Virtue signalling and vice signalling

Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 8:48 AM

One of the stranger terms of political abuse to enter the lexicon in recent years is “virtue signalling”. It’s used almost exclusively by the political right and covers many different kinds of statements, actions and policies, mostly associated with the culture wars.

A World We Built to Burn

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:44 PM

It’s the windy end of a hot summer in California right now, and everything wants to burn. This year, like every year, fall winds jostle and tug a dry landscape of golden grasses and scrubland up against forests whose floors are piled with dry litterfall.

Is the ‘War on Drugs’ Over? Arrest Statistics Say No

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:44 PM

Arrests for marijuana possession are most common, even as public opinion has shifted in favor of its legalization.

The Border Between Red and Blue America

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:44 PM

With suburbia now split in two parts, we needed a more precise method to distinguish them. The suburbs are up for grabs.

The Border Between Red and Blue America

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:39 PM

With suburbia now split in two parts, we needed a more precise method to distinguish them. The suburbs are up for grabs.

Poverty in America is so expensive it now has its own inflation value

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:39 PM

Income inequality in America is the highest in decades, and the highest of all high-income countries. It’s also growing rapidly—meaning that, as the saying goes, the rich are becoming richer and the poor poorer.

The post-truth prophets

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:39 PM

They were discussing the false narratives surrounding President Trump and why they’re so difficult to cut through. As long as Trump has a right-wing media ecosystem to spin and protect and lie for him, the argument went, it’s just not clear that the “facts” matter all that much.

How the cul-de-sac has turned Colorado Springs into a transit desert

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:39 PM

COLORADO SPRINGS — Anthony Jefferson Jr. returned to Colorado Springs after three tours in Iraq hoping to put the long, drawn-out war behind him.

Bonkers pricing of “free” flu shots shows what’s wrong with US healthcare

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:39 PM

The annual flu shots that are free to those with health insurance are not immune from the convoluted and contemptible price-gouging that plague the US healthcare system.

Report: Facebook usage drops a stunning 26% since 2017

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:39 PM

In 2017, Americans spent 14 hours per month on average on the social media site, and that number had dropped 26% to 9 hours per month in 2019, Activate CEO and cofounder Michael Wolf said today at the Wall Street Journal‘s Tech Live conference in Laguna Beach, California.

Archaeologists explore East Africa’s ancient monumental cemeteries

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:39 PM

Large monumental cemeteries line the shores of Kenya’s Lake Turkana: hundreds of tightly packed graves beneath round stone platforms ringed with boulders and basalt columns, each flanked by its own chain of smaller stone circles and cairns.

These tiny monkeys have entered their Stone Age with a bang

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:39 PM

For years, scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama had whispered about the remote island where monkeys used stone tools.

New Technique Allows Ransomware to Operate Undetected

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:39 PM

A recently discovered technique allows ransomware to encrypt files on Windows-based systems without being detected by existing anti-ransomware products, Nyotron security researchers warn.

Climate tipping points — too risky to bet against

Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 9:54 PM

Politicians, economists and even some natural scientists have tended to assume that tipping points1 in the Earth system — such as the loss of the Amazon rainforest or the West Antarctic ice sheet — are of low probability and little understood.

Amazon’s Ring Planned Neighborhood “Watch Lists” Built on Facial Recognition

Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 8:59 PM

Ring, Amazon’s crimefighting surveillance camera division, has crafted plans to use facial recognition software and its ever-expanding network of home security cameras to create AI-enabled neighborhood “watch lists,” according to internal documents reviewed by The Intercept.