Monuments don't just say something about the people they honor -- they also reveal information about the values the people honoring them hold dear. And in Belle Plaine, Minnesota, a debate over just those values has resulted in a somewhat unlikely structure: a pentagram-covered veteran's memorial donated by the Satanic Temple. ... The memorial consists of a black steel cube with an empty soldier's helmet on top and golden pentagram symbols along the sides. read more
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I had only been in West Virginia for a day when Josh Sword, the head of the state AFL-CIO, told me casually that a revolution is coming. He is not a particularly radical guy. He was just giving an honest, matter-of-fact reading of the political situation. "I don't know how bad things have to get. In West Virginia, it got to the point workers were paid in scrip. Mules were used to haul coal out of coal mines, and they were more valuable than human beings. As we trend back in that direction, at some point people are gonna say enough's enough," he said. "At some point they're going to take it back to the point there will be some revolutions, and rioting in the streets, and strikes, and bloodshed possibly." We're not quite there yet, he allowed. "But it'll happen. It'll happen."
President Trump has approved a plan to provide Syrian Kurds with heavier weapons so they can participate in the battle to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.
American military commanders have long argued for arming the Y.P.G., a Kurdish militia that contains some of the most experienced fighters among the Syrian force that is battling the Islamic State.
But Turkey has vociferously objected to such a move, insisting that the Kurdish fighters are linked with the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or the P.K.K., which both it and the United States regard as a terrorist group. read more
Recent reports reveal there are more than 114,000,000 published academic papers. Finding ways to efficiently summarize across published knowledge is an increasingly pressing issue. Seeking to address the problem through their PLUTo workflow, scientists perform the world's first attempt at automated phylogenetic supertree construction using data exclusively extracted by machines from published figure images. read more