Panic is on the agenda at Davos – but it’s too little too late | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian
Pity the poor billionaire, for today he feels a new and unsettling emotion: fear. The world order he once clung to is crumbling faster than the value of the pound. In its place, he frets, will come chaos. via Pocket
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11 hours ago
World's 26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%, says Oxfam | Business | The Guardian
The growing concentration of the world’s wealth has been highlighted by a report showing that the 26 richest billionaires own as many assets as the 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of the planet’s population. via Pocket
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The Green New Deal Is Happening in China
One of the Trump administration’s talking points about global warming is that we’re reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while the countries that remain in the Paris accord are not. via Pocket
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3 days ago
Some Social Media & Media Engagement Hygiene And Self-Care Lessons I've Learned From Spending Several Years On This Hellmouth (The Half-Assed Activist) | Captain Awkward on Patreon
Hello! I'm probably going to post a lot of "social media hygiene" management stuff under this umbrella since I spend so much time living inside the Internet. Being more intentional about how I take in information and how I spread and share it is part of taking care of my mental health. via Pocket
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4 days ago
The debate is over: The oceans are in hot, hot water | Grist
The Earth’s surface is 70 percent water, but even that underestimates how vital ocean health is to our planet’s ability to maintain life. Recent results from scientists around the world only further confirm that our waterworld is in serious danger. via Pocket
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4 days ago
Pando: Court docs: Google hiked wages to combat "hot, young" Facebook after Sandberg refused to join hiring cartel
One of the striking things about the “Techtopus” wage-fixing scandal, now heading to a jury, is how strange it seems today that Intel, Intuit, Adobe or even Google and Apple were once able to constitute the core players in an effective tech hiring cartel. via Pocket
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4 days ago
List: How to Have a Mental Breakdown in an Open Concept Office - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Continually declare, “My allergies are so bad today” so it’s easily heard by everyone working in silence in a 30-foot radius. That way no one will notice your puffy face or badly broken spirit. via Pocket
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4 days ago
Surely You’re a Creep, Mr. Feynman | Leila McNeill
This spring, scientists and science writers alike celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Nobel Prize- winning physicist Richard Feynman. To mark the occasion, I sent out a tweet that included a quote from Feynman’s widely beloved memoir, “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. via Pocket
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9 days ago
Your Company’s Self-Review Process Is Broken – Member Feature Stories – Medium
In a world where self-promotion and advocacy are essential to career advancement, women and people of color—particularly those for whom English is a second language—are at a severe disadvantage. via Pocket
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10 days ago
The Best of a Bad Situation | Issue 33 | n+1
In our age of Republican minority despotism, attempts to grapple with anthropogenic climate destruction have been warped to encourage several varieties of despair, rendered acute by the ticking-time-bomb nature of the problem. via Pocket
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11 days ago
For Jews, 'Never Again' is right now
Police stand between far-right and anti-racism protesters at the St Kilda rally. At its core, the far-right, also known as the alt-right, is a network of individuals and groups that are fixated on white identity, power and nationalism, borrowing heavily from anti-Semitism. via Pocket
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11 days ago
Pixar’s Sexism Under John Lasseter Ruined My Dream Job (Guest Column) – Variety
After years of exploiting his position of power at Pixar and Disney, pressure from the Me Too movement recently ousted John Lasseter from his post as chief creative officer. via Pocket
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12 days ago
The weighted-blankets fad isn’t “appropriation.” It’s good news for autistic people.
Ashley Fetters’ recent Atlantic essay about the “problem” with weighted blankets as last year’s hot holiday trend felt like a reminder. via Pocket
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12 days ago
Fatal attack: What made this loyal dog turn on its owner?
It was around 2013 that the stocky little puppy first found its way into Tania Klemke's Watson household. He had stumpy legs, a black dot on each cheek and one below his chin, with short black stripes above his eyes that looked like worried eyebrows. via Pocket
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12 days ago
The moral and intellectual collapse of Australian conservatism | Richard Cooke | Opinion | The Guardian
The St Kilda rally isn’t an abberation. It is the natural conclusion of the moral and intellectual collapse of Australian conservatism. Scott Morrison deserves some praise. via Pocket
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12 days ago
Reproductive coercion is abuse. But many women don’t even know it | Hilary Freeman | Opinion | The Guardian
Just when we thought we’d heard it all, along comes evidence of yet another way that men are controlling women, denying them bodily autonomy and sexually abusing them. via Pocket
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13 days ago
It's Official: Open-Plan Offices Are Now the Dumbest Management Fad of All Time | Inc.com
A new study from Harvard reveals that open-plan offices decrease rather than increase face-to-face collaboration. via Pocket
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14 days ago
Here's What It's Really Like To Be An Internet Advice Columnist
Who among us doesn't love a good advice column? Each one offers so much: The question itself, which will range from mildly interesting to incredibly relatable to deeply embarrassing to totally banana crackers. via Pocket
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14 days ago
Is the 'midlife crisis' a real thing?
Middle age is often seen as life’s pivot point. A hill has been climbed and the view over the other side is unsettling. As Victor Hugo said: “forty is the old age of youth” and “fifty the youth of old age”. via Pocket
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15 days ago
Is the ‘Fuck Zone’ Worse Than the ‘Friend Zone’? - MEL Magazine
Winter Rose, a student from Virginia, is only 18 years old, but she’s already internalized the idea that friend-zoning a guy is an unforgivable trespass. “I recently became close friends with a boy, but I’m hyper-aware that I’m not meant to lead him on,” she tells me. via Pocket
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16 days ago
Money Stuff: Don’t Call Bribes ‘Chickens’
If you are bribing government officials to give your firm lucrative construction contracts, an important question is: When do you pay the bribes? I am not an expert on bribes, but I had vaguely thought that the answer would be “before you are awarded the contracts. via Pocket
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17 days ago
Dear Dana: Can You Become A Mother And Not Lose Yourself? - Role Reboot
Dear Dana is a bi-weekly advice column for humans who engage in romantic relationships. via Pocket
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18 days ago
Dear Dana: How Do I Convince My Girlfriend That I Want To Marry Her, Just Not Now? - Role Reboot
Dear Dana is a bi-weekly advice column for humans who engage in romantic relationships. via Pocket
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18 days ago
What A Fake 'Female Orgasm' Statistic Says About Gender Bias
While I was doing research for my book on female sexual empowerment, I kept coming across a statistic online: that women take 20 minutes on average to orgasm. It's in articles with vague citations… via Pocket
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18 days ago
The Best Skin-Care Trick: Be Rich - The Atlantic
To play, all you have to do is notice a person and try to decide if they’ve caught your eye because they’re famous. It will feel as if they’re famous. But more often than not, it’ll just be a regular person who looks like a celebrity, with that polished glow they always seem to have. via Pocket
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18 days ago
Spectacular mammatus or 'mammary clouds' form over Sydney as storms swirl nearby - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
As hail, heavy rain and storms continue to hit multiple areas across New South Wales, keen weather-watchers have documented unusual cloud formations called mammatus, or "mammary clouds", in the skies over parts of Sydney. via Pocket
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18 days ago
Opinion | The Dangerous Rise of the IUD as Poverty Cure - The New York Times
The notion that limiting women’s reproduction can cure societal ills has a long, shameful history. Drs. Dehlendorf and Holt are researchers with the Person-Centered Reproductive Health Program at the University of California, San Francisco. via Pocket
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18 days ago
Protein mania: the rich world’s new diet obsession | News | The Guardian
Why we can’t get enough when we already eat too much. By Are you getting enough protein? The question provides its own answer: if you are worrying about the amount of protein in your diet, then you are almost certainly eating more than enough. This is the paradox of our new protein obsession. via Pocket
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18 days ago
Drownings up this summer with many dying attempting to save others
When she saw her children struggle in the water, Josephine Williamson didn't consider her own safety but jumped in a lake to save them. Said to be a poor or non-swimmer, Ms Williamson drowned on Saturday at Lake Victoria. via Pocket
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21 days ago
I used to defend smacking children. Now I see it as an abuse of power | Lola Okolosie | Opinion | The Guardian
Brats do not endear themselves. Even when insulated from children, we nevertheless encounter our fair share of adults whom we suspect got their own way too much of the time as kids. The recent behaviour of some Conservative MPs could be a case in point. via Pocket
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21 days ago
I’m Broke and Friendless and I’ve Wasted My Whole Life
The Cut’s advice columnist Heather Havrilesky answers readers’ questions about how to be in the world. Got a question for Polly? Email askpolly@nymag.com. I feel like a ghost. I’m a 35-year-old woman, and I have nothing to show for it. via Pocket
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22 days ago
In 2018 the Australian government chased its energy tail. Here's a more hopeful story | Simon Holmes à Court | Opinion | The Guardian
While the government continued to trash Australia’s international reputation by reaffirming allegiance to coal on the global stage, lying about progress on our climate commitments and dismissing the findings of the landmark IPCC report, the transformation in our electricity sector tells a differen via Pocket
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22 days ago
Why I'm Running for W3C TAG - DEV Community 👩‍💻👨‍💻
Early in 2011, right as I was about to begin work on the Chrome team in Sydney, I happened to catch a talk by Jason White on his experience using Linux, and the web, via a screen reader. via Pocket
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22 days ago
The Jonestown We Don’t Know | by Gaiutra Bahadur | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
This past November marked forty years since Jonestown, shorthand for the collective suicide of more than 900 Americans in a South American jungle settlement named for the pastor who led them there, Jim Jones. via Pocket
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22 days ago
Seeking inner peace in a violent, unequal world is not a selfish act | Holly Rigby | Opinion | The Guardian
Late in 2018, Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey felt the wrath of his own social media platform when he posted a series of fulsome tweets about his experience of a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat in Myanmar, a country that has recently been plagued by brutal ethnic violence. via Pocket
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22 days ago
Breastfeeding supplements are popular though scientifically unproven - Vox
Like an estimated two-thirds of new mothers, I had a tough time breastfeeding. via Pocket
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26 days ago
How Much of the Internet Is Fake?
In late November, the Justice Department unsealed indictments against eight people accused of fleecing advertisers of $36 million in two of the largest digital ad-fraud operations ever uncovered. via Pocket
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26 days ago
The 'Problem of Evil' in Postwar Europe | by Tony Judt | The New York Review of Books
The first work by Hannah Arendt that I read, at the age of sixteen, was Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.1 It remains, for me, the emblematic Arendt text. It is not her most philosophical book. It is not always right; and it is decidedly not her most popular piece of writing. via Pocket
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28 days ago
How the world has fought back against the violent far-right and started winning | Jason Wilson | Opinion | The Guardian
Over the course of the current decade, every passing year seemed to indicate a far right movement which was growing in numbers, cultural reach, political influence, and in its preparedness for violence. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
How Down syndrome is redefining the abortion debate.
Celeste Blau’s first pregnancy was smooth from the beginning. She stayed active and kept working at the gelato shop she owns with her family outside of Cleveland. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
What Is Glitter? - The New York Times
Each December, surrounded by wonderlands of white paper snowflakes, bright red winterberries, and forests of green conifers reclaiming their ancestral territory from inside the nation’s living rooms and hotel lobbies, children and adults delight to see the true harbinger of the holidays: aluminum via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
The Rise of Netflix Competitors Has Pushed Consumers Back Toward Piracy - Motherboard
A new study shows that after years of declines, BitTorrent usage and piracy is on the rise again. The culprit: an increase in exclusivity deals that force subscribers to hunt and peck among a myriad of streaming services to actually find the content they’re looking for. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Gluten Free Antarctica (Idle Words)
Far below the Antarctic circle, I watch a woman cry real tears because she can’t get gluten-free toast. Mary is a plummy old English lady traveling alone, an Agatha Christie figure who I expected would spend her time solving mysteries on the ship. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
In The Unlikely Event I Change My Mind, I'd Like To Turn Twenty
I wrote yesterday about my experience with top surgery earlier this year, in part of what seems to have become an annual tradition of writing about my top front quadrant. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Daniel Ortberg: Top surgery was the best $6,250 I ever spent - Vox
There’s something truly wonderful about referring to a procedure as specific as a bilateral mastectomy with a term as blandly ominous as top surgery. Is it serious, doc? Yeah, son. I’m afraid there’s nothing to do but schedule you for top surgery. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
'A reader told me I was wasting my life': what I learned after my money diary went viral | Life and style | The Guardian
At the beginning of this year, I became one of the many women who have published their money diaries on the internet. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Having a second child worsens parents' mental health: new research
Children are a wonderful gift, bringing joy, laughter, and love. But, then there are the toys, the sleepless nights, the constant barrage of “why?” questions and the plethora of sticky handprints. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Skin in the game: how boarding school can fail Aboriginal kids | Marnie O'Bryan | Opinion | The Guardian
Elizabeth* was 13 years old when she went away to school. The scholarship people said they’d provide the funds, but the family had to find the school. Skin in the game, they said; that’s what’s required for Aboriginal kids to make it at boarding school. Skin in the game. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Let's end our neo-liberal school testing fixation
The problem that education systems around the country face today is not that they lack a clarity of purpose. The problem is almost the opposite: we have a very clear idea of what the goals of education are, but we fail to measure ourselves holistically against them. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Common Cyborg | Jillian Weise | Granta
I’m nervous at night when I take off my leg. I wait until the last moment before sleep to un-tech because I am a woman who lives alone and has been stalked, so I don’t feel safe in my home on crutches. How would I run? How would I fight back? Instead of taking Klonopin, I read the Economist. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Why the media is unable to report on a case that has generated huge interest online
However, in this case, the word has got out widely online and through social media. Google searches for the person's name surged yesterday, particularly in Victoria. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
A fate worse than marriage
This is a guest post by the fabulous Carmen Maria Machado! It was previously paywalled, but now it’s free! Tomorrow, for subscribers: the divine Marissa Brostoff on HBO’s adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
What is behind the spread of a mysterious allergy to meat? | News | The Guardian
Thousands of people are developing life-threatening reactions to animal products – and a single tiny creature is to blame. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Accepting Alzheimer’s, One Lost Memory at a Time - The New York Times
After my diagnosis, I silently held out hope that it had all been a big mistake. With a slow moving disease like Alzheimer’s, there’s still time for doubt. Perhaps the diagnosis is wrong and the memory holes and struggle for words are just normal aging. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
The dirty little secret about early retirement - Flannel Guy ROI
Here’s the dirty little secret you won’t hear too often in the early retirement community: income matters, A LOT. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
How Academic Jobs Screen Out Disabled People - Pacific Standard
Nearly every academic job listing claims not to discriminate based on disability. A lot of them still do. By David M. Perry via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Apple Sucked Tumblr Into Its Walled Garden, Where Sex Is Bad - Motherboard
Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that claims Apple holds illegal monopoly power over iOS’s App Store and thus over the apps that are used on iPhones. Today, Tumblr announced that it would no longer allow porn on its platform after December 17. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Four Days Trapped at Sea With Crypto's Nouveau Riche
Draw me your map of utopia and I’ll tell you your tragic flaw. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
National security is a government strength – so Labor will let them be reckless with it | Scott Ludlam | Opinion | The Guardian
For a moment, there was a blast of fresh air across the suffocating wasteland of national security politics in Australia. Just as quickly, the window was slammed shut, as the boneless mediocrity of the Labor leadership reverted to type. Here is the script we’re all trapped in. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Tanya Day got on a train to Melbourne. She never made it home - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Tanya Day was removed from a train for public drunkenness and taken into police custody, where she sustained injuries. She ended the day unconscious in hospital and never woke up. Ms Day was on a health kick. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Babies Don’t Want You to Buy All That Baby Gear – Hmm Daily
What things do you need, when you have a baby or are about to have a baby? Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon has been making money by inserting unrequested items into people’s baby registries, marked only by an easily missed gray “Sponsored” label, so that friends and fam via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Leaving the newsroom | onthewards
It had been something of an annus horribilis when I was dispatched to Samoa, in September 2009, to cover a devastating 8.1-magnitude earthquake that unleashed 14-metre waves along the tiny Pacific nation’s coast, claiming almost 200 lives. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Fascistic Beasts and Why You Shouldn't Fight Them | Eruditorum Press
I'm going to generally assume you've seen this film and the previous one. It is entirely apt that the poster for The Crimes of Grindelwald features a crowd of people wandering about looking confused; it’s both an apt depiction of the film and of the audience on their way out of the cinema. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Young People Are Having Less Sex - The Atlantic
Despite the easing of taboos and the rise of hookup apps, Americans are in the midst of a sex recession. These should be boom times for sex. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? - The Atlantic
More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis. One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Why parliament still tolerates thuggery not acceptable in broader society | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian
In the Senate, they pride themselves on doing things their own way, and so it was on Wednesday morning when the occupants of the red chamber gathered, soberly, to take themselves in hand. The evening before, the lid had blown right off. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don't call back when asked for evidence • The Register
Though Blockchain has been touted as the answer to everything, a study of 43 solutions advanced in the international development sector has found exactly no evidence of success. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Money Advice Is Usually for Middle Class People, Not the Poor - FREE
For the entirety of my working life, I’ve been poor. I currently make sandwiches for a living and my last job was making smoothies. Before that, it was washing dishes. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
C Is Not a Low-level Language - ACM Queue
Your computer is not a fast PDP-11. David Chisnall In the wake of the recent Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, it's worth spending some time looking at root causes. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Flipping assumptions about algorithms
I've had countless conversations with well-intended people from a number of social sectors and academic disciplines who are working on digital innovations that they firmly believe can be used to address shared social challenges. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Opinion | My New Vagina Won’t Make Me Happy - The New York Times
And it shouldn’t have to. Ms. Chu is an essayist and critic. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
I hate manager READMEs – Camille Fournier – Medium
Well, what can I say, I’m sick of this trend. I’ve been a skeptic from day one, but what pushed me over the edge was watching one of my senior engineer friends react to this article on the concept. via Pocket
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