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People like to watch other people hike on YouTube

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YouTube user Martyupnorth really likes to hike. He likes day hikes, he likes overnight backpacking trips, he likes hiking alone, with his family, and with his dog. And he documents much of it on his YouTube channel, where more than 10,000 subscribers tune in to watch him trek through the wilderness and offer observations, tips, and tricks for those interested in following in his literal footsteps.

-via The Outline

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Sees a “Russia Connection” Lurking Around Every Corner

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One day after her network joined the rest of corporate media in cheering for President Trump’s missile attack on Syria, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was back to regular business: seeing Russian collaboration with Trump at work.

-via The Intercept

Why the Hell Did the New York Times Just Hire a Climate Denier?

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In late March, the New York Times’ editorial board called President Trump’s move to dismantle Obama-era climate protections “deeply dismaying,” citing “the rock-solid scientific consensus that without swift action the consequences of climate change—rising seas, more devastating droughts, widespread species extinction—are likely to get steadily worse.” Today the paper announced it has hired a climate denier as an op-ed columnist.

-via In These Times

The Brutality Of The Barkley Marathons

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Robbins finished in 60:00:06. As he lay on the ground at the finish, sodden and babbling, the man who invented both the Barkley Marathons and a persona to match stood watching. Robbins was marked a DNF.

-via Deadspin

Free Public College Has Arrived in New York — With Some Big Catches

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to waive tuition fees for some New Yorkers at any two or four-year state college, first covered in the Voice in February, has survived the state budget brawl — but it comes with some unexpected and alarming caveats.

-via Village Voice

DEAD MALL SERIES : Sad, Depressing BRISTOL MALL in Bristol, VA

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The story behind the meme mocking Pepsi’s attempts to brand rebellion

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But here’s what folks who shared the meme might not know about that photo: The image is a still taken from a video that shows me on the phone, walking on the sidewalk, when Seattle police officer Sandra Delafuente, totally unprovoked, opens up a can of pepper spray in my face. If only Kendall had been there with a cold can of Pepsi!

-via I Am An Educator

Why Socialism? by Albert Einstein

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Is it advisable for one who is not an expert on economic and social issues to express views on the subject of socialism? I believe for a number of reasons that it is.

Let us first consider the question from the point of view of scientific knowledge. It might appear that there are no essential methodological differences between astronomy and economics: scientists in both fields attempt to discover laws of general acceptability for a circumscribed group of phenomena in order to make the interconnection of these phenomena as clearly understandable as possible. But in reality such methodological differences do exist.

-via Monthly Review

A Town Forgotten

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The decline of Cairo is a version of a familiar story in the US. It is a story of brutal, dramatic, and often predatory economic changes. It is a story of technological progress that hasn’t served everyone. It is the story of crass materialism that has hollowed out much of America and left many folks feeling empty. It is the story of an ugly racism that makes the changes fall heaviest on minorities. It is a story of entire communities discarded, the residents then told to “just move.”

-via Medium by Chris Arnade

Central American Children Try to Convince Courts They Need Protection

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Ultimately, between April 2014 and August 2015, more than 102,000 unaccompanied children were detained at the border, and their fates haunted Luiselli to such an extent that on her return to New York, she started volunteering as an interpreter for children facing deportation in federal immigration court. She has written a new book about her experience, “Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay In Forty Questions,” and it couldn’t be more timely.

-via The Intercept

 Too Many of Trump’s Liberal Critics Are Praising His Strike on Syria

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It shouldn’t be surprising, but it is to me nonetheless: Plenty of liberals who’ve long criticized Donald Trump as unfit to be president are praising his strike on Syrian airfields.

On CNN’s New Day Thursday, global analyst Fareed Zakaria declared, “I think Donald Trump became president of the United States” last night. To his credit, Zakaria has previously called Trump a “bullshit artist” and said, “He has gotten the presidency by bullshitting.” But Zakaria apparently thinks firing missiles make one presidential.

-via The Nation

Tennessee University Fires NPR Reporter After Politicians Complain

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Now Helbert has been fired by the university, after legislators objected to her report and complained that she hadn’t identified herself to them. Helbert has filed a lawsuit in response, while freedom of the press activists have organized rallies and petitions in her defense.

-via Truthout

Minority Neighborhoods Pay Higher Car Insurance Premiums Than White Areas With the Same Risk

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Our analysis of premiums and payouts in California, Illinois, Texas and Missouri shows that some major insurers charge minority neighborhoods as much as 30 percent more than other areas with similar accident costs.

-via ProPublica

University of Minnesota student takes on injustices in the bail system

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Simon Cecil sat on a metal stoop at the Hennepin County jail’s exit, studying a mug shot of a man he’s never met but just paid $50 to bail out.

Mug shots rarely capture a flattering likeness, and Cecil has learned that calculating the time it takes to discharge someone from jail is a science of educated guessing, so he stares at every face moving to the door, looking for David Stribling. After about half an hour, Cecil spots a guy who might be Stribling, but when he approaches, the stranger shakes his head and asks for a cigarette.

-via StarTribune

Arkansas Plans to Execute Seven People This Month, Continuing Long Tradition of Assembly-Line Killing

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On April 17, the state of Arkansas plans to kill Don Davis and Bruce Earl Ward, two men who have been on death row since the early 1990s. Neither has applied for clemency. Both will die on the same gurney, back to back, if all goes according to plan. Executioners will start by injecting them with a sedative called midazolam, never before used by the state, but which is supposed to render them unconscious for the two lethal drugs to follow. No one, apart from a handful of officials, knows where the drugs will come from, or who exactly will do the injecting.

-via The Intercept

Rahm Emanuel’s College Proposal Is Everything Wrong With Democratic Education Policy

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On Wednesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new educational proposal: starting with this year’s freshman class, every student in the Chicago public school system will be required to show an acceptance letter from a college, a trade school or apprenticeship, or a branch of the military in order to graduate. “We live in a period of time when you earn what you learn,” Mayor Emanuel said. (Democratic politicians’ attempts at folksiness are always pretty grim.) “We want to make 14th grade universal,” he also said. The proposed measure is almost certainly a publicity stunt which will have little effect in practice.

-via Current Affairs

Why Some of America’s Small-Scale Organic Farms Like Mine Are in Jeopardy

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I did not set out forty-some years ago to be a hippy, organic or alternative farmer of any sort. Deeply disillusioned after a few years striving to reform society’s miscreants in the prison and parole system, I ached to produce something of unquestioned value for myself and my community, namely food. Though a jolly good ride, that proved to be not as simple as it looked. Let me share a thing or two about a thing or two that I learned along the way of the dirt farmer.

-via AlterNet

The Surprising Resilience of Failed Fast Food Chains

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While Kenny Rogers’ “Islands in the Stream” partner Dolly Parton found success with a theme park, Kenny Rogers agreed to let his likeness become the face of an entirely different operation: a rotisserie chicken chain.

The chain began in 1991 thanks in part to former Kentucky Gov. John Y. Brown, who had turned KFC into an international success. And, at first, Kenny Rogers Roasters was on the same track; by 1994, the company already had 109 locations.

-via Atlas Obscura

 Socialism in America Is Closer Than You Think

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In 1970, the great liberal economist John Kenneth Galbraith declared that the “Democratic Party must henceforth use the word ‘socialism.’ It describes what is needed.” Like many others, however, Galbraith largely dropped the subject in subsequent years. The response to Bernie Sanders’s insurgent presidential campaign, along with polls showing that large numbers of young people and minorities in America have a positive view of socialism, suggest that this once-forbidden concept may no longer be taboo.

-via The Nation

Companies start implanting microchips into workers’ bodies

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The syringe slides in between the thumb and index finger. Then, with a click, a microchip is injected in the employee’s hand. Another “cyborg” is created.

What could pass for a dystopian vision of the workplace is almost routine at the Swedish start-up hub Epicenter. The company offers to implant its workers and start-up members with microchips the size of grains of rice that function as swipe cards: to open doors, operate printers or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand.

-via The Los Angeles Times