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At its core, the initiative appears to be an elaborate marketing tool.

An investigation into the much-hyped project to cure cancer ("cancer moonshot") by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong—the world's richest doctor, linked to both Trump and Tronc—finds that there is little actual medicine being practiced.
↩︎ STAT
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Childhood is fertile terrain for the genre of horror, as Stephen King explains in the 1989 interview featured in this video. Via Aeon.

When dead migrants are made visible, it also becomes a moral obligation to do something about it.

There is no official database of refugees who die crossing Europe's borders, in part because countries will need to take responsibility as opposed to foisting blame on smugglers and migrants.
↩︎ Refugees Deeply
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The first Oscar-nominated Indian actress passed as white, and later on, a different Indian actress—more of an indie starlet—ended up being more famous for her cookbooks.

Dev Patel is the third actor of Indian origin to be nominated for an Oscar. The first was half-Sri Lankan (then Ceylonese) Merle Oberon, who refused to appear on camera without makeup. Retrospect explains why. Her history was edited: "'Estelle Thompson from Bombay became Merle Oberon, a white upper class Hobart girl who moves to India from Tasmania after her distinguished father dies in a hunting accident.'" 

Before she became the face of Indian home cooking, Madhur Jaffrey attended London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and won the Best Actress award at the Berlin Film Festival for her role in Merchant-Ivory's Shakespeare Wallah. But, writes Mayukh Sen after an interview, Jaffrey became more marketable in a different role: "that of the strenuously kind woman who can teach you how to make curry."  

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You’re actually dangerous when you do what Yiannopoulos did in the "pedophile" tapes: defend society’s most hated outcasts, and tell the truth about the complexities of gay men’s sexuality. You’re dangerous when you stick up for those on the fringes rather than kicking them.

A knotty take on Yiannopoulos: Many accommodated his racism and sexism, but not a frank discussion about his taboo sexual history.
↩︎ Current Affairs
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Moments after these men catcalled her on the street, Hannah Price photographed them. The photos are a part of her series, City of Brotherly Love.

Any graduate student with a clipboard can demonstrate that reasonable-seeming people are often totally irrational. Rarely has this insight seemed more relevant than it does right now. Still, an essential puzzle remains: How did we come to be this way?

Elizabeth Kolbert dives into history to see why facts don't change our minds. The frightening answer: because humans are bad at thinking.
↩︎ The New Yorker
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A dispatch from "First Ladyland," Melania Trump's Slovenian hometown.

In my job I oversee about 250 enemies of the people. We have enemies of the people who make maps, cover high school baseball, send tweets about the Cowboys, assign book reviews, critique restaurants, track North Texas home prices and write profiles of tech entrepreneurs. One enemy of the people spends his days talking to grieving families and carefully crafting the stories of the dead.

Trump's broadsides at the "elite media" defile the contributions of yeoman local journalists.
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