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Democrats Help Republicans Take Away Your Constitutional Rights

President Trump and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. (AP)

Democratic lawmakers had an opportunity to amend the U.S. government’s surveillance powers and they squandered it; cyborgs may be more popular public figures than actual people in the near future; and it turns out that tea only ever goes by variations of two names. These discoveries and more below.

Dem Support For Trump Surveillance Powers Proves “Resistance” Is Bull*hit
55 Democrats voted against your constitutional rights and opposed the USA RIGHTS amendment. Among them are Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff.

The Next Big Celebrities Are Cyborgs
Instagram star @lilmiquela is in a quandary, so she decides to seek help.

A Warning for Democrats, and Indeed for All Americans
Many Americans, at least most in my circle, are enjoying watching Donald Trump self-destruct.

Francis Moore Lappe: Small Planet Farming
People yearn for alternatives to industrial agriculture, but they are worried.

Trump Lauded Delivery of F-52s to Norway. The Planes Only Exist in ‘Call of Duty.’
President Trump caused a stir with his announcement that the United States had delivered F-52 fighter jets to Norway.

Trump, “Shitholes,” and the Nature of “Us”
Last Thursday, Trump called Haiti and African states “shithole countries,” and that was, in a way, the least of it this week.

Has #MeToo Gone Too Far, or Not Far Enough? The Answer Is Both
What is at stake in Catherine Deneuve’s recent letter in Le Monde attacking the feminist movement? It’s a question of where you draw the line.

How a Mudslide Becomes a Deadly Tsunami of Rocks and Sludge
The California mudslides that killed 17 people—eight more remain missing—came as a terrifying surprise in the early morning to the enclaves of Montecito and Summerland, nestled into the California coastline just southeast of Santa Barbara.

How Robo-callers Outwitted the Government and Completely Wrecked the Do Not Call List
On the morning of Oct. 1, 2015, a middle-aged telemarketer arrived at the Washington headquarters of the Federal Trade Commission.

Finding the Roots of Graphic Novels in the Ancient World
Recent research on the use of graphic narratives in the ancient world has revealed their value to everyday people in the ancient Mediterranean — similar to modern audiences’ appreciation for such work.

Tea If by Sea, Cha If By Land: Why the World Only Has Two Words for Tea
With a few minor exceptions, there are really only two ways to say “tea” in the world. One is like the English term—té in Spanish and tee in Afrikaans are two examples. The other is some variation of cha, like chay in Hindi.

The World Might Be Better Off Without College for Everyone
Students don’t seem to be getting much out of higher education.

How to Fix Facebook—Before It Fixes Us
An early investor explains why the social media platform’s business model is such a threat—and what to do about it.

Net Neutrality and the Driverless Future
Tech and transportation are now traveling the same (cellular) wavelength.

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