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  • A Dissolving Age March 1, 2017
    We live in a dissolving age. Institutions, social forms, and traditional authorities recede. To the extent that they endure, they do so under the sign of choice, often reconfigured as economic or therapeutic projects. Man the entrepreneur and consumer is ascendant—or man the wounded, the victim of trauma or injustice. The old idea that we’re […]
  • The Party Theorist March 1, 2017
    Russia has annexed part of Crimea, has usurped America’s role as arbiter of winners and losers in the Middle East, and makes trouble in Ukraine. Putin is increasingly popular as the patron of anti-E.U. populism in Europe, and Moscow tried to influence the recent American presidential election. Once again, the Kremlin is in its old […]
  • While We’re at It March 1, 2017
    ♦ “The modern economy privileges the well-educated and highly-skilled while giving them an excuse to denigrate people at the bottom (both white and non-white) as lazy, untalented, uneducated, and unsophisticated,” writes Victor Tan Chen in The Atlantic (“ The Spiritual Crisis of the Modern Economy ”). The problem isn’t just that successful people have more […]

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Omar Abdel Rahman, Brooklyn terrorist theologian dies in prison

Omar Abdel Rahman, Brooklyn terrorist theologian dies in prison

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Bushwick, Brooklyn SOJOURN — Cemetery of the Evergreens

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Bushwick, Brooklyn SOJOURN — At the time, I didn’t like whites.

Bushwick, Brooklyn SOJOURN — At the time, I didn’t like whites.

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Jacob Riis’ loves — A video valentine

Jacob Riis’ loves — A video valentine

NYC's most famous reporter, photo-journalist, reformer was motivated by love.

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The Power of Mormon Education

The Power of Mormon Education

The general feeling within the Mormon Church is that education never stops. Seventh in our series “The Power of the Mormons in New York City”

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SOJOURN through Chicago religions

SOJOURN through Chicago religions

Humboldt Park, Chicago public art, Journey Influentials, Humboldt Park religions, Journey Workshop at Wheaton College...and more!

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The Power of Ancestry

The Power of Ancestry

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The Power of a Pioneer Harlem Woman. Updated with video!

The Power of a Pioneer Harlem Woman. Updated with video!

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  • WWII Navy officer who helped rescue Kennedy dies at age 97

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) — The WWII Navy officer who guided his warship into Japanese territory to rescue future President John F. Kennedy and his crew has died at age 97, his daughter said Sunday. […]

  • Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

    Somali migrants cross the U.S. border into Canada; figure skating Gold medalist Choi Da-bin of South Korea, performs during the closing ceremony of the Asian Winter Games; Portland Timbers midfielder David Guzman and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos vie for the ball. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr. […]

  • Nokia goes back to the future with 49 euro phone

    By Eric Auchard BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) - Nokia's newly revitalized phone business went back to the future on Sunday, re-introducing a brightly colored version of the classic 3310 talk and text phone, the world's most popular device in the year 2000. Nokia also launched four moderately priced smartphones ranging from 139 to 299 euros. It gets a lot of affection from millions and millions of people," Nokia Chief Executive Rajeev Suri told a news conference at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the telecom industry's largest annual trade fair. […]

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Book 10 and Galaxy Book 12: Everything you need to know

    Samsung fans, prepare to be disappointed. The company's big MWC 2017 press conference is about to begin, but we met with Samsung last week and we already know everything the company plans to unveil on stage on Sunday in Barcelona. When the show is over in an hour or so, you will be disappointed. I'm not suggesting the three new devices Samsung is about to unveil are bad devices. In fact, quite the opposite: I've spent time with the brand new Galaxy Book 12, Galaxy Book 10 and Galaxy Tab S3, and they're all impressive gadgets in their own right. But Samsung fans around the world have been eagerly awaiting one announcement in particular — the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ — and they'll still be waiting once today's press conference has come to a close. It's a shame, but it's not entirely unexpected considering all of the leaks and rumors up to this point. Samsung isn't expected to take the wraps off its new flagship smartphone duo until late March ahead of they're April 21st release. In the meantime, you've got three fresh new Samsung devices to fawn over, and we'll give you your first taste of the Galaxy Book 12, Galaxy Book 10 and Galaxy Tab S3 right here. Samsung on Sunday unveiled not one, not two, but three brand new tablets. The first is a new high-end Android slate called the Galaxy Tab S3 that will go head to head with Apple's iPad Pro. Rounding out the company's new lineup for the first half of 2017 is the high-end Galaxy Book 12 and the mid-range Galaxy Book 10, two Windows 10 hybrid devices that marry the productivity and versatility of a laptop with the portability of a tablet. Beginning with the Galaxy Tab S3, Samsung has undoubtedly turned up the heat on its hardware. This premium tablet features a design that is very similar to Samsung's flagship smartphones. Glass front and back panels are fixed to a metal mid-frame, and the result is a device that feels just as high-end as an iPad. The Galaxy Tab S3 is an Android 6.0 Marshmallow device (Why not Nougat? Good question) powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. The display is a QXGA AMOLED screen that measures 9.7 inches diagonally, and it's absolutely stunning. Other highlights from the specs include a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, microSDXC support up to 256GB (up to 2TB, really, but the largest available cards right now are 256GB), integrated 4G LTE connectivity, and a large 6,000 mAh battery with fast charging support and a USB Type-C connector. The Tab S3 also includes a next-generation S Pen in the box, though it's a standalone stylus that isn't stored internally like it is on Note series tablets. Changes this time around include an even more paper-like writing experience thanks to a new rubber tip, and new tilt detection that widens strokes when you tilt the pen as you write or draw. Next up is the Samsung Galaxy Book 10, the lesser of the two new Windows 10 devices Samsung unveiled on Sunday. It's a mid-range Windows 10 hybrid tablet that is docked in a keyboard cover, and it includes a Galaxy suite of software on top of Windows 10 that includes things like Samsung Flow — the company's response to Apple's Continuity features — as well as a few apps that make use of the S Pen. Again, Samsung's Galaxy Book devices feature support for the company's new S Pen, which is included in the box but is not stowed in any slot on the tablets. The Galaxy Book 10 features a 7th-generation Intel Core m3 processor and a 10.6-inch LCD display with 1080p resolution. Other spec highlights include integrated 4G LTE connectivity, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 4GB of RAM, either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, microSDXC support and up to 10 hours of usage per charge. The higher-end Galaxy Book 12 features a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 3.1GHz, an absolutely gorgeous 12-inch 3:2FHD+ AMOLED display with a pixel density of 216 ppi, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, either 4GB of RAM with a 128GB SSD or 8GB of RAM with a 256GB SSD, up to 10.5 hours of usage per charge, and a beautiful case that is just 7.4mm thick. Of note, both Galaxy Book models support all of the S Pen features from the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung's tablet lineup for the first half of 2017 is impressive indeed, and I'm looking forward to spending more time with them all once review units become available. Sadly, I have no idea when that might be — Samsung isn't announcing anything at this point with regard to pricing or release timing. […]

  • Here’s the three new Nokia Android phones you’ve been waiting for

    About five years too late, Nokia has finally entered the Android market. It's probably not quite what you were expecting: the phones really come from Nokia's new Finnish owner, HMD Global. But hey, they're Nokia phones running Android, and they look half-decent, so who are we to complain? Things get better when you hear about the design decisions HMD has been making. Just a few small companies (and Motorola) have done in the past, HMD is shipping all three phones with pure Android, no gimmicks, no bundled apps, and no bungled re-skinning. The three devices are called the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6. The specs and price increase along with the number, but all three handsets look distinctly mid-range. It starts with the Nokia 3, the most basic of the new devices. It's featuring a 5-inch display up front, generic quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM underneath, and 16GB of storage, expandable with a microSD. The design looks a lot like the Nokia we've recently become familiar with: curved edges, a polycarbonate frame, and most of the flair coming from color. It's not a bad design, normally, but in a world of aluminum unibody, it's sorely in danger of feeling cheap. That's exactly what the Nokia 3 is, though, as it should be available in the spring for around $150. Just like the new 3310, there's a range of colors for you to choose from. The Nokia 5 looks like a small step up in price, but hits a much more attractive place with the specs. Ther's a 5.2-inch display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a Wualcomm Snapdragon 430 underneath. That's a decent amount of power for a mid-range Android device, and especially given that it's running a naked version of Android with no bloat, should be enough for most day-to-day use. The polycarbonate body is also upgraded to aluminum, which helps with a more premium feel. It still looks to have a lot of bezel compared to this year's crop of smartphones, but at the price of the 5, you can lett that go. It should be shipping in Q2 for $200, which is a steal for a serious low-end handset these days. There's also one other piece of classic Nokia to be found in the 5's hardware: a 13-megapixel camera at the back and 6-megapixel front-facing camera. Provided that these are good lenses and not just gratuitously thrown on there to save the spec sheet, that could mean that Nokia's legendary mobile cameras are back for good. Finally, we've got the Nokia 6. It many ways, it's similar to the 5: aluminum body, Snapdragon 430 processor, but the screen has been upgraded to 5.5-inches and the RAM to 3GB. The camera also gets a small bump to 16 megapixels. There's also a limited edition available with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, if that really catches your eye. It's still not priced anywhere close to flagship smartphone pricing, with the regular version running about $250. None of these phones are going to change the world or compete with a new iPhone, but it looks to be a solid first step back into the phone-making business for Nokia. We'll have to wait and see how sales actually go -- for low-end phones like these, it will probably depend if they can get into any carrier retail stores -- but the future looks a little brighter for Nokia after today. […]

  • This Week Fast Forward 02.26.2017

    Speed through the highlights from the latest "This Week." […]

  • Jerk alligator steals a huge fish off a little boy's line

    Today, a little boy named Connor learned the brutal lesson that Mother Nature has no manners. In a clip posted to the Bass Masters And Fish Experts Facebook Page, a thieving alligator had an easy lunch thanks to some humans fishing off a pier. In the clip, a young boy hooks a pretty sizable fish, and as one man encourages the boy to reel in the fish all on his own, another spots an alligator lurking near the pier. The man tries to distract the gator by hitting the side of the pier with his arm, but the reptile was determined to get its eats. "You need to cut your line," one the of the men tells the little boy as the gator swims away with his catch.  Although it's unclear where the incident occurred, many commenters insisted it happened in Florida.  [h/t: UPI] BONUS: Giant nets harvest fog to solve water crisis in Morocco […]

  • How To Watch Mardi Gras Online

    Take in the experience of New Orlean fun without paying airfare for a ticket to Louisiana. […]

  • Taliban leader encourages people to plant trees

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Springtime in Afghanistan usually brings a spike in violence as the Taliban takes advantage of the thaw to launch a wave of fresh attacks. But the Taliban's leader has just issued a statement calling on Afghans to plant more trees. […]

  • Pentagon seeks to expand fight against extremists in Somalia

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon wants to expand the military's ability to battle al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia, potentially putting U.S. forces closer to the fight against a stubborn extremist group that has plotted attacks against America, senior U.S. officials said. […]

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