Quickies: Exposing Pick-up Artists, White Nationalists, and Government-Fabricated Charges against Immigrants

  • Dating Sim Meets Survival Horror: The Game that Exposes Pick-up Artists, by Laura Hudson at The Guardian: “Created by artist and academic Angela Washko, The Game: The Game drops you smack dab in the middle of numerous highly regimented “seduction” routines, designed to leave you off-balance and less likely to push back against your would-be seducer, as he plays on your insecurities and makes you feel like saying “no” is irrational.” H/t kupo.
  • iFunny Moderators Say They Have A Nazi Problem That The Site’s Leaders Won’t Fix, by Ryan Broderick at Buzzfeed: “The current moderator who spoke to BuzzFeed News isn’t optimistic things will get better on the site. ‘Our users are radicalizing themselves at an alarming rate as they use each other as a springboard for the next most edgy thing,’ he said. ‘With every domestic terrorist we see, it seems our users grow bolder.'” H/t Muscadine.
  • The Case That Made an Ex-ICE Attorney Realize the Government Was Relying on False “Evidence” Against Migrants, by Melissa del Bosque at ProPublica: “After Carlos requested political asylum, border and immigration agents had accused him of being a member of the notorious MS-13 gang in El Salvador — a criminal not fit to enter the United States. But as Peña looked at him, she saw none of the typical hallmarks of gang membership: the garish MS-13 tattoos or a criminal record back home. He was the sole caregiver for his 7-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter. He’d even brought an official letter from El Salvador’s Justice Ministry certifying that he’d never been in jail. Something else about his case bothered her, too: She’d been peppering the government’s lawyers with phone calls and emails for weeks and they’d yet to reveal any evidence to back up their accusation.”

Melanie Mallon

Melanie is a freelance editor and writer living in a small town outside Minneapolis with her husband, two kids, dog, and two cats. When not making fun of bad charts or running the Uncensorship Project, she spends her time wrangling commas, making colon jokes, and putting out random dumpster fires. You can find her on Twitter as @MelMall, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

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