This year, for the first time since at least Richard Nixon, the leader of one of our major political parties has pledged to limit press freedom by restricting criticism of his prospective rule.
Anyone paying attention knows there is a great deal at stake in this election. Freedom of the press in this country may be among those stakes.
Source: Donald Trump and the Return of Seditious Libel – ProPublica
Moral disapproval trumps facts.
But even the results of the mom-only surveys seem to show that Americans believe the only decent way to raise a child is with a full-time mother never taking her eyes off her kids. Only June Cleaver types get a pass.
Anyone else—impoverished moms, single moms, moms with big families—are seen as putting their kids in danger simply because they cannot directly supervise every kid every second.
Source: Breakthrough Study Explains Why We Arrest Moms for Putting Kids in Nearly Non-Existent ‘Danger’ – Hit & Run : Reason.com
Campus life is too diverse at most schools for dorms to serve as a place of respite from uncomfortable ideas.
Source: A College Is a Community But Cannot Be a Home – The Atlantic
Some believe with the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein that mathematical truths are human inventions. But others believe with Plato that our visible world is a faint shadow of higher truths.
Nature’s libraries add another dimension to a centuries-old debate about the reality of the Platonic realm. Until now, this debate largely revolved around abstractions like the ones we find in mathematics. With the genotype networks, a new element enters: experimental science.
Source: Without a library of Platonic forms, evolution couldn’t work | Aeon Essays
The integrity of the country’s political system is on the line.
the National Institute of Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona has just come out with guidelines for debaters, the debate audience and, importantly, the moderators, that need to be heeded. Most of the guidelines are simple and obvious: Debaters should be respectful of others, answer the questions asked, and stand against incivility; audience members should be respectful, not create disturbances, and listen to those speaking.
The key, though is the moderators. The Institute’s guidelines ask moderators to address uncivil behavior by calling it out; enforce debate rules equally; hold candidates accountable for truthfulness and integrity; treat candidates equally when it comes to complexity of issues and debate rules; and be respectful in interacting with the candidates.
debates need to be more than infotainment, offering a serious exploration of candidate’s positions, beliefs, and ability to govern. That puts a burden on the candidates, on the audience in the hall, and on the moderators. For the sake of America’s ability to govern itself, they all need to rise to the occasion. The NICD guidelines are a start.
Source: U.S. Presidential Candidates Should Maintain Civility – The Atlantic
As the country’s ideological and demographic trends continue to favor Clinton, Trump’s blue-collar white backers become more isolated.
Like bookends, both candidates presented themselves as the last defense against gathering forces that would transform America and subjugate their supporters’ values. It only underscored the gulf that Clinton spoke at a Manhattan fundraiser of gay activists who were serenaded by Barbra Streisand, while Trump issued his warning in an interview with Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcast Network at a conference of religious conservatives.
while polls show most Clinton voters welcome immigration and rising diversity, much of Trump’s support views each with alarm. Whoever wins in November will struggle to find common ground between these culturally antithetical coalitions.
Source: Donald Trump Supporters Become More Isolated – The Atlantic
Warren also wants the Department of Justice’s inspector general to investigate why no charges were forthcoming, and for Comey to testify about why the agency (which Comey has led since 2013) chose not to charge any of those people with crimes related to the crisis.
It seems unlikely that the FBI will comply with Warren’s request; it’s not even clear what kind of investigation was performed. But a rejection would underscore that for all the allegations of Clinton’s coziness to the financial sector, she still faces tougher scrutiny for sending e-mails than bankers have faced for bringing down the global economy.
And time is running out: Prosecutors have just ten years to prosecute many financial crimes.
Source: Elizabeth Warren wants the FBI to treat big bank CEOs the way they treat Hillary Clinton — Quartz
The rich were meant to have the most leisure time. The working poor were meant to have the least. The opposite is happening. Why?
So, what are are these young, non-working men doing with their time? Three quarters of their additional leisure time is spent with video games, Hurst’s research has shown. And these young men are happy—or, at least, they self-report higher satisfaction than this age group used to, even when its employment rate was 10 percentage points higher.
1. The availability of attractive work for poor men (especially black men) is falling, as the availability of cheap entertainment is rising.
2. Social forces cultivate a conspicuous industriousness (even workaholism) among affluent college graduates.
3. Leisure is getting “leaky.”
Source: The Free-Time Paradox in America – The Atlantic
What the FCC did this year, with little fanfare, was cripple telecoms companies and wireless networks from doing what Google and Facebook do. That’s a very odd decision. If behavioural advertising is so bad consumers need an opt-out, how come you can opt out of your ISP’s profiling, but not Google’s. How could that be?
Source: Google’s become an obsessive stalker and you can’t get a restraining order • The Register
There’s nothing stopping attackers from manipulating the data they make public.
It’s one thing to have all of your dirty laundry aired in public for everyone to see. It’s another thing entirely for someone to throw in a few choice items that aren’t real.
Imagine trying to explain to the press, eager to publish the worst of the details in the documents, that everything is accurate except this particular email. Or that particular memo. That the salary document is correct except that one entry. Or that the secret customer list posted up on WikiLeaks is correct except that there’s one inaccurate addition. It would be impossible. Who would believe you? No one. And you couldn’t prove it.
Source: Hackers, Organizational Doxing, and Data Forgeries – The Atlantic