How Sexually Transmitted Diseases Might Have Driven the Evolution of Monogamy

Bride and groom, 1900-1910. wikimedia By Rob Knell Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Ecology Queen Mary University of London Exactly why so many humans choose monogamous pair bonds over juggling multiple partners has long been a mystery to scientists. After all, having several partners at the same time should lead to more offspring – an outcome[…]

NY Sen. Gillibrand Assures Voters Clinton Will Release Wall St. Transcripts ‘At the Appropriate Time’

Senator and campaign surrogate says Clinton ‘cares deeply about openness and transparency’ By Andrea Germanos / 04.15.2016 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said Friday that she believes Hillary Clinton will release the transcripts of her paid speeches to Wall Street firms “at the appropriate time.” As it did during Thursday evening’s presidential debate, the content of[…]

Exploding the Nuclear Family

© Leon Edler Test-tube babies, surrogates, single parents, gay fathers – the modern era is redefining what a family is. Linda Geddes finds out if the kids are alright. By Linda Geddes Lesley and John Brown had been trying to conceive for nine years. The ongoing failures took their toll: Lesley became depressed, and at[…]

Your Morning Cup: Now with More Trees

A coffee farmer works with tree seedlings in Chiapas, Mexico. Starting on National Coffee Day (September 29), Starbucks will donate 70 cents (the cost of a tree) to Conservation International for every bag of coffee sold at participating stores in the U.S. and Canada — funds that will provide trees directly to coffee farmers in[…]

Rock Art – A Hunting Ritual?

By Andrea Russo “She checks her belongings, stored in the leather backpack sewn by her father. Candle, fuel, and lighter; a carving knife and a brand new set of pork skin rags. She also carried small baskets colored with red, black, and three different shades of beige. Her water container was still full. After a[…]

Sanders Releases Tax Returns – Expected Boredom. Your Turn, Hillary – About those Transcripts

By Matthew A. McIntosh / 04.15.2016 Sen. Sanders, following last night’s debate, has released his 2014 tax returns as promised.  Also as promised, they are completely boring and show the senator to be exactly what he said – one of the poorest members of Congress! The return revealed his income as $205,271, $174,000 of which[…]

The Endless Bus Trip: A Visual Essay

Mr. Yoon, from Flushing, Queens, sleeps on a bus as it crosses the Manhattan Bridge en route to the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Photo by Yeong-Ung Yang. By Yeong-Ung Yang Freelance Photo/Video Journalist New York The Endless Bus Trip is a visual essay about Korean and Chinese immigrants living in Flushing, Queens, who ride[…]

Ancient Greece – War as Inevitable Agonism

Ancient Agora Ruins / Creative Commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh Brewminate Editor-in-Chief From a lecture by Dr. Frank Holt, Professor of Ancient History, University of Houston (10.03.2013) Athenian democracy was established in 508 BCE as part of the reforms of Cleisthenes. He did not want to empower all people – just free adult males.[…]

Clinton Attends Fundraisers while Sanders Talks Poverty – Trip to Vatican before New York Primary May Give Sanders Big Boost

By Matthew A. McIntosh / 04.15.2016 Sen. Bernie Sanders visited the Vatican today and spoke at a conference on the theme created by Pope Francis of a “moral economy”.  It’s not surprise why the Pope invited Sanders of all people to give a presentation – he is the only candidate on either side who speaks[…]

Court Tosses Challenge to Couple’s Same-Sex Marriage License in Texas

Sarah Goodfriend, second from left, and Suzanne Bryant, center, with their daughters (far left and far right) and Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir, second from right. DeBeauvoir issued Goodfriend and Bryant a marriage license on Feb. 19, 2015. By Alexa Ura / 04.15.2016 The Texas Supreme Court on Friday tossed out Attorney General Ken Paxton’s effort to[…]

April 15, 1755: Samuel Johnson’s ‘Dictionary of the English Language’ is Published

From Today in Literature: On this day in 1755 Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language was published. Johnson’s dictionary is considered the first significant work of its kind in English, most notable for the precision of its definitions and the inclusion of exemplary quotations, drawn from Johnson’s favorite literary sources. It is also legendary[…]