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Headlines Edition

Thursday Headlines: Crossfading.

Less known than Facebook's danger to the West is how it allows the rest of the world to drown in misinformation and abuse. / Slate

"My body—or bodies like mine—is used to help design military technology." The prosthetics industry and the military share a long history. / WIRED

The Rittenhouse judge bans the term "victims"—which may seem like a case for impartiality, except he's OK with "rioters," "looters," and "arsonists." / NBC News

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the psychologist who developed the idea of "flow" that has become so essential to understanding how we work, dies at 87. / The New York Times

Former Gawker Media sites are succumbing to link rot, where old images have gone missing, such as those from Gizmodo's historic iPhone 4 leak. / The Verge

According to epidemiologists, one of the biggest health risks in James Bond movies is having sex with 007. / Ars Technica

"It has 40 pages and it runs out of memory." Eric Roth wrote the Dune screenplay in Movie Master on MS-DOS. / VICE

See also: What Dune looks like when the projectionist (accidentally, probably) plays two scenes on top of each other. / Twitter

Lovely warmth in paintings where trees overlap our lives, by Madeleine Bialke. / Booooooom

If you've downloaded iOS 15 to your phone, here are the privacy settings to change now. / WIRED

"Everything present is made of the past." Sandra Newman on how every house is a haunted house. / Catapult

Listen: John Benedict Buescher on the "psychic radio" stations that sprung up along the Texas-Mexico border in the 1920s. (Segment begins at 31:53.) / KUT

Parker Molloy: It's Halloween, which means it's time to dredge up the annual panic stories about drug-laced candy. / The Present Age

"As a free, powerful, and unpredictable woman, the witch has long been a crucible for mainstream society's darkest fears." Witches in art. / Hyperallergic

A collection of vintage Halloween masks. Thirteen Halloween songs from the 1920s and '30s. / This Isn't Happiness, The Awesomer