China’s citizen scores are a dangerous reminder of the freedom we need to protect in the US

With the election of Donald Trump, people in the US and abroad began to worry about the effects of Trump executing on his campaign promises. Even before his election, there were claims that Trump was a fascist and that his ideas did not respect human rights.

But what China was considering implementing was even worse–and should serve as a reminder of what the world is dealing with both at home and abroad.

Click to read more at: American Civil Liberties Union

When a lawn lands you in jail

A huge part of the American Dream is that of owning a home with a lawn and of keeping it green and beautiful. One thing that surely isn’t a part of it is landing in jail because of an unkempt lawn in some kind of twisted modernization of a debtor’s prison.

So what is it about lawns that keeps the imagination alive? And what began the entire madness in the first place?

Click to find out more at: 99% Invisible

Architecture can’t be used as a form of riot control, can it?

Around the world, and especially around the US, Brutalist architecture took hold in the 1960s, leading to a boom in brutalist buildings around college campuses especially.

Then, somewhere around the line came the theory that the buildings were built in college campuses to help control student riots. The buildings sure look like they can be used for that purpose.

But were they really designed with student protest in mind?

Click to find out more at: Slate