Economic Inequality Continues to Rise in NY, US

Al Jazeera Disowns Holocaust Report ; ICE Has Put Thousands in Solitary ; and More Picks

Economic inequality, rising rate
The author writes, “Economic inequality has continued increasing in the [N.Y. State] capital region and across the US, fresh data show, and the trend toward a widening gap between the highest and lowest earners that began four decades ago is unlikely to reverse. ... Despite the [country's] current record-low unemployment and robust job growth, the lion's share of the benefits have gone to the top earners, while wages for the bottom 50 percent of American workers have lagged behind the pace economists would expect in a healthy, low-unemployment economy.” Photo credit: Fibonacci Blue / Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0)
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Top Arab Broadcaster Disowns Holocaust Report: Two Journalists Suspended (Julian)

Al Jazeera has acted quickly to dampen criticism after a video targeted at its youth audience was published with the caption: “The gas chambers killed millions of Jews … So the story says. How true is the #Holocaust and how did the Zionists benefit from it?”

Ivy League Candidates Unfriending Facebook, Say Recruiters (Julian)

The social media giant is struggling to attract top university talent due to concerns about its approach to privacy. Fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which data of 87 million Facebook users was allegedly used improperly to target ads for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, has been blamed for a dramatic leap in job offer rejections from tech graduates.

Thousands of Immigrants Suffer in Solitary Confinement in ICE Detention (Chris)

The authors write, “An investigation by The Intercept and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has found that ICE uses isolation as a go-to tool, rather than a last resort, to manage and punish even the most vulnerable detainees for weeks and months at a time.”

17 Species of Bees Have Already Gone Extinct in the UK — and Many More Are in Danger (Mili)

From People: “Bees are an important part of our ecosystem, but many species are struggling to survive. Coinciding with World Bee Day, the World Wildlife Fund released a new report outlining the significant collapse in the bee population of eastern England, which is one of the ‘richest regions for bees in Britain.’ According to the report, 17 species (which represents 7 percent of the local bee population) have become regionally extinct, while another 25 species have been labeled as at risk of extinction.”

Your Internet May Be Delivered by a Drone Someday Soon (Reader Steve)

From the San Francisco Chronicle: “Companies such as and SpaceX have made big investments in providing internet service around the world with thousands of small satellites. … And don’t count out solar-powered, high-altitude drones — or giant balloons. Advances in solar-cell and battery technology have made those technologies more feasible. Last month, Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank said it would team up with California drone maker AeroVironment to build a drone capable of flying to the stratosphere, hovering around an area for months and serving as a floating cell tower to beam internet to users on Earth. Airbus and Boeing are also working on their own versions of high-flying, solar-powered drones.”

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