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Open thread for night owls: After removing humans, Facebook's new algorithm promotes fake news

15 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

After conservative outrage over the allegation that Facebook news editors were biased against conservative sources, Facebook “solved” the problem by removing humans from the decision-making process entirely. As of last Friday, descriptions...Show More Summary

A Simple Nighttime Routine That'll Turn Anyone Into a Morning Person, Overnight!

Hope and Pete's Bohemian Modern Abode (Image credit: Kim Lucian) You know the early bird gets the worm, but if you're a night owl, becoming that early bird may seem totally impossible. The key is becoming a better sleeper, and that means creating and following a bedtime routine. Show More Summary

Open thread for night owls: Walmart's crime problems tax local police departments

The reasons for high crime rates at Walmart stores compared to other retailers nationwide are many. Increasingly, local police departments are getting fed up with the problem—and many are accusing Walmart of not doing enough to stemShow More Summary

Open thread for night owls: Papahanaumokua becomes world's largest protected marine environment

Meet the newest, largest protected marine environment on planet Earth: The half million square miles of the newly expanded Hawaiian marine national monument,  Papahanaumokuakea. The president more than quadrupled the size of the Papahanaumokuakea...Show More Summary

Open thread for night owls: Hospitals won't bill Pulse nightclub victims for needed care

The Orlando Sentinel reports that two hospitals that treated victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting will not be billing survivors for that treatment. "The pulse shooting was a horrendous tragedy for the victims, their families and our entire community," Orlando Health President and CEO David Strong said. Show More Summary

From Night Owl to Early Bird: How Morning Exercise Transformed My Life

People who enjoy waking up before 10 a.m. used to genuinely confuse me - how could anyone actually be happy before lunchtime? My idea of a reasonable schedule involved getting to bed way too late, waking up just in time to make it to...Show More Summary

Open thread for night owls: 'We'll all be judged by how we responded to Donald Trump'

Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos: It doesn’t matter who you are—a journalist, a politician or a voter—we’ll all be judged by how we responded to  Donald Trump. Like it or not, this election is a plebiscite on the most divisive, polarizing and disrupting figure in American politics in decades. And neutrality is not an option. [...]Show More Summary

Stretch of 101 freeway from Echo Park to Hollywood to close next week

Brace yourselves Night owls beware: A vital traffic artery will be taken out of commission next week. Caltrans will close the 101 freeway—in both directions—to late night traffic from Echo Park to Hollywood for four straight nights.Show More Summary

Open thread for night owls: Fox News 'operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult'

The other shoe drops: A new suit by ex-Fox News host Andrea Tantaros claims that it wasn’t just network chief Roger Ailes engaged in sexual harassment, but that other top figures at the network both participated in similar behavior and...Show More Summary

Open thread for night owls: EpiPen prices have risen by 600 percent, causing patients to go without

Since 2009, the price of the EpiPen, an epinephrine injector used in emergency situations to reverse the effects of a severe allergic attack, has risen by 600 percent—despite the drug being decades old. The reason seems to be little more than the near-monopoly status of the drug, which was purchased by drug company Mylan in 2007. Show More Summary

Open thread for night owls: How the Tea Party scammed itself into oblivion

At Politico, Paul Jossey writes of the death of the so-called “Tea Party” movement. The movement didn’t go away on its own, writes Jossey. It was “murdered—and it was an inside job.” Today, the Tea Party movement is dead, and Trump has co-opted the remnants. Show More Summary

Open thread for night owls—Oberhaus: Elon Musk, fatalist

At The Baffler, Daniel Overhaus writes—Elon Musk, Fatalist: What we talk about when we talk about living in a simulation. Here is an excerpt: Odds are that you’ve heard by now that SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk said something Totally Trippy at Recode’s Code conference earlier this summer. Show More Summary

Open thread for night owls: Natural gas emissions exceed coal's for first time in 44 years

From Climate Nexus: Carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas are projected to exceed emissions from coal by 10 percent this year for the first time since 1972, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Last year, natural gas use was 81 percent higher than coal, though their emissions were nearly equal. Show More Summary

What it takes to manage a daily popup Snapchat channel from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

The people on the BuzzFeed team on the ground in Rio producing the NBC Olympics daily Snapchat channel are night owls — by necessity. “Because most of the action happens in primetime, you can’t get around the fact of working a really late night. Something will happen in primetime and we will have to cover...

Open thread for night owls: By 2085, most cities will be too hot to host Summer Olympics

The end of an Olympic era? In 70 years, most cities in the Northern Hemisphere will be unfit to host the summer Olympics due to rising temperatures associated with climate change, according to a medical journal's findings published this...Show More Summary

Open thread for night owls: Bakken pipeline construction stopped for talks with Native protesters

Three of the seven tribes of the Great Sioux Nation—Standing Rock Sioux, Cheyenne River Sioux and the Oglala Lakota—have joined in opposition to a pipeline being built across Lakota treaty land (but not land encompassed within the boundaries of today’s Lakota reservations. Show More Summary

Open thread for night owls: Private prisons have more assaults, weapons, lockdowns than public ones

Madison Pauly at Mother Jones writes—A Damning Federal Report Just Confirmed Our Worst Fears About Private Prisons: Federal prisons run by private prison companies aren't just less safe and less secure than than their publicly run counterparts. Show More Summary

Open thread for night owls: Excerpts from Harper's Index

Here are some excerpts from the September edition of Harper’s Index (paywall): Percentage of Republicans who said they prioritized gun control over gun rights in 1999: 53 In 2015: 26 [...] Portion of congressional districts that backed presidential and congressional candidates from different parties in 1980: 1/3 In 2012: 1/17 [...]Show More Summary

Open thread for night owls: David Dayen—Colleges are a key enemy of education reform

David Dayen at The New Republic writes—The Real Enemy of Education Reform: It’s the Colleges, Stupid: Colleges do very well under the status quo. And that’s bad for students and our economy: The left is fairly united on making college affordable to anyone who wants to enroll, and ending the crippling burden of student debt. Show More Summary

Open thread for night owls: Study ponders how to turn coal jobs into solar jobs

Heather Smith writes at Grist about a new report on coal-to-solar jobs: Your job as an explosives handling expert at the coal mine is almost certainly in peril, now that America’s clean air standards more accurately represent the danger that coal poses to the climate. Show More Summary

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