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That's It For Today

This is my last post for the day. Starting in a few minutes we’ll be replacing the guts of our website with something newer and better than what we have now, and no one at MoJo is allowed to edit the site until we’re done. That will be Tuesday morning according to our tech boffins. […]

The Intercept Discloses Top-Secret NSA Document on Russia Hacking Aimed at US Voting System

On Monday, the Intercept published a classified internal NSA document noting that Russian military intelligence mounted an operation to hack at least one US voting software supplier—which provided software related to voter registration files—in the months prior to last year’s presidential contest. It has previously been reported that Russia attempted to hack into voter registration […]

Chart of the Day: Health Care Spending as a Percentage of GDP

This is apropos of nothing in particular. I was over at the World Bank site fiddling around with some stuff and happened to look at their chart for health care spending. There’s a good case to be made that as GDP rises, the share devoted to health care also rises. This is because richer countries […]

Trump's Tweets Threaten His Travel Ban's Chances in Court

President Donald Trump began the week with a barrage of early-morning tweets blasting the courts for blocking his travel ban executive order. But in doing so, he may have just made it more likely that the courts will keep blocking the ban. People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but […]

Chart of the Day: Islamist Terror Attacks in London

Plus the March attack in Manchester. This is raw data. Draw what conclusions you wish from it. Source: New feed

Donald Trump Is the World's Biggest Asshole

In the wake of a deadly terrorist attack in London, our president decided the best thing to do was revive his personal feud with the mayor of London: At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!” — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) […]

Quietly, Surely, We're Losing a Whole Pine Species En Masse and Nobody Gives a Damn

This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. U.S. Forest Service research ecologist Bob Keane has studied whitebark pine, a coniferous tree of the high country, for more than thirty years. Still, when asked to describe a whitebark to someone who’s never seen […]

The Truth About Meal-Kit Freezer Packs

People love to complain about the wastefulness of meal-kit delivery companies like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh. The baggies that hold a single scallion! The thousands of miles of shipping! The endless cardboard boxes! Those problems are annoying, but ultimately they’re not environmental catastrophes: The baggies don’t take up all that much landfill space, the […]

A New Wave of Left-Wing Militants Is Ready to Rumble in Portland—and Beyond

One week after two men were stabbed to death while defending two girls from a racist and Islamophobic diatribe on a commuter train, Portland, Oregon, is bracing for more violence. On Sunday, over the mayor’s objection, a right-wing group will hold a pro-Trump “free speech rally,” while anti-fascist activists are preparing to protest the gathering. […]

Everyone On The Internet Is Fighting About This Image. What Do You Think It Is?

Good afternoon. What is this? Um… pic.twitter.com/D0Jx40r5RL — Wayne Chu (@wayne5540) May 18, 2017 Twitter user @wayne5540 made this amazing observation today. But what exactly is the observation? People can’t agree! Do you know? Because I know. The internet isn’t sure. “What is this drawing?” asks the internet. Is it a cat? An Elephant? @wayne5540 […]

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