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Psychic birds could predict storms in advance

theweek.com — A new study published in the journal Current Biology found that golden-winged warblers could predict extreme weather events, thanks to their low-frequency hearing. A recent storm in eastern Tennessee led to 84 tornadoes and killed 35 people, but the golden-winged warblers left in time to fly to safety.

This week I learned your coin toss odds are better than you think, and more

theweek.com — Lauren Hansen is the multimedia editor at TheWeek.com. A graduate of Kenyon College and Northwestern University, she started her career in arts publishing and has since worked at media outlets including the BBC and Frontline.
Dec 19, 2014

MT @TheWeek Coin toss odds are not perfectly even — part of This Week I Learned, listen: bit.ly/1z3e4qL pic.twitter.com/6NudOZr1vc

Your weekly streaming recommendation: The One I Love

theweek.com — Scott Meslow is the entertainment editor and film and television critic for TheWeek.com. He has written about film and television at publications including The Atlantic, POLITICO Magazine, and Vulture.

The beauty of the bread basket

theweek.com — Sometime between opening the menu and patiently waiting for the appetizer, a basket may arrive at your dinner table. It might be filled with hot-from-the-oven slabs of sourdough accompanied by chive-flecked butter, or, under more unfortunate circumstances, ho-hum whole-grain rolls that aren't worth their calories.

Why Pakistan won't hunt down the terrorists within its borders

theweek.com — If there is anything approaching a silver lining in the horrific slaughter of 132 school children in Peshawar, it is the united outrage in Pakistan against Tehreek-e-Taliban (or the Pakistan Taliban) that perpetrated this gruesome attack.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @shikhadalmia: Why Peshawar might not be the last tragedy of its scale on Pakistani soil: theweek.com/article/index/… via @TheWeek

You should be furious about Hollywood's gutless retreat on The Interview

theweek.com — A multi-billion-dollar Hollywood studio was brought to its knees by nine disjointed sentences from an anonymous hacker. "Warning," the threat began. "We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places The Interview be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to.
Dec 18, 2014

If you read one thing about the North Korea/Interview disaster, let it be this, by @scottmeslow bit.ly/1wmGyz0

Dec 18, 2014

Shorter @scottmeslow on The Interview debacle: Hollywood is gutless garbage, and it's going to get worse theweek.com/article/index/…

Dec 18, 2014

This guy says that, because Sony pulled The Interview, money will factor into Hollywood decisions from now on. theweek.com/article/index/…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @DylanByers: The best thing I’ve read on Sony’s decision to pull ‘The Interview’ is this, by @scottmeslow : theweek.com/article/index/…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @DylanByers: The best thing I’ve read on Sony’s decision to pull ‘The Interview’ is this, by @scottmeslow : theweek.com/article/index/…

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Why torture doesn't work: A definitive guide

theweek.com — In the wake of the Senate report cataloging a whole lot of torture committed by the CIA, Dick Cheney has been reduced to arguing that torturing people - even innocent ones - is worth doing if you eventually get good results. The ends justify the means.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @ryanlcooper: For intel "torture is the clumsiest method...[often worse] than flipping coins or shooting randomly into crowds" theweek.com/article/index/…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @ryanlcooper: For intel "torture is the clumsiest method...[often worse] than flipping coins or shooting randomly into crowds" theweek.com/article/index/…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @conor64: "for anyone w/ a scrap of intellectual integrity, the evidence is beyond question. Torture doesn't work. Full stop.” theweek.com/article/index/…

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Capitalism isn't a cure-all for Cuba

theweek.com — President Obama, President Raul Castro, and Pope Francis have helped open a new chapter in Cuba-U.S. relations. It is about time: 54 years of a policy of not dislodging communist rule in Cuba is more than enough.
Dec 18, 2014

Cuba needs more than capitalism. It needs a civil society that makes markets tolerable. theweek.com/article/index/…

Dec 18, 2014

Read @michaelbd on the long, probably painful road ahead for Cuba: bit.ly/1z0UDPr via @TheWeek

Could better U.S.-Cuban relations thwart baseball's human smuggling problem?

theweek.com — For the past two years, Yasiel Puig has been one of the best players in Major League Baseball. Signed to a $42 million contract, the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder has slashed .305/.386/.502 (average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage) since his 2013 debut, making him the fifth-best hitter in that span, per one all-encompassing offensive metric.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @JonTerbush: What thawed U.S.-Cuban relations could do to ease baseball's human smuggling problem theweek.com/article/index/…

Dec 18, 2014

What thawed U.S.-Cuban relations could do to ease baseball's human smuggling problem theweek.com/article/index/…

One girl's extraordinarily wild world

theweek.com — Amelia Paul Forman was 3 years old when she first befriended a chimp. "You two fell off the chair hugging," Amelia's mom, photographer Robin Schwartz, recalls of her daughter. Amelia, now 14-years-old, is actually named after a capuchin monkey.
Dec 18, 2014

That the photographer is this girl’s mom, makes these photos so intimate and delightful: theweek.com/article/index/… pic.twitter.com/lcaEBwmUJV

Libertarian Island: A billionaire's utopia

theweek.com — History is littered with failed libertarian utopias, but PayPal cofounder and billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel believes an artificial floating nation-state 200 miles off the coast of San Francisco could change that, according to a profile in Details magazine.
Dec 18, 2014

@JamesFallows true, though he could make up his own baseball rules on his private island bit.ly/1z1ioa3

Mad over Cuba, Colbert calls for a U.S. trade embargo on Vatican City

theweek.com — "I have said for the last nine years that the Cold War never ended," Stephen Colbert said on his second-to-last Colbert Report Wednesday night. "And now I have proof, because today, it ended." Not that "Stephen Colbert" is happy that President Obama is normalizing relations with Cuba. ("No, no, bad nation!"
Dec 18, 2014

RT @SpeedReads: "Come on, Frank!" Mad over Cuba, Colbert calls for a U.S. trade embargo on Vatican City: bit.ly/1zzlAxD pic.twitter.com/6bBIMm4u9x

How academia's liberal bias is killing social science

theweek.com — I have had the following experience more than once: I am speaking with a professional academic who is a liberal. The subject of the underrepresentation of conservatives in academia comes up. My interlocutor admits that this is indeed a reality, but says the reason why conservatives are underrepresented in academia is because they don't want to be there, or they're just not smart enough to cut it.

Mitt Romney actually has a pretty good idea for what Sony should do with The Interview

theweek.com — Sony Pictures couldn't buy this kind of publicity for its all-but-scrapped North Korean comedy The Interview - though the hack it apparently sparked may well end up being the costliest cyberattack on a business ever.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @SpeedReads: Mitt Romney actually has a pretty good idea for what Sony should do with 'The Interview': bit.ly/1GSNdC2 pic.twitter.com/ovUxsgPluR

What the media gets wrong about Jeb Bush

theweek.com — Jeb Bush's unexpectedly early interest in the Republican nomination is a pundit's dream. It has already occasioned a thousand and one good tweets about his language: he will "actively explore" a bid, which, yes, haha, is funny, but it's also the phrase used by the Federal Election Commission to determine whether a candidate can raise money for the purpose of a presidential campaign.