Weekend Reads 3/19/16

A Plagiarism Scandal Is Unfolding In The Crossword World

The puzzles in question repeated themes, answers, grids and clues from Times puzzles published years earlier. Hundreds more of the puzzles edited by Parker are nearly verbatim copies of previous puzzles that Parker also edited. Most of those have been republished under fake author names.

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American Genocide

The way his supporters saw it, his lack of political experience was a benefit. His brashness and his crude demeanor merely served to set him apart from his career politician opponents. Those opponents saw him as reckless, emotional, unfit to govern—but his supporters saw him as a breath of fresh air. He was the type of guy whose supporters would stay loyal even if he shot someone in the street. He would never have been able to win a majority of votes, but with so many candidates running, he didn't need to.

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The Sins of Left Behind

If you're not familiar with the Left Behind series of novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, count yourself lucky.

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Weekend Reads 3/5/16

Exoplanet Census Suggests Earth Is Special after All

A new calculation of exoplanets suggests that Earth is just one out of a likely 700 million trillion terrestrial planets in the entire observable universe. But the average age of these planets—well above Earth’s age—and their typical locations—in galaxies vastly unlike the Milky Way—just might turn the Copernican principle on its head.

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Radical Cleric Surfaces in Phoenix

Radical cleric Mark Driscoll, founder and former pastor of the Mars Hill church in Seattle, has announced plans to build a new church in Phoenix.

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Weekend Reads 2/27/16

That Dragon, Cancer: A game that wrestles with grief, hope, and faith

Video games have the unique power to put players in control of a narrative and then steal that control away, and That Dragon, Cancer employs that power to incredible emotional effect—after all, what can render a parent as powerless as facing an unkillable cancer in your infant child?

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Is Your Television Spying on You?

The story is more than a year old, but I saw it for the first time last week when some of my Facebook friends shared an article about the possibility of Samsung "smart TVs" having the capability of spying on their viewers.

Samsung has confirmed that its "smart TV" sets are listening to customers' every word, and the company is warning customers not to speak about personal information while near the TV sets.

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Weekend Reads 2/20/16

Neandertal–Human Trysts May Be Linked to Modern Depression, Heart Disease

Ultimately, the researchers found that Neanderthal genetic variants were significantly linked to increased risk of 12 traits, including heart attack and artery thickening. Surprisingly, the investigators also found a Neanderthal genetic variant that significantly increased the modern human risk for nicotine addiction.

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Jonah: Fact or Fiction?

Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai...

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