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The Biggest Threat to the Election Isn’t Coming From Russia

Posted on Oct 25, 2016

Despite all the fearmongering about Russian hackers, there’s a vulnerability closer to home that could compromise the November election; purebreds may not actually fit under the definition of a dog; meanwhile, a pirate party maybe taking over Iceland’s government. These discoveries and more below.

America’s Voting Machines Are a Disaster in the Making
Forget Russian hackers or Donald Trump’s fear-mongering about voter fraud. This election could be compromised for another reason entirely.

Eric Trump Doesn’t Know Rudimentary Spanish, Poses for Photo With ‘Latina Contra Trump’ Protester
That no one noticed “goes to show the lack of diversity in [Trump’s] team,” said Ceci Cardelle, who took the photo.

The Next Step in Diversifying the Faculty
These days there’s no escaping discussions about the need to diversify academe. So it should be.

Iceland, a Land of Vikings, Braces for a Pirate Party Takeover
The party that could be on the cusp of winning Iceland’s national elections on Saturday didn’t exist four years ago.

Without Effort, Russia Restricted the Strongest Air Force in the Middle East
Over the past few weeks, Russia has finished beefing up its aerial defenses in northern Syria.

Bugs — It’s What’s for Dinner: Why Edible Insects’ Time May Have Finally Come
Until recently the suggestion of eating insects was met with nothing but crickets — here’s why that’s changing.

Why Red Means Red in Almost Every Language
The confounding consistency of color categories.

Major Weekend Cyberattack Was a Preview for Israel’s Future Wars
Israel’s military computer systems are well protected, but civilian infrastructures are still quite vulnerable to cyberstrikes.

The Secret History of Leftist Board Games
Think board games are “just games”? Think again. There’s a little known but vibrant history of leftist board games that stand in opposition to the endless number of other games about war, conquest and profiteering. (Which, admittedly, I grew up playing and loving.)

Mexican Artists Design a Beautiful Wall for Donald
Mexican firm Estudio 3.14 has visualized the “gorgeous perversity” of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the countries’ border.

The Case for Why Men Should Wear Makeup
Earlier this month, beauty brand CoverGirl made headlines for debuting its first “Cover Boy,” YouTube and Instagram star James Charles. The move was rightly hailed as progressive by many media outlets.

Incessant Consumer Surveillance Is Leaking Into Physical Stores
Retail is on its way to a future of personalized everything—even prices.

While You Were Watching The Debate, Trump Launched Trump TV
“If you’re tired of biased, mainstream media reporting (otherwise known as Crooked Hillary’s super PAC), tune into my Facebook Live broadcast,” reads a tweet by Donald Trump.

These Women Reporters Went Undercover to Get the Most Important Scoops of Their Day
Writing under pseudonyms, the so-called girl stunt reporters of the late 19th century played a major role in exposing the nation’s ills.

Only Street Dogs Are Real Dogs
Purebreds don’t satisfy the biological definition of a species.

Despite Fears, This Election Could Be More Secure Than Ever
Evidence that foreign hackers might try to disrupt November’s election have led to much-needed reflection on how to prevent such problems.

When Expat Chinese Academics Return Home
Those educated in the West are more likely than others to eventually be promoted to full professors. But those who earned Ph.D.s in China are more likely than others to land top administrative jobs.

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