The borrowers: why Finland’s cities are havens for library lovers

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Helsinkis state-of-the-art Oodi library will stand opposite parliament and boast a cinema, recording studio and makerspace. Its a perfect fit for a literate nation taking public learning to the next level A library card was the first thing that was mine, that I had ever owned, says Nasima Razmyar. The daughter of a former Afghan … Continued

Gupta to Jeff Sessions: Medical marijuana could save many addicted to opioids

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(CNN)Dear Honorable Jeff Sessions, I feel obligated to share the results of my five-year-long investigation into the medical benefits of the cannabis plant. Before I started this worldwide, in-depth investigation, I was not particularly impressed by the results of medical marijuana research, but a few years later, as I started to dedicate time with patients … Continued

How Trumps NASA Nominee Used a Nonprofit He Ran to Benefit Himself

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Rep. James Bridenstine (R-Okla.) is a former Navy pilot with virtually no management experience in any large organization. But the Oklahoma Republican has been tapped by President Donald Trump to take over the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a federal agency with a budget of $18.5 billion, 18,000 federal workers, and over 60,000 contract … Continued

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran

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The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look Want to freak yourself out? Im going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it. Google knows where … Continued

Fran Lebowitz: ‘You do not know anyone as stupid as Donald Trump’

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She loves to talk, hates to fly and wants to make it clear she takes no responsibility for the state of US politics Be grateful you didnt sit next to Fran Lebowitz on the plane from New York to Melbourne. The trip was the longest flight she had taken, and therefore the longest time she … Continued

Kindergarten weather forecast assignment just became the standard for every other meteorologist.

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Nashville kindergartner Carden Corts (he already has a perfect anchorman name) produced what might be the best Kindergarten-level project in existence.  The assignment was to make a weather forecast video for school, and his father, who works in video production, helped him out. Seriously though, the only assignments I had in Kindergarten were coloring books. … Continued

Facebook co-founder says its rise reveals the fault lines destroying the American Dream

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Andrew Keen is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and The Internet Is Not The Answer. He produces Futurecast, and is the host of Keen On. More posts by this contributor: 2018 might be Amazon’s year to take a leading role in online advertising More long term greed… Tim O’Reilly’s recipe … Continued