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  • How Avatar: The Way of Water can make $2 billion and still feel irrelevant
    This is what Sigourney Weaver would look like as an angsty teen half-Na’vi. Weaver voices her and her mother (a human biologist) in Avatar: The Way of Water. | 20th Century Studios James Cameron’s sequel is the global smash no one is talking about. Much like how Sigourney Weaver plays both a bright blue, immaculately…
  • Ron DeSantis wants to make it much easier for the government to kill people
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a press conference in 2018. | Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images The longtime opponent of free speech adds the Sixth and Eighth Amendments to the list of constitutional rights he wants to abridge. Last week, Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis floated two unconstitutional proposals that would lead to…
  • How effective altruists ignored risk
    To rebuild the movement after the fall of Sam Bankman-Fried, EAs will need to embrace a humbler, more decentralized approach. In May of this past year, I proclaimed on a podcast that “effective altruism (EA) has a great hunger for and blindness to power. That is a dangerous combination. Power is assumed, acquired, and exercised,…
  • Your favorite tech giant wants you to know it’s a startup again
    Tech companies are doing their best to conjure up the good old days when they were startups. Google has even invited its founders back. | Kim Kulish/Corbis via Getty Images Facebook, Google, and Amazon are trying to get their groove back. When Meta’s head of people, Lori Goler, posted a memo to the company’s internal…
  • With coworkers like Marjorie Taylor Greene, what can Democrats do on oversight?
    Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) scream “Build the Wall” as President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address in March 2022. | Evelyn Hockstein/Getty Images A conversation with Robert Garcia, a first-year Democrat, on the coming fireworks in the Republican-controlled House Oversight Committee. Garcia is the first openly LGBTQ immigrant…
  • How years of instability came to a head in Peru
    Peruvian demonstrators clash with riot police in Lima, Peru, on January 28, 2023, as protests against President Dina Boluarte continue. | Klebher Vasquez/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Peruvian protests — and the government’s response — are “a monster eating itself,” one expert told Vox. After an attempted self-coup ending in the arrest of former Peruvian President…
  • The fatal beating of Tyre Nichols, explained
    People attend a candlelight vigil in memory of Tyre Nichols at the Tobey Skate Park on January 26, 2023, in Memphis, Tennessee. | Scott Olson/Getty Images Five Memphis police officers are facing murder charges over Nichols’s death. Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man, died earlier this month after he was pulled over by Memphis police…
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