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Germany kicks year off with strict online hate speech law

Social media companies failing to remove offending posts in 24 hours risk huge fines.<p>Social media companies may have been dreading the fireworks marking the start of the new year.<p>On Jan. 1, Germany began enforcing strict rules that could fine major internet sites such as Facebook, Twitter and …

Internet

German Parliamentary President Wolfgang Schäuble opposes 'United States of Europe'

The Christian Democrat disputed calls by Social Democrat Martin Schulz for the quick creation of a new European order. He voiced a preference for …

Europe

Research Summary: The Wisdom of Polarized Crowds

<i>Sean Stevens is HxA’s Research Director</i><p>The founding of Heterodox Academy had roots in a collaboration between five social psychologists and one …

Reason's "Most Engaging" Stories of 2017: No. 1 Will Blow Your Mind

When it comes to online media, <i>engagement</i>—the minutes spent reading, watching, or listening—is the new <i>likes</i>.With that in mind, I'm happy to share the …

Rand Paul

100 Years. 100 Million Lives. Think Twice. | Opinion | The Harvard Crimson

In 1988, my twenty-six-year-old father jumped off a train in the middle of Hungary with nothing but the clothes on his back. For the next two years, …

Student Journalism

10 Basic Facts about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

For the sake of clarity, don’t neglect to consider these fundamental facts.

Israel

WikiLeaks Drops Proof That NYTimes Colluded With Hillary Clinton

You thought 2017 was going to end without a bang — other than the fireworks?<p>Think again.<p>After The New York Times on Saturday published a story …

New York Times

What sugar does to your brain

To tell the story of what sugar does to your brain, you have to start with the thought that triggers your need for a hit of sweetness.<p>It often …

The Brain

These 5 Facts Explain Why China Is Pulling Ahead of the West

Five years ago, the consensus was that China, with its ballooning middle class, would need to undertake painful, liberalizing political reforms lest …

China
MacBook Pro

Uber might genuinely be worried that #DeleteUber is working | Ars Technica

“Everyone at Uber is deeply hurting after reading Susan Fowler’s blog post.”<p>Social media calls to #DeleteUber are getting the company's attention in …

Internet

Here's why our political opinions differ - and get further apart

Finally a new year is here after the most politically divisive 12 months in a very long time. In the UK, Brexit shattered dreams and friendships. In …

What It Means To Be A Gentleman Today

You hear it everywhere these days: the term “gent” or “gentleman” has become ubiquitous in men’s magazines, blogs, and conversations. Videos welcome …

Cigars

How people rebuilt after the horrific firebombing of Dresden

Rebuilding Dresden<p>A city rises from the ashes<p>1945<p>1955<p>Over two days and nights in February 1945, American and British bombers dropped 2,400 tons of …

German History

This Israeli ace pilot fought off 11 enemy jets alone

But that's when the Israelis got a surprise. The pair of MiG-21s were bait. While the four Israeli planes were pursuing the surviving MiG they could see, approximately 20 more MiG-21s suddenly hit them with an ambush.<p>What followed was one of the most lopsided victories in modern aerial combat. The …

Military

Why 4.5 Billion Years of Fluctuating Global Temperatures Can’t Explain Climate Change Today

XKCD does it again.<p>One of the most commonly used arguments against human-caused climate change is that Earth has experienced severe fluctuations in …

Melania Trump's Slovenia: Small, Beautiful, Challenging

American voters have been able to learn about Melania Knauss Trump, the future first lady. Tabloids that highlighted her flashy photos from her past life as a model are now changing focus. She has been interviewed about her current role as a mother and on her future duties and life side by side to …

New Jersey

Xiaomi Has Made the Cutest Amazon Echo Competitor Yet

Voice control and smart assistants were everywhere at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, with many companies partnering with Amazon to directly integrate …

Smart Homes

The Fable of Edward Snowden

As he seeks a pardon, the NSA thief has told multiple lies about what he stole and his dealings with Russian intelligence.<p>By<p>Edward Jay Epstein<p>Of all the lies that Edward Snowden has told since his massive theft of secrets from the National Security Agency and his journey to Russia via Hong Kong in …

Surveillance

What Happens When You Draw The Golden Ratio On Ansel Adams’ Photos

Ansel Adams is one of the best photographers of the 20th century, and now we might know why. Photographer Elliot McGucket has discovered that a lot …

Ansel Adams

Paul Krugman Gets His Recessionary Macroeconomics Wrong Again

Robert Skidelsky has a rather “<i>J’Accuse!</i>” piece over at Project Syndicate insisting that economists are the <i>idiots savants</i> of the modern world for their concentration on mere mathematical models and that they don’t look up enough at the real world. This is perhaps even a valid criticism of a certain …

Economics

How the Nazis Killed Christmas

Nazi leaders respun Christmas as a neo-pagan, Nordic celebration, greatly de-emphasizing the religious aspects of the holiday.<p><i>By</i> <i>Joe Perry</i><i>, associate</i> …

How was Christmas celebrated in the Middle Ages?

Our predecessors in the faith approached the celebration of the Nativity with a somewhat less festive mood<p>Nowadays, we celebrate Christmas in quite a …

Xiaomi Mi Mix review—This is what the future of smartphones looks like | Ars Technica

Xiaomi elegantly solves a lot of problems to create a more screen-centric smartphone.<p>SPECS AT A GLANCE: XIAOMI MI MIX<p>SCREEN<p>2040×1080 6.4" (362ppi) …

Mobile Technology

Smaller Xiaomi Mi Mix packing 5.5-inch screen could be called Nano tips leak

If you really liked the idea of that Xiaomi Mi Mix smartphone that is available in China rocking that 6.4-inch bezel-less screen packed into the body …

Mobile Technology

How Trump won the presidency with razor-thin margins in swing states

Europe

The search goes on

<b>The Evolution of the West: How Christianity Has Shaped Our Values.</b> By Nick Spencer. <i>SPCK; 190 pages; £9.99.</i><p><b>Get our daily newsletter</b><p>Upgrade your inbox …

John Locke

Edmund Burke’s Idea of Party

With excellent timing, as Oxford University Press’s nine-volume edition of Edmund Burke’s writings and speeches reaches completion after 34 years, …

Oxford University

The Intelligentsia Takes a Hit

Last night's surprising result left Trump supporters elated, Clinton supporters dejected. Most libertarians have long given up hope that the …

Austrian Economics

President Trump: How & Why...