The Democratic debate over letting people in prison vote, explained

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 9:39 PM

The latest debate in the 2020 presidential race has exposed the limits of how far Democrats are willing to go on voting rights. It began with a question to Sen.

Can socialists and liberals get along?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7:59 AM

Prior to 2016, a video of an avowed Marxist praising a Democratic candidate would have been fodder for attack ads. But last week, senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders tweeted a video endorsement from Bhaskar Sunkara, the editor of the Marxist magazine Jacobin.


Friday, May 10, 2019 at 1:46 PM

The Brutalist Path

Friday, May 10, 2019 at 1:46 PM

I have used plenty of Emacs themes in the past, but in the end - like many others - I ended up creating my own. What I have now is very different than what I used even a year ago, let alone even before.

Trump's New Favorite Network Embraces Russian Propaganda

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 7:46 PM

When it comes to putting disinformation in front of American eyeballs, Vladimir Putin has long been able to count alt-right social media stars like Alex Jones and Mike Cernovich as reliable allies.

The 20-year argument between Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren over bankruptcy, explained

Monday, May 6, 2019 at 10:04 PM

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was the first Democratic 2020 hopeful to take a direct swing at former Vice President Joe Biden since he got into the race, accusing him of being “on the side of the credit companies” in a fight that launched her political career a decade ago.

The Facebook free speech battle, explained

Monday, May 6, 2019 at 10:03 PM

Facebook booted a hodgepodge of extremist figures last week, inflaming sentiment of some on the right and raising new questions of what is and isn’t protected speech on digital platforms. But the current debate over speech and social media is far bigger than Facebook.

What Happened after India Eliminated Cash

Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 5:29 PM

On the night of Nov. 8, 2016, there was a surprise announcement on Indian television. In a live telecast to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that the country’s two highest-denomination currency notes (Rs 1,000 and Rs 500) would be withdrawn immediately from the market.

How Marketers Use Redirect Ads to Deceive You

Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 12:53 PM

All ads play on our psychology, but redirect ads that manipulate the intent of your search terms can be downright insidious.

How Google Marketers Exploit Your Discomfort

Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 12:43 PM

A Google marketer explains how ads in search results prey on the precise “micro-moments” when you make purchasing decisions.

How Google Tracks Your Personal Information

Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 12:38 PM

Google knows nearly everything about you, from how you commute to your relationship status. There have never been more opportunities for marketers to exploit that data.

Deceit By Design: Zuck’s Dirty Secret He Doesn’t Want You To¬†Know

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 9:26 AM

This weekend Zuckerberg called on governments around the world to herald in a new era of “true data portability,” one where people who “share data with one service [are] able to move it to another.”……

Africa’s Largest Lake Needs Hippo Poop to Flourish

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 2:51 AM

We need to have a serious chat about hippo poop. According to new findings published in Science Advances on Wednesday, hippos act as a vital conduit for transporting silica from land to the water thanks to their prolific bowel movements.

Housing Can’t Be Both Affordable and a Good Investment

Friday, May 3, 2019 at 11:56 PM

Promoting homeownership as an investment strategy is a risky proposition.

Against Waldenponding

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 10:03 AM

1/ Lemme do a 1-slide presentation since I’m feeling job sick. Title: How to Actually Manage Attention Without Smashing Your Phone and Retreating to a Log Cabin2/ Premise: FOMO is good. Being plugged in is good. There is valuable info at all levels from twitter gossip to philosophy books.