Pictures of police brutality supposedly from protests in Venezuela are spreading all over social media, but they may not have been taken in the South American country; an average-sized healthy version of a Barbie doll is being developed; meanwhile, the worst revelation Edward Snowden made is that the U.S. government is trying to discredit political activists. These discoveries and more below.
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The Return of the 1600 as a Perfect SAT Score
The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions.
Boom and Bust of the Cognitariat
The liberal answer to the declining fortunes of the American working-class has been more college education.
Manufacturing Contempt for Venezuela
The Venezuelan opposition has been skillfully using Twitter and Facebook to disseminate horrifying photos and testimonies of alleged government violence and abuse against protesters over the last few weeks.
Pope Francis: Church Could Support Civil Unions
Pope Francis reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s opposition to gay marriage on Wednesday, but suggested in a newspaper interview that it could support some types of civil unions.
Normal Barbie’ Doll With Average Female Body Is Coming to Life
Meet Lammily, who is perfectly normal and of healthy stature.
New Texts Found in ‘Dead Sea Scroll’ Caves
An archaeologist says he discovered nine tiny scrolls with biblical text from the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were unearthed, according to news reports.
The March to War
It just so happens, in the midst of the march to war over Ukraine, this week we’re teaching Berkeley in the Sixties and The Port Huron Statement in the Tale of Two Depressions course.
Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong’o's Speech on Beauty That Left an Entire Audience Speechless
A few days before her historic Oscar win (for the first movie she’s ever been in!) Lupita accepted an award for Best Breakthrough Performance at the seventh annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon hosted by Essence magazine.
United States of Comcast
Maps of the United States of Comcast—before (above) and after (below) the proposed merger with Time Warner.
The Worst Snowden Revelation of Them All: Digital Cointelpro
One common reaction to Edward Snowden’s exposure of the National Security Agency’s pervasive surveillance of Americans and people around the world has been: Well, at least they aren’t doing what US government agents did in the 1960s and 1970s – targeting dissident political activists, spying on and disrupting their constitutionally-protected activities, and seeking to discredit them with programs like Cointelpro.