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China’s brutal crackdown on the Uighur Muslim minority, explained

Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 1:17 AM

A United Nations human rights panel has accused the Chinese government of ruthlessly cracking down on Uighurs, an ethnic Muslim minority in China’s western Xinjiang province, and detaining as many as 1 million in internment camps and “reeducation” programs.

Kevin Williamson’s unhinged attack on Elizabeth Warren’s corporate accountability bill, explained

Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 1:17 AM

As someone who tries to follow progressive policy development trends pretty closely, I was struck to see Thursday morning that Kevin Williamson had an article in National Review describing “Elizabeth Warren’s Batty Plan to Nationalize … Everything.

Transaction Costs and Tethers: Why I’m a Crypto Skeptic

Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 1:17 AM

I’m still on vacation, hiking and biking in various parts of Europe. I’m keeping up with the news, more or less, but am only occasionally and unpredictably in a place and condition where I can actually write something and post it.

This AI is bad at drawing but will try anyways.

Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 3:22 PM

There was a paper recently where a research team trained a machine learning algorithm (a GAN they called AttnGAN) to generate pictures based on written descriptions. It’s like Visual Chatbot in reverse. When it was just trained to generate pictures of birds, it did pretty well, actually.

Voting Software

Friday, August 17, 2018 at 11:17 PM

Elizabeth Warren has a plan to save capitalism

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 11:17 PM

Elizabeth Warren has a big idea that challenges how the Democratic Party thinks about solving the problem of inequality.

Republicans want voters to believe they’re living in a horror movie.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 11:17 PM

It was a stump line for Halloween and haunted houses, not the August humidity. There was no ambiguity or subtlety. If Democrats win, you and your family are in danger. Democrats want to let violent criminals back onto the street, Walker claimed.

75 Catholic priests and scholars ask Francis to backtrack on death penalty

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 4:32 PM

Earlier this month, Pope Francis authorized a change in the Catholic Catechism, the official teaching document of the church, to intensify the language pertaining to the defensibility of the death penalty.

The problem with Twitter, as shown by the Sarah Jeong fracas

Monday, August 13, 2018 at 3:52 PM

At National Review, Jonah Goldberg has a column on the Sarah Jeong fracas that is wrong in, I think, a useful way. He begins with an anecdote: When I was a youngish teenager, I went to the bank one day. (This was pre-ATM machines, kids.

“They have no allegiance to liberal democracy”: an expert on antifa explains the group

Monday, August 13, 2018 at 12:49 PM

When Donald Trump used the phrase “alt-left” to describe the anti-neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville last year, most people had no idea what he meant. I’m actually not sure he knew what he meant.

Psychologists surveyed hundreds of alt-right supporters. The results are unsettling.

Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 12:19 PM

The white supremacists marching at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year were not ashamed when they shouted, “Jews will not replace us.” They were not ashamed to wear Nazi symbols, to carry torches, to harass and beat counterprotesters.

How the West became a self-obsessed culture

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 4:14 PM

America has a narcissism problem.

Planet at Risk of Heading Towards Apocalyptic, Irreversible ‘Hothouse Earth’ State

Monday, August 6, 2018 at 5:00 PM

This summer people have been suffering and dying because of heat waves and wildfires in many parts of the world. The past three years were the warmest ever recorded, and 2018 is likely to follow suit.

Fake news evolved into fake events, and the consequences are scary

Friday, August 3, 2018 at 7:31 PM

The Interface is a daily column about the intersection of social media and democracy. Subscribe to the newsletter here. Some days, it seems like any number of topics might lead The Interface. Other days, nearly every major outlet in our orbit writes a version of the same story.

A note from the editorial leadership of The Verge

Friday, August 3, 2018 at 2:26 PM

Since announcing her new job with The New York Times, a widespread campaign of harassment has targeted Verge reporter Sarah Jeong for a number of tweets she wrote years ago.