Tom Pronto

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More than 50 years of U.S. mass shootings: The victims, sites, killers and weapons

The Tennessee Waffle House shooting is a developing story and will be updated.<p>The places change, the numbers change, but the choice of weapon remains the same. In the United States, people who want to kill a lot of other people most often do it with guns.<p>Related<p>The number of U.S. mass shootings …

Guns

Modern life too much for you? Maybe a tiny box in the woods is the cure.

To commune with ourselves, we must trek two hours to Stanardsville, a town on the edge of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains whose population has stairstepped down over the years to 384 people, a country store and this wooded plot, which, before 20 tiny houses arrived this fall, was an RV campground …

Student Finance

Blink and It's Over: Short-Duration, High-Impact Experiences of 2017

The psychology of brief, intense experiences

Art
Real Estate

How to Get Sideloaded Apps to Show Up in FreeTime Profiles on Fire Tablets

Amazon’s Fire Tablets are an excellent choice for inexpensive kids’ tablets, and the FreeTime Profiles work really well to keep things sandboxed so …

Apps

The essential tradeoff in the Republican tax bill, in one chart

Republicans are paying for a permanent cut for corporations with an under-the-radar tax <i>increase</i> on individuals.<p>Senate rules require the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act not to add to the federal deficit after 10 years. Failing to meet that window would result in legislative defenestration, as it would require …

Health Care

Mapping South Broad Street’s development projects - Curbed Philly

South Broad Street is no longer just home to a cluster of theaters, gas stations, and dive bars. Today, there are multi-million dollar development projects in the works, ranging from high-rise hotels to luxury apartment buildings to condo towers.<p>As the <i>Inquirer’s</i> architecture critic Inga Saffron …

Smartphone addiction could be changing your brain

<b>(CNN) —</b> You may be one of the growing number of Americans (or global citizens) who has a bit of nomophobia.<p>"Nomophobia?" you mutter as you read this on your ever-present smartphone. "Of course not."<p>"NO MObile PHOne phoBIA" is a 21st-century term for the fear of not being able to use your cell phone …

Pew Research Center

The Hidden History of Trump’s First Trip to Moscow

In 1987, a young real estate developer traveled to the Soviet Union. The KGB almost certainly made the trip happen.<p>It was 1984 and General Vladimir Alexandrovich Kryuchkov had a problem. The general occupied one of the KGB’s most exalted posts. He was head of the First Chief Directorate, the …

Russia

Is it all feeling like too much? Here are 4 alternatives to a mountain of toys.

When family life counselor Kim John Payne published "Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids" in 2009, he was warning us about how our supersize lives were affecting our kids. He was seeing kids who were unable to play by themselves …

Kids

Supreme court cellphone case puts free speech – not just privacy – at risk

Carpenter v United States has rightly prompted concerns over surveillance. But it could also have drastic implications for personal freedom in the digital age<p>On Wednesday, the supreme court will consider whether the government must obtain a warrant before accessing the rich trove of data that …

Surveillance

How the law works now

While investigating a string of armed robberies between 2010 and 2012, the FBI arrested a man named Timothy Carpenter, largely because location data agents obtained from his cell phone put him within two miles of the crimes.<p>They didn’t even need a warrant. And since no federal law requires one for …

Surveillance

A Voice of Hate in America’s Heartland

<i>This article has drawn significant feedback, most of it sharply critical. Read a response from The Times’s national editor here. And the reporter offers his thoughts on covering white nationalists here.</i><p>HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio — Tony and Maria Hovater were married this fall. They registered at Target. …

Rights & Freedoms

The Nationalist's Delusion

Trump’s supporters backed a time-honored American political tradition, disavowing racism while promising to enact a broad agenda of discrimination.<p>THIRTY YEARS AGO, nearly half of Louisiana voted for a Klansman, and the media struggled to explain why.<p>It was 1990 and David Duke, the former grand …

Political Science

Research Finds That Intellectual Humility Can Make Us Better Thinkers & People; Good Thing There’s a Free Course on Intellectual Humility

We may have grown used to hearing about the importance of critical thinking, and stowed away knowledge of logical fallacies and cognitive biases in …

Timothy Edgar: "Beyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance, and the Struggle [..]" | Talks at Google

The death and life of mom-and-pops

Outlining a few solutions to stanch the impending death of local retail<p>In September, an article about a Silicon Valley startup called Bodega incited outrage in the world of social media. The concept was that this company would put little automated stores, resembling glass-fronted IKEA bookshelves, …

Canoeing

The Companies That Will Track Any Phone on the Planet

Tracking or tapping phones across the planet used to be a niche capability. Now, a myriad of for-profit spy companies sell border-crossing …

Surveillance

A World War II-Era Government Film About Fascism Is Suddenly Very Relevant Today

As white supremacists unleashed a wave of deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, a 74-year-old government film became an unlikely viral hit.<p>“Don’t Be A Sucker,” which was produced by the United States Department of War during World War II, warns of the dangers of fascism …

United States

How Peter Thiel's Secretive Data Company Pushed Into Policing

<b>When Sergeant Lee DeBrabander</b> marked a case confidential in the Long Beach drug squad’s Palantir data analysis system in November 2014, he expected …

E-Mail from Bill

Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft, dominates the computer industry the way Henry Ford dominated the auto industry. And now that new technology is about to put us all on the information highway, Gates is in a unique position to shape the future—again. The rest of the communications industry, and …

Bill Gates

Choosing the VPN That's Right for You

What Doesn’t a VPN Do? Anchor link<p>A VPN protects your Internet traffic from surveillance on the public network, but it <i>does not protect your data from</i> …

How to bring Alexa into every room of your home

Finding the right combination of Amazon Echo devices can be a tricky balancing act, we'll walk you through it.<p><i>Editors' Note, January 31, 2017: Thanks to</i> Amazon's ESP feature<i>, you no longer have to worry about device overlap since only the closest Echo will respond to you if multiple devices hear</i> …

Smart Homes

Destination: Italy

Mind-melting illustrations done in 1950 by a man tripping balls on LSD show his descent into madness

An illustration done by an artist 20 minutes after taking 50 micrograms of LSD. According to notes taken by the attending physician, Dr. Oscar …

Lsd

In Austin, the air smells of tacos and trees — and city-state conflict

AUSTIN — The grand old oak called Patsy Cline rises gracefully on three trunks. Waylon Jennings leans lazily before angling back toward the sun. And Willie Nelson, tall and broad, ascends on a torso three feet thick before bursting into a dense green canopy.<p>Citizens here named the trees in an …

Rights & Freedoms

America, the diminished

What Trump has wrought.<p>At the Washington Examiner, Byron York argues that those who fight Donald Trump on Donald Trump’s terms end up diminished. Trump sprays insults with abandon, mocking everything from his critics’ intelligence to their popularity to their ethics to their plastic surgery, but …

Donald Trump
Astronomy

The best grill, outdoor furniture, planters, and more

Give your patio style a breath of fresh air<p>Outdoor furniture gets a bad rap. For some, the phrase conjures metal-frame glass tables, where water pools in crevices and mold grows with abandon. For others, it’s monobloc for miles, and still others pale at the thought of (over)wrought iron.<p>You can …

Landscaping