Let’s start with gerrymandering—that is, when a political party shapes the boundaries of an electorate so it favors them—which the Supremes already ruled could not be done on the basis of race. The question before them was whether political gerrymandering, that is, gaming political maps so they disproportionately benefited their parties—was just as unconstitutional. … [Read more...] about SCOTUS Blocks Census Citizenship Question, but Rules Political Gerrymandering Constitutional
“The Census Bureau’s own analysis was that 5.8 percent of households with a noncitizen would not respond to the census if you add the question,” said Dale Ho, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, which represents opponents to the change. “That translates to about 6.5 million people. If you put them in one state, that’s our 18th largest state.” … [Read more...] about US Supreme Court to Weigh In on Whether Census Can Ask Citizenship Status
I’m on the fence about buying blue-light blocking glasses. I’m a millennial web editor, which means I am staring at a screen from the moment I get on my AM train up until I get ready for bed. Either I’m looking at my computer for 9 hours a day or checking Snapchat to see if my friend Jess has sent me any new videos of her cat. I wear glasses every day and rarely wear contacts, so I think these lenses might be good for me. … [Read more...] about Buy Committee: Would Blue Light Blocking Glasses Help Me Beat My Migraines?
The Russian government has blocked the stock photography website Shutterstock, according to the English-language news site Meduza. Russia’s media regulator, Roskomnadzor, explained that Shutterstock was blocked for “insulting state symbols” a likely reference to photos on the site showing miniature Russian flags planted in dogshit. … [Read more...] about Russia Blocks Shutterstock Website Over Photos of Russian Flag in Dogshit
“All the others did not answer, moreover, they wrote on their websites that they would not comply with Russian law,” Zharov told Interfax. “And the law says unequivocally if the company refuses to comply with the law—it should be blocked.” … [Read more...] about Russia Plans to Block Major VPNs as Next Step in Closing Up Internet
And how well does the Spoiler Blocker work? According to Mashable’s Pete Pachal, not very. “It doesn’t just block spoilers,” Pachal complains, “but any mention of Star Wars, and in practice that means virtually any news site you navigate to gets blocked.” That sounds impractical at first. But could the Spoiler Blocker be useful to those who simply want to edit Star Wars out of their lives and their internet experiences entirely? Guess again, young Padawan. “It takes a few seconds for the blocker to engage,” Pachal writes, “which is plenty of time to scan a page and potentially get spoiled by an indiscreet headline.” Perhaps, then, the takeaway lesson is that the avoidance of Star Wars spoilers, much like learning the ways of a Jedi, is a rare and delicate art form and is not conducive to shortcuts. … [Read more...] about A new Chrome extension will block those pesky