Christopher Burton

Comic book nerd. Mustache twirler. Freemason.

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Christopher Burton

10 hours ago

For workers, more pain may be coming, as economists are concerned that prices could rise further due to President Trumps tariffs on many foreign imports. Trump put a 20 tariff on foreign washing machines earlier this year, and the inflation report Thursday showed more than a 13 percent spike in laundry equipment over the same period last year.

"Expect rising transportation costs to start getting passed on to us, along with the tariff induced jump in costs," said Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer of Bleakley Advisory Group.

Inflation hits 6-year high, wiping out wage gains for the average American

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Christopher Burton

10 hours ago

“I’ve had some people say that when Obama comes in with a sawed-off shotgun, there’s no way he would do that,” he said. “I say, ‘Yeah, I know, but don’t you want to see it’?”

The Obama-Biden Bromance Continues. This Time in a Mystery Novel.

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Christopher Burton

10 hours ago

Maryland elections company bought by Russian oligarch close to Putin

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10 hours ago

What Finally Did In Scott Pruitt?

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Christopher Burton

11 hours ago

“It’s convenient to pretend it’s hard to re-identify people, but it’s easy. The kinds of things we did are the kinds of things that any first-year data science student could do,” said Vanessa Teague, one of the University of Melbourne researchers to reveal the flaws in the open health data.

'Data is a fingerprint': why you aren't as anonymous as you think online

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Christopher Burton

11 hours ago

Though Ufologists tend to possess an anti-authoritarian streak (it’s hard to be pro-“The Man” when you’re convinced The Man is also lying to you about alien visitors), their singular focus on the truth being out there tends to overlook things like political economics. After all, wouldn’t the revelation of extraterrestrial intelligence be revolution enough? It’s hard to imagine that the global order — let alone the hierarchies of nationality, class, race, and gender — would remain the same after such an occurrence. But they also ought to question what it means that this new vanguard of Ufology appears far more interested in securing funding and turning a profit than bringing liberatory truth to mankind.

The secret history of Marxist alien hunters

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Christopher Burton

12 hours ago

The initiative is called the NextGen Cup Challenge, and it invites entrepreneurs, large and small, to develop materials and designs that can replace today’s cups. The challenge will provide grants to good ideas, and help startups work together to combine them into market-ready solutions. It was launched by Starbucks earlier this year with the earth-friendly innovation and investment firm Closed Loop Partners. Now, McDonald’s is joining the initiative.

Exclusive: Starbucks and McDonald’s team up to rethink cups

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Christopher Burton

2 days ago

Or maybe criminals are using the platform to launder money or deal in illegal goods.

Amazon’s Curious Case of the $2,630.52 Used Paperback

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Christopher Burton

5 days ago

What does all this achieve?

No doubt just what Trump intends: the collapse of the liberal international order, both in its animating commitment to open societies as well as its defining international institutions — the G-7, NATO, the European Union, the World Trade Organization. Seen in this light, the president’s wretched behavior isn’t — or isn’t merely — the product of a defective personality. It’s the result of a willful ideology.

America First, America Hated, America Alone

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Christopher Burton

7 days ago

Steve Ditko, Influential Comic-Book Artist Who Helped Create Spider-Man, Dies at 90

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Christopher Burton

20 days ago

Under heavy pressure and after months of negotiations with the Chinese, the government handed over the port and 15,000 acres of land around it for 99 years in December.

The transfer gave China control of territory just a few hundred miles off the shores of a rival, India, and a strategic foothold along a critical commercial and military waterway.

The case is one of the most vivid examples of China’s ambitious use of loans and aid to gain influence around the world — and of its willingness to play hardball to collect.

How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough Up a Port

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Christopher Burton

20 days ago

In his opening remarks during a 2017 seminar on MUJI’s philosophy, the company’s influential Art Director, Kenya Hara, cited his predecessor, Ikko Tanaka: “The simplicity that comes from stripping away frills can surpass splendor.”

The quote is a modern incarnation of the Japanese su aesthetic, a principle that permits simplicity to serve as something more than mere necessity or frugality, and that when done thoughtfully, supersedes plainness.

MUJI, the IKEA of Japan, Sets Its Sights on America

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Christopher Burton

22 days ago

If we don't win this election, we are fucked. The only thing that is preventing them from looting the fucking country right now is the idea that they may not be able to hold onto political power. If Trump can be a racist clown, Scott Pruitt can be involved in corruption, Jared and Ivanka can make $82 million and they can put children in a cage, and at the end of that they still keep power? What is that going to tell them? That they can do absolutely anything. Mueller will be fired the next day.

‘Pod Save America’: ‘If We Don’t Win This Election, We Are F-cked’

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Christopher Burton

22 days ago

when the news came out that Facebook had passed on data of up to 87 million of its members to political consultancy Cambridge Analytica without their knowledge - and one in 20 Brits were reported to delete their accounts - I started to wonder just how much information the social network had on me.
For the first time in my online life, I decided to face up to my data and download everything Facebook had on me.

'I downloaded all my Facebook data and it was a nightmare'

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Christopher Burton

22 days ago

In the past 45 years, only one president has inherited a better economy than Trump did. That was George W. Bush, who took office at the tail end of the tech bubble, when unemployment was a mere 4.2 percent. Trump has been luckier, though, in that his term didn't begin just as an economic expansion was ending. On the contrary, the slow and steady recovery that President Barack Obama kick-started with the stimulus has continued under Trump

For the last time: Trump inherited a good economy, and he hasn’t made it better

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Christopher Burton

22 days ago

In per capita terms, domestic water use has plummeted from 112 gallons per day in 1980 to just 82 gallons in 2015, a 27 percent decrease. Take 30 gallon-sized milk jugs, fill them up with water and set them aside — that's how much water you're saving, every day, relative to the average American in 1980

Americans are conserving water like never before, according to the latest federal data

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Christopher Burton

22 days ago

The goal of each player in the Machine Learning President is to win the Presidential election, over three rounds of play, designated as Super Tuesday, the Primary, and the General Election. Each candidate or faction starts with a “Briefing Dossier,” which “outlines your starting Cash, Influence, and Tech capabilities.”

A Parlor Game at Rebekah Mercer’s Has No Get Out of Jail Free Card

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Christopher Burton

25 days ago

The word dystopia, a Greek coinage for “bad place,” dates to 1868, from a usage by John Stuart Mill to characterize the industrial world’s moral inversion of Sir Thomas More’s Utopia. That word, Gendler points out, is a term More invented to mean either “no place” or “good place.”

How to Recognize a Dystopia: Watch an Animated Introduction to Dystopian Fiction

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Christopher Burton

25 days ago

The Kochs’ opposition to transit spending stems from their longstanding free-market, libertarian philosophy. It also dovetails with their financial interests, which benefit from automobiles and highways.

How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country

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Christopher Burton

25 days ago

Her fame rests not only on the beauty of her work, but on her extraordinary life story and the fact that she is the first composer to whose work we can put a name.

Experience the Mystical Music of Hildegard Von Bingen: The First Known Composer in History (1098 – 1179)

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Christopher Burton

25 days ago

A Beautiful Tribute to the Fascinating Life Led by the Tragically Late Anthony Bourdain

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Christopher Burton

25 days ago

Axios AM

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Christopher Burton

25 days ago

A hungry congressman didn’t get the breakfast he ordered. So he shot the waiter.

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Christopher Burton

26 days ago

The US is relocating an entire town because of climate change. And this is just the beginning

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Christopher Burton

38 days ago

Don’t Eat Before Reading This

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Christopher Burton

38 days ago

BLUEXIT

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Christopher Burton

40 days ago

The Soros obsession: Why far-right conspiracy theories prevail

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Christopher Burton

40 days ago

What exactly are “preppers” prepping for?

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Christopher Burton

62 days ago

The ‘Ninja Diet’ Prioritized Fortitude, Stealth, and Eliminating Body Odor

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Christopher Burton

62 days ago

The United States of Japan

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Christopher Burton

63 days ago

Hear Benedict Cumberbatch Read Kafka’s The Metamorphosis

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Christopher Burton

63 days ago

Artist Creates Wonderful Illustrations of Movie and TV Show Characters as Cartoons

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Christopher Burton

63 days ago

The Many Faces of Salvador Dalí

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Christopher Burton

63 days ago

Abundant Life Building

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Christopher Burton

63 days ago

Gotokuji Temple

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Christopher Burton

63 days ago

How a Special Diet Kept the Knights Templar Fighting Fit

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Christopher Burton

63 days ago

Dark Horse Books Announces the HELLBOY Omnibus Collection

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Christopher Burton

63 days ago

The forgotten prophet

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Christopher Burton

63 days ago

Exploring the politics and history of alternate universes at the Templin Institute

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Christopher Burton

63 days ago

I followed the US dietary and exercise guidelines for a year. Here's what happened.

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Christopher Burton

63 days ago

“'We Spoke Out' is hitting shelves just after a study revealed that many millennials remain ignorant about the Holocaust — with 66 percent not knowing what Auschwitz was and almost half believing that fewer than 2 million Jews were killed, when, in fact, up to 6 million were."

How comic books taught America about the Holocaust

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Christopher Burton

63 days ago

This Man Quit His Aeronautical Job To Travel The World And Here Is How His Notebooks Look Like

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Christopher Burton

63 days ago

Stained-glass windows of R. Crumb’s comics

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Christopher Burton

63 days ago

Vintage photographs of dominatrixes

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Christopher Burton

63 days ago

62 of the World's Best Independent Bookstores

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Christopher Burton

63 days ago

Here’s 9 Great Movies About Magick and the Occult

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Christopher Burton

63 days ago

Join us inside the colorful, twisted mind of comic artist Benjamin Marra

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Christopher Burton

63 days ago

FROM THE DRAWING BOARD

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Christopher Burton

63 days ago

How Gaslighting Sows the Discomfiting Seeds of Doubt Through Lying, Misdirection and Denial

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Christopher Burton

63 days ago

Certain Specific Issues and Behaviors That Can Impede a Person’s Ability to Fall Asleep Quickly

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