Cuts to American education, combined with other factors, have made it no longer accurate to call higher education public; a court has ruled that the data on your cellphone is actually the property of your carrier; meanwhile, Chelsea Manning makes a case for “increasing freedom of information and transparency” in the U.S. These items and more below.

The State of Public Higher Education in the United States According to a new study by Demos, the major cause of the rise in college tuition costs is not, as is often believed, administrative bloat or construction binges, but the decline in state funding for higher education.

The Eshima Ohashi Bridge In Japan Looks Absolutely Terrifying We’ve seen truly terrifying bridges before, but nothing quite as scary-looking as the Eshima Ohashi Bridge in Japan.

Santa Monica Won’t Allow Five-Story Buildings in Its Downtown Wealthy little Santa Monica is famously against anything tall or big or dense built anywhere in the city, but it’s still somehow surprising that the SaMo City Council has just voted (4 to 3) to remove an option in its zoning code that would have allowed new five-story buildings in the downtown area of the city along Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards.

7 Surprising Things That Could Make You A Sex Offender We recently reported on a 10-year-old child who’s required to register as a sex offender for abusing younger boys on an Arizona Army base.

Court Rules Cellphone Data Belongs to Your Phone Carrier, Not You A U.S. court has handed privacy advocates a surprising reversal on a landmark pro-privacy decision: Last year, the court ruled against the government in the case of Quartavious Davis, whose cellphone was tracked by cops as he went on a three-month robbery spree.

Driskell v. Homosexuals: The Civil Rights Case of the Century We live in exciting times for civil rights litigation.

Amy Schumer Faces 12 Angry Men Is being an unattractive woman in show business a crime?

How Bad Is the United States at Reducing Income Inequality? LIS’s Janet Gornick and Branko Milanovic released a short report which found that if you look at people of all ages, market income inequality indeed isn’t much higher here than in Europe.

The Insanity That Ate Texas Oh, it’s coming, Folks. It’s a comin’.

Chelsea Manning: We’re Citizens, Not Subjects. We Have the Right to Criticize Government Without Fear

The American public needs more access to what the government is doing in its name. That requires increasing freedom of information and transparency

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