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The End of Work as We Know It

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As automation increases and pointless jobs become obsolete, our work lives may finally become more enjoyable; Pew has a new way of looking at religion in the U.S.; meanwhile, an analysis reveals that the majority of civilians killed by police are young men of color. These discoveries and more below.

In the Future, Who Will Still Work for a Paycheck?
Many jobs are pointless. Others are being automated away.

Why Tourism Is Killing Barcelona – A Photo Essay
One of the coolest destinations in Europe just two decades ago, Barcelona is now so overcrowded it has become a tourist theme park – and is losing the character that made it so popular

Here’s How We’re Going to Pay for Single-Payer
The short answer is fairly simple: through taxation.

Are the Politics of ‘Incivility’ Paving the Road to an American Fascism?
Complaints about civility avoid the big questions of the Trump era: Why is America sliding into authoritarianism?

How Israel Spies on U.S. Citizens
A never-shown Al-Jazeera documentary on the pro-Israel lobby in the United States reveals possibly illegal Israeli spying on American citizens, and the lobby’s fear of a changing political mood.

The Religious Typology: A New Way to Categorize Americans by Religion
A new Pew Research Center analysis looks at beliefs and behaviors that cut across many denominations – important traits that unite people of different faiths, or that divide people who have the same religious affiliation – producing a new and revealing classification, or typology, of religion in America.

Who’s Afraid of a White Minority?
The battle over how to project the future population of the United States has profound political implications.

The Religion of Whiteness Becomes a Suicide Cult
A wounded and swaggering identity geopolitics puts the world in grave danger.

I Helped Create Insider Political Journalism. Now It’s Time For It To Go Away.
Traditional political journalists were the last people to notice in 2016 that the world had changed.

How America Killed Transit
Streetcar, bus, and metro systems have been ignoring one lesson for 100 years: Service drives demand.

A Conservative Social Network Would Fail
Twitter and Facebook CEOs Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg, in their wildest dreams, would love Donald Trump Jr.’s idea for “one of the two Silicon Valley conservatives” to start up a conservative social network.

We Gathered Data on Every Confirmed, Line-of-Duty Police Killing of a Civilian in 2014 and 2015. Here’s What We Found.
Officers of all races disproportionately kill black and brown young men. What will it take for that to change?

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