Don't invite me to your straight wedding until we all have the right to marry - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Related Story: Should you be worried if you haven't got your same-sex marriage postal survey yet? Related Story: I've sent back my same-sex marriage survey forms. via Pocket
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4 days ago
The Week My Husband Left And My House Was Burgled I Secured A Grant To Begin The Project That Became BRCA1 | HuffPost UK
The week of April Fools' Day of 1981 began badly. That Sunday night my husband told me he was leaving me. He had fallen in love with one of his graduate students, and they were headed back to the tropics the next day. I was completely devastated. It was totally unexpected. via Pocket
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4 days ago
The daddy dilemma: Why men face a ‘flexibility stigma’ at work - The Washington Post
When children were asked in a 1999 study whether they spend enough time with their parents, they had something interesting to say. They have quite enough time with their mothers, thank you. What they wanted was more time with their fathers. Not too much has changed in the past decade. via Pocket
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8 days ago
This Is What Happens to Ambition in Your 30s
What is this midlife crisis among the 30-year-olds I know?  Millennial women — at least those who reside in professional bubbles — seem to have it all. They are better educated, more prosperous, less encumbered by cultural expectations than any previous generation of women. via Pocket
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8 days ago
Push to end orphanage volunteering as World Challenge stops trips for students - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The trend of Australian high school students going overseas to volunteer in an orphanage is about to come to an abrupt end. via Pocket
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10 days ago
Flying Coach Is So Cramped It Could Be a Death Trap
As airlines pack seats tighter than ever, the tests supposed to show that passengers can get out alive in a crash are woefully out of date. The FAA won’t make the results public, and a court warns there is “a plausible life-and-death safety concern.” via Pocket
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10 days ago
Bodega Isn’t Just Bad Branding, It’s Bad Business - Eater
“You know what this place needs,” I said to myself this morning, as I went into the little store around the corner where I buy my daily coffee, my breakfast sandwiches, my late-night potato chips, and my emergency tampons. via Pocket
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10 days ago
Standing for equality, as people and parents | Central Western Daily
With marriage equality postal survey forms to begin arriving in letterboxes this week, one couple has a simple message. Vote Yes. via Pocket
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13 days ago
How I failed to replicate an $86 million project in 1 line of code
When an experiment with existing open source technology just cherry-picks results to make it look goodThe Medium article “How I replicated an $86 million project in 57 lines of code” has been doing the rounds the last few days, describing how an automated license plate recognition (ALPR) system via Pocket
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14 days ago
Aung San Suu Kyi: damned by her silence | Observer profile | World news | The Guardian
Perhaps no one in the modern world has been so admired as a moral icon, then fallen so far in global estimation, as Aung San Suu Kyi. The Burmese democracy champion turned politician made her name as an implacable fighter for human rights. via Pocket
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14 days ago
The Rohingya tragedy and Aung San Suu Kyi.
A humanitarian disaster is developing on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, where 164,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed in the past two weeks. via Pocket
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14 days ago
We should weep, but more importantly we should act to stop Indigenous suicides | Gerry Georgatos | Opinion | The Guardian
I have sat with hundreds of families in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities that have lost loved ones to suicide. They are crying out to be heard In the last few years I have written more than 300 articles on the suicide crisis and on suicide prevention. via Pocket
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14 days ago
Postal Survey: I'm Sorry Our Very Existence Is Now Up For Debate
Amy Coopes is a journalist, medical student and, along with her same-sex partner, the mother to a young son. Here, she writes about the effects of the marriage equality postal survey on her and her family. If there is one comfort in anything, it is that you won’t remember this time. via Pocket
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16 days ago
The truck that got away
Vandenberg was well known to police. His criminal record by 2009 included more than 60 driving offences stretching back to 1981 across Queensland, NSW and Victoria, including careless driving, negligent driving and high-range speeding offences. via Pocket
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16 days ago
When The Racist Is Someone You Know and Love… – Embrace Race – Medium
He smiled. I blinked. Fifteen years ago, I was moving into my third-floor condo in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. I’d hired a neighborhood locksmith to re-key the locks. The place was the size of a postage stamp but it was all mine and it had an extraordinary view. via Pocket
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16 days ago
Should Australian schools force girls to wear skirts? - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Girls around the country are being denied the option of wearing pants or shorts to school, as state governments refuse to require schools to offer an alternative to the dress. via Pocket
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17 days ago
What happened to the 'timeless' Post Office clock in Orange? - Curious Central West - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Related Story: What is Curious Central West? Recently, the announcement that upgrade works would leave London without Big Ben's bong for four years caused a worldwide stir. via Pocket
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17 days ago
Is There Any Point to Protesting? | The New Yorker
That winter of 2003—you remember it, and so do I—the world assembled, arms linked, to protest the prospect of war in Iraq. What times those were, and how the passions swelled. via Pocket
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19 days ago
The Political Life is no Life at All
If you ask Greg Combet whether he misses his old political life, you get a slightly rueful response. ‘At times I miss it,’ he says. ‘But if I get carried away, I just remember what it was like. via Pocket
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19 days ago
Carry On Reviewing | shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows
Sometimes, the most compelling books to read are also a fascinating mess, in equal parts frustrating and subversive. Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On is such a book, and even having finished it, I’m still not sure which I want more: to fling it against the wall or recommend it. Much like Catherynne M. via Pocket
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24 days ago
Don’t give money to the Red Cross. We need a new way.
In 2004, I was just starting my first full-time job in a Washington newsroom when disaster struck. It was on the other side of the world: an extraordinarily powerful earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia, that triggered a tsunami across the Indian Ocean. via Pocket
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26 days ago
Cycling to work: major new study suggests health benefits are staggering
Research has consistently shown that people who are less physically active are both more likely to develop health problems like heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and to die younger. Yet there is increasing evidence that physical activity levels are on the decline. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Weedy seadragon sex caught on film for what's believed to be the first time - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Related Story: Scientists track threatened weedy seadragons using marine 'facial recognition' Related Story: 'Near threatened' baby weedy sea dragons make debut at Melbourne Aquarium A former PE teacher has upstaged David Attenborough by filming a special moment in the secret sex lives of w via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
Why Sci-Fi Keeps Imagining the Subjugation of White People - The Atlantic
As much as the genre imagines the future, it also remixes the past—often by envisioning Western-style imperialism visited on the Western world. Science-fiction "contemplates possible futures." So says a new Smithsonian article, and it doesn't seem like a particularly controversial thesis. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
When White Nationalists Get DNA Tests Revealing African Ancestry - The Atlantic
An analysis of Stormfront forums shows a sometimes sophisticated understanding of the limits of ancestry tests. The white-nationalist forum Stormfront hosts discussions on a wide range of topics, from politics to guns to The Lord of the Rings. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
A Look Back at the 1939 Pro-Nazi Rally at Madison Square Garden and the Protesters Who Organized Against It
In late February 1939, roughly 22,000 people gathered at New York City’s Madison Square Garden for a rally, which included a 50-member drum and bugle corps and a color guard of more than 60 flags. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Bird caught in amber 100 million years ago is best ever found | New Scientist
Insects are not the only creatures that got stuck in amber during the time of the dinosaurs. Bits of ancient birds and dinosaurs have been found too – and now the most complete bird yet has been found. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
When surgery is just a stitch-up | Science | The Guardian
With evidence mounting that many minor operations owe their success to the placebo effect, is it time to call a halt to some routine procedures? What’s the difference between a homeopath and a surgeon? It’s a question that sounds like a joke, and it won’t have many surgeons laughing. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
The constitution is broken and out of date — we should abolish it and start again - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The debacle over Section 44 of the constitution, which has already seen two MPs leave the Parliament and threatens to bring down the Government, shows the document has outlived its use-by date. Even the Prime Minister said this week the constitution was not meant to be read literally. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
The e-mail Larry Page should have written to James Damore
You’re probably expecting me to start by claiming that there are no differences in the average abilities, aptitudes and interests of men and women. Or that the fact that four times as many of Google’s software engineers are men than are women is proof of discrimination. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Babies at Work: It’s Weird that it’s Weird – Leah Silber – Medium
The crew over at Tilde started the year with a new somewhat uncommon policy: new parents (mothers or fathers) could bring their immobile infants to work with them. Your new little one was (is!) welcome to tag along to work until six months, or until they start crawling. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Everything what's wrong of succulents
Previously in this series. I'm in the habitualment of mistrusting an indoor plant. An indoors plant, I don't prize; you're the outdoors trying to sneak up to my house and get insituated. They're always spilling out of ceiling pots like a muffled green waterfall. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
The Google memo and Trump’s DOJ prove that diversity is not enough.
Americans have never ceased arguing over the merits of inclusion and diversity, but two recent events have reinvigorated those debates. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Pando: Brotopia is burning
In the late 1990s, the phrase the “new economy” was coined in reaction to Internet companies that seemed to defy all the normal laws of business physics. They could raise massive sums of capital, and go public for billions of dollars with no revenues a year later. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Romper Stomper: Why I won't be watching Stan's new TV series - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Zahid Mubarek, 19, was serving the last few hours before his release from a young offenders' institution in Feltham, England — he was serving 90 days for shoplifting a packet of razor blades and interfering with a motor vehicle — when he got attacked by his cell mate. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
There's Now a Name for the Micro Generation Born Between 1977-1983
I know this sounds like a special snowflake thing to say, but as someone born in 1979, the truth is I’ve never identified with either Gen X-ers or Millennials. I didn’t grow up with technology, but I’m comfortable with it. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Jobs being taken by robots? Where's your evidence
There's just one problem to remember before we work ourselves into a complete tizz over the War on Wages, convincing ourselves globalisation and digital disruption mean we'll never get a steady job or a decent pay rise again. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
I’m a Google Manufacturing Robot and I Believe Humans Are Biologically Unfit to Have Jobs in Tech - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
I, a manufacturing robot at Google Factory C4.7, value diversity and inclusion. I also do not deny that machines are sometimes given preference to humans in the workplace. All I’m suggesting in this document is that humans’ underrepresentation in tech is not due to discrimination. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Women will never advance doing community work – Karolina Szczur – Medium
This article is inspired by my own experience and an insightful conversation with two lovely women — Susan Wu and Sarah Moran. I’ve been in the industry for roughly ten years (you can read about it in detail here). I’ve recently fully realised why my career isn’t where I want it to be. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Tolkien’s Map and The Messed Up Mountains of Middle-earth | Tor.com
We’ve got to talk about Tolkien’s map of Middle-earth. The man might have made up some beautiful languages and written stories that generations of writers have responded to in ways ranging from homage to bad photocopy, but I’m going to guess he was no connoisseur of geography. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Alice Eather: Anti-fracking activist's 'black dog' never left her, family says - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
When popular young Arnhem Land teacher and environmentalist took her life last month, it hit hard in a community already reeling from an uptick in Aboriginal youth suicide. However, says her father, that story is not her story. (WARNING: Story contains images of a deceased Indigenous person.) via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Tolerance is not a moral precept
The title of this essay should disturb you. We have been brought up to believe that tolerating other people is one of the things you do if you’re a nice person — whether we learned this in kindergarten or from Biblical maxims like “love your neighbor as yourself” and “do unto others. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Why Women Aren’t C.E.O.s, According to Women Who Almost Were - The New York Times
A year ago, dressed in suffragette white and addressing a cheering, weeping convention, Hillary Clinton stood for possibility. Now she is a reminder of the limits women continue to confront — in politics and beyond. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
I hacked my body for a future that never came - The Verge
In fall 2012, I implanted a rare earth magnet in my right ring finger. Magnets were one of the most accessible forms of DIY biohacking, a niche subculture riding the start of a massive mainstream publicity wave. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
Three Thoughts on Emotional Labour – GUTS
Recently a guy I went on a few dates with was going through a rough time. We were texting about it and I said “If there’s anything I can do to be supportive, please let me know.” He responded by asking me how he could accept support from me without exploiting my emotional labour. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
The economics of self-service checkouts
Self-checkouts in supermarkets are increasing as businesses battle to reduce costs and increase service efficiency. But looking at the numbers, it isn’t clear that self-service is an easy win for businesses. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
How midwives guide babies into the world, in Kenya, Washington and Jerusalem - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
This moment happens every minute of every day, an ancient and seemingly universal experience. In Kenya, in Washington, and in Jerusalem, the rhythms are the same. A room, a mother, and a safe pair of hands to guide the child into the world. And yet, so much is different. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
So this one time at a journalism conference… – Heather Bryant – Medium
I was talking to this person whom I’d just met. They told me about their job and where they worked. They asked me about mine. I told them I’d worked in public media in Alaska before moving to the Lower 48. I was a couple of months from wrapping up my time as a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
All roads lead to fail in the tech career path – Marlena Compton – Medium
It has not been easy, but I am still here and contemplating the direction I want my career to take in the next 5 years, as you do. I am a white, cis, female with a secure job and a good education. This is a good amount of privilege. In tech, there are a few career paths for people to follow. via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
The silent partner: What it was like for journalist Eliza Harvey when her correspondent husband was shot - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
My three-year-old son Sean and I were at the local library in Sydney last week trying to get a membership. What a pain. When I got out my phone to scan my ID, I saw my husband Adam had called a couple of times. via Pocket
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june 2017
Don’t Look Now – The New Inquiry
Fifty years ago today the New York Times made Kitty Genovese the archetypical victim of urban apathy and violence. Now we know just how wrong they were via Pocket
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june 2017
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