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  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by Petrox
    +3 +1

    Will the Left Go Too Far?

    If you gauge the climate inside the Democratic Party merely by which candidates won its 2018 primaries, you might think reports of its leftward lurch are exaggerated. Despite the hoopla about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s and Ayanna Pressley’s upset victories in congressional races in New York and Massachusetts, not a single incumbent Democratic governor or senator lost a primary to a left-leaning challenger.

  • Current Event
    2 days ago
    by geoleo
    +3 +1

    Why Brazil’s New President Poses an Unprecedented Threat to the Amazon

    Newly elected Jair Bolsonaro, an authoritarian nationalist sometimes called the “tropical Trump,” has staked out an environmental agenda that would open the Amazon to widespread development, putting at risk a region that plays a vital role in stabilizing the global climate.

  • Expression
    4 days ago
    by geoleo
    +11 +1

    Why are you ignoring us? #StopDrivingCar

    We know that most people can’t imagine life without cars, but we also know that time for cars has passed if we want to save the planet for future generations. The stopdrivingcar.club site is intended as a publication that should enable people from all countries in the world to facilitate their transport.

  • Current Event
    5 days ago
    by doodlegirl
    +9 +1

    The animal victims of the first world war are a stain on our conscience

    They are the truly forgotten dead. Sixteen million animals “served” in the first world war – and the RSPCA estimates that 484,143 horses, mules, camels and bullocks were killed in British service between 1914 and 1918. Some died before they reached the western front: of 94,000 horses sent from North America in 1917, 2,700 drowned when their vessels were sunk by submarines. Trench dogs hunted for rats in the trenches. Others carried messages. The German army alone employed 30,000 dogs.

  • Expression
    6 days ago
    by cone
    +6 +1

    Can Bitcoin Be Fixed?

    The birthing of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has unleashed the next wave of innovation in the technology and fintech sectors but we are not quite there…yet. Bitcoin has just turned 10 years old. 10 years have elapsed since the 2008 financial crisis took hold of the global financial system. Satoshi had indicated that the genesis block and the birth of Bitcoin was a result of people’s loss of faith in the current financial system and the status quo.

  • Current Event
    7 days ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +22 +1

    Apple’s charging at least 20% more for every product this year and we’re all going to pay it

    After Tuesday’s “More in the Making” event, Apple has officially rolled out its full suite of products for 2018 and beyond. It’s an impressive slate of Macs, iPhones, and iPads, and they will no doubt top many a wish list during the holiday season. Now that we know exactly what Apple will be selling for the next 12 months, a disturbing trend has emerged, one that gives new meaning to the word “more.”

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by spacepopper
    +11 +1

    What will be left of the people who make our games?

    Buried deep in Harold Goldberg’s wide-ranging feature for Vulture about the making of Red Dead Redemption 2 is a reminder of why one of Rockstar’s founders, Dan Houser, rarely gives interviews: his stunning admission that “we were working 100-hour weeks” at multiple points in 2018. In a report peppered with numerical superlatives (1,200 actors; 300,000 animations; 500,000 lines of dialogue; 2,000 pages of script; a budget in the millions), it’s that hundred-hour statistic that shocks the senses the hardest...

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by sasky
    +9 +1

    Open-World Video Games Are Getting Too Big For Their Own Good

    As technology has progressed, open-world video games have grown increasingly bigger. What seems like a universal positive has shown problems preventing the genre from truly moving forward, however. But what can be done to keep open worlds from feeling too big for their own good?

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by distant
    +21 +1

    Absence of net neutrality hurts students most

    For many students, net neutrality is an afterthought. But its effects, or lack thereof, impact us all more substantially than we think. “Net neutrality is essentially the rules of the road for the internet, and it gives equal treatment to all internet traffic,” said Kyle Wrather, a PhD candidate at UT who specializes in net neutrality. Internet Service Providers are unable to give priority to content by sources, giving users equal access to information. Unfortunately, these things are no longer the case.”

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by jasont
    +12 +1

    Opinion | Who Will Teach Silicon Valley To Be Ethical?

    I think we can all agree that Silicon Valley needs more adult supervision right about now. Is the solution for its companies to hire a chief ethics officer? While some tech companies like Google have top compliance officers and others turn to legal teams to police themselves, no big tech companies that I know of have yet taken this step. But a lot of them seem to be talking about it, and I’ve discussed the idea with several chief executives recently. Why? Because slowly, then all at once, it feels like too many digital leaders have lost their minds.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by doodlegirl
    +20 +1

    I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming

    IN 2016, I bought two voting machines online for less than $100 apiece. I didn't even have to search the dark web. I found them on eBay. Surely, I thought, these machines would have strict guidelines for lifecycle control like other sensitive equipment, like medical devices. I was wrong. I was able to purchase a pair of direct-recording electronic voting machines and have them delivered to my home in just a few days. I did this again just a few months ago. Alarmingly, they are still available to buy online.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by TNY
    +20 +1

    If you were thinking of doing environmental crimes, now’s the time

    It’s open season for environmental crimes in the U.S., a new report from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) suggests. Prosecutions under environmental law fell 10 percent for the 2018 fiscal year from their 2017 levels, which were themselves a substantial drop from prior years. Overall, federal prosecutions for environmental crimes are now down 40 percent from 2013 levels.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by TNY
    +21 +1

    Opinion | Congress, Do Your Job

    Congressional Republicans have been operating under a see-no-evil policy with President Trump: ignoring his lying, his subversions of democratic norms and his attacks on government institutions or, when that’s not possible, dismissing such outrages as empty bluster — as Trump being Trump. This brazenly partisan act has become even more strained since Tuesday, when Michael Cohen, the president’s longtime lawyer and fixer, directly implicated the president in criminal activity. Mr. Cohen asserted in a plea deal with federal prosecutors that, in the closing weeks of the 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump directed him to use illegal...

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by rhingo
    +12 +1

    Beware Rich People Who Say They Want to Change the World

    “Change the world” has long been the cry of the oppressed. But in recent years world-changing has been co-opted by the rich and the powerful. “Change the world. Improve lives. Invent something new,” McKinsey & Company’s recruiting materials say. “Sit back, relax, and change the world,” tweets the World Economic Forum, host of the Davos conference. “Let’s raise the capital that builds the things that change the world,” a Morgan Stanley ad says. Walmart, recruiting a software engineer, seeks an “eagerness to change the world.” Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook says, “The best thing to do now, if you want to change the world, is to start a company.”

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by jackthetripper
    +3 +1

    John McCain, a Maverick We Can Learn From

    John McCain’s most courageous moment arguably did not come when he was near death as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. He was then frail and feverish, with two broken arms, a broken leg, a shattered knee and bayonet wounds, yet still resisting his captors even though the consequence was more beatings.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by ckshenn
    +20 +1

    By secular standards, the Catholic Church is a corrupt organization

    Imagine for a moment that a big, admired multinational corporation, one selling a beloved product, was employing large numbers of male pedophiles and rapists, operating in rings all over the world, and that their crimes had been uncovered in Australia, Ireland, Canada, the Philippines, Belgium, France, Austria, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Britain, Germany and the United States, and, further, that senior executives had systematically covered up and suppressed evidence, transferring and enabling hundreds of predators, betraying thousands of victims.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by zobo
    +3 +1

    American Airlines 737 MAX Routes – How to Avoid Them

    If you've had a bad experience on the 737 MAX, with it's super small bathrooms and teeny tiny pitch, here's how you can avoid booking on thier routes.

  • Expression
    2 months ago
    by Petrox
    +10 +1

    Stop treating tech jerks like gods

    Could we stop worshipping rich men who are jerks? On Tuesday Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla, took to Twitter once again with bizarre comments, saying how “strange” it is that the cave diver who rescued the Thai boys didn’t sue him after he called him a pedophile. The notion that the diver might not want to get into a legal battle with a mean-tempered billionaire seemingly hadn’t occurred to him. (Though the diver’s lawyer is now reportedly preparing a libel suit.)

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by 8mm
    +22 +1

    Is Safetyism Destroying a Generation?

    In recent years behaviours on university campuses have created widespread unease. Safe spaces, trigger warnings, and speech codes. Demands for speakers to be disinvited. Words construed as violence and liberalism described as ‘white supremacy’. Students walking on eggshells, too scared to speak their minds. Controversial speakers violently rebuked – from conservative provocateurs such as Milo Yiannopoulos to serious sociologists such as Charles Murray, to left-leaning academics such as Bret Weinstein.

  • Expression
    2 months ago
    by TentativePrince
    +2 +1

    'Dragged Across Concrete' director S. Craig Zahler: "I don't think US cinema is in a good place"

    American filmmaker S. Craig Zahler is back at Venice Film Festival for a second year running, this time with his Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn cop drama Dragged Across Concrete. Screen caught up with Zahler at the festival to talk about working with controversial figure Gibson, getting projects made outside of the studio system, and why he won’t compromise on the runtime of his films.

  • Expression
    2 months ago
    by aj0690
    +15 +1

    Maybe It's Time to Get Out of the iPhone Upgrade Rat Race

    A refurbished electronics seller is trolling Apple with a parody ad that argues that, if the Cupertino company said it was an amazing phone back in 2015 it still has to be amazing three years later — and they are making a very good point.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by Pfennig88
    +14 +1

    Richard Branson believes the key to success is a three-day workweek 

    Billionaire Richard Branson is pushing business leaders to embrace the idea of flexible work arrangements, claiming that with today's cutting-edge technology, there is no reason people can't work less hours and be equally — if not more — effective. Hard work is key, but enjoying what you do and having fun is just as crucial, said the adventurous, fun-loving founder of Virgin. In his international best seller "The Virgin Way: If It's Not Fun, It's Not Worth Doing," he wrote that "fun is one of the most important — and underrated — ingredients in any successful venture."

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by zritic
    +11 +1

    America’s Slide Toward Autocracy

    Twenty-one months into the Trump presidency, how far has the country rolled down the road to autocracy? It’s been such a distracting drive—so many crazy moments!—who can keep an eye on the odometer? Yet measuring the distance traveled is vital. As Abraham Lincoln superbly said in his “house divided” speech: “If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.”

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by Chubros
    +17 +1

    No, the Threat to Democracy Is Not Too Much Democracy

    Has American democracy been hijacked by the passions of its people, now a dangerous and untamable majority undermining the republic? In a new issue of the Atlantic, Jeffrey Rosen, head of the National Constitution Center, says yes. “[James] Madison’s worst fears of mob rule have been realized—and the cooling mechanisms he designed to slow down the formation of impetuous majorities have broken.”

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TheSpirit
    +9 +1

    Video games are an underrated art form

    For those who believe in the distinction between high art and low, video games have long been near the bottom of the pile. Fortunately, that has not stopped some of the world’s great art museums from putting on exhibitions. The Museum of Modern Art, in New York, began acquiring games in 2012 and a year later invited visitors to play some of them in a show called “Applied Design”. The most recent video-games exhibition, “Videogames Design/Play/Disrupt”, takes place at an even grander instituion – the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by grandsalami
    +2 +1

    I Came of Age During the 2008 Financial Crisis. I’m Still Angry About It.

    I grew up in a suburb of Detroit, in a house near a dead end, which my parents bought in 1992. They paid for it with a conventional mortgage that they had the misfortune of refinancing in January 2008. A series of disasters followed, all of which would have been previously unthinkable. Within a matter of months, investment banks like Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers collapsed from having taken on too much risk, predominantly in the housing market, and by the fall of that year both of my parents had lost their jobs.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by wildcard
    +9 +1

    Sean Penn says spirit of much of #MeToo movement is to ‘divide men and women’

    Two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn has opened up about the #MeToo movement, saying it divides men and women and "it's too black and white." Penn, 58, and actress Natascha McElhone, 48, who co-star in the new Hulu show "The First" about a dangerous mission to Mars, had a frank discussion about the movement empowering women, with Natalie Morales on TODAY Monday.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by hxxp
    +3 +1

    Why We Must Save the Endangered Species Act from the Trump Administration

    Urged on by the oil and gas industry, the Trump administration is moving to drastically weaken the Endangered Species Act. But the act, writes a former U.S. Interior Secretary, has saved hundreds of species that might now be extinct, while allowing for well-managed development. 

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zyery
    +21 +1

    John Oliver Calls Facebook 'a Fetid Swamp of Mistruths and Outright Lies'

    Earlier this summer, John Oliver called Facebook “History’s Most Profitable Data-Harvesting Machine,” which was charitable compared to Sunday night’s 20-minute takedown on the company’s hate speech policies and content moderation, especially in countries that are newly getting online. Oliver compared Facebook unfavorably to toilets, which “make shit go away, whereas Facebook retains shit, disseminates shit to your acquaintances, and reminds you of shit from seven years ago while allowing corporations to put their shit in front of you. What I’m saying is there’s a purity and integrity to toilets that Facebook seriously lacks.”

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by belangermira
    +3 +1

    Using the HTC G1, 10 years later: 2008's smartphone is effectively a dumbphone in 2018

    Going into this series, I hoped I’d get back to the T-Mobile G1/HTC Dream and be able to romantically wax about where Android came from. How the G1, though dated, still held up the promises made by Google's first Android effort back in 2008. Analytically, it's all true, but time has not been kind to the phone, and using it has made for a pretty rough week, even by my recent standards.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by rawlings
    +14 +1

    Telltale Games died because it stopped moving forward

    The story of Telltale Games paints a fascinating, depressing picture of a company that found success and seemed to immediately encase itself in amber. The road to its devastating shutdown is what it looks like when a company finds a winning formula, and thinks that winning formula will win forever.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by doodlegirl
    +13 +1

    The Fear Driving Conservative Support for Kavanaugh

    It’s remarkable: The more women accuse of Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, the more committed to his confirmation conservatives become. On Monday, after Deborah Ramirez became the second woman to accuse Kavanaugh of wrongdoing, the New York Times columnist Ross Douthat noted that among conservatives, the belief that Kavanaugh is innocent “actually gained momentum and support on the basis of the second allegation.” Over the course of Thursday, conservatives responded to the allegations of a third woman, Julie Swetnick, by again doubling down.

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by mariogi
    +10 +1

    Opinion | Fury Is a Political Weapon. And Women Need to Wield It.

    Beliefs can be hard to change, even if they are scientifically wrong. But those on the fence about an idea can be swayed after hearing facts related to the misinformation, according to a study led by Princeton University. After conducting an experimental study, the researchers found that listening to a speaker repeating a belief does, in fact, increase the believability of the statement, especially if the person somewhat believes it already. But for those who haven’t committed to particular beliefs, hearing correct information can override the myths.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by belangermira
    +18 +1

    Amazon Is Worth $1 Trillion. Its Workers Are on Food Stamps.

    Amazon just hit a $1 trillion valuation, but some of its workers feel poorer than ever. Jeff Bezos’s tech giant is the second U.S. company to be worth thirteen-digits on the stock market, following Apple, which hit $1 trillion in August. That’s all well and good for Bezos, whose net worth exceeds $150 billion. But workers at the growing network of Amazon-owned companies say they aren’t seeing the money and Senator Bernie Sanders rolled out a new bill that would penalize Amazon for leaving workers dependent on public assistance. The next day, The Wall Street Journal reported that employees at Whole Foods...

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by doodlegirl
    +11 +1

    The Banality of Brett Kavanaugh

    The masters of the universe, it turns out, are losers. The Brett Kavanaugh hearing was a kaleidoscope of family and God and prestigious clerkships spliced with boofing and ralphing and brewskis. It was a thorough dressing-down. In the end, one was left with the impression of an unremarkable guy who was born on a conveyor belt to power, without much obligation to distinguish himself from his peers.