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The expulsion that backfired: When Iraq kicked out its Jews

Bent on destroying Israel, and gripped by anti-Semitism, Baghdad 'pauperized' its Jews and forced them to leave for nascent Jewish state in 1951-2. It was Iraq that suffered

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    The evolution of anti-bat sensory illusions in moths

    Prey transmit sensory illusions to redirect predatory strikes, creating a discrepancy between what a predator perceives and reality. We use the acoustic arms race between bats and moths to investigate the evolution and function of a sensory illusion. The

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        The Collapse: Analyzing the End of American Jewry's Golden Age

        How cosmically lucky the American Jewish community is, blessedly sited at the intersection point of two forms of chosenness, two forms of exceptionalism. A perfect storm of mazel, one might say: American Enlightenment universalism and Jewish particularism

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          The End of Aspiration - Quillette

          Since the end of the Second World War,  middle- and working-class people across the Western world have sought out—and, more often than not, achieved—their aspirations. These usually included a stable income, a home, a family, and the prospect of a co

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            Don’t Vote for Bibi, Israel’s Eminently Dispensable Man

            To my Israeli readers: As a writer, I wear two different hats. The first is that of an objective analyst; the second is that of an opinion columnist. I try to be transparent with my audience about which one I’m wearing. As such, when I have strong views

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              #NotMe: On Harassment, Empowerment, and Feminine Virtue - Quillette

              In the summer of 1991, I was a very innocent 15 year-old with the remnants of childish plumpness on my face and the suggestion of womanly plumpness on my figure. I had just completed grade 10 at a private Christian school and was starting my first job as

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                The Astonishing Israeli Concession of 1967

                In a triumphant moment, Israel’s flag was hoisted over the newly conquered Temple Mount—then quickly taken down.

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                  I’m calling out the loons who make Israel bashing the mother of all virtues

                  Calling out those who distort the facts and exaggerate the scale of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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                    How to prevent Jewish and Arab terror, from a Shin Bet commander who fought both

                    In a rare interview after 30 years in the agency, Avi Arieli reveals much of its workings, shares his doctrine for combating extremism, which relies more on education than defense

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                      Devastation and Denial: Cambodia and the Academic Left - Quillette

                      Looking out across the yellow-washed angular buildings that clutter the inner city of Phnom Penh in 2016, hindsight fills me with anxiety. Imagining myself here in 1975, I recall the jubilant and cheering crowds in the spring of that year who weren’t pr

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                        Deepities and the Politics of Pseudo-Profundity - Quillette

                        The word deepity, coined by the philosopher Daniel Dennett, refers to a phrase that seems true and profound but is actually ambiguous and shallow. Not to be confused with lies, clichés, truisms, contradictions, metaphors, or aphorisms, deepities occupy a

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                          Camille Paglia on Hugh Hefner's Legacy, Trump's Masculinity and Feminism's Sex Phobia

                          The pro-sex feminist, cultural critic and author tells THR why Hef's art of seduction is needed today and how Gloria Steinem is not a role model for young women.

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                            Labour Party branch 'voted down motion condemning attack on Pittsburgh synagogue'

                            Members reject motion after saying there is too much focus on 'antisemitism this, antisemitism that'

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                              Is Trump Just a Stress Test for Democracy, or the Forecast of a Frightening Future?

                              Francis Fukuyama, the onetime neocon thinker who famously declared “The End of History,” asks an important question.

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                                  The Sleeping Beauty Problem

                                  This famous puzzle illuminates a deep controversy over what we mean by "probability," and how to reason when observer selection effects are in play.

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                                    This woman's brain knew what having five fingers felt like, even though she herself had never in her life had five fingers

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                                      The world's biggest problems and why they're not what first comes to mind

                                      We’ve spent much of the last eight years trying to answer a simple question: what are the world’s biggest and most urgent problems?

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                                        Steven Pinker: Identity Politics Is 'An Enemy of Reason and Enlightenment Values'

                                        Renowned professor of psychology at Harvard and a prolific writer, Steven Pinker is the author of several prize-winning books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, and The Better Angels of Our Nature. This week Pinker rele

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                                            Moptwo - Publish Your World

                                            Social Media for people who want to organize and share information in a comprehensive and lasting way. Moptwo: publish your world.

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                                            You could stop at 5 or 6 stores or just one [COMPILATION]

                                            All of the parts put together into a full length compilation. Enjoy!

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                                              The Hippopotamus Chair, A Massive Black Chair Shaped Like a Life-Sized Adult Male Hippo

                                              Spanish artist Maximo Riera has created the Hippopotamus Chair, a life-sized sculptural replica of an adult male hippopotamus that also happens to be a chair. The piece is part of his Animal Chair ...

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                                                "Shia LaBeouf" Live - Rob Cantor

                                                “SHIA LABEOUF” is a song by Rob Cantor. It tells the true story of an actual cannibal. Learn more here: http://www.robcantor.com Purchase the song on Bandcam...

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                                                Chickens Really Don't Look Like They Used To

                                                Chickens have changed. Today's broiler chickens are several times larger than broiler chickens of past decades -- and a new study by researchers in Canada offers an explanation for why the birds got so big. (Story continues below photos.) The c...

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                                                  How to Make Geometric Bubbles with a Cube Made of Cotton Swabs

                                                  In the latest video by CrazyRussianHacker, host Taras Kulakov demonstrates how to make intriguing geometric bubbles using a cube made out of cotton swabs. via Viral Viral Videos

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                                                    Man Invents Machine To Convert Plastic Into Oil

                                                    In an efficient and safe effort to save us from the ill-effects of plastic waste, Akinori Ito has developed a machine which can convert plastic back into oil.