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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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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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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2 days 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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2 days 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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2 days 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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5 days 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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5 days 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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5 days 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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6 days 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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10 days 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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10 days 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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13 days 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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13 days 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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14 days 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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15 days 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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18 days 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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19 days 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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24 days 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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28 days 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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4 weeks ago
Is uni worth it? The salary gap between people with and without a degree is narrowing - Hack - triple j
Thinking about heading to uni? Getting a degree isn't quite the guaranteed ticket to a sweet salary as it once was, according to new research out today. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
How climate change is driving global hunger
The number of undernourished people around the globe increased to nearly 821 million in 2017, the third straight year of growth and the highest figure since 2009, according to a new report from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
List: Men In Tech to Work With and/or Go On Tinder Dates With Before You, a Woman In Tech, Get Fed Up With This Industry and Leave San Francisco Forever - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Tall, skinny. Thinks he’s just “lanky.” Likes climbing (indoor), climbing (outdoor), and his dog. When you meet him, he introduces himself as “Matt, full-stack web developer. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
The day before the storm: Photos of Sept 10, 2001 - 9/11 Remembered - Ten Years On - ABC News
If the world changed on September 11, 2001, what was life like the day before? Eight people share the photos they took of New York City and Washington DC the day before the infamous terrorist attacks, and answer three questions about their experiences at the time. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
The Professor I Reported For Harassment Got Suspended. Does That Mean I Won?
When it’s over, here’s what you do: Don’t ever let the thought enter your mind that you might not be fine. When you pitch this essay, make sure it’s over the phone. You wouldn’t want the defense attorney to have another email in his arsenal. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
How do you report on bank runs? – Bull Market – Medium
Looking ahead a couple of weeks, it might not be too long before the scent of bank runs is in the air. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Defending racism in Australian media 101 | IndigenousX | IndigenousX
There is a trend within conservative media to be aggressively racist and then pretend they don’t understand why people are calling them racist. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
IVF: 18% of cycles in Australia and New Zealand result in live birth | Society | The Guardian
Just 18% of IVF cycles in Australia and New Zealand result in a live birth, a report led by fertility experts has found. Of the 81,062 initiated IVF cycles in 2016-17, 66,664 (82. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
C.S. Lewis's Greatest Fiction Was Convincing American Kids That They Would Like Turkish Delight - Gastro Obscura
Turkish Delight, or lokum, is a popular dessert sweet throughout Europe, especially in Greece, the Balkans, and, of course, Turkey. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
The long, long history — and bright future — of the genderless ‘they’ - The Boston Globe
In 2013, Jo Herrera, then a student at the University of Missouri, became the first transgender candidate for the school’s Homecoming Court. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Maria sent her daughter to the so-called 'bad school'. And she hasn't looked back.
Everyone told Maria Kaivananga to avoid Matraville Sports High. Fellow primary school parents tried to put it delicately, as they gossiped in the playground at pick-up. "It's too cultural," said one, referring to the schools' immigrant and Indigenous students. "It's poorly resourced," said others. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
How Real News Is Worse Than Fake News
As problematic as “fake news” is, and as dangerous as the label can be, maybe “true news” is equally corrosive. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
The conventional wisdom about not feeding trolls makes online abuse worse - The Verge
According to the conventional wisdom of the internet, there’s one simple guideline for responding to trolls: don’t feed them. Ignore them, don’t react to them, don’t give them the attention they want. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
I Am Part of the Resistance Inside Nyarlathotep’s Death Cult - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Nyarlathotep is now facing one of the greatest threats in Its presidency so far. I should know, I clock in to kneel at Its feet upon the Altar of Despair every day. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Mothers as Makers of Death
I wrote the first draft of my novel Heartbreaker in a ten-day mania in August 2015 with a fist-size bandage over my left ear; beneath it, a track of dark-blue stitches. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
The reality is new coal power is not the answer for cheaper electricity bills - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The tipping point's been reached: renewable energy is now a cheaper source of power for Australia's future electricity needs than coal. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Why Your Efforts to Fix your Pipeline Aren’t Fixing Your Pipeline – Chelsea Troy
WARNING: This post speaks frankly about race and gender dynamics. I use the term ‘white men’ on several occasions. If that feels to you like a personal attack, I do not recommend this blog post for you right now. Instead, I recommend this resource. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
CARBORUNDORUM > /DEV/NULL
“Sandra,” my house told me, as our subdivision’s street lights blinked on, “you have a message I am unable to read aloud.” My phone was on the other side of my bed. “Who’s it from?” “Letitia Richardson.” I rolled across the bed to my phone. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
A 'woman problem'? No, the Liberals have a 'man problem', and they need to fix it
Politics isn’t rational. Prejudice trumps performance. Politics is run by thugs. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Penis detection derailed the Lego Universe MMO - Geek.com
Now that Lego is supposedly looking to get into the Minecraft and Skylanders spaces with their own building and toys-to-life games, a lot of people are thinking back to the last time the company backed an open world MMO, Lego Universe, and how that curiously only lasted two years. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
The Case for Low Capital-Gains Taxes Grows Weaker
By now, most informed observers know that economics research has gotten much more empirical since the early 1980s. Source: Daniel S. Hamermesh, Journal of Economic Literature via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
mjg59 | Privacy expectations and the connected home
Traditionally, devices that were tied to logins tended to indicate that in some way - turn on someone's xbox and it'll show you their account name, run Netflix and it'll ask which profile you want to use. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Hana Williams: The tragic death of an Ethiopian adoptee, and how it could happen again.
On the night of May 11, 2011, sometime around midnight, 13-year-old Hana Williams fell face-forward in her parents’ backyard. Adopted from Ethiopia three years before, Hana was naked and severely underweight. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Where did your genetic ancestors come from? | gcbias
[Part of a continuing set of blog posts on genetics and genealogy] In the last post I described how you are descended from a vast number of ancestors, from all over the world. But how much of your genome traces back to each of these ancestors? via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
DNA Test Ethnicity - Ancestry Tests May Pose a Threat to Our Social Fabric
I have never understood why anybody would think humans are by nature violent, warlike creatures. True, we have all surely had arguments turn sour and go off the rails—arguments sometimes so extreme, or even deadly, that we later wish we could take back what we have said and undo what has happened. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Hard-right columnists with no mass audience cause enough turmoil to ruin leaders | Jason Wilson | Australia news | The Guardian
In his parting words last week, Malcolm Turnbull lashed out at a “determined insurgency” from some colleagues and “powerful voices in the media” to “bring down my prime ministership”. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
The risks of alcohol (again) – WintonCentre – Medium
A recent paper published by the Lancet demonstrating the global impact of alcohol consumption was a huge exercise from the Gates Foundation-funded Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in Seattle. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
How My Sister Found (and Lost) My Wedding Dress - Racked
The dress was beautiful. It was maybe the seventh or eighth wedding dress I had tried on at the second store, the Bridal Galleria — more like a showroom than any store I had ever seen. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Why are the lights left on in Sydney CBD office buildings at night? - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Amit Mahadik was shocked when he walked out of his apartment in Sydney's Barangaroo early one morning to see 60-storey buildings fully lit up like Christmas trees. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Extreme Pregnancy | Boston Review
This response to Merve Emre’s forum is in Boston Review’s summer 2018 print issue Once and Future Feminist, where you will also find half a dozen other responses, as well as concluding thoughts from Emre. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Julie Bishop was no 'Lady Macbeth'
She tried. After serving as deputy leader for 10 years, after remaining determinedly loyal to Malcolm Turnbull, Julie Bishop folded when it became clear his time as prime minister was finished and entered the leadership ballot. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Bitcoin shows the scale of change needed to stop the climate crisis
Get the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Bitcoin is burning a hole in our future. The cryptocurrency now produces as much CO2 a year as a million transatlantic flights. What’s more, that number is set to grow by design. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
An Inquiry Into Abuse
Roger Morris was standing on the South Lawn of the White House. It was early 1969, and Richard Nixon had only been in office for three or four weeks. Morris was a holdover on the National Security Council from Lyndon Johnson’s administration, staying on at the behest of Henry Kissinger. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Bitcoin is not a good fit for renewable energy. Here’s why. | The unpublished notebooks of J. M. Korhonen
Recent research suggests that Bitcoin network is using an appreciable fraction – 0.1% – of the world’s total electricity use and is projected to use up to 0.5%, or about what all the solar panels in the world produce, by the year’s end. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Politicians must set aside blinkered ideologies in the climate end-game | David Spratt and Ian Dunlop | Opinion | The Guardian
Humanity has a big decision to make very soon about its future on warming planet, but the federal Coalition is still in denial that human-induced climate change even exists, let alone that the climate end-game is upon us. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
BDS: how a controversial non-violent movement has transformed the Israeli-Palestinian debate | News | The Guardian
Israel sees the international boycott campaign as an existential threat to the Jewish state. Palestinians regard it as their last resort. The movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel – known as BDS – has been driving the world a little bit mad. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Fat girl ski pants, selfies and the lost soul of skiing - SnowsBest
I don’t own bathroom scales. I threw them away over 20 years ago because I had spent too many years asking an inanimate object if I was ok each morning. Yet, still, every year I struggle with my ski pants. They are clearly now the barometer for personal happiness. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Rejected by A.A. | The New Republic
The applause rang out in the drab meeting hall across the river from David Hockenbury’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. David’s heart was pounding, and he felt his cheeks flush under the gaze of the large group gathered there on a spring night in 2016. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
How To Tell If You Are in an Essay on Adulthood - The Toast
Previously in this series. You love Don Draper, but at the same time you’re glad patriarchy is dead. It was a tough fight, and when you watch Don Draper you can see that he understands this too— both the love, and the complicated gladness. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Elon Musk Is Working Too Hard
It does actually happen occasionally that a short seller will bet against the stock of a company and then do something to sabotage the company. There’s that guy who shorted the stock of Borussia Dortmund, the soccer team, and allegedly planted a bomb on the team’s bus. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
See No Evil
Software helps companies coordinate the supply chains that sustain global capitalism. How does the code work—and what does it conceal? Trawling a hotel minibar one night while on a work trip to Amsterdam, I found a piece of chocolate with an unusual name: Tony’s Chocolonely. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
Online genealogy has created an unregulated forensic database for police - Science News - ABC News
DNA forensics was once reserved for official police labs, but thanks to the internet and a new wave of start-ups, those official barriers are wearing away. Commercial DNA testing services and crowdsourced genetic databases are helping people find long-lost relatives. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
Doctors should avoid saying ‘cancer’ for minor lesions – study | Society | The Guardian
The word “cancer” should be dropped from some medical diagnoses because the term can scare people into invasive treatments they do not need, Australian and US researchers say. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
Halfway to boiling: the city at 50C | Cities | The Guardian
Imagine a city at 50C (122F). The pavements are empty, the parks quiet, entire neighbourhoods appear uninhabited. Nobody with a choice ventures outside during daylight hours. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
People aren't the worst – they are the only hope for the planet | Jeff Sparrow | Opinion | The Guardian
People are the worst. Variants of that sentiment appeared all over social media when Coles decided against phasing out plastic bags on the basis that shoppers needed “more time to make the transition”. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
The 100-year capitalist experiment that keeps Appalachia poor, sick, and stuck on coal — Quartz
The first time Nick Mullins entered Deep Mine 26, a coal mine in southwestern Virginia, the irony hit him hard. Once, his ancestors had owned the coal-seamed cavern that he was now descending into, his trainee miner hard-hat secure. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago
Securing Web Sites Made Them Less Accessible – Eric’s Archived Thoughts
In the middle of last month (July 2018), I found myself staring at a projector screen, waiting once again to see if Wikipedia would load.  If I was lucky, the page started rendering 15-20 seconds after I sent the request. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago
“Lean In” Messages and the Illusion of Control
In a world in which men dominate leadership roles, should we focus on changing the systems and structures that favor men at women’s expense? Or should we emphasize the tactics individual women can use to get ahead? Our research explored this question. via Pocket
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