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WikiLeaks claims the media is persecuting Julian Assange, promoting U.S. extradition

By Kristinn Hrafnsson Two weeks ago, The Guardian published a “bombshell” front-page story asserting, without producing any evidence, that Julian Assange had secretly met the recently convicted former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort in 2013, 2015 and 2016. The Guardian‘s attack on Assange came only days after it was confirmed that he has been […]

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More on the gig economy: There’s a difference between existing and living

CuencaHighLife reader Karl Sweetman submitted an op-ed piece, Of typewriters, buggy whips and slide rules, recently that received wide readership and many comments. The article itself was very well composed, orderly and, unfortunately, a clear presentation of a point of view I find very unsettling it its moral and ethical implications, fraught with real danger. […]

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Of typewriters, buggy whips and slide rules

By Karl Sweetman In a recent CuencaHighLife article about independent contractors competing against licensed cabbies, author Robert Bradley took the subject and enlarged it into a broader discussion lamenting the emerging “gig economy” and its effects. Since the position Bradley staked out is only a small part of a much larger battle of ideas, I […]

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Sneaky phone apps are ripping off customers

By Sarah Perez Subscriptions have turned into a booming business for app developers, accounting for $10.6 billion in consumer spend on the App Store in 2017, and are poised to grow to $75.7 billion by 2022. But alongside this healthy growth, a number of scammers are now taking advantage of subscriptions in order to trick […]

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Correa blasts Moreno, accuses him of orchestrating a ‘soft coup’ against democracy

By Rafael Correa Can you imagine a “democracy” in which the president handpicks a council that proceeds to dismiss the Constitutional Court, the Judicial Council which oversees the judiciary, the National Electoral Council, the Attorney General, the ombudsman, and all six major regulators (superintendents)? Unfortunately, that is the current situation in Ecuador. Abusing participatory democracy, […]

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Is it morally wrong to believe something that is not based on hard evidence?

By Francisco Mejia Uribe You have probably never heard of William Kingdon Clifford. He is not in the pantheon of great philosophers – perhaps because his life was cut short at the age of 33 – but I cannot think of anyone whose ideas are more relevant for our interconnected, AI-driven, digital age. It might […]

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Academic gullibility: Researchers prove how easy it is to fool editors and peer reviewers

By Yascha Mounk Over the past 12 months, three scholars — James Lindsay, Helen Pluckrose, and Peter Boghossian — wrote 20 fake papers using fashionable jargon to argue for ridiculous conclusions, and tried to get them placed in high-profile journals in fields including gender studies, queer studies, and fat studies. Their success rate was remarkable: […]

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Why are we so good at killing our houseplants?

By Charlotte Mendelson For most of us, apartment dwellers and city types, houseplants are an admission of defeat. We look wistfully at plants in the supermarket—tendrils and fronds, furry flaps, spines and holes and soft neon shoots—persuading ourselves that they might bring us comfort. Is the particularly unusual leaf structure of a tapioca plant a […]

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