Tag: Opinion

A Zucker-Wolf in Privacy-Sheep’s Clothing

Image via Shutterstock It seems clear when one reads between the lines of Zuckerberg’s recently-announced and much trumpeted “Privacy-Focused Vision” that Facebook is trying to “have its cake and eat it too.” It is trying to make PR hay with a plan to “…entrench Facebook’s interests while sidestepping all the important issues.” Many have split […]

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Can You Become President Just by Being Really, Really Charming?

Beto O’Rourke sometimes seems like he was wished into existence by the Resistance. Passionate, earnest, sweaty, skateboarding, live-streaming, tireless, young, handsome, calf-cramping—he’s the kind of politician who says “fucking” on stage. The former Texas congressman inspired a feverish devotion from some fans during his 2018 campaign against Republican Senator Ted Cruz and tapped into the […]

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Trump’s Weird Lie About Whether He Said ‘Tim Apple’ Is Making Us Dumber

If you had to list everything that happened in the world last week in order of importance—all the deaths, all the births, all the victories and defeats on behalf of humanity, every baby’s first word and every lover’s first kiss, every new idea and fleeting moment of beauty—Donald Trump calling Apple CEO Tim Cook “Tim […]

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The 11 Types of Trolls You Meet Online

tfw you are arguing with a stranger about vaccines. Stock image via Getty Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal has been the talk of DC since she presented it to Congress in February, with supporters and detractors coming out in droves to chime in on the resolution’s feasibility and desirability. But though there has been some […]

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Zuckerberg’s Privacy Contradictions

Zuckerberg conversing with author David Kirkpatrick in happier times, onstage at the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Just when Facebook is reportedly about to face a multi-billion-dollar fine from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for failing to abide by a 2011 consent decree to protect user privacy, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has written a […]

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Exposing Trump’s Tax Returns Is Way More Important Than Impeachment

Some fake $100 bills by the artist Plastic Jesus. Photo by Joel Forrest/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty For a man who played a cartoonish business titan on TV and ran a successful presidential campaign on the promise he’d bring private-sector expertise to DC, Donald Trump has been curiously cagey about how he’s made all his […]

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The US Army wants us to pretend autonomous tanks aren’t killer robots

There’s been a recent hullabaloo over the US Army developing killer robots, but we’re here to set you straight. The Pentagon’s official stance: it’s all false. There’s no such thing as killer robots; you’re drunk. The US Army‘s “Advanced Targeting and Lethality Automated System” (ATLAS) project isn’t what you think. I know it sounds bad, but […]

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Conservatives Are Bizarrely Claiming AOC Wants to Take Your Burger Away

If you don’t regularly tune into the Fox News Expanded Universe, you probably don’t remember that Sebastian Gorka, the credential-challenged, far-right-linked former Trump administration official who has since segued into a career as a conservative pundit, has an English accent. That’s the second most surprising thing about the below clip of Gorka fear-mongering at the […]

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Pinterest takes the lead in the fight against online misinformation

The battle against misinformation just signed up a powerful, albeit unlikely ally: Pinterest. Earlier this week, the social network evoked the nuclear option, electing to shut down search queries likely to lead to false or misleading information, according to the Wall Street Journal. The search terms in question were those relating to the anti-vaccination movement, […]

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Famous Heiress Says Americans ‘Want to Work for What They Get’

Ivanka Trump, the millionaire who worked for her dad’s real estate company before joining his administration, and who was seen on television late last year excusing her use of private email to conduct government business, is ready to talk about what real Americans want. In a clip released in advanced of an interview set to […]

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America’s Insulin Crisis Shows Why We Need Socialism

Photo illustration by Lia Kantrowitz from photos by Drew Angerer/Getty and DANIEL SORABJI/AFP/Getty A search for the term “insulin” on GoFundMe gives you more than 6,000 results. Scrolling through, you will find countless diabetics and their loved ones asking for donations so they can afford medical supplies, insulin pumps, or even insulin itself—a hormone those who have […]

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Trump’s Phony Emergency Pushed America a Little Closer Toward a Real Crisis

Even before Donald Trump announced he was declaring an emergency on the southern border in order to justify throwing $8 billion at building a wall, Republicans were sounding the alarm. Though they were more cautious than their Democratic colleagues, who denounced the move as an illegal power grab, non-Trumpy GOP senators called the idea a […]

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The Kamala Harris ‘Reefergate’ Scandal Is the Dumbest Story of the Year

The dumbest story yet of the 2020 presidential race began on Monday, when Kamala Harris went on the popular New York morning radio show The Breakfast Club for a wide-ranging discussion about her candidacy, policies, and race in America. The US Senator from California also discussed her positions on weed: She supports marijuana legalization, highlighting […]

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