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Year: 2018

Why Islamist extremists and the far right need each other

How two complementary extremisms are defining global politics. Global politics in the early 21st century is being defined by two complementary extremisms: Islamist extremism and the far right. This is the argument that Julia Ebner, a research fellow at the…

This is how the world ends

This is how the world ends — not with a bang, but with a lot of really big bombs. Matthew Kroenig has witnessed firsthand the growing fear that nuclear war is imminent. A professor at Georgetown University, he’s taught an undergraduate…

Dad Becomes Extra Careful After Daughter’s Christmas Prank In 2016, But She Hilariously Outsmarts Him Again

Christmas time is family time, which means catching up with all the people that grew up with, even if you don’t see them very often anymore. Spending long, relaxed days with your parents, as well as those long-lost cousins you…

Hilarious Short About A Girl Who Accidentally Wrote A Letter To Satan Instead Of Santa

Funny spelling mistakes might produce a giggle, but this girl’s terrible grammar “changed the very face of Christmas.” Ok, it’s not that bad, she just misplaced a letter, but that was enough to send her letter to Satan instead of…

Art

Drawings of Fantastical Flora Adapted from Advertising

Specimens from Anne Percoco, Parallel Botany: The Study of Imaginary Plants (2017) (courtesy the artist) In many urban areas, you’re as likely to experience representations of plants as the real thing, from plastic facsimiles rooted in windows, to pine-scented candles. Artist Anne…

Was Jesus Really Born on Christmas?

On December 25, more than two billion people across the globe celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It’s estimated that 90 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, including non-Christians. Believers gather for the midnight mass at their local church, families travel…