Incoming Twitter CEO Said Company Should ‘Focus Less’ on Free Speech

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Twitter’s incoming CEO Parag Agrawal suggested last year that the company should “focus less” on free speech during an interview with Technology Review.
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey announced Monday that he is stepping down as CEO and will be succeeded by Agrawal, who is the platform’s current chief technology officer.

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These Sexual Meditation Apps Want to Get You Off. You Might Also Fall Asleep.

“This is going to be sexy, damn it,” is not something you think to yourself before embarking on a genuinely sensual activity, but I had high hopes before pressing play on my eight-minute “quickie meditation.” I was listening to Guided by Glow, an app that produces “erotic audio sessions.”
I found myself in sweatpants and a messy bun, lying on my bed—where I’d eaten pizza mere moments before—ready to listen to a faceless, honey-voiced lady named Sky “take [my] body and mind on a journey of surrendering to [my] inner goddess’ sexual desires.

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Anti-mask parent attacked school board chair by outing her 8-year-old trans daughter

As Daily Kos continues to chronicle, school board meetings across the nation have been steadily picking up both local and national media attention, and for an important reason. Why? If it’s not people protesting mask mandates, it’s people speaking up for (or, sadly, against) trans rights. In both of these cases, the people affected are students and the people who work with them—teachers, janitorial staff, bus drivers, and so on.

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Op-Ed: Payouts for whistleblowers aren’t enough. Workers need to know they can make a difference

Last month, a former employee of Deutsche Bank hit the jackpot. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission awarded this publicly unnamed whistleblower almost $200 million for supplying “specific, credible, and timely original information” that aided the agency in its investigation into the illegal rigging of inter-bank interest rates. This was the largest whistleblower payment in history.
The former bank employee now joins a select group of whistleblowers who not only spoke out and were heard by the authorities, but also were rewarded handsomely for their effort.

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Why Are Cities Hostile to Strollers?

There’s an amnesia particular to the experience of parenting babies and toddlers that makes it ill suited for advocacy. No matter how acute the parenting pain of the moment, it never lasts long. Paid parental leave, universal childcare? They have broad public support, and their impact can be felt for decades, even generations. But because parents experience the strain of their absence for only a handful of years, they have never had the same organizing momentum of, say, the student debt movement.
The same goes for navigating U.S. cities with small humans in tow.

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The Great Escape

The first thing you should know about Caroline Potts of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is that she loves her pets. “I have five cats and three dogs,” she told me, proudly. “The only thing I don’t have is birds.”
So when she needed a job, PetSmart seemed like the perfect solution. “My sister worked at PetSmart and I was in there so much,” she said.
She started as a bather, and showed enough promise to be invited to the company’s dog grooming academy, where they teach how to cut hair. “I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life,” Caroline said.

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At COP 26, A Bigger, Stronger Climate Movement Made Its Mark

Mia Mottley, prime minister of Barbados, speaks at COP 26 in Glasgow. (Daniel Leal-Olivas – Pool / Getty Images)

This column is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration cofounded by Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation to strengthen coverage of the climate story.

The science tells us this is the decade to take action to avert the irreversible impacts of climate change.

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Dear Care and Feeding: My Daughter Was Invited to Eavesdrop on Her Friend’s Therapy Session

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,
My 12-year-old daughter’s friend “Maya” was complaining to her about how much she disliked going to therapy and how she disliked her therapist. After my daughter told her that she hadn’t liked therapy either when she “had to go,” Maya did something questionable. I saw it happening, though I didn’t understand what was going on at first.

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