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Why you can’t solve income inequality by sending people to college

By Max Ehrenfreund<p>Max Ehrenfreund<p>Reporter<p>Bio Follow<p>There's now broad agreement among politicians that inequality of income is a serious problem in the United States, but there's little consensus on what to do about it.<p>A simple thought experiment may rule out one potential solution: Helping more …

Los Angeles police using CIA software to track criminals, ex-cons

New software used by the Los Angeles Police Department shows not only where crime is most likely to happen, but also tracks ex-cons and others likely …

First Snowden. Then tracking you on wheels. Now spies on a plane. Yes, surveillance is everywhere | Trevor Timm

The US government’s secret airborne dragnet is just the latest tool to snoop on your phone. Why aren’t we stopping this?<p>US government-owned airplanes that can cover most of the continental United States are covertly flying around the country, spying on tens of thousands of innocent people’s …

How fast food targets you: The secret science — and sauce — behind McDonald’s, Snickers, Fritos and more

<b>(MaraZe via Shutterstock)</b><p>Technology and marketing have revolutionized desire — and made us crave salty, fatty foods<p>Gary S. Cross • Robert N. Proctor<p>November 9, 2014 8:00pm (UTC)<p>Reprinted with permission from “Packaged Pleasures: How Technology and Marketing Revolutionized Desire”<p><b>Supersized Soda and</b> …

Secret Cash Pays for U.S. Drone Mistakes

A Yemeni family was paid $100,000 for the death of relatives in a U.S. drone strike in 2012, according to a remarkable story yesterday from <i>Yahoo …

“There is but one way out for you”: Read the uncensored letter J. Edgar Hoover wrote to MLK

<b>Martin Luther King, Jr., J. Edgar G. Hoover (AP)</b><p>Historian discovers unredacted copy of longtime FBI chief’s chilling letter<p>Luke Brinker<p>November 12, 2014 8:25pm (UTC)<p>The mutual contempt between civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and longtime Federal Bureau of Investigation chief J. Edgar …

Exclusive: Top NSA Surveillance Official Is A Multi-Millionaire

NSA bureaucrat Teresa Shea and her intelligence-contractor husband are worth at least $3 million, records show. She ran controversial surveillance programs for years, and recused herself last year from decisions about her husband’s employer.<p>The departing head of signals intelligence at the National …

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Why Wall Street Loves Hillary

She's trying to sound populist, but the banks are ready to shower her campaign with cash.<p>An odd thing happened last month when, stumping just before the midterms, Hillary Clinton came in close proximity to the woman who has sometimes been described as the conscience of the Democratic Party. …

5 Ways The Amazon Echo Could Become An Essential Part Of Your Life

Don’t dismiss Amazon’s new Siri-in-a-can just yet. One day, ambient computers just like it will be as common as toasters. Here’s why.<p>Last week, Amazon unveiled the Echo, a strange robot speaker that works something like Siri in a can. You can tell it to play music, set alarms, look up answers to …