Developing Story: Shimon Peres, the former president of Israel, has been hospitalized and sedated after he suffered a stroke with significant bleeding. Here’s what we know so far.
Hacks and Leaks: A hacking group known as the Fancy Bears Hack Team has released the medical records of U.S. Olympic athletes, including Simone Biles and Venus and Serena Williams, after breaking into the World Anti-Doping Agency’s database. The hackers, who are believed to be working from Russia, claim the records show evidence of doping. Speaking of Russia, Edward Snowden, who has been living there as a fugitive since leaking classified information from the NSA in 2013, is asking President Obama to pardon him, claiming his whistleblowing benefited the U.S. But meanwhile, writes Bruce Schneier, there’s nothing to stop hackers from manipulating the data they release—and those attacks could have even worse effects, for organizations and for the public.
“We need to speak to Germans face-to-face. After that, they can decide if we can build together a future or not.” —Samer Serawan, a Syrian refugee, who leads tours in Berlin
Sophie Gilbert reviews the short-story collection Children of the New World, by Alexander Weinstein:
The 13 stories are set in broadly different visions of the future, some of them ravaged by climate change, others considerably more fanciful. (“The Pyramid and the Ass” imagines a world in which Buddhist reincarnation has been co-opted by a corporation named Soul Co. and George W. Bush has been president for 10 consecutive life cycles.) But the common thread is that humans seem to be remarkably unchanged. The emotional susceptibilities and moral quandaries that have ruined and redeemed us throughout history survive unscathed, condemning us to all kinds of high-tech misery. And, sometimes, to moments of enhanced humanity.
I used to be a dedicated Bears and fantasy football fan, delighting as a spectator of the sport for many years. However, hearing stories about the retired players’, like Junior Seau, struggling with their minds due to concussion injuries, and looking at my 1.5 year old boy ... I asked myself: Could I live with myself if I were to promote my boy to become a football player who ended up with a mush brain in his 40s and beyond? The answer is simply no.
It made me realize that I should no longer participate in the promotion of this sport. This is beyond the NFL; it starts from throwing that pigskin around in my backyard and enrolling my child in pee-wee football. So instead, I’ll direct my children to other sports, like basketball, that are not concussion-prone.
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