The '90s obsession with the Greatest Generation laid the groundwork for another "good war" on terror.
Mercury, long banned from cosmetics, persists in skin-lightening soaps, which are half-heartedly regulated.

The tide of secondhand clothes keeps growing even as the markets to reuse them are disappearing.

Thanks to fast fashion, garments are worn 36 percent fewer times before they are disposed of.

↩︎ Bloomberg
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Climate experts grade the year's biggest stories for credibility. (Lots fail.)
The Florida Project, Moonlight, Good Time—the vanguard of dashed dreams, or a New Proletarian Cinema.

“Most people don’t realize how deeply ingrained their habits are and how where we park our car on a regular basis can tell someone many things about us.”

Your car is likely gathering a lot of information about you, and it’s in the carmaker’s best interest to exploit it.

↩︎ The Washington Post
18h

Everyone will always have Paris everywhere.

In 2012 I spent two weeks visiting different towns around the US called Paris (there are approximately two dozen in total) to get a sense of what Americans thought about the French. The result was the TMN series "Our French Connection" and an e-book of the same name.

Yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that a Parisian photographer was apparently inspired by the story (it later got translated and republished in the French magazine Feuilleton) and set about trying to approach the story visually—ultimately by comparing shots of the real Paris with photographs of Tianducheng, in China’s Zhejiang Province, where about 2,000 people live in a Paris replica, many of them working in a nearby France-themed amusement park.

Images on the left are from China, images on the right are from France, all copyright François Prost. Fantastic stuff.

19h
Imprisonment rates for black men plunged by 24% in the 2000s while the white imprisonment rate slightly rose.
The PTSD of EDM: "Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder" concerns ecstasy users who think they've gone crazy.

To win a Kia Sentra you had to kiss it for 50 hours. Twenty contestants would compete, and the last person with his or her lips on the car won. I was up for it.

From a car-kisser to a squash champion to a cowboy, some lovely portraits of American immigrants.

↩︎ EPIC Magazine
21h
A father recently released from jail offers some emotional parenting advice to a father going into prison.
Worried that you spend too much time on your smartphone? A former design ethicist at Google says, "Go grayscale."
One million Californians can now apply to have their past marijuana-related offenses reduced or expunged completely.
White paper for the day: When mass killers make the news, they receive more valuable coverage than A-list actors.

Trump continues his unrelenting attacks on the integrity of American journalists and news outlets. This has provided cover for repressive regimes to follow suit.

John McCain rips the President again for his “hypocritical” hatemongering of the press.

↩︎ The Washington Post
22h
In the world's coldest town—Oymyakon, Russia—a bonfire must be lit to warm the ground before burying dead bodies.
Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy creates photorealistic ghost towns by erasing everything from buildings except the facades.

From Daytona to Disney to divorce, Matthew Armitage's illustrated recollection of a manic two weeks in Orlando.

A contraceptive app that tracks vital signs to predict fertility has been blamed for 37 unwanted pregnancies.