Celeb Birthdays for Nov. 27, 2014

Director Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”) is 63. TV personality Bill Nye (“Bill Nye the Science Guy”) is 59. Guitarist Charlie Burchill of Simple Minds is 55. Drummer Charlie Benante of Anthrax is 52. Drummer Mike Bordin (Faith No More) is 52. Actor Fisher Stevens (“Early Edition”) is 51. Actor …

Was Vincent van Gogh Murdered? | Vanity Fair

For many decades, suicide was the unquestioned final chapter of Vincent van Gogh’s legend. But in their 2011 book, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith offered a far more plausible scenario—that Van Gogh was killed—only to find themselves under attack. Now, with the help of a leading …

TSA rituals don’t make us safer: Opposing view

Changes to the Transportation Security Administration’s rules have made it easier for fliers to get through airport security. Even with these improvements, the TSA should be abolished. First, the TSA offers what security expert Bruce Schneier calls “security theater.” The unnecessary and insulting rituals we go through when we board …

The Programmer’s Price

Not long ago, Stephen Bradley, a New York tech entrepreneur, was looking to expand his company, AuthorBee, which aggregates tweets and Instagram posts and puts them together in story form. Instead of following people, readers can follow their interests—“Breaking Bad,” for example, or the New England Patriots. Bradley is not …

A half-million people sign up for insurance during HealthCare.gov’s first week – The Washington Post

Nearly a half-million people chose health plans through HealthCare.gov during the first week of the new open-enrollment period in the online insurance marketplace, federal health officials announced Wednesday. The figures show that nearly half of those who have just signed up for insurance do not currently have coverage through the …