Art

The Raincoats’ Debut Album Is a Classic DIY Document

The Raincoats’ Debut Album Is a Classic DIY Document

This excerpt from a new 33 1/3 book on the feminist punk band’s self-titled 1979 LP details the squat-dwelling lifestyle that led to its creation. Full story

Education

4 Reasons Why Customer Engagement Platforms Will Render Traditional CRM Useless

4 Reasons Why Customer Engagement Platforms Will Render Traditional CRM Useless

Can traditional Customer Relationship Management (CRM) address the biggest customer-facing challenges? According to Jeremy Cox, a principal analyst at Ovum , a UK-headquartered research firm, the answer is a resounding "no.". Even though Cox has been helping companies create effective CRM strategies for over 20 years, he believes CRM is dead and a new category has taken its place: the customer engagement platform, which helps companies ensure ... Full story

Economics

The government shutdown could become a government breakdown

The government shutdown could become a government breakdown

A Transportation Security Administration checkpoint. (Michael Snyder/AP). Paul C. Light is a professor of public service at New York University and the author, most recently, of “ The Government-Industrial Complex .”. Even as the federal shutdown continues to exact an uneven toll on 800,000 federal employees and the U.S. economy , it may yet produce an even greater toll through a government breakdown that could affect large numbers of ... Full story

Entertainment

Incredible Photo Captures Lightning Ripping Through Clouds

Incredible Photo Captures Lightning Ripping Through Clouds

As a professional pilot, Santiago Borja flies through all kinds of hair-raising weather. Most of it makes for great photos, too. But nothing tops the lightning bolt he photographed while cruising at 40,000 feet over the Amazon rainforest last month. “It was a very impressive display of light and power,” he says. Borja lives in Quito, Ecuador and spends 800 hours a year flying passengers all over the world in a Boeing 767 (the airline won't ... Full story

Health

The Trump Administration Signals That It’s Not Done Trying To Dismantle Obamacare

The Trump Administration Signals That It’s Not Done Trying To Dismantle Obamacare

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration revealed this week that it could try to take one more shot at weakening the Affordable Care Act’s individual markets before the end of Trump’s first term. A request for comment on a proposed rule change posted late Thursday contemplates a series of changes that would save the government $1 billion per year or more, but result in higher premiums and more people being uninsured. “This proposed regulation ... Full story

Law

GDPR complaints say Amazon, Spotify, and other streaming companies are breaking EU law

GDPR complaints say Amazon, Spotify, and other streaming companies are breaking EU law

A series of complaints brought under Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), filed by an Austrian privacy activist, accuse eight major streaming companies of failing to comply with European Union law. GDPR, which went into effect last year, created a set of strict privacy rules around when data can be gathered and shared. Already, tech giants like Google and Facebook have faced questions about whether some of their practices align ... Full story

Living

Rachel Bloom: "#crazyexgirlfriend"

Rachel Bloom: "#crazyexgirlfriend"

Rachel Bloom: "#crazyexgirlfriend" - - - - - -. - Sorry, this site requires JavaScript for full functionality. Please enable JavaScript in your browser and reload the page. Full story

Politics

If Trump’s campaign were building a wall with its gimmick bricks, it would cost $58 billion  Post

If Trump’s campaign were building a wall with its gimmick bricks, it would cost $58 billion Post

(Trump campaign website) (Philip Bump/New York). Like any good political campaign, President Trump’s reelection effort is not short on gimmicks. The latest such endeavor encourages Trump supporters to send a brick to either House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) or Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), as a “reminder” that “we need a wall.” One such reminder, cribbed from the campaign website, can be seen at the top of this post. ... Full story

Sport

After a Crash, Prince Philip, 97, Stokes Debate on Older Drivers

After a Crash, Prince Philip, 97, Stokes Debate on Older Drivers

Nobody was badly hurt. But with a ballooning number of older drivers in Britain, the thought of the headstrong royal behind the wheel was cause for alarm. Full story

Technology

Cooking oil spray can do more than you think. Here’s how to get the most out of it.

Cooking oil spray can do more than you think. Here’s how to get the most out of it.

The top of my refrigerator is home to a hodgepodge of oils, vinegar and cooking equipment. The most-used items have made their way to the periphery, where I can easily reach them (and, it seems, knock them over onto my head). They include extra-virgin olive oil, canola oil and two types of cooking oil spray. While oils and oil sprays serve many of the same purposes, the latter are particularly useful for a variety of kitchen tasks. Here are a ... Full story