Apple CEO Tim Cook called it "inhumane." Airbnb co-founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk said it's "immoral." And Microsoft described itself as "dismayed." They were all reacting to the moves by President Donald Trump's administration to separate members of families that cross US borders illegally. The US government has sent thousands of children to holding camps around the country, images of which have sparked international outrage, even from within Trump's own party. On Monday, tech companies began issuing statements condemning the Trump administration's actions. Someone even added Trump's policies to Wikipedia's entry on concentration camps (though it's being reviewed). Bowing to widespread pressure, Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to stop the separation of those immigrant families. He also said in a cabinet meeting Thursday that he will tell authorities to reunite previously separated families too, … [Read more...] about Tech condemns Trump: Apple, Microsoft, Airbnb oppose separating families at the border
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If Lucille Ball hadn't eaten all of that candy, would the dental filling-spy legend even exist? CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images Lucille Ball is one of the few true Hollywood legends. Emmy-winning comedic actress, creator and star of a groundbreaking TV comedy, first female head of a major TV studio -- the list goes on. She was also known for her shrewd business sense and straight-shooting honesty. But there's one weird blip in Ball's life story, and it has morphed into another sort of legend -- the urban kind. If it's true, it's just a strange but charming story about an actress who made an inadvertent discovery. If it isn't true, we might have to rethink our assumptions about Lucille Ball -- at least the "straight-shooting honesty" part. Here's the story: One evening in 1942 (in the thick of World War II), Ball was driving home from a day of movie filming when she suddenly heard music -- and then realized the sounds weren't emanating from the car radio but from her mouth. The … [Read more...] about Did Lucille Ball use her fillings to spy?
So many movies, so little time. Every week brings a new crop of them, opening in multiplexes and arthouse theaters across the nation, and arriving in increasingly high volumes on streaming platforms like Netflix. How’s a voracious moviegoer to keep up? That’s where The A.V. Club comes in. The first week of every month, we’ll be previewing all the major movies coming to theaters (or laptops or gaming systems or Rokus) near you, helping narrow down these upcoming releases by making educated guesses on whether they’re worth your time and money. Mary Queen Of Scots Select theaters December 7 Period pieces about European royalty aren’t exactly in short supply, but Mary Queen Of Scots at least looks to highlight, Elizabeth-style, a less common era of female rule. Saoirse Ronan plays the titular Mary Stuart, who returned to her home of Scotland after being a widowed French queen at 18 and began angling to claim the throne from England’s Elizabeth I … [Read more...] about Spider-Man, Aquaman, Dick Cheney: It’s a month of heroes and villains at the multiplex
Steamed Steamed is dedicated to all things in and around Valve’s PC gaming service. It’s been a dramatic handful of days for Steam. Infamous shovelware developer Digital Homicide sued 100 Steam users for $18 million and subpoenaed Valve for their information, at which point Valve booted them and all their games from the service. The worst part? This was all painfully avoidable. The Digital Homicide situation is the culmination of Valve failing to address critical issues in Steam. Namely, an endless flood of crappy or sketchy games through services like Greenlight and Early Access, and a lack of strong anti-abuse tools for developers and users. These problems make life more difficult for users and developers on a daily basis, and they communicate this frequently. If Valve put more time and resources into curating and moderating, they could likely stem the tide, if not solve the problem. Despite that fact, Valve typically says and does very little—at least, until … [Read more...] about Steam’s Digital Homicide Fiasco Is Valve’s Fault
Putting an End to Human Trafficking When talking about ending human trafficking, the U.S. State Department and the United Nations emphasize a "3P approach." The 3 P's are prevention, prosecution and protection. As we've discussed in this article, prosecutions of traffickers have remained low. The U.S. and the U.N. recognize that until traffickers realize that there are dangerous consequences for their actions, they will continue to engage in trafficking. We've also discussed how protection for victims has been limited. In their latest report on human trafficking, the State Department explains how countries are more likely to offer victims the 3 D's: detention, deportation and disempowerment. Instead of seeing victims as people who need help and who engaged in illegal activity against their will, society sees them as criminals who are in the country illegally. Victims might be jailed or deported, but once they're released or back in their home countries, they usually end up in the … [Read more...] about How Human Trafficking Works