Stefan Smith Maphis

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The five universal laws of human stupidity

In 1976, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley published an essay outlining the fundamental laws of a force he perceived as humanity’s greatest existential threat: Stupidity.<p>Stupid people, Carlo M. Cipolla explained, share several identifying traits: they are …

University of California

A world-leading technologist on what the year 2038 will look like

Currently Senior Maverick at <i>Wired</i> magazine, <b>Kevin Kelly</b> helped launch the magazine and was its executive editor for its first seven years. He has …

Artificial Intelligence

We all know about Trump's war on facts, but the more vicious war is on basic notions of right and wrong

To anyone who had eyes to see and a half-working moral compass in 1991, the Handycam video of Rodney King’s beating by four LAPD cops showed brutality, sadism and torture.<p>The primitive violence insulted the heart.<p>But then came patronizing attorneys, media exploitation of racism, weird language and …

Donald Trump

Less Than a Year After Charlottesville, the Alt-Right Is Self-Destructing

Less than a year after its deadly rally in Charlottesville, the American alt-right is splintering in dramatic fashion as its leaders turn on each …

Has Anyone Seen the President?

Back when he was president, Barack Obama told me that only two people treated any interaction with him as a zero-sum game. One was Vladimir Putin, the other congressional Republicans. Both behaved as if there was no such thing as a win-win situation: Any gain for Obama was a loss for them, and any …

Donald Trump

My Theory on Why Mike Pence Kisses Donald Trump’s, uh, Ring So Fulsomely

Ryan was bad, Hatch was worse, but Pence…OMG, it was embarrassing to watch. What is up with that?<p>By now, you’ve seen the adoration heaped upon …

Donald Trump has a sickening fetish for cruelty

Trump is basically a 71-year old kid delightedly melting ants under his magnifying glass.<p>It isn't very often that the public gets to see a man's soul die inside his body. To see his dignity immolated. His manhood ripped from his bones.<p>And to have it captured all in one picture. Oh, the picture.<p>Late …

Donald Trump

How Democrats Killed Their Populist Soul

In the 1970s, a new wave of post-Watergate liberals stopped fighting monopoly power. The result is an increasingly dangerous political system.<p>It was January 1975, and the Watergate Babies had arrived in Washington looking for blood. The Watergate Babies—as the recently elected Democratic …

Middle-class

It Could Happen Here

Democracy is facing setbacks around the world, but there hasn't been reason to doubt America's resilience—until now.<p>For at least half a century, the bedrock of confidence in democracy’s future has been its unquestioned stability in Europe and North America. The United States and Britain survived …

Political Science

FBI, State Dept. official say no talk of email quid pro quo

WASHINGTON (AP) — A now-retired FBI agent and a State Department official involved in a discussion over the classification of information in one of …

Government

Google introduces group plans for its Project Fi mobile network

And hefty discounts on Nexus phones<p>Google is making it a bit easier to use its Project Fi mobile network like standard cell service with the introduction of group plans. Now, you can add as many people to your Project Fi plan as you’d like at an additional cost of $15 per user. The rate for data …

Our outrageous media created the Tea Party

<b>Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin (Reuters/Mike Segar/AP/Chris Carlson/Fox News/Salon)</b><p>How “melodrama, misrepresentative exaggeration and mockery” became the dominant tone on cable and talk radio<p>Jeffrey M. Berry • Sarah Sobieraj<p>December 7, 2013 2:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Outrage …

Charles Manson Today: The Final Confessions of a Psychopath

In California’s San Joaquin Valley, about halfway between Bakersfield and Fresno, on the outskirts of the fly-infested, windblown, stink-soaked, …

The 1 percent played Tea Party for suckers

When the super-rich feel threatened, they foment grass-roots uprising on their behalf. Here’s why it always works<p>Isaac William Martin<p>September 7, 2013 4:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Rich People’s Movements: Grass-roots Campaigns to Untax the 1 Percent”<p>On Election Day, November 2, 2010, more than eight …

The One Reason Every Blogger Should Use Google+

Once again this week I was asked by a colleague why they should care about Google+. This is a person who regularly publishes content, already has a full plate and wanted to be convinced why she should take up another social network. A scenario that’s all too familiar with many people I come in …

Chomsky: The U.S. behaves nothing like a democracy

<b>(AP/Nader Daoud)</b><p>The MIT professor lays out how the majority of U.S. policies are opposed to what wide swaths of the public want<p>Noam Chomsky<p>August 17, 2013 12:30pm (UTC)<p>The following is a transcript of a recent speech delivered Noam Chomsky in Bonn, Germany, at DW Global Media Forum, Bonn, Germany. …