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The Top-Secret Food That Will Change the Way You Eat

More protein than beef. More omegas than salmon. Tons of calcium, antioxidants, and vitamin B. In their secret R&D lab, the scientists at Beyond Meat concocted a plant-protein-based performance burger that delivers the juicy flavor and texture of the real thing with none of the dietary and environmental downsides.

By: Rowan Jacobsen Dec 26, 2014

How did you assemble this List?  VERY carefully!

An endless day in US politics included: withdrawl from the Iran nuclear deal; a trip to North Korea (start by learning their leader’s name); jaw-dropping revelations about payments made to Michael Cohen’s Essential Consultants LLC from a company tied to a Russian oligarch questioned by Mueller’s team and corporations including AT&T (with a Twitter team that didn’t handle the news so well) and Novartis (Avenatti says to follow where the money went); more on Michael Cohen’s financial difficulties as he pledged his apartment as collateral; more ethics problems for Scott Pruitt (and Hugh Hewitt); reports that Trump ignored warnings from the State Department about deporting 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians currently in the country legally; bogus statistics used to justify separating families at the border; Russian hackers posed as IS to threaten military wives; a report from the Senate Intelligence Committee on Russian targeting of election infrastructure; fair-housing advocates sued HUD for suspending fair-housing rules; the Department of Labor sought to allow teenagers to work longer hours in hazardous jobs; Alex van der Zwaan reported to prison; and primaries in four states (results cheat sheet). Today: confirmation hearings for CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel, “a Referendum on (Un-)Accountability”. Fatima Boudchar, who was tortured in a secret facility in Thailand, has A Few Questions for Gina Haspel.

Living in an Enchanted World

The Met Gala’s theme is “Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”

What exactly does that mean?

The theological history of the look celebrities will be wearing on the red carpet.

John Galliano for House of Dior. Evening ensemble, autumn/winter 2000 to 2001 haute couture.Met Museum, courtesy of Dior Heritage Collection, Paris. Digital composite scan by Katerina Jebb.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will launch its biggest Costume Institute collection yet on Monday. Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, featuring couture from fashion luminaries like Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, and Schiaparelli alongside 41 pieces of ecclesiastical dress on loan from the Vatican, will explore the intersection of the sacred and the profane.

Engaging with Catholicism’s influence on major 20th- and 21st-century designers — many of whom were born and raised Catholic — the exhibit will, in the words of the exhibit’s curator, Andrew Bolton, “raise deeper — and even more provocative — contemplations about the role dress plays within the Roman Catholic Church and the role the Roman Catholic Church plays within the fashionable imagination.”

Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will.

Reviving the motto of the old Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci provides a starting point for tackling the crisis of politics today.

At the Battle of Ideas in London in October, Mick Hume took part in a debate on optimism and pessimism. His opening remarks are published below.

This discussion is entitled ‘The Battle Between Optimism and Pessimism’. Listening to some other debates at the Battle of Ideas, you could be forgiven for thinking that is something of a phoney war. Because it appears there are very few people around who would like to think of themselves as pessimists. This is entirely understandable; if you really couldn’t see a future, you might well choose to be somewhere quiet on your own with a rope this afternoon rather than debating the future at a conference.