Haaretz journalist Gideon Levy wants readers to stop being in denial about Israel’s malevolent acts; the Black Lives Matter movement is getting stronger and clearer on its goals; and Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks are in a public argument over how to handle leaks. These discoveries and more below.

Stop Living in Denial, Israel Is an Evil State Israel may not be Nazi, nor even a fascist state. Yet it is a member of the same terrible family, the family of evil states. Just consider these acts of evil perpetrated by the state.

Do Lobsters and Other Invertebrates Feel Pain? New Research Has Some Answers A scientist and a seafood chef walk into a bar. “We have a mutual interest,” says the scientist. “I study crustaceans and you cook them.” But the chef wanted to know just one thing: Do the animals feel pain?

China’s Futuristic Straddling Bus Is Finally Here For years, it existed only on paper and tiny models, but on Tuesday, the bus went for its first test drive.

Here’s the Academic Evidence on Cheating in Post-Communist Countries In my Monkey Cage essay on Melania Trump’s speech from last Wednesday, I noted that cheating and plagiarism were widespread in post-communist schools after 1989.

Could a Third-Party Candidate Win the U.S. Presidency? That’s Very Unlikely Jill Stein’s Green Party is aggressively courting Bernie Sanders supporters and others from the Democratic Party’s far left.

On Mozart’s Feathered Collaborator Whistle a little Mozart to a starling in a cage.

Once All But Left for Dead, Is Cursive Handwriting Making a Comeback? Cursive writing was supposed to be dead by now.

Donald Trump, Upstaged by Crying Baby, Orders It Removed From Rally Trump treated a crying baby and its mother like he would any other protester at one of his tremendous rallies.

Our Military Jobs Program Explained to Putin Putin may or may not be familiar with U.S. economic studies finding that, in fact, the same investment in peaceful industries would create more jobs than does military spending.

What Does Black Lives Matter Want? Now Its Demands Are Clearer Than Ever After a year of planning, members of the movement have released a comprehensive platform.

Trump Bolsters Foreign-Policy Team by Adding Carson and Palin After stumbling badly on an interview question about Ukraine, the Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump attempted on Tuesday to reassure voters about his geopolitical expertise by adding the retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and the former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to his team of foreign-policy advisers.

Can Mythbusters Like Snopes.com Keep Up in a Post-Truth Era? The fact-checking website was launched to correct urban legends and false rumours. Now, with even presidential candidates repeating fake stories from the web, its co-founder David Mikkelson says ‘the bilge is rising faster than you can pump.’

Cops Get Less Training Than Cosmetologists In the U.S. The problem of police brutality is actually deeply entrenched and amazingly complicated.

Snowden and WikiLeaks Go to War Over the Ethics of the DNC Email Hack Snowden, famous for working with journalists to unveil the NSA’s domestic surveillance program, took to Twitter to, however gently, criticize WikiLeaks over the way it handled the DNC leak.

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