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    Republicans are already vowing to block any Obama Supreme Court nominee [qz.com] Only minutes after the confirmation of the death of conservative Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, leading Republicans vowed to block the nomination of his successor…
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      Conservative US Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia has died at age 79 [qz.com] US Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia has died at age 79, reportedly of natural causes. Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed Scalia’s death, but did not…
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        Photos: Artist Ai Weiwei has draped Berlin’s concert hall with 14,000 refugee life jackets [qz.com] Ai Weiwei has been a harsh critic of Europe’s response to its refugee crisis. He recently set up a studio on the Greek island of…
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          A Spanish official collected a paycheck but didn’t go to work for six years. Or was it 14? [qz.com] Joaquin Garcia is a Spanish civil servant who supervises a wastewater treatment plant. The engineer was in line for a long-service award in 2010, but…
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            Is homework stupid? [qz.com] The average American high-school student spends seven hours a week on homework. The average for students across all developed countries is about five hours (pdf).…
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              Hasbro thinks the world needs three more “Transformers” movies [qz.com] If we’ve learned anything from the Transformers movies, it’s that those extraterrestrial robots can really take a beating. Off the screen, the sci-fi film franchise…
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                Zika’s link to shrinking baby brains is scary—but we still don’t know bad the problem is [qz.com] A spike in microcephaly cases in Brazil—and its potential links to the Zika virus—has spurred a global public health emergency, prompted calls for women to…
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                  Black female startup founders raise less funding than white male founders whose startups failed [qz.com] It’s no secret that Silicon Valley has a diversity problem: women, black people, and Latinos are all embarrassingly underrepresented in the tech industry. A ne…
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                    Against all odds, Yemen is fighting water shortage by harvesting its fog [qz.com] The people of Yemen are facing incredible hardship at the moment: As if internal fighting and air strikes weren’t enough, food and water are scarce…
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                      The feminist failure of “Silence of the Lambs” [qz.com] “Don’t you feel eyes moving over your body, Clarice?” The question posed by serial killer Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs is still overwhelmingly…
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                        Europeans are fighting for their right to pay for things with massive wads of cash [qz.com] Cash is king in Austria and Germany, and they’re fighting to keep it that way. Harald Mahrer, Austria’s economy minister, is pushing back against EU…
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                          Young people in Iran are using a sophisticated crowdsourcing app to avoid the “morality police” [qz.com] Crowdsourcing is an efficient way to add value to an app—getting users to provide the data and information that powers a program. Waze, a popular…
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                            There’s one crucial life lesson on which both CEOs and marriage counselors agree [qz.com] How easy is it to look back at the bad times and say they were good for you? It’s easy: I’m about spend 500 words…
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                              South Africa is dependent on my father’s work, and I’m terrified it will kill him [qz.com] When I was a child, my father used to tell my brothers and I that the mine in South Africa where he has worked for…
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                                This week’s market bloodbath shows it’s time for governments to do what central banks cannot [qz.com] After the Great Recession, central banks undertook extraordinary efforts, but with un-extraordinary results. The US Federal Reserve first backstopped the entire f…
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                                  Quartz Weekend Brief—Time for stimulus, why men fight, Congolese dandies [qz.com] After the Great Recession, central banks undertook extraordinary efforts, but with un-extraordinary results. The US Federal Reserve first backstopped the entire financial system, the…
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                                    Why Google search suggests “Muslims support terrorism” [qz.com] A woman in Chicago noticed something startling while using Google: No Google, I didn't. pic.twitter.com/hF0vXpjcoc — Hind Makki (@HindMakki) February 12, 2016 Hind Makki, a…
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                                      Hillary can’t win, because Bernie has already won his real race [qz.com] Bernie Sanders wasn’t supposed to get this far. Even among his earliest and most ardent supporters, Sanders was a protest candidate—a strategic thorn in the…
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                                        Apple is reportedly producing its first original series, starring Dr. Dre [qz.com] Apple is dipping its toes in the treacherous waters of television. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the company is bankrolling a new series starring hip…
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                                          In an awkward attempt to court black voters, Clinton and Sanders bicker over who loves Obama more [qz.com] Who loves Barack Obama the most? That was the implicit question of the Feb. 11 Democratic debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where Bernie Sanders and Hillary…