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NEW V.I.A. FEATURE: Eastside Lights

The Downtown Eastside is Awesome.<p>Well, not as a whole. The neighbourhood is severely problematic, for all the reasons you’ve heard about time and …

On the Red Couch with Philip Bump from The Atlantic Wire

Inside Flipboard / July 17, 2013<p><i>At some point, many fans of Philip Bump’s online work have probably paused to ask themselves: Does this guy ever</i> …

Switching to the Fujifilm X100 from the World of DSLRs

I’ve done it. I’ve switched over from a DSLR to a compact camera — the Fujifilm X100. Well, technically, that’s not true since I didn’t really …

On Assignment: architecture by night

Sometimes, one is given some pretty sweet assignments. Quite near the top of that list is a commission to photograph beautiful buildings by one of …

The Ascent

Beyond The Shadows: Apple's iOS 7 Is All About The Screen

At some point in the coming weeks, users of Apple iPhones and iPads will wake up to an alert that there is a new version of the company's mobile operating system, known as iOS, for them to install.<p>If users follow historical patterns, within a few days of the launch of iOS 7, almost all of them will …

A Feckless Response to Egypt's Avoidable Massacre

It's time for the U.S. to cut off aid to Egypt.<p>Tepid rationalizations that the United States has "limited leverage" in Egypt or that the Arab Spring is "failing" do not change a basic fact: An U.S.-funded "ally" has carried out one of the largest massacres of protesters in a decade.<p>It is time for …

The One Chart That Shows the Importance of Egypt's Massacre

Yesterday was one of the deadliest single-day instances of police-on-protester violence since Tiananmen Square.<p>The thing that stuck with me most from stories on yesterday's clashes in Egypt were the people attempting to flee the protest center as police beat them and snipers mowed them down.<p>This is …

Justin Trudeau moves family to Ottawa

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has sold his Montreal home and is moving his family to a rented house in Ottawa's upscale Rockliffe Park.<p>The move takes him from a house just outside his Papineau riding to a neighbourhood that will now house all three federal party leaders: Official Opposition Leader …

Why Would the Muslim Brotherhood Believe in Voting Now?

Morsi's ouster and his supporters' oppression is sending a message to young Islamists who previously played by democratic rules that their only real hope is through armed resistance.<p>Max Taylor/The Atlantic<p>Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) are heading to Egypt, apparently as …

The Odd Philosophy Behind Jeff Bezos's Weird Investments

What a spaceflight company and a big, weird clock tell us about his purchase of the Post<p>So Jeff Bezos is buying <i>The Washington Post</i>, transferring ownership of the newspaper from one century, and one kind of coastal wealth, to another. And, on Twitter, after the "Whoa!" reactions died down, and the …

Why Jeff Bezos Got a Better Deal on The Washington Post Than You Think

Turns out the new mogul won't have to worry much about the newspaper's pesky pension costs. And that means it could be much closer to profitability than most realize.<p>With his $25.2 billion fortune, Jeff Bezos has enough wealth to backstop losses at <i>The Washington Post</i> for more or less as long as he …

Rare Photo of the Mushroom Cloud Over Hiroshima Discovered in a Former Japanese Elementary School

Taken just minutes after the bomb fell, as incomprehensible horror unfolded below<p>In the center of Hiroshima, in a part of the city totally destroyed by the explosion and ensuing fires, a long-lost photograph taken shortly after the blast has been discovered among a collection of articles about the …

Is the Latest Terrorism Alert Earnest or Overhyped?

It's hard to tell -- and strange that our ultra-secretive government revealed surveillance details that we didn't need to know.<p>Reuters<p>Every so often, the U.S. government alerts us that there may be a heightened risk of a terrorist attack. "Specific incidents are hard to anticipate," a State …

Would the U.S. Grant Asylum to a Man Who Exposed Russia's Spying?

A thought experiment illustrating the strangeness of expecting Edward Snowden to be returned to us.<p>On <i>The Tonight Show</i> Tuesday, President Obama complained about Russia's decision to grant political asylum to Edward Snowden. "There have been times," he said, "where they slip back into Cold War …

Obama's Bill Clinton Moment: 'We Don't Have a Domestic Spying Program'

The president's comments about the NSA on Jay Leno's show come down to semantics.<p>"It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is."<p>Just like slap bracelets and Furbies, that Bill Clinton quote pungently evokes the 1990s. The '90s are so hot right now! Maybe that explains what President Obama …

Academics Agree MIT Should Have Done More for Aaron Swartz

"A failure to act ethically, and a failure to show compassion"<p><i>Updated, August 9.</i><p>In late July, MIT issued its report, written by computer science professor Hal Abelson, on the university's own actions in the Aaron Swartz case. Swartz, an information activist, faced extensive charges for downloading …

What It's Like to Be an American Who's Still in Yemen

Two of the remaining American journalists in the country say the mood seems relatively normal, although frustration over U.S. aircraft is growing.<p>The U.S. and U.K. shuttered embassies and evacuated personnel from Yemen yesterday amid what officials said was a looming threat from Al-Qaeda. …

The Giant Assumption Behind the Entire Entertainment Business: Cable TV Is Invincible

America's largest media and entertainment companies are richer than ever. But their profits overwhelmingly rely on an anxious business model.<p>REUTERS<p>America's biggest entertainment companies all reported how rich they are this week, and, well, gosh, they are spectacularly, mind-blowingly rich. All …

Secrecy Has Already Corroded Our Democracy in Real Ways

The renewal of the Patriot Act is a case study in how opaque policy and law destroy a people's ability to self-govern.<p>Waterboysh/Flickr<p>This summer, Rep. James Sensenbrenner, an author and longtime champion of the Patriot Act, emerged as one of the most concerned voices arguing that the law is being …

When a Relationship Becomes a Game

An app that reminds us to be thoughtful can take the spontaneity out of dating. But love may have more to do with game theory than we think.<p>It’s a Wednesday afternoon, and Kamakshi Zeidler, a 34-year-old plastic surgeon in Los Gatos, California, is explaining how to fill up a “love tank.”<p>“If you do …

How to Refer to the Milky Way Across the Globe

The route of scattered straw. Silver river. Calm.<p>Silver, sweeping, seemingly translucent, the Milky Way is one of the few celestial bodies that can be seen nearly everywhere on the globe. It's one of the very few, moreover, that doesn't determine the parameters of daily life, as the sun or moon …

How Romantic Jealousy Changes Us

We start to see ourselves as more like our rivals.<p>Dr. Erica Slotter at Villanova University wants to help us understand romantic jealousy and, in doing so, get over it — or embrace it.<p>In a recent experiment published in <i>Personal and Social Psychology Bulletin</i> — one of the few academic articles I've …