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Margaret Thatcher sold off public housing to create "the dignity of ownership" and today 40% of that housing is owned by gouging landlords

The theory behind Margaret Thatcher's sell-off of publicly funded council housing under the "right to buy" scheme was that poor people would buy …

Housing

Large number of migrants and refugees leave from Lesvos island in Greece

Lesvos island decongestion plan is in full progress in Greece. 408 persons have left the island in the last 24 hours.<p>152 refugees and migrants left …

Refugees

DNC's new rules: cutting superdelegates from 715 to 315, making their votes reflect the wishes of their states

Yesterday, the DNC's Unity Reform Commission unanimously adopted a resolution that slashed the number of superdelegates -- appointed officials who, …

Bernie Sanders

Anna's Museum

A private selection of curiosities, carefully curated by a young Brighton local.<p>Just a short walk from the bustling town center and Churchill Square …

Creative Commons

Ajit Pai says an informed public (not Net Neutrality) will discipline ISPs (BTW, he's also killing the rules forcing ISPs to inform the public)

Trump's neutracidal FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says he wants to kill net neutrality and replace it with "disclosures," where ISPs tell you, somewhere in …

Internet

Le Clitoris

This anatomical sculpture raises awareness about violence against women and promotes gender equality.<p>Like most universities, France’s University of …

Gender

Here are the abortion laws for all 50 states in the U.S.

The road to accessibility for safe and legal abortions in the United States has been long, dark and exhausting, leading to constant opposition long …

Rights & Freedoms

Hanging out with Bernie Sanders: it turns out that standing FOR something is a lot more politically important than merely standing AGAINST Trump

Vice reporter Eve Peyser spent a weekend on the road with Bernie Sanders, and writes vividly and charmingly about the personal habits and …

Bernie Sanders

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

The residents at this Yellowstone wildlife park will certify your cooler as "bear-proof."<p>If the idea of a bear rummaging through your campsite causes …

Wolves

Sources in Trump's White House report meetings to assemble a network of deniable wetwork/black ops spooks to target Trump's political enemies in the US and elsewhere

Multiple White House sources have told reporters that the Trump administration has been negotiating with Erik Prince (founder of the war-crimes …

H. R. McMaster

Heugh Gun Battery Memorial Tablet

This memorial honors the first British soldier killed by enemy action on home soil during World War I.<p>On December 16, 1914, tragedy struck the shores …

War

These Amazing Photos Show Little-Known Facts of World War II

At one point or another, we all learned about World War II.<p>But it's an event that's so detailed and widely spread that it's impossible to learn …

Military History

Libraries and the Fight for Privacy

<b>Con Lehane</b><p>In my most recent book, <i>Murder in the Manuscript Room</i>, one of the characters, a librarian, says after discovering she’d been under surveillance in the library and elsewhere, “Everybody’s spying on everybody.”<p>Not so long ago, we in the U.S. looked down on citizens of Communist countries, …

Privacy

Nearly 3,000 refugees and migrants reached North Aegean islands in November

A total of 2,984 refugees and migrants reached the northern Aegean islands during the month of November, Greek authorities announced on Friday.<p>Of …

Refugees

This Brazilian Doctor Says Science Has Evolved, but Stigma Against HIV Remains

For the activist public health doctor Carué Contreiras, campaigns need to go beyond prevention and target clarification. Photo: Sham Hardy/Flickr, …

Liberal View

9 transgender and non-binary people explain what gender dysphoria feels like

I am a 24-year old transgender woman, and I know gender dysphoria very well. My distress over my physical body, my feeling that it doesn’t always …

LGBTQ

Leiden’s Wall Formulae

Science meets wall art to highlight the beauty of famous mathematical equations.<p>In a Dutch university city, science and math blend with art to show …

Mathematics

Stunning ancient gym floor mosaic revealed during construction work in Laodikeia, Turkey

In all parts of Asia Minor, many ancient findings of Byzantine, Hellenistic or Roman times are regularly discovered and, this time, an excellent gym …

Archaeology

Scrutiny and Doubt Over Rape Victim's Testimony Sparks Outrage in Spain

Texts in the signs left to right: “I believe you, sister”; “I believe you”; “Murderous patriarchy; media accomplice.” A group in Madrid supports the …

Liberal View

Cape Cinema

The ceiling of this vintage movie palace is covered in fantastic Art Deco murals.<p>In most movie theaters, the audience gathers to see what’s displayed …

The state of data analytics and visualization adoption

If you’re an IT professional, software engineer, or software product manager, over the past few years, you’ve likely considered using modern data …

Big Data

How an influential economics paper used imaginary environmental overregulation to spur low-density luxury housing

Why Do Cities Matter? Local Growth and Aggregate Growth is a 2015 paper written by University of Chicago and UC Berkeley economists Chang-Tai Hsieh …

Housing

Trump appointed a loan-shark fixer as an assistant Attorney General, who then wrote a controversial memo justifying the neutering of the consumer finance watchdog

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a rare gem in the US financial regulatory apparatus, a regulator that actually tackles fraud and …

Leandra English

The Long Man of Wilmington

This giant geoglyph of mysterious origins is now the site of neo-pagan rituals.<p>A mysterious 235-foot tall man clutching two staffs presides over the …

Archaeology

Comstock Cemeteries

These once-beautiful historic graveyards are set against the barren Virginia City hills.<p>Virginia City, home of Comstock Lode, the United States’ …

Travel

Citing Trump, Philippines dictator declares himself to be a "fascist" and vows to persecute peaceful left-wing opposition groups

Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, has been the source of many shocks since he took office last year: he admitted to murdering people as …

Philippines

Women are fleeing Donald Trump's Republican party in droves, and the GOP has no idea what to do about it

The Republican Party has always struggled to attract woman voters, but the triumph of admitted rapist Donald Trump and the party's backing of …

Elections

Cloudflare CEO ponders legal methods of slowing down Ajit Pai's internet connection

As Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai tries to kill Net Neutrality under cover of Thanksgiving, Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince has tweeted that he is looking …

Net Neutrality

Last-minute prep for your inevitable Thanksgiving politics debate

Each year, families travel from across the country to gather together for a Thanksgiving dinner—and while everyone looks forward to the food, laughs, …

Robert Mueller

For more than half a century, the sugar industry has used Big Tobacco tactics to suppress sugar/cancer link and to confuse the science

UCSF researchers have published an important paper in <i>PLOS Biology</i> that draws on internal documents from the US sugar industry lobby that shows that …

Science