Tragedy in Yemen: More than 50 people are dead and dozens of others are wounded after a suicide bomber struck a military compound in the city of Aden, Yemen. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted new recruits to a militia allied with Yemen’s deposed president.
On TV: Fox News, which turns 20 this fall, is the most-watched cable network in the U.S. But Derek Thompson argues that the network may be reaching its peak: Fox News is most popular among older white men, with half of its viewers over 68, and its audience isn’t getting any younger. Meanwhile, last night’s MTV Video Music Awards showcased an entirely different group of influencers, with Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Kanye West demonstrating black musicians’ power to push social change through pop music.
“Trump can point to this and go ‘See, the system is rigged,’ and I personally worry that such language might inspire some fraction of his followers to commit a violent act.” —Nicholas Weaver, who studies computer security, on the dangers of electronic voting
You might not like what I’m about to say about the multiverse. But don’t worry; you’ve already had your revenge. If there are an infinite number of parallel universes, there will be any number of terrible dictatorships, places where life has become very difficult for people who like to string words together. Somewhere out there, there’s a society in which every desperate little essay like this one comes with a tiny, unremarkable button: push it, and the author will be immediately electrocuted to death. …
Somewhere in all the possible worlds you’re skipping about in a luxury yacht, while I’m chained, terrified, to the bow, gasping through mouthfuls of seawater. Somewhere your band of riders burned my village to the ground, and you’re drinking a toast to the gods from my jewel-encrusted skull. You can want all of this, and there’s no need to feel guilty: it could happen, so it happened; that’s all.
Continue reading here, as Kriss makes the case that the multiverse actually limits the human imagination, not expands it.
What Do You Know?
1. When monkeys live in captivity, their ____________ become a lot more like humans’.
No day care would take my daughter because of her condition. They didn’t have the proper equipment to keep her safe. No friends would babysit because they were afraid of her. … But even if I had found another job, I would not have been able to find one making what I was making that would allow me to take off two days a week to make doctor’s appointments my child needed to survive—not to mention the several surgeries and hospitalizations.
I have always worked, often more than one job, since I was 14. But, now I needed help. I applied for TANF [Temporary Assistance for Needy Families] and was told that I would not qualify for any services because I was “work-ready.”
Nothing. All my hard work. All the taxes I have paid. I could get nothing.
Atlantic co-founder Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.—the physician, poet, and professor who gave the magazine its name—was born on this day in 1809. If he were alive today, he might still find certain aspects of the media landscape familiar: As he wrote in our September 1861 issue about newspapers and railroads, “This perpetual intercommunication, joined to the power of instantaneous action, keeps us always alive with excitement.”