Feb 12, 2015 by



Posted on Feb 12, 2015

A new equation may have just proved that the universe had no “beginning” but rather has always existed; Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly may have covered up a war crime in El Salvador; and evidence has come to light that Obama was lying when he said he opposed gay marriage. These discoveries and more below.

Full Transcript of BuzzFeed News’ Interview With President Barack Obama
BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith sat down with President Barack Obama. Twenty-two minutes, 18 questions.

The New Bachelor’s Payoff
Doubts about the labor-market returns of bachelor’s degrees, while never serious, can be put to rest.

No Big Bang? Quantum Equation Shows Universe Had No Beginning
The universe may have existed forever, according to a new model that applies quantum correction terms to complement Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

An Open Letter to the British Prime Minister: 20th-Century Solutions Won’t Help 21st-Century Surveillance
Dear Prime Minister Cameron, You recently proposed that all Internet apps—and their users’ communications—be compelled to make themselves accessible to state authorities. I want to explain why this is a very bad idea even though it might seem like a no-brainer.

Cuba Is Good for Your Health
“It’s behind us,” Fernando Gonzales of the Cuban Five said with a smile when I told him just a few moments ago that I was sorry the U.S. government having locked him in a cage for 15 years.

The Times and Transgender Issues (Part 1 of 2): On Pronouns
In August 2013, soon after Chelsea Manning announced that she identified as a woman and no longer wanted to be known as Bradley Manning, The New York Times made a quick—and I thought appropriate—adjustment.

Hasidic Atheists Opt for a Double Life
Seduced by science and rationalism, yet tied to their families and communities, Hasidic atheists opt for a double life.

Did Bill O’Reilly Cover Up a War Crime in El Salvador?
Before Bill O’Reilly was, well, Bill O’Reilly, he worked for a time as a foreign correspondent for CBS Nightly News, anchored by Dan Rather.

Obama Is Leading the Way Toward Economic Catastrophe
Disregard the happy talk from the Obama White House.

Yes, Obama Was Lying About Opposing Same-Sex Marriage
“I’m just not very good at bullshitting,” the then-presidential candidate said in 2008.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

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