What Would Che Say?

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of Che Guevara, the Argentinian guerilla who helped lead the Cuban revolution, fought in insurgent struggles from Latin America to Africa, and eventually met his end in Bolivia. Guevara’s reputation rests on his status as an iconic Cold War combatant and…
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YA Novel About “Mob Mentalities” Punished After Online Backlash

When Laura Moriarty decided she wanted to write a dystopian novel about a future America in which Muslims are forcefully corralled into detention centers, she was aware that she should tread carefully. Her protagonist is a white teenager, but one of her main characters, Sadaf, is an a Muslim American…
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Memory Machine

It’s hard to think of a more uncanny notification from your smartphone than “You have a new memory.” Are phones reading minds now? But that’s a regular occurrence on iPhones these days thanks to Memories, which Apple’s phones now create by mining your photos and videos, setting them to inoffensive…
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The Angle: Peppy Brew Edition

Signing on: Justin Peters is going to watch Fox News and blog about it for Slate. He started his series by immersing himself in a certain early rising president’s favorite morning show, Fox & Friends: a potent blend of bad faith, cheerful banality, and “pettiness of spirit” all delivered before most…
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James Corden Is Apologizing Again, This Time for Distasteful Jokes About Harvey Weinstein

To say that James Corden has bad judgement would be an understatement. For the second time in as many months, the Late Late Show host has had to apologize in the face of strong backlash to his poor judgement and poor taste. Last month, it was cozying up to Sean…
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The Producers Guild of America Unanimously Votes to Give Harvey Weinstein the Boot

In the midst of multiple sexual harassment and assault allegations, Harvey Weinstein has been fired from his own company, expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and suspended by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Now, the Producers Guild of America is the latest organization…
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Report: Trump's Nominee For Drug Czar Led Pharma-Funded Law Undermining Opioid Fight

A joint investigation from the Washington Post and 60 Minutes has found that several members of Congress, in a campaign led by the country’s largest drug distributors, undermined Drug Enforcement Agency efforts to stanch the flow of opioids by effectively stripping them of their most effective tool for stopping narcotics from…
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Today’s Impeach-O-Meter: How Trump Makes Fact Sausage Out of Confusion Meat

The Impeach-O-Meter is a wildly subjective and speculative daily estimate of the likelihood that Donald Trump leaves office before his term ends, whether by being impeached (and convicted) or by resigning under threat of same. Donald Trump held a press conference at the White House on Monday during which he…
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Google Taught A.I. How to Program More A.I.

Researchers at Google accomplished a feat that had been largely restricted to the realm of science-fiction dystopias: enabling artificial intelligence to produced more artificial intelligence. The company’s A.I. project, AutoML, has successfully taught machine-learning software how to program machine-learning software. In some cases, the machines programmed better A.I. software than…
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Tropical Storm Ophelia Really Did Break the Weather Forecast Grid

An already unusual hurricane season just got a lot weirder as Tropical Storm Ophelia set her sights on … Ireland and the British Isles. Unaccustomed to such weather, these decidedly not-tropical northern nations are buttoning up, for the first time in recent memory, in the face of the impending storm. Schools are…
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