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Joking While Muslim in Trump’s America

Joking While Muslim in Trump’s America Joking While Muslim in Trump’s America by Negin Farsad | photograph by Dan Winters3.28.17 There’s an unwritten rule in the world of comedy: If you are a person of color, if you have a disability, if your nose is too ethnic, you have to call yourself out when you walk on that stage. You have to be self-aware that you know, that they know, that your face is weird-­looking. Explain your face! I often w......
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While You Were Offline: Trump Is President and You’re Not, FYI

It says a lot about the modern world that, in the day after a terror attack in London, the mayor of the city actually has to take time out of his day to talk about a tweet from the son of the president of the United States. Quite what that says remains unclear, but it’s definitely a sign of how important social media and the internet have become in even the most dire situations. If the world is this hyper-connected, is it any surprise we ca......
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TV’s Best Political Show Might Just Be The Originals. Yeah, the One With the Vampires

Political drama is all over TV lately, from the Beltway machinations of Scandal and Madame Secretary to tales of intrigue like The Americans and 24: Legacy to Sean Spicer’s press briefings. But the political soap opera I’m most excited about these dats isn’t any of those—it’s a spinoff of the teen drama The Vampire Diaries. Yes, really. The Originals might be a supernatural soap opera about stupidly good-looking bloodsuckers fighting in New......
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Facebook Messenger Finally Makes Group Chat Not a Total Hassle

For all its virtues, Facebook Messenger works more like email than a group messaging app like GroupMe or Tango. If you want to talk with someone directly, no problem. But it hasn’t handled large groups effectively because it lacked some of the key elements that make group messaging fun. It was too simple. A pair of new features, called Reactions and Mentions, constitute part of Facebook’s bid to make Messenger more inclusive. You already kn......
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Don’t Buy the Latest Trump Surveillance Hype

On Wednesday, House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes made an unexpected revelation. The president and his associates, Nunes told a gaggle of reporters, were swept up in “incidental collection” by US intelligence agencies. It’s a charge that almost sounds like it validates Trump’s recent tweeted accusations that President Obama “wiretapped” Trump Tower. But it doesn’t. As with any story where so much of the underlying information rem......
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Facebook’s Epic Data Blast Is Good for Everyone—Especially Facebook

Engineers recently tested a new way of sending information across a trans-Atlantic internet cable, showing it could push two-and-a-half-times more data through this pipe than current methods. They claim the tests set a record for this kind of intercontinental connection, a key component of the modern internet. But the record isn’t as interesting as who ran the test: Facebook. Using hardware designed by researchers at Bell Labs—the iconic R......
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While You Were Offline: Boycott McDonald’s! Boycott Hawaii! Hell, Boycott Everything!

Earlier this week, Rachel Maddow got a scoop: President Trump’s tax returns. OK, two pages of his tax return from 2005, but still. It was a big deal—mostly because she announced it on Twitter and then made the internet wait for almost an hour and a half (an hour and a half!) before giving up the goods. Folks were so busy being annoyed about the delay they almost missed a chance to weigh in on the possibility of a Matrix reboot. We would nev......
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Incorporated Built an Incredible World. Then Syfy Nuked It

A future world ruled by evil corporations isn’t exactly a new concept, but the Syfy show Incorporated brings something fresh to the idea. Science fiction editor John Joseph Adams says the show’s world-building will impress even hardcore science fiction readers. “Most shows don’t come anywhere near the world-building sophistication of a science fiction novel, but this one really does,” Adams says in Episode 247 of the Geek’s Guide to the Gal......
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Trump’s Trying to Chainsaw Nearly Every Environmental Program

As expected, President Trump’s proposed federal budget delivers a wind-sucking gut-punch to the Environmental Protection Agency. If the president has his way, the regulatory agency will lose nearly one-third of its 2016 budget of $8.1 billion, mostly through deep cuts to climate, clean air, and environmental restoration programs like Superfund. Of course, the odds of Congress actually adopting Trump’s entire plan are slim—though Republicans......
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