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Netflix, Microsoft, and Google just quietly changed how the web works
This week the World Wide Web Consortium, the non-profit that debates and sets the standards that make all the web’s browsers and websites compatible, held its most contentious vote in history.
intellectualproperty  standards  EME  W3C  review  critique  TheOutline  2017 
18 hours ago by inspiral
HEWN, No. 232
"The University of Wyoming 1969 Football Team. The "Black 14" wore black armbands in a game versus BYU to protest the racial policies of the school and the Mormon church. The players had their scholarships revoked and were kicked off the team.

For my high school gym teacher Mel Hamilton, one of the "Black 14": someone who taught us early that athletes have long been activists

I’ve been a Denver Broncos fan my whole life. I often joke that I learned to cuss watching my dad watch the team. My dad faulted quarterback Craig Morton for the team’s failures, and I remember the first game of the QB who replaced him – the string of profanities that my dad shouted at the television when that quarterback, John Elway, lined up behind a guard and not the center to take the snap. I’ve cheered for the Orange Crush and the Three Amigos, and I’ve remained a loyal fan through decades of humiliating losses when there wasn’t much to craft a good PR campaign or nickname around. (I never cheered for Tebow, to be clear.) Every time Shannon Sharpe leans in with his commentary on the politics of sports, I want to point out to everyone that he was a Bronco (and one of the greatest tight ends in the history of the game).

But I’ll never watch football again.

I decided to boycott the NFL this year because of the organization’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick. It’s so apparent that he’s been blackballed for his activism and his protest of police brutality. (Yes, I realize there’s an argument that he’s just not that good of a QB. I don’t buy it.) I’ve thought about ordering a Broncos jersey with a number 7 on it – a 7 with the name Kaepernick, not Elway on the back. But I’m not giving the NFL another dime.

The President of the United States spoke at a campaign rally in Alabama last night and said that NFL owners should fire players who take a knee, as Kaepernick famously did last season, during the national anthem. “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out. He’s fired. He’s fired!” Trump role-played to roars of approval from the audience. These protests, Trump contended, are “a total disrespect of our heritage” – “our heritage,” of course, is quite the racist dog-whistle when speaking about the actions of Black football players to a crowd of white supporters in Alabama.

Trump also blasted the NFL for changes to the game that have meant “big hits” are penalized. “Today, if you hit too hard, 15 yards, throw him out of the game,” Trump said as he mimicked a referee throwing a flag.

Trump’s complaints about football came less than a day after The New York Times reported that former Patriots player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez had severe CTE when he killed himself in his jail cell earlier this year. Hernandez was 27. He’d last played football at age 23.

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Hernandez’s story.

Like I said, I’m a Broncos fan, and there’s one team I hate more than any team in any sport. But I’ll tell you this: it’s a New England Patriot who’s finally convinced me: I will never watch football again. Kap could get re-hired. Every player tomorrow could take a knee. Doesn’t matter. I just can’t support this game any longer.

Wait a minute Audrey, I can hear you mutter. This is an ed-tech newsletter. What does any of this have to do with education? Everything. Football is a huge deal – culturally, financially – for schools, from middle school on. As we think about the future of education, we must not only address the labor of the professoriate, adjunct teachers or otherwise; we must address the labor of students, and particularly the labor of student-athletes. Pay them for starters, sure. But we’ve got to do more than that. I’ve previously argued that, until futurists address the NCAA in their predictions about the end of higher ed, their prattle about the coming techno-disruption means very little. Now more than ever it’s time to talk about the end of football. Two college football players died last weekend. Three died during the off-season.

This isn’t simply about exploitation of professional athletes. This isn’t simply about the politics of the NFL. The practices of K–12 education and college education are implicated here as well – how we treat and and how we create vulnerable bodies and minds. And how powerful white owners laugh all the way to the bank.

Yours in struggle,
~Audrey"
2017  americanfootball  football  us  sports  politics  ncaa  education  highered  edtech  protest  history 
19 hours ago by robertogreco
How to Win a War on Drugs - The New York Times
Decades ago, the United States and Portugal both struggled with illicit drugs and took decisive action — in diametrically opposite directions. The U.S. cracked down vigorously, spending billions of dollars incarcerating drug users. In contrast, Portugal undertook a monumental experiment: It decriminalized the use of all drugs in 2001, even heroin and cocaine, and unleashed a major public health campaign to tackle addiction. Ever since in Portugal, drug addiction has been treated more as a medical challenge than as a criminal justice issue.
drugs  decriminalisation  publichealth  harmreduction  heroin  comparison  review  Portugal  USA  NYTimes  2017 
19 hours ago by inspiral
Org-Mode Is One of the Most Reasonable Markup Language to Use for Text
Please do note that this is not about Emacs. This is about Org-mode syntax and its advantages even when used outside of Emacs. You can type Org-mode in vim, notepad.exe, Atom, Notepad++, and all other text editors out there. And in my opinion it does have advantages compared to the other, common lightweight markup standards such as Markdown, AsciiDoc, Wikitext or reStructuredText.
markup  emacs  Org-Mode  tutorial  2017  KarlVoit 
20 hours ago by dlb
PBS series shows young female cop in tough world ruled by men
WEEKEND'S MUST-SEE: “Prime Suspect: Tennison” debut, 10-11:30 p.m. Sunday, PBS.

We met Jane Tennison a quarter-century ago, when she was put in charge of some reluctant policemen. Perfectly played by Helen Mirren, she was a good cop, heavy on smoking, drinking and regrets.

But now we flash back. It's 1973 and she's just starting her career; young and middle-class, she's in a tough area ruled by men. Stefanie Martini captures both the wariness and the wide-eyed optimism. Tied into that is a sharp story that continues for two more movie-length chapters.
2017  September  PBS  2watch 
yesterday by jmbond
New Tricks
In all Viktor's years as a Pet, he's never had a Master quite like Eros.
wc:1-5k  =yuri.on.ice  *yuuri/viktor  author:Yuripaws  2017  wip  BDSM  AU  praise.kink  puppy.play 
yesterday by claudine
shinobi93 - Never Knowing When to Stop
Remus Lupin starts Oxford filled with nerves and excitement, barely able to believe that he’s there and away from his overprotective parents. Sirius Black turns up in a haze of rebellion, ready to show his parents that they don’t control him. James Potter wants to prove his prowess at football, downplay his ability at Maths, and, it quickly turns out, catch the attention of a certain Chemistry student. And Peter Pettigrew? He just hopes he can keep up with it all.

Over the next four years, their quickly formed friendship will be subject to hijinks, drama, gossip, arguments, unfathomable traditions, and one incident involving a stag. It turns out getting a degree is only part of it.
2017  au  author:shinobi93  hp  pairing:remus/sirius  rating:pg-13  trope:university  trope:non-magical  to-read  wc:50k-100k  pairing:lily/james 
yesterday by adistantsun
fineandwittie - The Play's the Thing
What if Will had run into Marlowe before he managed to find The Theater, before he had run into the thieving street rat?

(from 'Will' TV series)
2017  author:fineandwittie  elizabethan-rpf  pairing:will/kit  marlowe  rating:r  trope:canon-divergence  to-read  warning:major-character-death  wc:1k-5k  shakespeare 
yesterday by adistantsun

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