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The Cops I Met on the Open Road

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 08.10.2014 | Fifty
Michael Sean Comerford

This California Highway Patrol officer drove me to a gas station near an I-580 onramp on my San Francisco-to-New Jersey hitchhike. The trunk is open ...

America's Late Imperial Paradox

Ian Buruma | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
Ian Buruma

The much-vaunted "liberal order" policed by the U.S. was a product of World War II and the Cold War. Germany and Japan had to be kept down, the Communist powers had to be contained, and the old countries of Europe had to learn to live with one another under unifying pan-national institutions. All of this was made possible by American money and military might. As a result, the Free World, in Western Europe and East Asia, became a US dependency. This cannot go on forever. Indeed, the arrangements are already fraying. But then comes the old imperial paradox. The longer others remain dependent on the U.S., the less capable they will be of taking care of their own affairs, including their security. And, like an authoritarian parent, the U.S. itself, despite its admonitions to its allies to pull their weight, is often loath to let go of its increasingly unruly dependents.

Badass Florida Man Protests X-mas Tree Inspection With AMERICA

Reuters | Posted 08.07.2014 | Weird News

By Barbara Liston June 6 (Reuters) - A Florida man who feels he is being unfairly treated by local code enforcement officials has moun...

The Best National Parks In America: Ranked!

The Active Times | Posted 08.06.2014 | Travel
The Active Times

Which government system protects some of our most prized land, offers affordable recreation and is great for the economy? You guessed it -- it's the National Park System.

The Impending 'Peaceful War' Between China and America Over Cyberspying

Patrick Mendis | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
Patrick Mendis

Unlike the Cold War period -- in which the Soviet Union was isolated from the global economy -- commercial interests and trade secrets underpin the intrinsically entangled Sino-American economic relations. The higgledy-piggledy distinction between national security and corporate interests is hardly convincing to the Chinese, especially when the US revolving doors conveniently inhabit the space between government service and corporations during both Democratic and Republican administrations. Just like the Sino-American relations in commercial intercourse, economics triumphs over ideology in the partisan world of American politics. On China's side, its intertwined national and economic interests are enshrined in the peculiar institution of the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs).

Listen to the D-Day Generation, Their Time Is Running Short

Jim Moore | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Jim Moore

By June 6, 1944, World War II touched just about every family and community in America. We have not participated so personally in anything like it since, and we have grown apart from the men and women who continue to fight and die in conflicts that require only our tax dollars for support.

Walmart's Big 'Made In America' Problem

Reuters | Posted 08.04.2014 | Business

(Repeating to additional subscribers) By James B. Kelleher June 4 (Reuters) - When Walmart pledged last year to buy an ...

10 Reasons Not To Vote For Marianne Williamson

Ira Israel | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Ira Israel

Because you believe that having a black person as president means that racism isn't alive and well in America. It doesn't bother you that one out of three black men will spend some time of his life in America behind bars.

Homeless In America

The WorldPost | Chandran Nair | Posted 06.02.2014 | World

"The Other Hundred" is a unique photo book project aimed as a counterpoint to the Forbes 100 and other media rich lists by telling the stories of peo...

Daniel Ellsberg Blasts John Kerry's 'Despicable' Edward Snowden Comments

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.29.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Famed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg came to the defense of Edward Snowden after Secretary of State John Kerry called Snowden a "coward...

Twelve Years a Slave and African Heritage Tourism

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 05.29.2014 | Travel
Stefan Simanowitz

"Watching Kunte Kinte's story unfold had a profound impact on my developing sense of identity," says Ade Akinboyewa of the television series based on ...

Millennials as Smart, Highly-Adaptive "Reptiles"

Bob Deutsch | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business
Bob Deutsch

Recently I've been hearing a lot of interest from fashion brands, such as Macy's, and fast-food chains, such as Wendy's, concerning the state of mind ...

Honoring the Fallen on Memorial Day

Edward Headington | Posted 07.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Edward Headington

We often associate this national holiday with the start of summer and a three-day weekend filled with beaches and barbeques. But let us not forget the true meaning of this day or the price of freedom.

For Here

Marc Trujillo | Posted 07.20.2014 | Arts
Marc Trujillo

'TN7' 11"x 15" oil on panel This is a painting I did of an in-flight meal, the title is the flight number I was on when I had the meal. I wanted to d...

Why the Homestead Act Matters

Edward Headington | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics
Edward Headington

Fast forward just over fifteen decades and our thanks still go out to President Lincoln and the 37th U.S. Congress for working together to pass such far-sighted and impactful legislation -- in a time of war -- to do what was right for the nation. Perhaps we still have a much to learn from that bygone era.

The Problem With the Republican Party Today

Chris Williams | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Chris Williams

As much as it pains me to make this statement, it hurts more knowing that the Republican Party is destroying America through its histrionics and prede...

What Is the New Great American Neighborhood?

Localeur | Posted 07.20.2014 | Travel
Localeur

What are the new norms, if any? Is it possible to have an ideal neighborhood in 2014 -- and if so, what are the drivers?

The Real 'Gold' Always Will Be the...

Aurelia Condrat | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Aurelia Condrat

For the first time, the idea of hungry population appears in the report "The Limits of Growth" -- 1972 (commissioned by the Club of Rome) and has had a significant impact on the conception of environmental issues.

How Syria Could Affect the Future of Humanity

Lorna Byrne | Posted 07.13.2014 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

Looking at the Syrian crisis now, we may not, humanly, be able to see a solution. That's why we need to pray. Prayer is so powerful. All our prayers count. Your prayer may be the one that makes the difference.

Jay-Z's 100th Problem

Midwin Charles | Posted 07.14.2014 | Entertainment
Midwin Charles

Jay-Z's 100th Problem #WhatJayZSaidToSolange is the hash tag that circulated wildly on Twitter and many social networks once news broke that Solange ...

If Taxi Cabs Want Business, They Must Learn to Compete

Brigham A. McCown | Posted 07.14.2014 | Business
Brigham A. McCown

Innovation drives progress, and ultimately consumer choice reflects the relative strength or weakness of a particular product.

Wisdom From My Mother

Jennifer Kamara | Posted 07.13.2014 | Women
Jennifer Kamara

In the spirit of honoring mothers every day, not just on mother's day, I asked individuals from around the world to share with me, wisdoms from their mothers. Not surprisingly, they confirm how unrelenting and influential our mothers are globally.

Rock and Roll in Algeria

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 07.12.2014 | Arts
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet a rock and roll band visiting from Algeria called Dar K' Side, or "House of Poems" (HoP).What captured my attention were the smiles on each of the Algerian musicians. These smiles were louder than the music. These guys were inspired.

Scapegoats in Ukraine All Over Again

Jane Cutler Yepez | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Jane Cutler Yepez

Jews are certainly not the world's only scapegoats. It becomes a sickening reality that when political unrest occurs, the people who pay the highest price are the historical scapegoats of past conflicts.

America and China Need Each Other

Wang Jisi | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Wang Jisi

It would be politically incorrect in the United States to proclaim that the domestic order kept by the Chinese Communist Party would serve U.S. interests. It would also be ideologically unacceptable in China to announce that the current international order sustained by American primacy should be welcomed. Paradoxically, the stark reality is that the two orders have been reinforcing each other now for the past 42 years, since Richard Nixon's historic visit to China. Today, it is in China's best interest to see a vibrant U.S. economy stimulated by technological innovations, and a benign, careful use of U.S. power in the global system. In turn, an orderly yet changing China, under a strong, reform-minded leadership, will make greater contributions to the global order in favor of the United States.