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In 2016, the deep-red, Mormon-dominated state of Utah had to choose between voting in favor of a rapist, or in favor of allowing women to control their own fertility, and they chose the rapist. A year later, the state’s experiencing buyer’s remorse. The Salt Lake City Tribune published…

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A dear friend slipped me these as an Xmas gift; the provenance is unknown, but there’s vector art for all your t-shirt, wallpaper and billboard needs. (click below for vector art) Australian bathing-suit-area-gadget vendor Geeky Sex Toys has launched Star Toys, a…

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In 2016, the Obama DoJ issued guidance to US courts telling them to cease the practice of levying fines on poor people that exceeded their means to pay, especially fines for failure to pay earlier fines. This week, Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed that order. Many US…

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You may not have heard of blockchain technology, but you’re likely familiar with Bitcoin, the now wildly successful cryptocurrency. For the uninitiated, the blockchain is effectively an infallible, decentralized digital ledger that records economic transactions online, and it has paved the way for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum to turn the…

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In cryptographic and security circles, the “evil maid” problem describes a class of attacks in which a piece of unguarded hardware, is tampered with by someone who gains physical access to it: for example, a hotel chambermaid who can access your laptop while you’re out of the room. …

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A study published this year traces policing outcomes in Las Vegas between Sept 2014 and Oct 2015, comparing the conduct of 200 officers who wore bodycams and 200 who did not. The study, conducted for the National Institute of Justice by UNLV and the Center for Naval…

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Self-driving cars require incredibly accurate, up-to-date maps; in China, only Chinese companies will be able to make these maps. Nominally, this is about preventing espionage, but it also has the non-coincedental effect of forcing foreign autonomous vehicle companies to partner with (much more easily controlled) Chinese firms, a policy…

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The World Health Organization’s new report on cannabidiol (CBD) found that the compound (which does not produce any kind of high — and may actually counteract the psychoactive properties of THC) is not addictive, has no potential for abuse, and shows promise in a number of medical trials. …

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