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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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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2 days 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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3 days 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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3 days 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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3 days 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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3 days 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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3 days 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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3 days 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 days 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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8 days 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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8 days 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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8 days 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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8 days 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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8 days 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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12 days 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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13 days 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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13 days 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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14 days 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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14 days ago
Debt: A Love Story | Wealthsimple
Wealthsimple is an investing service that uses technology to put your money to work like the world’s smartest investors. In “Money Diaries,” we feature interesting people telling their financial life stories in their own words. Kate: I’m Kate. I’m 46. I have a law degree. via Pocket
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15 days ago
Steve Blank: How To Keep Your Job As Your Startup Grows - AngelList
If you’re an early employee at a startup, one day you will wake up to find that what you worked on 24/7 for the last year is no longer the most important thing – you’re no longer the most important employee, and process, meetings, paperwork and managers and bosses have shown up. via Pocket
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15 days ago
Why We Fail: What I Learned From 5 Years with “Friends” — Netflix’s Social Strategy
This essay focuses on one of Netflix’s mistakes and tries to answer the question: Why did Netflix fail so often? The simple answer: I wrote this essay so you will be more conscious of the things that cloud your judgment. via Pocket
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15 days ago
Why (oh why) did Bitcoin crash just in time for Thanksgiving?
It’s not hard to think there are lots of stony silences around dinner tables in the US this week. It’s Thanksgiving, when families come together to reflect on the year gone by. via Pocket
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15 days ago
From peace icon to pariah: Aung San Suu Kyi's fall from grace | World news | The Guardian
Myanmar state counsellor’s transformation from human rights campaigner to one who excuses genocide has shocked former supporters by South-east Asia correspondent There are falls from grace, and then there is Aung San Suu Kyi. via Pocket
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15 days ago
HR Issues: Why Human Resources Is Not Your Friend | Fortune
Microsoft (msft) has a woman problem. That, at least, is the claim of an ongoing gender discrimination lawsuit against the venerable technology giant. via Pocket
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17 days ago
Eve van Grafhorst was diagnosed with HIV and hounded out of Australia, but her legacy endures - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Eve van Grafhorst was almost three when she was diagnosed with HIV in 1985, early in the AIDS crisis. She was one of the first children in Australia to contract the virus, through contaminated blood transfusions. via Pocket
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21 days ago
Children in the car era: bad for them and the planet
Children today spend more time in cars than previous generations. They also spend less time playing on the streets and in unstructured and unsupervised activity outdoors. via Pocket
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21 days ago
Tim Harford — Article — There is a fine line between stupid and clever
Recently a loyal reader emailed me with a disarmingly simple question: is it better to invest small amounts every month, or in a large lump sum? What seems a narrow topic has broader implications. via Pocket
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22 days ago
I knew I'd get postnatal depression. The reality was nothing like what I expected | Opinion | The Guardian
Before I had PND, I already had a psychotic illness. I’ve had it since I was about ten, existing in the gaps between reality and unreality. It’s confusing and distressing. I often go out in my car and forget how to drive and also what a car is and why streets exist. via Pocket
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22 days ago
I’m fine with women in power, just not this one specific woman currently in power
The first thing I need to make clear is that I love and support women. I am eager to see more women rise to positions of power. Hashtag pink wave! Hashtag pink hat! But I have to say, I’m a little frustrated that we keep putting forward this specific woman who really grinds my gears. via Pocket
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22 days ago
Remembering World War I: How Australia is still being shaped from four devastating years
More than a year before the killing stopped, the factory girls of Ballarat ventured into a winter mist to plant trees, hundreds of them, willing each of them to grow in memory of a boy who had marched away. via Pocket
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24 days ago
Should pregnant women take anxiety medication like Ativan? Some have no choice.
The doctor said his name was Lipton, “like the tea.” He pantomimed drinking, pinky up, as I laid back on the hospital bed. It was a Saturday morning. I was six weeks pregnant. via Pocket
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24 days ago
‘I felt colossally naive’: the backlash against the birth control app | Society | The Guardian
Last summer I had an abortion. Statistically unremarkable, yes, but mine wasn’t because of a split condom or a missed pill. I was four months into a tense relationship with a much-hyped Swedish “digital contraceptive”, a smartphone app called Natural Cycles. via Pocket
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24 days ago
Period-tracking apps are not for women - Vox
Its little cloud body drifted across my iPhone screen: “7 days late!” written in friendly blue lettering on its belly. It was very cute, and indeed, two pregnancy tests later, it could be confirmed that I was pregnant — not cute at all. via Pocket
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24 days ago
Australia has reached peak Anzac. And not before time | Paul Daley | Australia news | The Guardian
Thank goodness it’s over. I’m talking about the $600m festival built around the centenary of world war one, that drew to a close on Sunday after forcing all things Anzac on the national consciousness for four long years. via Pocket
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26 days ago
How Did Larry Nassar Deceive So Many for So Long?
Larissa Boyce was 10 when her coach, John Geddert, forced her legs into a split so hard she cried. He pulled her right leg up toward his torso, sending shooting pains through her groin and hamstrings, and he kept pulling. via Pocket
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26 days ago
This Is How We Radicalized The World
On Sunday, far-right evangelical Jair Bolsonaro was elected president of Brazil. The era of being surprised at this kind of politics is over. Now we have to live with what we've done. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Your Real Biological Clock Is You’re Going to Die – Hmm Daily
In April, in a small town on a small island in a small string of islands trailing down from the main part of Japan, the world’s then-oldest person died. Nabi Tajima was 117 years old—the last surviving human being born in the 19th century. Maybe the year 1900 sounds far away, to you. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Opinion | Silicon Valley’s Saudi Arabia Problem - The New York Times
Technology companies can no longer turn a blind eye to the human rights abuses of one of their largest investors. This essay has been updated to reflect news developments. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Don't Be Evil
Fred Turner on Utopias, Frontiers, and Brogrammers Haus-Rucker-Co (Günter Zamp Kelp, Klaus Pinter, and Laurids Ortner): Environment Transformer / Fliegenkopf (Environment Transformer / Flyhead), 1968. Included in Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Wanting Bad Things Andrea Long Chu responds to Amia Srinivasan | The Point Magazine
This conversation first appeared on Rather Be Reading, The Point podcast. To listen to an edited version of their discussion (and the rest of the episode) click here. What appears below is a more complete transcript of their conversation. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Marriage by this age! Babies by that age! When will we stop giving women deadlines? | Life and style | The Guardian
I am one of those people who generally dreads going to the theatre, mainly because I like to eat supper after 6pm but before 11pm. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Early childhood education yields few academic benefits — but still has lifelong effects - Vox
There’s a bizarre-seeming paradox sitting at the heart of research into early childhood education. On the one hand, there’s a sizable body of research suggesting that kids who go through intensive education at the ages of 3 and 4 don’t really come out ahead in terms of academic abilities. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
The Repressive, Authoritarian Soul of “Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends” | The New Yorker
When I was a child, I could spend all day at Shining Time Station, the fictive train depot with its own eponymous TV show, where Thomas the Tank Engine and all his plate-faced locomotive friends worked and lived. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Jamal Khashoggi: What the Arab world needs most is free expression - The Washington Post
I received this column from Jamal Khashoggi’s translator and assistant the day after Jamal was reported missing in Istanbul. The Post held off publishing it because we hoped Jamal would come back to us so that he and I could edit it together. Now I have to accept: That is not going to happen. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
A New Facebook Suit Makes ‘Pivot to Video’ Even More Myopic | WIRED
Facebook acknowledged in 2016 that it had been overstating to advertisers the average time users spent watching videos on the platform. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
The Big Blockchain Lie by Nouriel Roubini - Project Syndicate
Now that cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin have plummeted from last year's absurdly high valuations, the techno-utopian mystique of so-called distributed-ledger technologies should be next. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
‘It galls me’: the doctor turning the political tide on Nauru's child refugee crisis | World news | The Guardian
Paediatrician Paul Bauert has spent days roaming the corridors of Parliament House trying to get politicians to focus on what’s happening on Nauru. There’s a recurrent observation from the political class that chills him. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Qantas 'women of influence' protest against airline's role in deportations | Australia news | The Guardian
Nine recipients of an annual women of influence award that is sponsored by Qantas, including the former Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs, have written a letter of protest to the airline asking it to stop deporting asylum seekers. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
The future is unwritten: taking action is best cure for climate change angst | Rebecca Solnit | Opinion | The Guardian
In response to Monday’s release of the IPCC report on the climate crisis – which warned that “unprecedented” changes were needed if global warming increases 1. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
If the worst is proved in the Jamal Khashoggi affair, the US and the UK will have a case to answer too | The Independent
At around 1.30pm last Tuesday, 2 October, the Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi arrived with his fiancée at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul for a pre-arranged appointment to obtain a document he needed to marry her. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
'It absolutely should be seen as rape': when sex workers are conned | Australia news | The Guardian
The texts trigged no alarm bells for Gabrielle (name has been changed), a Brisbane sex worker. Her new client seemed nervous, even afraid, but he didn’t seem dangerous. “He was saying, ‘oh I’m really, really nervous. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Unprotected
On Sept. 7, 2013, on a long, straight avenue that runs across the bustling downtown of Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, street hawkers peered at the spectacle. Guests sweltered on packed rows of plastic seats, while at the end of a red carpet, next to the U.S. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
What Failing IVF Taught Garance Doré - Lenny Letter
I have never been a planner. The only thing I wanted was to live a passionate life. I started a blog and had met success, money, and freedom. I had love, too. Love was never a preoccupation for me. It had always been there, and I knew it always would be. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Matreon: The Patreon Platform for Emotional Labor - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Hello and thank you for attempting to engage in an unsolicited conversation with me! In order to ensure our interaction is productive and enriching for both parties, I invite you to join my Matreon. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Sydney Airport: Inside the flow-on effects of a mid-air emergency - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
It was just after 6:00am on UA839, the red-eye from Los Angeles to Sydney, and the flight hadn't gone exactly to plan. The 787-900 Dreamliner had burnt through more fuel than expected in its 12,000 km journey across the Pacific. The United Airlines plane was cutting it fine. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
Uighurs in Australia tell their stories of Chinese re-education camps - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The young boy, who would have been the same age as my son when he last saw his mother, sat silent and still. The four-year-old had recently arrived in Australia with his father and three-year old sister from Xinjiang in China. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
Dear Dana: I'm A Sexual Assault Survivor, And I'm Filled With Rage Right Now - Role Reboot
Dear Dana is a bi-weekly advice column for humans who engage in romantic relationships. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
Female Nobel prize winner deemed not important enough for Wikipedia entry | Science | The Guardian
When the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm announced the Nobel prize for physics this week, anyone wanting to find out more about one of the three winners would have drawn a blank on Wikipedia. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
Perpetrators using drones to stalk victims in new age of technology fuelled harassment - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
For mother-of-three Kim* a small barbecue in her backyard on New Year's Eve was meant to be respite from months of harassment by her ex-husband. That was, until she saw the drone hovering above her head. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
China working to 'exterminate' Uighur people, detention facility eyewitness says - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
As reports of the forced detention and brainwashing of up to one million ethnic Uighurs continue to emerge from China's Xinjiang autonomous region, the ABC has heard a rare account from a witness who has been inside a camp. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago
Should we worry about a crash of the housing market? Let's all take a deep breath | Greg Jericho | Business | The Guardian
How quickly it all turns. Gone are the housing-boom articles; barely even countenanced are the housing slowdown pieces; now we’re in full get ready for a housing crash hot takes. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago
Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong - The Huffington Post
From the 16th century to the 19th, scurvy killed around 2 million sailors, more than warfare, shipwrecks and syphilis combined. via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
When chickens go wild : Nature News & Comment
The chickens have every reason to distrust Henriksen and her colleague, evolutionary geneticist Dominic Wright, who have travelled to the island from Linköping University in Sweden armed with traps, drones, thermal cameras and a mobile molecular-biology lab to study the birds. via Pocket
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