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The Kalashnikov assault rifle changed the world. Now there’s a Kalashnikov kamikaze drone. - The Washington Post
The Russian company that gave the world the iconic AK-47 assault rifle has unveiled a suicide drone that may similarly revolutionize war by making sophisticated drone warfare technology widely and cheaply available.
Kalashnikov  drones  war  weapons  WashingtonPost  2019 
28 days ago by inspiral
Amazon’s $15 minimum wage doesn’t end debate over whether it’s creating good jobs - The Washington Post
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Almost no workers clapped this week at the all-hands meeting after lunch at this Amazon fulfillment center outside Nashville when a plant manager announced that the company’s minimum wage was climbing to $15 an hour. 

 Instead of celebrating, many workers put their hands up to ask questions and express deep frustration, according to five employees at the facility. They asked why people who had been toiling in the company’s warehouse for years would now be paid similarly to new employees and temporary holiday help, according to the workers. 
Amazon  employment  income  review  USA  WashingtonPost  2018 
october 2018 by inspiral
Does $60,000 make you middle-class or wealthy on Planet Earth? - The Washington Post
The world is on the brink of a historic milestone: By 2020, more than half of the world’s population will be “middle class,” according to Brookings Institution scholar Homi Kharas.

Kharas defines the middle class as people who have enough money to cover basics needs, such as food, clothing and shelter, and still have enough left over for a few luxuries, such as fancy food, a television, a motorbike, home improvements or higher education.
middleclass  growth  global  income  WashingtonPost  2018 
august 2018 by inspiral
Behind the wheel of a Tesla Model 3: It’s a giant iPhone — for better and worse - The Washington Post
Our tech columnist took a three-day test drive in the car that’s really a connected gadget. He says cars won’t ever be the same.
Tesla  TeslaModel3  automotive  review  WashingtonPost  2018 
august 2018 by inspiral
China increasingly challenges American dominance of science - The Washington Post
After decades of American dominance, Chinese science is ascendant, and it is luring scientists like Pastor-Pareja away from the United States. Even more China-born scientists are returning from abroad to a land of new scientific opportunity.
R&D  comparison  USA  China  WashingtonPost  2018 
june 2018 by inspiral
How changing tastes are killing German restaurants - The Washington Post
All across the country, German restaurants are calling it quits. In Portland, Ore., Der Rheinlander closed after 53 years in 2016. Another Portland restaurant, the Berlin Inn, closed and reopened as the Brooklyn House, with a vegan and gluten-free menu of “European comfort food,” before closing again, permanently. Outside of Boulder, Colo., the Black Forest Restaurant closed last summer after 59 years. The Olde German Schnitzel House in Hickory, N.C., served its last sauerkraut in 2014, lasting 10 years. One of Nashville’s oldest restaurants, Gerst Haus, died last month after 62 years. That’s 10 years longer than the Chicago Brauhaus, which closed in December.
restaurants  trends  German  decline  USA  WashingtonPost  2018 
march 2018 by inspiral
Fatal Distraction: Forgetting a Child in the Backseat of a Car Is a Horrifying Mistake. Is It a Crime? - The Washington Post
There may be no act of human failing that more fundamentally challenges our society’s views about crime, punishment, justice and mercy. According to statistics compiled by a national childs’ safety advocacy group, in about 40 percent of cases authorities examine the evidence, determine that the child’s death was a terrible accident -- a mistake of memory that delivers a lifelong sentence of guilt far greater than any a judge or jury could mete out -- and file no charges. In the other 60 percent of the cases, parsing essentially identical facts and applying them to essentially identical laws, authorities decide that the negligence was so great and the injury so grievous that it must be called a felony, and it must be aggressively pursued.
infanthyerpthermia  crime  parents  children  death  USA  WashingtonPost  2018 
january 2018 by inspiral
China is winning the future. Here’s how. - The Washington Post
Trump has often talked about how China is “killing us ” and that he’s tired of hearing about China’s huge growth numbers. He should notice that Beijing is getting its growth by focusing on the future, the next areas of growth in economics and technology. The United States under Trump will be engaged in a futile and quixotic quest to revive the industries of the past. Who do you think will win?
energy  coal  renewableenergy  solarenergy  windenergy  pollution  comparison  USA  China  WashingtonPost  2017 
october 2017 by inspiral
The right has its own version of political correctness. It’s just as stifling. - The Washington Post
But conservatives have their own, nationalist version of PC, their own set of rules regulating speech, behavior and acceptable opinions. I call it “patriotic correctness.” It’s a full-throated, un-nuanced, uncompromising defense of American nationalism, history and cherry-picked ideals. Central to its thesis is the belief that nothing in America can’t be fixed by more patriotism enforced by public shaming, boycotts and policies to cut out foreign and non-American influences.
politicalcorrectness  patrioticcorrectness  language  politics  review  critique  USA  WashingtonPost  2017 
september 2017 by inspiral
The Washington Post's robot reporter has published 850 articles in the past year - Digiday
It’s been a year since The Washington Post started using its homegrown artificial intelligence technology, Heliograf, to spit out around 300 short reports and alerts on the Rio Olympics. Since then, it’s used Heliograf to cover congressional and gubernatorial races on Election Day and D.C.-area high school football games, producing stories like this one and tweets like this:
journalism  automation  robotics  Heliograf  review  WashingtonPost  Digiday  2017 
september 2017 by inspiral
Poland’s ruling party tried a judicial power grab — and then saw it backfire. Here’s why. - The Washington Post
Thus, the effectiveness of the July 2017 Polish protests may reflect an inherent contradiction between the modern-day right-wing populism expressed by such leaders as Jarosław Kaczyński, Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and the central thematic and psychological features of conservatism: a preference for order, obedience and the preservation of established norms, along with needs for certainty and security.

When leaders take the low road and use derogatory terms, their efforts may quickly derail. And if protesters successfully appeal to conservative values, they may be able to drive a wedge between populist antidemocratic governments and a number of their conservative supporters.
politics  LawandJustice  protest  conservative  Poland  WashingtonPost  2017 
august 2017 by inspiral
Poland appears to be dismantling its own hard-won democracy - The Washington Post
A bill now in Poland’s Parliament would destroy the judicial system’s independence and authority — and it’s likely to become law. In 2015, the far-right populist Polish Law and Justice (PiS) party won both the presidential and parliamentary elections. Since then — despite public protests and international pressure — PiS’s party leader Jarosław Kaczyński has steadily passed laws that have eroded Poland’s democratic system of government. The bill now being considered would eliminate the judicial branch’s role in the system of checks and balances — and would at last consolidate political power in the executive and legislative branches.
Politics  democracy  judiciary  LawandJustice  review  critique  Poland  WashingtonPost  2017 
july 2017 by inspiral
D.C.’s latest twist on upscale urban living: A dorm for grown-ups in a historic mansion - The Washington Post
The latest entry in the urban rental market is not a tiny apartment in a hip neighborhood. It’s a tiny apartment in a historic mansion with like-minded housemates looking to connect with one another. In the platonic sense, of course.
Ampeer  trends  accommodation  property  WashingtonDC  USA  WashingtonPost  2017 
july 2017 by inspiral
Trump doesn’t embody what’s wrong with Washington. Pence does. - The Washington Post
When history holds its trial to account for the Donald Trump presidency, Trump himself will be acquitted on grounds of madness. History will look at his behavior, his erratic and childish lying and his flamboyant ignorance of history itself and pronounce the man, like George III, a cuckoo for whom restraint, but not punishment, was necessary. Such will not be the case for Mike Pence, the toady vice president and the personification of much that has gone wrong in Washington.
MikePence  politics  review  critique  USA  WashingtonPost  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
How to make and keep friends as an adult - The Washington Post
There’s one thing that’s different about making friends after you graduate from college and move to a new city: You’re no longer surrounded by people your own age, experiencing all the same things at about the same time. But there are ways to make and keep friends in your 20s. Paterson shared some of his tips with me, and many of them jibed with what the experts have to say, too.
friends  friendship  relationships  guide  WashingtonPost  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
Why Whole Foods is now struggling - The Washington Post
“Whole Foods created this space and had it all to themselves for years,” said Brian Yarbrough, an analyst at Edward Jones. “But in the past five years, a lot of people started piling in. And now there's a lot of competition.”
WholeFoods  revenues  results  food  trends  growth  decline  USA  WashingtonPost  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
Facebook Now Serving Ads To Washington Post, Rolling Stone | Digital - AdAge
Facebook is bringing new publishers into its ad network, including Washington Post, Wenner Media and Univision, and the social network now claims to reach a billion people a month outside its own walls.
On Thursday, Facebook announced the updated roster to Audience Network, which has become its main ad technology for serving ads outside its own properties. Wenner Media owns Rolling Stone, and Washington Post has become one of the top digital publishers, reaching about 100 million unique visitors in November.
Facebook  FacebookAudienceNetwork  adnetworks  growth  WashingtonPost  WennerMedia  Univision  AdvertisingAge  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
Stop saying that 2016 was the ‘worst year’ - The Washington Post
There are several reasons for this. To start, the structure of the media means negative subjects are almost always being highlighted. Harm is done in an instant, and disasters are happening at once: an earthquake, a plane crash or a terrorist attack. In contrast to this, the best news for life on Earth — improving global health, falling poverty, environmental progress — are shaped by quiet trends over the course of decades or centuries. The focus on single events and neglect of slow developments selects negative news instead of often positive developments.
journalism  positivity  negativity  negativebias  review  author:MaxRoser  WashingtonPost  2016 
january 2017 by inspiral
What are progressive web apps (PWAs)? | Econsultancy
Simply put, they are websites that feel more like an app.

They load quickly (no App Store involved), can be added to your smartphone home screen, function offline and can send push notifications - making them much more convenient than a traditional web app.
ProgressiveWebApps  mobileapps  mobileinternet  offline  Airberlin  WashingtonPost  creativeshowcase  launch  innovation  Google  Econsultancy  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
That viral graph about millennials’ declining support for democracy? It’s very misleading. - The Washington Post
The article by Mounk and Foa does document some small shifts in opinion on related issues. But these aren’t nearly as dramatic as the New York Times graph suggests.

Vast majorities of younger people in the West still attach great importance to living in a democracy.
democracy  consumer  politics  support  review  YaschaMounk  NYTimes  WashingtonPost  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group
THE WASHINGTON POST on Thursday night promoted the claims of a new, shadowy organization that smears dozens of U.S. news sites that are critical of U.S. foreign policy as being “routine peddlers of Russian propaganda.” The article by reporter Craig Timberg — headlined “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say” — cites a report by an anonymous website calling itself PropOrNot, which claims that millions of Americans have been deceived this year in a massive Russian “misinformation campaign.”
politics  elections  fakenews  PropOrNot  review  critique  WashingtonPost  USA  TheIntercept  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say - The Washington Post
The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers who tracked the operation.
politics  elections  PropOrNot  USA  Russia  internationalrelations  webjournalism  fakenews  review  WashingtonPost  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
Why Donald Trump could never be a normal candidate - The Washington Post
These, then, are the core views of Donald Trump, expressed over decades, and confirmed by many of his actions: racism, sexism, protectionism, xenophobia and authoritarianism. His views on taxes and regulations are irrelevant. Your view of Hillary Clinton is irrelevant. Donald Trump is not a normal candidate. He is a danger to American democracy. And that is why I will vote against him on Tuesday.
DonaldTrump  racism  sexism  protectionism  xenophobia  authoritarianism  critique  politics  WashingtonPost  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
James Comey is damaging our democracy - The Washington Post
When they take their vows and assume office, senior officials in the Justice Department and the FBI become part of these traditions, with an obligation to preserve, protect and defend them. They enjoy a credibility established by generations of honorable public servants, and they owe a solemn obligation to maintain that credibility. They are not to arrogate to themselves the choices made by the Justice Department and honored over the years.
JamesComey  HillaryClinton  politics  elections  critique  USA  WashingtonPost  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
Donald Trump has run the worst campaign in modern history - The Washington Post
One important test for the White House is the ability to run a modern presidential campaign, a 50-state start-up that requires hundreds of millions of dollars, a clear strategy, great talent and consistent, high-quality execution — all while being scrutinized daily by hundreds of reporters. By now it is indisputable that Trump has run the most poorly resourced, undisciplined, chaotic campaign in modern political history. He has embodied the quality that he regards as the worst failing for a leader: all talk and no action.
DonaldTrump  politics  elections  critique  WashingtonPost  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
The lap dogs of democracy who didn’t bark at Trump - The Washington Post
Trump is correct that there has been something wrong with the coverage. But the problem is the media didn’t show bias against Trump earlier and more often. I’m not talking about partisan bias, but a healthy and necessary journalistic bias against authoritarianism.

Press treatment of Trump has, gradually and belatedly, become much tougher. But we in the media made Trump possible in the first place and enjoyed the entertainment (and ratings) he provided for far too long. When the election ends — if it ends — there needs to be some newsroom soul-searching.
DonaldTrump  journalism  bias  critique  politics  elections  USA  WashingtonPost  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
The nervous breakdown of British politics - The Washington Post
nyone uncomfortable with any part of this message — anyone who doesn’t like the encrypted xenophobia, anyone still attached to the Thatcherite ideals of the small state or worried about government borrowing, or indeed any member of the 48 percent who voted to keep Britain part of the European Union — is out of luck. Because the opposition Labour Party, transformed under Tony Blair into a centrist party that won three straight general elections, has now been captured by an extremist fringe that is so far outside the center its leaders no longer seem interested in parliamentary politics at all. Consumed by infighting, tarred by accusations of anti-Semitism, the party and its strangely detached leader, Jeremy Corbyn, are more interested in fighting Western democracy than authoritarianism, more interested in toeing extremist lines than winning elections.
Conservatives  politics  TheresaMay  review  critique  WashingtonPost  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
No pardon for Edward Snowden - The Washington Post
EDWARD SNOWDEN, the former National Security Agency contractor who blew the cover off the federal government’s electronic surveillance programs three years ago, has his admirers. After the inevitably celebratory Oliver Stone film about him appears this weekend, he may have more. Whether Mr. Snowden deserves a presidential pardon, as human rights organizations are demanding in a new national campaign timed to coincide with the film, is a complicated question, however, to which President Obama’s answer should continue to be “no.”
EdwardSnowden  espionage  NSA  review  WashingtonPost  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
The Hillary Clinton email story is out of control - The Washington Post
Imagine how history would judge today’s Americans if, looking back at this election, the record showed that voters empowered a dangerous man because of . . . a minor email scandal. There is no equivalence between Ms. Clinton’s wrongs and Mr. Trump’s manifest unfitness for office.
HillaryClinton  politics  elections  email  scandal  critique  review  WashingtonPost  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
Olympic executives cash in on a ‘Movement’ that keeps athletes poor - The Washington Post
When hundreds of millions of people gather around televisions Friday to watch the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, they will be taking part in the economic engine that powers the Olympic Movement. Broadcast and sponsorship deals for the Summer and Winter Games deliver billions to the IOC and its affiliates every year.

But by the time that flood of cash flows through the Movement and reaches the athletes, barely a trickle remains, often a few thousand dollars at most. For members of Team USA — many of whom live meagerly off the largesse of friends and family, charity, and public assistance — the biggest tangible reward they’ll receive for making it to Rio will be two suitcases full of free Nike and Ralph Lauren clothing they are required to wear at all team events.

In the words of its charter, the Olympic Movement is devoted “to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society.” To an increasingly vocal and active group of current and former Olympic athletes in the United States, however, the Movement is a vast, global bureaucracy that treats athletes like replaceable cogs, restricting their income without fear of reprisal from a workforce unable, or unwilling, to unionize.
Olympics  OlympicMovement  sport  corruption  bureaucracy  USA  WashingtonPost  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
A massive new study debunks a widespread theory for Donald Trump’s success - The Washington Post
Economic distress and anxiety across working-class white America have become a widely discussed explanation for the success of Donald Trump. It seems to make sense. Trump's most fervent supporters tend to be white men without college degrees. This same group has suffered economically in our increasingly globalized world, as machines have replaced workers in factories and labor has shifted overseas. Trump has promised to curtail trade and other perceived threats to American workers, including immigrants.

Yet a major new analysis from Gallup, based on 87,000 interviews the polling company conducted over the past year, suggests this narrative is not complete. While there does seem to be a relationship between economic anxiety and Trump's appeal, the straightforward connection that many observers have assumed does not appear in the data.

According to this new analysis, those who view Trump favorably have not been disproportionately affected by foreign trade or immigration, compared with people with unfavorable views of the Republican presidential nominee. The results suggest that his supporters, on average, do not have lower incomes than other Americans, nor are they more likely to be unemployed.
DonaldTrump  politics  research  consumer  profile  WashingtonPost  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
China is flooding Silicon Valley with cash. Here’s what can go wrong. - The Washington Post
At the heart of the bitter, under-the-radar dispute between China’s online shopping powerhouse and Quixey, whose tech enables users to search within apps, is a culture clash — one that is emblematic of both the promises and the perils involved in Silicon ­Valley’s relationship with China. Experts say that relationship — ­always delicate, always mind-bogglingly complex — has reached a new inflection point, as unprecedented amounts of cash from China have poured into Silicon Valley.

The flood has had a profound effect on the region’s start-up boom. Over the past two years, Internet giants such as Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent — sometimes referred to as the Amazon, Google and Facebook of China — as well as dozens of private investors, family offices, local municipalities and state-owned enterprises have raced to capture a stake in the region’s cutting-edge technologies.
startup  investment  venturecapital  SiliconValley  China  USA  review  critique  culture  WashingtonPost  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
The legal campaign against Gawker has roots in the racist South - The Washington Post
One may sympathize with Thiel and Hogan when the media either behaves badly or publishes stories that seem unfair. And the business of Silicon Valley is unlikely to produce the human rights abuses in the South exposed by the Northern press.

But a concerted legal campaign by a powerful man to force a publisher to spend all its money on legal fees explicitly because that man wants to drive that publisher out of business deserves as much scorn when done by a tech mogul as when done by racist officials who embodied one of the more tragic aspects of our history.
PeterThiel  Gawker  libel  legal  history  NickDenton  critique  author:StuartKarle  WashingtonPost  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
What’s driving Silicon Valley to become ‘radicalized’
In Silicon Valley, there’s a new emphasis on putting up barriers to government requests for data. The Apple-FBI case and its aftermath have tech firms racing to employ a variety of tools that would place customer information beyond the reach of a government-ordered search.

The trend is a striking reversal of a long-standing article of faith in the data-hungry tech industry, where companies including Google and the latest start-ups have predicated success on the ability to hoover up as much information as possible about consumers.

Now, some large tech firms are increasingly offering services to consumers that rely far less on collecting data. The sea change is even becoming evident among early-stage companies that see holding so much data as more of a liability than an asset, given the risk that cybercriminals or government investigators might come knocking.
startup  security  privacy  encryption  data  trends  WashingtonPost  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
China’s scary lesson to the world: Censoring the Internet works - The Washington Post
Indeed, China’s Firewall is far more sophisticated and multi-tiered than a simple on-off switch: It is an attempt to bridge one of the country’s most fundamental contradictions — to have an economy intricately connected to the outside world but a political culture closed off from such “Western values” as free speech and democracy.
China  internet  censorship  GreatFirewall  VPN  freedom  review  WashingtonPost  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
The hottest trend in Web design is making intentionally ugly, difficult sites - The Washington Post
There’s an interesting trend in Web design these days: Making websites that look, well … bad.

Look at Hacker News. Pinboard. The Drudge Report. Adult Swim. Bloomberg Businessweek features. All of these sites — some years old, some built recently — and hundreds more like them, eschew the templated, user-friendly interfaces that have long been the industry’s best practice. Instead they’re built on imperfect, hand-coded HTML and take their design cues from ’90s graphics.

The name of this school, if you could call it that, is “Web brutalism” — and there’s no question that much of the recent interest stems from the work of Pascal Deville.
websitedesign  trends  brutalism  webbrutalism  PascalDeville  review  WashingtonPost  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Fact-checking in a ‘post-fact world’ - The Washington Post
These problems aren’t exactly new: The question of what is propaganda and what is truth has plagued politics since politics began. But the nature of information in the social media age means it keeps getting easier for politicians, partisans, computerized “bots” and foreign governments to manipulate news, and it keeps getting harder to correct this. Fact-checkers are, for the moment, one of the best solutions. But they work only for people who want them to work, and that number may be shrinking.
factchecking  journalism  politics  review  Chequeado  USA  UK  Argentina  Ukraine  WashingtonPost  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
This is how fascism comes to America - The Washington Post
And the source of allegiance? We’re supposed to believe that Trump’s support stems from economic stagnation or dislocation. Maybe some of it does. But what Trump offers his followers are not economic remedies — his proposals change daily. What he offers is an attitude, an aura of crude strength and machismo, a boasting disrespect for the niceties of the democratic culture that he claims, and his followers believe, has produced national weakness and incompetence. His incoherent and contradictory utterances have one thing in common: They provoke and play on feelings of resentment and disdain, intermingled with bits of fear, hatred and anger. His public discourse consists of attacking or ridiculing a wide range of “others” — Muslims, Hispanics, women, Chinese, Mexicans, Europeans, Arabs, immigrants, refugees — whom he depicts either as threats or as objects of derision. His program, such as it is, consists chiefly of promises to get tough with foreigners and people of nonwhite complexion. He will deport them, bar them, get them to knuckle under, make them pay up or make them shut up.
DonaldTrump  Republicans  facism  critique  author:RobertKagan  BrookingsInstitution  WashingtonPost  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
The middle class is shrinking just about everywhere in America - The Washington Post
The great shrinking of the middle class that has captured the attention of the nation is not only playing out in troubled regions like the Rust Belt, Appalachia and the Deep South, but in just about every metropolitan area in America, according to a major new analysis by the Pew Research Center.

Pew reported in December that a clear majority of American adults no longer live in the middle class, a demographic reality shaped by decades of widening inequality, declining industry and the erosion of financial stability and family-wage jobs. But while much of the attention has focused on communities hardest hit by economic declines, the new Pew data, based on metro-level income data since 2000, show that middle-class stagnation is a far broader phenomenon.
middleclass  decline  incomeinequality  review  USA  PewResearch  WashingtonPost  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
New data: Americans are abandoning wired home Internet - The Washington Post
For the most part, America's Internet-usage trends can be summed up in a few phrases. The Internet is now so common as to be a commodity; the rich have better Internet than the poor; more whites have Internet than do people of color; and, compared with low-income minorities, affluent whites are more likely to have fixed, wired Internet connections to their homes.

But it may be time to put an asterisk on that last point, according to new data on a sample of 53,000 Americans. In fact, Americans as a whole are becoming less likely to have residential broadband, the figures show: They're abandoning their wired Internet for a mobile-data-only diet — and if the trend continues, it could reflect a huge shift in the way we experience the Web.

The study, which was conducted for the Commerce Department by the U.S. Census Bureau, partly reaffirms what we already knew. Low-income Americans are still one of the biggest demographics to rely solely on their phones to go online. Today, nearly one-third of households earning less than $25,000 a year exclusively use mobile Internet to browse the Web. That's up from 16 percent of households falling in that category in 2013.
mobileinternet  internet  broadband  income  poor  research  CommerceDepartment  USCensusBureau  USA  WashingtonPost  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Denmark, a social welfare utopia, takes a nasty turn on refugees - The Washington Post
The decision by authorities to prosecute Ramslog — and to charge hundreds of other Danish citizens with a similar crime — is to many here just the latest evidence of a society that, when faced with an unparalleled influx of migrants and refugees, has taken a nasty turn.

In that respect, Denmark has company: Across Europe, a once-tender embrace of those fleeing conflicts on the continent’s doorstep has evolved into an uncompromising rejection.
immigration  refugees  Denmark  DanishPeoplesParty  Syria  critique  EuropeanUnion  WashingtonPost  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Voter anger is mostly about party, not social class - The Washington Post
You can see modest differences across income groups: people in the highest income quintile — those making more than $100,000 per year — have somewhat more positive views of their finances than those in lower quintiles. That’s not surprising, and it’s true among Democrats, independents and Republicans alike.

But party has a more significant impact. Democrats and Republicans have strikingly different perceptions of their finances no matter what their income is. In fact, party is so significant that the wealthiest Republicans actually have slightly lower evaluations of their personal finances than do the poorest Democrats.
politics  Republicans  Democrats  consumer  income  partisanship  USA  WashingtonPost  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
How well online dating works, according to someone who has been studying it for years - The Washington Post
About 75 percent of the people who meet online had no prior connection. They didn’t have friends in common. They’re families didn’t know each other. So they were perfect strangers. And prior to the Internet, it was kind of hard for perfect strangers to meet. Perfect strangers didn’t come into contact in that intimate sort of way. One of the real benefits of Internet search is being able to find people you might have commonalities with but otherwise would never have crossed paths with.
onlinedating  relationships  evolution  marriage  longevity  diversity  research  review  MichaelRosenfeld  interview  WashingtonPost  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Quiz: Can we guess your age and income, based solely on the apps on your phone? - The Washington Post
How much, exactly? On Monday, researchers at Aalto University in Finland and the Qatar Computing Research Institute published a paper in the online journal arXiv that attempts to nail that down. In a nutshell, they cross-referenced the app usage and demographics of more than 3,700 people and determined which apps and attributes correlate. Based on those models, they then found that they could predict a user’s gender, age, marital status and income with between 61- and 82-percent accuracy.
mobileapps  income  demographics  gender  AaltoUniversity  QatarComputingResearchInstitute  WashingtonPost  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
How do you beat Donald Trump? You punch him. Over and over. - The Washington Post
Well, it means that the Republican Party will lose the White House and the Senate and probably deservedly so. Trump is a ridiculous candidate who knows nothing about how to fix this very troubled country. He embraces hate to further his personal ambition. He has a despicable character of insecurity that preys on the weak, mocking the disabled. This is a man who has so little idea of his own self-worth that he requires as, he put it, "a young and beautiful piece of ass" on his arm to feel good about himself. If the party that has taken Bill Clinton's morals to task were to embrace Donald Trump, it would surely make Bill Clinton the happiest man on the planet. It would show Republicans as hypocritical opportunists, and he'd get to move back into the White House.
StuartStevens  interview  DonaldTrump  politics  review  critique  WashingtonPost  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Adidas’s $600-a-year subscription for workout clothes is testing the limits of a big shopping trend - The Washington Post
And now Adidas is a player in the subscription-box game, having joined with the hope that the move will help it appeal to female shoppers — and in doing so grab back market share from high-flying rivals Nike and Under Armour.

The service is called Avenue A, and subscribers will receive a quarterly delivery of a curated box of sneakers, apparel and other workout gear. The mix and style of the items will always be a surprise, with Adidas promising only that the pieces will be seasonally appropriate. Some items will be exclusive or limited edition and others will be widely sold retail fare.
Adidas  AvenueA  subscription  sportswear  launch  review  WashingtonPost  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Millennials turned cities ‘hipster.’ Can they do the same for the suburbs? - The Washington Post
Young people once flocked to cities. Now, many are moving to the suburbs. How will that change the way these places look and feel?
cities  gentrification  suburbs  hipster  inversion  urbandevelopment  WashingtonPost  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
Zuckerberg, Gates, Buffett and the triumph of competitive philanthropy - The Washington Post
When Warren Buffett and Bill Gates launched their “Giving Pledge” four years ago, a campaign to enlist their fellow billionaires to give away at least 50 percent of their wealth, the vast majority of those who signed up said they already were giving away plenty. But they went along with the highly publicized pledges anyway, some because they thought it would encourage other billionaires and others, as Oracle founder Larry Ellison remarked, because Buffett and Gates had asked.
philanthropy  charity  MarkZuckerberg  WarrenBuffet  BillGates  competition  GivingPledge  WashingtonPost  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
What the legendary Clayton Christensen gets wrong about Uber, Tesla and disruptive innovation - The Washington Post
Disruption is no longer a narrow field that can be handled by a new division or department of a company. It is happening wherever technology can be applied. Companies need all hands on board — with all divisions working together to find ways to reinvent themselves and defend themselves from the onslaught of new competition. This is a company-wide effort which requires bold new thinking.
Disruption  strategy  ClaytonChristensen  critique  Tesla  Apple  Uber  author:VivekWadhwa  WashingtonPost  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
The tragically short half-life of online empathy - The Washington Post
Still, it makes one wonder: Is there a half-life to grief? And has the Internet shortened it, as it has all other things?
grief  internet  tragedy  time  Paris  terrorism  halflife  socialmedia  WashingtonPost  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
The Islamic State wants you to hate refugees - The Washington Post
The very same refugees entering Europe are often the very same civilians who face the indiscriminate violence and cruel injustice in lands controlled by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (though, it should be noted, many in Syria are also threatened by the brutal actions of the Syrian government). Globally, studies have shown that Muslims tend to make up the largest proportion of terror victims, with countries such as Syria and Iraq registering the highest toll.

If Muslim refugees come to Europe and are welcomed, it deeply undercuts the Islamic State's legitimacy. Aaron Zelin, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, has helpfully catalogued some of the Islamic State's messages on the refugees pouring into Europe from the Middle East. The messages give the impression of deep discomfort and even jealousy that the Muslim population the Islamic State so covets for its self-proclaimed "caliphate" would rather live in "infidel" Western lands.
refugees  terrorism  ISIS  Paris  Syria  immigration  WashingtonPost  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
The global economy is in serious danger - The Washington Post
The strongest explanation for this combination of slow growth, expected low inflation and zero real rates is the secular stagnation hypothesis. It holds that a combination of higher saving propensities, lower investment propensities and increased risk aversion have operated to depress the real interest rates that go with full employment to the point where the zero lower bound on nominal rates is constraining.
economy  global  recession  secularstagnation  author:LawrenceSummers  WashingtonPost  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
Digg wants to build the internet comment section of the future | The Verge
Digg has a plan to save the online comments section. Yes, that Digg, the pre-Reddit social news site that has evolved to become one of the best places to find high-quality journalism on the web. The company is calling its newest product Digg Dialog, and it's a tool for news organizations to create a two-way conversation between writers, editors, and readers centered on long-form feature articles and other unique stories that pop up in the news cycle.
Digg  DiggDialog  launch  webjournalism  engagement  TheNewRepublic  WashingtonPost  NewYorker  TheAtlantic  TheVerge  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
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