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I should acknowledge just how wrong I was about this election. I never once questioned my confident prediction that Donald Trump would never become president. “Just because Trump makes no sense doesn't mean common sense has become worthless,” I wrote after Trump won some early primaries. “One black swan does not foretell a flock of black swans.” (Yeah. About that.)↩︎ Vox
And you thought Klout was bad
China wants to create a statewide "social credit score," which will first take into account minor infractions like jaywalking but could expand to include things like test scores and web activity.
"The biggest struggle of his first day on campus: finding a place to pray."
The student journalist who spoke with Abdul Razak Ali Artan thought he'd found the perfect human interest story: a young, intellectual Muslim man who successfully transferred to a better school, only to find nowhere to pray at one of the nation's largest universities.
That journalist reflects on the brutal, heartrending turn the story took from there: Abdul was shot this week after injuring eleven of his classmates in an attempted killing spree. It's hard not to wonder if the fears he confessed in August, over Islamophobic Trump supporters, pushed him over the edge.
The strategic alliance of snake-oil vendors and conservative true believers points up evidence of another successful long march, of tactics designed to corral fleeceable multitudes all in one place—and the formation of a cast of mind that makes it hard for either them or us to discern where the ideological con ended and the money con began.↩︎ The Baffler
The world does not need any more 17-year-old Wall Street babies who show up during O-Week and learn how to shake hands and take selfies with war criminals, any more moderates who lust for compromise in the legislatures and tweet gleefully about Hamilton while minority voting blocs in rural areas get gerrymandered out of existence.↩︎ The Chicago Maroon
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