The blood of the people who died in the Amtrak accident Wednesday is on all our hands; new research explains why people tend to be healthier during summer; meanwhile, Kim Jong-Un has executed his defense minister for falling asleep during military rallies, among other reasons. These discoveries and more below.

This Is Why Amtrak Train Derailed: The Real Story Behind Our Disastrous Infrastructure Neglect The rails haven’t been important enough to anyone to invest sufficiently in repair/renewal. It’s a shameful legacy.

Student Troubled by New York Times Reporter’s ‘Jewish Litmus Test’ Students interviewed for a New York Times article about campus Palestine solidarity activism say they were asked leading and inappropriate questions by reporters. In one case, a student says he was subjected to a troubling “Jewish litmus test.”

Killer of Chilean Folk Singer Victor Jara to Face U.S. Justice Army lieutenant accused of killing popular singer in wake of 1973 military coup faces a civil suit in Florida court.

The Problem With California’s Water-Bottling Plants Isn’t the Water It’s the lack of transparency about the process.

Economics and the Value of Art Neoclassical economists don’t have a lot to say about the value of art. Basically, they start from the proposition that a work of art, such as Picasso’s “Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’),” is often considered to have two different values: an aesthetic or cultural value (its cultural worth or significance) and a price or exchange-value (the amount of money a work of art fetches on the market).

People Are Healthier in the Summer (and Here’s Why) The activity of human genes changes with the seasons, and with it, immunity changes too, according to a new study.

6 Crazy Things Israel Has Done to Maintain Racial Purity Israel bills itself as the Middle East’s only democracy, but it is increasingly clear that this label depends a lot on how you define the Middle East, and how you define democracy.

S. Korea Says North Executed Defense Minister With Anti-Aircraft Guns North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has had his defense minister executed with anti-aircraft fire for insubordination and dozing off during formal military rallies, South Korean intelligence said on Wednesday, hinting at possible instability in the Pyongyang leadership.

Wal-Mart Bottled Water Comes From Sacramento Municipal Supply Wal-Mart is facing questions tonight after CBS13 learns the company draws its bottled water from a Sacramento water district during California’s drought.


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