No Wireless Neutrality

The net neutrality framework laid out by Google and Verizon exempts wireless networks from rules that would govern broadband service and allows providers to set up Internet 'toll lanes'.

The net neutrality framework laid out by Google and Verizon exempts wireless networks from rules that would govern broadband service because wireless technology is "competitive and still developing". Besides that exemption, which is worrying because wireless is the future of the Internet, the framework allows service providers to create toll lanes where higher paying customers receive better service: "Beyond the fuzzy contours of the non-discrimination principle, the companies' framework allows an explicit exception that could defeat the rule. ISPs would be permitted to offer services on their networks that are free from the non-discrimination requirements. For example, they could reserve a portion of their bandwidth for a toll lane that delivers selected companies' content or services in a better manner than the plain-vanilla Internet does."

The contentious history of the Anarchist Cookbook

Numerous critics have called for the ban of the infamous instruction manual for violent civil disobedience.

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Culture & Religion
  • The Anarchist Cookbook provides instructions for making bombs, drugs, and operating firearms; naturally, this makes it rather controversial.
  • Concerned citizens, anarchists themselves, and many others have called for the ban of the book, but most liberal democracies have refused to do so.
  • Whether you think dangerous literature should be banned or whether banning books is an inherently anti-democratic position, knowing and understanding why the Anarchist Cookbook draws so much criticism can be valuable.
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The world's watersheds, mapped in gorgeous detail

Hungarian cartographer travels the world while mapping its treasures.

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  • Simple idea, stunning result: the world's watersheds in glorious colors.
  • The maps are the work of Hungarian cartographer Robert Szucs.
  • His job: to travel and map the world, one good cause at a time.
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Cahokia: North America's massive, ancient city

It was a sprawling civilization.

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Culture & Religion
  • Near modern-day St. Louis, Missouri, you can find towering mounds of earth that were once the product of a vast North American culture.
  • Cahokia was the largest city built by this Native American civilization.
  • Because the ancient people who built Cahokia didn't have a writing system, little is known of their culture. Archaeological evidence, however, hints at a fascinating society.
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