A riveting podcast about boundaries, consent, and sex: Kaitlin Prest's "no" season for The Heart.
In two-thirds of accidents, self-driving cars get rear-ended—possibly because humans expect other humans to break traffic rules.
Since mid-2014, capital flight from China may be as high as $800 billion. Vancouver, long a recipient, is trying to stop the flow.
David R. Chan has eaten at more than 7,300 Chinese restaurants for the sake of keeping a list (he doesn't really like food).
America's largest county government (LA county) paid over $36 million to resolve sexual misconduct claims from 2004-2017.
A handful of reasons on why you should be wary of court-packing specifically and Constitutional hardball generally.

It’s the nature of constitutional hardball that when one party does it, the other party fights back in an ever-accelerating spiral. Whether this would justify Democratic court-packing is an interesting question.

Raising the number of justices on the Supreme Court is absolutely legal. But history suggests it won’t change anytime soon.

↩︎ Bloomberg
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Here is the world’s only "scientifically documented, comprehensive database of all known shark attacks."
About 80% of tech firms in China have at least one female executive. In the US the figure is 54% and in the UK 53%.

To focus on corruption misses something important about the forces that have brought us to this point... The subways were not built for people like you and me. They were built for people like J. P. Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, and Elbert Gary of US Steel.

New York City subway wasn’t designed for its citizens. It was designed—and is still maintained—for profit.

↩︎ Commune
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Over 40,000 London properties are owned by overseas firms, many of them registered in the Virgin Islands (for money laundering).
Kudzu, refineries, motels, and cars. Scenes from the Ogden Museum's "New Southern Photography."
A brief explanation of “post-Salafi,” an emerging, amorphous category of Muslim thought derived partly from Wahhabism.
In isopolyphonic Albanian folk singing, ultra-rare voices that can mimic goat's bells are the most prized.
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister appoints women to half of his government’s ministerial posts, saying they are "less corrupt."

Trans men and women exist. Genderqueer people exist. We have been part of this country for hundreds of years—since before the Revolution, in fact. Redefining us won’t make us go away.

Jennifer Finney Boylan responds to the White House’s plan to define a person’s sex as unchangeable, determined by the genitals.

↩︎ The New York Times
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"I’m in a constant state of anger.” James Baldwin gets invoked to justify a rough play in Sunday's Panthers-Eagles game.
Shadowy still-lifes by Alex Selkowitz.

Despite all my years of studying brain disorders, for the first time in my life I realize how profoundly unsettling it is to have a brain that does not function.

After brain cancer affected her behavior, a neuroscientist comprehends mental illness in new ways.

↩︎ Quartz
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