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  • 1 day ago
    Current Event wildcat

    Pope Francis asks for forgiveness for church's role in Rwanda genocide

    Pope Francis has asked for forgiveness for the Catholic church’s role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which 800,000 people were slaughtered in 100 days of violence. The “sins and failings of the church and its members” had “disfigured the face” of Catholicism, he said. Speaking after meeting the Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, the Vatican acknowledged that some Catholic priests and nuns had “succumbed to hatred and violence” by participating in the genocide.

  • 6 days ago
    Current Event wildcat

    Donald Trump refuses to shake Angela Merkel's hand

    Donald Trump has apparently refused to shake Angela Merkel's hand during a joint appearance at the White House. The pair held an awkward meeting that could help determine the future of the transatlantic alliance and shape the working relationship between two of the world's most powerful leaders. While the President greeted the German leader with a handshake upon her arrival at the White House, he appeared to ignore requests to do so as the pair sat together later in front of TV cameras...

  • 8 days ago
    Current Event wildcat

    A 22 year old Canadian arrested over massive Russian hack of 500 million Yahoo accounts

    A 22-year-old Canadian man is one of four men arrested in connection with the theft of 500 million Yahoo user accounts in early 2014. Karim Baratov, a dual national of Kazakhstan and Canada, is accused of being a hacker-for-hire contracted by two members of the Russian intelligence agency FSB, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Baratov and the three other men – two Russian spies and a hacker on the FBI’s most wanted cyber criminals list – are facing charges of crim...

  • 8 days ago
    Current Event wildcat

    England Says No to Drugs That Cost More Than Your Car (or Home)

    For patients with a very rare, inherited disease that causes excessive bleeding, fragile bones and bloated livers, French drugmaker Sanofi has a pill available in countries from Germany and Greece to the U.S. Not in England. The Gaucher disease drug, which would cost as much as 250,000 pounds ($305,900) a year, is poised for rejection by the state-run health system even after Sanofi offered an undisclosed discount for the lifelong treatment.

  • 11 days ago
    Current Event wildcat

    Volkswagen pleads guilty over VW emissions

    Volkswagen has formally pleaded guilty to cheating the US government by using software to evade emission rules in nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles. The German automaker pleaded guilty to conspiracy, obstruction of justice and an import crime. Manfred Doess, VW general counsel, told a court in Detroit the company was “guilty on all three counts”. The deal with the Department of Justice (DoJ) was made weeks ago. VW agreed to pay a $4.3bn (£3.5bn) penalty, although the scandal has cost the compa...

  • 3 weeks ago
    Expression wildcat

    'Fake News' Now Means Whatever People Want It To Mean, And Legislating It Away Is A Slippery Slope Toward Censorship

    The discussion about "fake news" certainly began with good intentions, with participants earnestly focused on how disinformation, shitty journalism and bullshit clickbait were filling the noggins of a growing segment of the public for whom critical thinking was already a Sisyphean endeavor. The solution for this problem was never as clean and easy as most of the conversations suggested, especially given that Americans...

  • 3 weeks ago
    Analysis wildcat

    Being gay in Latin America: Legal but deadly

    On a February night in 2008, Luis Alberto Rojas Marin says, his life changed forever. At 26 years old, the Peruvian gay man was arrested by police officers while heading home shortly after midnight. Throughout the six hours he was in police custody, he says, he was stripped, raped with a baton and verbally abused by police officers before being let go. All of this, he says, because of his sexuality.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event wildcat

    Why This Teacher Who Slept With Students Will Not Have to Register as Sex Offender

    28-year-old Haeli Wey pled guilty to two felony counts of having an improper relationship with a student this week though she will not have to register as a sex offender. Wey worked at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. It was there as a math teacher she became involved with two male students. Both were 17 years old, the legal age of consent in Texas — which is predominantly why Wey will not have to register as a sex offender.

  • 1 month ago
    Comment wildcat

    We need more heroes like her to stand up to this non-sense.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event wildcat

    Google Recalls Staff to U.S. After Trump Immigration Order

    Alphabet Inc.’s Google delivered a sharp message to staff traveling overseas who may be impacted by a new executive order on immigration from President Donald Trump: Get back to the U.S. now. Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai slammed Trump’s move in a note to employees Friday, telling them that more than 100 company staff are affected by the order.

  • 2 months ago
    Analysis wildcat

    Clean, safe, humane — producers say lab meat is a triple win

    “The meatball that changed the world.” That was the enthusiastic prediction early last year from Uma Valeti, a cardiologist and now CEO of Memphis Meats, as he admired the freshly cooked meatball arranged gourmet-style on a plate. As a meatball, it definitely had a lot going for it. It was made by specialty chef Dave Anderson, using an Italian recipe. As it cooked in the frying pan, (click here to watch the video) it sizzled and smelled the way a meatball should. And the taste-tester gave it...

  • 2 months ago
    Current Event wildcat

    Eight billionaires 'as rich as world's poorest half'

    The world's eight richest individuals have as much wealth as the 3.6bn people who make up the poorest half of the world, according to Oxfam. The charity said its figures, which critics have queried, came from improved data, and the gap between rich and poor was "far greater than feared". The richest eight include Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Warren Buffett. Mark Littlewood, of the Institute of Economic Affairs, said Oxfam should focus instead on ways to boost growth.

  • 2 months ago
    Current Event wildcat

    Scientists created the thinnest wires yet made of atoms coated in diamonds

    Put together diamonds, copper, and sulfur, and you can make the thinnest wires humanly possible. These nanometer-scale wires could help shrink electronic circuits, cramming more computing power into ever-smaller devices, and allow researchers to explore exotic material physics. A team of scientists from Stanford University and the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory recently took molecule-sized diamond fragments, attached them to atoms of sulfur, and dropped them int...

  • 3 months ago
    Current Event wildcat

    Christine Lagarde: IMF chief convicted over payout

    A French court has found International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde guilty of negligence but did not hand down any punishment. As French finance minister in 2008, she approved an award of €404m ($429m; £340m) to businessman Bernard Tapie for the disputed sale of a firm. Ms Lagarde, who always denied wrongdoing, was not present in court, having left France for Washington. The IMF board will meet on Monday to consider the latest developments.

  • 3 months ago
    Analysis wildcat

    Why Minimum Wage Hikes Work, in 3 Charts

    The biggest argument against raising the minimum wage is that it’s going to end up cutting jobs. By having to pay each worker extra, the cost of producing goods or services will increase. So, the argument goes, employers will either pass that cost off to customers (by raising prices) or try to find savings elsewhere (by investing in equipment rather than workers, or reducing the hours their employees work). Either way, the total demand for labor will drop.