Smokey (the) Bear is still keeping his watchful eye on America’s forests after 75 years on the job

The iconic advertising campaign originated as a way to protect the nation from its WWII enemies. Today, critics are asking if it’s causing harm as well as good.

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How the Volkswagen Beetle sparked America’s art car movement

When the Beetle was first introduced, Americans had never seen anything like it. Among art car enthusiasts, it became the ideal canvas for self-expression.

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Long before Armstrong and Aldrin, artists were stoking dreams of space travel

While the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing is an opportunity to celebrate a remarkable technological achievement, it’s worth reflecting upon the creative vision that made it possible.

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The forgotten history of segregated swimming pools and amusement parks

Municipal swimming pools flourished in the 20th century. But too often, their success was based on the exclusion of African Americans.

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When America had an open prison – the story of Kenyon Scudder and his ‘prison without walls’

Scudder’s approach was grounded in trust and mutual respect. There would be no guards, no weapons, no walls and no uniforms.

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Part VI: Video-Researching Potentially Fake Facebook Profiles

Researching Potentially Fake Facebook Profiles Last week I introduced you to the Stalk Scan tool, and gave you nine profiles to check out to determine which ones were fake. If you did the exercise, how many did you think were fake? Actually ALL the profiles in that exercise were fake.

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Due Process and the Rule of Law: Are we now guilty until proven innocent?

Bill Cosby sentenced to 3-10 years In the year of the “Me Too” movement with women coming forward accusing famous men and celebrities like Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby of sexual assault, years after the statute of limitations, are we now at a point in America where physical evidence no longer matters?

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A Search Tool for Finding Fake Facebook Profiles

Last week we talked about foreign profiles creating fake news sites and posting links in political groups with American audiences. I gave you several groups to visit, to see whether you could find any accounts from outside the US posting content there. I just went back and checked a few, and I saw posts from Pakistan, the Philippines, Benin, Denmark, India, Switzerland, and several other places. These profiles weren’t hiding their nationality – you could see it on their profiles pretty clearly.

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Exclusive Series: Part IV-Facebook Groups-Home of Foreign Fakes

Facebook Groups – Home of Foreign Fakers (Part 1) I’ve been tracking fake profiles on Facebook in my spare time this year. That sounds like a silly hobby, but it’s been highly educational. I started because I noticed that many of the profiles I caught sharing fakery seemed to be fake.

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Exclusive Series: Part III-Stopping Fake News Begins With Us

One of the reasons fakery spreads so quickly is that we no longer look too carefully at the information that we scroll past in our feeds. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other platforms are designed to encourage users to share images and stories instantly, based on the text or pictures or headlines, rather than consider first whether those things are true.

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