Published 6:00 am PST, Saturday, December 1, 2018 This Sept. 10, 2017 photo, shows peeling paint on the door of the South West Arts Club, housed in the old Friendship Baptist church, and rechristened Blind Whino, in southwest in Washington, DC. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via AP) less This Sept. 10, 2017 photo, shows peeling paint on the door of the South West Arts Club, housed in the old Friendship Baptist church, and rechristened Blind Whino, in southwest in Washington, DC. (Bill ... more Photo: Bill O'Leary, AP Photo: Bill O'Leary, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 This Sept. 10, 2017 photo, shows peeling paint on the door of the South West Arts Club, housed in the old Friendship Baptist church, and rechristened Blind Whino, in southwest in Washington, DC. … [Read more...] about Does a religious community need a building to flourish?
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A year ago Sunday, crowds of far-right and white supremacist protesters descended on Charlottesville, Virginia. They marched toward a statue of confederate General Robert E. Lee carrying tiki torches, swastikas and semi-automatic rifles and chanting slogans like “White lives matter” and “Jews will not replace us!” By the end of the day, Heather Heyer was dead, mowed down by a white supremacist who drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters. When the nation turned to President Donald Trump, he provoked outrage by declaring that there are “very fine people on both sides.” A year later, we’ve asked some of the most thoughtful people we know—from historians to a former CIA director to researchers of extremism—to put this shocking moment in context: What did Charlottesville change? Was it a moment of reckoning for our society? Did it fracture the movement known as the “alt-right,” or did it strengthen it? As new crowds … [Read more...] about What Charlottesville Changed
It will come as a surprise to many, particularly given its prominence in the never-ending Facebook news cycle, what a recent invention “privacy” is. The right to live as a stranger among strangers, with an inviolable sanctity of personal affairs against government or corporate intrusion, is a relatively new concept. The Oxford English Dictionary cites our current definition back to only 1814, and the first serious legal review of the concept—the now-classic The Right to Privacy—was written by Louis Brandeis in 1890. Google Books, which has scanned and digitized a canon of books going back centuries, doesn’t show much usage of the word until the 1960s. This relatively recent interest in, and legal defense of, privacy was a result of industrialization, rapidly growing cities, and the fraying of a local social fabric that once enmeshed (to not say ensnared) everyone within a set of expectations and possibilities. Privacy was and is a coping mechanism, a … [Read more...] about How Facebook Binds, and Shatters, Communities
The best games money can't buy The days when you had to buy a dedicated gaming rig and spend a load of cash for a quality gaming experience are long gone. Thanks to the iPhone (and iPod touch) and the App Store, you can get an excellent mobile gaming experience for just a few bucks (or quid, for that matter), or even less.In fact, a lot of the games out there are free. But can you get great games for nothing at all, or is the 'free' section of the App Store just a shoddy excuse to bombard you with in-app purchases?The answer is, of course, both. The trick is finding the gems amongst the dross, and what follows are our picks of the bunch: our top free iPhone games, presented in no particular order, including both long-time classics and brilliant cutting-edge recent releases. We've even included a VR game for you... aren't you lucky?New this week: Amazing Katamari DamacyAmazing Katamari Damacy is a deeply weird endless runner. It’s based on a popular PlayStation 2 game, where a … [Read more...] about The best free iPhone games on the planet