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What would it take for humans to build a settlement on Mars? — Do we have the technological know-how to send humans on a one-way trip to Mars? Bas Lansdorp, cofounder and CEO of Mars One, seems to think so. The Dutch entrepreneur and his Mars One team plan on establishing what could be the first human colony on Mars.

John Oliver takes sides on the traditional presidential turkey pardon: 'Death to turkeys!' — John Oliver hates cranberry sauce. But in new Last Week Tonight video on Sunday, he disclosed that he loves turkey. He's ostensibly discussing the "strangest Thanksgiving tradition," turkey pardoning. Each year, President Obama, like every other modern president, pardons one turkey - out of the 46 million that Americans (including the president) will eat on Thanksgiving Day.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @SpeedReads: John Oliver takes sides on the traditional presidential turkey pardon: 'Death to turkeys!'

Obama just kneecapped Jeb Bush and Chris Christie's 2016 prospects — President Obama on Thursday announced his much-anticipated executive action on immigration, and in doing so he lobbed a grenade squarely into the 2016 Republican primary race. Obama's order will reshape how the feds prioritize deportations of undocumented workers, shielding an estimated five million of them from being kicked out of the country.
Nov 21, 2014

Obama didn't do Chris Christie or Jeb Bush any favors last night: by @JonTerbush via @TheWeek

Nov 21, 2014

Obama's immigration order will force 2016 republicans to prove who among them will build the biggest danged fence.…

Nov 21, 2014

Obama’s executive action on immigration is a grenade launched squarely into the 2016 GOP primaries, via @JonTerbush:…

Your weekly streaming recommendation: Days of Being Wild — Scott Meslow is the entertainment editor and film and television critic for He has written about film and television at publications including The Atlantic, POLITICO Magazine, and Vulture.

40 percent of Jewish millennials are unaffiliated. That doesn't mean they're giving up on Judaism. — Every year, just before Rosh Hashanah, my Crown Heights apartment becomes a war zone. I don't mean that a few tears are shed during a volley of invective over dinner. When the Sholklappers fight, we go to the mattresses. Heads roll. It's the lamb's head or yours.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @TheWeek: Many Jewish millennials are religiously unaffiliated — but they're not giving up on the faith:

The slippery slope of Twitter's attempts to stop harassment against women — Internet harassment, especially toward women, has lately been the subject of heightened public concern. In response, Twitter has teamed up with an activist group, Women, Action, and the Media (WAM), to curb "gendered harassment." Few would object to stronger measures against threatening or abusive online behavior.
Nov 23, 2014

RT @Whyhateinternet: Is #Twitter's new initiative of stopping #online harassment a patronizing, demeaning move towards women?…

The dangerously childish morality of liberal ObamaCare supporters — When the Iraq War was a live issue in American politics, some of the supporters of the war made the following strange argument: Saddam Hussein was a bloodthirsty dictator; he had jails where opponents of the regime were tortured and killed.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @scottlincicome: Great piece by @pegobry on why the left's Hysterical #Halbig Hackery demonstrates a childish moral worldview…

It's official: The religious right is calling it quits — What a difference 10 years can make. In the weeks following George W. Bush's re-election to the presidency in November 2004, with exit polls saying that the election had been decided by voters who were moved primarily by "moral values," the religious right felt giddy.
Nov 21, 2014

A new essay in @firstthingsmag could mark a retreat by the religious right, says @DamonLinker: via @TheWeek

Uber, and the growing threat of corporate surveillance — Since the Snowden leaks in mid-2013, there has been a roiling debate about potential abuse from the surveillance state. This eventually sparked a bill to reform the National Security Agency, which was recently filibustered in the Senate by terror-baiting demagogues. But we're missing a big part of the story.

Watch the Barden Bellas prepare to conquer the world in the first Pitch Perfect 2 trailer — Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and the rest of the Barden Bellas a cappella group got the guys and the gold in the surprise hit Pitch Perfect, and now they're setting out to win the World Championships of A Cappella in Pitch Perfect 2, according to this newly released first trailer.