White? Black? A Murky Distinction Grows Still Murkier

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Which Movies Make Grown Men Cry?

By WALT HICKEY by  WALT HICKEY from FiveThirtyEight Tom Hanks in a scene from the movie “Saving Private Ryan.” DREAMWORKS / LIBRARY OF CONGRESS / AP Argument — much like karaoke and online shopping — is at its best when done with friends and a drink. And so, here’s “Bar Fights With Walt,” a column…

What Is America’s Top Killing Machine?

by ADRIENNE LAFRANCE from The Atlantic Ken/Flickr For the better part of a century, the machine most likely to kill an American has been the automobile. Car crashes killed 33,561 people in 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Firearms killed 32,251 people in the…

Who Falls for Conspiracy Theories?

by Tom Jacobs from Pacific Standard As we noted last year, belief in conspiracy theories is surprisingly common. So who is particularly susceptible to falling for these often-outrageous narratives? New research from the Netherlands suggests the answer is people on the political extremes. Those on both the far right and far left tend to “adhere…