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  • Current Event
    21 hours ago
    by geoleo
    +8 +1

    Should media avoid naming the gunmen in mass shootings?

    A few months after teen shooters killed 12 classmates and her father at Columbine High School, Coni Sanders was standing in line at a grocery store with her young daughter when they came face to face with the magazine cover. It showed the two gunmen who had carried out one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. Sanders realized that few people knew much about her father, who saved countless lives. But virtually everyone knew the names and the tiniest of details about the attackers who carried out the carnage.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by ilyas
    +16 +1

    How can the US monitor the world if we all use Huawei?

    Why does the US government always crack down on Huawei? To achieve this, it even uses some disgraceful measures, including slandering the company by exerting its national power. The US moves have sparked questions as to why the US fears the Chinese company so much. Why does the company annoy the US?

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

    Opinion | Grown-Ups Get a Scolding on Climate

    The girl in long braids and lavender pants was in striking contrast to the rich and powerful adults gathered in Davos in January for the World Economic Forum, and her brief address lacked the usual niceties. “Adults keep saying, ‘We owe it to the young people to give them hope,’” she said. “But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.”

  • Current Event
    4 days ago
    by messi
    +3 +1

    Private school tax credits help save Catholic schools, not poor children

    The title of Archbishop Joseph Kurtz’s op-ed “Catholic teaching supports the aims of HB 205” should more accurately have stated, “HB 205 supports the aims of Catholic teaching.” Since 1995, the number of Catholic schools in our country has been declining rapidly, mostly due to lower attendance numbers and stretched church budgets. When Mr. Kurtz says, “this legislation will help those in need,” he is correct only if he is referring to the need Catholic schools have to basically survive. It has little to do with helping low-income students and more to do with the church counting on the taxpayers of this country to save religious schools.

  • Expression
    6 days ago
    by mariogi
    +12 +1

    No one needs access to driverless cars more than America's poor

    Silicon Valley is pouring billions into robot cars. Soon – although the time scale keeps shifting – tech manufacturers say driverless cars will replace their traditional counterparts, car parks will become parks again and road fatalities will plummet. People have argued over ethical concerns surrounding the technology, the ensuing job losses and the public’s antipathy to this robot revolution. But the biggest obstacle may well be money.

  • Current Event
    7 days ago
    by geoleo
    +16 +1

    I switched to Android after more than a decade with the iPhone, and retro gaming has all but ensured I'll never go back

    Four months ago, I did what I previously thought was unthinkable. I gave up my iPhone. I'd been using Apple products since I was eight and had been locked into iOS and the iPhone since a bespectacled Steve Jobs unveiled it in 2007. The change came after much public deliberating, a few close calls, and a tip from my colleague on the tech desk, Antonio Villas-Boas, who called the $580 OnePlus 6T "the best smartphone you've never heard of."

  • Current Event
    10 days ago
    by Borska
    +2 +1

    Let’s Destroy Robocalls

    Congress may have found an issue that all Americans can rally around. Stopping robocalls. All right — a little depressing that it can’t be world peace or affordable health care. But let’s take what we can get. If our elected officials could join hands and lead us into a world where phones are no longer an instrument of torture, maybe it’d give them enough confidence to march forward and, um, fund some bridge repair.

  • Current Event
    9 days ago
    by ubthejudge
    +19 +1

    It’s time — high time — to take Fox News’s destructive role in America seriously

    Chris Wallace is an exceptional interviewer, and Shepard Smith and Bret Baier are reality-based news anchors. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about the overall problem of Fox News, which started out with bad intentions in 1996 and has swiftly devolved into what often amounts to a propaganda network for a dishonest president and his allies.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by zyery
    +31 +1

    Is the world ready for lab-grown meat?

    Do people want to eat lab-grown meat? A new study, for which I was a peer-reviewer, is the first to rigorously assess consumer interest in plant-based and “clean meat” (also known as lab-grown or cultured meat) in the US, India and China. The study found “high levels of acceptance” in all three countries and “significantly higher acceptance” in India and China, where 86% and 93% respectively reported being at least “somewhat likely” to purchase clean meat.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by ppp
    +23 +1

    The Life of a Comment Moderator for a Right-Wing Website

    For six years, from 2012 to 2018, my job was to read and delete the most inappropriate comments on a conservative news site. Not all the inappropriate comments. Just the most inappropriate comments. Hundreds of comments an hour. Thousands of comments a day. Tens of thousands of comments a week. More than a million comments a year.

  • Current Event
    13 days ago
    by wildcard
    +18 +1

    We can't let China become the global leader in artificial intelligence

    This July marks the 50th anniversary of an audacious technological achievement: Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon. Since that moment, the United States has been the undisputed leader in all things high-tech. But America’s dominance could be coming to an end. China aspires to be No. 1, and may very well get there.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by everlost
    +3 +1

    What's Wrong With Staying Trendy? Breaking Down the Fast Fashion Environmental Impact

    The fast fashion environmental impact derives from the overconsumption of clothing, as well as a disregard for production and materials. What is more, fast fashion is in the top 5 of the most polluting industries in the world, an issue that poses a serious threat to the environment. Thankfully, it’s also an issue that could be solved by decreasing individual consumption.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by rawlings
    +2 +1

    How Goes the Trade War?

    Say this for Donald Trump: He’s provided us with many iconic quotations, which will surely be repeated in histories and textbooks for decades if not generations to come. Unfortunately, they’ll be repeated because they are extremely clear examples of bad ideas. In economics, the line you hear most is Trump’s declaration that “trade wars are good, and easy to win.” Coming in second is his assertion that “I am a Tariff Man,” coupled with the claim that foreigners pay the tariffs he has been imposing.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by mariogi
    +28 +1

    Galaxy S10 preview: One UI is the clean break from Android Samsung has always wanted

    Whether you call it TouchWiz or the Samsung Experience, the interface on Galaxy phones has always felt like it was fighting Android rather than embracing it. It’s not just the presence of duplicate apps for everything Google makes, or even the proprietary app store that sells Galaxy-branded versions of Play Store apps. More than any other skin, Samsung’s phones have always pretended Android wasn't really there, slathering it with a thick coat of paint and ignoring many of the latest features.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by dynamite
    +4 +1

    Yes, the Green New Deal is audacious. But we have no choice but to think big.

    Who’s afraid of the Green New Deal? I’m not. It’s ambitious, aspirational, improbable, impractical — almost as audacious as putting a man on the moon. We used to be able to think big. Let’s do it again. Since the 14-page resolution was introduced in Congress this month by Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), critics have been falling over themselves to denounce the Green New Deal’s policies as prohibitively expensive...

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by socialiguana
    +10 +1

    How to Become a ‘Superager’

    Think about the people in your life who are 65 or older. Some of them are experiencing the usual mental difficulties of old age, like forgetfulness or a dwindling attention span. Yet others somehow manage to remain mentally sharp. My father-in-law, a retired doctor, is 83 and he still edits books and runs several medical websites.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by rexall
    +2 +1

    With Covington High School blowback, adults lost all perspective on teenage immaturity

    The first time I saw "Schindler’s List" was at a special screening for high school students. Our school had been invited, and our principal decided that everyone needed to see it. It was 1994, just two years after a jury's acquittal of four white police officers in the beating of Rodney King led to outrage and burning and looting. Our school was just a few miles from the corner of Florence and Normandie, the intersection in South Los Angeles that was the epicenter of the riots.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by geoleo
    +7 +1

    Adam Schiff: An open letter to my Republican colleagues

    This is a moment of great peril for our democracy. Our country is deeply divided. Our national discourse has become coarse, indeed, poisonous. Disunity and dysfunction have paralyzed Congress. And while our attention is focused inward, the world spins on, new authoritarian regimes are born, old rivals spread their pernicious ideologies, and the space for freedom-loving peoples begins to contract violently. At last week’s Munich Security Conference, the prevailing sentiment among our closest allies is that the United States can no longer be counted on to champion liberal democracy or defend the world order we built.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by wetwilly87
    +9 +1

    People rush to excuse rock stars behaving badly – even the mediocre ones

    "But if we get rid of all the paedophiles, we won’t have any estate agents/plumbers/accountants left!” wailed literally no one ever. And yet, this plaint is regularly repeated when it comes to artists accused of abusive behaviour, even now, after everything. Because, really, how can we possibly expect people to make decent music without committing some casual sexual abuse? Last week, the New York Times published allegations of psychological and sexual abuse against navel-gazing indie bore Ryan Adams, all of which he denies. Several women, including his ex-wife, Mandy Moore, claimed Adams’ behaviour put them off the music industry.

  • Expression
    3 weeks ago
    by jedlicka
    +11 +1

    Is Silicon Valley's quest for immortality a fate worse than death?

    China’s first emperor ordered his subjects to search for the elixir of life in a quest for immortality. In 16th century France, nobles would drink gold in a bid to extend their lifespans. Gilgamesh, the Sumerian king at the heart of humanity’s earliest epic poem, found a magic herb, but a snake ate it. In 2015, a woman on the MTV series True Life: I’m Obsessed With Staying Young bathed in pig blood.

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

    It’s OK to believe in climate change and be a Republican

    It’s OK to believe in climate change and be Republican. Actually, it's OK to believe in climate change and be a good Republican. A few months ago, I had lunch with a senior Republican official in Arizona. The conversation shifted to the environment and renewable energy.

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

    The school climate change strikes are inspiring – but they should shame us

    Such is the upside-down, topsy-turvy state of our world, that the children are now the adults and the adults are the children. In Westminster, our supposed leaders – men and women of mature vintage – keep stamping their feet and demanding what no one can give them.

  • Expression
    2 weeks ago
    by TNY
    +8 +1

    Here’s Why Chun-Li Deserves The Strongest Female Fighter Title

    None of the renowned fighting games prior to Street Fighter II wouldn’t have a female Fighter were it not for Chun-Li’s existence. Part of the title is a derogatory term from renowned feminist Anita Sarkeesian, possibly alluding (since the video has yet to be published or created) to how female fighters like Chun-Li are drawn and created for the male gaze and for a subculture predominated by males who like keeping the FGC real.

  • Expression
    2 months ago
    by jasont
    +15 +1

    Two years later, I still miss the headphone port

    Two years ago, Apple killed the headphone port. I still haven’t forgiven them for it. When Apple announced that the iPhone 7 would have no headphone port, I was pretty immediately annoyed. I figured maybe I’d get over it in a few months. I didn’t. I figured if worse came to worse, I’d switch platforms. Then all of the other manufacturers started following suit.

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

    The Kernel of Human (or Rodent) Kindness

    Morality exists only because we evolved the capacity to empathize. And empathy provides the best guide to moral action. But there are those who say that empathy is too selective to play such a central role in our moral system. People tend to empathize more readily with those who look, sound and behave like themselves. We feel the pain more acutely of those who resemble us. How then can empathy serve as a moral guide when it is morality’s role to lead us away from cruelty toward people outside our own group?

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by mariogi
    +26 +1

    AI Will Create Millions More Jobs Than It Will Destroy. Here's How

    In the past few years, artificial intelligence has advanced so quickly that it now seems hardly a month goes by without a newsworthy AI breakthrough. In areas as wide-ranging as speech translation, medical diagnosis, and gameplay, we have seen computers outperform humans in startling ways. This has sparked a discussion about how AI will impact employment. Some fear that as AI improves, it will supplant workers, creating an ever-growing pool of unemployable humans who cannot compete economically with machines.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by bradd
    +15 +1

    Religious freedom applies to atheists, too

    In April of 2017, the Iowa House of Representatives respected my religious rights when I delivered the first atheistic invocation in that body’s history. The Iowa Senate, however, has denied my repeated requests to perform a similar invocation. In so doing, not only is the Senate directly discriminating against me, it is violating the Constitution, which protects all faiths equally. In its upcoming session, the Senate faces a stark choice: Continue to limit religious freedom or protect it for all Iowans.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by wetwilly87
    +17 +1

    Trump is “amoral” and has “no conscience,” says Harry Reid

    The veteran Democrat and former Senate leader Harry Reid said President Donald Trump was “amoral” and had “no conscience.” “Trump is an interesting person,” Reid, who was Nevada senator for 20 years until 2017 and was both Democrat minority and majority leader during that time, told The New York Times in an interview published today. “He is not immoral but is amoral. Amoral is when you shoot someone in the head, it doesn’t make a difference. No conscience.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by TNY
    +38 +1

    To save us from a Kafkaesque future, we must democratise AI

    Picture a system that makes decisions with huge impacts on a person’s prospects – even decisions of life and death. Imagine that system is complex and opaque: it sorts people into winners and losers, but the criteria by which it does so are never made clear. Those being assessed do not know what data the system has gathered about them, or with what data theirs is being compared. And no one is willing to take responsibility for the system’s decisions – everyone claims to be fulfilling their own cog-like function.

  • Expression
    2 months ago
    by socialiguana
    +24 +1

    Climate-change deniers are a danger to our security

    Imagine during the Cold War that one political party, in the face of overwhelming evidence that the Soviet Union was engaged in espionage against the United States, had a nuclear arsenal pointed at the United States, kept Eastern Europe under its thumb and imprisoned dissenters, refused to consider the Soviet Union a danger — of any sort — to the United States or other Western democracies. And they would offer no credible evidence to the contrary, but rather assert that it was all a hoax.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by geoleo
    +18 +1

    Psychologists' warning over masculinity offends the right

    Last August the American Psychological Association (APA) released its first-ever guidelines for therapists working with men and boys. Nobody paid much attention to these for several months, but they went viral this week. This was largely due to the APA condensing its academic report into a tweet explaining that the key takeaway is that traditional masculinity is harmful and socializing boys to suppress their emotions causes damage. Suddenly everyone on the internet was an armchair psychologist and conservatives were up in arms about war on men.

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

    Capitalism is Dangerous for Your Mental Health

    What if it’s not we who are sick, but an entire society that is incompatible with humanity’s social needs?

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by weekendhobo
    +13 +1

    Opinion | Why Autocrats Love Emergencies

    Crises are a time-tested means of subverting democracy. From Getúlio Vargas and other better-known dictators in the 1930s to Indira Gandhi and Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s and on to Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan more recently, autocratic-minded leaders have long used national emergencies — some real, some fabricated — to claim extraordinary powers. One of our greatest concerns about Donald Trump’s presidency has always been that he would exploit (or invent) a crisis in order to justify an abuse of power. Recent events have given this concern new immediacy.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by TNY
    +19 +1

    Elon Musk Is Giving My Generation Its Future Back. Let's Not Lose It Again

    Like many, I’ve been watching the developments in Boca Chica, Texas, with great interest. SpaceX, one of Elon Musk’s companies, is building the “Starship Hopper,” a shorter and simpler version of a spacecraft that could revolutionize space travel. Seeing images of the mostly complete test vehicle, clad in shiny stainless steel, makes me feel like a kid again. These are exciting times to be alive. We are at the beginning stages of the electric car revolution. We have access to much of the knowledge of our species at our fingertips. Rockets are being launched, and they mostly return to the ground for the next adventure.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zyery
    +20 +1

    Trump is a slapstick genius for the comically disastrous way he runs the country

    “The Play That Goes Wrong,” a British slapstick comedy, finished a short run at the Kennedy Center this month, so most Washingtonians didn’t get to see its characters stepping on each other, getting struck by falling objects and stymied by stuck doors, forgetting their lines, missing their cues, and eventually having the whole set fall down around them.