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Explaining net neutrality to my dad

It’s late Saturday night after an awesome day in Las Vegas with my dad. We are doing our annual father-son weekend, where we head out on Friday somewhere he wants to go and return Sunday afternoon. Don’t ask me why we ended up in Vegas – it’s a mystery to both of us, but we are having fun.<p>Today we …

We Want It Chunky: Jack White’s Official Guacamole Recipe

Just in time for the Grammys.<p>It’s Grammy weekend, and you know what that means. Fashion! Friends! Snacks! Booze! Pharrell’s Hat!<p>But mostly, ‘cause …

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The EU has a plan to break up Google

Europe's parliament is prepared to throw down with the search giant<p>Google has been the target of repeated anti-trust scrutiny in Europe over the last decade. Today <i>Financial Times</i> is reporting that the European parliament is on the verge of taking even more drastic steps, preparing a plan that would …

Throw the Bums Out! (2.0)

I bet I know something about you. You're sick and tired of the idiots who run our government. How'd I know that? Because <i>everyone</i> is sick and tired of the idiots who run our government.<p>So why do we keep electing them?<p>That's easy: Because every election, we get the same two choices -- Idiot …

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How much do coders make? Check out this data from around the country

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Credit: Maga/Shutterstock<p>iOS rules the roost and beats Android, Bay Area coders get paid the most, and Node.js developers are …

GOP voter ID law gets crushed: Why Judge Richard Posner’s new opinion is so amazing

Conservative icon/federal judge changes mind on photo ID laws, issues blistering dissent against them. Read it here<p>If you read just one top-to-bottom dismantling of every supposed premise in support of disenfranchising Photo ID voting restrictions laws in your lifetime, let it be this one [PDF].<p>It …

Eric Schmidt, Rand Paul, John Doerr and Bob Woodward ... Agreeing on Things

"What I would like to see is more entrepreneurs. More entrepreneurs everywhere. I'm just in awe of entrepreneurs."<p>Journalistic eminence Bob Woodward took the stage at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit today to interview two Silicon Valley legends, Eric Schmidt and John Doerr, and one Valley …

Bill Maher 1, Ben Affleck 0

The Real Time host’s spat with the Gone Girl star gets to the heart of a major and longtime problem within contemporary Western liberalism<p>Every once …

'You Have The Right To Remain Silent.' Or Do You?

"You have the right to remain silent."<p>Any devotee of TV crime dramas or police procedural shows hears the phrase regularly. But new court decisions in recent years have chipped away at that principle.<p>Take the case of California resident Richard Tom. In 2007, he broadsided a car, injuring a girl and …

Perverse U.S. Drug Policies Promote Drug Addiction and Deaths

To get your mind around just how dumb and perverse are our drug policies, you first have to absorb these astounding facts:<p>The U.S. has more deaths from drug overdoses than from car accidents.<br>• Most are due to prescription narcotics, not street drugs.<br>• Heroin deaths have also doubled in the past two …

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Water is the new oil: How corporations took over a basic human right

Water has become a commodity, Karen Piper tells Salon, and the world’s poor are paying the price<p>When you talk about human rights, not to mention human necessities, there's not much more fundamental than water. The United Nations has even put it in writing: it formally “recognizes the right to safe …

This is our new Constitution: How we fix gun rights, the Supreme Court, inequality — and foster true democracy

Freedom, fairness, equality: Here is how we get there, while fixing problems caused by gun nuts, right-wing judges<p>We talk a lot about inequality these days. Wal-Mart heirs. Plutocrats. Occupy Wall Street. Minimum wage. The 47 percent. Liberals are prone to feeling a strong sense of responsibility …

Why the GOP hates U.S. history: Inconvenient truths that freak out American conservatives

The right is losing its mind over new testing standards that aren’t “patriotic” enough. Time for a history lesson!<p>Conservative hero Ben Carson is worried about American teenagers joining ISIS. But it’s not because of “radical Islam.” It’s because of new high school history standards.<p>American's …

This Woman's Revolutionary Idea Made Her A Billionaire — And Could Change Medicine

No more wondering to yourself, "Ah, how much more can they take before I pass out?"<p>Instead you might be able to walk into a Walgreens pharmacy for a reportedly painless fingerprick that will draw just a tiny drop of blood, thanks to Elizabeth Holmes, 30, the youngest woman and third-youngest …

Genetic Engineering

The big “middle class” rip-off: How a short sale taught me rich people’s ethics

So many of us are clueless about business and finance. Here’s why that’s just the way the investment class likes it<p>“Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.” – Honoré de Balzac.<p>The closest I ever came to acting like a rich person was two years ago when I short-sold my primary residence. I …

The myth of religious violence

The popular belief that religion is the cause of the world’s bloodiest conflicts is central to our modern conviction that faith and politics should never mix. But the messy history of their separation suggests it was never so simple<p>As we watch the fighters of the Islamic State (Isis) rampaging …

The U.S. government’s creeping war on journalists

A new poll reveals that three quarters of reporters agree the public isn’t getting the information it needs<p>As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many …

Algorithms Are Replacing Unions As The Champions of Workers

Quality of life is perhaps the single largest factor underpinning human happiness, and that quality is largely determined by one’s job. It should be no wonder then that so many activists and politicians have made improving work a key element of their advocacy for generations. The history of America …

The Big, Long, 30-Year Conservative Lie

Inequality, conservatives insist, is natural. Trying to combat it will slow growth. Well, guess who now says otherwise? Standard and Poor’s.<p>First …

The Rebirth of Stakeholder Capitalism?

In recent weeks, the managers, employees, and customers of a New England chain of supermarkets called "Market Basket" have joined together to oppose the board of director's decision earlier in the year to oust the chain's popular chief executive, Arthur T. Demoulas.<p>Their demonstrations and boycotts …

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'Building A Better Teacher': Dissecting America's Education Culture

Teacher effectiveness is a hot topic in education circles right now. How do you measure it, and how can you improve it? What type of teachers should schools keep, and who should they let go?<p>Elizabeth Green says that it's not, as some people assume, a question of personality or charisma. Great …

How the Tea Party reads history: Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee and the new battle of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence

America had two foundings, one in 1776 and one in 1789. Today’s right is still fighting the same battles<p><b>The Modern Tea Party Movement and Anti-Federalism</b><p>Consider the opening words of a book written by the co-founders of the largest Tea Party group in the nation, Mark Meckler and Jenny Martin:<p>WE THE …

Tea Party’s self-defeating hate: Why toxic resentment hurts their bottom line

When the far right scapegoats immigrants, it makes inequality worse — by empowering the real villains. Here’s how<p>When it comes to hating immigrants, the Tea Party has nothing on Samuel Gompers.<p>Gompers, the founder of what became today’s AFL-CIO, was so appalled by the immigrants pouring into the …

The End of Higher Education’s Golden Age

Interest in using the internet to slash the price of higher education is being driven in part by hope for new methods of teaching, but also by …

Why you’re wrong about communism: 7 huge misconceptions about it (and capitalism)

Most of what Americans think they know about capitalism and communism is total nonsense. Here’s a clearer picture<p>As the commentary around the recent deaths of Nelson Mandela, Amiri Baraka and Pete Seeger made abundantly clear, most of what Americans think they know about capitalism and communism is …

I’m a Republican — and “social conservatism” must be stopped

For a Republican like me, the current agenda of many on the right is politically stupid and counter-productive<p>Rep. Randy Forbes is not happy. The Republican Party is not actively discriminating against gay congressional candidates as much as he'd like, and social conservatives like Forbes are fed …

“The Hunger Games” is hardly our future—it’s already here

<i>The Hunger Games</i> paints an eerily apt picture of the world’s reality. The Capitol is the rich nations of the world: the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, Israel, New Zealand, some oil kingdoms, most European nations. The Districts are the poor nations of the world—Haiti, Nepal, Bangladesh, Cambodia, …

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Linux WiFi Reason Codes - Disconnection & De-Authentication Issues

Linux WiFi: Deauthenticated Reason Codes<p>So I’ve been having a fiddle with Linux and WiFi this evening in an attempt to make a wifi bridge (Windows …