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why every media company fears richard liebowitz
our story starts with geno smith getting punched in the jaw by a teammate, as most good stories about copyright law do. it was august 2015, and the then-quarterback for the new york jets got clocked in a practice altercation that sent him into surgery and sidelined him for the start of the nfl season. two days after smith’s surgery, a photojournalist named angel chevrestt spotted the shirtless, puffy-cheeked quarterback standing outside his apartment, tossing a football to a friend. chevrestt took some pictures and licensed them to the new york post, where they ran alongside an article titled “big mouth! geno emerges for first time post-sucker punch surgery.” later that day, a cbs website ran its own story about smith’s emergence and used chevrestt’s photographs as accompanying art. the problem, according to chevrestt, was that cbs had neither licensed his pictures, obtained his permission to display them, nor credited him as the photographer. cbs television also briefly used chevrestt’s photos of smith during its broadcast of a jets preseason football game later that month, again without credit or explicit permission. smith, it seems, wasn’t the only one who got sucker-punched. in the print era, photojournalists did not spend all that much time worrying about copyright infringement, as stealing a news photograph often required more effort than actually licensing the image. but in this screenshot, drag-and-drop, endlessly instagrammable world, copyright in...
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westworld is more than a puzzle. it’s about life after death.
it may say something about the anxieties of the present that so many television shows are obsessed not with death but with its absence. from the oa to the leftovers to the good place to legion, american gods, twin peaks: the return, altered carbon, and—most prominently—westworld, we’re awash in shows where death happens plenty but doesn’t quite stick. characters perish, wander into bizarre afterlives, and end up boomeranged back. sometimes they’re improved or more powerful. sometimes they’re trying to work out what exactly happened. sometimes we are. the point is: it’s disconcerting. it’s upsetting. and it really messes with narrative stakes. welcome to resurrection tv, where death, bizarrely, stops mattering, and everyone involved, including the viewers, must sort out what does. plot suffers in resurrection tv, which tends to avoid linear cause and effect in favor of unreliable narrators, sly edits, and shifty camerawork. but other narrative approaches become possible as a result, and while the list of failures is long, the successes are gloriously inventive. shows carving excellence out of this wobbly premise include abduction-drama the leftovers and afterlife-comedy the good place, with westworld emerging as a brilliant contender. my claim is this: while all three of these shows could be (and are) watched as “puzzle tv”—that is, shows that reward an obsessive, hermeneutical search for secret codes that might “solve” the series—they are ultima...
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plus none
dear prudence,i have recently gotten engaged, and my partner and i are absolutely over the moon about it. however, our parents can never be allowed to meet. my partner is transgender, his very baptist parents haven’t been supportive, and we’re worried they’re going to out him to my parents—either “accidentally,” because they won’t use his correct name and pronouns, or on purpose, because they think my parents have a “right” to know. we’ve tried talking to them about it, but they’re ultimately very unreasonable about this issue. my parents aren’t overtly transphobic, but they’re very difficult people in their own right, and more importantly, my in-laws don’t have the right to out my partner against his will. what advice do you have for navigating this wedding-planning minefield?—in-laws want to out my boyfriend to my parents if you’ve decided that your parents can never meet, then you’re going to have to decide which set of parents you’re going to invite to the wedding. if you and your partner have talked to his parents and they can’t commit to using the correct name and pronouns when referring to him and refraining from outing him to your relatives, then you two should discuss whether they should attend the wedding in the first place. i think it’s also wise to prepare for the worst and figure out how you would want to talk to your parents if his ever decided to out him. * * * dear prudence, i got divorced amicably 15 years ago....
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the best sunscreens for your face, according to dermatologists
sunscreen is a year-round necessity. but when temperatures rise, and our instagram feeds fill up with rockaway beach tacos, we’re all a little more aware of making sure we’re wearing the right sunscreen. according to jennifer stein, dermatologist at nyu langone health, everyone should look for a sunscreen with broad-spectrum coverage (which protects against both uvb rays that cause burning and uva rays that cause lasting damage) and an spf of 30 or higher, but a high spf doesn’t mean you can go hours without reapplying. stein notes that you should be sure to apply sunscreen after every two hours in the sun, even if you don’t burn easily. beyond those basic requirements, though, it can still be tricky to pick a sunscreen for your face.to find the best ones to use, i spoke with stein and nava greenfield of the schweiger dermatology group, and both recommended sunscreens based on different skin types and activities. (that’s of course in addition to hats, protective clothing, and staying in the shade whenever possible, since no sunscreen can completely prevent against sun damage.) below, their favorites. best for acne-prone skin as an acne sufferer, putting sunscreen on my face provokes major anxiety. will this clog my pores? will it make me break out? greenfield advised that those with acne-prone skin “as a general guideline, stay away from any generic pharmacy brands because they tend not to have the best formulations.” greenfield likes eltamd u...
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“barbie on bath salts”
this post is part of outward, slate’s home for coverage of lgbtq life, thought, and culture. when you think about drag, many elements come to mind: the makeup, the wigs, the dancing, the lip sync, the jokes. but even a seasoned spectator might not realize how carefully each queenly skill is used to delight your eyes and brain. in this series, miz cracker, a slate contributor and fan favorite on season 10 of rupaul’s drag race, offers an insider’s guide to the art and science behind the glitter of a great drag performance. in this episode: it’s all in the wig. see all of how to watch drag here.
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lily bailey’s because we are bad made me rethink ocd
when lily bailey was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, she had already been silently grappling with it for about 16 years. as a child, she performed painstaking, sleep-depriving rituals to ensure her family’s safety—the mental illness often forces the people who have it to battle intrusive thoughts or urges and to feel they must perform certain actions to alleviate their anxiety. bailey believed, for instance, that checking on her younger sister ella in just the right way would keep her healthy and safe: she would count ella’s breaths and heartbeats and repeat the words best sister ever, performing each task in multiples of three until the entire ritual felt “right.” and as an adolescent, bailey’s illness compelled her to try to become the perfect girl through an unending chain of mental routines. in her new memoir, because we are bad: ocd and a girl lost in thought, bailey chronicles her struggle with ocd. from her dorm beds to her hospital beds, 24-year-old bailey tells her story with impressive frankness and eloquence. she recalls how severe her symptoms were, even in toddlerhood. the voice in her head demanding she perform compulsions was so strong she thought that that was what other kids meant by “imaginary friends.” she was despondent to see other children grow out of their invisible companions, while hers took up enough space in her head to turn her i into we. as a child, bailey believed bad things were happening to the people she lov...
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updates to my privacy policy
thanks to the european union’s new general data protection regulation, you’ve probably received emails from every service you’ve ever signed up for alerting you to their privacy policies. konstantin kakaes decided it was time for him to update his contacts too. dear everybody who has sent me an email since april 22, 2004, the day i got a gmail account— i am informing you that i hold your data on my laptop, on roughly eight external hard drives varying in size from a pack of cards to a good-size high school textbook, and about five old laptops that probably don’t work anymore but might. i also keep copies on some unknown number of servers that google maintains on my behalf in finland, taiwan, chile, and mayes county, oklahoma, as well as 11 other data centers around the world. i printed a few of your messages out. they are mixed in with other papers in boxes in my parents’ basement. in a few cases, i have stored a copy in my brain, using neurons, though i’m really not sure how. i want to give you the best possible experience to ensure that you enjoy my service today, tomorrow, and in the future. it is also my goal to be as open and transparent as possible with my users about the personal data i collect to provide that service, how it is used, and with whom it is shared.1 i am contacting you today to let you know that i will be making some changes to my privacy policy, which will be effective from may 25. these changes will reflect the increased tran...
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my flailing boyhood
minor leagues is slate’s pop-up blog about kids’ sports. i do not remember the moment i realized i was gay, but i do remember the moment i realized i wasn’t going to be able to hide it anymore. the boys of my sixth-grade class had been forced into the scalding north florida sun for pe and instructed to play baseball. our coach selected two team captains, who then chose members of their phalanx one by one. as always, i was picked last. i trudged toward the outfield and prayed that nobody hit any balls in my direction—so of course, within minutes, some kid smacked the baseball as hard as he could directly at my position. i stared at it, eyes stung by the sun, as it hurtled toward me through the air. i threw my hands up in terror but failed to block the projectile, which bonked me, hard, on the head. the good news was that i could now plausibly allege an injury that would dismiss me from pe for the week. the bad news was that i had provided clinching evidence in the mounting case against my weakly feigned heterosexuality. i was bad at sports, which proved to my peers that i was homosexual. at this time and place, that stereotype was accepted as a law of nature. can’t catch a baseball? must be into dudes. most straight adults i know, even the decidedly unathletic ones, have fond memories of youthful hours spent bonding with their beloved teammates. but for bookish gay boys like me, sports were nothing less than a crucible that laid bare the secret we’d strived ...
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the milwaukee police video shows just how shameful sterling brown’s arrest was
the milwaukee police department released the body camera footage of the january arrest of milwaukee bucks rookie sterling brown and there’s no way to describe it other than shameful. the city’s mayor and some in the community warned that the video’s release could spark unrest because of the outrageous police conduct during what should have been, at most, a parking violation that needlessly escalated into the now-23-year-old shooting guard getting tased and then arrested around 2 a.m. in a walgreens parking lot. the circumstances recorded in the video are extraordinarily clear. brown, who is black, comes out of the walgreens to a white police officer standing by his car, which is parked near the entrance to the store across what appears to be two handicapped spaces. the officer asks for his driver’s license and then proceeds to escalate the situation, while brown stands there with his hands in his pockets, increasingly looking and acting annoyed. the police officer almost immediately calls for back up and brown asks why he can’t just write him a ticket. at one point brown instructs the officer not to push him. when the other officers arrive, brown stands by his car and speaks with the officers for several minutes, and two times appears to reach into his pocket to take out his keys to turn off the car alarm that was inadvertently set off, before an officer yells: “take your hands out of your pockets now!” another officer steps in and appears to forcibly try t...
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the cast of arrested development discussed jeffrey tambor’s behavior with the new york times. it didn’t go well.
if you’d like a case study in the ways men can paper over women’s legitimate grievances in the name of a false sense of consensus and agreement, you could do worse than studying the interview the cast of arrested development just gave to the new york times. the show returns to netflix for a fifth season on may 29, and the ensemble—minus michael cera and portia de rossi—sat down for what, in other times, might have been a routine publicity opportunity. but when the allegations that arrested development star jeffrey tambor sexually harassed people while working on transparent came up—allegations tambor has denied—the interview veered into contentious territory, as cast members jason bateman, tony hale, will arnett, and david cross downplayed an incident between tambor and their fellow cast member jessica walter. the allegations against tambor first went public in november of 2017, the same month the fifth season of arrested development finished shooting. although tambor was fired from transparent after amazon studios investigated the situation, arrested development creator mitch hurwitz decided, after talking to tambor, the show’s cast and crew, and executives at netflix and 20th century fox television, that in the absence of any sexual harassment complaints about tambor’s behavior while working on arrested development, he’d remain on the show. hurwitz explained his decision to ew: am i going to cut jeffrey out of the show, based on allegations that...
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stephen colbert: donald trump is “living proof that karma does not exist”
stephen colbert took network tv on a rare detour into nihilism on wednesday night, using donald trump’s “spygate” conspiracy theory as a jumping off point for a powerful argument that nothing anyone says or does matters in the slightest anymore. noting that tweeting “what goes around comes around” was a bold move for a bully like the president, colbert called him “living proof that karma does not exist,” then broadened his scope: sorry to break it to you, hindus! it’s a lawless universe, devoid of hope. the stars blindly run. the leash is off—let’s all go baby-slapping. colbert dutifully runs through the rest of trump’s newest conspiracy theory, which he sums up like this: they embedded a spy early on and paid him massive sums of money to sabotage the trump campaign with false claims of russian collusion in the press to help hillary clinton win. and then—and here’s the insidious part—they didn’t tell the press, and hillary clinton lost. so when trump revealed this plot, he would seem like a desperate criminal spinning conspiracy theories to stop the walls from closing in! nice try, deep state—nice try. it’s such a delightful skewering of the latest deranged conspiracy theory the president of the united states is spreading on twitter that it almost eases the pain of watching the president of the united states spread deranged conspiracy theories on twitter. to get the total, full-body numbness the trump presidency ...
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“philip roth was his own school of writing”
on tuesday, novelist philip roth passed away at the age of 85. i spoke by phone on wednesday with gary shteyngart, the russian-born writer and author whose new novel, lake success, will be released in september. during the course of our conversation, which has been edited and condensed for clarity, we discussed roth’s unique blend of humor and seriousness, why he is considered a quintessentially male writer, and who among today’s novelists are his clearest descendants. isaac chotiner: why was philip roth important to you as a novelist or person or both? gary shteyngart: or both. there are very different strains in american writing, obviously. but his was one that i was completely enamored with, and it was one where the writing often seemed so effortless. it’s really somebody—a kibitzer—sitting down and talking to you, telling you what he saw. what can be simpler than that? he didn’t go for any of these gigantic, clever tricks, he didn’t go for any school of writing that was easily identifiable. i mean, philip roth was his own school of writing. one thing i learned very quickly is that when you start writing, and you’re a young person, you are so desperate to be heard, you are so desperate to be clever, you are so desperate to try to reinvent everything. sometimes those instincts bear fruit, but very often they don’t. and roth was somehow able to channel his personality, because he is in everything. it’s not just the zuckerman novels—there is alw...
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the four major questions facing the democratic party
both progressives and moderate democrats are crowing over the results from tuesday’s primaries. stacey abrams, a progressive endorsed by bernie sanders and the group our revolution, defeated former state rep. stacey evans to become the first female black gubernatorial candidate for a major party in history. in kentucky’s 6th congressional district, amy mcgrath beat establishment candidate jim gray, the mayor of lexington. but in texas’ 7th district, progressive underdog laura moser was handily beaten by lizzie fletcher, who was backed by the democratic congressional campaign committee. last week’s primaries were less of a mixed bag for the party’s left. a slew of establishment incumbents were defeated in nebraska, pennsylvania, idaho, and oregon by progressives, including pittsburgh’s sara innamorato and summer lee, two members of the democratic socialists of america, and john fetterman, a bernie sanders–endorsed candidate for lieutenant governor of pennsylvania. the washington post’s james hohmann announced the next day that “the far left is winning the democratic civil war,” while noting that the victories by far-left candidates are “causing a new bout of heartburn among party strategists in washington who worry about unelectable activists thwarting their drive for the house majority.” those strategists can and have pointed to victories by doug jones, ralph northam, and conor lamb as evidence that moderate candidates have a better shot of winni...
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do animals love bacon and doughnuts as much as people do?
the national park service proposed on tuesday to eliminate a 2015 rule that prohibited the use of bacon, doughnuts, and other foods as bait while hunting brown and black bears on public lands in alaska. meanwhile in michigan, authorities are deploying 900 pounds of bacon and piles of doughnuts as enticements for a bear population survey that begins this weekend. humans love bacon and doughnuts. bears love bacon and doughnuts. are there any animals that don’t love bacon and doughnuts? yes, they do exist. a capacity for tasting sweet and meaty flavors is widespread across vertebrate species and relies on genes that date back several hundred million years on the evolutionary tree. among mammals that consume both plants and animals (as humans and bears do) these genes remain intact. mice and rats, for example, will binge and grow obese when presented with chocolate chip cookies, salami, cheese, and condensed milk. yet at some point along the way, certain mammals with more specific diets have shed the ability to detect the sweetness of a jelly doughnut or to savor the umami flavor in a strip of bacon. dedicated meat-eaters like the cat, lion, cheetah, tiger, and hyena are known to have lost the gene for tasting sugar. bamboo-eating pandas, on the other hand, have retained their sweet receptors but no longer taste umami. certain other animals, including sea lions and bottlenose dolphins, now lack the capacity to taste both sweets and umami. (that may be on account of their ...
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amazon is working with police to provide facial recognition surveillance
remember when amazon mostly just sold books? since its founding in 1994, the sprawling online marketplace has ballooned into one of the most powerful companies in the world. now amazon offers batteries, clothes, milk and eggs, hosting for your website, streaming movies—and now real-time facial recognition powers for police surveillance. in november 2016, amazon released a new service called rekognition, which can “process millions of photos a day” to identify people and objects in the images. that data can then be used, as amazon put it in a blog post at the time, to “perform visual surveillance, inspecting photos for objects or people of interest or concern” or for smart billboards that collect demographic data on passersby to create personalized ads. the company boasted it could identify up to 100 people in a single image, a valuable tool for surveillance of large crowds, like at protests, crowded department stores, or subway stations. it didn’t take long for the police to get their hands on amazon’s new surveillance tool. by december 2016, the sheriff’s department in washington county, oregon, became an early customer, according to a report in govtech in 2017. the department wanted to match booking photos with surveillance footage, like of a crime captured on camera. chris adzima, a senior it analyst with the county, told govtech that the department’s mugshot database contained about 300,000 images of roughly 200,000 individuals. that database, adzi...
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the conversations we need to have
with every dispiriting headline and each passing day, the full scale of the trump administration’s corruption and lawlessness is coming into a less forgiving view. and yet it is now becoming obvious that many americans have ceased to see what is going on in the white house as an abnormal series of infractions that should scandalize liberals and conservatives, democrats and republicans alike. as one wealthy, highly educated audience member told me after a recent talk, “the institutions sabotage trump, so trump sabotages the institutions. they’re all the same. i don’t see what there is to worry about.” despite my reputation as a pessimist, i have a pretty sunny disposition. and though i have long warned about the serious danger the rise of populism poses to democracy—not just in the united states, but all around the world—i have always argued that there is a lot we can do to stand up for our values. on the whole, the perilous times we now face have left me feeling energized. but if i’m being honest, the last few months have taken their toll: on some days, i find it hard to picture how we might ever overcome our current divisions to build a society in which all kinds of americans live together with at least some minimal modicum of mutual good will. and though i love writing this column, there have, of late, been some weeks in which it has felt rather pointless to continue preaching to the same chorus of believers. only the amazing civil society initiatives ...
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trump’s favorite animals
president trump has harsh words for the undocumented immigrants he’s deporting. “you wouldn’t believe how bad these people are,” trump fumed in front of cameras last week. “these aren’t people. these are animals.” trump later said he was talking about ms-13, a criminal gang, and aides repeated his message. in a statement on monday, the white house described how members of ms-13 use kidnappings, beatings, rapes, stabbings, mutilations, and decapitations to “instill fear and gain control.” ten times, the statement called them “animals.” on wednesday, trump was back at it. visiting long island for a roundtable on immigration, he scorned democrats for “trying to defend ms-13 gang members. i called them ‘animals’ the other day, and i was met with rebuke. [democrats] said they’re people. they’re not people. these are animals.” trump wants this fight. he wants liberals to protest that he’s dehumanizing criminals. he knows he’ll win that fight, because viscerally, arguments for the rights of the accused are no match for our hatred of killers. what trump doesn’t want to talk about is the fraudulence of his outrage. he loves killers. they just have to control more than a neighborhood. they have to control a country. take vladimir putin, who rules russia by murder and massacre. his henchmen have poisoned defectors, assassinated dissidents and journalists, shot down passenger planes, bombed apartment buildings, and slaughtered chechen and...
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thanks for protesting … now stop
listen to episode 999 of slate’s the gist: slate plus members: get your ad-free podcast feed. on the gist, the nfl can’t give a decent explanation for its kneeling ban. philip roth’s novels about jewish life earned him every accolade short of, famously, the nobel prize. mark oppenheimer, the host of the podcast on all things jewish (unorthodox), argues that roth’s “radical candor” was sharply original before becoming a model to imitate. in the spiel, there are a lot of “peripheral rogues” in trump’s orbit (how about those “taxi king” headlines?), but their public reckonings don’t necessarily spell trouble for the president himself. join slate plus! members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. sign up for a free trial today at slate.com/gistplus. join the discussion of this episode on facebook. email: [email protected] twitter: @slategist
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the milwaukee police video shows just how shameful sterling brown’s arrest was
the milwaukee police department released the body camera footage of the january arrest of milwaukee bucks rookie sterling brown and there’s no way to describe it other than shameful. the city’s mayor and some in the community warned that the video’s release could spark unrest because of the outrageous police conduct during what should have been, at most, a parking violation that needlessly escalated into the now-23-year-old shooting guard getting tased and then arrested around 2 a.m. in a walgreens parking lot. the circumstances recorded in the video are extraordinarily clear. brown, who is black, comes out of the walgreens to a white police officer standing by his car, which is parked near the entrance to the store across what appears to be two handicapped spaces. the officer asks for his driver’s license and then proceeds to escalate the situation, while brown stands there with his hands in his pockets, increasingly looking and acting annoyed. the police officer almost immediately calls for back up and brown asks why he can’t just write him a ticket. at one point brown instructs the officer not to push him. when the other officers arrive, brown stands by his car and speaks with the officers for several minutes, and two times appears to reach into his pocket to take out his keys to turn off the car alarm that was inadvertently set off, before an officer yells: “take your hands out of your pockets now!” another officer steps in and appears to forcibly try t...
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asymmetry is about as loving a eulogy as you’ll find for philip roth
earlier this year, lisa halliday published her first novel, asymmetry. the book, which has been rightly raved about, consists of two seemingly unrelated novellas and a coda that elegantly and gently ties them together. the second part of the novel is the first-person account of an iraqi american, who has been detained in customs at heathrow airport. it’s excellent, pulling this reader in even as she groused that the first part was over. and she groused. because that first part of the novel is a kind of high-water mark of literary delectability, the story of a witty and lovely may-december romance, begun over mister softee, and including baseball games, sex, the evaporation of sex, and many a searle coat, all shot through with the thrilling reading great literary gossip. halliday dated philip roth in her youth, when she worked at a publishing house. the first portion of asymmetry concerns the relationship between a young woman named alice, who works at a publishing house, and ezra blazer, a hugely famous novelist 40 years her senior who is always losing the nobel prize. asymmetry is in deep conversation with what it means to write a “semi-autobiographical” novel. the second part of the book is a rousing testament to halliday’s desire and ability to imagine herself outside of her own experience, to skirt the trap of the navel-gazing debut. of the first part, which fictionalizes her own experiences, and is told in the third person, skittering across the protagonist’...
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google’s chokehold on the web
listen to if then by clicking the arrow on the audio player below: on this week’s if then, will oremus and april glaser talk about a privacy invasion that’s arguably scarier than cambridge analytica, and why it’s not getting nearly the same amount of attention. it involves your cellphone and its ability to track where you are at all times. the hosts are then joined by luther lowe, the senior vp of public policy for yelp, a company that has had some major beef with google’s allegedly anti-competitive behavior. they’ll talk about how google got so big, and whether federal regulators might start taking action. stories discussed on the show: slate: what is gdpr and how will it affect you? the new york times: service meant to monitor inmates’ calls could track you, too slate: the privacy scandal that should be bigger than cambridge analytica krebs on security: tracking firm locationsmart leaked location data for customers of all major u.s. mobile carriers without consent in real time via its web site the new york times: inside yelp’s six-year grudge against google cbs news 60 minutes: how did google get so big? bloomberg: mnuchin urges antitrust probe of tech after google report podcast production by max jacobs. if then plugs: you can get updates about what’s coming up next by following us on twitter @ifthenpod. you can follow will @willoremus and april @aprilaser. if you have a question or comment, you can email us at [email protected]
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how portnoy’s complaint helped me through my time in a domestic violence shelter
i read portnoy’s complaint only once, in a domestic violence shelter during a mandatory three-day waiting period before i was allowed to leave the grounds. at a time when i was more uncertain and alone than i had ever been, i can still remember the desperate freedom of finding, improbably, that i was able to connect and laugh along with roth’s novel-length jack-off joke. i’m sure it sounds ridiculous, but roth and his coarse, rebellious portnoy came to stand for everything i couldn’t say and wasn’t allowed to feel. they were my secret comrades at arms as i negotiated a system that offered help but only if i performed my victimhood exactly as the system thought i should. domestic violence shelters are necessary evils, places where you go to be treated as if you might break after having escaped from someone who tried to break you and failed. the shelter i was in was staffed solely by women, and it served only female victims—except in my case, where the technicality that i had not yet admitted to anyone that i was a transgender man sufficed. shelters come in all shapes and sizes, but this one was a large victorian house in the country, and i felt like an invalid who’d been shut away from the world to either heal or die. the 72-hour waiting period was imposed for our safety when we first came to stay, and since the other residents were already allowed to leave, and the staff had an office filled with useful, purposeful work, during that three-day period i was lar...
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the nfl just gave donald trump everything he wanted
on sept. 22, donald trump made a political statement about the nfl at a rally in alabama. “wouldn’t you love to see one of these nfl owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘get that son of a bitch off the field right now. out! he’s fired. he’s fired!’ ” trump told the cheering crowd. the president then suggested that his supporters boycott nfl games if players continued to protest police brutality and systemic racism by kneeling during the national anthem. the nfl’s initial reaction was to stand by those players, even as colin kaepernick, the quarterback who’d instigated the protest movement, was effectively being blacklisted by the league. “divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the nfl, our great game and all our players,” nfl commissioner roger goodell said. it took goodell less than a month to change his tune and offer president trump everything he’d asked for. on oct. 10, the commissioner issued a memo suggesting the protesters were sowing division. “the current dispute over the national anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country,” goodell said. “we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem.” that plan has now come to fruition. on wednesday, the league’s owners reportedly unanimously approved a new policy that will make protesting the anthem a violation of league rules ...
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nixon goes to china (part 1)
this episode of whistlestop travels back to feb. 21, 1972, when president richard nixon, a staunch anti-communist, begins the thawing of relations with china with a personal visit to the country. whistlestop is slate’s podcast about presidential history. hosted by political gabfest host john dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from america's presidential carnival. love slate podcasts? listen longer with slate plus! members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus. email: [email protected] podcast production by jocelyn frank. research by brian rosenwald.
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keep your eye on the … everything else
when the smartest basketball minds watch basketball, they don’t just watch the basketball. the stuff that happens away from the rock—screen setting, spacing, movement—is often just as crucial to a team’s success. zach lowe, espn’s hoops bhagwan, is one of the best at recognizing all this action that’s hiding in plain sight. during the cavaliers’ series against toronto, lowe described the interplay between cleveland’s kevin love and kyle korver as “an improvisational off-ball dance of circles, zig-zags, and screens set in every direction until the defense falls in on itself.” while we’d been watching the same games, i hadn’t noticed this off-ball waltz in real time. during the games themselves, all i saw was lebron committing hague-worthy crimes against canada. love and korver could have been rehearsing a scene from our town in the paint and i wouldn’t have noticed. like a dog at roland-garros, i just can’t take my eye off the ball. determined to remedy this, i forced myself to ignore the orange sphere during game 4 of the western conference finals between the houston rockets and golden state warriors. my goal was to appreciate the subtle things occurring on the periphery, and i wouldn’t allow myself so much as a peek at the ball until i became a basketball genius. the game started with a 12–0 warriors run, an onslaught that included steph curry hitting an open 3-pointer. thanks to my monklike restraint, i was able to see the play behin...
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new hampshire just created a “death benefit” for teachers “killed in the line of duty”
mass shootings have become much more frequent in the united states over the last decade, and a disproportionate number of them have occurred in schools. in 2018, teachers have found themselves acting as human shields to spare their students’ lives. this horrific state of affairs has not prompted new hampshire’s republican-dominated legislature to tighten the state’s extremely lax gun laws. it has, however, spurred legislators to pass hb 1415—providing “a death benefit for a school employee killed in the line of duty.” the bill, which lawmakers sent to gov. chris sununu for his signature on wednesday, was drafted in response to the surge in mass shootings throughout the country. democratic rep. kristina schultz, who strongly supported the measure, explained that she was concerned about “active shooter incidents like sandy hook elementary or columbine,” as well as non-fatal physical aggression by students. “our educators and school employees are there to protect new hampshire children in our schools in the event that new hampshire does have to face such a horrific event like a school shooting or other act of violence,” schultz said. “we need to have the same line of duty benefit for them to show that we honor and respect their service, that they might put themselves in harm’s way to save our children.” hb 1415 provides $100,000 to the family of any public school employee in new hampshire who is killed “while in the performance of his or her ...
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judge: trump can’t block twitter users
on wednesday, u.s. district judge naomi reice buchwald ruled that president donald trump violated the first amendment by blocking twitter users who criticized him and his policies. her ruling is an extraordinary victory for free speech on the internet and a harsh rebuke to trump’s effort to prevent his critics from engaging with him online. it also further confirms that @realdonaldtrump speaks not as a private citizen, but in his official capacity as the president of the united states. buchwald’s decision in knight institute v. trump is quite literally unprecedented; only one other court has found that government officials may not block social media users because of their criticism, and that case involved facebook, not twitter. but despite the novel nature of the claim here, buchwald’s ruling hews closely to established first amendment principles. the facts of the case are straightforward. in july, the knight first amendment institute at columbia university sued trump on behalf of multiple twitter users whom the president blocked. it argued that trump and dan scavino, his social media director, had infringed upon their free speech rights by denying them the ability to engage with trump’s tweets. to evaluate this claim, buchwald first asked whether the plaintiffs’ speech is protected by the constitution. because “the individual plaintiffs seek to engage in political speech,” which lies at the heart of the first amendment, she “readily conclude[d]” that ...
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new internal memos show white house tried to downplay climate research
in another example of the trump administration’s antagonism toward mainstream climate research, newly obtained internal memos have shown that the white house considered ways to minimize government climate studies last year, according to the washington post. in the september memos, michael catanzaro, then the special assistant for domestic energy and environmental policy, raised the question of whether the white house should have a “coherent, fact-based message about climate science” and “whether, and to what extent, anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are affecting the climate system, and what level of concern that warrants.” scientists widely agree that anthropogenic, or human-caused, greenhouse gases are, in fact, “affecting the climate system” and are cause for concern. but the most revealing part of the memo came in what was left out of the options for handling the study’s findings. here are the options catanzaro listed, according to the post: • conduct a “red team/blue team” exercise to “highlight uncertainties in climate science;”• subject the findings to a formal review process; or• “ignore, and not seek to characterize or question, the science being conducted.” none of the options involved embracing and publicizing the findings of government scientists. as the post noted, the discussion did not lead to a formal policy. however, trump officials have often shown a reluctance to acknowledge findings that could u...
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the four major questions facing the democratic party
both progressives and moderate democrats are crowing over the results from tuesday’s primaries. stacey abrams, a progressive endorsed by bernie sanders and the group our revolution, defeated former state rep. stacey evans to become the first female black gubernatorial candidate for a major party in history. in kentucky’s 6th congressional district, amy mcgrath beat establishment candidate jim gray, the mayor of lexington. but in texas’ 7th district, progressive underdog laura moser was handily beaten by lizzie fletcher, who was backed by the democratic congressional campaign committee. last week’s primaries were less of a mixed bag for the party’s left. a slew of establishment incumbents were defeated in nevada, pennsylvania, idaho, and oregon by progressives, including pittsburgh’s sara innamorato and summer lee, two members of the democratic socialists of america, and john fetterman, a bernie sanders–endorsed candidate for lieutenant governor of pennsylvania. the washington post’s james hohmann announced the next day that “the far left is winning the democratic civil war,” while noting that the victories by far-left candidates are “causing a new bout of heartburn among party strategists in washington who worry about unelectable activists thwarting their drive for the house majority.” those strategists can and have pointed to victories by doug jones, ralph northam, and conor lamb as evidence that moderate candidates have a better shot of winning...
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what did harry say to meghan at the altar? this bad lip reading has a few ideas.
never mind prince harry’s lip bite during the royal wedding—what really matters is what those lips were saying. we may not have been privy to the conversation between the prince and new wife meghan markle while they stood at the altar on saturday, but a new bad lip reading video has some guesses about what was said during their exchange. and no, those guesses do not include anything as romantic as “you look amazing. i’m so lucky,” as so many have speculated. instead, hear a dubbed harry ask meghan if she needs a pen, offer her a golden unicycle, and claim to catch a whiff of something unpleasant. if that seems unlikely for a conversation between two people getting married on the world stage, well, just wait until you hear what best man will had to say.
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