Topic: Current Affairs

Watch: Trump A.C./D.C.

"Trump A.C./D.C." is an archival documentary short about Donald Trump's casino businesses in Atlantic City.

Statistical Illiteracy Isn't a Niche Problem. During a Pandemic, It Can Be Fatal

In recent months, we’ve all been bombarded with numbers. It’s vital that we learn how to interpret them, says physicist and author Carlo Rovelli

President Trump's Appearance and What It Says About the State of His Administration

The President has always asked Americans to suspend their reason, but now the tells that he is not what he seems are so obvious it's an insult.

The Rise of the Technopopulists

How to Count an Election

2020 has the potential to be a much different election than America has seen before

How San Francisco became a COVID-19 success story

San Francisco shut down early in the pandemic and later limited reopening. Now the city is the first urban center in California where the risk of infection is rated as minimal.

The Children’s Hell of Minsk

Newly discovered oral histories and memoirs depict horrifying Jewish experiences of Nazi brutality that were silenced and erased under Soviet rule

The Psychology of Fact Checking

Fact checkers aim to get closer to the truth, but their biases can shroud the very truth they seek

AP Images: Quiet Friday Nights in Europe

In much of Europe, city squares and streets, be they wide, elegant boulevards like in Paris or cobblestoned alleys in Rome, serve as animated evening extensions of living rooms, places to gather...

The End of Democracy? To many Americans, the future looks dark if the other side wins.

Global % Comparison of Population Over 60

Paywall Article, but here's the essence:

Why Do We Vote by Secret Ballot?

Election days used to be raucous affairs, with individual votes sometimes cast orally for all to hear.

This Statistic Predicts Growing US Political Violence — Whatever Happens on Election Day

Two researchers claim that a single number they call the “political stress indicator” can warn when societies are at risk of erupting into violence. It’s spiking in the US, just like it did before...

A Day-By-Day Guide to What Could Happen if This Election Goes Bad

Election experts game out the chaos that could unfold in the minutes, hours and days after the last ballot is cast.

Shut Up, I’m Manifesting!

The latest internet wellness craze is thinking your way to a better life. Whether it works or not isn’t really the point.

Toxic Internet Culture From East to West

What the digital worlds of Japan’s imageboards and America’s alt-right reveal about real-life precarity.

Expert in Nonverbal Communication Watched the Trump-Biden Debate With the Sound Turned Down

From laughter to funneled lips, the presidential candidates at their last debate signaled via expressions and non-verbal responses what they were feeling.

A Death at Sea on the 'Row of Life'

At 59 years old and with a preexisting condition, Paralympic rower Angela Madsen had plenty to worry about as the coronavirus spread across the country. So she dipped the oars of her small rowboat...

The Long History of Blaming Immigrants in Times of Sickness

Panelists at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History discuss pandemics and scapegoating

The Facebook News Is Even Worse Than We Thought

[…] while Facebook was under fire from both right and left, its chief worry—now that Republicans had regulatory power in Washington—was “getting Trump off their back.”…It was made clear that “we...

What Life Looks Like in an (Almost) COVID-Free Country

And yet, the lack of freedom that COVID-19 has given us in China also allows us more freedom. That's a paradox that takes some getting used to.

This Man Exposed 40K Voters Purged by Mistake

Steve Tingley-Hock is not somebody used to being at the center of a scandal. The former database administrator, who lives in a small town in Ohio, first bega...

Home, Bittersweet Home

Can a single place — one that’s failed us in the past — squeeze in everything it takes to live a life?

3 Days as an Indoor Server at a Private Social Club

Pushy guests, itchy masks, and acting dreams collide for one man waiting tables in Manhattan.

QAnon Goes European

Populists, protesters, conspiracy theorists: How Europe is embracing America’s latest import.

What Are the Odds Your Vote Will Not Count?

Research by MIT political scientist Charles Stewart estimates that 4 percent of all mail-in ballots in the 2016 U.S. presidential election were not recorded.

Inside RentAHitman, a Fake Website Busting Would-Be Criminals

You’d think no one would be stupid enough to book a murderer-for-hire on a website called RentAHitman.com. Bob Innes is here to tell you people are a lot dumber than you realize

The Psychology of Doom Tourism and Last-Chance Travel

If the Poorest Americans Are Selling Their Blood, the US Is in Serious Trouble

There is something fundamentally sickening about the US blood plasma industry. A meaningful welfare state could put a stop to such desperate measures, says Arwa Mahdawi

India's Pollution Season Could Serve a Double Blow During Covid-19

21 of the 30 cities with the worst air pollution in the world are in India

Eight of America's Most Unusual Polling Places

To capture democracy in America, photographer Ryan Donnell tracks down polls in surprising locations across the country

The "Kidnapping Club" That Terrorized African Americans in 19th Century New York

figures, attacked New York City's Black community in the 1830s, and inspired novel forms of resistance.

What Can You Do if Trump Stages a Coup?

For months trump has hinted that he might not concede power if he loses in November. His response to questions about committing to a peaceful transfer of power was, “There won’t be a transfer,...

The Mystery of the Immaculate Concussion

He was a senior CIA official tasked with getting tough on Russia. Then, one night in Moscow, Marc Polymeropoulos's life changed forever. He says he was hit with a mysterious weapon, joining dozens...

Travel Influencers Are Being Paid to Whitewash Authoritarian Regimes

But amid a global pandemic, the content is losing its appeal.

Op: Big Pharma Is Not Willing to Help Us Defeat COVID-19

To efficiently deal with the pandemic and keep everyone safe, we first need to transform the pharmaceutical industry.

No Rest for the Weary: Homeless in LA Face Heat, Wildfires, Coronavirus

Why Halloween Won’t Be Cancelled

In an environment in which staying home is safest, what happens to a holiday that relies on shopping, shared sweets and street celebrations?

Why Facts Are Overrated

Although the information age is said to have begun in the latter part of the twentieth century, one could argue that we are now experiencing its peak, since almost everyone…View Post

The Great Unravelling — The Horror of Planetary Collapse