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Newsweek Europe 03/01/2019

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the archives

1966 “Communist China’s leaders have succeeded in sowing confusion in the West over just how big a threat Peking poses today,” reported Newsweek. Amid the confusion surrounding the Asian power’s military might and international intentions, scholars and subject matter experts were reduced to conjecture and the words of China’s illustrious military strategist and philosopher Sun Tzu (544 to 496 B.C.), who is credited with writing The Art of War: “Offer the enemy bait to lure him; feign disorder and strike him.” 1971 In a cover story that echoes current events, some American Jews were struggling with an “erosion of support for the Israeli cause.” Newsweek reported on a new crisis of spirituality: whether to embrace balance and tolerance—two of the most “cherished Jewish virtues of all”—or their own ethnic interests. 1985 The emergence of Madonna,…

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new beginning

An indigenous Mexican takes part in a ceremony of purification at the Zócalo Public Square on February 10. Indigenous people, who are concentrated largely in the poor states of Chiapas and Oaxaca, make up about 10 percent of the country’s population. Newly elected President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has pledged to give “special attention” to them. “It is a disgrace that our original communities live with oppression and racism, with poverty and marginalization,” he said in his inaugural address in December.…

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listening—for a change

A WHITE MAN WALKS INTO A BAR. PERHAPS HE’S wearing a “Make America great again” cap or a Red Sox T-shirt or a crucifix. Maybe he has a tattoo sleeve or a nose ring or a yarmulke. Whatever the signifiers, you consciously, or subconsciously, have decided he is one of Us or one of Them. According to researchers humans are hard-wired for tribalism. Labeling is biological. Minorities have put up with it since America’s founding, of course, but, as Irshad Manji argues in her new book, Don’t Label Me (St. Martin’s), the “loathed white guy” isn’t the only one stuffing others into boxes now. Everyone is at it, even those who, like Manji, champion diversity. “Well before Trump,” says the author, “so-called progressives were labeling swaths of Americans as racists and…

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the lost city of st. louis

A THOUSAND YEARS AGO, A flourishing city existed near what would become St. Louis. Between 10,000 and 30,000 inhabitants lived in homes and worshiped in temples with thatched roofs and walls. They supped on heady stimulants, worshipped female goddesses and charted the stars from an observatory that was the wooden equivalent of Stonehenge. Rising from the city’s center was a pyramid nearly 100 feet tall, the largest earthen structure in the New World. It was surrounded by a 50-acre public square and 100 earthen monuments. After prospering for about 250 years, the inhabitants vanished mysteriously around 1300 A.D. The remnants of the city (which can be viewed at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site near Collinsville, Illinois) have been subject to mythologizing and speculation since white settlers first came to the area.…

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4 Average number of hours U.S. smartphone users spend each day on their devices, including tablets. That time ranks third in the world, behind China and Brazil. 58% Percentage of all internet searches in the U.S. that come from mobile devices; 75 percent of online video viewing occurs on mobile devices. Percentage of U.S. smartphone users who check their phone within five minutes of waking up; 80 percent do so within an hour. $400 → The average cost of a mobile phone in 2019. The market for cellphones in the U.S. took in just under $60 million in revenue last year; Apple leads, with a 39% share in 2018’s third quarter. $69.7 BILLION Worldwide mobile app revenues in 2015. By 2020, the market is projected to generate $188.9 billion in revenues. 2,819 Average number of…

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the arcade vanishes

KEEPING VIDEO GAME HISTORY alive is more challenging than you might think. The games of old were designed for hardware that is now nonexistent, such as Ultima on the Apple II (1981), Shooting Gallery for Magnavox Odyssey (1973) or SNK’s classic Ikari Warriors (1986), the first arcade game to use rotary joysticks. For years, a motley collection of historians, aging gamesters, nerds and pirates seeking to make a buck have labored at archiving the original video games that shaped today’s multibillion-dollar industry. A common method is to cre ate a digital facsimile by extracting the game program from a phys ical source, such as an arcade motherboard or game cartridge; creating a compatible program on modern PCs to run this ancient code; and storing it to a computer chip or ROM…