Facebook’s Metaverse Heralds a Brave New Underworld of Metacrime

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has probably not had the year he had hoped for. In late spring, New York Times reporters Sheera Frankel and Cecilia Kang made waves with the release of their new book, An Ugly Truth, which took readers deep inside Facebook’s cutthroat corporate culture and revealed that internal concerns about the spread of hate and misinformation on the social media titan’s massive platform were routinely sidelined in the pursuit of pure profit.

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The Fight for Italian Reunification Inspired the International Left

On November 27, 1871, Italy’s King Vittorio Emanuele II gave an impassioned speech at the Italian parliament, finally ushering in the complete unification of his country. For centuries, the peninsula had been divided into a patchwork of regions, mostly dominated by the monarchies of Austria, France, and Spain. Napoleon had worked to change this arrangement after the French Revolution, but, after Habsburg diplomat Count Klemens von Metternich’s reversal of his reforms at the Council of Vienna in 1815, the three foreign dynasties largely regained their strongholds.

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DAN WOOTTON: David Beckham’s World Cup deal with Qatar is going to cost him his reputation

DAN WOOTTON: Beckham’s vile multi-million World Cup deal with the homophobic, human rights abusers of Qatar is going to cost him his reputation forever
By Dan Wootton for MailOnline
Published: 13:51 EST, 18 November 2021 | Updated: 04:28 EST, 19 November 2021

It’s official.
There is now no bigger preening celebrity hypocrite on the planet than David Beckham, a bloke who will virtue-signal at every given opportunity and then throw his morals out the window in exchange for a gigantic payday from an authoritarian state.

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I’m not a crypto investing genius and neither are you: The perils of big returns

I’m not a crypto investing genius and you probably aren’t too: SIMON LAMBERT on the perils for investors who’ve made big returns and applaud their own brilliance
By Simon Lambert for Thisismoney.co.uk
Published: 01:00 EST, 11 November 2021 | Updated: 01:00 EST, 11 November 2021

In May I bought some ethereum – this week the cryptocurrency hit a record high and at the time of writing my investment is up 62 per cent.

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I’m not a crypto investing genius and neither are you: The perils of big returns

I’m not a crypto investing genius and you probably aren’t too: SIMON LAMBERT on the perils for investors who’ve made big returns and applaud their own brilliance
By Simon Lambert for Thisismoney.co.uk
Published: 01:00 EST, 11 November 2021 | Updated: 01:00 EST, 11 November 2021

In May I bought some ethereum – this week the cryptocurrency hit a record high and at the time of writing my investment is up 62 per cent.

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Josh Hawley Will Be Damned if He Allows Women to Get Drafted

It’s an idea that appears to be on two tracks. On an actual policy level, Congress and the Biden administration are moving toward requiring women to register for the draft, with the policy changes potentially becoming law by the end of the year. But on a political level, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and other Republicans appear to be seizing on the proposal as their latest weapon in the trenches of the culture war.

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How Can I Get My Parents to Disinherit My Lazy, Cruel Sister?

Pay Dirt is Slate’s money advice column. Have a question? Send it to Athena and Elizabeth here. (It’s anonymous!)
Dear Pay Dirt,
I am my parents’ youngest daughter. My oldest sister, “Nell,” was borderline cruel and abusive to my middle sister and myself growing up. Now she is entitled and irresponsible. When she was 17, in a bout of bipolar mania, she overdosed in her high school bathroom. She survived, and got treatment, but has never been a producing member of society.

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Netflix’s Biggest New Hits Have Audiences Bingeing Economic Uncertainty

In the first episode of Squid Game, the protagonist Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae), a former automobile factory worker with crippling debt and a gambling addiction, is trying and failing to get a prize from a claw machine. It’s his daughter’s birthday, and he is spending his last coins on the game as a desperate, last-minute attempt to secure a gift. He’s gambled all day, betting on horses, only to lose his winnings and get beaten up by loan sharks.

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Netflix’s Biggest New Hits Have Audiences Bingeing Economic Uncertainty

In the first episode of Squid Game, the protagonist Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae), a former automobile factory worker with crippling debt and a gambling addiction, is trying and failing to get a prize from a claw machine. It’s his daughter’s birthday, and he is spending his last coins on the game as a desperate, last-minute attempt to secure a gift. He’s gambled all day, betting on horses, only to lose his winnings and get beaten up by loan sharks.

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Dear Care and Feeding: Why Are People Weirded Out by Mothers and Sons Who Are Close?

Care and Feeding is Slate’s parenting advice column. Have a question for Care and Feeding? Submit it here or post it in the Slate Parenting Facebook group.
Dear Care and Feeding,
I am a single parent of a son I have raised by myself since he was 4. He’s a good-natured, well-adjusted college student and Division I athlete; he has a lovely girlfriend with whom he attends college out of state. Not long ago, while he was home for a visit and his girlfriend was across the country visiting her family, I was invited to the wedding of a work friend.

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