On Wednesday afternoon, following the ascendance of a sentient, smushed-up cheese puff to the most powerful office in the world, so many people visited Canada's informational immigration website that it crashed. Now, officials have confirmed what some already suspected: A large number of those people were desperate Americans presumably plotting their escape.
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Perhaps the best way to prove that the US is indeed a country of immigrants is to watch the data speak for itself in this beautiful interactive map.
What the hell does it mean for a person to be white?
Historically, it's a question that has been difficult to answer. But it's also a question that has defined where a person is allowed to live, eat, and work. Race is a social construct, but when it comes to countries like the United States and Australia, being "white" has sometimes meant the difference between being allowed to emigrate to those countries or not.
Australia's history is not a secret to most Australians, but you might not know some of the finer details and it may come as a shock to the rest of the world. Today, the majority of Australians take pride in being part of a multicultural, multi-ethnic society. But much like the United States, Australia has a brutally racist history.
Europe is currently facing a migrant and refugee crisis pretty much unprecedented in modern times: Families fleeing war-torn states are making harrowing journeys across land and sea, risking their lives, often without any guaranteed salvation at the end. There's lots that you can already do to help, but stepping up to the plate to bolster efforts is Google.
This is crazy. An eight-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast was being smuggled into Spain while being hidden inside a suitcase. Apparently, the boy's father had paid a 19-year-old girl to carry the boy in the luggage from Morocco to neighbouring Ceuta, a Spanish city in Africa. This was a bad plan that could have ended horribly for everyone.
Immigration reform is a huge issue in countries like Australia and the United States. We've seen a bevy of realistic proposals for dealing with a system that many describe as "broken". But Blueseed, a group of entrepreneurs aiming to build a floating city off the US west coast to house foreign tech workers who can't obtain visas, is definitely the wildest.
You've been dreaming of this day your entire life. You and your one true love will be joining your eternal souls in the resplendent, holy matrimony of... a Google+ hangout. Scenes like this used to be pretty rare (and usually involved deployed military members), but as the New York Times points out, proxy weddings via internet have become increasingly common — and increasingly controversial with the questions of immigrant marriage fraud and legitimate consent at the forefront.
Stealing office supplies is one thing, but using the office internet connection to download pirated movies, music and porn is something entirely different, especially if you're a member of the Australian Public Service. Here are just a few people we caught downloading copyrighted material using State and Federal government connections. There's everything from movies to porn on this list.
This is how the State Department informed 22,000 people they were not, in fact, eligible for a special US visa program after a computer glitch bungled the lottery.
The path across the border from Mexico is a treacherous, often deadly one. To avoid capture, many paid guides are giving groups of northbound illegal immigrants some tech-omniscience - SMS recon, aimed at helping avoid US patrols and other dangers.