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Dan Savage Diagnoses Donald Trump

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:23:08 GMT2016-10-26T00:23:08Z

Listen to Episode 605 of Slate’s The Gist:

Dan Savage speaks onstage during the Webby Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City in 2011.

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The Angle: SNL as Analyst Edition

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:13:38 GMT2016-10-25T22:13:38Z

Some Doug truths: Saturday Night Live's sketch Black Jeopardy, featuring Tom Hanks as a seemingly out-of-place Trump-supporting contestant, offered a surprisingly genius analysis of the political scene in 2016, Jamelle Bouie writes. For all of the commonalities between white working-class and black voters the sketch reveals, it doesn't shy from showing their differences.

Lauren Santa Cruz organizes demonstrators urging the Senate to hold a confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, Oct. 4.

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Vulnerability Is the Internet’s Original Sin

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:37:56 GMT2016-10-25T20:37:56Z

On the day (perhaps not long from now) when the entire internet crashes, no one will be able to say that we didn’t see it coming. The denial-of-service attack on the morning of Oct. 21—which shut down Twitter, Spotify, Netflix, and a dozen other websites—offers a preview, in miniature and against relatively trivial targets, of how the day of doom might unfold.

There are now about 10 billion Internet of Things devices in the world: That’s a lot of bots that a hacker can enslave for an attack.

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It Might Be. It Could Be. It Is?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:36:28 GMT2016-10-25T20:36:28Z

The ball is sailing deep—very deep. You jump out of your seat, pump your arms up and down, high-five everyone in a 10-mile radius … and the ball settles into an outfielder’s glove for a routine catch. We’ve all suffered the embarrassment of celebrating a potential home run prematurely. It’s tough to tell how far a ball will fly off the bat, and the varying dimensions of major-league ballparks make it all the more difficult to discern whether a towering fly ball will scrape over the wall. Some of us, though, are better than others at separating big flies from fly-ball outs. How do your homer-detecting skills compare to those of fellow fans? Take our video quiz below to find out.

Dexter Fowler of the Cubs watches as a home run ball hit by Matt Adams of the Cardinals lands over the centerfield wall at Busch Stadium on May 23 in St. Louis.

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Dear Prudence Live Chat

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:16:28 GMT2016-10-25T20:16:28Z

Need help getting along with partners, relatives, co-workers, and people in general? Ask Dear Prudence! Mallory Ortberg takes your questions on manners, morals, and more. Please keep your questions succinct (recommended max. length is around 150 words). Submit yours ahead of time below:

Mallory Ortberg

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The Curse Breaker

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:08:09 GMT2016-10-25T20:08:09Z

There are only so many owners and executives in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Tom Yawkey, who owned the Boston Red Sox from 1933 until his death in 1976, is one of them. When Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein is inducted, which will surely happen if his team beats the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series, it would be fitting if there was a parallel action to take Yawkey out. After all, Epstein’s career, which already includes breaking baseball’s other multigenerational championship drought, will have served as the ultimate corrective to the incompetence of people like Yawkey, who were responsible for “cursing” these teams in the first place.

Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein before Game 3 of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on Oct. 10, 2016, in San Francisco.

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Paying to Have and Not to Hold

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:56:01 GMT2016-10-25T19:56:01Z

Imagine, for a moment, that you want to buy The Complete Works of Primo Levi edited by talented translator Ann Goldstein. If you were to buy a new version of the hardcover collection on Amazon, the price is $58.40. If, however, you decided that rather than adorning your shelves with Levi, you wanted to download it to your e-reader, saving yourself paper and time, you would need to pay $59.49. It would cost you more not to physically own the books.

Physical formats so quickly become outdated.

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In the Whore’s Clutches

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:38:42 GMT2016-10-25T18:38:42Z

Jack Chick—fundamentalist cartoonist, outsider artist, and purveyor of evangelist tracts—died Sunday at 92. The grand theme of Chick’s lurid cartoon pamphlets was that anyone who rejected his particular strain of Christianity would suffer forever in hell. His publications railed against Masonry (“Satan is the true force behind Masonry”) and Halloween (“Satan loves Halloween”). Evolution, communism, Harry Potter, Family Guy, The Walking Dead, and Christian rock music were of the devil, too. His work smeared faiths including Islam, Judaism, and Mormonism. But his particular obsession with the Catholic Church was notable for both its persistence and how it fell into near-total obsolescence among his fellow Protestants within just a few decades.

Covers from Jack Chick’s tracts.

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The “How Does a Personal Stylist Work?” Edition

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:44:33 GMT2016-10-25T17:44:33Z

Listen to this episode of working with guest Rosana Vollmerhausen:

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