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Thursday headlines: It’s called a library.

Global markets continue to slide, with the 30-year US government bond yield dropping to its lowest level on record.

People who buy expensive bunkers—a booming business currently—feel that global forces have left society increasingly vulnerable.

A large survey of voting machine security finds a significant number of voters may not get a paper record of their vote in 2020.

You can buy all sorts of things for cheap from the government, including "Painting of Old Tblisi in a brown wooden frame."

Amazon says its controversial facial-recognition software—used by law enforcement agencies—can now identify fear.

“This place was violent, unsafe, and isolated; now it's bustling, orderly. Why did it take a prison gang to bring about change?” A tweet tour of a gang-controlled neighborhood in Brazil.

The city of Jinja in Uganda is a hub of volunteerism. Which helps explain how an American with no medical training ran a center for malnourished kids, 105 of whom died.

It’s possible that Ebola, long thought unsolvable, can now be cured with drug treatment. 

A journalist shares lessons learned after spending 18 months reporting on a single homeless encampment in Los Angeles.

Remembering the August blackout in 2003 that killed electricity for 50 million across the Northeast (and Southeast Canada).

The Advertising Standards Authority bans its first two TV ads for “perpetuating harmful gender stereotypes.”

“It’s natural the Boys should whoop it up for / so huge a phallic triumph.” W.H. Auden did not think much of the moon landing.

Now available in English, François Caradec's Dictionary of Gestures, a compendium of more than 850 human movements.

Reading the news can feel excruciating and intolerable at the moment. Thankfully, there's tomato season.

This week in Camp ToB, we wrap up our discussion of the first book in our August matchup, Lauren Wilkinson’s American Spy.

A poem for your hurricane season: “eye wall replacement cycle” by Shani Mootoo.

In a "silent book club," readers gather to read in silence together for an hour, with no pressure to chat.