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The world's eyes are on a US child abduction case. The supreme court will decide how to apply international law in the case of a mother taking her daughter from Italy to the US to flee her allegedly abusive ex-husband.

A case about international child abduction law has the world watching SCOTUS

There is something especially heartening about a cross-cultural love story. It shows that humans are all essentially the same and that our differences are merely superficial.

But when love turns into hate and parents of differing nationalities break up, there's nothing more terrifying than the idea

There is something especially heartening about a cross-cultural love story. It shows that humans are all essentially the same and that our differences are merely superficial.

But when love turns into hate and parents of differing nationalities break up, there's nothing more terrifying than the idea that your once true love will take off with your child to another land.

This week the US Supreme Court will consider just such a horror story, the tale of a small child separated from her mother and at the center of an international custody dispute of global significance.

Trump and the courts

Objectivity is on trial in Trump's impeachment hearings. A republican congressman sought to undermine a panel of four legal experts by asking whether they voted for Donald Trump—attacking a core principle of the judiciary system that people can put biases aside and act impartially.

The concept of objectivity is under attack at the Trump impeachment hearings

On Wednesday I attended the hearing on constitutional grounds for impeachment of Donald Trump. It was a heartening affair because it shows a lively republic in pursuit of truth and it's always fun to see civics in action.

But it was disheartening because Republicans attacked the constitutional scholars

On Wednesday I attended the hearing on constitutional grounds for impeachment of Donald Trump. It was a heartening affair because it shows a lively republic in pursuit of truth and it's always fun to see civics in action.

But it was disheartening because Republicans attacked the constitutional scholars testifying, questioning their objectivity and suggesting that they could not possibly be unbiased if they didn't reveal how they voted in the last presidential elections. And with each observer they manage to convince of this impossibility, we all lose a little bit more.

Trump's taxes will stay secret, for now. Trump argues that, as the president, his financial records are special. Lower courts have disagreed—but the US Supreme Court has granted the president's legal team more time to work on their petition.

The Supreme Court grants Trump’s emergency stay in financial records case

US president Donald Trump yesterday got what he wanted from, of all people, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The progressive jurist granted the Republican president's request for a stay that would suspend an order in a lower court allowing his financial records to be reviewed.

But RBG was't

US president Donald Trump yesterday got what he wanted from, of all people, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The progressive jurist granted the Republican president's request for a stay that would suspend an order in a lower court allowing his financial records to be reviewed.

But RBG was't signaling her approval of Trump's legal stance, just giving him time to file a petition for review, and it happened to be her because the justices rotate duties with respect to emergency applications. Now the House of Representatives must respond by Dec. 11 and the justices will ultimately have to decide if they want to walk into this political landmine and accept review of three financial matters dealing with Trump's records and his claims the executive is special.

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Reshaping society

Get smart about parenting

Raising a child is hard. But the “parenting is hard” trope, which feeds memes and dinner conversations, can be dangerous. It frames the problem as the individual failure of a single parent rather than as a social issue.

The hardest part of being a parent has nothing to do with raising kids

I always say we have to raise our girls to be brave, not perfect. But it's not enough for parents to try to do this work alone, we have to change as a society because our kids are getting messages from everywhere - media, school, classmates - so it's on all of us together.

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The We Company is launching a “smart cities” project and hired a Google executive to lead it

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  • This online/offline and private/public integration opportunity was only a matter of time. Wrapping it up around climate change has some degree of logical consistency based on the contribution of buildings to carbon emissions (39% in the USA). However, it’s a stretch. Cities and their community leaders

    This online/offline and private/public integration opportunity was only a matter of time. Wrapping it up around climate change has some degree of logical consistency based on the contribution of buildings to carbon emissions (39% in the USA). However, it’s a stretch. Cities and their community leaders will need to be very engaged if they are to protect citizens from the downsides of the implicit goal - gather physical world data and make city spaces, functions and people fully searchable.

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  • More and more I feel like a digital aphid in an ant colonizing experiment for surveillance capitalism.

  • The We Company has slowly been amassing a trove of data about how people work and live. Its measurement is not limited to within We’s owned buildings, so it’s unsurprising that it’s launching a civic tech initiative.

    As we’ve seen with Sidewalk Labs in Toronto, lots of ethical questions arise as private

    The We Company has slowly been amassing a trove of data about how people work and live. Its measurement is not limited to within We’s owned buildings, so it’s unsurprising that it’s launching a civic tech initiative.

    As we’ve seen with Sidewalk Labs in Toronto, lots of ethical questions arise as private companies try their hand at solving urban infrastructure issues.

    The company was light on the details as I reported this out, but I’m particularly interested to see if We will share its data publically as it begins to work with local governments.

  • With IoT solidifying in the industrial side, the emergence of the idea of smart cities is expected to come to fruition. Smart connected products allow for communication and relay of information. In smart cities, it will be full of connected products trying to make our lives easier. The first to do this

    With IoT solidifying in the industrial side, the emergence of the idea of smart cities is expected to come to fruition. Smart connected products allow for communication and relay of information. In smart cities, it will be full of connected products trying to make our lives easier. The first to do this is a part of Toronto. There was some backlash towards the usage of the acquired information. Regulations or rules should be implemented so everyone's privacy is respected.

    With 5G as well coming into the picture, smart cities can soon become a thing in multiple cities. The question is how do we implement it and to what extent is data and information used?

  • Everything about Google Sidewalk is creepy ... and the business model is based on total surveillance, combined with corporate control replacing government control. I am not interested in living or working in a community operated by Google.

    The only possible positive of We relative to Google is that

    Everything about Google Sidewalk is creepy ... and the business model is based on total surveillance, combined with corporate control replacing government control. I am not interested in living or working in a community operated by Google.

    The only possible positive of We relative to Google is that they cannot be as well organized and disciplined as Google.

  • Is the We Company trying to be the next Google?

  • None of this changes the fact that that We Work’s business model is fundamentally flawed, and the firm will collapse

  • This company is a Ponzi scheme.

  • Now take all of this effort and apply it starting with the POOREST communities and people first. They’re the places who will need to band together when the real crisis comes.