Getting free of toxic tech culture – Valerie Aurora's blog
This post was co-authored by Valerie Aurora and Susan Wu, and cross-posted on both our blogs. Marginalized people leave tech jobs in droves, yet we rarely write or talk publicly about the emotional and mental process of deciding to leave tech. via Pocket
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Centrelink allowed companies accused of exploitation to deduct payments from welfare | Australia news | The Guardian
Centrelink has given companies accused of exploitation and misconduct direct access to welfare recipients’ money through its automated debit system. The companies were granted access to the Centrepay system, which allows approved businesses to deduct money from welfare payments. via Pocket
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2 days ago
The diabolical genius of the baby advice industry | News | The Guardian
Every baffled new parent goes searching for answers in baby manuals. But what they really offer is the reassuring fantasy that life’s most difficult questions have one right answer. By Human beings are born too soon. via Pocket
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3 days ago
End of the A380 superjumbo? Airbus warns future of plane at risk | Business | The Guardian
Airbus said on Monday that it might have to end production of the double-decker A380 superjumbo jet, having booked no new orders for the plane in two years. via Pocket
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3 days ago
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And what the future holds for the neighbourhoods that need their cars the most. How much does your neighbourhood rely on the car? via Pocket
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3 days ago
I am American, Jewish and banned from Israel for my activism | Medea Benjamin | Opinion | The Guardian
This month, the Israeli government announced that activists affiliated with 20 organizations, including my organization Codepink, would be banned from entering Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories because of our support for the nonviolent boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement f via Pocket
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3 days ago
Fodor’s No List 2018 – Fodors Travel Guide
Sometimes you have to say no to the ones you love. The editors at Fodor’s have a deep belief that this world is worth exploring, and we do our best to recommend destinations of wonder based on more than personal taste. via Pocket
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4 days ago
The question we came to dread: ‘Are you going for a second child?’ | Life and style | The Guardian
Why, when hearing my wife and I have one child, do people ask about our plans for a second? Do they ever consider how intrusive and insensitive that question can be, that we have had multiple miscarriages? My wife was talking to a mate in the corridor at work a week or so ago. via Pocket
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4 days ago
Why it might be time to eradicate sex segregation in sports
In many areas, gender equality has been improving gradually. But this is not the case in sport, where women continue to be banned for being insufficiently feminine to be permitted to compete. via Pocket
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4 days ago
Abuse isn't romantic. So why the panic that feminists are killing eros? | Jessica Valenti | Opinion | The Guardian
Catherine Deneuve and others have publicly worried that the campaign to end sexual harassment has gone too far but the truth is there is no war on romance The #MeToo backlash is here, and it’s very worried about your love life. via Pocket
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6 days ago
An Email Format That's Getting Weirdly Popular Lately For Some Reason
Hey! Hi! Haha, is this [Your Name]? There were a few other [Your Names] on Facebook but I was pretty sure this one was you, lol. It’s me, [Guy You Haven’t Exchanged A Single Word With In Four Years And Three Months]. via Pocket
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7 days ago
Mammals prefer to cradle babies on the left, study demonstrates | Science | The Guardian
Left-hand bias for human mothers is well-known, but new research shows it is more widespread among mammals than thought, suggesting an ancient origin There is more to cradling an infant than meets the eye, according to new research revealing that, like humans, other mammal mothers an via Pocket
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9 days ago
How Australian Nicknaming Conventions Turn an Afternoon Into an 'Arvo' - Atlas Obscura
If you watch much television from the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand, you’re likely to run into a naming convention that is completely confounding from an outside perspective. Jeremy Clarkson, one of the hosts of the U.K.’s Top Gear, is referred to as Jez or Jezza. via Pocket
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10 days ago
Gay Imam hopes to open Australia's first LGBTI-friendly mosque - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Related Story: The secret mosques opening their doors to gay Muslims Related Story: Why have Muslims been so silent on same-sex marriage? Australia's only openly gay Imam is pushing for the country's first LGBTI-friendly mosque that would also act as a safe house and counselling centre. via Pocket
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10 days ago
6 Stories From Women Who Regret Changing Their Names
There seem to be quite a few women who regret changing their names when they got married. Maybe it seemed like a good idea at the time, but as time went on, it became clear that becoming a Smith when they'd spent their whole lives as a Jones was not the way to go. via Pocket
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11 days ago
The harsh reality for Palestinians: The rules of the game in the Middle East are changing - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Six Arab foreign ministers met in Jordan's capital on Saturday to discuss the response to the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. They had little new to say. via Pocket
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12 days ago
Man seeks therapist girlfriend: All the emotional benefits without any investment - The Washington Post
Friends have suggested I go to a trained therapist to work out problems that took root in early childhood and became reinforced throughout my 28 years of life. via Pocket
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12 days ago
Michael Wolff Did What Every Other White House Reporter Is Too Cowardly to Do | GQ
Why is Fire & Fury having such an impact? Drew Magary writes it’s because Wolff was willing to throw decorum away and torch his access—and more journalists should do the same. via Pocket
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12 days ago
After the ‘robo-debt’ debacle, traumatised users find support in online communities | Jonno Revanche | Opinion | The Guardian
As our government refuses to let up on their impractical and vicious automation system, Twitter has become a platform to dispel myths and share resources For many people, the promise of a new year sets a precedent and encourages new intentionality. via Pocket
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15 days ago
Salary Negotiation: Make More Money, Be More Valued | Kalzumeus Software
Imagine something a wee bit outside your comfort zone.  Nothing scandalous: just something you don’t do often, don’t particularly enjoy, and slightly more challenging than “totally trivial.”  Maybe reciting poetry while simultaneously standing on one foot. via Pocket
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16 days ago
Summers spent in the country and on the coast
As children, my sisters and I spent our summers dashing across hot sand at the beach, or bounding over dry patches of prickles in a country backyard. via Pocket
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20 days ago
Code of Conduct Enforcement Warning Signs | Otter Tech Consulting
Recently, people have been speaking out about the mishandling of a Code of Conduct violation by the Chaos Computer Club conference. A conference attendee was violently assaulted another attendee. via Pocket
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20 days ago
Ben Barres: Trans pioneer who helped uncover how the brain is wired, has died — Quartz
Faced with a decision of choosing between identity and career, Ben Barres stuck to his identity. Lucky for everyone, he was able to keep both. via Pocket
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20 days ago
let's talk about advice columns — Ask a Manager
If you find advice columns interesting, this post is for you. Elyse Vigiletti is a researcher whose specialization includes print culture, with a side interest in the history of advice columns. She and I talked advice columns and advice columnists. Here’s our conversation. via Pocket
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20 days ago
Childcare's poor cousin: an over-arching strategy for after-school care is sorely needed
Imagine this: You live in a capital city, you and your partner both work and your children attend the local primary school. via Pocket
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20 days ago
The Questions People Asked Advice Columnists in the 1690s - The Atlantic
In a story about the origins of confessional apps like Whisper and the now-defunct Secret, I recently mentioned The Athenian Mercury, a British periodical of the 1690s that is widely credited with inventing the modern advice column. via Pocket
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20 days ago
Mimi O’Donnell Reflects on the Loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman and the Devastation of Addiction - Vogue
The first time I met Phil, there was instant chemistry between us. It was the spring of 1999, and he was interviewing me to be the costume designer for a play he was directing—his first—for the Labyrinth Theater Company, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings. via Pocket
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21 days ago
Full recourse home loans lower defaults but may increase risky lending - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The tune of Jingle Bells is probably still stuck in your mind in the days after Christmas. But around this time a decade ago it was "jingle mail" that was starting to get attention in the US. via Pocket
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21 days ago
Indistinguishable From Magic — Rey, Rose, and Revolution: The Last Jedi Review
Star Wars has a problem, or, more accurately, the popular interpretation of Star Wars has a problem. Dismissals of Star Wars as being preoccupied with larger-than-life heroics, chosen ones, and destinies are common. via Pocket
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21 days ago
The smell of rain: how CSIRO invented a new word
Australia’s CSIRO has come up with some pretty amazing inventions over the past 86 years of research, from polymer banknotes to insect repellent and the world-changing Wi-Fi. But we can also lay claim to something a little more esoteric – we actually invented a whole new word. via Pocket
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22 days ago
Anesthesia and global warming: the real hazards of theoretic science
Recent speculative articles in the medical literature have indicted certain inhalational anesthetics as contributing to global warming. This unfounded speculation may have deleterious patient impact via Pocket
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26 days ago
How did the amazing boulders of Rock Forest near Bathurst come to be? - Curious Central West - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Huge boulders dating back to a time when the east coast of Australia was at Broken Hill capture the attention of locals and visitors alike near Bathurst. But how did the imposing rocks that seem to grow from the landscape come to be? via Pocket
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26 days ago
Inspiring Men Who Bravely Fought Sexism - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Lots of women in Eric’s co-op complained that one male member of the co-op board was aggressive, verbally abusive, and physically intimidating when they disagreed with him about matters pertaining to building maintenance. via Pocket
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29 days ago
The science that’s never been cited
The geneticist and Nobel prizewinner Oliver Smithies, who died in January aged 91, was a modest, self-effacing inventor. via Pocket
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29 days ago
The Root of All Cruelty? | The New Yorker
A recent episode of the dystopian television series “Black Mirror” begins with a soldier hunting down and killing hideous humanoids called roaches. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
The Insane True Story Of How "Titanic" Got Made
The first time I saw Titanic, my father left the theater in the middle of the movie to get a haircut. I didn’t notice he was gone. I wasn’t conscious of any reality but Titanic, even though I already knew exactly what was going to happen. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Just How Seriously Should We Take This Star Wars: The Last Jedi Backlash? | Vanity Fair
This article contains considerable spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. If you want to go into the film pure as the driven salt on the mining planet of Crait, you should wait until later to read this. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi may face genocide charges over Rohingya crisis, UN official says - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The United Nations' top human rights official has raised the prospect of Myanmar's defacto leader Aung San Suu Kyi facing charges over the deaths and expulsion of thousands of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
The six options for choosing your baby's surname divide opinion - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Related Story: Why aren't men changing their name after marriage? Related Story: Most Australian women 'still take husband's name after marriage' As women increasingly retain their birth name in marriage and family structures become more blended and non-traditional, it's no longer safe to a via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Why don't we care about the biggest sex abuse scandal in sports history? | Bryan Armen Graham | Sport | The Guardian
Why hasn’t a scandal involving the alleged sexual abuse of more than 140 young women received more attention? The fault is not in our media, but in ourselves In a Michigan court last month, Larry Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Sexual Harassment Cases Show the Ineffectiveness of Going to H.R. - The New York Times
Emery Lindsley was addressing her food and beverage staff at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel in Texas in 2012 when a corporate executive suddenly placed his hand over her mouth to keep her from speaking. The executive then began commenting on the appearance of a woman on Ms. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Silicon Valley Techies Still Think They're the Good Guys. They're Not. | WIRED
In September, I met with a prominent entrepreneur looking for positive press on his new project. Meetings like these are a common, usually formulaic, part of my job—except in this one, the conversation drifted to the tech industry’s year of bad headlines. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Royal commission: The abused are many, and so are the dead, but do Church leaders really get it? - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
In politics, it is rare that a mechanism for unqualified good is put in place. But it was given such powers, and like others, I was delighted to hear the Prime Minister refer to the completed hearings as "an outstanding exercise of love". via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
This Is The Daily Stormer's Playbook | HuffPost
Back in September, Vox Day, a Gamergate holdover who has assumed the position of racist alt-right figurehead, published a handful of brief excerpts from what he described as the “Andrew Anglin” style guide. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Does hope inspire more action on climate change than fear? We don’t know. - Vox
Back in July, journalist David Wallace-Wells published a piece in New York magazine called “The Uninhabitable Earth,” a nightmarish guided tour of the worst-case scenarios for global warming. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
My theory: Patreon doesn't want to be a money services business | Subfictional Studios
tldr: Patreon is changing their fee structure, in part, because the batching of pledge payments from one patron to multiple creators and the use of Patreon balance to pay pledges without processing an external payment requires “holding funds in a balance that can then be redistributed” and make via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
After Trent Franks, men worry if asking subordinates to bear their child is still okay - The Washington Post
Recent news that lawmaker Trent Franks has resigned after offering a female employee $5 million to carry his child has left many male employers shaken. Greg Prong once felt he knew what was off-limits, and what wasn’t. Now he says he’s not so confident. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
New South Wales closes Australia's last loophole allowing pregnant women to be sacked | Australia news | The Guardian
New South Wales will close a loophole allowing employers to sack a woman who knew she was pregnant when hired. The NSW attorney general, Mark Speakman, and minister for women, Tanya Davies, announced on Sunday they would abolish two subsections in the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
How Friendships Change Over Time - The Atlantic
In the hierarchy of relationships, friendships are at the bottom. Romantic partners, parents, children—all these come first. This is true in life, and in science, where relationship research tends to focus on couples and families. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Same-sex marriage and a niggling energy problem: How Malcolm Turnbull made it through 2017 - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Some months back, Malcolm Turnbull struck back at his doubters. Well, for much of this year, that plan's been very hard to see for the dust stirred up by political barn fights, messy process and internal disquiet. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
We’ll share a dream, and sing with one voice | Croakey
I don’t remember a time when my life wasn’t a political football or a proxy for someone else’s culture wars. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
I Made My Shed the Top Rated Restaurant On TripAdvisor - VICE
Once upon a time, long before I began selling my face by the acre for features on VICE dot com, I worked other jobs. There was one in particular that really had an impact on me: writing fake reviews on TripAdvisor. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Page: How I sanitized the feminist outrage over the Montreal massacre | Ottawa Citizen
Yellow tape wrapped l’École Polytechnique like a macabre Christmas present; surviving students gripped each other in numb disbelief. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
The impossibility of intelligence explosion – François Chollet – Medium
In 1965, I. J. Good described for the first time the notion of “intelligence explosion”, as it relates to artificial intelligence (AI): via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Ta'izz (Idle Words)
This is part 3 of a week-long travelogue. Previously: Sana’a, Green Arabia. I wake up to a gorgeous morning in Ibb. This time I’ve slept through the morning call to prayer and the sun is well up in the sky. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Green Arabia (Idle Words)
It was a dark day when Islam met the loudspeaker. All travelers to the Middle East discover that this normally self-assured religion gets insecure in the small hours of night and feels it has to rehearse its foundational beliefs, in public, at 190 dB. Hey, wake up. God is great. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
After 37 years, Voyager 1 has fired up its trajectory thrusters | Ars Technica
At present, the Voyager 1 spacecraft is 21 billion kilometers from Earth, or about 141 times the distance between the Earth and Sun. It has, in fact, moved beyond our Solar System into interstellar space. However, we can still communicate with Voyager across that distance. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Sana'a (Idle Words)
The scariest thing I'll see in Yemen looms up at me before the plane has even landed. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Large sculpture a loop into the future and a tilt to Wynyard Station's past
They carried thousands of Sydneysiders each day for more than eight decades. And, while their days in operation ended early this year, parts of the four wooden escalators that adorned Wynyard Station remain as part of a large sculpture suspended above their modern replacements. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Same-sex marriage: Tim Wilson proposes to his partner after bill introduced to House of Reps - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Liberal MP Tim Wilson has proposed to his partner in the House of Representatives, shortly after the same-sex marriage bill was introduced to the Lower House. More to come. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Alt-right links to the ‘No’ case | The Saturday Paper
In Australia’s online “alt-right” community, they’re saying the fight is only just beginning. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
So You Want to Be a "Radical" Philanthropist? | HuffPost
"You have $8 billion," a recent article by Dylan Matthews of Vox supposes. "You want to do as much good as possible. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Aphantasia: Why some people can't see pictures in their imagination - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Imagine an apple floating in front of you. Now see if you can rotate it around in your mind. Look at it from the top, bottom — does it have any blemishes? How clearly can you see it? Some people see the apple perfectly, like watching a movie, while others have a very poor wavering image. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Can China actually lead on climate change? - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Related Story: China's coal likely peaked in 2013, now set to plummet: report Related Story: China will finance Adani mine, insiders say, but it will cost Australian jobs China is in the "driving seat" when it comes to "international co-operation" on climate, said President Xi Jinping at a via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
What's with reverse angle parking in so many country towns? - Curious Central West - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Self-parking vehicles, multi-storey carparks and stacking systems are features of the modern parking landscape in Australia, but visit a country town and it is likely reverse angle parking is the go. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Why Some Organizations Are More Prone to Sexual Harassment - The Atlantic
Nothing's foolproof, but there are research-proven changes companies could make. In the first earnings call after the head of Amazon Studios, Roy Price, resigned amid sexual-harassment allegations, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos said nothing about Price’s departure. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Why does everyone hate Read Receipts? We did some research to find out.
Read receipts, such as that familiar blue double-tick on WhatsApp or timestamp on iMessage, are the object of a lot of frustration. At least we know this anecdotally — and there are blogs and articles all over the net complaining about the feature. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
The myth of the male bumbler
Male bumblers are an epidemic. These men are, should you not recognize the type, wide-eyed and perennially confused. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Making the no vote about migrants ignores a fundamental thing | Naaman Zhou | Opinion | The Guardian
Within minutes of last Wednesday’s historic yes vote for marriage equality, the narrative was about western Sydney. Twelve electorates there recorded a majority no vote. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Hooked and booked – Jeremy Keith – Medium
At Booking.com, they do a lot of A/B testing. At Booking.com, they’ve got a lot of dark patterns. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
As A Male Feminist, I Really Think I’d Absolutely... | ClickHole
America is now confronting its endemic sexual harassment problem and finally holding powerful men accountable for their crimes against women in an unprecedented way. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
'You'll never work again': women tell how sexual harassment broke their careers | World news | The Guardian
Actors, writers, assistants, comedians and journalists speak out about the toll that sexual assault and harassment in the workplace took on their futures 07.07 EST Last modified on Tuesday 21 November 2017 09. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
The truth about false rape accusations — Quartz
False rape accusations loom large in the cultural imagination. We don’t forget the big ones: The widely-read 2014 Rolling Stone article, later retracted, about a brutal gang rape at the University of Virginia; the 2006 accusations against innocent members of the Duke University lacrosse team. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
How to Stop the Predators Who Aren’t Famous - The New York Times
Watching high-powered sex offenders fall like dominoes recently has involved plenty of schadenfreude for women in many fields. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Life with Two Kids | The New Yorker
A year ago, I only had one kid. And I am a-hundred-per-cent certain that my wife has only been pregnant once between then and now. But I look around my apartment these days, and there are babies everywhere. I'm only supposed to have two. We had Simon. And then Sara had one more after that. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
Having Black Lives Matter in Australia can help strengthen Indigenous activism | Jack Latimore | Opinion | The Guardian
Malcolm Turnbull’s flat rejection of the Uluru statement hung absurdly and deplorably over our visitors’ time here The visit of the founders of Black Lives Matter to accept the Sydney peace prize should be leveraged by First Nations, indeed by all people of colour in Australia plus our via Pocket
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