Kathrine Switzer: 50 years ago women were not allowed to run the marathon - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
That's the thought that latched itself into Kathrine Switzer's head when a male official tried to push her off the course of the Boston Marathon in 1967. via Pocket
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5 days ago
Debunking the 'cost of children' argument
Highly publicised estimates of the cost of raising a family in Australia suggest that parents must make hefty financial sacrifices to meet the needs of their children. In a recent paper, we challenge the theoretical and empirical basis for these claims. via Pocket
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13 days ago
Nota bene #7
As I sit in my Chinatown home office, looking out at a desolate snowscape, let me be the first to wish you a happy summer. via Pocket
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15 days ago
Stop Fabricating Travel Security Advice – the grugq – Medium
Recently travel to the US has become even more stressful as CBP have been more aggressively exercising their authority to examine digital devices. Their theory goes something like “we can open a cargo container to check whats inside therefore we can open a digital device to check whats inside. via Pocket
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15 days ago
In praise of credentialism • Inside Story
“Credentialism” was listed in the OED as a new word as recently as 2013, but the term has been in widespread, invariably pejorative use in academic and policy circles at least since the 1980s. via Pocket
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19 days ago
What the law says about letting your child walk to school on their own - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Related Story: Is it legal to break into a car to rescue a distressed dog? How long is too long to leave a child unattended? It is a question plenty of parents have pondered at some point. And now, it is causing concern, confusion and anger across social media — and not for the first time. via Pocket
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20 days ago
The Strava Files | Bicycling
Col de Chateauneuf / 3.4 mi. / 813 ft. / 11:42 Saint Martin Climb / 1 mi. / 590 ft. / 3:55 via Pocket
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22 days ago
Sustainable Open Source: The Maintainers Perspective or: How I Learned to Stop Caring and Love Open Source
If you want your open source maintaining to be sustainable, you need to stop caring. Wait what? via Pocket
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22 days ago
A former leader’s advice: in a crisis, have the courage to break with the past • Inside Story
In October 1970, a young Laurie Oakes interviewed an old Sir John McEwen, the legendary leader of the Country Party (now the Nationals), long-time deputy and strong right arm of Sir Robert Menzies. via Pocket
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23 days ago
The entire research literature on contagious yawning could be bogus.
It took scientists six months to train Alexandra the red-footed tortoise, but by midsummer 2009 she’d finally learned to fake a yawn. A formal experiment came right after. via Pocket
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24 days ago
Can you short Uber? — Quartz
In its first seven years of existence, Uber has irked cities, flouted regulators, and petrified whole industries. via Pocket
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24 days ago
Legendary Rock Climber Alex Honnold Gets Put Into an MRI, and the Results Are Surprising
Alex Honnold has his own verb. “To honnold”—usually written as “honnolding”—is to stand in some high, precarious place with your back to the wall, looking straight into the abyss. To face fear, literally. via Pocket
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25 days ago
Is this what happens when you criticise government? | blue milk
This has been such a disturbing experience. Recently, I wrote an article critical of Centrelink’s debt collection processes based on my personal experiences. That article is here. via Pocket
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25 days ago
Video Games Are Better Than Real Life
On the evening of November 9, having barely been awake to see the day, I took the subway to Sunset Park. My objective was to meet a friend at the arcade Next Level. In size, Next Level resembles a hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
There and Back Again - The New Yorker
Last year, Midas, the muffler company, in honor of its fiftieth anniversary, gave an award for America’s longest commute to an engineer at Cisco Systems, in California, who travels three hundred and seventy-two miles—seven hours—a day, from the Sierra foothills to San Jose and back. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
5 ways we could make buying a house more doable - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
External Link: Millennials are wondering where they'll get the money Related Story: Why are Millennials worried about the future? Related Story: Why Gen Y should hold off buying a home It's easy to see why young Australians might feel like they'll never catch up to rising house prices. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
GP rebate: What I do for the $37.05 that no one wants to pay
Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer View text version of this page Help using this website - Accessibility statement The Sydney Morning Herald News site of the year Comment Subscribe Login Sign-up Become a SMH member today! Join today and you can easily save your favourite artic via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
On the Milo Bus With the Lost Boys of America’s New Right
Have you heard the one about the boy who cried Fake News? This is a story about truth and consequences. It’s a story about who gets to be young and dumb, and who gets held accountable. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Why we should put 'basic' before 'universal' in the pursuit of income equality | John Quiggin | Opinion | The Guardian
Providing a basic income to all that’s not enough to live on makes no sense. The first order should be a guaranteed minimum income for those who need it The idea of a universal basic income (UBI) has been around for a long time. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
The Only Thing That's Curbed Inequality: Catastrophe - The Atlantic
Plagues, revolutions, massive wars, collapsed states—these are what reliably reduce economic disparities. Calls to make America great again hark back to a time when income inequality receded even as the economy boomed and the middle class expanded. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
BBC - Capital - Why open offices are bad for us
Four years ago, Chris Nagele did what many other technology executives have done before — he moved his team into an open concept office. His staff had been exclusively working from home, but he wanted everyone to be together, to bond and collaborate more easily. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
No Award goes to the movies: Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures tells the story of how African-American women helped put the United States in space. Margot Lee Shetterly’s book was optioned for film before it had even been published, so clearly I’m not the only person who was very excited by this concept. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Free exchange: Economists are prone to fads, and the latest is machine learning | The Economist
WHAT is the collective noun for a group of economists? Options include a gloom, a regression or even an assumption. In January, when PhD students jostle for jobs at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association, a “market” might seem the mot juste. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
The Kremlin Is Starting to Worry About Trump | Foreign Policy
In 2016, a senior Russian official explained to a group of visiting foreigners why the government had decided not to celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Housing affordability: How did we get here, and do first-time buyers ever stand a chance? - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Related Story: Housing affordability ideas range from dangerous to disastrous Related Story: Let renters buy without a deposit, Government MP suggests Related Story: Are there ways to make houses more affordable? There's a nasty little secret about housing affordability. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
End of nations: Is there an alternative to countries? | New Scientist
Nation states cause some of our biggest problems, from civil war to climate inaction. Science suggests there are better ways to run a planet Try, for a moment, to envisage a world without countries. Imagine a map not divided into neat, coloured patches, each with clear borders, governments, laws. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Why we think terrorism is scarier than it really is (and we probably always will) - Vox
I am arriving in Brussels. The train from London is full of the usual Chinese tourists and bored businesspeople. The city doesn’t, contrary to the impression given by CNN, resemble Kabul. Rows and rows of untouched houses scream bourgeois calm (actually, they gently whisper bourgeois calm). via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
The Feminist Legacy of the Baby-Sitters Club - The New Yorker
Not long ago, I found a homemade flyer inside my mailbox. “Got a kid?” it read. “Need a break? Available on weekends and during school vacation. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Parents Can Monitor Their Babies’ Sleep, Heart Rate, and Mood—But Should They? - The Atlantic
Parents can remotely track infants’ heart rate, their mood, and their every move—but should they? Going through pregnancy, an obstetrician once told me, is a little like cooking a rotisserie chicken: “You just set it and forget it. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Against Bargaining | Laurie Penny
What does it mean to be mentally healthy in a world gone mad? Sirens are blaring, lights are flashing, and we have been whisked out of the territory of metaphor onto the hard ground of fact. The rise to power and election of Donald J. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Research says there are ways to reduce racial bias. Calling people racist isn’t one of them. - Vox
In 2016, researchers stumbled on a radical tactic for reducing another person’s bigotry: a frank, brief conversation. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Overcoming Bias : This AI Boom Will Also Bust
Imagine an innovation in pipes. If this innovation were general, something that made all kinds of pipes cheaper to build and maintain, the total benefits could be large, perhaps even comparable to the total amount we spend on pipes today. (Or even much larger. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
You Don’t Need More Free Time
AMERICANS work some of the longest hours in the Western world, and many struggle to achieve a healthy balance between work and life. As a result, there is an understandable tendency to assume that the problem we face is one of quantity: We simply do not have enough free time. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Europe's racist far right is not on the rise. It’s always been there.
For how long does Europe’s racist right need to “rise” before it is acknowledged that Europe is racist and this is not the by product of recent social discontent? via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Playing with History: What Sid Meier’s Video Game Empire Got Right and Wrong About ‘Civilization’ : Longreads
The pleasure of Sid Meier’s Civilization series is that it is at once tantalizingly grand and endearingly granular. The game’s approach to the past has always been playful. Abe Lincoln can lead war-bands against Mahatma Gandhi’s phalanxes. The Aztecs can build the first nuclear bomb. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Job Interviews Are Useless
Employers, like most people, tend to trust their intuitions. But when employers decide whom to hire, they trust those intuitions far more than they should. Suppose that you are considering two candidates for a job in sales, Candidate A and Candidate B, and have interviewed both. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
To Less Efficient Startups - Anil Dash
Most of the technology world, especially the traditional venture funding infrastructure, is justifiably proud of the extreme efficiency of modern internet startups. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
The Oppressive Gospel of ‘Minimalism’
It has become an ostentatious ritual of consumerist self-sacrifice; people who have it all now seem to prefer having nothing at all. And, as with watching birds or going Paleo, talking about the material purge is just as important as actually doing it. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Self-Care: How to Take Care of Yourself When You Have Depression | The Mighty
In social work, “self-care” is one of those terms that is so overused, it has ceased to mean anything. Typically when self-care is referenced, the speaker is referring to activities and experiences that bring you pleasure. “The work in this field is really tough. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Thomas Friedman-style globalization has failed. We need internationalism | Leon Fink | Opinion | The Guardian
Many on the left like Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn advocate greater protectionism. But there are better alternatives to our problems Rightwing populists from Donald Trump to British Brexiters to French National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen are all playing the nationalist card. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
What's Wrong With #FirstWorldProblems - The Atlantic
If you use Twitter, you are no doubt familiar with the hashtag, #firstworldproblems. It's used to convey a sense of ironic perspective as in "Ever since getting my iPhone 4S, I keep trying to talk to my iPad. #firstworldproblems. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
The Real Name Fallacy – The Coral Project
People often say that online behavior would improve if every comment system forced people to use their real names. It sounds like it should be true – surely nobody would say mean things if they faced consequences for their actions? via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
After the Death of Her Father, a Woman Reconnects with a Language She Hasn't Spoken in Years
Several years ago, my father died as he had done most things throughout his life: without preparation and without consulting anyone. He simply went to bed one night, yielded his brain to a monstrous blood clot, and was found the next morning lying amidst the sheets like his own stone monument. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby? - The Atlantic
Deep anxiety about the ability to have children later in life plagues many women. But the decline in fertility over the course of a woman’s 30s has been oversold. Here’s what the statistics really tell us—and what they don’t. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
I Was a Proud Non-Breeder. Then I Changed My Mind.
Twelve years ago, I penned an essay for a Salon series called “To Breed or Not to Breed,” about the decision to have children or not. It began this way: “When I tell people that I’m 27, happily married and that I don’t think I ever want children, they respond one of two ways. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
John Quiggin » Workless, or working less?
That’s the title of my review of Tim Dunlop’s excellent new book, Why the Future Is Workless, published at Inside Story. It’s over the fold. Donald Trump’s election to the US presidency has brought to the fore issues that have been simmering for some time. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
‘By whatever means necessary’: The origins of the ‘no platform’ policy | Hatful of History
Recently the concept of ‘no platform’ was in the news again when there were attempts to cancel a talk by Germaine Greer at Cardiff University. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Medium, and The Reason You Can’t Stand the News Anymore.
In January, Medium founder Ev Williams announced that despite his company’s efforts to better the news industry, it would refocus. The reason? At its inception, Medium likely thought what many well-intentioned startups and news outlets do. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Close Manus and Nauru, bring refugees here say 70 organisations | Australia news | The Guardian
Coalition of charities, aid groups, unions and think tanks says refugee deal with US in ‘serious doubt’ and call for bipartisan policy to evacuate camps 00.13 EST Last modified on Friday 3 February 2017 00. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Australia needs to adapt to the new circumstances of Trump’s America | James Curran | Opinion | The Guardian
Malcolm Turnbull was right to stand his ground over his refugee deal with the US but the episode reveals the limitations of his interpretation of the new administration In the wake of the dramatic revelations about the weekend phone conversation between the American president and the Australi via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Dumping Adrian Piccoli shows conservative leaders just don't care about public schools | Maralyn Parker | Opinion | The Guardian
Conservative governments forget that the majority of Australians send their children to public schools. They are wilfully ignorant about public school values, and have no vision via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
On refugees, Trump and Turnbull compete in a race to the bottom | Oliver Laughland | Opinion | The Guardian
As the former Australian immigration minister said about Trump’s border plans: ‘Really, the rest of the world is catching up to Australia’ The fall-out between President Donald Trump and Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull on the resettlement of refugees is not only an extraordin via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Impartiality or diversity. Pick one. | Fusion
Every media company claims to value diversity in its newsroom; most of them also lay claim to some kind of impartiality. Well, I’m sorry, but: This is one of those things where you have to choose. You can have one or the other, but you can’t have both. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
May Bartlett moved into this Rozelle cottage 90 years ago, when life was very different – Domain
This is old news, but many of you won’t have heard it before. In fact, most readers weren’t born when May Bartlett moved into 1 Callan Street Rozelle as a 7-year-old. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Trump is only finishing what Hollywood and the media started
For a brief moment, it was almost as if they were people. They were scientists working on new treatments for HIV/AIDS or whose research had helped contain the spread of that Ebola outbreak a few years ago. They were engineers who led NASA deployments of rovers to Mars. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
How to Listen to Authoritarians (Without Losing Your Mind)
Nobody seems to know: should we believe them, or not? Should we take authoritarians literally, but not seriously — or vice versa? But if we can’t get the answer right, this state of affairs will only get worse. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Stumbling and Mumbling: Is the centre-left dead?
Branko Milanovic raises a question: is liberalism (or centre-leftism) dead? There’s a precedent here. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Weak and Incompetent Leaders act like Strong Leaders | Tom Pepinsky
An essay by Yonatan Zunger entitled “Trial Balloon for a Coup?” is making the rounds. Such essays are frightening to many. And yet they must be read critically. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
the internet is my prosthetic brain - Basically a tractor rolling in slow motion in front of a sunset with the American flag superimposed
06:27 pm - Basically a tractor rolling in slow motion in front of a sunset with the American flag superimposed Quoting with permission from a locked post and discussion, because sapote's phone scripts are works of manipulative genius -- and I say that with the most heartfelt admiration -- in which t via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Fasten your seatbelt, Peter Thiel, it’s going to be bumpy for Trump in Silicon Valley! - Recode
So I thought my column this week would be a fun one, focused on the what-the-f
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8 weeks ago
Does your job contradict your beliefs? · Code Without Rules
As an employee your work is chosen by the owners and managers of the company: you choose the means, they choose the ends. Becoming an employee doesn't mean abdicating your moral responsibility, however. Even if someone else has chosen the goals you are still responsible for your own actions. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
The First Lesson Of Trump’s America For Australia: Take The Far-Right Seriously - New Matilda
US voters and pundits have been insulated by the assumption Donald Trump could not be taken literally. That’s proving to have been a dangerous mistake, writes Max Chalmers. For the sceptical viewer of reality television, the genre can never quite wow in the manner of documentary. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
The new black: The overworked, underpaid, cash-in-hand worker is becoming increasingly common. | The Monthly
Tomoe* flew home to Japan in November after a two-year working holiday in Australia. She had six employers in that time. All bar one of them had either underpaid or not paid her, or had avoided tax and other obligations by paying cash. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
One Nation, Australia's portal to Trump and the alt-right
Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer View text version of this page Help using this website - Accessibility statement Canberra Times NSW Login Sign-up Become a Canberra Times member today Join today and you can easily save your favourite articles, join in the conversation and comm via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Trump’s un-American self-destruction | Fusion
With a single, 153-word sentence, Donald Trump has managed to transform the United States from a beacon of liberty into a fortress of hate and intolerance. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
The Guardian printed a ridiculous, fake 1984 quote · Great Job, Internet! · The A.V. Club
In this new era of fake news and alternative facts, writers are desperate for any sort of poignant phrase or literary reference to sum up the helplessness they feel looking at the world around them. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
The Australian history boom has busted, but there's hope it may boom again
This is the first in a series examining Australian national identity, especially around the ongoing debate about Australia Day. Last month, my wife and I took our ten-year-old daughter to Sovereign Hill, that colourful re-creation of gold-rush Ballarat. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Why I don't support changing the date of Amnesia Day - Eureka Street
19 CommentsCeleste Liddle I don't know many activists within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community who don't experience a feeling of dread each January. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
'West Wing syndrome': is our obsession with US politics doing us harm?
Foreign policy is intimately connected to culture. This is why young Australians need their own pop culture pivot to Asia Last week, I boarded a flight to south-east Asia while scrolling on my phone for the latest US politics news. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Why we should all have a basic income – World Economic Forum – Medium
Consider for a moment that from this day forward, on the first day of every month, around $1,000 is deposited into your bank account — because you are a citizen. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Social skills for autonomous people. — You can only fight evil as the person you really...
When you’re fighting evil, it’s important to be aware of your limitations. You can only fight evil as the person you really are. Trying to ignore your limitations will not make you a better activist — it just crushes you. Fighting evil is a lot of hard work. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind – The Coffeelicious – Medium
Since the election, a lot of people not previously involved in activism have jumped in with both feet. The ACLU and Planned Parenthood have been inundated with donations, mostly from first-time givers. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Pando: Lean Out: The deafening post-November silence of Sheryl Sandberg
When I moved here, female leaders didn’t want to look female, be called female, or even be congratulated for climbing the corporate ranks while female. The mantra was that it was somehow sexist to talk about them as women, rather than people who had achieved. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Pregnant Refugee On Nauru May Die If She Isn't Brought To Australia Now, Doctors Say - BuzzFeed News
Doctors are pleading for a heavily pregnant asylum seeker with known health complications to be flown from Nauru to Australia immediately to give birth. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
Tech workers aren't known for political activism. But that may be changing - LA Times
Ayelet Bitton never thought she’d get involved in politics. Like many of her Silicon Valley peers, the 25-year-old software engineer cared about social and political issues, but didn’t think it was her place to speak up. This changed Nov. 8. via Pocket
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