Women Have Won More Primaries Than Ever Before. Will They Set a Record in November? - The New York Times
More women are on the ballot in November 2018 than any previous election, but many are challenging incumbents or running in difficult districts, and so the numbers elected may be less striking.
women  women_and_politics  PSC_217  elections  election_2018  campaigns  political_science 
7 days ago
Americans Want to Believe Jobs Are the Solution to Poverty. They’re Not. - The New York Times
The belief in work as the way out of poverty depends on the possibility of securing a job that pays enough; increasingly, such jobs do not exist, particularly for people with little education.
work  labor  poverty  inequality  social_justice  PSC_235 
7 days ago
Europe and nationalism: A country-by-country guide - BBC News
An overview of the main right-wing/nationalist/anti-immigrant parties in Europe right now (Sept. 2018).
politics  nationalism  far_right  immigration  EU  europe  racism  psc150 
14 days ago
Ayanna Pressley Seeks Her Political Moment in a Changing Boston - The New York Times
On a primary challenge by a popular member of Boston's city council to a long-time Congressman, Michael Capuano.
women_and_politics  women  gender  PSC_217  elections  campaigns  election_2018 
22 days ago
Fighting the vanilla thieves of Madagascar - BBC News
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IFTTT  Instapaper 
4 weeks ago
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4 weeks ago
Christine Hallquist, a Transgender Woman, Wins Vermont Governor’s Primary - The New York Times
On the nomination by the Democrats of a transgender woman for governor of Vermont. She won the primary easily, but faces an uphill battle in the general against a popular Republican incumbent.
women_and_politics  women  gender  transgender  campaigns  elections  political_science  PSC_217 
5 weeks ago
Is This the Year Women Break the Rules and Win? - The New York Times
On the large number of women candidates in the 2018 elections, many of whom do not fit the typical candidate profile.
women_and_politics  women  elections  campaigns  political_science  PSC_217  gender 
5 weeks ago
‘Don’t Run This Year’: The Perils for Republican Women Facing a Flood of Resistance - The New York Times
On the problems faced by women Republican candidates in the 2018 elections, when a record number of women are running but almost all of those candidates, and the energy behind them, is on the other side.
women  women_and_politics  PSC_217  gender  elections  voting  partisanship 
5 weeks ago
A ‘Generationally Perpetuated’ Pattern: Daughters Do More Chores - The New York Times
Overview of recent research suggesting that the pattern of women doing more housework is established in childhood, with girls doing more housework overall than boys and getting paid less for it. They also do more inside work, while boys do more outside.
women  gender  PSC_217  women_and_politics  work 
6 weeks ago
'All-weather friendship': but is Pakistan relying too heavily on China? | Cities | The Guardian
On Chinese investment in Pakistan, especially energy and transportation infrastructure. There are concerns in Pakistan that the country will become too dependent on, or indebted to, China, but also a sense that 1) there are few good alternatives; and 2) China is the rising power and it is prudent to grab hold while they still can.
china  development  globalization  colonialism  neocolonialism  trade 
7 weeks ago
A $100 Billion Train: The Future of California or a Boondoggle? - The New York Times
On the construction of a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, which faces obstacles in financing, the politics, and the engineering, and may in fact be abandoned by the next governor.
transit  transportation  trains  politics 
8 weeks ago
Tech Companies Like Facebook and Twitter Are Drawing Lines. It’ll Be Messy. - The New York Times
On the difficulties faced by social media platforms trying to decide when to protect freedom of speech and when to remove content that is dangerous in some way.
tech_and_demos  technology  social_media  democracy  civil_liberties 
8 weeks ago
As Gillibrand Pushes Left, Her Economic Agenda Tilts to Populism - The New York Times
On Gillibrand's policy shifts, as she appears to be positioning herself for a presidential run.
women_and_politics  women  gender  congress  elections  politics 
8 weeks ago
The Believer - Interview with Rebecca Solnit
Solnit on writing across genres, engagement vs. ignorance, and beauty.
rebecca_solnit  interview  writers  writing 
8 weeks ago
In Mozambique, a Living Laboratory for Nature’s Renewal - The New York Times
On the recovery efforts in the Gorongossa park in Mozambique, which was devastated by the civil war.
nature  environment  animals  science  zoology  africa 
8 weeks ago
Is Bezos holding Seattle hostage? The cost of being Amazon's home | Cities | The Guardian
On the effects that Amazon, in particular, has had on issues like housing and homelessness in Seattle.
cities  housing  amazon  inequality  urban  power_in_city 
9 weeks ago
Can Economists and Humanists Ever Be Friends? | The New Yorker
On the tendency of economics to try to reduce complex realities to a simple set of quantifiable measures, and the difficulties it therefore has dealing with complicated social and cultural realities.
economics  humanities  two_cultures  culture  sociology  behavioral_economics  behavior 
9 weeks ago
Adrian Piper’s Show at MoMA is the Largest Ever for a Living Artist. Why Hasn’t She Seen It? - The New York Times
Long interview/profile of Adrian Piper, artist and philosopher whose work deals with race in interesting, baffling ways.
art  artists  museum_exhibitions  race  adrian_piper 
9 weeks ago
Hidden City: will giving residents land rights transform a Buenos Aires slum? | Cities | The Guardian
On plans to give people in slums deeds to their homes, and other urbanization efforts in Argentina. Includes discussion of the White Elephant, a massive building planned as Latin America's largest hospital in the 1950s, but abandoned in the midst of construction after the coup against Perón.
cities  urban  housing  inequality  slums  argentina  latin_america  power_in_city 
9 weeks ago
The ‘Two Cultures’ Fallacy - The Chronicle of Higher Education
How the "two cultures" division is maintained, artificially, by academics on both sides who have a stake in the distinction (or believe they do). The distinction does a disservice to everybody, in particular because research and knowledge creation in the future will increasingly be transdisciplinary.
academia  two_cultures  humanities  science  interdisciplinarity 
11 weeks ago
The crop that put women on top in Zanzibar - BBC News
Seaweed farming has allowed financial independence for some women in Zanzibar, but the trade is threatened by climate change and rising water temperatures.
women  economics  gender  islam  agriculture  africa 
11 weeks ago
In Denmark, Harsh New Laws for Immigrant ‘Ghettos’ - The New York Times
On new laws in Denmark mandating special rules, restrictions, and punishments for residents of neighborhoods classified as "ghettos," mainly aimed at recent immigrants, particularly Muslims.
denmark  muslims  immigration  islam  refugees  europe  racism 
11 weeks ago
The known unknowns of plastic pollution - The environment
Describes some reasons that plastic pollution may be less of an issue that other environmental problems, like air and (more general) water pollution. Reasons include the fact that the actual effects of plastic and additives on living things are unknown, and that the costs of dealing with plastic are high.
plastic  environment  recycling 
12 weeks ago
Take a Photo Here - The New York Times
Teju Cole on the affordances for photographers of public spaces.
photogprahy  space  planning 
12 weeks ago
Too smart, too successful: Mongolia’s superwomen struggle to find husbands | World news | The Guardian
Mongolia now has a "reverse gender gap," with many more educated women than men, especially in the capital city.
women  gender  economics  labor  education 
june 2018
Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse - The New York Times
How abusers may use their control of smart home devices to annoy, frighten, or manipulate their victims.
technology  gender  domestic_violence 
june 2018
Urban Intelligence – Spring 2018 | Shannon Mattern + Jonas Voigt
Shannon Mattern's syllabus for the course Urban Intelligence, at MIT. If nothing else, really makes me want to up my syllabus game.
architecture  design  cities  urban  technology  internet_of_things  syllabus 
june 2018
Understanding 'Border Vacuums' - CityLab
Explanation, with many examples, of the idea of a border vacuum in cities. Uses the embarcadero freeway as a case study.
cities  urban  urban_planning  power_in_city 
june 2018
Environmental collapse makes for terrifying nightmares, and compelling art | The Outline
A review of new books by Richard Powers and William T. Vollman, as well as Paul Schraeder's film "First Reformed," thinking about how art can confront the anthropocene.
anthropocene  environment  climate  art  review 
june 2018
‘This Ruling Gives Us Hope’: Supreme Court Sides With Tribe in Salmon Case - The New York Times
On the 2018 Washington v. United States decision, which held the state of Washington liable for repairing numbers culverts that had disrupted salmon runs and reduced the supply of Salmon available to the Swinomish tribe, whose right to the fish is guaranteed by treaty. The Supreme Court decision was actually 4-4, with Kennedy recusing himself, so it really just let a lower court decision stand. This could, therefore, still end up being re-heard with a different, broader ruling.
native_americans  indians  indigenous  treaties  environment  law  LSP_200 
june 2018
In Pilsen, Churches Are More Than Sunday Mass — And Their Closures Are ‘Devastating’ – Block Club Chicago
On the closing of churches and consolidation of parishes in Pilsen, with a focus on the larger impact on the community. Emphasizes the role of churches and centers for community activities and organizing, which are lost when services end.
pilsen  gentrification  urban  cities  inequality  power_in_city 
june 2018
As California’s largest lake dries up, it threatens nearby communities with clouds of toxic dust - The Verge
On the drying of the Salton Sea, and the problems with toxic dust that result. An ironic aspect of this story is that the Sea was artificial to begin with, created by an accident, but once it was there whole ecologies and economies developed around it. It's an example of the fact that, once you've made big change, trying to go back to "the way things were" isn't a restoration or a return to "balance," it's just another big change.
water  environment  anthropocene  salton_sea 
june 2018
Gentrification Explained | Urban Displacement Project
A good, brief video explaining gentrification, including some of the background policies like redlining.
gentrification  housing  urban  development  race  economics  cities  inequality 
june 2018
Watermarks | Lapham’s Quarterly
Lovely and wandering essay on water, its uses and its metaphors.
water  nature  environment 
june 2018
Willful Waters
On the transformation of the LA River from the creator of a fertile but flood-prone agricultural community to a trapezoidal concrete ditch, and some efforts to, sort of, change it back again.
water  cities  urban  environment  planning  power_in_city 
june 2018
Asch Experiment | Simply Psychology
Summary of the experiment that suggested that many people will give clearly, objectively wrong answers rather than go against a group consensus. Involved comparing the lengths of lines on two cards, and saying which two matched.
psychology  conformity  behavior 
june 2018
The Lifespan of a Lie – Trust Issues – Medium
On the Stanford Prison Experiment, which continues to be referenced and taught as an example of the effect of situational pressures on individual behavior, despite deep and well-known flaws and even outright lies told by Zimbardo about how the experiment progressed.
history  psychology  prisons  behavior 
june 2018
There’s an Epidemic of Discrimination Against Pregnant Women at Work - The New York Times
Several cases, representing a range of different experiences, of women facing pregnancy discrimination on the job.
gender  sex  women  women_and_politics  pregnancy  labor  work  inequality  PSC_217 
june 2018
David Douglas Duncan, 102, Who Photographed the Reality of War, Dies - The New York Times
Obituary for Duncan, who is best known for war photography and a series of books on Picasso.
photography  photographers  war  obituary  david_douglas_duncan 
june 2018
A Black Artist Named White
Kerry James Marshall's introductory essay about Charles White, from the new retrospective of White's work at the Art Institute, opening June 2018.
art  artists  painters  museum_exhibitions  charles_white  kerry_james_marshall 
june 2018
Opinion | The Housewives of White Supremacy - The New York Times
On the rise of "tradwives," women on YouTube and blogs, aligned with the alt-right, who advocate for "traditional" marriage, motherhood, and marriage, often with a substantial dose of racism.
women  gender  race  alt_right  women_and_politics 
june 2018
The Mass Murder We Don’t Talk About | by Helen Epstein | The New York Review of Books
Review of a new book about the role of the RPF in the Rwandan genocide; argues that they are at least as responsible as the Hutu leadership, and possibly deliberately provoked violence.
rwanda  africa  genocide  conflict  war  politics 
may 2018
Pictures of Post Soviet Architecture
Photos by Frank Herfort of some of the strange, sometimes beautiful, sometimes simply extravagant, buildings constructed after the fall of the Soviet Union, especially in newly-independent places like Kazakhstan and Georgia.
architecture  photogprahy  soviet_union  cold_war  postcommunism 
may 2018
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch was the myth we needed to save our oceans.
On the misconception of the problem of plastic in the ocean, which is mostly made up of tiny microparticles that form as larger bits break down.
plastic  environment  water  science 
may 2018
We Depend on Plastic. Now We’re Drowning in It.
On the impact of plastic waste on the oceans, in particular.
environment  plastic 
may 2018
Plight of Phoenix: how long can the world’s 'least sustainable' city survive? | Cities | The Guardian
Phoenix just keeps getting bigger, and demanding more and more water, with no apparent plans for conservation or controlling sprawl. Hard to see how this ends well.
cities  urban  urban_planning  phoenix  arizona  desert  water  environment  colorado_river  west 
may 2018
Climate change a factor in Central American migration
Climate change makes El Nino years more common, which also makes droughts more common, and longer. In the "Dry Corridor" area of Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador, this is contributing to food insecurity, and prompting more and more people to try migrating.
immigration  food  climate  environment 
may 2018
Working with the Whitney’s Replication Committee | The New Yorker
Ben Lerner on the new challenges presented to museum conservators by works of art made with technologies like 3D printing, and more generally the difficulty of drawing a line between repair or restoration and re-creation.
science  art  preservation  museums  technology 
may 2018
No, Your Furniture Shouldn’t Drip or Burst - The New York Times
Another piece on plastic preservation, with much better photos.
science  art  plastic  preservation  museums 
may 2018
Preserving Plastic Art | Science & Technology | Chemical & Engineering News
A somewhat more technical piece on plastic preservation, with some info on the particular types of plastics most artworks are made of, and why they present particular problems.
art  science  preservation  museums  plastic 
may 2018
What Does It Mean to Look at This? - The New York Times
On looking at photographs of war and atrocity, and the tension between potential to indulge in voyeurism and the responsibility to bear witness.
photogprahy  war  conflict  art  teju_cole 
may 2018
St. George, Utah, Is Booming, and Guzzling Water - CityLab
St. George is the country's fastest-growing metro area (as of 2018), and one of the largest users of water, with the average resident consuming twice as much as the average resident in LA. Plans to build a pipeline from Lake Powell would increase supplies, but cause other problems.
cities  urban  water  environment  west  power_in_city 
may 2018
Here be Witchcraft - LASSCO - England's Prime Resource for Architectural Antiques, Salvage and Curiosities
Blog post from an architectural salvage company about apotropaic marks— symbols intended to ward off evil, carved, painted, or burned into the beams or walls of homes built in the 16th and 17th centuries.
magic  religion  architecture  buildings  history 
may 2018
Pipe dreams: can 'nano apartments' solve Hong Kong's housing crisis? | Cities | The Guardian
On attempts to find creative solutions in the most expensive, and one of the most crowded, places in the world to live.
housing  cities  urban  power_in_city 
may 2018
The Man Who Led the Harlem Renaissance—and His Hidden Hungers | The New Yorker
Review of a biography of Alain Locke, who promoted and helped publish many of the writers and artists of the Harlem Renaissance, but whose relationship to them and the debates of the day was strained and full of tensions.
harlem_renaissance  alain_locke  writers  writing  race  history  literature  book_review  biography 
may 2018
The 100 million city: is 21st century urbanisation out of control? | Cities | The Guardian
Some of the world's poorest cities are projected to see the most rapid growth over the 21st century. For many, it is unclear how such growth can be accommodated.
cities  urban  urban_planning  africa  asia  latin_america  development  economics  population  power_in_city 
may 2018
The 10-Year Baby Window That Is the Key to the Women’s Pay Gap - The New York Times
Having children between the ages of 25 and 35 tends to have the biggest impact on women's earnings.
women  women_and_politics  gender  work  labor  jobs 
may 2018
Job Listings That Are Too ‘Feminine’ for Men - The New York Times
Job listings using language coded as feminine are less likely to attract male applicants, which may be one reason why men are moving into female-dominated fields much less than the reverse.
women  women_and_politics  gender  work  labor  jobs 
may 2018
The Gender Pay Gap: Trying to Narrow It - The New York Times
On the various sways that British companies— now required to publicize the differences between men's and women's pay— are seeking to reduce the gender pay gap. It mostly stems from women's underrepresentation in the highest-paid jobs, including executive and technical positions.
women_and_politics  women  gender  work  labor  economics 
may 2018
A Surge of Women Candidates, but Crowded Primaries and Tough Races Await - The New York Times
Looks at the ways in which 2018 is not like 1992, and why the surge of women running may not translate into many more women in office.
women  women_and_politics  gender  politics  teaching 
may 2018
Are You in a BS Job? In Academe, You’re Hardly Alone - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Argues that many job sectors, and academia in particular, are suffering from accelerating "bullshitization": the proliferation of meaningless and unnecessary jobs, whose occupants justify their role through increased administrative oversight, record-keeping, and "strategic" tasks.
academia  higher_ed  education  administration  bureaucracy  work  labor 
may 2018
State of Conflict - The Chronicle of Higher Education
On an incident, and its aftermath, at the University of Nebraska. A graduate student protested the activities of an undergraduate who was out promoting Turning Point; the former's actions were aggressive and, arguably, intimidating. The incident drew the attention of conservative groups and state legislators, who framed it as evidence that the University had become intolerant of conservative students and their opinions, and sought to force the University to commit to greater protection for free speech (under threats of cuts to funding).
college  academia  free_speech  social_justice  culture  politics 
may 2018
The Man Who Elevated Landscape to Art - Metropolis
On Brazillian landscape architect and artist Roberto Brule Marx, who designed the Copa Cabana beach in Rio, among other things. Known in particular for large ground murals.
landscape  art  architecture  brazil  modernism 
april 2018
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