Advent, explained

Advent, explained

From chocolate calendars to wreaths in church, the season is all about anticipation. Most Christmas customs in the US share two characteristics. First, it’s usually hard to pin down their origins to a single source. And second, their roots almost always reach back to religious custom — Christmas being the second most important feast day (behind Easter) on the Christian calendar — but have since been adapted and, in some cases, scrubbed of religious content…

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Facebook’s report on George Soros attempts to tie him to an anti-Facebook coalition

Facebook’s report on George Soros attempts to tie him to an anti-Facebook coalition

Buzzfeed News obtained a copy of the report that Facebook commissioned from consulting firm Definers Public Affairs, which attempts to link efforts by the “Freedom from Facebook” campaign to liberal philanthropist George Soros. The May 2018 report is one of at least two files that the consulting firm produced for Facebook. It attempts to make the case that Soros funded the coalition through three very broad points. First, it highlights a “coalition of progressive groups”…

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George H.W. Bush’s “Willie Horton” ad will always be the reference point for dog whistle racism

George H.W. Bush’s “Willie Horton” ad will always be the reference point for dog whistle racism

How “Willie Horton” went from shorthand for black depravity to shorthand for political racism. George H.W. Bush, the one-term president who died on Friday at age 94, is often overlooked by history, despite having presided over the last truly bipartisan “grand bargain” and the end of the Cold War. But if there’s one context in which his name, along with that of another man, is regularly invoked, it’s when political campaigns make coded racist appeals…

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Judge sets trial date for Qualcomm’s lawsuit against Apple

Judge sets trial date for Qualcomm’s lawsuit against Apple

A federal judge has set a trial date for Qualcomm’s lawsuit against Apple: April 15th, 2019. The San Diego Union-Tribune says that both sides have been unable to reach a settlement in the case in which Qualcomm accused Apple of sharing proprietary code with rival chipmaker Intel. According to the Union-Tribune, Apple’s lawyers have dismissed the possibility of a settlement between the two companies that would avert a trial. Qualcomm had hoped to go to…

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