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Wall Street Is Betting That Lawmakers Want to Humiliate Big Tech—But Not Regulate It | Vanity Fair
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1 hour ago
The Side Effects of Meditation No One Talks About - Tonic
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yesterday
Inside the Flat Earth Conference, Where the World’s Oldest Conspiracy Theory Is Hot Again
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2 days ago
What Happens There - Believer Magazine
More people kill themselves in Las Vegas ­every year than in any other place in America.

For every five new residents who move to Las Vegas, three natives move out.



What I know for certain about Levi Presley is what he looked like, how old he was, what kind of car he drove, what school he attended, what girl he liked and what girl liked him, his favorite outfit, favorite movie, favorite restaurant, favorite band, what level belt he held in Tae Kwon Do, what design he had sketched onto the wall of his bedroom—very lightly, in pencil—and later planned to fill in, which drawings of his from art school he is thought to have been particularly proud of and whether their themes could be said to provide an indication of suicidal “ideation,” the nickname of his car, the two different nicknames his parents had each given him, his answers to the questions on the last pop quiz he took in school—
vegas  suicide  america 
2 days ago
Anatomy of a Conspiracy Theory - POLITICO Magazine
“There’s substantial evidence that ISIS was involved in this,” the former NSC staffer told me, a few minutes after we had settled into our booth at the back of the restaurant.
death  conspiracy 
2 days ago
The Story of Threatin, a Most Puzzling Hoax Even for 2018 - The New York Times
“I think he’s just a rich kid who bought himself a tour so he could return to America with evidence of a U.K. tour, cleverly documented to not show the lack of audience, in a bid to get music industry interest at home in America,” Ms. Lovelace said.

“Some people think this is some kind of genius level art project or social experiment. Some people think his mum booked the tour, and jokes have been cracked that maybe his parents are tied up in a basement in L.A. while he’s swanned off with their credit card,” she said. “I still can’t decide if it’s genius or insanity — but it’s probably a bit of both.”
fakenews 
2 days ago
The Dominican Republic Erased Birthright Citizenship - The Atlantic
Because nationalists tend to be political conservatives, they often feel pressure to pretend that the radical changes they’re making aren’t changes at all.
2 days ago
Why Are Hundreds of Harvard Students Studying Ancient Chinese Philosophy? - The Atlantic
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2 days ago
Turning Our Messy, Complicated Lives into Something Holy | LDS.org Blog
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2 days ago
Church Announces Changes to Recommendation Process for Young Missionaries
Elder Joseph Horne, 21, from Holladay, Utah, returned from the California San Fernando Mission earlier this year because of a health issue. He now serves as a missionary in the Church’s Publishing Services Department, providing technical and user support for the Gospel Library app.

“It’s the service to the Lord that matters,” said Elder Horne.
lds  service 
2 days ago
How I Used Technology to Get in the Best Shape of My Life and Save My Son
For the first few weeks, I didn’t lose any weight, and I stayed hungry all the time. It was maddening, and I wanted to give up more than once, thinking it “wasn’t working.” But I stayed the course, kept riding my bike, and watching my intake. After about three weeks the numbers on the scale started to drop, and once the weight started coming off, it started dropping at a dramatic rate. I continued riding and tracking well into the following year, losing upwards of 40 pounds.
exercise 
2 days ago
Hackers Are Stealing Instagram Influencer Accounts - The Atlantic
Faisal Shafique, a college student who Instagrams under the handle @Fact, said that he earns roughly $300,000 a year from posting sponsored content for brands like TikTok and Fashion Nova. When Brooks seized control of his account several weeks ago, it put those brand deals in jeopardy, potentially costing him his livelihood. Shafique was able to retrieve his account before it was sold off, but he estimates he would have lost a half-a-million-dollar property if he hadn’t.

Of course, the safer way to market your product would be to just buy ads directly through Facebook’s ad network. But marketers say ads aren’t as effective as influencer campaigns, where the personal touch resonates more deeply with consumers.
instagram  hacking  crime  socialmedia 
2 days ago
The New Brothels: How Shady Landlords Play a Key Role in the Sex Trade - The New York Times
In September, the police broke up a large prostitution ring that had been protected by seven police officers. Prosecutors said the landlord of that Park Slope building, Isaac A. Schwartz, was in on it. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of enterprise corruption and conspiracy.

Known by his nickname, “Shragie,” Mr. Schwartz not only owned four of the buildings where the ring’s prostitutes worked, but he’s also been twice included on an official list of the city’s worst landlords.

A retired detective, Ludwig Paz, was charged with being the leader of the ring, which operated brothels in several buildings in Queens and central Brooklyn, but the authorities said Mr. Schwartz also played a key role: finding locations for Mr. Paz.

In New York, gentrification has pushed prostitution indoors. Street walkers have all but disappeared. Prostitutes now advertise online, sex dates are arranged over the phone and brothels operate inside apartments in residential neighborhoods.
crime 
2 days ago
Opinion | Be Afraid of Economic ‘Bigness.’ Be Very Afraid. - The New York Times
It is a story that should sound uncomfortably familiar: An economic crisis yields widespread economic suffering, feeding an appetite for a nationalistic and extremist leader. The leader rides to power promising a return to national greatness, deliverance from economic suffering and the defeat of enemies foreign and domestic (including big business). Yet in reality, the leader seeks alliances with large enterprises and the great monopolies, so long as they obey him, for each has something the other wants: He gets their loyalty, and they avoid democratic accountability.

There are many differences between the situation in 1930s and our predicament today. But given what we know, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that we are conducting a dangerous economic and political experiment: We have chosen to weaken the laws — the antitrust laws — that are meant to resist the concentration of economic power in the United States and around the world.
fascism  corruption  trump  nazi 
2 days ago
Can you really take quality shots with low budget cameras? : photography
Here's a little anecdote: my photo club took a workshop with Pulitzer prize-winner Jack Dykinga. The club members had high-end DSLR's. Jack had just gotten his new iPhone (first version of iPhone) and was using that to show us compositional approaches. Guess who came back with the best images of the day? Hint: it was Jack.

Are you seriously still asking this question?

There have been sooooo many threads and blog posts and videos etc about this topic, all with scores of examples proving you can take excellent photos with even the most basic cameras. There are coffee table photo books out there shot with iPhones and Holgas. There have been fashion photographers with $50K day rates using $50 cameras. There have been huge billboard ads that were shot on iPhones.

If you're asking about the T3i, that camera has better image quality than the most expensive DSLRs that the world's top professionals were using less than 8 years ago. As recently as 2008 -2009, many a pro was using the $5000 Canon EOS-1D Mark III
which going by the specs has less resolution (10MP) and worse ISO performance (3200 native max) compared to a T3i. Think of all the amazing photography that was taken with DSLRs before 2009 and you'll have some idea of what an amazing piece of equipment you are holding in your hands.
photography 
2 days ago
Passive Income: This 29-Year-Old Reveals Best Strategies | Money
“I’m very analytical more than super artistic. I see what people want, and then I interpret how I can make a shirt that’s cute and simple that the person searching for that keyword would be drawn to,” she adds.
sidehustle 
2 days ago
How A 'Court Records Nerd' Discovered The Government May Be Charging Julian Assange : NPR
As deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, Hughes helps sort through thousands of terrorism records each year, and "for this case," he says, "I was looking at a completely different filing."
research 
2 days ago
Neal Stephenson’s failed $500,000 video game and the perils of using Kickstarter — Quartz
“I probably focused too much on historical accuracy and not enough on making it sufficiently fun to attract additional investment.” Stephenson said that the team had come up with lots of new and cool ideas and would begin working on those instead. They had processed refunds for more than 30 people who had asked for them—a total of just $700.
kickstarter 
2 days ago
Spandex for Men: How Stretch Jeans Became Masculine - The Atlantic
In the case of stretch denim, brands have found success by obfuscating what their product actually is, allowing them to recast stretch pants as a tool of masculinity. Whether it’s GapFlex, Rapid Movement Denim, Wrangler’s Advanced Comfort, or just not mentioning the new fabrication at all, the theory seems to be that what men don’t know about their jeans can’t hurt them. Intentionally or not, these branding decisions have helped change the modern idea of what it means to look like a man.
gender 
3 days ago
This Man Will Eat Anything on Ice Cream Reddit Tells Him to - MUNCHIES
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3 days ago
Pocket
Lee's ambition and propensity for self-promotion while spinning his personal legend, however, often saw the efforts of his creative collaborators diminished or erased. Many of Lee's artistic collaborators were effectively co-writers on all of his stories thanks to the infamous "Marvel method." This has become shorthand within the comics industry as a way to describe the pressure to push out as many comics as possible; the artists who drew the books often worked from vague plots instead of full scripts, deciding for themselves what and how much was seen on each page. Despite their contributions, these artists were rarely acknowledged with writing credits in the books.
3 days ago
A 1970s Essay Predicted Silicon Valley's High-Minded Tyranny | WIRED
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3 days ago
Pocket
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Once, when I was a student, I cornered my mentor and hero Tobias Wolff at a party and assured him that I had sworn off comedic sci-fi and was now writing “real literature.” I think he sensed, correctly, that 1) this was not an attitude that was going to produce my best work but 2) there was going to be no arguing me off of that position (only time could do that). So he just said, “Well, good. Just don’t lose the magic.”

Which I then proceeded to go off and do, for about four years. The “advice” part of that came home on the day I made the breakthrough that would lead to my first book—that is, when the magic (finally) came back. The new writing was fun and (see above) ostensibly entertaining—it came out of a place of joy and orneriness, instead of a place of stiffness or control or pedanticism. And to suddenly recall his advice at just that moment was a sort of force-accelerator, and I’ve never forgotten that, for me, “magic” has to be the operative word—getting the prose to go somewhere and do something you couldn’t have foreseen at the outset.
writing 
3 days ago
How Climate-Change Fiction, or “Cli-Fi,” Forces Us to Confront the Incipient Death of the Planet | The New Yorker
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3 days ago
Will Stanich's Ever Reopen? Why America's Best Burger Spot Closed Down - Thrillist
Five months later, in a story in The Oregonian, restaurant critic Michael Russell detailed how Stanich’s had been forced to shut down. In the article, Steve Stanich called my burger award a curse, “the worst thing that’s ever happened to us.” He told a story about the country music singer Tim McGraw showing up one day, and not being able to serve him because there was a five hour wait for a burger. On January 2, 2018, Stanich shut down the restaurant for what he called a “two week deep cleaning.” Ten months later, Stanich’s is still closed. Now when I look at the Stanich’s mug in my office, I no longer feel light and happy. I feel like I’ve done a bad thing.
3 days ago
Burned to death because of a rumour on WhatsApp - BBC News
"Please everyone be alert because a plague of child kidnappers has entered the country," said the message that pinged from phone to phone.

"It appears that these criminals are involved in organ trafficking... In the past few days, children aged four, eight and 14 have disappeared and some of these kids have been found dead with signs that their organs were removed. Their abdomens had been cut open and were empty."
culture  internet  fakenews 
3 days ago
The simple math Elon Musk used to come up with Tesla, SpaceX and the Boring Company — Quartz
Musk wheeled around and flashed a spreadsheet he’d created. “Hey, guys,” he said, “I think we can build this rocket ourselves.”

“We’re thinking, Yeah, you and whose fucking army,” [SpaceX founding team member Jim] Cantrell said  “But, Elon says, ‘No, I’m serious. I have this spreadsheet.’” Musk passed his laptop over to [future NASA administrator] Mike Griffin and Cantrell, and they were dumbfounded. The document detailed the costs of the materials needed to build, assemble, and launch a rocket. According to Musk’s calculations, he could undercut existing launch companies by building a modest-sized rocket that would cater to a part of the market that specialized in carrying smaller satellites and research payloads to space. The spreadsheet also laid out the hypothetical performance characteristics of the rocket in fairly impressive detail. “I said, ‘Elon, where did you get this?’” Cantrell said.
elonmusk  engineering 
4 days ago
What Started the California Fires? Experts Track the Blazes’ Origins - The New York Times
he Camp Fire, which, in addition to its death toll, destroyed more than 10,000 homes and businesses, began on a day of low humidity, strong winds and lingering drought, with soils and plants in some areas parched by more than 200 days with no significant precipitation. That was the environment in which the fire began — itself a crucial piece of the puzzle.
4 days ago
I was 35 when I discovered I'm on the autism spectrum. Here's how it changed my life. - Vox - Pocket
Within a few months, I realized that while I still didn't feel the excitement I could with no medication, I could still enjoy things. I could follow the plots of movies and TV more easily, and when other people spoke, I could listen without feeling an absolute, overwhelming need to blurt something out.
adhd  aspergers 
4 days ago
When 'Lord of the Rings' Almost Starred Mick Jagger | Hollywood Reporter
Bakshi then immediately got on the phone with his lawyer, Bruce Ramer (also Steven Spielberg’s lawyer, who infamously named the shark from Jaws after him), who sealed the deal with MGM that afternoon.

“I nearly died,” he says, candidly. “It was the hardest thing I had to do in my life. I didn’t have the budget for producers. As I was shooting the picture live action in Spain, I was running the company on the phone through my secretary and my production manager. I didn’t get much sleep. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. But the animators loved me. And I had tremendous support on all my films from these guys because they loved what they were doing and they knew what I was trying to do. They held it together.”
movies  animation  tolkien 
4 days ago
Great Show. Don't pay for VIP tickets. - Review of Mac King Comedy Magic Show, Las Vegas, NV - TripAdvisor
TIP to get a better pricing. Go to the Harrah’s Rewards Desk. Ask if they have any promotions regarding the Mac King show. The agent gave me 2 coupons for 2 for 1 tickets for the show. The coupon states you need to buy a $10.99 drink ticket for each show ticket, so you are paying about $15 for each ticket & you get a free alcoholic/nonalcoholic drink. There is an option to upgrade to VIP seating. It will cost you ~$21 per ticket and it includes 2 for 1 Harrah’s buffet coupon (& a drink as well). The VIP section gets you to the front (3rd row - 8th? row). After you get to the coupons, go to the Harrah’s Box office to purchase and pay for your seats.
vegas  magic 
4 days ago
ChoiceScript vs Twine-Pros and Cons? - Off-Topic - Choice of Games Forum
To note, I don’t think we’ve published a game made via Chronicler in since I’ve been hired.
if  interactivefiction  choicescript 
4 days ago
Florida not using Broward County's recount tally because it uploaded results 2 minutes late | TheHill
D’Alessandro added to the Sun-Sentinel that the recount was submitted late because of his unfamiliarity with Florida's website. He also said that there was a difference of about 2,000 votes between the manual recount and the one tabulated earlier.
4 days ago
Steph Cha on Raymond Chandler, Lovecraftian Fiction, and Pans vs Positive Reviews | Book Marks
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5 days ago
George Saunders on the Best Writing Advice He's Received | Literary Hub
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Once, when I was a student, I cornered my mentor and hero Tobias Wolff at a party and assured him that I had sworn off comedic sci-fi and was now writing “real literature.” I think he sensed, correctly, that 1) this was not an attitude that was going to produce my best work but 2) there was going to be no arguing me off of that position (only time could do that). So he just said, “Well, good. Just don’t lose the magic.”

So, this principle of proceeding not by head (ideas, concepts, plans) buy by heart (moving ahead line-by-line, trusting my ear, trying to communicate with and entertain an imaginary reader, being ok with being lost and even seeing this as an indicator that the story wants to be more than I have in mind for it) has stayed with me and has led me to think that, when self recedes, there is something else that rushes in to replace it, and that thing is smarter and kinder and just more trustworthy than self, i.e., the self we create through control and rumination.
writing  advice 
5 days ago
Creating talent
“Can you create athletes, or do they just happen?” [Lendl] asked me not long ago. “I think you can create them, and I think that Tiger Woods’s father proved that. People will sometimes ask me, ‘How much talent did you have in tennis?’ I say, ‘Well, how do you measure talent?’ Yeah, sure, McEnroe had more feel for the ball. But I knew how to work, and I worked harder than he did. Is that a talent in itself? I think it is.”
practice 
5 days ago
Trump’s Tax Cut Was Supposed to Change Corporate Behavior. Here’s What Happened. - The New York Times
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5 days ago
10 Lessons From Healing Back Pain by Dr John Sarno: Part 1 -
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