Headlines Edition

Saturday Headlines: The carnival is over.

In the past two weeks, three historically black churches have burned in a single Louisiana parish.

Brexit news is now so erratic that machine-driven trading systems can't forecast the price of the pound.

Prediction markets work pretty well at guessing the future, but surveying individuals with solid track records is even better.

A short list of policies that a majority of Americans support.

"They are selling him his own anger...for all the money he doesn't have anymore." People who've lost family members to Fox News.

From offshore oil rigs to nuclear plants, a briefing on the many industries the Trump administration thinks can self-regulate.

Countries' annual per-capita health expenditure compared to average life expectancies. (In the US, a lot goes a little way.)

Amazon announces Alexa is now HIPAA-compliant, allowing it to securely transmit private patient data.

“A lot of times, especially at a fancy restaurant, there will be a sign that says ‘Accessible entrance around the back.’ It’ll be in a shady corner by the dumpsters. It says, ‘Ring a bell and someone will assist you.’ Maybe if you’re lucky someone will answer.” Restaurants may be required to be accessible, but their treatment of those with disabilities is frequently unwelcoming.

A multimedia examination of life inside the surveillance state of Xinjiang, in China's far west.

The Soviets tested nukes in an area of Kazakhstan, exposing millions to radiation for 14 years, harming health across generations.

As our internet experience, especially post-Facebook, became more explicitly tied to our “IRL” identity, then the dynamic flipped. Now we could no longer experience “life on screen” as anti-structure, as backstage, as a place of release. By sociological analogy, the internet was a carnival; now it’s a stage, and we’re all starting to sweat under the lights.

The music lost by MySpace is now preserved on the Internet Archive, so you can go listen and relive all your youthful emotions.

And the point is that the poet is doing with elegance just what children do themselves. Children savor language—words, new words, unfamiliar words, challenging words—and play with it, juggle words about for the sound of them. It’s not necessary to write poetry for children. Write it for anyone, and children will find themselves in it.

An overview of "lowercase" music, which has been experimenting with ambience and silence for the past 30 years.

"We like to think dad was one of the most exhibited artists in the world." Dan Robbins, who invented paint-by-numbers, dies at 93.