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Americans Should Be Freaking Out About Online Censorship

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The approaches Facebook and Google are taking toward free speech are a serious cause for concern; scientists have found a song that reduces anxiety; meanwhile, our national debt has hit historic highs. These discoveries and more below.

Taibbi: Censorship Does Not End Well
How America learned to stop worrying and put Mark Zuckerberg in charge of everything.

Socialists Need to Fight for Economic Change — Not Just Another Version Of Capitalism
A limited interpretation of socialism, better characterized as state capitalism, fails to redraw the oppressive employer/employee relationship.

Parkland Students Blend QR and Fashion to Register Voters
In their most recent popularization in the U.S., QRs are front and center in the anti-gun violence movement from March for Our Lives, launched by students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fla.

The Ever-Evolving Art of the Coming-Out Video
Whether it’s through a Facebook post or blog entry, countless people are using the internet as their vehicle to come out to loved ones—either as a substitute to coming out in person or to precede a sometimes-difficult conversation.

National Debt at Highest Level Since After WWII
Despite President Trump’s declaration that he would eliminate the national debt over eight years, the debt-to-Gross Domestic Product ratio has reached its highest level since after World War II, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Do Teens Use Facebook? It Depends on Their Family’s Income
Lower-income teens are more likely to use Facebook than their more affluent counterparts.

In China, Fighting Clickbait by Teaching People How to Write
Writing courses offered by the creator of China30s help fund the independent website.

Powerful Women Told Me Getting a Dog Is the Key to Success. They Were Right.
At age 24, buying a dog was irresponsible, and the best decision I’ve ever made.

Neuroscientists Discover A Song That Reduces Anxiety By 65 Percent
Neuroscientists in the U.K. have zeroed in on a single song that results in a dramatic 65% reduction in overall anxiety.

Trump Foreign Policy Held Back by Struggle to Grasp Time Zones, Maps
Trump also has trouble relating to foreign presidents who have real jobs that don’t involve binge-watching cable news.

The Banality of Capitalism in China
There are moments of friendship and warmth in Wang Bing’s documentary Bitter Money but the primary sense a viewer gets is that being on the bottom rung of capitalism in China consists mainly of boredom.

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