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The myth of the online echo chamber<p>David Robson<p>Contrary to popular belief, we now hear more diverse voices than ever before – studies suggest that …

Diante Yarber: Police kill black father with barrage of bullets in Walmart parking lot

The killing of the 26-year-old, who is believed to have been unarmed, is being called a brutal case of excessive police force<p>California police fired what sounded like more than 30 bullets at a packed car in a shopping store parking lot, killing a black father of three and injuring a young woman in …

Law Enforcement

I'm a millionaire who creates zero jobs. Why do I pay less tax than you?

Our tax code is deliberately designed to reward money over work, and the corporate tax cut financially rewards companies for moving money and jobs overseas<p>In 2013, just a few years after the 2008 financial crisis, I was part of BlackRock’s Financial Markets Advisory Group working for the Greek …

Income Inequality

Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s future, fake news, and Russian mischief - Vox

“We will dig through this hole, but it will take a few years.”<p>It’s been a tough year for Facebook. The social networking juggernaut found itself engulfed by controversies over fake news, electoral interference, privacy violations, and a broad backlash to smartphone addiction. Wall Street has …

Social Media

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This map is based on data from Health Canada and the First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia as of July 31, 2017. It covers First Nations communities under the authority of the federal government south of the 60th parallel, excluding advisories in the Saskatoon Tribal Council, which …

Canada

From Not Enough to Too Much, the World’s Water Crisis Explained

Many more cities than Cape Town face an uncertain future over water. But there are emerging solutions.<p>“Day Zero,” when at least a million homes in the city of Cape Town, South Africa, will no longer have any running water, was originally scheduled for April. It was recently moved to July. The …

São Paulo

Western allies expel scores of Russian diplomats over Skripal attack

US orders expulsion of 60 officials as succession of EU states announce similar moves<p>More than 20 western allies have ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats in response to the nerve agent attack in the UK, in a show of solidarity that represents the biggest concerted blow to Russian …

Russia

Ontario PCs choose the path of most resistance with Doug Ford

Make no mistake: Ford could defeat Wynne. But he'll provide plenty of ammunition for her in the interim<p>There's an episode in the sixth season of <i>The</i> …

This Is Why You Don't See People-Size Salmon Anymore

While the orcas of Puget Sound are sliding toward extinction, orcas farther north have been expanding their numbers. Their burgeoning hunger for big fish may be causing the killer whales' main prey, chinook salmon, to shrink up and down the West Coast.<p>Chinook salmon are also known as kings: the …

Aquaculture

Trump's strong words on guns give way to political reality

WASHINGTON (AP) — Not two weeks ago, President Donald Trump wagged his finger at a Republican senator and scolded him for being "afraid of the NRA," declaring that he would stand up to the powerful gun lobby and finally get results on quelling gun violence following last month's Florida school …

Donald Trump

How many murders can a police informer get away with?

Last year Northern Irish paramilitary Gary Haggarty pleaded guilty to hundreds of violent crimes, including many killings – while working for the British state. By Ian Cobain<p>One day earlier this year, two prison officers led a portly, middle-aged man into court and instructed him to sit in the …

Crime

Texas Judge Tortured Defendant With Stun Belt to Show ‘Power,’ Court Rules

“Never before have we seen any behavior like this, nor do we hope to ever see such behavior again,” said the court, ruling that Judge George …

The Case Against Google

<b>S</b>hivaun Moeran and Adam Raff met, married and started a company — thereby sparking a chain of events that might, ultimately, take down this age of internet giants as we know it — because they were both huge nerds. In the late 1980s, Adam was studying programming at the University of Edinburgh, …

AdWords

Untrue-Tube: Monetizing Misery and Disinformation

Welcome to 2018, a time when we clicked and swiped ourselves into a cultural dystopia for a few trillion views.<p>With the dust still settling from the …

Palantir has secretly been using New Orleans to test its predictive policing technology

Palantir deployed a predictive policing system in New Orleans that even city council members don’t know about<p>In May and June 2013, when New Orleans’ murder rate was the sixth-highest in the United States, the Orleans Parish district attorney handed down two landmark racketeering indictments against …

New Orleans

Alternative Facts, Alternative Truths

Calls for “media literacy” ignore the diligent reading practices of Evangelical Conservatives in the US<i>Dr. Francesca Tripodi is a sociologist and</i> …

Mainstream Media

The high-tech medicine of the future may be biased in favor of well-off white men - MIT Technology Review

The promise of precision medicine is that all sorts of information about you—your genetics, ethnicity, diet, even neighborhood—could be used to …

Medical Technology

Yes, bacon really is killing us

Decades’ worth of research proves that chemicals used to make bacon do cause cancer. So how did the meat industry convince us it was safe? By Bee Wilson<p>There was a little cafe I used to go to that did the best bacon sandwiches. They came in a soft and pillowy white bap. The bacon, thick-cut from a …

Processed Meat

Backlash against NRA, gun industry spreads in wake of Florida shooting

Several notable businesses have either cut ties with the NRA or demanded measures to reduce violence<p>The National Rifle Association (NRA) and the …

Here's Why 'LB' Stands For 'Pound'

Most measurements in the English language have pretty straightforward abbreviations ― “tbsp” for tablespoon, “qt” for quart, “yd” for yard and so on. So why, then, do we use “lb” to refer to pound?<p>The answer goes back to ancient Rome. “Lb” is an abbreviation of the Latin word libra. Astrology buffs …

How ‘Strange Fruit’ Killed Billie Holiday

×<p>William P. Gottlieb<p>Billie Holiday and Mister at Downbeat in New York City, ca. Feb. 1947. Courtesy Library of Congress.<p>“Strange Fruit” may have been …

Roads to nowhere: how infrastructure built on American inequality

From highways carved through thriving ‘ghettoes’ to walls segregating black and white areas, US city development has a long and divisive history<p>It’s a little after 3pm in Detroit’s 8 Mile neighbourhood, and the cicadas are buzzing loudly in the trees. Children weave down the pavements on bicycles, …

Urbanism

How rightwing media is already attacking Florida teens speaking out

As students rise up to demand gun control the right aims to take them down, along with anyone who offers them support<p>After Parkland’s mass shooting, the wind seems to have changed. Students are speaking out, demanding that politicians act. And they’re getting some traction.<p>Many found their voice on …

Donald Trump

Rejecting the Solutrean hypothesis: the first peoples in the Americas were not from Europe

A recent Canadian documentary promoted a fringe idea in American archaeology that’s both scientifically wrong and racist<p>Last month’s release of The Ice Bridge, an episode in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation series The Nature of Things has once again revived public discussion of a controversial …

Anthropology

Polish minister backs call for 'Polocaust' museum

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Polish government minister has supported calls for a "Polocaust" museum to commemorate Poles killed by the Nazis during World War Two.<p>In the latest turn in the controversy surrounding Poland's new Holocaust law Jaroslaw Sellim said he supported the call, a move which could trigger yet …

Israel

What Your Job Post Is Really Saying

"As part of our engineering team, you will work in a fast-paced environment using best-of-breed technologies to deliver cutting-edge solutions to …

Employment

Khaleda Zia jailed for five years in corruption case

A Dhaka court jails former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia for five years in orphanage corruption case sparking protests.<p><b>Dhaka, Bangladesh -</b> A court in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, has sentenced former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to jail in a corruption case.<p>Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special …

24matins.uk

Culture<p>Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was sentenced to five years prison on Thursday by an Indian court for killing endangered wildlife nearly two...<p>…

Cambridge Analytica

Meet the dogs of Chernobyl – the abandoned pets that formed their own canine community

Hundreds of stray dogs have learned to survive in the woods around the exclusion zone – mainly descendants of those left behind after the nuclear disaster, when residents were banned from taking their beloved pets to safety<p>We are in the woods behind the Chernobyl plant when the dog runs at us. It …

Chernobyl

Scandinavian Women Do Not Have It All

Even in Denmark and Sweden’s family-friendly utopia, children are career killers for women.<p>On paper, Denmark looks like a paradise for working …

Demographics