In a first, Twitter adds fact-check warnings to Trump tweets

For the first time, Twitter has flagged some of President Donald Trump’s tweets with a fact-check warning.

On Tuesday, Twitter added a warning phrase to two Trump tweets that called mail-in ballots “fraudulent” and predicted that “mail boxes will be robbed,” among other things. Under the tweets, there is now a link reading “Get the facts about mail-in ballots” that guides users to a Twitter “moments” page with fact checks and news stories about Trump’s unsubstantiated ...
Submitted by katheudo at 2020-05-26 23:48pm to the Politics forum.

Why are Africa's coronavirus successes being overlooked?

Examples of innovation aren’t getting the fanfare they would do if they emerged from Europe or the US
Submitted by Nibbles at 2020-05-26 22:10pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Step Chickens and the Rise of TikTok ‘Cults’

Last week, a new name broke into Apple’s most-downloaded social networking apps. Among the usual suspects of Instagram, Facebook and TikTok appeared an app called Stepchickens, with a cryptic blue selfie as its logo.

The image has become nearly ubiquitous on TikTok, as tens of thousands of users have changed their avatars to show their loyalty to its subject: Melissa Ong, the 27-year-old “mother hen” of the platform’s largest and most powerful “cult,” the Step Chickens.
Submitted by Qfwfq at 2020-05-26 20:45pm to the Podcasts, Etc forum.

Neofeudalism: The End of Capitalism?

IN CAPITAL IS DEAD, McKenzie Wark asks: What if we’re not in capitalism anymore but something worse? The question is provocative, sacrilegious, unsettling as it forces anti-capitalists to confront an unacknowledged attachment to capitalism. Communism was supposed to come after capitalism and it’s not here, so doesn’t that mean we are still in capitalism? Left unquestioned, this assumption hinders political analysis. If we’ve rejected strict historical determinism, we should be able to ...
Submitted by havingfung at 2020-05-26 20:33pm to the The Economy forum.

What About the Rotten Culture of the Rich?

The stereotypes are dragged out of men sitting on stoops drinking tall boys, or teenagers slinging drugs on corners, or stoned 20 year old’s playing Fortnite, or fathering children out of wedlock, instead of building a resume. All are highlighted as signs of a culture gone wrong. One that doesn’t care about building healthy communities, only about immediate individual pleasure.

Yet those same scolds rarely talk about the culture of the wealthy and its deep selfishness that celebrates ...
Submitted by WootFuxor at 2020-05-26 19:19pm to the The Economy forum.

The medications that change who we are

We’re all familiar with the mind-bending properties of psychedelic drugs – but it turns out ordinary medications can be just as potent. From paracetamol (known as acetaminophen in the US) to antihistamines, statins, asthma medications and antidepressants, there’s emerging evidence that they can make us impulsive, angry, or restless, diminish our empathy for strangers, and even manipulate fundamental aspects of our personalities, such as how neurotic we are.
Submitted by Nibbles at 2020-05-26 19:00pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

College Teacher Gets Students to Watch Him Hang From Hooks in His Chest, Is Sorry, Resigns

A political science professor at Tarleton State University has resigned in a new weird kind of disgrace: Dr. Jeff Justice admits to having his students watch while he suspended himself in the air from hooks through his chest.

By all accounts, the loss of Dr. Justice comes as a blow to Tarelton State, where he seems to have been a well-liked, knowledgeable educator. One of his reviews on indicates that he is, "not too bad, smart, but weird."

According to a statement he ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-05-26 18:39pm to the Education forum.

Alberta minister says it’s a ‘great time’ to build a pipeline because COVID-19 restrictions limit protests against them

Alberta’s energy minister says it’s a good time to build a pipeline because public-health restrictions limit protests against them.

Sonya Savage made the comment Friday on a podcast hosted by the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors. She was asked about progress of the Trans Mountain Expansion project, which is under construction on its route between Edmonton and Vancouver.

“Now is a great time to be building a pipeline because you can’t have protests of more than ...
Submitted by katheudo at 2020-05-26 18:16pm to the Off Topic News forum.

The Trump administration reportedly considered conducting the first nuclear test explosion in 28 years in response to China and Russia

The prospect of restarting testing reportedly came up in a meeting with officials from top national security agencies on Friday, May 15, after Russia and China were accused of performing low-yield nuclear tests — allegations both countries have denied.

An anonymous senior administration official told The Post that a US "rapid test" could offer leverage in arms negotiations with Russia and China, as the White House pushes for a trilateral arms control deal.

It would be the first time in ...
Submitted by katheudo at 2020-05-26 18:17pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Woke liberals and the occult

Legitimizing the occult allows authoritarian feminists to exert power over the people they dislike, and to do so in a way that nominally exempts them from the problematics of engaging in straight-up carceral feminism or other regressive politics. And I don’t mean this in a metaphoric or loose sense. There’s real-life precedence of authoritarian feminists doing exactly this.

Satan’s Silence (1995), a book by Debbie Nathan and Michael Snedeker, does an excellent job of detailing many ...
Submitted by WootFuxor at 2020-05-26 18:03pm to the Crime forum.

Shaun King Keeps Raising Money, and Questions About Where It Goes

When Shaun King and progressive journalist Benjamin Dixon launched an ambitious multimedia reboot of Frederick Douglass’ abolitionist newspaper, The North Star, last February, it was celebrated across social media by prominent voices, including Susan Sarandon, Michael Eric Dyson, and Megan Mullally. A month later, the company boasted on Twitter that it already had “multiple angel investors” and more than 30,000 subscribers contributing $5 per month for students and $10 a month and up for ...
Submitted by nocash at 2020-05-26 17:59pm to the Crime forum.

Minister Quits as Britain Boils Over With Rage Against Boris Johnson and His Lockdown-Breaking Aide

The most serious political crisis that Boris Johnson has faced as British prime minister is getting worse.

Johnson has become a lightning rod for the fury of the British public—frustrated and restless after nine weeks of lockdown restrictions—after his decision not to sack his top aide who was forced to admit that he traveled hundreds of miles during the pandemic, despite suspecting that both he and his wife had COVID-19.
Submitted by nocash at 2020-05-26 17:58pm to the Politics forum.

How a 16-Person Poly Pod Is Isolating in Bushwick

A polyamorous lifestyle is undoubtedly ill-suited to our germophobic moment. Yet, the Villa’s residents seem to have an edge when it comes to thorny conversations about health and risk. “We’re all about responsible humanism, so we’re used to talking about how our behavior affects other people,” Kenneth Play, a sex educator and co-founder of Hacienda Villa, said.
Submitted by nocash at 2020-05-26 16:54pm to the The World forum.

Skyrim Grandma takes time off for her health after negative YouTube comments

“My blood pressure is going insane. My stress level is way too high. And I’m going to have to take control of it. Some of the comments are stressing me out way too much,” Curry says in a vlog posted earlier this month. “I know that I shouldn’t let these things stress me out, but they do. That’s just the way it is.”
Submitted by SharoKham at 2020-05-26 16:50pm to the Video Games forum.

This Lickable Screen Can Recreate Almost Any Taste or Flavor Without Eating Food

No matter how they may make you feel, licking your gadgets and electronics is never recommended. Unless you’re a researcher from Meiji University in Japan who’s invented what’s being described as a taste display that can artificially recreate any flavor by triggering the five different tastes on a user’s tongue.
Submitted by revdrew at 2020-05-26 14:51pm to the Science forum.

Is this the end of productivity?

Christ I hope so
Submitted by revdrew at 2020-05-26 13:37pm to the The Economy forum.

Calif. Design Firm Working on Protective Suit for Concerts and Clubbing and Driving Your Engineer Brain Crazy Sometimes

It looks like a space suit with a tight helmet, filtration system and LED lighting accents. But this suit could be the future for big events like concerts or even clubbing during the coronavirus pandemic.

With many concerts and big events being postponed or even canceled, a local design firm has set out to create a wearable, technology driven personal coronavirus protection suit. They hope this will get crowds back in clubs and venues so they can socialize without social ...
Submitted by Double The Fist at 2020-05-26 8:10am to the Horseshit! forum.

H.G. Carrillo lived most of his adult life as a Cuban-American novelist who fled Havana as a child – then his recent death from COVID-19 revealed his origin story was one of his greatest fictions.

The author, assistant professor at George Washington University and chairman of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation died from coronavirus April 20 in Washington, D.C., at the age of 59.

His initial obituary published Friday by the Washington Post included a detailed interview with his husband and ...
Submitted by #YOLO at 2020-05-26 4:38am to the Books forum.

At hotels for homeless Seattleites, fear and frustration outside but comparative calm within

Michael Lee isn’t sure what’s going on.

He said he’s been using heroin for years, ever since an accident that put him in a wheelchair and introduced him to painkillers.

Up until a month ago, he was spending $20 a day on it; it was easy to find near the shelter where he’d been living for two years, Downtown Emergency Service Center’s main shelter on Third Avenue in downtown Seattle.

Then, King County paid to put up Lee and more than 200 other homeless men and women in a hotel ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-05-26 3:45am to the Health & Beauty forum.

A North Carolina Hair Salon Reopened, But Poultry Workers Aren't Welcome

The hair salon SmartCuts reopened its doors in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, on Memorial Day weekend after a long closure due to the coronavirus.

But not every customer was welcome to hop in a chair like old times.

A sign posted on the shop window explained: “Due to the number of Tyson employees who have tested positive for Covid19, and given the close contact experienced during our services, we are unable to serve Tyson employees. We sincerely apologize for this decision, and we ask ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-05-25 23:44pm to the Health & Beauty forum.