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Design Justice, A.I., and Escape from the Matrix of Domination
Design Justice, A.I., and Escape from the Matrix of Domination

Part 1: #TravelingWhileTrans Millimeter Wave Scanning, the Sociotechnical Reproduction of the Gender Binary, and the Importance of Embodied Knowledge to the…
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2 days ago
A Fight for Men’s Rights, in California Courts - The New York Times
A Fight for Men’s Rights, in California Courts

SAN DIEGO — Rich Allison is a former Marine Corps captain who was never in combat. Now he is on the front lines of the culture wars. Mr. Allison, 47, is a key…
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3 days ago
Facial recognition technology: The need for public regulation and corporate responsibility - Microsoft on the Issues
Facial recognition technology: The need for public regulation and corporate responsibility - Microsoft on the Issues

All tools can be used for good or ill. Even a broom can be used to sweep the floor or hit someone over the head. The more powerful the tool, the greater the…
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5 days ago
Microsoft Urges Congress to Regulate Use of Facial Recognition - The New York Times
Microsoft Urges Congress to Regulate Use of Facial Recognition

Amid a growing call for regulations to limit the use of facial recognition technology, Microsoft on Friday became the first tech giant to join the chorus. In a…
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5 days ago
What If Trump Has Been a Russian Asset Since 1987?
What If Trump Has Been a Russian Asset Since 1987?

On June 14, 2016, the Washington Post reported that Russian hackers had broken into the Democratic National Committee’s files and gained access to its research…
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7 days ago
French connection - The Economist - Blendle
French connection

BUSINESS Schumpeter Forget McKinsey. A Gallic intellectual is the key to controlling how businesses are perceived NOT many businesspeople study post-war French…
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21 days ago
Yelp, The Red Hen, And How All Tech Platforms Are Now Pawns In The Culture War
Sites Like Yelp And Twitter Are Just Pawns In The Culture War

Just one of thousands of trolling posts from Yelp reviewers angry at the Red Hen for asking White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave its…
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22 days ago
Meet Antifa's Secret Weapon Against Far-Right Extremists | WIRED
Meet Antifa's Secret Weapon Against Far-Right Extremists

The email arrived just as Megan Squire was starting to cook Thanksgiving dinner. She was flitting between the kitchen, where some chicken soup was simmering,…
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22 days ago
Trump's Changes to the Census Could Hurt Red States Too - The Atlantic
The Unpredictable Political Effects of 2020 Census Tinkering

Michelle R. Smith / AP It isn’t hard to discern a pattern in the way the Trump administration is planning to conduct the 2020 Census, in the same way that it’s…
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22 days ago
Opinion | The Ornithologist the Internet Called a Murderer - The New York Times
For some time, I’d been searching for Christopher Filardi, a biologist with decades of field experience in the Solomon Islands. I wanted to interview him for a book I was writing, but the email system at the American Museum of Natural History, which once listed him as the director of Pacific programs at its Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, bounced back my message.
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24 days ago
When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot For Humans?
When Will the Planet Be Too Hot for Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.

To read an annotated version of this article, complete with interviews with scientists and links to further reading, click here . I. ‘Doomsday’ Peering beyond…
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24 days ago
Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown is off Twitter because of an abusive meme - Polygon
How an ironic, abusive meme drove Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown off Twitter

On June 13, 14-year-old Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown deactivated her verified Twitter account, @milliebbrown. Reports indicate that harassment drove…
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4 weeks ago
Yes, the Media Still Matters – Trust Issues – Medium
Yes, the Media Still Matters – Trust Issues – Medium

T he 2016 election made the public examine the media with newly critical eyes, for reasons valid (the press’ failure to capture Donald Trump supporters’…
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5 weeks ago
How Trump Voters Decide Who to Trust – Trust Issues – Medium
How Trump Voters Decide Who to Trust – Trust Issues – Medium

In a post-truth era, how do you know what to trust? As a way to combat a political climate devoid of expert opinions and facts, many have championed media…
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5 weeks ago
The Biology Of Disinformation: Memes, Media Viruses, And Cultural Inoculation
by Doug Ruskhoff, David Pescovitz, and Jake Dunagan (IFTF Report)

Political campaigns have always relied on values, visions, narratives, and ideologies to win votes.
Whether virtuous or cynical, this effort comes down to propaganda: the leverage of social and psychological biases to promote a particular point of view.
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5 weeks ago
On the Proper Motives of Corporate Directors (or, Why You Don't Want to Invite Homo Economicus to Join Your Board) by Lynn A. Stout :: SSRN
One of the most important questions in corporate governance is how directors of public corporations can be motivated to serve the interests of the firm. Directors frequently hold only small stakes in the companies they manage. Moreover, a variety of legal rules and contractual arrangements insulate them from liability for business failures. Why then should we expect them to do a good job?

by Lynn A. Stout
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5 weeks ago
Find Out What Google and Facebook Know About You – Trust Issues – Medium
Find Out What Google and Facebook Know About You – Trust Issues – Medium

H ackers obtained the Social Security numbers of more than 145 million Americans. Paid political chaos monkeys allegedly harvested data from at least 87 million…
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5 weeks ago
The Deadly Incel Movement’s Absurd Pop Culture Roots
The Deadly Incel Movement’s Absurd Pop Culture Roots

F or years, one of the first Google hits on my name was an article titled “Stalking Sady Doyle.” It was written in 2011 by the “men’s rights” advocate Paul…
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5 weeks ago
The Lifespan of a Lie – Trust Issues – Medium
The Lifespan of a Lie – Trust Issues – Medium

It was late in the evening of August 16th, 1971, and twenty-two-year-old Douglas Korpi, a slim, short-statured Berkeley graduate with a mop of pale, shaggy…
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5 weeks ago
We All Have ‘Trust Issues’ – Trust Issues – Medium
We All Have ‘Trust Issues’ – Trust Issues – Medium

A bout six weeks ago, we at Medium gave ourselves a simple goal: identify the Most Important Issues Facing the World Today—capital letters intended—and find the…
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5 weeks ago
User Agreements Are Betraying You – Trust Issues – Medium
User Agreements Are Betraying You

There’s a better way for us to interact with tech companies The user agreement has become a potent symbol of our asymmetric relationship with technology firms.…
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5 weeks ago
A New Tech Manifesto – Trust Issues – Medium
A New Tech Manifesto

Six demands, from a citizen to Big Tech The stories turn up daily: Social media is being used to undermine democracy. Someone has run off with millions of…
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5 weeks ago
Facebook Fabricates Trust Through Fake Intimacy – Trust Issues – Medium
Facebook Fabricates Trust Through Fake Intimacy

'And when we trust, we share' Imagine owning a robot that’s programmed to follow your orders, no matter what. With full predictability guaranteed, you’d be…
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5 weeks ago
New Lessons From the Pentagon Papers Leaker in the Age of Trump
New Lessons From the Pentagon Papers Leaker in the Age of Trump

Daniel Ellsberg on trust, nuclear war, and when to break an oath Before Edward Snowden or Chelsea Manning, there was Daniel Ellsberg. In 1971, Ellsberg leaked…
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5 weeks ago
My So-Called (Millennial) Entitlement – Trust Issues – Medium
My So-Called (Millennial) Entitlement

Did we really expect too much, or were we just gaslit? I am at the San Francisco International Airport some barely recent morning, registering for a travel…
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5 weeks ago
Memes That Kill: The Future Of Information Warfare
Memes and social networks have become weaponized, while many governments seem ill-equipped to understand the new reality of information warfare. How will we fight state-sponsored disinformation and propaganda in the future?
memes  warfare  manipulation  propaganda 
5 weeks ago
The Muralist and Enumerator | Census Stories, USA
The Muralist and Enumerator | Census Stories, USA

The records of the U.S. Census Bureau reside in Washington, D.C., in the National Archives building built in the depths of the Great Depression to provide a…
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5 weeks ago
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China eyes role as world’s power supplier

Deep in a tangle of planning bureaucracies in western Beijing, the future of a country nearly 3,000km away is under discussion. Xie Qiuye, president of China’s…
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5 weeks ago
How to Solve the Disjuncture between Tech… and Everybody Else
How to Solve the Disjuncture between Tech… and Everybody Else

At the Tech and Society Solutions Lab, we’re focused on what’s happening in tech, and thinking about how we best anticipate and prevent the ways tech can go…
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6 weeks ago
Did Sirhan kill RFK? RFK Jr. doesn’t think so. - The Washington Post - Blendle
Did Sirhan kill RFK? RFK Jr. doesn’t think so.

TOM JACKMAN Nearly 50 years after his father’s assassination, a son questions history Looks like you disabled JavaScript. Would you consider turning it on…
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6 weeks ago
For ‘Columbiners,’ School Shootings Have a Deadly Allure - The New York Times
For ‘Columbiners,’ School Shootings Have a Deadly Allure - The New York Times

SANTA FE, Tex. — The exact reasons why a teenage gunman shot his fellow students and teachers here at Santa Fe High School remain a mystery. His model for…
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7 weeks ago
How ‘Googling it’ can send conservatives down secret rabbit holes of alternative facts - The Washington Post
How ‘Googling it’ can send conservatives down secret rabbit holes of alternative facts - The Washington Post

Type “Russia collusion” into a Google search, and the search engine will try to guess the next word you’ll type. The first of those is “delusion.” A Google…
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7 weeks ago
The Hate Report: White nationalists welcome new census question | Reveal
The Hate Report: White nationalists welcome new census question | Reveal

This week, the Trump administration announced it plans to include a question about people’s citizenship status in the upcoming 2020 Census. White nationalists,…
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8 weeks ago
Political correctness vs. progress: Michelle Goldberg and Jordan Peterson each make their case ahead of Munk debate - The Globe and Mail
Political correctness vs. progress: Michelle Goldberg and Jordan Peterson each make their case ahead of Munk debate

Conservatives think progressives worry too much about “political correctness” – words and attitudes that include, protect and above all don’t offend.…
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8 weeks ago
Bitcoin’s energy use got studied, and you libertarian nerds look even worse than usual | Grist
Bitcoin is on track to consume 0.5 percent of the world's electricity by end of the year.
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8 weeks ago
Combatting ‘Fairness Gerrymandering’ with Socially Conscious Algorithms
Combatting ‘Fairness Gerrymandering’ with Socially Conscious Algorithms

Decision-making algorithms help determine who gets into college, is approved for a mortgage, and anticipate who is most likely to commit another crime after…
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9 weeks ago
Proposals, Awards and Status
Proposals, Awards and Status

NSF Home |News |Site Map |FastLane Help |Grants.gov Help |Contact Us FastLane is an interactive real-time system used to conduct NSF business over the Internet.…
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9 weeks ago
‘Americans are Being Held Hostage and Terrorized by the Fringes’ - POLITICO Magazine
‘Americans are Being Held Hostage and Terrorized by the Fringes’

Andrew Harnik/AP Photo An exit interview with the American Enterprise Institute’s Arthur Brooks. By TIM ALBERTA Arthur Brooks is president of the American…
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9 weeks ago
Opinion | How the Online Left Fuels the Right - The New York Times
Opinion | How the Online Left Fuels the Right

I think I know what it feels like to be “red-pilled,” the alt-right’s preferred metaphor for losing one’s faith in received assumptions and turning toward ideas…
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9 weeks ago
The Technology and Social Justice Field Scan
The Technology for Social Justice Field Scan is a participatory action research project intended to find out who works in this space, understand the types of work currently being done with technology for social justice (and more broadly, in the public interest), as well as the pathways people take into this work. The goal is to identify people, groups, and networks who work in this space, including those who are not ‘the usual suspects’ in the civic technology world, and to learn from them: what their paths into the work have been; what they see as their greatest constraints; where they see barriers; what they feel is most needed to grow and diversify the field; and what success and failure look like for them.
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9 weeks ago
And for His Next Act, Ev Williams Will Fix the Internet - The New York Times
And for His Next Act, Ev Williams Will Fix the Internet

For years, Ev Williams was saddled with doubts. As a co-founder of Blogger and Twitter and, more recently, as the chief executive of the digital publishing…
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9 weeks ago
Census 2020: how Republicans are undermining the census, explained with a cartoon - Vox
Why it’s so hard to count everyone — especially marginalized populations.
By Alvin Chang@alv9nalvin@vox.com Updated May 8, 2018, 9:42am EDT
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10 weeks ago
Microsoft Tries a New Role: Moral Leader - The New York Times
Microsoft Tries a New Role: Moral Leader

SEATTLE — Facebook and Google are under the microscope for the ways their technologies can spread misinformation, while Amazon’s growing market power is a…
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10 weeks ago
All-American Nazis: Inside the Rise of Fascist Youth in the U.S. - Rolling Stone
All-American Nazis: Inside the Rise of Fascist Youth in the U.S.

Mike McQuade for Rolling Stone Andrew Oneschuk and Jeremy Himmelman had been living in Tampa, Florida, for two weeks when, on Friday, May 19th, 2017, their…
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10 weeks ago
Political Arguments Consume Google - The Wall Street Journal - Blendle
Political Arguments Consume Google

The tech giant struggles to tame a workplace culture of nonstop debate Ingrid Newkirk, cofounder and president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals,…
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10 weeks ago
I tried leaving Facebook. I couldn’t - The Verge
I tried leaving Facebook. I couldn’t

When I was in college, my high school best friend and I had a terrible falling-out. It was entirely because of Facebook. “I think Allison got engaged?” our…
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11 weeks ago
The New Octopus
The New Octopus

by K. Sabeel Rahman Technology has spawned new corporate giants. Their control of society’s digital infrastructure threatens our democracy. What should we do…
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11 weeks ago
Post-Authenticity and the Ironic Truths of Meme Culture
By Jay Owens
1. Media isn’t really real In the last couple of years, fakery seems to have accelerated. The term “fake news” appeared out of next-to-nowhere in November 2016.…
irony  communication  culture  memes  youth 
11 weeks ago
Unite the Right? How YouTube’s Recommendation Algorithm Connects The U.S. Far-Right
Unite the Right? How YouTube’s Recommendation Algorithm Connects The U.S. Far-Right

by Jonas Kaiser and Adrian Rauchfleisch With over 1.5 billion users a month, YouTube is the world’s biggest social media platform. It is also the communication…
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11 weeks ago
Finance Is Killing the News | The New Republic
Finance Is Killing the News

Earlier this month, the 50 remaining staffers at The Denver Post fought to save their paper from their hedge fund owner, Alden Global Capital. Facing steep…
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12 weeks ago
Why aren’t privacy groups fighting to regulate Facebook?
The Digital Heroes That Fought Against Government Surveillance Are Quiet About Facebook. They’re Missing Their Moment.

When Democrats and Republicans in Congress agree on something, it usually involves symbolic acts of patriotism or minimally decent acts of disaster relief. Add…
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12 weeks ago
Even those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created. - New York Magazine - Blendle
Even those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created.

How It Went Wrong, in 15 Steps STEP 1 Start With Hippie Good Intentions … The Silicon Valley dream was born of the counterculture. A generation of computer…
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12 weeks ago
Palantir Knows Everything About You
Peter Thiel’s data-mining company is using War on Terror tools to track American citizens. The scary thing? Palantir is desperate for new customers.
privacy  surveillance 
april 2018
Secret use of census info helped send Japanese Americans to internment camps in WWII
The Census Bureau plans to ask people if they are U.S. citizens in the 2020 count of the nation’s population, igniting fears that the information could be used to target those in the country illegally.
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april 2018
How to Live Without Irony - The New York Times
How to Live Without Irony

Leif Parsons The Stone is a forum for contemporary philosophers and other thinkers on issues both timely and timeless. If irony is the ethos of our age — and it…
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april 2018
The reckoning over social media has transformed SXSW - The Verge
The reckoning over social media has transformed SXSW

Ev Williams last came to Austin for the South by Southwest Interactive Festival eight years ago. The entrepreneur, who previously founded Blogger and sold it to…
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april 2018
Four problems for news and democracy – Trust, Media and Democracy – Medium
Four problems for news and democracy

Here are some “buckets” for making sense of why: addiction, economics, bad actors and known bugs The news is in crisis. I’ve been studying news and digital…
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april 2018
The Hidden Risk in Cutting Retail Payroll
The Hidden Risk in Cutting Retail Payroll

View more from the March 2008 Issue Explore the Archive Recommended Harvard Business Review,... Leadership & Managing People HBR Issues 18.95 LEGO (A): The…
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april 2018
Why “Good Jobs” Are Good for Retailers
Why “Good Jobs” Are Good for Retailers

Almost one-fifth of American workers have bad jobs. They endure low wages, poor benefits, schedules that change with little—if any—notice, and few opportunities…
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april 2018
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Ex-Trump aide Paul Manafort approved 'black ops' to help Ukraine president

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort authorised a secret media operation on behalf of Ukraine’s former president featuring “black ops”, “placed”…
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april 2018
The Algorithmic Rise of the “Alt-Right” - Contexts
The Algorithmic Rise of the “Alt-Right” - Contexts

Feature On a late summer evening in 2017, members of the far-right descended on Charlottesville, Virginia with tiki-torches held up in defense of confederate…
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april 2018
Refugee Connectivity | Data & Society
Refugee Connectivity

Photo by Julie Ricard Refugee Connectivity Mark Latonero, Danielle Poole, and Jos Berens Published 04.05.18 Download Report Study shows importance of internet…
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april 2018
Checking in with the Facebook fact-checking partnership - Columbia Journalism Review
Checking in with the Facebook fact-checking partnership

Facebook and five US news and fact-checking organizations—ABC News, the Associated Press, FactCheck.org, PolitiFact, and Snopes—created a partnership to combat…
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april 2018
How PragerU Is Winning The Right-Wing Culture War Without Donald Trump
A right-wing online "university" is on track for a billion views in 2018, its professors are some of the best-known conservatives in media, and its founder wants to put it in real schools. So how come you've never heard of it?
conservative  politics  education 
march 2018
We’ve been told we’re living in a post-truth age. Don’t believe it.
An intense critique of the boomerang effect and other dynamics of communication
communication  news  misinformation 
march 2018
Her son’s being called an ‘alt-right killer.’ She blames herself. - The Washington Post - Blendle
“I use ironic memes as a way to cover up the fact how badly i want to blow my brains out,” the teen wrote in a note the mother discovered in his bedroom after the killings.

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But she said she does not believe her son is a Nazi. Instead, she thinks he is someone broken by years of isolation, bullying and mental illness. She said the things he wrote online were intended to get a rise out of people, the kind of impact he didn’t have in the real world.

The teen’s 15-year-old sister takes a grimmer view. After the police searched the home, the sister recalled walking into her brother’s bedroom and noticing for the first time he had punched hole after hole in the walls, down to the studs. She read his Twitter account and was sickened.

“I think the world hated him, so he hated the world,” she said.
altright  whitesupremacy  murder 
march 2018
Sam Harris, Charles Murray, and the allure of race science - Vox
Sam Harris, Charles Murray, and the allure of race science

Javier Zarracina/Vox On Monday morning, I woke up to a tweet from Sam Harris, the bestselling author and popular podcast host, referencing a debate we never…
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march 2018
The Census Project
Welcome to The Census Project website. The Census Project is a broad-based network of national, state, and local organizations that supports a fair and accurate 2020 Census and comprehensive American Community Survey (ACS — the modern version of the census “long form”). Our participating stakeholders represent a diverse range of American sectors that rely on objective data for decision-making and promote civic engagement: business and industry; civil rights advocates; state and local governments; social service agencies; researchers and scientific associations; planners; foundations; and nonprofits focused on housing, child and family welfare, education, transportation, and other vital services.
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march 2018
Political Correctness is All about Slave Morality | Psychology Today
Political Correctness is All about Slave Morality

Gregg Henriques Ph.D. Theory of Knowledge Friend me on Faceook (link is external) Political Correctness is All about Slave Morality PC is about slave morality…
march 2018
'Diversity of Thought' is not the problem - Long View on Education
'Diversity of Thought' is not the problem

There’s a growing movement among the alt-right (white supremacists) and cultural conservatives calling for “diversity of thought”, to make college campuses…
march 2018
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