Google wants to run your city. That’s not a world we should live in | Jathan Sadowski

Robocop City – no!


A new initiative will see Alphabet – the parent company of Google – take charge of redeveloping a waterfront district in Toronto. Here’s why that’s troubling

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, does not suffer from a lack of ambition. Its subsidiaries are tackling topics ranging from autonomous vehicles to smart homes, artificial intelligence to biotech life extension. So perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that Alphabet has decided it will plan, build, and run a city, too – well, part of a city. It’s a bit more surprising that a major city is happily handing Alphabet a neighborhood of prime real estate to call their own.

The project announced last week is a partnership between Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet subsidiary focused on urban technology, and Toronto. Sidewalk Labs will be in charge of redeveloping a waterfront district called Quayside.

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Michael Bloomberg: Brexit is stupidest thing any country has done besides Trump


Exclusive: Billionaire media mogul says it is ‘hard to understand why a country doing so well wanted to ruin it’

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire media mogul and former mayor of New York, has said Brexit is the “single stupidest thing any country has ever done” apart from the election of Donald Trump as US president.

Bloomberg argued that “it is really hard to understand why a country that was doing so well wanted to ruin it” with the Brexit vote, in a series of outspoken remarks made at a technology conference in Boston a fortnight ago.

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We Thought We Could Take a Break From the Harvey Weinsteins of the World. But Here Comes James Toback

By Shruti Sunderraman

Toback has been accused of harassment by over 30 women. Image courtesy: Michele Ansemni

Just when we thought we’d done away with one avalanche of horror that is Harvey Weinstein, a report surfaced about another Hollywood director and producer accused of sexual assault. James Toback, the writer for the 1991 Oscar nominated movie Bugsy and the director of movies like The Pick-Up Artist and When Will I Be Loved, has been accused of sexual harassment by over 30 women he has worked with.

Most of his accusers are actresses who claimed that Toback had lured them with offers to act in his movies. He’d then proceeded to perform sexual acts like dry hump them or masturbate to them, against their will. As it was with Weinstein, most women were scared of speaking up against the 72-year-old director and were afraid of losing out on work.

Toback’s story is all too familiar. When I mentioned this story to an acquaintance, he remarked that in a post-Weinstein world, an avalanche of similar stories is bound to come out. “It’s the media pressure,” he’d remarked. But it’s not the media pressure that’s bringing all the dirt buried under the carpet. Weinstein getting his due for his actions and the number of women speaking out against him (including a fantastic, if not heart-breaking story about Weinstein by actress Lupita Nyong’o) encouraged other women to speak out against their harassers. You know how when we start pest control in our homes, all the insects start coming out of their corners? The onslaught of voices against Weinstein propelled others to no longer stay silent and lure the insects out of their shady corners. The homecoming prom of the likes of Weinstein, the Affleck brothers, Bob Weinstein and now, James Toback sings a familiar tune; that the women they made victims out of are coming for them and they are running out of carpets to hide under.

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Men Are Killing Thousands of Women a Year for Saying No | Dame Magazine “And who mourns for them?”

On September 10, a 32-year-old man went to his estranged wife’s Sunday cookout, reportedly the first social event she’d organized since filing for divorce. He shot her and seven other adults to death before he was killed by police. That tragedy was tied for second-deadliest mass shooting of the year with another killing spree on May 27 in Brookhaven, Mississippi, in which a 35-year-old man, also angry at his “estranged” wife, allegedly killed five of her relatives, as well as a sheriff’s deputy and two children. He told the local media on-camera that he was hoping police would kill him.Surprisingly, these two incidents, with 16 victims between them, were not the most infamous domestic violence murders to make national news in the past six months. Several other intimate partner killings received more widespread attention, likely because of their unusual nature. In July, a man stabbed his wife to death aboard a cruise ship, reportedly later telling a witness, “She would not stop laughing at me.” (The statement calls to mind the famous quote attributed to Margaret Atwood about domestic violence: “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”) Six months earlier, in April 10, a 53-year-old man walked into a San Bernardino, California, elementary-school classroom and shot to death his wife, who was a special-ed teacher there, and her 8-year-old student, before turning the gun on himself. Six days later, a 37-year-old man named Steve Stephens, apparently distraught over difficulties with his “estranged” girlfriend, shot a random older man to death on the streets of Cleveland, live-streaming it on Facebook. Before killing him, Stephens made the victim say his ex’s name.

Source: Men Are Killing Thousands of Women a Year for Saying No | Dame Magazine

Russian radio host Tatyana Felgenhauer stabbed in the neck

In the political system that #TraitorTrump so admires, this is how they deal with people who try to tell the truth they see.


Tatyana Felgenhauer, a well-known journalist for Russia’s top independent radio station, has been stabbed in the throat by an attacker who burst into her studio. Felgenhauer is in an induced coma in hospital.