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What America Taught the Nazis in the 1930s - The Atlantic
"Whitman’s history does not expose the liberal tradition in the United States as merely a sham, as many of the Third Reich’s legal theorists intimated when they highlighted patterns of black and American Indian subordination. Rather, he implicitly challenges readers to consider when and how, under what conditions and in which domains, the ugly features of racism have come most saliently to the fore in America’s liberal democracy. Conversely, we might ask, when and why have those features been repressed, leading to more-equal access for racial minorities to physical space, cultural regard, material life, and civic membership?"

"Although the United States entered the 1930s as the globe’s most established racialized order, the pathways from Nuremberg and Jim Crow unfolded very differently, one culminating in mass genocide, the other, after much struggle, in civil-rights achievements. Yet none of these gains, not even the presidency of an African American, has taken issues of race and citizenship off the political agenda. Current debates over both sharply remind us that positive outcomes are not guaranteed. The very rules of the democratic game—elections, open media, and political representation—create persisting possibilities for racial demagoguery, fear, and exclusion. As Freisler and other Third Reich jurists understood all too well, racial ideas and racist policies are profound products of political decisions."
history  us  racism  from:atlantic 
5 days ago by mechazoidal
Kleptocracy Is on the Rise in America - The Atlantic
Richard Palmer's prescient testimony to Congress.
Noting that the US has a long history and desire to stop money laundering, but thanks to decades of corruption have made it hollow (loophole in Patriot act for real estate, Citizens United)
corruption  politics  capitalism  business  finance  banking  history  from:atlantic  2019 
5 weeks ago by mechazoidal
What Is the Most Poisonous Mushroom? - The Atlantic
Paul Kroeger in Vancouver BC looks for death-cap mushrooms: normally a European species, they are spreading everywhere.
Note that their spores are fragile and the toxicity is in eating them (hello liver transplant, if you recognize it in time)
biology  botany  science  canada  2019  from:atlantic 
6 weeks ago by mechazoidal
A New Mueller Filing Shows How Russia Misuses U.S. Courts - The Atlantic
"“Our courts act like, and think, that they are operating on the same type of playing field as the Russians,” Estlund said. “But they’re not—the system there is completely different from here. And when the courts are properly responding to what appears to be a legally authorized request for assistance with discovery, often what they’re doing is assisting with an extremely corrupt court proceeding.” Another lawyer who follows this phenomenon closely and requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press echoed Estlund’s assessment: “The Russians have figured out how to weaponize this,” he said. “We have this tremendous system of justice here which isn’t equipped to address nonjudicial questions, like ‘Is this litigant seeking to abuse our entire judicial system?’”"

Note the tactic: mixing fake documents into a "leaked" dump of real documents to discredit the investigation, and trying to get them read into the court order. Note the Prevezon case, where this worked.
russia  information_warfare  legal  2019  from:atlantic  law 
6 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Polar Vortex 2019: Why Forecasts Are So Accurate Now - The Atlantic
"Understanding months-long events like El Niño, for instance, has allowed meteorologists to go beyond the seven-day forecast. Alley, the Penn State professor, says that he is awed by the new models. Well-studied features of Earth’s climate—like the temperate Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean—emerge in computer models, even though developers have written code that only mimics basic physics. “You translate Newtonian physics into a sphere and get Coriolis [force],” he says. “There’s no line in the code that says, Please make a Gulf Stream. But it is the physics of the Earth, so when you spin it up, the Gulf Stream appears because it has to.”"
meteorology  science  2019  from:atlantic 
6 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Covington Catholic and the Trump-Era Overcorrection - The Atlantic
"The overcorrections are a symptom of the mainstream media’s ongoing preoccupation with winning the affection of the president’s most enthusiastic supporters—an impossible task, because those supporters believe what the president wants them to believe. If you write something they don’t like, you’re fake news. If you correct something you got wrong, you’re also fake news. The only way not to be fake news is to say what they want you to say, the way they want you to say it. News outlets should neither ignore legitimate criticism based on the source nor go out of their way to assuage critics in the hopes of improving their brand."
journalism  propaganda  article  from:atlantic  2019  us 
8 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Technology Will Make War Even Worse - The Atlantic
@timmaughan approved, so you know the really good bleak stuff is included
grim_meathook_future  military  war  2018  from:atlantic 
december 2018 by mechazoidal
Young People Are Having Less Sex - The Atlantic
Parts 3-5: ouch, this explains a lot. Also confirms that Tinder is useless if you're not already good-looking.
sex  society  relationships  2018  from:atlantic  dating 
november 2018 by mechazoidal
The Government Is Silencing Kids Hurt by Climate Change - The Atlantic
"Our world is burning in front of our eyes, and what Juliana tells us is that our children know it. The government fears these 21 children; it asks the Supreme Court to tell them they do not even deserve a chance to fail.

The U.S. has a climate policy, and it asks the Supreme Court to enforce it. That policy is: Donald Trump says there is no such thing as climate change. The rest of us, young and old, need to shut up and burn."
law  us  2018  climate_change  from:atlantic 
october 2018 by mechazoidal
Trump Has Changed How Teens View the News - The Atlantic
'“I don’t believe there [are] any neutral news organizations,” said Emma Neely, a 19-year-old in Tennessee. “Each writer and editor has their own personal bias. What they write, even if it’s a little biased, it’s still biased.”'

I mean, I'm not sure if the article author is trying to scare people, because that sentiment is right on.
journalism  politics  2018  from:atlantic 
august 2018 by mechazoidal
How Trump Radicalized ICE - The Atlantic
"A long-running inferiority complex, vast statutory power, a chilling new directive from the top"
politics  2018  us  from:atlantic  immigration  chilling 
august 2018 by mechazoidal
Seattle’s App for Kicking Out the Homeless - The Atlantic
Using the "Find It Fix It" app to report homeless camps, spearheaded by (of course) Mike Stewart and the Ballard Alliance
seattle  from:atlantic  2018 
july 2018 by mechazoidal
The Weaponization of Awkwardness - The Atlantic
"Urban Dictionary’s top definition of awkward explains the word as the situation in which “no one really knows what to say, or choose not to say anything.” It advises the reader, should she find herself in such a wretched circumstance: “Just back slowly away.” But these skillful evasions and willful aversions have come at a cost. They have allowed for injustice. They have abetted impunity. They have encouraged people to turn the other cheek, and to do so in the name of the mandate that so many will understand, implicitly: 'Don’t make it weird'. They have helped men like Harvey Weinstein to leverage the pernicious power of 'Please, you’re making a big scene here.' "
society  us  sexism  2017  from:atlantic  psychology 
december 2017 by mechazoidal

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