The San Francisco 49ers quarterback making headlines for his protest against racism and police violence is making a crucial point about the U.S.; Fox News may be on its last leg at last; meanwhile, the disclaimer at the end of most films claiming they’re fiction oddly enough has to do with Grigori Rasputin, the historical Russian mystic. These discoveries and more below.

Colin Kaepernick Is Righter Than You Know: The National Anthem Is a Celebration of Slavery Almost no one seems to be aware that even if the U.S. were a perfect country today, it would be bizarre to expect African-American players to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Why? Because it literally celebrates the murder of African-Americans.

The Twilight of Fox News As pay TV slowly declines, cable news faces a demographic cliff. And nobody has further to fall than the merchant of right-wing outrage.

How Social Networks Are Revolutionizing Israeli Politics Benjamin Netanyahu’s 2015 electoral victory was the product of much more than his own effective internet campaign. His achievement reflects a deep-seated change taking place in Israeli politics as a result of the social-network revolution.

Unhealthy Health care: Hospitals Much of the debate about the U.S. health care system is focused on the role of public financing, but no one seems to want to look at the other key part, the actual delivery of health care to American workers and others.

Hillary Clinton Had the Chance to Make Gay Rights History. She Refused During her first run for president in 2008, Hillary Clinton had an opportunity to become an undisputed leader in the gay rights movement.

When Billionaires Rule The demise of Gawker shows that the greatest impediment to media democracy isn’t the state—it’s the rich and powerful.

The Mystery of How Cancer Cells Barrel Through Your Body In 1995, while he was a graduate student at McGill University in Montreal, the biomedical scientist Peter Friedl saw something so startling it kept him awake for several nights. Coordinated groups of cancer cells he was growing in his adviser’s lab started moving through a network of fibers meant to mimic the spaces between cells in the human body.

The U.S. Needs Debates That Expand Political Dialogue: Open Debates After weeks of watching media rehash Clinton and Trump campaign talking points of the day, Americans can be forgiven for wanting to see some ideas injected into coverage of the presidential election.

Israel: Where the Media Will Blindly Buy What the Ruling Authorities Dictate A thousand reports are published about every West Bank settler who is murdered, yet Friday’s killing of an innocent man evoked one big yawn. It’s not terror, or apartheid, or racism or dehumanization. It’s only killing a subhuman.

The Millennial Whoop: A Glorious Obsession With the Melodic Alternation Between the Fifth and the Third This week, The Lonely Island released a music video for a song that was cut from their new movie, Popstar.

Rodrigo Duterte’s Campaign of Terror in the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte, the new President of the Philippines, is a liberal’s worst nightmare.

Human Evolution Is More a Muddy Delta Than a Branching Tree Until recently, anthropologists drew the human family tree in the same way that my 10-year-old son solves a maze.

Busting the Billion-Dollar Myth: How to Slash the Cost of Drug Development A non-profit organization is proving that new drugs don’t have to cost a fortune. Can its model work more broadly?

The Strange Reason Nearly Every Film Ends by Saying It’s Fiction It all started when an exiled Russian prince sued MGM in 1933 over the studio’s Rasputin biopic, claiming that the American production did not accurately depict Rasputin’s murder. And the prince ought to have known, having murdered him.

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