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The True Story of Pocahontas as NOT told by Disney
Matoaka often visited the settlement at Jamestown to help the settlers during times when food was in short supply. On 13 th April, 1613 AD, during one of these visits, Samuel Argall captured Matoaka to ransom her for some English prisoners held by her father. She was held hostage at Jamestown for over a year. During her captivity, tobacco planter John Rolfe took a ‘special interest’ in the attractive young prisoner, and he eventually conditioned her release upon her agreeing to marry him. Matoaka was baptized ‘Rebecca’ and in 1614, she was married John Rolfe - the first recorded marriage between a European and a Native American.
history  whitewashing  nativeamericans 
yesterday
This week I listed a clothes dryer on the Letgo app
A quick reminder for men: Common events for you can turn into really scary situations for women in a snap.

Case in point: This week I listed a clothes dryer on the Letgo app. Because it was a dryer, a neutral meeting location was impractical. I needed it taken out of my house.

THREAD
harassment  maleprivilege  sexism  abuse 
8 days ago
behavioral strategy employed by sexual offenders
This latest army of trolls/bots related to Kavanaugh is interesting because the accounts appear scripted/programmed to use a behavioral strategy employed by sexual offenders:

DARVO =
Deny
Attack
Reverse
Victim and
Offender
psychology  sexism  abuse  violence 
13 days ago
stories from my martial arts days where FEMALE SENSEI taught me
After a day of Kill Bill 1&2 and other sundry films of women kicking ass, I remembered some stories from my martial arts days where FEMALE SENSEI taught me how all of my body's weaknesses were ACTUALLY STRENGTHS and how MEN'S STRENGTHS can be their BIGGEST WEAKNESSES. (THREAD)
maleprivilege  sexism  women 
13 days ago
Trump is breaking the federal government's promises to Native Americans
The United States has long guaranteed Native Americans access to healthcare, mostly through commitments the federal government made to Indian tribes in exchange for land. Repeal of Obamacare would put much of this tribal healthcare at risk, including the care received by more than 290,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives through the Medicaid expansion.

resident Trump's proposed 2,200-mile border wall, for instance, is not merely ludicrous immigration policy and a massive waste of taxpayer money, it also shows profound disregard for the sovereign rights of Native Americans.

The Tohono O'odham Nation, which is roughly the size of Connecticut, straddles 62 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona. Trump's wall would cut right through the reservation, including land that is sacred burial ground. Until now, the tribe has accommodated U.S. Customs and Border Protection, allowing a fence to be built and border patrol agents to guard it, but it adamantly opposes Trump's barricade. Nevertheless, last month, House Republicans approved $1.6 billion to construct part of the wall.

Trump's budget also betrays his contempt for Indian Country. If budgets are moral documents, his is morally bankrupt: It calls for more than $300 million in cuts to the U.S. Department of the Interior's Indian Affairs budget. Trump wants to cut $64 million from education, $21 million from law enforcement and public safety, $23 million from human services and $50 million from housing programs. These programs represent more than money; they're investments with which the federal government honors its treaties with tribal nations.
nativeamericans  landUse  healthcare  realEstate 
27 days ago
The Myth of the Ethical Shopper
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport calls Li & Fung’s operations “ephemeral.” It has 15,000 supplier factories in 40 countries, but doesn’t own or operate any of them. It’s a coordinator, configuring cotton suppliers, textile mills, stitching and sewing houses into a straight line just long enough to deliver one order to one buyer, and then reconfiguring them for the next.

Li & Fung does inspect its suppliers and send reports back to its buyers. But there’s no guarantee that orders will be filled by the same factory twice, and audits are often carried out after the order has already been placed. And so clothing companies have no ability or incentive to fix what they find.

Jeroen Merk, a researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam—and one of the few academics who’s investigating the megasuppliers—says their business model is deliberately organized to keep buyers separated from factories. If brands discover what factories charge, they might work with them directly and keep the margin for themselves. Some companies ordering clothes through megasuppliers, he says, don’t know which factories they were made in—or even which countries.

After the Tazreen fire, NGO campaigns focused on how Wal-Mart was responsible for 60 percent of the clothing being produced there. But Wal-Mart never actually placed an order with Tazreen. In fact, over a year before the fire, Wal-Mart inspected the factory and discovered that it was unsafe. By the time of the fire, it had banned its suppliers from using it.

So here’s how its products ended up at Tazreen anyway: Wal-Mart hired a megasupplier called Success Apparel to fill an order for shorts. Success hired another company, Simco, to carry out the work. Simco—without telling Success, much less Wal-Mart—sub-contracted 7 percent of the order to Tazreen’s parent company, the Tuba Group, which then assigned it to Tazreen. Two other sub- (or sub-sub-sub-) contractors also placed Wal-Mart orders at Tazreen, also without telling the company.

We are not going to shop ourselves into a better world. Advocating for boring stuff like complaint mechanisms and formalized labor contracts is nowhere near as satisfying as buying a pair of Fair Trade sandals or whatever. But that’s how the hard work of development actually gets done: Not by imploring people to buy better, but by giving them no other option.
workersrights  safety  wealthinequality  fashion  economy 
27 days ago
Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong
For 60 years, doctors and researchers have known two things that could have improved, or even saved, millions of lives. The first is that diets do not work.

The second big lesson the medical establishment has learned and rejected over and over again is that weight and health are not perfect synonyms. Yes, nearly every population-level study finds that fat people have worse cardiovascular health than thin people. But individuals are not averages: Studies have found that anywhere from one-third to three-quarters of people classified as obese are metabolically healthy. They show no signs of elevated blood pressure, insulin resistance or high cholesterol. Meanwhile, about a quarter of non-overweight people are what epidemiologists call “the lean unhealthy.” A 2016 study that followed participants for an average of 19 years found that unfit skinny people were twice as likely to get diabetes as fit fat people. Habits, no matter your size, are what really matter. Dozens of indicators, from vegetable consumption to regular exercise to grip strength, provide a better snapshot of someone’s health than looking at her from across a room.

Other physicians sincerely believe that shaming fat people is the best way to motivate them to lose weight.

This belief is cartoonishly out of step with a generation of research into obesity and human behavior. As one of the (many) stigma researchers who responded to Callahan’s article pointed out, shaming smokers and drug users with D.A.R.E.-style “just say no” messages may have actually increased substance abuse by making addicts less likely to bring up their habit with their doctors and family members.

In a study that recorded 461 interactions with doctors, only 13 percent of patients got any specific plan for diet or exercise and only 5 percent got help arranging a follow-up visit.

The stress hormone cortisol—the one evolution designed to kick in when you’re being chased by a tiger or, it turns out, rejected for your looks—increases appetite, reduces the will to exercise and even improves the taste of food.

The problem is that in America, like everywhere else, our institutions of public health have become so obsessed with body weight that they have overlooked what is really killing us: our food supply. Diet is the leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for more than five times the fatalities of gun violence and car accidents combined. But it’s not how much we’re eating—Americans actually consume fewer calories now than we did in 2003. It’s what we’re eating.

For more than a decade now, researchers have found that the quality of our food affects disease risk independently of its effect on weight. Fructose, for example, appears to damage insulin sensitivity and liver function more than other sweeteners with the same number of calories. People who eat nuts four times a week have 12 percent lower diabetes incidence and a 13 percent lower mortality rate regardless of their weight. All of our biological systems for regulating energy, hunger and satiety get thrown off by eating foods that are high in sugar, low in fiber and injected with additives. And which now, shockingly, make up 60 percent of the calories we eat.
medicine  health  healthcare  fatShaming 
27 days ago
Astronomers Have Found the Universe's Missing Matter
Now, in a series of three recent papers, astronomers have identified the final chunks of all the ordinary matter in the universe. (They are still deeply perplexed as to what makes up dark matter.) And despite the fact that it took so long to identify it all, researchers spotted it right where they had expected it to be all along: in extensive tendrils of hot gas that span the otherwise empty chasms between galaxies, more properly known as the warm-hot intergalactic medium, or WHIM.
physics  astrophysics  astronomy  science 
28 days ago
Ten years after Lehman’s collapse, these 10 risks could cause the next crisis
Foreign corporate debt
Collateralized loan obligations
Nonbank mortgage lenders
Shadow banking
Exchange-traded funds
High frequency trading
Fintech
Fracking
Bank deregulation
Something else
WallStreet  wealthinequality  economy 
29 days ago
Royalty-Free Music
electronic instrumentals in various genres
music  spooky  horror 
29 days ago
Humanfobia Discography
Humanfobia is Mist Spectra: Vocals, visual support, /// Sábila Orbe: Vocals, Sound Programming, Mixer. Genres: Dark Electronic, Noise, Experimental, Ghost Computer Music. In this blog you can find the main links to their music releases. All for free download and only in digital format. For more info visit: https://humanfobia.jimdo.com/ - fb: https://www.facebook.com/humanfobia
music  spooky  horror 
29 days ago
X-IMG Berlin, Germany
A platform for dark electronic music & audio/video art started by SARIN in 2015.
music  edm 
29 days ago
Wi-Fi Gets More Secure: Everything You Need to Know About WPA3
Simultaneous Authentication of Equals (SAE) is a new method of authenticating a device trying to connect to a network. A variation of the so-called dragonfly handshake that uses cryptography to prevent an eavesdropper guessing a password, SAE dictates exactly how a new device, or user, should “greet” a network router when they exchange cryptographic keys.

Wi-Fi currently delivers security with 128-bit security. The 192-bit security protocol will not be mandatory but rather an optional setting for institutions that want or require it for their networks. The Wi-Fi Alliance is also emphasizing that enterprise networks should have a strong level of cryptographic strength throughout: The overall strength of a system’s security hinges on its weakest link.

Easy Connect is a recognition of the sheer number of connected devices in the world today. While not everyone may be jumping on the smart-home trend, odds are that the average person today has at least a few more devices connected to their home router than they did in 2004. Easy Connect is the Wi-Fi Alliance’s effort to make connecting all those devices more intuitive.

Rather than enter passwords every time you want to add something to your network, devices will have unique QR codes—each device’s code will function as a sort of public key. To add a device, you scan the code using a smartphone already connected to the network.

Enhanced Open uses Opportunistic Wireless Encryption (OWE), defined in the Internet Engineering Task Force RFC 8110 standard, to protect against this sort of passive eavesdropping. OWE does not require any sort of additional authentication protection—it’s focused on improving the encryption of data sent over public networks so eavesdroppers can’t steal it. It also prevents so-called unsophisticated packet injection, in which an attacker attempts to subvert the network’s operations by constructing and transmitting data packets that look like they are part of the network’s normal operations.
infosec  security  wifi 
29 days ago
Why 95.8% of Female Newscasters Have the Same Hair
But when she was out chasing stories in the college town, people kept mistaking her for a student. She went to her news director for advice, and his response had nothing to do with developing her fledgling reporting skills. “He was like, ‘You have to cut your hair to look older,’” she recalled.

Kamady Rudd, now an anchor at ABC affiliate WZZM in Grand Rapids, Michigan, recalls being asked during multiple job interviews whether she’d cut her hair into something that more closely resembled an anchor bob (her current station didn’t make such a request). Consultants have told her to tease her roots to add body. “It’s one cut for everyone,” she says. “They want you to be trendy, but not too trendy. They want you to look nice, but not too nice. It has to be on this really fine line.”
sexism  journalism 
29 days ago
presenting THE NINE TYPES OF REPLY GUYS
1 The Life Coach
2 Tone Police
3 The Gaslighter
4 Cookie Manster
5 Himpathy
6 Sealion
7 Mansplainer
8 The Prestige
9 Trolls, Creeps, Fools
mansplaining  sealioning  socialmedia  maleprivilege 
29 days ago
Kansas woman told birth certificate wasn’t enough to prove citizenship for passport
“Border crossing card or green card for your parents issued prior to your birth? My parents were born in the United States….Early religious records? We don’t have any. Family Bible? They won’t accept a birth certificate but they will accept a family Bible?” Barbara said.
usa  fascism 
4 weeks ago
Rethinking the Abortion Conversation
Think of abortion as the "cure" for the "disease" of unwanted pregnancy. What causes unwanted pregnancy? Irresponsible ejaculations.

EPIC THREAD OF EPICNESS
abortion  maleprivilege  reproductiveRights  birthcontrol 
4 weeks ago
Hackers Can Steal a Tesla Model S in Seconds by Cloning Its Key Fob
Like most automotive keyless entry systems, Tesla Model S key fobs send an encrypted code, based on a secret cryptographic key, to a car's radios to trigger it to unlock and disable its immobilizer, allowing the car's engine to start. After nine months of on-and-off reverse engineering work, the KU Leuven team discovered in the summer of 2017 that the Tesla Model S keyless entry system, built by a manufacturer called Pektron, used only a weak 40-bit cipher to encrypt those key fob codes.

The researchers found that once they gained two codes from any given key fob, they could simply try every possible cryptographic key until they found the one that unlocked the car. They then computed all the possible keys for any combination of code pairs to create a massive, 6-terabyte table of pre-computed keys. With that table and those two codes, the hackers say they can look up the correct cryptographic key to spoof any key fob in just 1.6 seconds.
encryption  hacking 
4 weeks ago
Fuck You Bluebeard You Don’t Know Me
There’s a story Grandpa used to tell by the fire about a Lady who was engaged to be married to a very rich man. He’d had many wives before, it was said, but they’d all vanished. This caused the Lady some concern, but her parents just saw his money and sent her off to be wed, and she being in the sort of predicament she was, resolved to find her own way through it.
folklore  workersrights  wealthinequality 
5 weeks ago
Why Stripping U.S. Citizens of Their Passports Is a Precursor to Genocide
Hispanic U.S. citizens, some of whom were in the U.S. military, are not being allowed to renew their passports. This is reportedly happening to “hundreds, even thousands” of Latinos, according to a report in the Washington Post. They’re getting letters from the State Department saying it does not believe they are citizens. The government claims their citizenships are fraudulent. “I’ve had probably 20 people who have been sent to the detention center—U.S. citizens,” Jaime Diez, an attorney in Brownsville, told The Washington Post.

The Washington Post also reports on ICE officials coming to citizens' homes and taking their passports away. This is an escalation from a few months ago, when Americans were detained by ICE officials just for speaking Spanish to one another.
racism  immigration 
5 weeks ago
Life after death: Americans are embracing new ways to leave their remains
One example of this is a new method of disposing of human remains called alkaline hydrolysis, which involves using water and a salt-based solution to dissolve human remains. Often referred as “water cremation,” it’s preferred by many as a greener alternative to cremation by fire, which consumes fossil fuels. Most funeral homes that offer both methods of cremation charge the same price.

A rising number of families are also interested in so-called “home funerals,” in which the remains are cleaned and prepared for disposition at home by the family, religious community or friends. Home funerals are followed by cremation, or burial in a family cemetery, a traditional cemetery or a green cemetery.

Assisted by funeral directors or educated by home funeral guides, families that choose home funerals are returning to a set of practices that predate the modern funeral industry.
landUse  environment 
5 weeks ago
Jocelyn Bell Burnell wins $3 million prize for discovering pulsars
The astronomer was famously excluded from the 1974 Nobel Prize in Physics

Bell Burnell received her PhD in 1969. Hewish won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1974 for the discovery of the first pulsars, sharing the honor with fellow astronomer Martin Ryle. Noticeably absent from the citation: the woman who pored through all those records and made the actual discovery.

The omission infuriated many astronomers who felt Bell Burnell had been unfairly overlooked, but she herself is much more circumspect about that controversial decision, pointing out that she was still a graduate student at the time. "I believe it would demean Nobel Prizes if they were awarded to research students, except in very exceptional cases, and I do not believe this is one of them," she said during an after-dinner speech at the New York Academy of Sciences in 1977.

Shortly after the momentous discovery, she married Martin Burnell, a government officer whose job required them to move every few years or so in order for him to receive promotions. That itineracy severely curtailed Bell Burnell's professional options. Every time the family relocated, she would write "a begging letter" to the head of whatever astronomy institution was in that locale, asking if there might be a part-time position for her. Such positions rarely involved original research, which she conducted in her limited spare time.

"I got the kinds of jobs you get when you write begging letters," Bell Burnell says ruefully: public relations, or managing observatories, or coordinating research groups. While today she appreciates the wide range of experience she gained, "some of it was a bit hard to swallow." She compares this stage of her career to a game of Snakes and Ladders. She would work her way up to a position of greater prestige and responsibility, only to move again and have to start right back at the bottom. Had she been a Nobel Laureate, the begging most certainly would have come from the institutions, and the offers would have been for research positions.
astronomy  sexism 
5 weeks ago
Microwave Weapons Are Prime Suspect in Ills of U.S. Embassy Workers
Diplomats and their families recounted high-pitched sounds in homes and hotel rooms at times intense enough to incapacitate. Long-term, the symptoms included nausea, crushing headaches, fatigue, dizziness, sleep problems and hearing loss.

In Albuquerque, N.M., Air Force scientists sought to beam comprehensible speech into the heads of adversaries. Their novel approach won a patent in 2002, and an update in 2003. Both were assigned to the Air Force secretary, helping limit the idea’s dissemination.

The lead inventor said the research team had “experimentally demonstrated” that the “signal is intelligible.” As for the invention’s uses, an Air Force disclosure form listed the first application as “Psychological Warfare.”

The Navy sought to paralyze. The Frey effect was to induce sounds powerful enough to cause painful discomfort and, if needed, leave targets unable to move. The weapon, the Navy noted, would have a “low probability of fatalities or permanent injuries.”
espionage  war  usa 
5 weeks ago
Transcript: Former President Obama's speech at the University of Illinois
This Congress has championed the unwinding of campaign finance laws to give billionaires outside influence over our politics, systematically attacked voting rights to make it harder for young people, and minorities and the poor to vote. Handed out tax cuts without regard to deficits. Slashed the safety net wherever it could, cast dozens of votes to take away health insurance from ordinary Americans, embraced wild conspiracy theories like those surrounding Benghazi. Or my birth certificate. Rejected science. Rejected facts on things like climate change. Embraced a rising absolutism from a willingness to default on America’s debt by not paying our bills, to a refusal to even meet, much less consider, a qualified nominee for the Supreme Court because he happened to be nominated by a Democratic president.

None of this is conservative. I don’t mean to pretend I’m channeling Abraham Lincoln now, but that’s not what he had in mind, I think, when he helped form the Republican Party. It’s not conservative. It sure isn’t normal. It’s radical.
politics  obama 
5 weeks ago
Massacre in Myanmar
How Myanmar forces burned, looted and killed in a remote village

On Sept. 2, Buddhist villagers and Myanmar troops killed 10 Rohingya men in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state. Reuters uncovered the massacre and has pieced together how it unfolded. During the reporting of this article, two Reuters journalists were arrested by Myanmar police.
genocide  massacre  Myanmar  journalism 
5 weeks ago
No, a former Kavanaugh clerk didn’t flash a “white power sign.” Here’s what really happened.
Back in February 2017, Pitcavage writes, a 4chan user proposed an effort called “Operation O-KKK” in which he and allies would, in the anonymous user’s words, “flood Twitter and other social media websites … claiming that the OK hand sign is a symbol of white supremacy.” Here’s the original 4chan post, as shared by KnowYourMeme:

The choice of the okay symbol for the prank, as KnowYourMeme editor-in-chief Brad Kim explains, was not totally arbitrary; “Sometime during the 2016 United States presidential election,” Kim writes, “Pizza Party Ben and Milo Yiannopoulos began making the gesture together at various events supporting the candidacy of Donald Trump.”
4chan  politics 
5 weeks ago
Scientists Warn the UN of Capitalism's Imminent Demise
For the “first time in human history,” the paper says, capitalist economies are “shifting to energy sources that are less energy efficient.” This applies to all forms of energy. Producing usable energy (“exergy”) to keep powering “both basic and non-basic human activities” in industrial civilisation “will require more, not less, effort.”

“Sink costs are also rising; economies have used up the capacity of planetary ecosystems to handle the waste generated by energy and material use. Climate change is the most pronounced sink cost,” the paper states.

EROI is a simple ratio that measures how much energy we use to extract more energy.

Now we’re using more and more energy to extract smaller quantities of fossil fuels. Which means higher production costs to produce what we need to keep the economy rolling.

But it’s harder and more expensive to get out. And the environmental costs of doing so are rising dramatically, as we’ve caught a glimpse of with this summer’s global heatwave.

...Mason completely ignores the colossal, exponentially increasing physical infrastructure for the ‘internet-of-things.’ His digital uprising is projected to consume evermore vast quantities of energy (as much as 1/5 of global electricity by 2025), producing 14% of global carbon emissions by 2040.

Overall, the paper claims that we have moved into a new, unpredictable and unprecedented space in which the conventional economic toolbox has no answers. As slow economic growth simmers along, central banks have resorted to negative interest rates and buying up huge quantities of public debt to keep our economies rolling.

The economic transition must involve efforts “to lower total energy use.”

Key areas to achieve this include transport, food, and construction. City planning needs to adapt to the promotion of walking and biking, a shift toward public transport, as well as the electrification of transport. Homes and workplaces will become more connected and localised. Meanwhile, international freight transport and aviation cannot continue to grow at current rates.

As with transport, the global food system will need to be overhauled. Climate change and oil-intensive agriculture have unearthed the dangers of countries becoming dependent on food imports from a few main production areas. A shift toward food self-sufficiency across both poorer and richer countries will be essential. And ultimately, dairy and meat should make way for largely plant-based diets.
economy  capitalism  energy  sustainability  oil 
5 weeks ago
Young Man Invents “Water You Can Eat” to Help Dementia Patients Like His Grandma Stay Hydrated
What Hornby came up with were Jelly Drops—brightly colored bite-sized balls of liquid that are easier to swallow than water but just as hydrating. The drops are made of 90 percent water with gelling agents and electrolytes to aid in hydration.

“When first offered, grandma ate 7 Jelly Drops in 10 minutes,” says Hornby, “the equivalent to a cup full of water, something that would usually take hours and require much more assistance.”
disability  accessibility  food 
6 weeks ago
This Gorgeous Portrait Series Celebrates Older Trans And Gender-Nonconforming People
The national conversation about trans identity and community tends to focus on the newest crop of trans youth. But why don't we hear about older trans and gender-nonconforming individuals who manage to overcome the at times seemingly impossible odds and survive — and thrive — in America?

Photographer Jess Dugan's latest project To Survive on This Shore aims to bring attention to those voices. For over five years, Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre have traveled across the United States photographing and interviewing older trans and gender-nonconforming individuals to ensure their stories, largely untold, are finally shared. Dugan told BuzzFeed News in an interview that she views the project (now a published book, released this week) as, first and foremost, an “educational and activist mission.”

“Prior to starting this project, I heard from several younger trans people that they had never seen images of older transgender people and that they had no roadmap for what their life might look like going forward,” she said. “I wanted to create this project for them, as well as to record and validate the experiences of older transgender people, many of whom are directly responsible for the world we live in today.”
transgender  photography  lgbtqia 
6 weeks ago
The Phalloclitoris: Anatomy and Ideology
We all begin life with genitals that have four basic external elements. At the top is the part numbered 1 on my drawing: the sensitive end of the phalloclitoris, which can differentiate into the head of the penis or clitoris. In the center is structure 2: an inset membrane that can widen or can seal as the fetus develops. It will form the urethra, and the vagina, if any. Around it is structure 3, which is capable of differentiation into either a phallic shaft, or clitoral body and labia minora. And at the outside is the fourth part, the labioscrotal swellings, which can develop into labia majora or a scrotum.
sex  embryology 
6 weeks ago
We're talking physical sex here, not gender. Body parts, hormones, and genetics (and more).
So. Hi new people! Apparently, we're gonna talk about sex. Like physical sex! Because... there's some confusion. First, sex defined: We're talking physical sex here, not gender. Body parts, hormones, and genetics (and more). BLUF: BIOLOGICAL sex is a spectrum 1/
sex  biology  genetics  endocrineSystem 
6 weeks ago
Stacking concrete blocks is a surprisingly efficient way to store energy
About 96% of the world’s energy-storage capacity comes in the form of one technology: pumped hydro. Whenever generation exceeds demand, the excess electricity is used to pump water up a dam. When demand exceeds generation, that water is allowed to fall—thanks to gravity—and the potential energy turns turbines to produce electricity.

But pumped-hydro storage requires particular geographies, with access to water and to reservoirs at different altitudes. It’s the reason that about three-quarters of all pumped hydro storage has been built in only 10 countries. The trouble is the world needs to add a lot more energy storage, if we are to continue to add the intermittent solar and wind power necessary to cut our dependence on fossil fuels.

A startup called Energy Vault thinks it has a viable alternative to pumped-hydro: Instead of using water and dams, the startup uses concrete blocks and cranes. It has been operating in stealth mode until today (Aug. 18), when its existence will be announced at Kent Presents, an ideas festival in Connecticut.
energy  sustainability 
8 weeks ago
I just got back from Planned Parenthood for the 1st time for a breast exam...
Warning, rant ahead: I just got back from Planned Parenthood for the 1st time for a breast exam. Reason one being that they’re basically the only place that accepts my insurance and because they were the easiest place for walk-ins for that. Here’s my ridiculous experience:
healthcare  women  religion  christianity  reproductiveRights 
8 weeks ago
ensure non-belongers have it worse
The data point on women doesn't surprise me at all. In any group where sexism is a norm, the women respond to their own oppression by trying to ensure non-belongers have it worse than they do.
sexism  racism  whiteprivilege 
9 weeks ago
The Mississippi Avenue Dress & Top Sewing Pattern
$ 11.00

The Mississippi Avenue Dress or Top has a very feminine, flattering and easy style. As a sleeveless style, it lends itself to spring and summer dressing however, it makes a great transition piece when paired with a cardigan, tights and boots. It can have a vintage look to it when sewn in a fabric such as rayon challis or something with some drape to it. It can have a more modern look to it when sewn in a crisp linen or cotton. Any way you fashion it, it's a great style. It features a V-neckline, spaghetti shoulder ties, an elastic almost empire waist (slightly higher than the natural waistline) and has a front panel that creates a slimming and interesting design feature. There are 3 options for length - Dress C falls a little below the knee, Dress B falls above the knee and Top A falls below the high hip. This is a beginner level pattern. Sizes 0 - 20
sewing  pattern  fashion 
10 weeks ago
100 Demon Dialogues is a collection of comics for anyone who deals with a little voice in their head that says “you’re no good.”
Whether you call it Imposter Syndrome, negative self-talk, the Fraud Police, or any other name, the fact remains: everyone experiences self-doubt and inner judgement at some point in their lives. 100 Demon Dialogues is a humorous, heartfelt book full of conversations between me and my pesky Inner Critic, all designed to demystify where this voice comes from and why on earth it’s so hard on us all.
comic  psychology 
10 weeks ago
Facebook to Banks: Give Us Your Data, We’ll Give You Our Users
The social media giant has asked large U.S. banks to share detailed financial information about their customers, including card transactions and checking account balances, as part of an effort to offer new services to users.

Facebook increasingly wants to be a platform where people buy and sell goods and services, besides connecting with friends. The company over the past year asked JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo & Co., Citigroup Inc. and U.S. Bancorp to discuss potential offerings it could host for bank customers on Facebook Messenger, said people familiar with the matter.

Facebook has talked about a feature that would show its users their checking-account balances, the people said. It has also pitched fraud alerts, some of the people said.
capitalism  facebook  privacy  dataCollection 
10 weeks ago
Why so many poor kids who get into college don’t end up enrolling
They struggle to decode highly confusing financial aid letters, which don’t make clear how much money they need. They lack the finance background to make huge decisions about money, like taking out thousands of dollars in loans. And since they don’t have a clear idea of the path forward, they often put off key tasks — something all of us do.

So why are some students more likely to get lost in the forest, while others make it through to college?

Page and Castleman found that one huge factor is that some students have a guide: their own parents. If their parents attended college, they can help figure out the difference between, say, a loan and free money. They can tell them what to expect, and answer questions about the experience to come.

Another factor was that some students didn’t have the “soft skills” to call and ask an adult for help navigating the process — especially students from low-income backgrounds, who often had bad experiences asking adults for help, Page said.
education  poverty  wealthinequality 
10 weeks ago
The Day Donald Trump Told Us There Was Attempted Collusion with Russia
On August 5, 2018, precisely forty-four years after the collapse of the Nixon Presidency, another President, Donald Trump, made his own public admission. In one of a series of early-morning tweets, Trump addressed a meeting that his son Donald, Jr., held with a Russian lawyer affiliated with the Russian government. “This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere,” he wrote. “I did not know about it!”

The tweet contains several crucial pieces of information. First, it is a clear admission that Donald Trump, Jr.,’s original statement about the case was inaccurate enough to be considered a lie. He had said the meeting was with an unknown person who “might have information helpful to the campaign,” and that this person “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children.” This false statement was, according to his legal team, dictated by the President himself. There was good reason to mislead the American people about that meeting. Based on reporting—at the time and now—of the President’s admission, it was a conscious effort by the President’s son and two of his closest advisers to work with affiliates of the Russian government to obtain information that might sway the U.S. election in Trump’s favor. In short, it was, at minimum, a case of attempted collusion. The tweet indicates that Trump’s defense will continue to be that this attempt at collusion failed—“it went nowhere”—and that, even if it had succeeded, it would have been “totally legal and done all the time.” It is unclear why, if the meeting was entirely proper, it was important for the President to declare “I did not know about it!” or to tell the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, to “stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now.”
corruption  treason  usa  Russia 
10 weeks ago
Make-Believe Mutiny: The real reason Ivanka and Melania publicly contradict Donald Trump.
The second interpretation and, to my mind, the correct one, is that these statements from the women closest to Donald Trump are deliberate decoys meant to soften the president’s image, conferring him humanity by association. Melania has occasionally used her platform in this way, but it has been Ivanka’s entire raison d’être in the Trump cinematic universe. Throughout Donald’s campaign and presidency, she has lent legitimacy to his most punishing policies through her tacit approval, tempering his misogyny with her hollow empowerment rhetoric and convincing journalists that she’s secretly working behind the scenes on behalf of common decency. By making public statements that gently criticize her father, and by leaking through anonymous sources that she disagrees with him, all while continuing to stand by him in every way that matters, Ivanka has helped clear the way for her father’s agenda by showing his conservative skeptics how to question but support their president, how to appear humane while never really turning on the man doing those inhumane things.
maleprivilege  politics  psychology 
10 weeks ago
“Lean In” Messages and the Illusion of Control
People who read or listened to the DIY messages were more likely to believe women have the power to solve the problem. That, on its own, may very well be good news. However, they were also more likely to believe that women are responsible for the problem — both for causing it, and for fixing it.

What’s more, these effects were even associated with people’s policy preferences. For example, in one of our studies, we described a recent problem reported by Facebook, in which managers rejected code written by female engineers more often than they rejected code written by male engineers. This is an ambiguous workplace problem, with possible roots both in women’s own underperformance and in manager bias. After being exposed to the DIY messages, our study participants viewed the female engineers as more responsible for both causing and fixing this problem, and in turn, less likely to think that structural changes at Facebook — such as having managers review code without knowing who wrote it, or training managers on bias — would be worthwhile.
workersrights  sexism  victimBlaming 
10 weeks ago
Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing
The companies that create the most important state and national exams also publish textbooks that contain many of the answers. Unfortunately, low-income school districts can’t afford to buy them.

Across the nation, standardized tests come from one of three companies: CTB McGraw Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, or Pearson. These corporations write the tests, grade the tests, and publish the books that students use to prepare for the tests. Houghton Mifflin has a 38% market share, according to its press materials. In 2013, the company brought in $1.38 billion in revenue.

Pearson came under fire last year for using a passage on a standardized test that was taken verbatim from a Pearson textbook.

Pennsylvania currently has a multi-million-dollar contract with a company called Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) to grade the PSSAs. DRC works with McGraw-Hill as part of a consortium that has a $186 million federal contract to write and grade standardized tests for the rest of the country. McGraw-Hill, meanwhile, also writes the books and curricula schools buy to prepare students for the tests. Everyday Math, the branded curriculum used by most Philadelphia public schools in grades K­–5, is published by McGraw Hill.
education  wealthinequality  publishing  capitalism 
10 weeks ago
Here's How America Uses Its Land
There are many statistical measures that show how productive the U.S. is. Its economy is the largest in the world and grew at a rate of 4.1 percent last quarter, its fastest pace since 2014. The unemployment rate is near the lowest mark in a half century.

What can be harder to decipher is how Americans use their land to create wealth. The 48 contiguous states alone are a 1.9 billion-acre jigsaw puzzle of cities, farms, forests and pastures that Americans use to feed themselves, power their economy and extract value for business and pleasure.
map  usa  landUse 
10 weeks ago
Breathe Easily, White America
Blue Bloods has a habit of depicting people who speak up against the police as malicious, manipulative, or deceptive—and a lot of those people happen to be minorities.

Despite how often the show touches on thorny political and social problems, it tends to be far more interested in reassurances than revelations. Even though it is largely a show about detectives, Blue Bloods is dedicated not to investigating but to soothing or diminishing the fears around issues like racial bias—either by having Frank step in to magically fix the problem, or by discrediting the people who suggested that there was a problem in the first place. Narratively, these easy outs are yet another convenient loophole of the system, one that allows the brave, upstanding Reagans to have their cake and eat it too: to stand up for their convictions about justice and equality, but never truly face injustice and inequality.

The Reagans of Blue Bloods represent something both tremendously dangerous and mundane about white culture: power that doesn’t understand itself as power, prejudice that doesn’t understand itself as prejudice, and worst of all, white people who don’t understand how much damage they can cause when they refuse to acknowledge either of those things. For everyone who is troubled by stories of dead black men in the headlines but who, deep down, simply wants to turn away, Blue Bloods is the perfect white-privilege lullaby. Despite all the hullaballoo from troublemakers and unfortunate isolated incidents, Blue Bloods reassures, there are no deep, systemic issues of racism that we need to address—just a few bad eggs who will ultimately be checked by a fundamentally fair system.
racism  police  tv  whiteprivilege  whiteSupremacy 
10 weeks ago
What 'Interracial' Cuckold Porn Reveals About White Male Insecurity
In a 2016 interview, porn scholar Mireille Miller Young described the premium as pay “to counter any possible devaluing [white women performers] may experience due to their involvement in the interracial porn market, [or] because they say that black men have penis sizes that require much more labor-intensive work on their part.” And a white female acquaintance of mine with experience in the industry told me that while she was performing, she could have charged twice her normal rate per sex act simply if her scene partner were a Black man, and even more if she was willing to do anal. She also noted a double standard: “Black female performers obviously can’t charge more for working with white men.”

Once again, on-screen anti-Blackness in pornography bleeds into the material world: Allowing the production of content aimed to fulfill racist white sexual fantasies not only contributes to the creation and recycling of anti-Black imagery, but it actually works to structure the porn industry in a way that robs Black performers of opportunities for equal pay. Here, we see the latticed intersections of whiteness’ moral economy of racial purity, a material economy of race and gender pay disparity, and a sexual economy of violence and racial production—wherein the creation and maintenance of race has historically been enacted through the sexualized violence and humiliation of Black people, and white men’s continual assertions of dominance.
pornography  racism  anthropology  whiteprivilege 
10 weeks ago
We Are All Scutoids: A Brand-New Shape, Explained
When epithelial cells pack together in a layer of flat tissue, each will often take the shape of a column with five or six sides—a prism. As the tissue grows and bends, some cells deform, with one end becoming wider than the other; this allows the tissue to have a larger area on its outer surface than it does on its inner side. Biologists had long assumed that these cells acquire the shape of frusta, as in a Roman arch. (A frustum may be four-sided, like a pyramid, but it also can have more sides than that.) But, as Buceta and his colleagues reported in Nature Communications, that isn’t always the case. “The way those cells pack together in three dimensions is actually kind of weird,” Buceta said.

Buceta was keen to send me a diagram of a scutoid, to explain what one looks like, but I pressed him for a verbal description. Picture an upright column with five sides: two pentagons, one at the top and one at the base, attached point-to-point by five lines. And, um, suppose this pentagonal column is a tent and that one of the vertical edges, where two of the five faces meet, is a zipper. Now unzip it from the bottom, to midway up, and fold back the flaps: you’ve created a triangular face and turned the pentagonal floor into a hexagon. From the side, it looks as if a wedge of the column has been sliced away. That columnar shape—five-sided at the top, six-sided at the bottom, minus a triangular wedge—is a scutoid.
geometry  biology 
10 weeks ago
The Difference Between Being Broke & Being Poor
It’s a recognition that comes in the aisle of a grocery store.
foodInsecurity  poverty  comic 
10 weeks ago
Shopping for Health Care Simply Doesn’t Work. So What Might?
But not all care we need is related to an emergency. Some care is elective, and so potentially “shoppable.” Scholars have estimated that as much as 30 or 40 percent of care falls into this category. It includes things like elective joint replacements and routine checkups.

And yet very few people shop for this type of care, even when they’re on the hook for the bill. Maybe it’s just too complex. Even when price transparency tools are offered to consumers to make it easier, almost nobody uses them.

At almost $1,500, the average price of a hospital M.R.I. is more than double that of one at an imaging center. The study found that doctors who work for hospitals (rather than independently) are more likely to send their patients for more expensive hospital-based imaging. Just getting all patients to use M.R.I.s that are no farther away and not in a hospital could save 16 percent.
capitalism  healthcare  usa 
10 weeks ago
The NRA Says It’s in Deep Financial Trouble, May Be ‘Unable to Exist’
The National Rifle Association warns that it is in grave financial jeopardy, according to a recent court filing obtained by Rolling Stone, and that it could soon “be unable to exist… or pursue its advocacy mission.”

Specifically, the NRA warns that it has lost insurance coverage — endangering day-to-day operations. “Insurance coverage is necessary for the NRA to continue its existence,” the complaint reads. Without general liability coverage, it adds, the “NRA cannot maintain its physical premises, convene off-site meetings and events, operate educational programs … or hold rallies, conventions and assemblies.”

The complaint says the NRA’s video streaming service and magazines may soon shut down.

The lawsuit stems from actions taken by New York financial regulators to halt the sale of an illegal, NRA-branded insurance policy. The NRA actively marketed “Carry Guard,” a policy to reimburse members for legal costs incurred after firing a legal gun. In May, the state of New York found that Carry Guard “unlawfully provided liability insurance to gun owners for certain acts of intentional wrongdoing.” The NRA’s insurance partners agreed to stop selling the policies and pay a $7 million fine.

The NRA complaint alleges that New York was not content to block this single insurance product, but instead campaigned to sever the NRA’s ties to a wide range of financial service providers, from insurance companies to banks.

The NRA did not respond to a request for more detail about its financial distress, but its most recent financial disclosure also shows it overspent by nearly $46 million in 2016.
nra  guns  capitalism  lol 
10 weeks ago
Historical collections reveal patterns of diffusion of sweet potato in Oceania obscured by modern plant movements and recombination
The genes of sweet potatoes reveal that there was contact between Australasia & The Americas at least 500 years before Columbus. What is even cooler? You can also show this voyage across the Pacific just by plotting local names of the crop on a map.
linguistics  botany  map  history  geography  nativeamericans  precolumbian 
10 weeks ago
What happened the last time a President chose America's enemies over its friends (opinion)
Johnson's white-supremacist views were blatant and his policies precipitated a constitutional crisis that put the President at loggerheads with Congress and his own party, the Republicans.
history  usa  racism  GOP  Democrats  slavery 
11 weeks ago
New Anatomical Specimens Made from Hand-Dyed Wool and Silk by Lana Crooks
Tricking the eye to view textile as bone, Lana Crooks (previously) works with bits of hand-dyed wool and silk to recreate the sun-drenched skeletons of snakes, birds, and humans, displaying them each in bell jars. She considers he works “faux specimens” as her delicate sculptures blend science, art, and fantasy. Often her inspirations come from books as well as real specimens, like the ones found in the back rooms of Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History.

Crooks curated the group exhibition All That Remains, where her work can also be seen, at the Stranger Factory in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She also has an upcoming two-person exhibition at the Chicago-based Rotofugi titled Night Fall, which opens December 9th, 2016. You can see more of her textile skeletons on her Facebook and Instagram.
art  wool  textiles  skeleton 
11 weeks ago
White threat in a browning America
In 2014, psychologists Maureen Craig and Jennifer Richeson analyzed the responses of 369 white, self-identified political independents who had completed one of two surveys. Half of the participants received a survey that asked them whether they knew that California had become a majority-minority state — which is to say, a state where whites no longer made up more than 50 percent of the population. The others read a survey devoid of demographic information.

This was a gentle test of an unnerving theory: that the barest exposure to the concept that whites were losing their numerical majority in America would not just make whites feel afraid but sharply change their political behavior. The theory proved correct. Among participants who lived in the western United States, the group that read that whites had ceded majority status were 11 points likelier to subsequently say they favored the Republican Party.

"Before and after sending these Spanish speakers to the train platforms, I surveyed passengers on the platforms about their attitudes about immigration. After being exposed to the Spanish speakers on their metro lines for just three days, attitudes on these questions moved sharply rightward: The mostly liberal Democratic passengers had come to endorse immigration policies — including deportation of children of undocumented immigrants — similar to those endorsed by Trump in his campaign."
statistics  usa  racism  GOP  Democrats 
11 weeks ago
All of Bach
performances of everything Johann Sebastian Bach composed available FREE
music 
11 weeks ago
Download 14 Free Posters from NASA That Depict the Future of Space Travel in a Captivatingly Retro Style
"Back in the 1930s and ’40s, during the height of the Great Depression," writes Hyperallergic's Allison Meier, "artists designed posters for the Works Projects Administration (WPA) to encourage travel to national parks and other tourist sites in the United States. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) design studio is taking a similar approach to promote a future of travel to other planets at a time when its funding is up against budget constraints and even a journey to our galactic neighbor Mars may seem almost impossible." And so we have this brand new series of fourteen Visions of the Future, free to download, print, and hang above your desk to fuel your own outer-space daydreaming.
graphics  art  spaceExploration  nasa 
11 weeks ago
Even in death, no rest for civil rights icon
13 July 2009

CHICAGO — When his mother put the battered body of 14-year-old Emmett Till in the ground more than 50 years ago, it was supposed to be the end of a sad saga for the boy whose murder became a rallying point for the civil-rights movement.

But even in death, Till cannot rest. Four years after his body was exhumed as part of an investigation, his original glass-topped casket has been found in a rusty shed at a suburban cemetery where workers are accused of digging up and dumping hundreds of bodies in a scheme to resell the burial plots.

The casket, which was seen by mourners around the world in 1955, was surrounded by garbage and old headstones. When authorities opened it, a family of possums scampered out.
racism  crime  homicide 
11 weeks ago
That RWA LTA Speech (News from Suz) by Suzanne Brockmann
You know, even before I made my 2008 vow to stop being so fucking nice, I’d long been labeled as “too political,” because I write books that include gay people and people of color.

That’s not politics. How can equality and equal rights be political? It’s about right versus wrong. It’s about inclusion versus exclusion. It’s about embracing the incredible gift of diversity.

If that’s political, it’s time for YOU to get political, too.

It’s time to open ourselves—as both writers and READERS—to the people and their often harrowing stories that gatekeepers have long made writers erase from their books, for fear of offending the people who hold power.
representation  racism  romance  fiction  publishing  via:littlerhymes 
11 weeks ago
Dear Suzanne Brockmann - Nicki Salcedo
Some of my white writer friends have approached me privately about the topics you addressed in your speech. They felt threatened when you and others made a call-to-action to increase diversity in the publishing industry. My first friend said, “If we don’t add gay people to our books or read gay books, they’re going to call us homophobic.”

I told her, “People are asking for a chance to tell their stories. You do not have to read anything you don’t want. Absolutely do not add characters to your story who don’t belong. But please be a friend and ally to writers who represent marginalized voices.”

My second friend wanted to know what I thought about the push for diversity. It made her feel uncomfortable. I told her there is a problem in the publishing industry. I did not tell her about my Golden Heart entry. I did not tell about the years of abusive comments I’ve received about my manuscripts.
fiction  romance  publishing  racism  via:littlerhymes 
11 weeks ago
Suicide rate growing in Alabama and across the nation
"When you do a psychological autopsy and go and look carefully at medical records and talk to family members of the victims," he said, "90 percent will have evidence of a mental health condition." That indicates a large portion weren't diagnosed, "which suggests to me that they're not getting the help they need," he said.

Cultural attitudes may play a part. Those without a known mental health condition, according to the report, were more likely to be male and belong to a racial or ethnic minority

"The data supports what we know about that notion," Gordon said. "Men and Hispanics especially are less likely to seek help."

The problems most frequently associated with suicide, according to the study, are strained relationships; life stressors, often involving work or finances; and recent or impending crises. The most important takeaway, mental health professionals say, is that suicide is not only an issue for the mentally ill but for anyone struggling with serious lifestyle issues.
mentalHealth  alabama  suicide  statistics 
11 weeks ago
How I Ended Up with my Face On a McDonald's Advert in China - A Cautionary Tale
So today I'm going to tell you the story of How I Ended Up with my Face On a McDonald's Advert in China - A Cautionary Tale. Six or so years ago, a friend in Canada posted a pic on my FB wall to say she found an advert of me promoting immigration in a Canadian newspaper.
consent  photography  capitalism 
11 weeks ago
Hating, dating, and procreating: online dating and the alt-right
However a central and fundamental issue remains; the users are overwhelmingly male. Stonewall, the founder of WASP Love, told VICE that his service needed to “beef up the female numbers”. Roughly 80% of profiles on WhiteDate are male, and the site has even resorted to establishing section on its website entitled “How to Invite Women to WhiteDate”, complete with its own printable flyer. The site has also ran adverts on Reddit, targeted at women (Reddit has since removed the adverts). White Date seeks to explain such a disproportionate following: “Men are vanguards and it is reflected in the ratio between men and women on WhiteDate”.

The issue is brought into focus by alt-right YouTuber Tara McCarthy. Visible female figures in the alt-right have attempted to carve a niche for themselves by offering pep talks and dating advice to the movement’s lonely adherents. McCarthy took this a step further, setting up her own alt-right dating Facebook group, “Alt Right Singles (Seeking Marriage) w/ Tara McCarthy”, although in the nine months it has been up it has only attracted 89 members, mostly men, and is now inactive. McCarthy was at the centre of the so-called “Tradthot” scandal in the movement in December 2017, where female figure in the alt-right were mercilessly harassed by sections of the movement for not upholding the “traditional”, patriarchal values they profess to hold. McCarthy appears to have taken a less active role in the alt-right since the scandal.
racism  whiteNationalism  whiteSupremacy  maleprivilege  toxicMasculinity 
11 weeks ago
The mystery of the Neolithic bottleneck may be over, thanks to one plucky undergrad
Declines in genetic diversity in a given human population aren’t unheard of. Oftentimes, a natural disaster will wipe out a large segment of a society. During the Neolithic bottleneck, curiously, only men were affected. While experts have been contemplating the bottleneck for years, this hypothesis was made by undergraduate and sociology major, Tian Chen Zeng.

Zeng scoured blog posts and over time, developed his own theory. In many societies at the time, power was organized around patrilineal kinship. A patrilineal lineage is when titles, lands, and the family name are handed down through the males of a family, from one generation to the next. Zeng surmised that intense warfare between patrilineal clans killed off so many men, only one was left for every 17 women. As a result, just a few lineages saw rapid expansion.
genetics  DNA  evolution  anthropology  history  war 
11 weeks ago
Wars Explain the post-Neolithic Y-chromosome bottleneck
A new paper in Nature Communications documents a strange bottleneck event occurring about 7,000 years ago, where the genetic diversity of the Y chromosome completely collapsed leaving about one male to 17 females. We all know the agricultural revolution happened around 12,000 years ago. Societies grew in size and many organized around patrilineal kinships. Turning to mathematical models, they found that wars between these clans drastically reduced Y chromosome diversity over time. Among the male lineages that survived the Y-chromosome bottleneck, a few lineages underwent dramatic expansions, consistent with the patrilineal clan model. The coolest figure from the paper is below:
anthropology  history  DNA  evolution  genetics  war 
11 weeks ago
This is a thread about being a professional gambler, and generally about trying to be cool while female.
1. This is a thread about being a professional gambler, and generally about trying to be cool while female. It comes with a trigger warning for misandry. Anyone who doesn't like misandry shouldn't read this. I'll be misandering up a storm in this thread.

2. So when I was in my twenties, I answered a job ad in a newspaper for a "Professional gambler's assistant." Remarkably, this turned out to have been placed by a real professional gambler who really wanted to train a team to play blackjack in casinos around the world.

6. So first, consider this: the boss, a sixty-something man, had hired a team of twenty-something women. He told us this was because he found women more "docile." Bad enough. But of course it was really because he wanted to try to fuck a lot of 20-something women.

11. Once they understood, they would try to explain to us how to win at cards. ALWAYS. They knew nothing, and they were preposterously wrong. It was like a four-year-old explaining to a pilot how an airplane works. It was also, after the first time, intensely boring.

12. It was impossible to stop them doing this. If we interrupted to explain how they were mistaken, it only made them pause with a pitying expression on their faces. If we got frustrated, they acted as if we were hysterical women who couldn't admit we were wrong.

13. But on some level they knew this had failed, because they then moved on to gambit #3—warning us that what we were doing was dangerous, and we were going to get hurt. This was delivered with a worldly-wise, "Let me tell you how the real world works, little lady" air.

14. As a result, none of us got laid the entire time we worked at this professional gambling job. All our interactions with men were fucked-up and acrimonious. Let me repeat: WE COULD NOT GET LAID BECAUSE WE WERE PROFESSIONAL GAMBLERS.

15. Any of these men could have slept with us, enticed us away from the boss, been taught how to be professional gamblers. Maybe we even would have been willing to steal our boss's $30,000 in cash. None of them saw this temptation. Not that they resisted it: THEY DID NOT SEE IT.

16. Anyway, in my opinion, this kind of bullshit is a major reason girls, especially straight girls, give up doing cool things. Instead of getting glory, you get relentlessly patronized & insulted by the very people who are supposed to find you sexy BECAUSE you do cool things.
mansplaining  sexism  misogyny  toxicMasculinity 
11 weeks ago
Russian Hackers Reach U.S. Utility Control Rooms, Homeland Security Officials Say
The Russian hackers, who worked for a shadowy state-sponsored group previously identified as Dragonfly or Energetic Bear, broke into supposedly secure, “air-gapped” or isolated networks owned by utilities with relative ease by first penetrating the networks of key vendors who had trusted relationships with the power companies, said officials at the Department of Homeland Security.

“They got to the point where they could have thrown switches” and disrupted power flows, said Jonathan Homer, chief of industrial-control-system analysis for DHS.

“They’ve been intruding into our networks and are positioning themselves for a limited or widespread attack,” said Michael Carpenter, former deputy assistant secretary of defense, who now is a senior director at the Penn Biden Center at the University of Pennsylvania. “They are waging a covert war on the West.”

Then they began stealing confidential information. For example, the hackers vacuumed up information showing how utility networks were configured, what equipment was in use and how it was controlled. They also familiarized themselves with how the facilities were supposed to work, because attackers “have to learn how to take the normal and make it abnormal” to cause disruptions, said Mr. Homer.
infrastructure  espionage  Russia 
12 weeks ago
Eating in Dallas’ Top Steakhouses Gave Me a Bellyful of Misogyny
What century are we in? I could begin a catalog of all the microaggressions that over time and through repetition accumulate to something deflating. So many ways to say, “This is not your world.” It took me a while to realize that in the tales I recounted, the people in my entourage saw me living my personal #MeatToo. I’d been too busy assessing the filet and writing scores of notes to analyze the tri-tip’s drag on my psyche.
misogyny  food 
12 weeks ago
What Is Menstrual Extraction? Inside the Controversial Technique That Could Help Women
A procedure by women, for women: Menstrual extraction works by creating a vacuum that suctions out the contents of the uterus through the cervix. Procedurally, ME is a form of vacuum aspiration, a common procedure for first-trimester abortions in countries where abortion is legal. Yet it can be used for both early abortions and as a way to pass an entire menstrual period all at once.

In 1971 — before Roe V. Wade, when abortion was illegal, difficult to access and often dangerous — a group of feminist activists headed by Downer decided to start performing vacuum aspirations on their own, which meant that women would no longer have to rely on underground doctors to access abortion. One member of the group, Lorraine Rothman, fashioned a device specifically for the procedure called the Del Em.

While Chalker and Downer popularized ME as a way for women to take control over their own bodies, women outside the United States use ME as a form of contraception following a sexual encounter. This application is particularly relevant in the developing world, where it is referred to as menstrual regulation, or MR.
medicine  abortion 
12 weeks ago
Let’s talk about book advances
Hello, friends! Let’s talk about book advances, how authors are paid, and why selling a book doesn’t mean you’re rich—or that you can even pay your rent. Thread!
publishing  fiction 
12 weeks ago
legal ways of getting free books when you don't have library access/don't want to request ARCs/are in a country where rights are restricted
1) Project Gutenberg
2) Web Fiction Guide
3) Wattpad (wattpad.com) and Archive of Our Own (archiveofourown.org)
4) genre fiction magazines have free content online
5) temporarily or permanently free books
6) Podcasts
7) Smashwords
8) Baen Free Library (baen.com) and ebookclub.tor.com
9) Amazon books available for low prices or free: Bookbub.com or BookFunnel.com
10) Instafreebie.com
11) webcomicshub.com
12) longform.org
fiction 
12 weeks ago
How Cars Divide America
For one, the geography of car use tracks with income and wealth: Car-dependent places are considerably less affluent. Metros in which a higher share of people depend on their cars to get to work are poorer, and those where more people use transit or bike or walk to work are considerably more affluent. The share of commuters who drive to work alone is negatively correlated with both wages and income. Conversely, in more affluent metros, a higher proportion of commuters use transit, walk, or bike.
statistics  wealthinequality  economy  poverty  transportation 
12 weeks ago
The Woman Who Would Save Football
Dr. Ann McKee has been accused of trying to kill the sport she loves, but she may be its only hope

She leads the way down the hall to an unprepossessing room in an unprepossessing brick building on the campus of the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital. Currently, there are 125 brains registered to the Brain Bank, among them 21 veterans who experienced mild traumatic brain injury. Chris Nowinski, co-director of CSTE and founder of the Sports Legacy Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to concussion awareness, secures the donations. Five hundred athletes — including him — have promised their brains to McKee.
neuroscience  NFL 
12 weeks ago
load-bearing
I think one thing that’s going on here is that there are a bunch of small parts of our daily routine which are doing really important work for our wellbeing. Our commute involves a ten-minute walk along the waterfront and the walking and fresh air are great for our wellbeing (or, alternately, our commute involves no walking and this makes it way more frictionless because walking sucks for us). Our water heater is really good and so we can take half-hour hot showers, which are a critical part of our decompression/recovery time. We sit with our back to the wall so we don’t have to worry about looking productive at work as long as the work all gets done. The store down the street is open really late so late runs for groceries are possible. Our roommate is a chef and so the kitchen is always clean and well-stocked.

It’s useful to think of these things as load-bearing. They’re not just nice - they’re part of your mental architecture, they’re part of what you’re using to thrive. And when they change, life can abruptly get much harder or sometimes just collapse on you entirely.
psychology  mentalHealth 
12 weeks ago
What Robert Mueller Knows—and 9 Areas He'll Pursue Next
1. How do Erik Prince, the Seychelles, and the inauguration fit in?
2. How do the UAE, Qatar, and Jared Kushner fit in?
3. What role did Sergey Kislyak, the GOP convention, and the finances of the Russian Embassy play?
4. How do Roger Stone, WikiLeaks, and other Americans and Brits fit into the GRU indictment?
5. What did Mueller learn from George Papadopoulos, Rick Gates, and Michael Flynn?
6. What’s in those 291,000 Michael Cohen documents?
7. What’s up with that Trump Tower meeting?
8. How relevant is Cambridge Analytica and was there a coordinated effort by the Trump campaign or associates to gather intelligence or untoward opposition research on Hillary Clinton?
9. Do people like Carter Page and Felix Sater matter?
fbi  Russia  usa  politics 
12 weeks ago
The NRA Has Deep Ties to Accused Russian Spy Maria Butina
Beginning back in 2013, Butina developed a relationship with an unnamed “American political operative” described in the court documents, who has been identified in media reports as GOP activist and NRA member Paul Erickson. In her private communications with Erickson, Butina spoke of the key influence of the NRA on the Republican Party, noting that the gun group is “the largest sponsor of the elections to the US congress.” Through Erickson and her connections with the NRA, Butina sought to establish “‘back channel’ lines of communication” to influential political figures. In photos that she posted to her Facebook page, she posed with Republican politicians, including former presidential candidates Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal, and former US Sen. Rick Santorum.

“My question will be about foreign politics,” Butina said, and then asked Trump if he would continue “damaging” economic sanctions against Russia as president. Trump appeared not to know who Butina was. After going off on Obama and digressing into trade talk, he responded that he would “get along very nicely” with Putin. “I don’t think you’d need the sanctions,” Trump said.
nra  politics  Russia  espionage  GOP 
12 weeks ago
Being poor now just leads to being more poor later.
Can't pay to clean your teeth? Next year, pay for a root canal. Can't pay for a new mattress? Next year, pay for back surgery. Can't pay to get that lump checked out? Next year, pay for stage 3 cancer. Poverty charges interest.

THIS THREAD IS ON POINT
poverty  wealthinequality  usa  healthcare 
12 weeks ago
Mansplaining Chart
I have had more than one male colleague sincerely ask whether a certain behavior is mansplaining. Since apparently this is hard to figure out, I made one of them a chart.
mansplaining  INFOGRAPHIC  sexism 
12 weeks ago
Report Finds Surprisingly High Rate of Slavery in Developed Countries
In the United States, more than 400,000 people, or one in 800, are living in modern slavery, the report said. The United States is also the largest importer of what the report called “at-risk” products, or those at least partly manufactured by workers engaged in forced labor.

These products, estimated to be worth at least $354 billion, include mobile phones, computers, clothing and food like fish and cocoa, the report said. The United States imports more than 40% of the total.
slavery  northkorea  usa  economy  poverty  humanRights  humantrafficking  workersrights 
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