When Doctors Bodyshame Their Patients - Medical Fatshaming
At 17 years old, Rebecca Hiles came down with bronchitis and walking pneumonia. Three years later, she was still coughing every day. "Doctors said, 'If you lost weight, you wouldn't have this many coughing fits,'" she recalls. via Pocket
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Don’t Call Adam Pally a Hero: It’s 2018 and Not Cool to Hate on Creators
On Sunday night, actor Adam Pally took the stage at the Shorty Awards, a social- and digital-media awards show, and gave a bizarre, rude, unscripted rant in which he negged specific creators for their work, trashed the industry he was there to honor, and compared the awards show itself to the DMV. via Pocket
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Sweet, sweet fantasy: Mariah Carey and Bipolar II | MHT
The singer with the most solo number records in history has spoken for the first time about being hospitalised for her mental health and being diagnosed with bipolar. She also voiced a fear of losing an essential part of herself, the part where condition and being are inseparable. via Pocket
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3 days ago
Why Was Turkish Delight C.S. Lewis’s Guilty Pleasure? | JSTOR Daily
In C.S. Lewis’s classic novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Edmund Pevensie enters a wardrobe and finds himself magically transported to a snowy kingdom. An unknown queen, who turns out to be a witch, asks him what he would most like to eat. via Pocket
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3 days ago
Stripe Atlas: Software as a Service pricing
Stripe Atlas, which helps internet companies get up and running, frequently gets asked questions by software-as-a-service entrepreneurs on how to improve the pricing and packaging of their SaaS products. via Pocket
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4 days ago
Christopher Emanuel's Struggle to Stop His Daughter’s Adoption: An Update - The Atlantic
Last summer, I wrote a feature article for on Christopher Emanuel’s struggle to stop his daughter’s adoption. via Pocket
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5 days ago
Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis - The New York Times
When Simone Landrum felt tired and both nauseated and ravenous at the same time in the spring of 2016, she recognized the signs of pregnancy. via Pocket
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6 days ago
Are there two pilots in the cockpit?
Ever since the early days of commercial aviation, flight safety has steadily improved. Considering the number of flights, accidents are now extremely rare, and 70% of them are attributable to human factors. via Pocket
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7 days ago
Famed Donkey Kong Player Stripped of High Scores, Banned From Competition – Variety
Famed high-score gamer Billy Mitchell, best known for his leading role in “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” documentary, was officially stripped of his “Donkey Kong” high scores and banned from submitting scores to the world’s largest tracker of video game world records following a via Pocket
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7 days ago
Who has any use for conservative intellectuals? — Crooked Timber
The firing of Kevin Williamson has led, predictably, to outrage from other conservatives, and in particular from anti-Trumpers like Bill Kristol and Erick Erickson. I can’t help thinking that much of their outrage is rooted in fear. via Pocket
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9 days ago
Swedish death cleaning and the anorexic home | Literary Review of Canada
A few years ago, while researching a magazine article, I began having conversations with Michael Daley, a self-styled art conservation watchdog. via Pocket
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10 days ago
Anger isn’t a mental illness, but we should still treat it.
We know who they are long before they do it. Before people kill, they espouse hatred and blame others for their problems. They are verbally abusive and threatening. They look for the confrontation in every interaction. They deflect kindness. They curse at strangers. via Pocket
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12 days ago
Molly Ringwald Revisits “The Breakfast Club” in the Age of #MeToo | The New Yorker
Earlier this year, the Criterion Collection, which is “dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world,” released a restored version of “The Breakfast Club,” a film written and directed by John Hughes that I acted in, more than three decades ago. via Pocket
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12 days ago
The demise of the nation state | News | The Guardian
After decades of globalisation, our political system has become obsolete – and spasms of resurgent nationalism are a sign of its irreversible decline. By via Pocket
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12 days ago
Nota bene: Guilt trips
Every so often, after eating too much pizza or chocolate cake, I’ll feel guilty and remorseful, and I’ll want to make up for it by eating something healthy. As if too much pizza plus a kale salad is less fattening than just too much pizza on its own. via Pocket
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14 days ago
Jordon Steele-John has the loneliest seat in the Senate, and it's locking him out of the parliamentary process - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
There's a hush that comes over the chamber as the Senate admits its newest arrival. With the President's approval, the doors open and the soon-to-be senator nervously strides into their new workplace, bounding down three steps before coming to a halt at a table in the middle of the red room. via Pocket
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18 days ago
How Things Work: Stopping the A380 | Flight Today | Air & Space Magazine
With the Airbus A380 weighing in fully loaded at 1,265,000 pounds, you might think stopping it within a reasonable distance after landing would require a Phalanx of Heavy-duty thrust reversers. Truth be told, in the megaliner’s braking system, thrust reversers are the least critical components. via Pocket
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20 days ago
Green Mountain at Fox Run: The floodlight and the twinkle lights - Shauna Reid
In the aforementioned Hungers That Influence Eating Behaviours class, Shiri explained that a binge acts like a floodlight. To quote her blog post: “The truth of the matter is that nothing will do it like food… Eating in that way lights up the pleasure centers of the brain. via Pocket
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22 days ago
Mallory Ortberg’s Favorite Advice Columns
Last year, I became an advice columnist. This is my only qualification for being an advice columnist, as I am quite literally just some guy. “Noted some guy Mallory Ortberg.” Here are a few of my favorite advice columns: via Pocket
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25 days ago
Working From Home is Never Worth It - The Billfold
I like to leave at the end of the day. You can’t really leave if you don’t go in. Photo credit: Daria Nepriakhina | UnsplashIt’s a weekday, a little after 9 a.m. My breath comes short and my foot starts to tap. I open the door to the second bedroom, close it halfway, open it again. via Pocket
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26 days ago
How to Write a Memoir While Grieving
I am writing a book my father will never see. Not in its entirety, not out in the world. He got through about half of my first draft, my mother said, or maybe a little bit more, sometimes using a magnifying glass to read the manuscript I’d sent in 12-point double-spaced Times. via Pocket
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27 days ago
Old networks defending college abuse culture | The Saturday Paper
This story begins in 2009, when a student of mine discovered a “pro-rape” Facebook group created by men associated with St Paul’s College, at the University of Sydney. The group was titled “Define statutory: Pro-rape, anti-consent”. via Pocket
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27 days ago
It’s Time To Hold Elite University Colleges Accountable For Sexual Assault
This post discusses sexual assault. Today, End Rape on Campus Australia released The Red Zone Report, a 200-page exposé of toxic college culture. via Pocket
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27 days ago
The alt-right is in decline. Has antifascist activism worked? | World news | The Guardian
Antifascist tactics have led not only to failed events and dwindling cadres but to infighting and blame games in an increasingly fractious far-right movement The alt-right appears to be falling apart. via Pocket
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29 days ago
Uber's underpayment of drivers keeping it afloat, report finds | Technology | The Guardian
Uber’s fares are made possible because the company is significantly underpaying its drivers, a new report argues. UberX drivers earn well below minimum wage once all hidden costs are taken into account, according to analysis by the Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute think tank. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Amia Srinivasan · Does anyone have the right to sex? · LRB 22 March 2018
On 23 May 2014, Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old college dropout, became the world’s most famous ‘incel’ – involuntary celibate. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Endometriosis Is Going Undiagnosed Due to the Normalization of Menstrual Pain | Teen Vogue
This is an excerpt about endometriosis adapted from Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick by Maya Dusenbery. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
How Western Sydney is tackling the mysterious 'heat island' effect behind rising temperatures - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
On a hot summer's day in Sydney, you only need to drive half an hour west before the mercury starts to noticeably jump. Penrith was the hottest place on the planet at 47.3 degrees on January 7 this year. In Sydney, the temperature reached a comparatively meagre 44 degrees. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
How to Ask a Busy Executive for Anything – Brian Fitzpatrick – Medium
[This is an excerpt from Debugging Teams, written by Ben Collins-Sussman and myself. If you like it, we suggest buying a copy for yourself. And your manager. And your team.] via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Daniel Mallory Ortberg on Transitioning and His New Book
Like early David Bowie or late Barbra Streisand, Daniel Mallory Ortberg is a multi-faceted, spinning-top type of genius — flexible, lightning-quick, complicated, unfathomable. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Climate change is a disaster foretold, just like the first world war | Jeff Sparrow | Opinion | The Guardian
The mournful remark supposedly made by foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey at dusk on 3 August 1914 referred to Britain’s imminent entry into the first world war. But the sentiment captures something of our own moment, in the midst of an intensifying campaign against nature. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Nota bene: Ignorance is bliss
By now you’ve probably read Sam Dolnick’s lovely piece about Erik Hagerman, “the most ignorant man in America”. If you haven’t, you should! It’s great! Both on its own terms, and also as a view into what you might call the journalist’s-eye view of the world. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
The Man Who Knew Too Little - The New York Times
GLOUSTER, Ohio — At first, the experiment didn’t have a name. Right after the election, Erik Hagerman decided he’d take a break from reading about the hoopla of politics. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Are you out of alignment? – Camille Fournier – Medium
Alignment, in the teamwork sense, means “a position of agreement or alliance.” It is one of the critical qualities that determines success in an organization, particularly at higher levels. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Meet the campaign connecting affluent techies with progressive candidates around the country - The Verge
Paul Spencer, a Congressional candidate in Little Rock, Arkansas, has never worked at a tech company. He doesn’t represent tech industry issues. He doesn’t even own a laptop or smartphone. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
How do you raise resilient kids? Accept them how they are | Nelly Thomas | Opinion | The Guardian
Girls in particular are taught in a million ways that they should please others. What if we honoured their natural differences? via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Not fine: Time for Vikki Campion's friends to stage an intervention
Let’s unpack two salient parts of this story. First, Joyce claimed that no journalists – notably The Daily Telegraph – actually asked him if the child was his. This is incorrect. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Australia could become first country to eradicate cervical cancer | Society | The Guardian
Australia could become the first country to eradicate cervical cancer, according to an announcement from the International Papillomavirus Society. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Against the octopus, the overrated cephalopod.
In mid-February, BBC America aired an episode of Blue Planet II  that British audiences have been raving about since November. The star of the show: a wily octopus that twice avoids predation by a pyjama shark. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Notes on Being Very Tall - Topic
I was afraid of Midget Mark. Everyone at my favorite dive bar in Hong Kong, the Globe, called him Accountant Mark when he was within earshot, because he was the bar’s accountant, but when he wasn’t around they called him Midget Mark because he was a little person. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Recycling in Australia is in crisis. Can it be fixed? - Science News - ABC News
ABC Home Search Recycling in Australia is in crisis. Can it be fixed? ABC Science By environment reporter Nick Kilvert Australians take recycling seriously. We recycled 60 per cent of the total waste we produced in 2014-15, according to the latest national waste report. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
The Rapid Descent of Quinn Norton, Shallow Thinker and Friend to Neo-Nazis :: Politics :: Features :: Quinn Norton :: Paste
The least surprising thing about Quinn Norton's piece for the Atlantic is that Quinn Norton wrote it. Norton is a tech writer who became famous for being embedded with Occupy and reporting about Anonymous. She was published in Wired. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Everyone is totally just winging it, all the time | News | The Guardian
Every time a public figure behaves with less-than-stellar competence, we're incredulous. We probably shouldn't be via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
This fascinating academic debate has huge implications for the future of world peace - Vox
Does the arc of history not bend toward justice after all? A great deal of popular research in recent years has suggested that the world is becoming more peaceful — that it is experiencing fewer devastating wars, and fewer civilians are dying in the conflicts that do break out. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Pope Francis wowed the world but, five years on, is in troubled waters | World news | The Guardian
Chatham House is one of the most important foreign affairs thinktanks in the UK. But on Wednesday its focus will not be a president, or an organisation like the World Bank, or the future of the EU after Brexit, but a religious leader: Pope Francis. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
When whisper networks let us down: how communities struggle — and sometimes fail — to stop sexual assault - The Verge
In November, The Verge published the harrowing allegations by seven women outlining over a decade of physical and violent sexual assault by celebrated security researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire. When I first began working on the Morgan Marquis-Boire story, I had an inkling of how big it was. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
'I might be quadriplegic, but I'm your doctor' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
When medical student Dinesh Palipana suffered a severe spinal injury in a car crash, he was told his dream of becoming a doctor was over. Now he's Queensland's first quadriplegic doctor, working at one of the state's busiest hospitals. Dr Palipana tells his story in his own words. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
In the age of #MeToo, how do we talk about sexual violence against men? - RN - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Related Story: Catholic leaders reject royal commission's key recommendations Related Story: What you need to know about the royal commission's final report Related Story: Australia has a sexual assault problem. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
From Monica Lewinsky to Tonya Harding, 90s outcasts are finally getting their due | Opinion | The Guardian
Last week marked the 20th anniversary of what was once known as the Monica Lewinsky scandal but is now, rightly, referred to as the Bill Clinton scandal – and my goodness, in today’s new post-Weinstein light, Lewinsky’s story looks almost unrecognisable. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
The hidden costs of crowdfunding medical care - Science News - ABC News
In the United States online crowdfunding has been called the "sad, dark future of healthcare". But what does it mean in Australia, where the public system is meant to stop people falling through the cracks? via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Why Last-Second Lane Mergers Are Good for Traffic - The New York Times
What do you do? If your instinct is to immediately get out of the lane that will be closing, you may think you are being courteous to fellow drivers by reacting early — but in reality you could be slowing traffic, experts say. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Nota bene: Glass ceilings, pay-parity flaws
Who knew that JP Morgan was a bastion of sexual equality? This is the bank, after all, which not so long ago settled a federal sexual-harassment lawsuit for $1.5 million. Of course it’s not true that women at JP Morgan earn 99% of what men at JP Morgan earn. Specifically: via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Sign up for a free IFTTT account - IFTTT
Feigned surprise used to be standard conversation for sysadmins and software engineers. "You've seriously never used Linux?" "You really don't know how to use irc?". via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
The gorgeous photos of the derelict properties you still can't afford | Australia news | The Guardian
Paint peels off the living room walls to reveal galaxies of colour and mould. Piles of clothes, receipts and detritus disintegrate under piles of dust, above floors that barely exist. A rusty shower head watches over a scum-soaked bath, as pale pink tiles rot around it. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Computer glitch in hardest exam of your life is unforgivable
It’s hard to explain to someone outside the medical field what this examination means to those who sit it. The anguish that it can cause and the amount of time that candidates spend preparing. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Why is the number of male circumcisions declining in Australia? | SBS News
What is circumcision? The procedure of removing the foreskin of a newborn male's genitalia has been practised for religious and cultural reasons for centuries. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Nota bene: The dangers of siding with Oxfam
The Life You Can Save is a registered non-profit organization. It’s founded by a man, Peter Singer, who is very, very keen on giving in the most effective way you possibly can. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Most Indigenous students consigned to schools with least capacity to help | Chris Bonnor | Opinion | The Guardian
We are now into the tenth anniversary of the strategy to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia. Last week saw a report on progress, a subdued celebration on scattered achievements and copious hand-wringing over endemic failures. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Nota bene: Schwarzman's strings
For some years now, one of my top examples of how not to do philanthropy has been Paul Tudor Jones’s attempt to give $15 million to the University of Virginia, to build a yoga center it neither wanted nor needed. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Managing Performance With Escalation
I’ve discussed with other managers the concept of having an escalation path for how you talk to reports about performance. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Why a tech journalist like Quinn Norton might think it’s fine to be friends with Weev.
The New York Times opinion section announced a new hire Tuesday afternoon: Quinn Norton, a longtime journalist covering (and traveling in) the technology industry and adjacent hacker subculture, would become the editorial board’s lead opinion writer on the “power, culture, an via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Why you'll never be ready to have kids - RN - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Related Story: Is having a baby unethical? Related Story: How 'part-time parenting' can benefit kids while liberating mums and dads What does it mean to be "ready" for a baby? And how would we go about answering that question? Conventional wisdom suggests a range of different characteristic via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
Rebecca Solnit on the #MeToo Backlash | Literary Hub
This thing has gone too far. It has terrified people, driven them out of their workplaces and even professions, made them afraid to speak up and punished them for speaking. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
Nota bene: Rupert ❤️ Disney
No one’s about to feel sorry for Brian Roberts, the media mogul who controls Comcast – and, therefore, also NBC, Universal Studios, and an insanely long list of other properties. Still, you can see why he’s feeling a bit sorry for himself. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
The House That Spied On Me | Gizmodo Australia
In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a "smart home. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago
The Barnaby Joyce case exposes our murky principles about public interest | Gay Alcorn | Opinion | The Guardian
Barnaby Joyce is the deputy prime minister. Take it up one peg and imagine prime minister Malcolm Turnbull having an affair with a staff member and he and his wife Lucy splitting up. And imagine if the now former staffer was pregnant with Turnbull’s baby. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago
Why the hysteria around 'fake news epidemic' is a distraction | Cas Mudde | Opinion | The Guardian
Ever since Brexit and Trump took the political establishment by surprise, its representatives have been claiming that we are living in a “post-truth” world, where facts and experts are no longer trusted, and information is dominated by “fake news”. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago
A new theory for why Americans can’t get a raise.
If you were a delivery van driver searching for a new job any time between the years of 2010 and 2013, chances are, you wouldn’t have found many businesses competing for your services. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago
The Latest Data Privacy Debacle - The New York Times
Did you make a New Year’s resolution to exercise more? Perhaps you downloaded a fitness app to help track your workouts, maybe one that allows you to share that data online with your exercise buddies? If so, you probably checked a box to accept the app’s privacy policy. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago
Pop culture is full of kids who reveal their inner demons by drawing creepy pictures, but does that really happen?
In the episode “Arkangel” from Black Mirror Season 4, the anxious mother of 3-year-old Sara puts an implant in her daughter’s head to keep the child from seeing anything that stresses her out. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago
If Google employees were swapped with Microsoft employees, what would happen? - Quora
This is such a great “what if” that I couldn’t pass it by, having worked for both companies. Google employees waking up at Microsoft: Hey, none of these tools work together! And our codebases are all fragmented and in different styles. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago
If You’re So Successful, Why Are You Still Working 70 Hours a Week?
“I really became a robot,” a manager at an accounting firm explained. She and her colleagues worked extraordinarily long hours, but, she said, “I thought it was normal. It’s like brainwashing. via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
Meet Keith Johnson – Whatever
Over on Twitter, some foolish person posted the following question, which I will replicate here with all grammatical confabulation intact, because it’s necessary for context: As a straight male, how would u feel about your child having a homosexual school teacher?! Who their around 8hours a day via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
How a Library Handles a Rare and Deadly Book of Wallpaper Samples - Atlas Obscura
Shadows from the Walls of Death, printed in 1874 and measuring about 22 by 30 inches, is a noteworthy book for two reasons: its rarity, and the fact that, if you touch it, it might kill you. via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
Cheap Tricks: The Low Cost of Internet Harassment — ProPublica
This story was co-published with Wired. It was 10 a.m. on a hot, humid Tuesday in August when I decided I could finally relax. After a frantic weekend of finishing a big story — and typing so much that my forearms tingled — I needed to decompress. via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
Three claims used to justify pulling codeine from sale without a prescription, and why they're wrong
From February 1, 2018 all products that contain codeine will only be available for sale in pharmacies with a prescription. This means you won’t be able to buy brands like Nurofen Plus, Panadeine or Panadeine Extra over the counter at your local pharmacy without a prescription from your doctor. via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
Google’s “Diversity War” shows how the Alt-Right are not just white supremacists.
This morning, Wired published an excellent piece by Nitasha Tiku about the white supremacist guerrilla war going on at Google. You should read it, not only because it’s good and interesting, but because it’s important in understanding the modern white supremacist movement known as the alt-right. via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
Facebook Couldn't Handle News. Maybe It Never Wanted To.
When news broke on Thursday evening of Facebook's dramatic overhaul of its News Feed, the worlds of media and publishing erupted. But inside Facebook, the reaction was markedly different — indifference. “No one cares about feed changes,” a current Facebook employee told BuzzFeed News. via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
The Dirty War Over Diversity Inside Google | WIRED
Fired Google engineer James Damore says he was vilified and harassed for questioning what he calls the company’s liberal political orthodoxy, particularly around the merits of diversity. via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
Searching for an Alzheimer’s cure while my father slips away | News | The Guardian
At the beginning, we hunted frantically for any medical breakthrough that might hint at a cure. Then hope gave way to the unbearable truth. By One night several years ago, I checked out of a hotel in Cairo and hailed a cab to the airport. It was just after 1am. via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
We Lost Ursula K. Le Guin When We Needed Her Most - Motherboard
Ursula K. Le Guin, 1929-2018. I have been dreading the day. Because Ursula had been growing older, stubbornly, inexorably, she was bound to leave us eventually, and because we always seem to lose our heroes when we need them most. And so we lost Ursula. via Pocket
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