My dad predicted Trump in 1985 – it’s not Orwell, he warned, it’s Brave New World

Over the last year, as the presidential campaign grew increasingly bizarre and Donald Trump took us places we had never been before, I saw a spike in media references to Amusing Ourselves to Death, a book written by my late father, Neil Postman, which anticipated back in 1985 so much about what has become of our current public discourse.

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Thousands of Fight for 15 protesters rise up in 340 cities across the US

Thousands of Fight for 15 supporters chanted, marched, sat in and got arrested in 340 cities across the US on Tuesday, declaring that they won’t back down no matter who is in the White House. Tuesday’s large protest – the fast food movement’s twelfth one-day strike – was a far cry from four Novembers ago when the Fight for 15 held its first one-day strike.

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Barack Obama: NSA is not rifling through ordinary people’s emails

Barack Obama has sought to address European concerns over internet privacy in the wake of the National Security Agency surveillance scandal, insisting US authorities are not “rifling through the emails” of ordinary people and he is confident the US intelligence services have “struck the appropriate balance” between security and civil rights.

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Thinner, smoother, better: in the era of retouching, that’s what girls have to be | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

There was a time when changing the appearance of a woman in a photograph would take hours and hours of expert, painstaking work by hand. Techniques in the darkroom allowed 20th-century photo editors to “dodge” or “burn”: over- or under-expose images in order to remove “flaws”, such as fine lines or rippling pockets of fat.

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Kitchen gadgets review: Scizza – pizza scissors by YourLifeIsDepressing.com

Related: Kitchen gadgets review: T2 teamaker – ‘unleash the masculini-tea’ Scizza (£19.95, formahouse.co.uk) is a shearing tool comprising handle-mounted blades, centrally pivoted, and flat nylon foot. Carves topped flatbreads. Dunno. If you ask me, slicing pizza izza pizza pizz. I’ve heard about using scissors to cut pizza before.

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Abba reunite for first public performance in 30 years

The four members of Abba performed alongside one another for the first time in over 30 years in Stockholm this weekend. On Sunday, at a private gala to mark 50 years since songwriting duo Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson met for the first time, the pair were joined by Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstadon stage at Berns Salonger in Stockholm.

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We’re in an amazing black cultural moment. Cue predictable white backlash | Syreeta McFadden

Black American culture is experiencing a kind of delicious dominance at the moment. It’s one that might seem odd given its contrast with the resurgence of racism embodied by some supporters of Donald Trump. But Trumpism, as my colleague Steven Thrasher has noted, is just the latest version of a pattern in America: black progress beckons white rage.

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On a mission to democratise publishing – Matt Mullenweg interview

So what’s the mission statement for Automattic / WordPress and how has this changed over time? Automattic’s mission has always been very aligned with WordPress itself, which is to democratise publishing. Basically what I found after a few years of doing WordPress was that there were certain things that a company was just better set up to do to bring an open source publishing platform to the masses.

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The dark side of Guardian comments

Comments allow readers to respond to an article instantly, asking questions, pointing out errors, giving new leads. At their best, comment threads are thoughtful, enlightening, funny: online communities where readers interact with journalists and others in ways that enrich the Guardian’s journalism. But at their worst, they are something else entirely.

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Tech policy activists find Bernie Sanders is best bet – while Trump is the worst

The top candidate from the great state of the internet is Bernie Sanders, according to an analysis of the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates’ campaign platforms by tech policy activists at the Free Press Action Fund. The worst candidate on policy positions that affect citizens’ digital lives? Donald J Trump.

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The macabre truth of gun control in the US is that toddlers kill more people than terrorists do | Lindy West

This week, in my country, considered by some of its more embarrassing denizens to be the “greatest country in the world”, an outspoken Florida “gun rights” advocate left a loaded .45 calibre handgun in the back seat of her car and was promptly shot and wounded by her four-year-old child.

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Albert Woodfox released from jail after 43 years in solitary confinement

Albert Woodfox, the longest-standing solitary confinement prisoner in the US, held in isolation in a six-by-nine-foot cell almost continuously for 43 years, has been released from a Louisiana jail. Woodfox, who was kept in solitary following the 1972 murder of a prison guard for which he has always professed his innocence, marked his 69th birthday on Friday by being released from West Feliciana parish detention center.

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Lisa Jones, girlfriend of undercover policeman Mark Kennedy: ‘I thought I knew him better than anyone’

She thought they were a normal couple until she found a passport in a glovebox – and then her world shattered. Now she is finally getting compensation and a police apology for that surreal, state-sponsored deception. But she still lies awake and wonders: did he ever really love me?

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GCHQ spied on Amnesty International, tribunal tells group in email

The government’s electronic eavesdropping agency GCHQ spied illegally on Amnesty International, according to the tribunal responsible for handling complaints against the intelligence services. Confirmation that surveillance took place emerged late on Wednesday, when the human rights group revealed that the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) sent it an email correcting an earlier judgment.

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I was a domestic violence victim. My town wanted me evicted for calling 911 | Lakisha Briggs

I remember the day I realized that I had to stop calling the police, no matter what danger I was in. It was April 9 2012 when the police came to my home to arrest my ex-boyfriend, who had physically assaulted me. When they were there, an officer told me I was “on three strikes”.

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Kitchen gadgets review: the Egg Master – a horrifying, unholy affair

The Egg Master (£29.99, DecentGadget, Amazon) is a vertical grill encased in silicone housing. Ingredients poured into the plastic tube are heated by an embedded, wraparound element. When ready, food spontaneously rises from the device. The Egg Master (£29.99, DecentGadget, Amazon) is a vertical grill encased in silicone housing.

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Amazon tests delivery drones at secret Canada site after US FAA frustration

Related: Amazon warns Congress: US risks being left behind in delivery drone business Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following repeated warnings by the e-commerce giant that it would go outside the US to bypass what it sees as the federal government’s lethargic approach to the new technology.

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