The #MeToo Movement Is Destroying Trust Between Men And Women

Like a disease, distrust is infecting our most foundational relationship as a people, the building block of a free, civil society—the relationship between men and women. By D.C. McAllister How do people from different walks of life, diverse experiences, and varied points of view live together peacefully within a civil society? What is the main ingredient necessary for democracy to thrive? It can be boiled down to one word: trust. Civil society is built on relationships, friendships, and associations that foster confidence in one’s fellow man or woman. Freedom and community flourish in a culture of trust, and we’re losing it. … Continue reading The #MeToo Movement Is Destroying Trust Between Men And Women

Parents Shouldn’t Spy on Their Kids

Apps that make it easy to invade kids’ privacy are a recipe for arrested development. BY KIRSTEN WEIR For the past two years, Mandie Snyder, an accountant near Spokane, Washington, has been “monitoring” her daughter. With a handy tech tool known as mSpy, Snyder is able to review her 13-year-old’s text messages, photos, videos, app downloads, and browser history. She makes no apologies for it. Last summer, she says, she was able to intervene when she discovered her daughter was texting her boyfriend to plan a sexual rendezvous. “I know my daughter isn’t as naïve as I was at her … Continue reading Parents Shouldn’t Spy on Their Kids

Why Is It Illegal To Lie To The Government? (When The Government Lies Constantly To You?)

Michael Flynn, former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, arrives for his plea hearing at the Prettyman Federal Courthouse of December 1st, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged Flynn with one count of making a false statement to the FBI. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) WHY IS IT ILLEGAL TO LIE TO THE GOVERNMENT? President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pled guilty to a crime with a controversial history. by AUSTIN SARAT On December 1st, Michael Flynn, former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, pleaded guilty to the charge of lying to the Federal Bureau … Continue reading Why Is It Illegal To Lie To The Government? (When The Government Lies Constantly To You?)

The other side of the curtain

A Soviet soldier and a Czechoslovakian woman tune in. Prague, 1968. Photo by Mondadori/Getty During the Cold War, US propagandists worked to provide a counterweight to Communist media, but truth eluded them all by Melissa Feinberg is associate professor of history at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Her latest book is Curtain of Lies: The Battle over Truth in Stalinist Eastern Europe (2017). On 22 December 1949, with Cold War tensions running high, the United States president Harry S Truman gave a speech to dedicate the carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Freedom, Truman declared, was the core of the American creed. Those buried at … Continue reading The other side of the curtain

A New Black Metal Album Was Just Published — and It Wasn’t Made by a Human

. IN BRIEF An artificial intelligence has produced a five-track black metal album titled “Coditany of Timeness.” The songs were produced by training a neural network with Krallice’s 2011 record Diotima.  DADABOTS/Bandcamp ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SHREDS Artificial intelligence has already proven its prowess at tasks, from driving cars to making nuclear reactors safer. Now, the technology is being used to create a black metal album that shreds just as fiercely as music produced by humans. Coditany of Timeness is the product of a project undertaken by CJ Carr and Zack Zukowski. It’s a five-track black metal album that features songs with algorithmically generated titles like … Continue reading A New Black Metal Album Was Just Published — and It Wasn’t Made by a Human

You’re Just Not Prepared For What’s Coming

image edited by Fernando Kaskais Not even close by Chris Martenson December 1, 2017 I hate to break it to you, but chances are you’re just not prepared for what’s coming. Not even close. Don’t take it personally. I’m simply playing the odds. After spending more than a decade warning people all over the world about the futility of pursuing infinite exponential economic growth on a finite planet, I can tell you this: very few are even aware of the nature of our predicament. An even smaller subset is either physically or financially ready for the sort of future barreling … Continue reading You’re Just Not Prepared For What’s Coming

Aging Expert: The First Person to Live to 1,000 Has Already Been Born

image edited by Fernando Kaskais  IN BRIEF SENS Research Foundation co-founder Aubrey de Grey believes in a world in which we no longer age. At a London event, he explained that he believes the first person who will live to be 1,000 has already been born, and we’ll solve this “aging problem” within 20 years. TO BE YOUNG FOREVER Aging has plagued biological organisms since life first began on planet Earth and it’s an accepted and universally understood part of life. Sure, things like climate change pose significant threats to society, but aging will almost certainly still exist even if … Continue reading Aging Expert: The First Person to Live to 1,000 Has Already Been Born