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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 
4 days 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 
7 days 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 
7 days 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 
7 days 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 
8 days 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 
8 days 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 
8 days 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 
8 days 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 
8 days 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 
8 days 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 
9 days 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 
9 days 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 
9 days ago
The Difference Between Being Broke & Being Poor
It’s a recognition that comes in the aisle of a grocery store.
foodInsecurity  poverty  comic 
9 days 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 
9 days 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 days 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 
11 days 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 
13 days 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 
13 days 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 
13 days ago
All of Bach
performances of everything Johann Sebastian Bach composed available FREE
music 
14 days 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 
14 days 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 
14 days 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 
14 days 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 
14 days 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 
15 days 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 
15 days 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 
17 days 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 
17 days 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 
17 days 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 
17 days 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 
20 days 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 
20 days 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 
20 days 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 
20 days 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 
20 days 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 
21 days 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 
21 days 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 
21 days 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 
23 days 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 
23 days 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 
24 days 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 
24 days 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 
25 days ago
Okay, so this post has two purposes - well, three, but I swear that’s it.
3) While I was searching fruitlessly for that fic, I came across this really lovely rec
https://campylobacter.livejournal.com/93995.html
for one of my own. The rec was posted in 2011, and I never use LJ now, so I came back to tumblr to say, @campylobacter, thank you, that absolutely made my day! :D *offers high five across the SG-1 fandom shipping wall, which is more of a battered old fence these days anyway lbr*
fanfic  stargate  stargatesg-1  Sam/Jack 
25 days ago
Trump's Stupid ‘Where Is the DNC Server?’ Conspiracy Theory, Explained
The short answer is that “the server” that Trump is referring to is sitting in a DNC office in Washington, DC—the New York Times has a photo of it here:
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/13/us/politics/russia-hack-election-dnc.html

It is widely believed that CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity firm hired by the DNC to respond to the hack, gave an identical image of some of the servers to the FBI, which experts I’ve spoken to say would be more useful than giving the FBI a physical server itself. I say “widely believed,” because we don’t know exactly what CrowdStrike gave to the FBI. However, in March 2017, former FBI Director James Comey told Congress that the FBI got an “appropriate substitute” from CrowdStrike, and Mueller’s indictment makes clear that the FBI has lots of information about the hack from both within the DNC and from other sources.

“To really investigate a high profile intrusion like the DNC hack, you have to look beyond the victim network,” Rid said. “You have to look at the infrastructure—the command and control sites that were used to get in that are not going to be on any server ... looking at one server is just one isolated piece of infrastructure.”
Russia  treason  politics  espionage 
25 days ago
The Jeep Hackers Are Back to Prove Car Hacking Can Get Much Worse
Instead of merely compromising one of the so-called electronic control units or ECUs on a target car's CAN network and using it to spoof messages to the car's steering or brakes, they also attacked the ECU that sends legitimate commands to those components, which would otherwise contradict their malicious commands and prevent their attack. By putting that second ECU into "bootrom" mode—the first step in updating the ECU's firmware that a mechanic might use to fix a bug—they were able to paralyze that innocent ECU and send malicious commands to the target component without interference. "You have one computer in the car telling it to do one thing and we’re telling it to do something else," says Miller. "Essentially our solution is to knock the other computer offline."

The result: They're now able to override contradicting signals that tell the parking brake not to activate, for instance, and thus bring the vehicle to a halt from any speed in seconds. And in combination with another vulnerability they found in the steering module ECU, they can disable the steering so that the wheel resists the driver's attempts to turn it. They can also digitally turn the wheel themselves at any speed. When they tested that last attack while driving at 30 miles per hour on an empty road running through cornfields north of St. Louis, Miller and Valasek say they lost control of the Jeep, crashed it into a ditch, and had to wait for a friendly local to tow them out.

Though Miller and Valasek haven't found a new way to perform their attacks remotely, it's not hard to imagine new avenues hackers could find to remotely access the Jeep's CAN network or those of other vehicles. In 2011, researchers at the University of California at San Diego and the University of Washington found ways into a Chevy Impala's innards that included everything from its OnStar connection to a hacked smartphone connected to its infotainment system via Bluetooth to a CD containing a malicious file inserted into its CD player. And last year some of the same UCSD researchers showed that common, Internet-connected insurance insurance dongles plugged into vehicles' dashboards could create the same remote hacking vulnerabilities.
safety  hacking 
25 days ago
Britain's prehistoric catastrophe revealed: How 90% of the neolithic population vanished in just 300 years
Ancient Britons may have been nearly wiped out by bubonic plague brought by newcomers to the island

The great 20-30 tonne stones of Stonehenge were erected by Neolithic farmers whose ancestors had lived in Britain for at least the previous 1,500 years – and new genetic research on 51 skeletons from all over Neolithic Britain has now revealed that during the whole of the Neolithic era, the country was inhabited mainly by olive-skinned, dark-haired Mediterranean-looking people.

But some 300 to 500 years after the main phase of Stonehenge was built, that mainly Mediterranean-looking British Neolithic-originating element of the population had declined from almost 100 percent to just 10 per cent of the population.
anthropology  Britain  history  immigration  bacteriology 
25 days ago
Were Indigenous Australians the world's first bakers?
The Gurandgi Munjie group is revitalising native crops once cultivated by Aboriginal Australians, baking new breads with forgotten flours.

“That puts Australian baking way beyond anything that’s ever happened anywhere else in the world,” says author Bruce Pascoe. He’s talking about 36,000-year-old grindstones discovered in New South Wales, used by Aboriginal Australians to turn seeds into flours for baking. That’s well ahead of other civilisations that started baking early on, like the Egyptians, who began making bread around 17,000 BC.
food  anthropology  archaeology  history 
25 days ago
Archaeologists find world's oldest bread and new evidence of sophisticated cooking dating back 14,000 years
The entire process of bread-making was (and indeed still sometimes is) nutritionally relatively uneconomic. Harvesting wild cereals, separating the seeds, grinding them, making the dough, flattening the dough and cooking it was an energy and time consuming activity which would not, on consumption, have produced a net energy gain for the people of Shubayqa 1.

The Shubayqa discovery may well therefore represent a profound change in human eating practice – away from the purely nutritionally utilitarian and towards a more culturally, socially and perhaps ideologically determined culinary tradition that is the norm throughout most of the world today.
food  anthropology  history  archaeology 
25 days ago
categorized tweets {beta}
Our proprietary algorithm sorts a politician's (or influencer's) tweets into 8 key issues so you can get up to speed--quickly

climate change
economy
guns
healthcare
immigration
LGBTQ
national security/foreign policy
race relations
politics  twitter  PROGRAMMING 
26 days ago
In Helsinki, Trump Appeared To Side With Russia Over U.S. Intelligence Community
THIS SOUND BITE AT :23 WILL HAUNT MY NIGHTMARES

KELLY: The day concluded with a remarkable press conference.
(SOUNDBITE OF PRESS CONFERENCE)
TRUMP: Thank you very much.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: With a handshake and an uncharacteristically soft-spoken thank you very much to President Putin, President Trump opened the press conference.
politics  Russia  treason  vladimirPutin  audio 
26 days ago
Vala/Daniel Stargate Kinkmod prompts
SG1, Vala/ Daniel, Chastity belt and remote control toys (under clothing around the base).
SG-1, Daniel/Vala, as a consequence of her experiences as Qetesh's host, she needed pain as well as pleasure to come
SG-1, Daniel/Vala, whipped cream
SG-1, Daniel/Vala, masquerade
kink: roleplay
kink: secrets and confessions
SG-1, Daniel/Vala, pain play
SG-1, Daniel/Vala, he is a little tied up right now
sgkinkmeme.livejournal.comsg-1
kink: restraints bondage
SG-1, Daniel/Vala, lingerie
kink: fetish wear
SG-1, Daniel/Vala, gender swap
SG-1, Daniel/Vala, strap-on
kink: pegging and strap-ons
SG-1, Daniel/Vala, genital piercings
het
kink: body modification
SG-1, Vala/Daniel, dom!Vala, surprises
fanfic  pornography  stargate  stargatesg-1  ValaMalDoran  danieljackson  danielvala 
26 days ago
Canon-implied SG-1 missions?
green_grrl suggests "Off-screen missions." I like that one!

The premise is simple: many episodes of SG-1 reference a past or future mission. The most famous of these, I think, is the mission referenced in Emancipation to P3X-595 where Sam "drank that stuff that made you take off..." and the final frame of The Enemy Within, which ends with the team striding through the Stargate for their first mission together.
stargate  stargatesg-1  plotbunny  fanfic 
26 days ago
Shhh….I Make More than My Husband: Spouses Report Earnings Differently When Wives Earn More
When a wife earns more, both husbands and wives exaggerate the husband’s earnings and diminish the wife’s.
statistics  sexism 
26 days ago
These are not signs of weakness, but strength:
1 asking clarifying questions
2 seeking advice
3 forgiving first
4 showing vulnerability
5 sharing your dreams with others
6 demonstrating humility
7 being accountable
8 gracefully telling the truth
9 when stuck, asking for help
psychology  socialJustice 
27 days ago
iPad Design Tutorial: Part 1 How to use Kaleidoscope Drawing Pad
Please note that, as of a recent update, you can change symmetry while you are drawing. This is a very useful tool when designing crosses. To make a cross:

1) Start with square symmetry and draw your design
2) Change to butterfly symmetry and erase only the bottom portion of your design
3) Continue with butterfly symmetry to draw the bottom portion of the cross
tatting  graphics  tutorial  software 
27 days ago
Hanging the Cluny Cluny or Petal Tatting, aka Death-Grip Tatting
In tatting this "leaf" element can be created with only 2 threads. Called "Cluny or Petal" tatting, it is a type of weaving process done with the ball thread (or shuttle 2) wrapped around the "left" hand and the shuttle or needle carrying the thread over and under the loom threads. Traditionally this construction substituted for a chain.

Today, however, the tatted tallie can tumble free of its confines and flutter leaflike freely in the breeze.
tatting  tutorial  needlecraft 
27 days ago
Hanging Cluny Leaf Flower
(Note: the HCL has a 4-string loom rather than a 3-string loom like the "regular" Cluny leaf)
tatting  tutorial  needlecraft 
27 days ago
Tatting by the Bay blog: free pattern tag
diagrams

onion rings magic square
snowflakes
bookmarks
coasters
doilies
edgings
tatting  needlecraft  pattern 
28 days ago
Attaching Tatting to Hanky
use large needle to pilot holes & pull up active thread as though for a picot join in a ring
tatting  tutorial  needlecraft 
28 days ago
a thread without anti-abortion replies
Several years ago, a young, white, middle-class, evangelical, avowedly anti-abortion female friend of mine, in a stable relationship, found herself pregnant. She and her boyfriend, who shared her anti-abortion beliefs, nevertheless chose to end the pregnancy. 1/x
abortion  reproductiveRights 
28 days ago
Donald Trump Has No Values
THIS is what makes my head spin: The president is not a moral figure in any idiom, any land, any culture, any subculture. I’m not talking about the liberal enlightenment that would make him want the country to take care of the poor and sick. I mean he has no Republican values either. He has no honor among thieves, no cosa nostra loyalty, no Southern code against cheating or lying, none of the openness of New York, rectitude of Boston, expressiveness and kindness of California, no evangelical family values, no Protestant work ethic. No Catholic moral seriousness, no sense of contrition or gratitude. No Jewish moral and intellectual precision, sense of history. He doesn’t care about the life of the mind OR the life of the senses. He is not mandarin, not committed to inquiry or justice, not hospitable. He is not proper. He is not a bon vivant who loves to eat, drink, laugh. There’s nothing he would die for — not American values, obviously, but not the land of Russia or his wife or young son. He has some hollow success creeds from Norman Vincent Peale, but Peale was obsessed with fair-dealing and a Presbyterian pastor; Trump has no fairness or piety. He’s not sentimental; no affection for dogs or babies. No love for mothers, “the common man,” veterans. He has no sense of military valor, and is openly a coward about war. He would have sorely lacked the pagan beauty and capacity to fight required in ancient Greece. He doesn’t care about his wife or wives; he is a philanderer but he’s not a romantic hero with great love for women and sex. He commands loyalty and labor from his children not because he loves them, even; he seems almost to hate them — and if one of them slipped it would be terrifying. He does no philanthropy. He doesn’t—in a more secular key—even seem to have a sense of his enlightened self-interest enough to shake Angela Merkel’s hand. Doesn’t even affect a love for the arts, like most rich New Yorkers. He doesn’t live and die by aesthetics and health practices like some fascists; he’s very ugly and barely mammalian. Am I missing an obscure moral system to which he so much as nods? Also are there other people, living or dead, like him?
politics  poetry 
4 weeks ago
HHS Plans to Delete 20 Years of Critical Medical Guidelines Next Week
Experts say the database of carefully curated medical guidelines is one of a kind, used constantly by medical professionals, and on July 16 will ‘go dark’ due to budget cuts.

Not even an archived version of the site will remain, according to an official at AHRQ. A report from the Sunlight Foundation’s Web Integrity Project found the agency announced the site’s retirement, as well as that of a related but less trafficked “Quality Measures” site, this Spring. Some of the NGC’s pages are preserved in a third party archive, but no comprehensive backup of the site’s contents or search functions exists.
database  medicine  science  censorship 
4 weeks ago
ArenaNet firings cast a chilling shadow across the game industry
Female developers across the industry have also subsequently reported sometimes coordinated attempts to get them fired on the basis of their social media presence — attempts they believe were inspired by the ArenaNet firings. One developer, who asked to remain anonymous because of potential backlash from online mobs, learned that her employer received form letters touching on her social media presence. Rather than specifying her name, some of these letters had been botched and simply said “%FEMALENAME.” Speaking to The Verge, she says these messages began arriving on Sunday night after word of the ArenaNet firings had spread. “This is 100 percent a response to the ArenaNet thing,” she says. “There’s no doubt whatsoever in my mind.”

She says the company’s public dismissal of two employees over a social media spat — framed by O’Brien as an attack on the company’s fans generally — has emboldened bad actors involved in movements like Gamergate, which target women and marginalized people in particular. “If you’re a woman, you’re just waiting for the wrong tweet to end your life now,” she says. “It sent a message to the harassment junkies that have infected our communities for the last four years: ‘Please come for our women.’ I don’t know what could undo this damage without further riling them up.”
workersrights  gamergate  gamingculture  gameDev  sexism  abuse  harassment 
4 weeks ago
Russian Influence Campaign Sought To Exploit Americans' Trust In Local News : NPR
NPR has reviewed information connected with the investigation and found 48 such accounts. They have names such as @ElPasoTopNews, @MilwaukeeVoice, @CamdenCityNews and @Seattle_Post.

Another example: The Internet Research Agency created an account that looks like it is the Chicago Daily News. That newspaper shuttered in 1978.

The Internet Research Agency-linked account was created in May 2014, and for years, it just posted local headlines, accumulating some 19,000 followers by July 2016.

Another twist: These accounts apparently never spread misinformation. In fact, they posted real local news, serving as sleeper accounts building trust and readership for some future, unforeseen effort.

"They set them up for a reason. And if at any given moment, they wanted to operationalize this network of what seemed to be local American news handles, they can significantly influence the narrative on a breaking news story," Schafer told NPR. "But now instead of just showing up online and flooding it with news sites, they have these accounts with two years of credible history."

Twitter caught these Internet Research Agency accounts in the act and suspended them.
twitter  Russia  propaganda  media  socialmedia  disinformation 
4 weeks ago
Analysis suggests code from female Facebook engineers gets rejected more often than code from men.
Lower-ranked engineers get rejected more often, and they are disproportionately female. The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook has an “open repository of code-review data” that allowed the engineer to find each code-writer’s gender and the length of her tenure at the company, but not her rank. The analysis Facebook prepared in response included ranking data inaccessible to rank-and-file employees.

Of course, having the few female Facebook engineers (women make up just 17 percent of tech roles at the company) clumped in the lower ranks isn’t something to cheer about, either. Women believed their code wasn’t getting approved as often as the men on their teams, and they were right. They believed men at the company were getting promoted and hired into higher-up positions more often, too, and the employee’s analysis seemed to prove their point.

The Facebook hubbub recalls a 2016 study of GitHub, an online community of developers who share, add to, and improve one another’s open-source code. Researchers analyzed millions of pull requests—suggested changes to an author’s code—and found that code changes proposed by women were accepted more than those proposed by men, but only among women who had gender-neutral profiles with gender-neutral usernames and no photos of themselves. (The study was not peer-reviewed.) That bias against coders who were visibly women went away when researchers looked at women who contributed code to team members or people who knew them, indicating that familiarity with a specific woman may mitigate any unconscious bias against female coders.
facebook  sexism  workersrights  PROGRAMMING 
4 weeks ago
African Multiregionalism: The New Story of Human Origins
Yes, we evolved from ancestral hominids in Africa, but we did it in a complicated fashion—one that involves the entire continent.

Consider the ancient human fossils from a Moroccan cave called Jebel Irhoud, which were described just last year. These 315,000-year-old bones are the oldest known fossils of Homo sapiens. They not only pushed back the proposed dawn of our species, but they added northwest Africa to the list of possible origin sites. They also had an odd combination of features, combining the flat faces of modern humans with the elongated skulls of ancient species like Homo erectus. From the front, they could have passed for us; from the side, they would have stood out.

Fossils from all over Africa have modern and ancient traits in varied combinations, including the 260,000-year-old Florisbad skull from South Africa; the 195,000-year-old remains from Omo Kibish in Ethiopia; and the 160,000-year-old Herto skull, also from Ethiopia. Some scientists have argued that these remains represent different subspecies of Homo sapiens, or different species altogether.

But perhaps they really were all Homo sapiens, and our species simply used to be far more diverse than we currently are. “If you look at skulls, you’ll see different features of modern humans arising in different locations at different times,” says Eleanor Scerri, an archaeologist at the University of Oxford. And the reason for that, she says, is that “we’re a species with multiple African origins.

They’re arguing that Homo sapiens emerged from an ancestral hominid that was itself widespread through Africa, and had already separated into lots of isolated populations. We evolved within these groups, which occasionally mated with each other, and perhaps with other contemporaneous hominids like Homo naledi.

The best metaphor for this isn’t a tree. It’s a braided river—a group of streams that are all part of the same system, but that weave into and out of each other.

There’s one large potential problem with the African multiregionalism story. Genetic studies of today’s African populations suggest that they diverged from one another between 100,000 and 150,000 years ago—far later than the early, continent-wide origin suggested by the bones and tools. That deep and broad origin might be right, “but, it’s not something that we geneticists have formally tested,” says Brenna Henn from UC Davis, who is an author on the new paper. “We have discussed ways of doing that, but there’s no published paper yet saying that there is deep population structure in Africa.”
evolution  anthropology  africa 
4 weeks ago
resume screener software
I went to our monthly talent acquisition meeting and learned a tiny bit about the resume screener software a lot of companies are using. The purpose was to close the gap on the disproportionate amount black and women “disqualified” applicants. Stay with me.

So turns out, those screeners are biased towards women. Yep. White or black, you will fall below what the system requires a “qualified” candidate to be based on certain words you put on your resume.

Here’s what I found:
Females are more likely to have the words “customer, expertise, responsibility marketing and involve” on their resume. Using all of them? Red flag.

Men tend to use words like “achievement, innovative, familiar/familiarize, idea and structure” on theirs. Additionally, words that don’t carry weight at all are: project, professional, provide and work.
sexism  PROGRAMMING  workersrights 
4 weeks ago
Bruce Pascoe says we’ve got our story all wrong
Indigenous historian Bruce Pascoe has spent years looking through these incredible accounts and found the first white settlers documented how Aboriginal people built homes, villages, parks, dams and wells, selected seeds for harvesting, ploughed fields, irrigated crops and preserved food in vessels.

He says Aboriginal people were the first culture on earth to bake, evidenced by unearthed grindstones from 30,000 years ago, meaning Aussies beat the ancient Egyptians by more than 15,000 years.

He says much of this complex civilisation had been wiped out by 1860, as the land was torn up by Europeans, buildings burned down and their occupants killed by warfare, murder and disease.

When this ancient infrastructure was destroyed, Mr Pascoe believes it became convenient for settlers to perpetuate the myth that the nation’s first people were incapable of organising a coherent and sophisticated society. He believes this, in their minds, legitimised their reason for being there.
australia  history  racism  colonialism  anthropology 
4 weeks ago
Probe found Fla. police chief told officers to pin unsolved crimes on random black people: report
The charges were part of a long history of targeting random people to achieve a spotless crime-solving record before an internal investigation in 2014, the Herald reported.

“If they have burglaries that are open cases that are not solved yet, if you see anybody black walking through our streets and they have somewhat of a record, arrest them so we can pin them for all the burglaries,” Officer Anthony De La Torre said as part the probe. “They were basically doing this to have a 100 percent clearance rate for the city.”

Four officers — a third of the tiny, 12-man force — admitted to an outside investigator that they felt pressured to file inaccurate charges.
racism  police  policebrutality  preschoolToPrisonPipeline 
4 weeks ago
‘Roe v. Wade’ Script Leak: Pro-Life Movie Pushes Conspiracy Theories and Lies
About ten pages in, however, things take a very pro-life turn. The year is 1966, and elderly Margaret Sanger, the world’s preeminent birth-control activist, is speaking to Larry Lader on her deathbed. Just before she passes, her dying words to Lader are as follows: “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,” she says. “Larry, they can’t see this coming.” The reproductive rights movement is thus framed by the film as a racist plot on a par with Hitler’s Final Solution.

This oft-repeated conservative falsehood, shared by everyone from Herman Cain to Ben Carson, stems from the willful misinterpretation of a 1939 letter Sanger wrote wherein she outlined her plan to connect with prominent leaders in the African-American community and allay their possible fears concerning family-planning clinics. Sanger wrote, “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

In addition to Sanger, the villains of Roe v. Wade are undoubtedly the abortion-rights movement’s inner circle, consisting of Larry Lader, Cyril Means, Dr. Nathanson and Betty Friedan. They’re depicted as a shady cabal of rich lefty Jews who meet in exotic locations like St. Croix and the Russian Tea Room to boast about the money they’re raking in through abortions—over daiquiris or pastrami sandwiches. “It pays to fight for a good cause!” Lader exclaims at one point before the crew clinks martini glasses; at another, Dr. Nathanson sings a song that goes “There’s a fortune… in abortion,” which he’d referenced in his book Aborting America.
abortion  reproductiveRights  propaganda  hollywood  screenplays 
4 weeks ago
Officials admit they may have separated family – who might be US citizens – for up to a year
In a hearing on Tuesday, just before the deadline, the DoJ was asked to account for each failed reunification of the 102 younger children in its care. It noted 27 cases where it found reunification was not currently feasible, including one “because the parent’s location has been unknown for more than a year … and records show the parent and child might be US citizens.”

Previously the DoJ had only revealed that the child’s father could not be located. The ACLU and the court were only made aware that both father and child might be US citizens on Tuesday.

“It actually happens much more frequently than you would believe,” Gelernt said. “They [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] make mistakes.”
racism  immigration  usa  childabuse  humanRights 
4 weeks ago
ABORTION WORLDWIDE 2017: Uneven Progress & Unequal Access
The consequences of clandestine—and often unsafe—abortions predominantly affect women in countries with highly restrictive laws, which are concentrated in developing regions. Although women seeking to terminate a pregnancy in these countries are increasingly able to obtain misoprostol to self-induce an abortion, they still could be at risk of negative health consequences if they cannot get the necessary information to use the method correctly.

In countries with highly restrictive laws where access to misoprostol is poor, an abortion under unsafe
conditions remains the main option available to many women, especially poor women. But once such countries expand the legal grounds for abortion and implement access to safe and legal abortion services, recourse to clandestine and unsafe abortions usually goes down. In societies where restrictive laws and stigma persist, however, women tend to prioritize secrecy over health—with consequences that reverberate at the individual, family and national levels.

The prevalence and severity of these consequences vary across settings, and also by women’s economic
resources and social circumstances.
abortion  statistics  wealthinequality  poverty  humanRights  reproductiveRights  pdf 
4 weeks ago
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