Gun politics after Parkland

Gun politics after Parkland

IN THE months since a teenage gunman slaughtered 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February, a student-led campaign has organised two mass walkouts from schools and country-wide demonstrations. On May 4th, President Donald Trump and Mike Pence, the vice-president, will appear at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Dallas—suggesting…

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Environmentalist art before there was an “environment”

Environmentalist art before there was an “environment”

TWO centuries ago Thomas Cole arrived on American shores, bringing with him from England a new landscape painting tradition perfect for the wild expanses of the new world. Cole also brought a zeal for warning about the perils that unchecked industry posed to the natural world, establishing one of painting’s first environmental critiques. “Atlantic Crossings”,…

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Regulating the tech titans

Regulating the tech titans

Andrew’s opening argument, is, of course, both articulate and passionate.  It appeals brilliantly to revved up emotions that have largely taken over, for now, the intentionally-deliberative process of democratic lawmaking. But as several readers point out, Andrew isn’t advocating for any specific rules–let alone “heavy” regulations–that can be evaluated using the tools of legal and…

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The world’s first neighbourhood built “from the internet up”

The world’s first neighbourhood built “from the internet up”

QUAYSIDE, a 12-acre (4.8-hectare) stretch of flood-prone land on Toronto’s eastern waterfront, is home to a vast, pothole-filled parking lot, low-slung buildings and huge soyabean silos—a crumbling vestige of the area’s bygone days as an industrial port. Many consider it an eyesore but for Sidewalk Labs, an “urban innovation” subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet,…

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Why Wembley might be sold

Why Wembley might be sold

The Stanley Matthews FA Cup Final of 1953. England’s victory in the 1966 World Cup. England’s performances in the European Championship of 1996 and the feeling of national renewal they engendered. These are among the defining moments in English football history. The link between them is their location: Wembley stadium. The old ground and its…

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Sorry, millennials, the baby boomers’ long reign isn’t about to end any time soon

Sorry, millennials, the baby boomers’ long reign isn’t about to end any time soon

Generations are an overused framework for understanding why people think and act the way they do. As psychology professors David P. Costanza of George Washington University and Lisa M. Finkelstein of Northern Illinois University put it in a 2015 survey article: There is little solid empirical evidence supporting generationally based differences and almost no theory behind why such…

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