Although the country’s views have progressed in terms of gay rights and race, universal health care isn’t something Americans can get used to; a company in Japan offers people weddings to themselves; meanwhile, a confession by former officer Darren Wilson’s prosecutor may be cause to reopen the Ferguson case. These discoveries and more below.

Goodbye Privacy — Beware the Secret Trade In Services Agreement Internet privacy and net neutrality would become things of the past if the secret Trade In Services Agreement comes to fruition.

Solo Weddings in Japan: All of the Glamour, None of the Relationship If he liked it then he should’ve put a ring on it — but since he didn’t, there’s no reason you can’t.

How a Top Obama Crony Moved from Idaho to a $2 Million Washington Estate Long before Jim Messina became a trusted aide to President Barack Obama and one of the most powerful men in Washington, he was just a simple boy from Boise.

Prolific Lingerie Thief Uncovered When Ceiling Gave Way Under Strain of Hoard A man obsessed with stealing his female neighbours’ lingerie and hiding it away has been caught and arrested after a ceiling collapsed under the weight of his booty.

Imagination and Reality Look Different in the Brain “Turn off your mind, relax, and float down stream…” Maybe John Lennon was onto something when he wrote those words for the Beatles’ song “Tomorrow Never Knows.”

Official Probe Calls on Illinois to Reconsider Salaita Firing An official investigative committee at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is calling for the decision to fire Steven Salaita to be reconsidered.

It’s a Wonderful Life, Comrade A number of years ago, I was telling a longtime city dweller friend of mine yet another story about the small, upstate New York town in which I grew up.

Before Google, Here’s What New Yorkers Asked The NYPL Recently some folks at the New York Public Library discovered a box containing old reference questions from the 1940s to 1980s.

Eleven Stunning Graphs From 2014 That You Should See We’ve put together our favorite graphs and graph collections from 2014.

Why Americans Resist Universal Healthcare It’s 1974. Richard Nixon resigns the presidency; Someone asks you: Here are three pretty radical ideas – which do you think is likely to happen first, if ever?

Admission By Ferguson Prosecutor Could Restart Case Against Wilson Ferguson prosecutor Bob McCulloch admitted that he presented evidence he knew to be false to the grand jury considering charges against Darren Wilson.

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