | Money
William B. Bradshaw

This covers many words used for money, although there are many more used less often. The exact history of "bucks" used for "money" is uncertain, but the leading theory, which seems likely, is that "bucks" came about as a substitute for money in the 1700s, when deerskins were a common medium of exchange for other items of value.

Ferguson Is Not Gaza

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

We stand together, but we know that our interwoven lives require a recognition of independent dignity. So too must Palestinians claim their own way forward, perhaps gleaning from the current moment in Ferguson (and Hong Kong) alternatives to violence.

Less Lobster, More Misery: The Republican Poverty Fantasy

Duncan Hosie | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Fantasy makes great television and literature. It also makes poor public policy. Poverty denial molds how many conservatives, and even independents, understand economic deprivation.

The Gay Travel Capitals of the World

Dane Steele Green | Posted 10.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Dane Steele Green

When it comes down to brass tacks, travel agents and destination-marketing companies love us LGBTQs -- so much so that they use the term "gay capital" as a lure. Sometimes they are spot-on. Other times it's a little dubious. So here is the question: What makes a "gay capital" just that?

5 Facts About Vision in America That You Need to Know this World Sight Day

Erin Zaikis | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Erin Zaikis

By working with schools, local optometrists, community partners, and a network of sight leaders, Education In Sight bridges the gap between students and comprehensive, quality eye care by bringing the care directly to students in the schools.

The Weight of Things

Monica Parker | Posted 10.03.2014 | Women
Monica Parker

Its mid-morning and I know, I know, I should have already been out in full head-to-toe Lycra mufti, burning off the butter I slathered on my bedtime s...

Cell Phones, the COP and ISIS

Edward Goldberg | Posted 10.09.2014 | World
Edward Goldberg

As the world becomes more chaotic, what should the role of the United States be?

On The Road With No Degree

Cindy Capitani | Posted 10.03.2014 | Parents
Cindy Capitani

It's sort of like "On the Road" except the driver is on my car insurance. And when they finally decide to leave Maine (you're where?!), the driver has a cell phone and can call mom about flat tires, stripped lug nuts and how between the four of them, they're down to $2. OK, so it's not like "On the Road" at all.

The Islamic State and the Soul of Islam?

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 10.03.2014 | World
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

The battles against terrorists such as the Islamic State and the centuries-old tension between Sunnis and Shias are not symbolic of the 'soul of a religion'. Instead, these sectarian and politically fueled schisms are symbolic of the battles for the soul of humanity, pluralism and peace.

25 Beautiful Places You Won't Mind Getting Lost In On Your Next American Roadtrip

AskMen.com | Posted 10.02.2014 | Travel
AskMen.com

Being stranded somewhere usually means you're in an awful predicament, but America has some of the most marvelous landscapes that can make desertion a pretty OK situation (if you don't mind sweating, being bored and eventually starving)

Can China and America Create a '100 Year Peace' Out of Today's Global Chaos?

Dominique Moisi | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Dominique Moisi

Something like the "bipolar hegemony" of Great Britain and Russia after 1815 (though other players like Austria, Prussia, and France mattered) could be reconstituted, with the US and China substituting for Great Britain and Russia. This seems to be Henry Kissinger's ultimate dream - a dream that one can glimpse in his latest book, Germanically entitled World Order: Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History.

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Harry Benson, Legendary Photographer

Ian Spanier | Posted 09.29.2014 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Call Harry Benson the Zelig of modern photography: He came to the U.S. with the Beatles in 1964 and took what are certainly the most candid shots of ...

As America Fights Terror, it Loses More Than it Gains

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

As the United States ramps up its 'no boots on the ground' war against jihadists in Iraq and Syria, the stream of threats emanating from the region appear to grow ever wider and deeper.

How Much Beer The World Drinks, In 1 Interactive Globe

The Huffington Post | Kevin short | Posted 09.26.2014 | Business

Spend a weekend in nearly any college town in the U.S. and you'll be convinced that no one drinks more than Americans. But it turns out the U.S. d...

India-US: Will a Strategic Partnership Emerge?

Aparna Pande | Posted 09.25.2014 | World
Aparna Pande

Americans have pinned hopes on a strategic partnership with India and the prospect of large contracts for U.S. corporations, on several previous occasions. But the India-US relationship has moved forward by inches, not miles. Will things be different this time?

What's Driving Americans Out of the Country?

Ella Jameson | Posted 09.25.2014 | Money
Ella Jameson

While leaving the U.S. may never be an issue of economic survival, the new economic climate is making it a much more tempting option than ever before.

There's One Huge Difference Between Canadians And Americans

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 09.19.2014 | Comedy

If you thought the biggest difference between residents of Canada and those of the U.S. is the way they pronounce the word "about," get ready to start...

We Must Recover America's Hopeful Spirit

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

While we used to feel inspired by our country, we now feel disenchanted. While we used to hope, now we doubt. And rather than listening to leaders who unite us, too often we pay heed to demagogues like Rush Limbaugh whose sole source of profit comes from division and discord.

ISIL and the World's Policeman

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

So goes the political dance in America between reality and rhetoric. However, most Americans see past the rhetoric. They understand the reality that the Middle East is a mess and that American military action is not going to do much.

Rice: China, U.S. Should Avoid Military Incidents

AP | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN | Posted 09.10.2014 | World

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice repeatedly raised concerns about risky Chinese fighter intercepts of U.S. surveillance flig...

The Death of Maria Fernandes Demands a Call to Action

Laura Reyes | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Laura Reyes

When I heard about the death of Maria Fernandes, an exhausted worker who died while napping in her car between two of her four jobs, I felt an my immense sadness that quickly turned to anger. Maria was a victim of an economic condition that grinds up low-wage workers, particularly women.

Could Islamic State Defeat the U.S.? Yes - If the Left and Right Continue to Put Politics Ahead of the Nation

Bill Shireman | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Bill Shireman

We all know that Islamic and other religious fundamentalists need to stop trying to destroy each other. But so do conservatives and liberals. We need to stop feeding our own fundamentalist movements.

Let Us Now Praise Weird, Wonderful Teen Fads of Yore

Ben Cosgrove | Posted 09.08.2014 | Teen
Ben Cosgrove

In late 1948, LIFE magazine revisited a topic that the popular weekly had covered a number of times in previous years, and would delve into again and ...

Why Asian Education Is Better, and Why It Is Not

David Scott Clegg | Posted 09.05.2014 | Education
David Scott Clegg

Everywhere I go these days it seems I'm faced with the same question: what is wrong with America's education system? The query is usually followed with a defining statement that Asian students are 'kicking our butts' on the international exams. But are they correct?

Healing the Soul of America

Audrey Addison Williams | Posted 09.03.2014 | Black Voices
Audrey Addison Williams

The "Soul" of America is sick and there is an urgent need for healing. A radical intervention is necessary if we are to recover our ability to feel and to care deeply, we need help.