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100 million Americans have chronic pain. Very few use one of the best tools to treat it.
Chronic pain often has no physical cause. Psychotherapy can reduce the suffering.
psychology  medicine  health  healthcare 
2 days ago
Women were written out of science history – it’s time we put them back in
One reason women tend to be absent from narratives of science is because it’s not as easy to find female scientists on the public record.

[....]For a start, the traditional view of science as a body of knowledge rather than an activity ignores women’s contributions as collaborators, focusing instead on the facts produced by big discoveries (and the men who made them famous).

[....]The historian Margaret Rossiter has dubbed this systematic bias against women the “Matthew Matilda Effect”. Before the 20th century, women’s social position meant the only way they could typically negotiate access to science was to collaborate with male family members or friends and then mostly only if they were rich.

[....]Women’s exclusion from professional spaces at this time is one reason why women became more active in scientific disciplines that still relied heavily on fieldwork, such as astronomy and botany.

This is where science began splitting into a hierarchy of male-dominated “hard” sciences, such as physics, and “soft” sciences, such as botany and biological science, that were seen as more acceptable for women.

Women were typically refused admission to elite scientific institutions, so we do not find their names on fellowship lists. The first women were elected as fellows of the Royal Society in 1945, and the French Academy of Science didn’t admit its first female fellow until 1979.

[....]In the late 19th century, science taught that there were innate intellectual differences between the sexes which limited women’s suitability for science. (Another reason why scientific societies did not want their prestige tarnished by female fellows.) Charles Darwin argued that evolutionary competition led to the higher development of male brains.
science  women  history  sexism  misogyny  maleprivilege 
3 days ago
Tumblr’s Porn Bloggers Test Pillowfort and Dreamwidth
Sexual content has always been a part of fandom communities online, from LiveJournal to Tumblr. And communities have a history of abandoning platforms that don’t support the free expression of adult material. It was LiveJournal’s crackdown on NSFW material back in 2007 that broke community trust in the site and initiated the mass migration to Tumblr, along with the creation of fandom sites like An Archive of Our Own. Now Tumblr’s facing its own porn-related exodus, because NSFW content appears to be at odds with its business goals.

[....]Instead, Dreamwidth is a text-based community, full of everything from fanfic to erotica to you name it. Tumblr's new ban, however, focuses on visuals, like NSFW photos, video, and GIFs; the company says written content like erotica is still allowed.

Paolucci understands that Dreamwidth may not be right for all Tumblr exiles. “We are definitely thinking of this as an opportunity for users who are fleeing Tumblr to discover our philosophy and business ethics,” she says, “but there is also a certain level of people who are used to Tumblr and Tumblr's features [and Dreamwidth] may not be what they are looking for.”

[....]Baritz created Pillowfort in 2016 to be exactly what disaffected Tumblr bloggers are now in search of: an open-minded site that can host images and videos; allows reblogging, commenting, and community building; encourages a strong artistic bent; and doesn’t censor NSFW content. It improves on Tumblr, in some bloggers’ opinion, by offering nimble privacy features—like allowing you to make certain posts private to certain followers, while leaving other posts public—and focusing on customization. Pillowfort's terms of service also currently prohibit posts that target or harass other users, which some bloggers may crave in a new community.
fandom  pornography  socialmedia  capitalism 
3 days ago
Princeton’s Ad-Blocking Superweapon May Put an End to the Ad-Blocking Arms Race
This means advertisers and publishers can simply change the code they use to deliver their ads to defeat them. This type of ad-blocking is often easily detected by anti ad blockers, which are deployed on the sites of more than 50 popular publishers. Finally, traditional ad blockers fail to block native ads that look like normal content, which is why your ad blockers won't detect and block sponsored posts on Facebook.

Perceptual ad-blocking, on the other hand, ignores those codes and those lists. Instead, it uses optical character recognition, design techniques, and container searches (the boxes that ads are commonly put in on a page) to detect words like "sponsored" or "close ad" that are required to appear on every ad, which is what allows it to detect and block Facebook ads.
OCR  advertising  capitalism  facebook  privacy  infosec  accessibility 
3 days ago
Dollar Stores Are Targeting Struggling Urban Neighborhoods and Small Towns. One Community Is Showing How to Fight Back.
Although dollar stores sometimes fill a need in places that lack basic retail services, there’s growing evidence that these stores are not merely a byproduct of economic distress. They’re a cause of it. In small towns and urban neighborhoods alike, dollar stores are leading full-service grocery stores to close. And their strategy of saturating communities with multiple outlets is making it impossible for new grocers and other local businesses to take root and grow.

The absence of grocery stores in Tulsa is a direct result of a history of racial discrimination by banks that have been less likely to lend to African American entrepreneurs and by supermarket chains that have tended to bypass black neighborhoods.
poverty  wealthinequality  capitalism  economy  foodInsecurity 
5 days ago
Millennials Didn’t Kill the Economy. The Economy Killed Millennials.
Millennials are the most educated generation in U.S. history to date. They bought into a social contract that said: Everything will work out, if first you go to college. But as the cost of college increased, millions of young people took on student loans to complete their degree. Graduates under 35 are almost 50 percent more likely than members of Gen X to have student loans, and their median balance is about 40 percent higher than that of the previous generation.

And what has all that debt gotten them? “Lower earnings, fewer assets, and less wealth,” according to the Federal Reserve paper’s conclusion. Student debt has made it harder for millions of young people to buy a home, since “holding debt is associated with a lower rate of homeownership, irrespective of degree type,” as Fed economists wrote in a previous study. In other words, young people took on debt to pursue a college degree, only to discover that the cost of college would push the American dream further from their grasp.

Is it any wonder that Millennials are eager to overthrow a system that has duped them into a story of permanent progress, thrown them into debt, depressed their wages, separated them from the trappings of adulthood, and then, for good measure, blamed them for ruining canned tuna?
wealthinequality  poverty  studentDebt  studentLoans  economy 
7 days ago
They Called Her “the Che Guevara of Abortion Reformers”
The woman was Patricia Maginnis, a laboratory technician and founder of the Society for Humane Abortion, an organization that she ran out of the front room of her small apartment in San Francisco. She’d started the SHA in 1962 (back then, it was called the Citizens Committee for Humane Abortion Laws). Arguably the first organization of its kind in America, its mandate was radical: The SHA sought to repeal abortion laws, endorse elective abortions, and offer women any resources it could in the meantime. These resources would come to include “the List,” an up-to-date directory of safe abortion specialists outside the country, classes on DIY abortions, and symposia where sympathetic doctors could confer with each other about the safest and best abortion techniques. SHA would eventually formalize its legal strategy with a branch called the Association to Repeal Abortion Laws (ARAL, which would form the basis for NARAL), specifically devoted to challenging legislation.
abortion  reproductiveRights 
8 days ago
Thread on the "mysterious" deaths of prominent activists, starting with Ferguson, extending into the past, and will be updated.
Thread on the "mysterious" deaths of prominent activists, starting with Ferguson, extending into the past, and will be updated.

1. Edward Crawford, possibly the most well-known Ferguson death. He was the subject of an iconic photo in which he was throwing a tear gas canister back at cops. He was found dead from "suicide" on May 5, 2017. Rest in power.

2. Darren Seals, another death of another Ferguson activist under mysterious yet horrifying conditions. His car was set aflame and he was shot on September 6, 2016. Rest in power.

3. Danye Jones, the late son of Melissa McKinnies, an active Ferguson activist. He was found hanging from a bed sheet behind their house in October 2018. Melissa posted later, "They lynched my baby." Facebook deleted her words. Rest in power, Danye.

4. Deandre Joshua, a Ferguson activist and friend of the sole witness in the Michael Brown case, a member of a family of Ferguson activists, died the exact same way Darren died on the night of the Michael Brown case verdict. He was just 20. Rest in power.

5. TODAY: Bassem Masri, a Palestinian Ferguson activist and live streamer. He was found dead of "currently unknown" causes, but will be remembered forever in his fight for liberation of oppressed peoples. Rest in power, Bassem.

6. Muhiyidin d'Baha, a Black Lives Matter activist famously known for jumping a cop barricade and snatching a Confederate flag. He was assassinated on February 6, 2018, with police "being unable to identify" the cause of his murder. Rest in power.
blacklivesmatter  homicide 
10 days ago
Ivanka's emails
I hate talking about emails. I don’t want to talk about emails. We have so many other things to think about right now that are important to peoples’ lives and need solving, but this nonsense with Ivanka this morning was nothing short of outrageous.
politics  infosec  security 
13 days ago
#RealThanksgiving
In 1637 near present day Groton, Connecticut, over 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Tribe had gathered for their annual Green Corn Festival which is our Thanksgiving celebration. #RealThanksgiving
history  nativeamericans  genocide  whiteSupremacy 
22 days ago
Can you pass the 2018 CSAT English test?
The English test of Korea's College Scholastic Aptitude Test (CSAT) is notoriously difficult ― so much so that many native English speakers (well-educated adults) have called it a "CRAZY" test after looking through some of the texts and questions put on test takers' desks.

[actually a critical thinking test]
education  english 
25 days ago
Georgia: The Epicenter of America’s Corrupted Electronic Elections
The article below discusses the Georgia 6th District special election of 2017, which was the catalyst for the Georgia paper ballot suit, as well as the disturbing history of Georgia’s corrupted electronic elections from 2002 through the present.
voterSuppression  votingRights  voterRegistration 
26 days ago
Since the tax cuts were passed, the 1,000 largest public companies have actually reduced employment
WOW

"Since the tax cuts were passed, the 1,000 largest public companies have actually reduced employment, on balance. They have announced the elimination of nearly 140,000 jobs — which is almost double the 73,000 jobs they say they have created"

"Trump's tax cut was supposed to change corporate behavior, here's what really happened...
Nearly a year after the tax cut, economic growth has accelerated. Wage growth has not. Companies are buying back stock, and business investment is a mixed bag."
economy  taxLaw  capitalism 
27 days ago
Arbaeen Karbala pilgrimage
I just got back from the world's largest pilgrimage you've probably never heard of: Arbaeen, which happens in Iraq every year. Here's some pictures from Arbaeen this year in Karbala, which saw 20 million pilgrims - 10 times as much as Hajj to Mecca! #Iraq
islam  religion 
4 weeks ago
Scientists Spy On Bees, See Harmful Effects Of Common Insecticide
A team of researchers peered inside bumblebee colonies and spied on insects individually labelled with a tiny tag to figure out exactly how exposure to a common insecticide changes their behavior in the nest.

They found that the insecticide — from a controversial group called neonicotinoids — made the bees more sluggish and antisocial, spending more time on the periphery of the nest. It also made them less-attentive parents, according to research published Thursday in the journal Science.

Neonicotinoids, commonly known as "neonics," are near-ubiquitous in farming in many countries. They're commonly applied to the seeds of crops such as corn or soy before planting. The plant then carries traces of the insecticide as it grows, even showing up in the pollen, which scientists believe is one way bees are exposed. As NPR's Dan Charles has reported, "neonicotinoid residues also have been found in the pollen of wildflowers growing near fields and in nearby streams."
bees  environment  pollution 
4 weeks ago
5 Tactics Used By Passive-Aggressive Arguers (And The Best Forms of Defense)
1) Begging The Question [Reframing]
When facing this strategy, you must call your opponent on their use of such loaded words and get them to explain in some detail what they mean by them.
2) Extending To Extremes [Straw Man]
You can always extend their argument to the extreme, then point out the absurdity of your own extension to reveal the manipulation they just played on you and the audience.
3) Diverting The Subject [Whataboutism]
As in the other strategies, you must keep your cool and carefully walk the discussion back to where it was, no matter how difficult.
4) Pushing Buttons [Ad Hominem]
If you remain unruffled and show that you cannot be goaded, they will stop with this infuriating strategy.
5) Invoking Authority [citation please]
With as light a touch as possible, ask them to actually reveal the source of the statistics or studies; ask for more detail, which they probably cannot provide.
psychology  politics 
4 weeks ago
How Writers Map Their Imaginary Worlds
A new book collects fantastic literary geographies.
cartography  fiction  literature 
4 weeks ago
Porter County’s 2018 Election Fiasco
You might have noticed that Porter County, Indiana still had 0% reporting for the #2018Election as of this morning. See this map from CNN. Porter is that gray county in the upper left. I was a poll worker there this past Tuesday. You might want to buckle up.
votingRights  voterSuppression 
4 weeks ago
Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy
The two professors came to this conclusion after reviewing answers to 1,779 survey questions asked between 1981 and 2002 on public policy issues. They broke the responses down by income level, and then determined how often certain income levels and organised interest groups saw their policy preferences enacted.

"A proposed policy change with low support among economically elite Americans (one-out-of-five in favour) is adopted only about 18% of the time," they write, "while a proposed change with high support (four-out-of-five in favour) is adopted about 45% of the time."

On the other hand:

When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organised interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it.
oligarchy  economy  usa  legislation 
5 weeks ago
10 Impressive Questions to Ask in a Job Interview
1. “How will you measure the success of the person in this position?”
2. “What are some of the challenges you expect the person in this position to face?”
3. “Can you describe a typical day or week in the job?”
4. How long did the previous person in the role hold the position? What has turnover in the role generally been like?
5. “What are you hoping this person will accomplish in their first six months and in their first year?”
6. “Thinking back to people you’ve seen do this work previously, what differentiated the ones who were good from the ones who were really great at it?”
7. “How would you describe the culture here? What type of people tend to really thrive here, and what type don’t do as well?”
8. “What do you like about working here?”
9. Ask the question you really care about.
10. “What’s your timeline for next steps?”
workersrights 
5 weeks ago
REPLIES ARE A++
Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane. Half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control. Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves.
gunViolence  medicine  nra 
5 weeks ago
Astronomers have detected material *just* over the edge of a black hole’s Point Of No Return
1/n This is quite seriously one of the most jaw-dropping observations I’ve ever written about: Astronomers have detected material *just* over the edge of a black hole’s Point Of No Return.

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/astronomers-see-material-orbiting-a-black-hole-right-at-the-edge-of-forever

THREAD
astronomy  astrophysics 
5 weeks ago
Bed prep
Im always amazed at how fast children fall asleep when you prep them for bedtime. “Bed prep” was the best thing their pediatrician introduced me to. You can’t abruptly start turning things off and expect for toddlers to go to sleep.
childhoodDevelopment  psychology 
5 weeks ago
It’s Time for the Lost Cause of the South to Get Lost
The Mammy statue in Washington was to have been the culmination of a two-decade campaign to erect such monuments in every southern state by the UDC and its companion United Confederate Veterans, which together formed one one of the most formidable lobbying groups of the age. Their goal was nothing less than to rewrite the history of the Civil War. It rested on three main precepts: that slavery was not the cause of the conflict; that it was a struggle for Southern independence over Northern aggression; and that slaves never sought their freedom but were only too glad to be civilized under the hand of a superior race. All of this was romanticized under the rubric of “The Lost Cause,” in which a martyred South was defeated by a rapacious North solely due to the weight of numbers. The Yankees had the bigger battalions, not the better reasons.
history  whitewashing  racism  slavery  whiteNationalism 
5 weeks ago
U.S. Law Enforcement Failed to See the Threat of White Nationalism. Now They Don’t Know How to Stop It.
U.S. Law Enforcement Failed to See the Threat of White Nationalism. Now They Don’t Know How to Stop It.
Janet Reitman
66-84 minutes

The first indication to Lt. Dan Stout that law enforcement’...
lawenforcement  whiteNationalism  police  racism  whiteSupremacy 
5 weeks ago
Size, by the Numbers
How much it costs to make plus clothing, the measurements of the average American woman, and more.
fashion  economy 
5 weeks ago
4 myths about how immigrants affect the U.S. economy
Myth #1: Immigrants take more from the U.S. government than they contribute
Fact: Immigrants contribute more in tax revenue than they take in government benefits

Myth #2: Immigrants take American jobs
Fact: Immigrants workers often take jobs that boost other parts of the economy

Myth #3: The U.S. economy does not need immigrants
Fact: Immigrants are key to offsetting a falling birth rate

Myth #4: It would be better for the economy if immigrants’ children were not citizens
Fact: Children with citizenship are more productive workers
immigration  economy  usa 
5 weeks ago
Llama blood clue to beating all flu
The animals produce incredibly tiny antibodies in comparison to our own.

Antibodies are weapons of the immune system and they bind to the proteins that stick out from the surface of a virus.

Human antibodies tend to attack the tips of those proteins, but that's the part influenza mutates most readily.

Llama antibodies use their size advantage to wriggle a little bit deeper and attack the parts that flu cannot change.

The team at the Scripps Institute in California infected llamas with multiple types of flu to provoke an immune response.

They then scoured llama blood for the most potent antibodies that could attack a wide range of flu strains.

They picked four, and then set about building their own synthetic antibody that used elements from each.
immunology  virulogy 
5 weeks ago
I'm a historian, so let me do what we do, and offer reminders about what Americans sacrificed to get full access to the ballot.
I just saw a couple tweets complaining about how people were trying to persuade them to get out and vote this year. As someone who's researched the voting rights struggle, I've always found that dismissive attitude pretty infuriating. But never more than now.

I'm a historian, so let me do what we do, and offer reminders about what Americans sacrificed to get full access to the ballot. This history goes back centuries, but I work on the modern civil rights era. We don't have to go back further than that to see the price people paid.

Reverend George Lee in Belzoni, Mississippi, used his pulpit and his printing press to encourage African Americans to register to vote. For his troubles, he was assassinated by three men with shotguns in May 1955.
history  civilrights  whiteSupremacy 
5 weeks ago
From Start To Finish, This Is How Beacons Send Ads To Your Phone While You're Shopping
That signal is detected by nearby smartphones and tablets that have Bluetooth switched on and beacon-enabled apps. The proximity can stretch to an entire store or just a particular shelf.
spam  bluetooth  privacy  capitalism  telecommunications 
5 weeks ago
How Democrats Can Reverse Years of Voter Suppression
Once Democrats go nuclear on voting rights, here are some pieces of legislation that could pass by majority vote:

• Legislation restoring the preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act, which the Supreme Court killed in 2013’s Shelby County v. Holder, using a new coverage formula to satisfy the court’s standard in that case.

• Legislation passed under Congress’s Article I powers to require states to establish independent redistricting commissions, using neutral standards, for the drawing of congressional district lines.

• Legislation admitting Puerto Rico and D.C. as states in the union, creating four more Senate seats.

• Legislation giving greater voting rights to American citizens living in U.S. territories.

• Legislation establishing automatic voter registration for congressional elections, complete with a national registration system that would both ensure that eligible people are registered to vote and that ineligible people are kept off the rolls.

• Legislation establishing generous public financing for elections (perhaps through the use of campaign finance vouchers), barring foreign interference in U.S. elections, requiring greater transparency in political giving, and limiting contributions to independent groups like super PACs.
votingRights  voterSuppression  gerrymandering 
6 weeks ago
Episodes and Playlists (2011-present_ - Communion After Dark
Spotlighting the latest and best in alternative-electronic music, Communion After Dark is hosted weekly by DJ Mark Paradise (The Castle), DJ Maus (Simply Synthpop/STRANGELOVE) and DJ Tom Gold (Resident DJ at The Castle). They present the show as a companion to The Castle's Friday and Saturday dance nights in Tampa, Fla. (Ybor City).

Running continuously with weekly nights since 1997, the club (CastleYbor.com) proudly stands as the premier place spinning these genres -- EBM, synth pop, dark electro, industrial, gothic / goth, power noise -- in the United States.
music  podcast  edm 
7 weeks ago
SPOOKED Podcast
episode list & download links
podcast  audio  spooky  horror  folklore 
7 weeks ago
13 Spooky Audiobooks to Keep You Awake All Night
1. “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Narrator: Xe Sands
Run time: 36 minutes
2. Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin, translated by Megan McDowell
Narrator: Hillary Huber
Run time: 3 hours and 13 minutes
3. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Narrators: Richard Armitage and Emma Thompson
Run time: 4 hours and 40 minutes
4. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Narrator: Bernadette Dunne
Run time: 5 hours and 32 minutes
5. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Narrator: Neil Gaiman
Run time: 7 hours and 47 minutes
6. Bleeding Violet / Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves
Narrator: Suzy Jackson
Run time: 9 hours and 25 minutes / 10 hours and 15 minutes
7. Get in Trouble (Stories) by Kelly Link
Narrators: Grace Blewer, Kirby Heyborne, Tara Sands, Robbie Daymond, Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Ish Klein, Susan Duerden, Kirsten Potter
Run time: 9 hours and 57 minutes
8. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
Narrator: Katharine MacEwan
Run time: 10 hours and 15 minutes
9. Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
Narrator: Madeleine Maby
Run time: 10 hours and 47 minutes
10. Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Narrator: W. Morgan Sheppard
Run time: 10 hours and 58 minutes
11. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Narrator: Christine Lakin
Run time: 12 hours and 6 minutes
12. Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker
Narrators: Pete Bradbury (Narrator), Vikas Adam (Bram Stoker), Saskia Maarleveld, (Matilda Stoker), Raphael Corkhill (Thornley Stoker), Alana Kerr Collins (Ellen), Allan Corduner (Arminius Vambéry)
Run time: 16 hours and 25 minutes
13. The Diviners (Series) by Libba Bray
Narrator: January LaVoy
Run time: 18 to 21 hours each
spooky  literature  audiobooks  audio  fiction  horror 
7 weeks ago
Companies are on the hook if their hiring algorithms are biased — Quartz
After an audit of the algorithm, the resume screening company found that the algorithm found two factors to be most indicative of job performance: their name was Jared, and whether they played high school lacrosse. Girouard’s client did not use the tool.

In 2016, Pinboard creator Maciej Cegłowski called machine learning “money laundering for bias.”

“It’s a clean, mathematical apparatus that gives the status quo the aura of logical inevitability. The numbers don’t lie,” Cegłowski said.
workersrights  maleprivilege  whiteprivilege  PROGRAMMING 
7 weeks ago
Platforms, Speech And Truth: Policy, Policing And Impossible Choices
TLDR: Internet sites have every right in the world to kick people off their platforms, and there's no legal or ethical problem with that. No one's free speech is being censored. That said, we should be at least a bit concerned about the idea that giant internet platforms get to be some sort of arbiter of what speech is okay and what speech is not, and how that can impact society more generally. But there are possible solutions to this, even if none are perfect and some may be difficult to implement, and we should explore those more thoroughly, rather than getting into screaming fights over who should or shouldn't be allowed to use various internet platforms.
socialmedia  whiteSupremacy  nazis  facebook  twitter  propaganda 
7 weeks ago
Himmler’s Antiquity
It isn't as if the discipline of classical studies arrived complete and fully formed on the desks of early scholars like Friedrich Nietzsche, whose Dionysian versus Apollonian reading of antiquity is still visible in the fabric of the field. The discipline was shaped by mostly elite European men, and their interests determined the early scope of the field. That’s why we learn Greek and Latin but not Hebrew, which was part of the field until the 18th century; it's why the lives of women and children were largely ignored; it's why the novels associated with the lower classes were not taken seriously as literature. It's why Cicero and Socrates, not to mention Jesus, were cast as white, just like the scholars studying them were.

Except, of course, Cicero and Socrates were decidedly not "white". They would have been thoroughly confused by the claim, since ancient theories of race differed greatly from modern ones, and had no category for "white". Rather than being primarily physiognomic — that is, based on visible physical features like melanin or hair type — race in antiquity was tied to climate, geography, and even political structures; one's race might not be easily identifiable at sight, and might even change, based on the exigencies of life, and regardless of external appearances. There was, consequently, no conception of a "white" race — what we see as whiteness did not signify racially.
racism  history  whiteSupremacy  whitewashing  Egypt  literature 
7 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks 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 
10 weeks 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 
10 weeks 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 
12 weeks 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 
12 weeks 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 
12 weeks 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 
12 weeks 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 
12 weeks ago
Royalty-Free Music
electronic instrumentals in various genres
music  spooky  horror 
12 weeks 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 
12 weeks ago
X-IMG Berlin, Germany
A platform for dark electronic music & audio/video art started by SARIN in 2015.
music  edm 
12 weeks 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 
12 weeks 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 
12 weeks 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 
12 weeks 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 
12 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 
september 2018
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 
september 2018
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 
september 2018
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 
september 2018
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 
september 2018
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 
september 2018
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 
september 2018
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 
september 2018
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 
september 2018
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 
september 2018
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 
september 2018
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 
september 2018
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 
september 2018
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 
september 2018
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 
september 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
“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 
august 2018
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 
august 2018
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