A man walks into a pizza shop with an assault rifle, fires it, and points it at an employee. This isn’t the start of a joke. It’s what happened in Washington, D.C., in early December. A scruffy young conspiracy theorist had come to Comet Ping Pong Pizza brandishing and firing a gun in search of a purported child sex trafficking ring tied to prominent liberal politicians supposedly run out of one of its backrooms. advertisement advertisement It’s not clear who gave birth to “pizzagate,” which cropped up shortly after WikiLeaks released John Podesta’s hacked emails. But much of the theory’s fleshing out happened on the social news aggregation site Reddit through a group of pseudonymous Donald Trump supporters on one of the many subreddits where conspiracy theories and far worse things sometimes flourish. When CEO Steve Huffman eventually banned r/pizzagate from the site in an effort to prevent online … [Read more...] about Will Reddit Ever Grow Up?
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The Supreme Court verdict dismissing the pleas seeking probe into alleged irregularities in the Rafale fighter jet deal "would not stand in the way" of the CBI from taking action on the complaint for lodging of an FIR, Justice K M Joseph said on November 14.It is "beyond dispute" that offences mentioned in the complaint filed by former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan are "cognizable", he said.Justice Joseph said this in his separate but concurring verdict that rejected the pleas seeking review of the apex court's December 14, 2018 judgement, which gave a clean chit to the Narendra Modi government in India's deal with France to buy Rafale fighter.Close "However, it is my view that the judgment sought to be reviewed, would not stand in the way of the first respondent (CBI)...from taking action on...complaint in accordance with law and subject to first respondent obtaining previous approval under Section 17-A of the Prevention of … [Read more...] about Rafale case: SC verdict will not stand in CBI’s way from taking action, says Justice Joseph
Terming the denial of entry to "unarmed women" into the Sabarimala temple as a "sad spectacle", the minority verdict by the Supreme Court on Thursday held that enforcement of its 2018 order is "non-negotiable" and no person or authority can flout it.Justice R F Nariman, who penned the minority view on behalf of himself and Justice D Y Chandrachud, said the Constitution places a "non-negotiable obligation" on authorities to enforce the judgements as it was necessary to preserve rule of law and directed strict compliance of the September 2018 decision allowing girls and women of all ages to enter the hill-top shrine in Kerala."If those whose duty it is to comply were to have a discretion on whether or not to abide by a decision of the court, the rule of law would be set at naught. Compliance is not a matter of option. If it were to be so, the authority of the court could be diluted at the option of those who are bound to comply with its verdicts," it said.Close "Today, it is no longer … [Read more...] about Enforcement of order allowing women, girls into Sabarimala ‘non-negotiable’: SC
Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political, and social issues. advertisement advertisement As the old refrain goes, “Nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” However, as University of California at Berkeley economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman point out in their new book, The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay, for the corporations and the wealthy, there is no certainty about paying taxes at all. In fact, in the United States, evading taxes has become as simple as creating a shell company in Bermuda. Saez and Zucman outline how tax injustice has led to vast inequality in wealth and power, but they also offer some solutions—some of which have been embraced by Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. They have also started a raging debate—mostly among economists—about their facts and their … [Read more...] about The economist behind Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax proposal explains how it works
Leonardo da Vinci had one. So did Pixar cofounder Ed Catmull. Dorothy Parker was famous for hers. advertisement advertisement Each of them belonged to a creative community that collaborated on projects and challenged the status quo. And if the idea of a creative collective was valuable in Leonardo’s day, it’s essential in modern times, as technological shifts and changes in the workplace (think of the gig economy with its tribes of nomadic freelancers) have made us more independent and isolated. Younger baby boomers change jobs at least 11 times, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And Americans will spend three hours per day or more staring at their smartphones this year. It is no wonder, then, that creative communities are flourishing in an era of malaise and disconnect. The Wing, a coworking and community space primarily for women, has expanded to 11 locations in just three years. Social clubs, like Soho House and San Francisco’s Saint … [Read more...] about I started a creative community. Here’s why you need one too