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17 Dec 14:00

Medicare vs. National Health Care: How U.S. Seniors Do in Cross-National Perspective

by Jay Livingston, PhD

“We need to get rid of Obamacare,” says Ed Gillispie in a NYT op-ed. The reason: Obamacare’s “gravitational pull toward a single-payer system that would essentially supplant private insurance with a government program.”

Gillespie, who lays out his credentials at the start of the article – he ran for Senate in Virginia and lost – notes that Obamacare is unpopular. But he omits all mention of a government-run single-payer system that happens to be very popular – Medicare. No Republican dare run on a platform of doing away with it. Gillespie himself accused Obamacare of cutting Medicare, a statement that Politifact found “Mostly False.”

So how are seniors doing? Compared to their pre-Medicare counterparts, they are  probably healthier, and they’re probably shelling out less for health care. But compared to seniors in other countries, not so well. A Commonwealth Fund survey of eleven countries finds that seniors (age 65 and older) in the U.S. are the least healthy – the most likely to suffer from chronic illnesses.* 

Over half the U.S. seniors say that they are taking four or more prescription drugs; all the other countries were below 50%:

And despite Medicare, money was a problem. Nearly one in five said that in the past year they “did not visit a doctor, skipped a medical test or treatment that a doctor recommended, or did not fill a prescription or skipped doses because of cost.” A slightly higher percent had been hit with $2,000 or more in out-of-pocket expenses. 

In those other countries, with their more socialistic health care systems, seniors seem to be doing better, physically and financially.  One reason that American seniors are less healthy is that our universal, socialized medical care doesn’t kick in until age 65. People in those other countries have affordable health care starting in the womb. 

Critics of more socialized systems claim that patients must wait longer to see a doctor. The survey found some support for that. Does it take more than four weeks to get to see a specialist? U.S. seniors had the highest percentage of those who waited less than that. But when it came to getting an ordinary doctor’s appointment, the U.S. lagged behind seven of the other ten countries.

There was one bright spot for U.S. seniors. They were the most likely to have developed a treatment plan that they could carry out in daily life. And their doctors  “discussed their main goals and gave instructions on symptoms to watch for” and talked with them about diet and exercise.

Gillespie and many other Republicans want to scrap Obamacare and substitute something else. That’s progress I suppose. Not too long ago, they were quite happy with the pre-Obamacare status quo. Throughout his years in the White House, George Bush insisted that “America has the best health care system in the world.” Their Republican ideology precludes them from learning from other countries. As Marco Rubio put it, we must avoid “ideas that threaten to make America more like the rest of the world, instead of helping the world become more like America.”

But you’d think that they might take a second look at Medicare, a program many of them publicly support.

* Includes hypertension or high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, lung problems, mental health problems, cancer, and joint pain/arthritis.

Jay Livingston is the chair of the Sociology Department at Montclair State University. You can follow him at Montclair SocioBlog or on Twitter.

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17 Dec 15:19

Stop telling women to talk like men

by Dana Bolger

Over at Slate, Marybeth Seitz-Brown has an important piece on uptalk, the rising intonation some women use at the end of their declarative sentences. That speech pattern, and the women who employ it, are frequently belittled or outright dismissed, while the men who use it — and many do — escape the same censure. Seitz-Brown calls that out for what it is: sexism.

In Belfast English, stereotypical women’s speech falls at the end of a sentence, while men’s speech rises before it plateaus—basically, the men are uptalking. And yet Belfast women’s speech is still perceived as more expressive or emotional, showing that it’s not about their actual intonation at all: It’s about whose mouth the speech is coming from.

[...] The notion that my uptalk means I was unsure of what I said is not only wrong, it’s misogynistic. It implies that if women just spoke like men, our ideas would be valuable. If women just spoke like men, sexist listeners would magically understand us, and we would be taken seriously. But the problem is not with feminized qualities, of speech or otherwise, the problem is that our culture pathologizes feminine traits as something to be ashamed of or apologize for.

Seitz-Brown, who faced pushback for using uptalk in an interview she did with NPR, notes that much of that resistance came from women who were, perhaps, trying to be helpful (by cramming their respectability politics down her throat). To those critics, Seitz-Brown responds:

I get it. I owe a lot to these women who came before me, and I understand that they may not have had much choice in the matter when they were my age. After all, employers admit to actively punishing workers who use uptalk, and many women, especially women of color, simply can’t afford not to change their voice in order to gain respect. But just because sexism exists doesn’t mean that the sexists are right about it: Women shouldn’t have to wear pantsuits to be treated like human beings, and we shouldn’t have to contort our voices to sound masculine (but not too masculine!) to make people hear us…. I believe we can do better than that. We can evaluate the merits of an idea based on the soundness of its reasoning, not the pitch range in which it’s articulated.

At the end of the day, it’s an accident of history (and white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy) that uptalk, or AAVE, or any other dismissed “variant” of “standard” English, isn’t viewed as the model speech to which we should all aspire.

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18 Dec 05:20

Thursday Tipples 06 / Cherry Candy Cane Mojito

by Lisa Manche
cherry candy cane mojito

It has been a really tough few days following the news in Sydney. After Monday’s 16 hour siege in a busy Sydney cafe that I’ve visited dozens of times, just a few blocks from where I used to work, I woke up to the terrible news that it had ended with two innocent people dying as heroes while trying to protect their fellow hostages.

I’m sure like many others I’ve felt a full spectrum of emotions in the last few days as these events hit really close to home, but if there is any positive to come out, it is definitely the beautiful way Australians have come together in the wake of these tragic events, from the floral memorial in Martin place, to the social media messages of hope and support that quickly spread all over the world.

cherry candy cane mojito

Since I moved to the other side of Sydney I don't see my family nearly as often, and so this year Christmas feels particularly special. I seriously can't wait to spend time with my Nanna, see how much my cousins' kids have grown and share a delicious home-cooked meal with all the people I love the most.

My sister and I brainstormed together to come up with a fun Christmas drink, and this Cherry Candy Cane Mojito is it. I know I've posted two cherry recipes in a row but they are so delicious and very cheap right now, so I've been eating a LOT of them! It uses traditional mojito ingredients - lime, mint and white rum with cherries and a candy cane as a cute garnish and to intensify the mint flavour in the drink itself. It just feels so festive and would be great at a Christmas party with friends!

cherry candy cane mojito

Cherry Candy Cane Mojito
Makes 1 in a tall glass or 2 in smaller glasses as shown

  • 60ml Bacardi Superior rum (or your favourite white rum)
  • ½ fresh lime
  • 12 cherries, pitted
  • 12 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 heaped bar spoons of caster sugar
  • Dash of soda water
  • Cubed and crushed ice
  • Candy canes, to garnish

Put the four lime wedges and pitted cherries into one tall glass or divide between two smaller ones, then add the sugar and muddle (squish everything together) to release the lime juice. Put the mint leaves on one hand and clap. This bruises the leaves and releases the aroma. Rub the mint leaves around the rim of the glass and drop them in. Gently push the mint down into the lime juice.

Half fill the glass with crushed ice and pour in the rum. Stir the mix together until the sugar dissolves. Top up with crushed ice, a splash of the soda water and garnish with a candy cane.

12 Dec 16:10

In Which We Can Only Hope For A Good One

by Durga
Fergus Noodle

I hardly ever know the bands the writers listen to but this one I did. Phew.

Miss You



× The time will never be right for a family vacation.


× It’s been years, nearer to a decade, since the last one.


× Somehow, plans for one are hatched.


× By way of Reply All, one family member will threaten to withdraw from the trip.


× It will happen more than once.


× Compromises are remarkably easy.


× Keep in mind, the art of bargaining with empty threats can often appear like a compromise.


× Once the tickets are booked, doubts about a family vacation are directly proportionate to an increasing yet delicate sense of anticipation.


× This type of anticipation is expressed through practical (but thoughtful) text messages.


× Some examples include: “thinkin of buying one of those 360 degree spinner wheel suitcases. thoughts?” Or, “Have you seen how hot it’s gonna be!?”


× Or (attached with a picture of your passport and approved travel visa) the words: “I win.”


× Bottom line: “The youngest” will never grow out of wanting to be “first.”


× Family vacations provoke immediate regression.


× Reverting to childhood habits is embarrassingly easy.


× For instance, you will pack little, expecting to borrow shampoo, toothpaste, and mosquito repellent from your parents.


× Clothes, from your older brother.


× Coveting an older sibling’s t-shirts is an irrefutable fact of life.


× Book choice, on the other hand, requires much deliberation.


× Tip! Pack one re-read. Two brand new books (your choice). And one recommendation/gift (someone else’s choice.)


×Also suggested: print and pack a few longreads that you’ve recently read and enjoyed and want to share with your family.


× On the way to the airport, you’re unexpectedly charmed by the idea of this trip.

× Following a series of delayed flights, bad food, and interrupted sleep, spotting your parent’s face at the airport in Mumbai, shouting your name from a crowd, feels like a hallucination.


× A hallucination immediately made real by comments on how tired you look.


× Or how thin your face has become.


× Or how your jacket sleeve has a hole.


× It takes a couple days, give or take, for parents to adjust to being around their kids who are no longer kids.


× Stuff gets said that isn’t meant to hurt.


× More often than not a parent forgets that you exist in a world where you work and pay rent, and get angry and sad, and have your heart broken and mended, broken and mended.


× Still, that initial hug will briefly dissolve all that currently feels unwieldy in your life.


× You will spend the rest of the vacation dodging all topics related to what is feeling unwieldy in your life.



× Avoid deflecting to your sibling’s life.


× Just dodge.


× Dodge. Dodge. Dodge.


× Until that one afternoon, a very sunny one where your skin feels warmed from within and everyone is off doing his or her thing, and you suddenly feel compelled to put down your book and talk to someone.


× Less the actual conversation, but the desire to speak candidly and kindly, is the vacation’s sweet spot.


× Similar examples: Drinks at the hotel bar with your brother on your father’s tab. A wedding reception at the hotel keeps you both distracted enough to not get on each other’s nerves.


× Or, watching as a parent delights in a snack he or she hasn’t delighted in in years.


× Better yet; if you find the snack particularly gross.


× And a personal favorite: The four of you walking in a narrow line. (The market was too crowded and loud to walk and talk side by side.)


× Inevitably, when a family is forced to walk in a line, the eldest member always appears the youngest.


× At a spice plantation, biting into a peppercorn and burning your tongue, you are more present than you have been in a very long time.


× Parents look older the more present one feels.


× But their happiness looks freer too.


× E-mailing a friend frequently — as frequently as possible that is — is essential.


× But just one friend.


× Choose someone who won’t expect elaborate details about the trip, but a continued conversation from before you left.


× E-mails concerning the vacation, unless funny, are rarely enjoyable to read or to write.


× Choose a friend who you’ve recently felt emotionally near to.


× One that your parents do not know or have the knowledge to ask about.


× These emails will feel secret and with ten hours separating the two of you, your good mornings will be her good nights. Her insomnia will feel like company.


× She will be, for the next two weeks, that side of you which is witness to yourself. An orbit.


× Long car rides through windy mountaintop roads in Kerala will make you devastatingly nauseous.


× Nausea is the most regressive sensation, ever. All you want is parents, and luckily, they are there!


× Offering to sit in the middle is both a literal and figurative way of hoping to take up the least amount of space.



× Missing an ex when travelling with family is expected.


× Missing an ex’s body, especially when sleeping in hotel sheets, will feel cruel and comforting, both.


× An “I miss you” e-mail will be sent and regretted.


× Nostalgia becomes unusually relevant on family vacations.


× One morning, late in the trip, a big fight will push someone to his or her limit.


× Your stepmom will walk away from breakfast having not eaten a bite.


× Do not follow her.


× Irritability levels are higher than usual when one isn’t accustomed to eating three meals a day with a father, a brother, and a stepmother.


× It’s to be expected.


× Out of the blue, hugging your brother seems vital.


× He does not hug back.


× It looks like this.


× You will spot and study other families also vacationing.


× All fathers have Beckett legs.


× Grown-up siblings speak in a code they themselves are trying to decipher.


× Everyone dresses down and wears hats.



× Other families seem quieter than yours. Laugh louder sure, but are by some means quieter.


× If you’re not someone who naps, don’t be surprised if you do on a family vacation.


× Activities are tiring.


× Tours are exhausting.


× So rarely do you do or attend things that aren’t urgently interesting to you. 


× Parents enjoy the company of their adult children, remembering them as babies.


× Adult children are suddenly moved to sit very close to their parents.


× Or to knock on their hotel room doors for no reason.


× To sit on the edge of their bed and watch as your stepmother chooses from a very tiny box, which earrings she will wear.


× Vacation photographs:


× Hope for a good one.


× Anticipate terrible ones.


× On the last day, take slow and steadied bites at breakfast. Have seconds.


× Read a newspaper.


× Go for a walk with your brother.


× After a long journey home, it’s cold in New York and nobody is there to greet you.


× But you turn your phone’s data on again and a slew of text messages pop up.


× Pop. Pop. Pop.


× Text your roommate: “Shady’s back.”


× In the cab ride home, you send a quick email to your family. “Landed! Love you.”


× You send another one: “Home first!”

Durga Chew-Bose is the senior editor of This Recording. She is a writer living in Brooklyn. She tumbls here and twitters here. You can find an archive of her writing on This Recording here.

"Echoes" - Phoenix Foundation (mp3)

"All Comes Back" - Phoenix Foundation (mp3)

03 Dec 15:59

Australian Minister for Women: “Let boys be boys and girls be girls”

by Chloe Angyal

We’ve covered Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and his, shall we say, less than feminist ideas, before. Abbott has declared himself a feminist, but this week, the PM made some comments that suggest he should re-read — ok, fine, read – his Judith Butler. 

Right now in Australia, a Green Party Senator, along with a group called Play Unlimited (“Every toy for every body”) has launched a campaign that takes aim at the gendering of children’s toys — just in time for Christmas. The campaign is called No Gender December, and their slogan is “Stereotypes have no place under my Christmas tree.”

No Gender December is a campaign to raise awareness about how marketing that tells kids that some toys are “for them” or “not for them” — and giving or withholding toys that reinforce those cultural rules — “limits our children’s right to determine their own idea of fun.” And they’re calling on gift-giving adults to take a pledge to ignore gendered marketing and to let their kids play with any toy they choose.

It’s 2014. Gender roles are still reinforced by marketing. When children’s interests are channelled to follow outdated gender stereotypes it impacts their future educational and career choices. Women mow lawns, men push prams… we’ve moved on: why haven’t toy companies?

Play Unlimited argues that kids, like adults, absorb gendered marketing and learn early whether they’re allowed to show interest in particular toys. “Some take this ‘knowledge’ into the playground, where they quickly chastise any child who demonstrates an interest in the ‘wrong’ colour or toy for their gender.” And, they argue, kids will mute their own interest in toys so that adults don’t chastise them and kids don’t bully them.

Greens Senator Larissa Waters argues that there’s even more at stake than schooling, career choices, and bullying: the seeds we plant in play can blossom into gender inequality in more serious, and more dangerous ways.

The separate aisles of pink and blue common in many stores might seem harmless, especially to well-meaning relatives and friends, who are buying plenty of children’s gifts at this time of the year… Out-dated stereotypes about girls and boys and men and women, perpetuate gender inequality, which can feed into very serious problems such as domestic violence and the gender pay gap.

So, what does the Prime Minister, a self-proclaimed feminist, have to say about all this?

I certainly don’t believe in that kind of political correctness. Let boys be boys, let girls be girls – that’s always been my philosophy.

Did I mention that he’s also the nation’s Minister for Women?

The guy is actually coming out in favor of withholding toys from children, and he’s doing it in the name of resisting “political correctness.” At Christmas time, he’s going on the record as keeping toys out of the hands of children, because he’s against the radical notion that you should consider how your words and actions impact other people rather than honey badgering your way through life, other people’s needs be damned. Jesus didn’t advocate that kind of soft-sided caring-about-other-people nonsense, so why would practicing Catholic Tony Abbott?

Someone get this guy a Neanderthal Scrooge costume for Christmas. And make it gender neutral.

04 Dec 11:01

Madera Kafe, Warwick Farm

by Helen (Grab Your Fork)
Fergus Noodle

We gotta get out to dis place

Serbian food is friends with everyone, shaped by influences from Hungary, Turkey, Austria and the Mediterranean. We’re talking everything from cevapi to schnitzel to sopska salad. They’ve got it all at Madera Kafe, a Serbian restaurant hidden in the most unlikely of places: a drive-in complex of furniture shops and craft outlets just off the Hume Highway. But Madera is a little fancier than
26 Nov 15:00

Male viewer writes letter to the editor explaining why women can’t play soccer

by Maya Dusenbery

This weekend, England’s women’s soccer team played Germany in an historic match at Wembly national stadium. As the Independent reports, “It was the first standalone game for women at the home of football, drew a record crowd of 46,000, was shown live in TV coverage on the BBC, and introduced a generation of young girls to the idea of the women’s team being treated the same as the men for the first time.” 

After the game, one male viewer, David Hickey, wrote a letter to the editor asking why it was aired when women’s soccer clearly doesn’t compare to the men’s game. “Women can’t play football,” he wrote. “They don’t even know the basic rules.” Here’s his full message:



As a former women’s soccer player, I have to agree 100%.

(h/t @jordanerschwarz)

Header image credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

27 Nov 09:32

Historic Petersham Park under threat from WestConnex Motorway

by Saving Our Trees
If trying to remove a chunk of historic Ashfield Park was not enough, now the WestConnex Authority is after a chunk of historic Petersham Park. This park is famous because Sir Donald Bradman had his first appearance in grade level cricket in Petersham Oval that is in the park in 1926 when he was just […]
16 Nov 17:14

Miss America's Diner, Riverwood

Fergus Noodle

Australians are weird but I do like the look of that apple pie

"Where exactly *is* it?" Miss America demands curiously. He, Queen Viv, Mr NQN and I are all sitting in the car driving slowly down Belmore Road. We're somewhat expecting a big ol' American flag to announce the diner's presence but instead there's just a small collection of restaurants. "It's in the Spot Cafe," I tell them explaining that it is a cafe during the day but on Friday nights, it transforms into Miss America's Diner serving hot dogs, burgers, shakes and fries as well as of course what else but apple pie.
20 Nov 01:11

Thursday Tipples 05 / Raspberry Ginger Margaritas

by Lisa Manche
raspberry ginger margarita

I feel like even though I have a lot of valuable experience drinking cocktails, there is so much I need to learn about making them. I only have the very vaguest idea of what I’m doing and own just the most basic bar equipment. That is why I started this (somewhat sporadic) Thursday Tipples feature - to push myself to try learn about and experiment making new drinks, and hopefully end up with something delicious in the process.

I like to approach mixing drinks the same way as I do coming up with and brainstorming recipe ideas for baking - thinking seasonally, using good ingredients and quality spirits, tinkering with classic concepts and throwing in something a little bit fun and unexpected.

raspberry ginger margarita

This actually is the very first time I’ve ever made a Margarita, but I just love the simple combination of good tequila, agave and lime that just works. Because it’s almost summer here, I wanted to give it a twist using beautiful fresh raspberries and ginger, and some Murray River pink salt for the rims. I have to say, they turned out even better than I expected and I was really happy with how they looked and tasted :)

raspberry ginger margarita

I was also excited to try out my excellent new Mason Jar cocktail shaker that I bought recently. I love the clear glass shaker which takes some of the mystery out, so you can know exactly when the cocktail is properly shaken and blended. And if you like booze and don’t already follow their Instagram (@masonshaker), you definitely should! And maybe one day soon, I’ll get over serving my cocktails in glass jars... but probably not.

raspberry ginger margarita

It’s a perfect weekend party drink and the recipe below can be easily scaled up for a crowd. Of course you can also try other summer fruits depending on your favourites. A peach or pineapple margarita would be deeeelicious. Depending on the fruit you choose, you may need to puree it first. And make sure you save some for a pretty fruit garnish. Cheers!

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raspberry ginger margarita 

Raspberry Ginger Margaritas
Makes 2

  • Pink salt
  • 120ml tequila 
  • 4 tablespoons light agave syrup
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 10 raspberries, plus extra to garnish
  • 2cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Ice
  • Extra lime wedges, for garnish

Pour some salt onto a small plate or saucer. Dip rims of your serving glasses into the lime juice dip the rim of your glass into the salt. Use an old fashioned glass if you like yours on the rocks or a coupe.

In your cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, agave, lime juice, raspberries, ginger and ice. Shake well, until the raspberries have broken down. Strain into your salt-rimmed glasses and garnish with extra lime and raspberries.

You can also puree in a blender with 2 cups of ice for a summer margarita slushy. Definitely trying this next time!

16 Nov 23:03


by mugumogu

Hey Maru, do you have crisis management capability?

Maru:[Of course.]

Maru:[Look. Because danger approached to me, I protect myself.]

Hey Maru, you just put back your paws!

13 Nov 20:36

neilcicierega: Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away (lyrics) I cant handle...


Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away (lyrics)

I cant handle this oh my god. Watch it

14 Nov 14:00

What Color are People? Black as Neutral in Russian Comics

by Gwen Sharp, PhD

Flashback Friday.

In her article “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” Peggy McIntosh talks about a number of types of white privilege, including using the phrases “flesh tone” or “nude” to describe light skin and featuring mostly white people in tv, movies, and advertising.

When I’ve had students read this article, they often argue that it just makes sense to do that, since the majority of people in the U.S. are white. They also question what other color could be used as a “neutral” or “normal” one.  In fact, this is exactly what was argued in the comments to this post about the “white” Facebook avatar.

But English Russia points out that in Russia, it’s not uncommon for people in cartoons to be black; not Black racially, but literally black. Below are examples of these cartoons, introduced with English Russia‘s translations.

“My pussy could have Whiskas instead of whiskey.”


“Sir, don’t throw away the empty bottle, I would take it to the recycle point for spare money.”


“Tourist: ‘Is it true that the Earth is round?’ Men: ‘We don’t know son, we’re not locals.’”


Despite the fact that many people in Russia would be classified in the U.S. as white, these cartoons obviously use the color black as a neutral color — the people in the cartoons aren’t Black in any racial sense, it’s just the standard color the artist has used for everyone. You might contrast these with things in the U.S. that are labeled “flesh” or “nude” to counter the idea that there are no other options but a sort of light peach color to be the fallback color when you aren’t specifically representing a racial minority.

Thanks to Miguel at El Forastero for the link! Originally posted in 2009.

Gwen Sharp is an associate professor of sociology at Nevada State College. You can follow her on Twitter at @gwensharpnv.

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11 Nov 22:53


by mugumogu

Maru:[Bring it on!]

Hey Maru, your fighting pose is strange.


10 Nov 15:00

Quoted: Is Sephora Targeting Certain Accounts For Cancellation?

by Kendra James

If you’re a makeup junkie like me (and spent a ridiculous amount at Sephora last year to be eligible), then this notification for Sephora’s 20% off sale event had you squealing. Unfortunately, as many major companies are wont to do, they ruined the excitement almost immediately with some questionable solutions to their makeup resale problem.

Reselling would be the process of buying the makeup at the offered discounted price and then selling it of again at the original price for profit. Sephora doesn’t have sales often, so it might not be out of the question to assume that when they do, the issue might come up. What is out of the question is to assume that their Asian customers are doing it exclusively and cancelling their accounts because of it.

Jezebel reported:

But numerous customers on Sephora’s Facebook page and on a reddit thread allege that they’ve been locked out of their VIB accounts because they have Asian last names and/or international email addresses. Customers say that after finding themselves unable to purchase products on the Sephora website, they called Sephora’s customer service line, where they were told they had been permanently blocked from using their accounts for trying to buy products (according to their terms of service, Sephora has the right to do this without providing cause). The current consensus among many shoppers is that in order to prevent reselling of makeup overseas at a lower cost (which is a serious issue for retailers), the company is blocking customers from purchasing during this sale. Specifically, customers allege that this is happening most often to Asian customers.

It doesn’t take much to find a variety of complaints on Sephora’s Facebook page confirming the accusations:


Sephora released a statement on the 7th, though a quick scroll through the page confirms that many customers still don’t have access to their accounts needed to shop the sale which ends today. There is no mention of a sale extension, or any offer, to make up for the lost time or discriminatory practices.

A Message To Our Clients:
Sephora is dedicated to providing an exciting and reliable shopping experience and we sincerely apologize to our loyal clients who were impacted by the website outage that occurred yesterday.

Our website is incredibly robust and designed to withstand a tremendous …amount of volume. What caused the disruption yesterday was a high level of bulk buys and automated accounts for reselling purposes from North America and multiple countries outside the US. The technical difficulties that impacted the site are actively being addressed and our desktop US website is now functioning normally. We are actively working to restore our Canadian, mobile website, and international shipping where applicable. There has been no impact on the security and privacy of our clients’ data.

The reality is that in taking steps to restore website functionality, some of our loyal North American and international clients got temporarily blocked. We understand how frustrating it is and are deeply sorry for the disruption to your shopping experience.

However, in some instances we have, indeed, de-activated accounts due to reselling — a pervasive issue throughout the industry and the world. As part of our ongoing commitment to protecting our clients and our brands, we have identified certain entities who take advantage of promotional opportunities to purchase products in large volume on our website and re-sell them through other channels. After careful consideration, we have deactivated these accounts in order to optimize product availability for the majority of our clients, as well as ensure that consumers are not subject to increased prices or products that are not being handled or stored properly.

We have established a VIB hotline to ensure that if we are able to verify that your account was erroneously deactivated, it is reactivated immediately. Please call 877-VIB-ONLY (1-877-842-6659)

If you experience any difficulties placing your order please contact us at 1-877-SEPHORA (1-877-737-4672) or email us at

Our VIB 20% off promotion runs through Monday, November 10th and our VIB and VIB Rouge clients have several days left to take advantage of this exclusive holiday shopping event.

The obvious solution would have been to simply limit the number of each product that a customer could buy. Your average customer probably would have been fine to know that they could buy no more than ten Stilla eyeliners or what have you. Instead, in a move that can’t possibly be worth the PR fallout, Sephora chose the lazy racist’s way out and went after the surnames (and apparently email domains commonly used in East Asian countries) they decided seemed suspicious.

Just imagine what they’ll do when they find out that the Lot-Less on 40th and 7th is reselling their nail polish. (Probably nothing. That might take a well thought out effort.)

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08 Nov 17:09

400 Gradi, Helados Jauja, The Town Mouse, Top Paddock, Burch & Purchese, LuxBite and Tivoli Road Bakery - Melbourne

by Helen (Grab Your Fork)
Fergus Noodle

We should go eat the world's best pizza in Melbourne ok?

Where is the world's best pizza? It's at 400 Gradi, a title earned by owner Johnny Di Francesco after he won the Campionata Mondiale Della Pizza world pizza championships in Parma, Italy in April this year.  Di Franceso beat 600 competitors with his margherita pizza ($21), the simple but classic combo of tomato, buffalo mozzarella and basil. Making pizzas ready for the wood-fired oven They
05 Nov 21:43

Fast Cherry Puff Pastry Chocolate Pie

by Marija
Lately I’ve been making a lot of fast and easy recipes. Partly because I’ve gotten a bit lazy, but mostly because a lot has been going on… So when you crave something sweet, and you want it to be a… Continue Reading →
04 Nov 18:47

Faheem Fast Food, Enmore

Fergus Noodle

looks p good

For a city so vibrant and packed full of places to eat, there is one thing that Sydney lacks. It's somewhere to eat late at night-like really late at night. Chinatown is the area of choice for those that work late like chefs but for the other late night workers like taxi drivers, Faheem Fast Food on Enmore Road lures them in.
01 Nov 07:39


by mugumogu

Maru sometimes takes care of me.
But Hana......

02 Nov 18:50

One Penny Red, Summer Hill

Fergus Noodle

We should go eat this big meat

I don't know about you Dear Reader, but weekends often pass by in a blur. By the time you've had a bit of a sleep in, a few loads of laundry are done, you've had brunch and completed the market and grocery shopping it's almost time for dinner. I looked at the clock at 5:15pm one Saturday and alarmed I told Mr NQN we had to leave soon. We had a 6 o'clock booking at One Penny Red in Summer Hill where we had to evacuate the table by 8:30pm. Mindful of the time limit we made it there on the dot. Located in the former Summer Hill post office, One Penny Red references a type of postage stamp. We're part of the first seating while we watch lots of people head upstairs to their bar.
01 Nov 14:37

Yasaka Ramen, Sydney [27]

by Susan Thye
Fergus Noodle

People love free stuff even when it is 35C

Yasaka - Sydney
This my friends, is the queue for free ramen at newly opened Yasaka Ramen (126 Liverpool St, Sydney). Also note that it was fricken 35C! Noods had been eying this ramen joint for the past 2 weeks but had been too slammed at work to go for dinner so we cleared all our plans on the weekend to make the trek into the city and meet up with Will (hi Will!) for lunch.

Yasaka - Sydney, No Ramen No Life
NO RAMEN NO LIFE, RIGHT NOODS? Nothing gets in the way between Noods and ramen. Not even 35C temperatures >.< Anywhos we found out through the book of faces that the first 20 customers score a free ramen bowl and the first 50 receive free ramen! We were lucky that we arrived early enough to be near the front of the queue before it stretched down the block past Machiato but unlucky because we just missed out on the free bowl boo the bowls looked so purdy!

Yasaka, Sydney
At the front of the shop there’s a window that looks into the kitchen of what seems to be a noodle making machine, we didn’t see anyone making the noodles but maybe they’d made all that they needed when we visited? It’d be cool if they made their own ramen noodles, I’ve only ever seen udon being made before!

Yasaka - Sydney
There’s about 10 seats at the bar but plenty more upstairs.

Yasaka - Sydney, Takoyaki
We were seated upstairs but man I wished we were downstairs to watch all the kitchen action! Like watching takoyaki balls being made!

Yasaka - Sydney, Iced Tea
We scored free iced tea that was sweet, refreshing and most importantly, ice cold.

Yasaka - Sydney, Tonkotsu Ramen
Ramen timez! We were able to get free Tonkotsu Shoyu ramen which is what Will got but Noods and I wanted to try different ramens off the menu and didn’t think we could eat an extra bowl of ramen each just because it was free lol so we ended up paying for our ramen on a day where ramen was free hahahaha logic we haz none. There are 7 types of ramen (Yasaka Original, Egg Ramen, Grilled Chashu Ramen, Kakuni Ramen, Double Grilled Chashu Ramen, Corn Ramen and Spicy Leek Ramen) and 3 different broths (Tonkotsu Shoyu/Soy, Tonkotsu Shio/Salt and Tonkotsu Miso).

Yasaka - Sydney, Yasaka Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen
Will’s Yasaka Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen (normally $12.80) with extra Chashu ($2) and egg ($2). He gave the ramen a thumbs up and he slurped up his bowl with ease. I nicked some of his broth (hey you eat with me your food is fair game :P) and loved the broth which was thick and rich but not Gumshara hectic rich and didn’t make us feel thirsty afterwards.

Yasaka - Sydney, Grilled Chashu Tonkotsu Shio Ramen
Noods went for the Grilled Chashu Tonkotsu Shio Ramen ($15.80) with egg ($2) because a ramen without a gooey egg yolk is just crazy talk. I managed to try quite a bit and loved the melt in the mouth slices of fatty pork mmm and I think I preferred the Shio over the Shoyu just by a smidgen, the broth seemed richer? Or I may have imagined it. Either way we both agreed that we’d go back and happily order either of them.

Yasaka - Sydney, Kakuni Tonkotsu Miso Ramen
Aaaand then there was my ramen, Kakuni Tonkotsu Miso Ramen ($17.80) with egg ($2). I’m still not entirely sure why I ordered the miso based ramen. Normally I don’t like miso based ramen and I think I was kinda hoping for a light miso soup with porky flavour but unfortch the flavours seemed out of whack with the simmered pork soft bone which while incredibly tender and with unctuous pockets of fat, had a super sweet sauce. I’ve had kakuni before and I know it’s meant to be slightly sweet but this was crazy sweet like I was eating dessert? Eh. Ah wells I still loved the noodles, firm with the perfect bite and of course the gooey egg was win. And corn! I heart corn! It’s my favourite non digestable food product!

Yasaka - Sydney
So yeah, I’m happy to add another ramen joint to the list in Sydney! Yasaka doesn’t hold up against my alltime fave Gumshara (tho really Gumshara is in a league of its own) but I would definitely go back and super keen to try the rest of their menu which includes Curry Rice, Don, Ikayaki (squid pancake) and of course the Karaage!

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26 Oct 10:43

Candied Bakery, Cobb Lane, Olympic Doughnuts, Cafe Cui and 8bit Burgers - Melbourne

by Helen (Grab Your Fork)
Fergus Noodle

We should go to Melbourne and eat things

Crazy soft serves, extreme cookies and out-there doughnuts. It's no wonder Candied Bakery has been likened to Australia's version of Momofuku Milk Bar. In the kitchen you'll find Toula Polumidis and Orlando Artavilla. She's the chef, he's the baker. After selling their Brunswick East cafe Sugardough Panificio and Patisserie, they undertook a massive American roadtrip and then opened Candied
26 Oct 17:48

NQN's Spine Tingling, Blood Curdling Halloween Party!

Fergus Noodle

She really enjoys Halloween

The dreams start for me around one month before Hallowe'en. That's when I know that I am ready. This year it started with a fantastic dream, discovering a beautiful mansion that had fallen into a state of somewhat disrepair. The mansion's mistress was a tall, thin woman who reminded me of my friend Queen Viv. In my dream she allowed me to hold my annual Halloween party in her mansion.
27 Oct 15:00

Ray Rice Halloween costumes are not funny

by Dana


Halloween always reminds me that there are things far scarier than ghosts and goblins, things like racism and misogyny that persist when the costumes are packed away and November 1st rolls around.

ICYMI, yesterday more photos surfaced of couples costumed as Janay and Ray Rice for Halloween, complete with blackface and bruises. Still others — including a white child, also in blackface — dragged blow-up dolls behind them. The hashtags that appeared alongside the photos on Twitter and Instagram? #hilarious #BestCostume #funny #lmfao #hitabitch #shewasknockedupnowshesknockedout and, inexplicably, #domesticviolenceisnotfunny #butmycostumewas. 

The message couldn’t be clearer: in 2014, violence against black women is seen as nothing more than a joke. As Wagatwe summed up on Twitter, “Yet another reminder of how black women are not seen as humans, but props (see: black blowup doll) and our pain & trauma as punchlines.” As Janay Rice herself said, “It’s sad, that my suffering amuses others.”

The Cut reported that “no one found the racist and sexist costume amusing” but if you check the comments, retweets, favorites, and hashtags, it seems like quite a few people did.

Still others suggested that, while they don’t think domestic violence is funny, Janay Rice’s failure to condemn her husband or leave him or pursue a criminal case against him (or any of a dozen other things people who are not Janay Rice feel Janay Rice should have done) meant that she essentially got what she was asking for (e.g., “mocking the situation is wrong. but she is defending him and what he did. that is wrong”). So, since some confusion seems to remain, let me be clear: It is not a victim’s responsibility to condemn her partner. It is not her job to be a “model victim.” It is not okay for people who are not Janay Rice (or Rihanna, or any of the other famous black domestic violence survivors we seem to hold to a higher standard of “perfect victimhood” than anyone else) to insist that she be a role model to other young women who may become victims of violence.

Janay Rice never “asked for” any of this — not to be beaten, not to be subjected to the public’s surveillance, not to be the butt of Halloween “jokes,” not to be a role model/inspiration/symbol. Anyone who’s not Janay Rice needs to stop talking about what she should/shouldn’t do and pack away those respectability politics, right alongside those terrifying costumes.

IMG_4962Dana Bolger is a founding co-director of Know Your IX and contributor to Feministing. She tweets at @danabolger.

26 Oct 23:05


by mugumogu

This is new bed for Maru&Hana.
Hey Maru, how about it?

Maru:[I love this very much!]



Hey Hana, how about you?

Hana:[So so...]

It is slightly large for Hana.

22 Oct 14:00

What’s for Breakfast?

by Lisa Wade, PhD

One of my favorite examples of social construction is that we eat hot links for breakfast and pork chops for dinner. Both pig, but morning sausage seems odd in the evening and pork chops for breakfast would be a decidedly deviant sunrise treat.

A pretty set of photos at The New York Times illustrates this social construction of breakfast food by highlighting the first meal of the day for children in seven parts of the world. It would be fun — for those of you teaching classes — to show some of them to students and ask them to guess (1) the meal of the day and (2) the age of the eater.

Chitedza, Malawi: cornmeal porridge with soy and groundnut flour; deep-fried cornmeal fritters with onions, garlic and chiles; boiled sweet potato and pumpkin; juice of dried hibiscus and sugar.


São Paulo, Brazil: ham and cheese, bread with butter, coffee.


Tokyo, Japan: stir-fried green peppers with dried fish, soy sauce, and sesame seeds; raw egg and soy sauce poured over rice; lotus root, burdock root, and carrot sautéed with a rice wine; miso soup; fruit; milk.


Istanbul, Turkey: bread, Nutella, strawberry jam, honey butter; olives; sliced tomato; hard-boiled egg; goat and cow cheeses.


More at The Times.

See also our Social Construction of Flavor Pinterest board. Lots of neat stuff there!

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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22 Oct 19:00

Chart of the Day: Why did computer science become dominated by men?

by Maya

When you hear the phrase “male-dominated field,” computer science has got to be among the top few that immediately comes to mind. These days, only 18 percent of computer science majors are women.

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But once upon a time–a time not so long ago since computers are still relatively young themselves–that wasn’t the case. Not only were many computing pioneers women (as this helpful timeline on the Community site shows), but for decades the number of women studying computer science was growing faster than the number of men. But that rather abruptly changed in 1984–right about when personal computers came on the scene. Planet Money explores what happened.

The Feministing Five: Dr. Telle Whitney
Feministing Follow Friday: Women in STEM, Vol. I
Feministing Follow Friday: Women in STEM, Vol. II
A timeline of women in world computing

Maya DusenberyMaya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing.

17 Oct 01:52

My puppy Bird.

My puppy Bird.

17 Oct 20:08

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Yawns are catching. Even when you’re kittens in a bucket.


The mythical kittydra!

12 Oct 02:44


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