firehose, this isn't what saucie meant when she got you the air plant
For a start, this kind of reporting doesn’t obey any of the four golden rules of attention-seeking: novelty, controversy, celebrity and sex. Another way of putting it is: they’re boring, written by boring people and they cover boring subjects.
Let’s be honest: this stuff is written for other journalists. If you’ve signed up to a life of crafting explainer tabs for Vox, or landed a gig at the Guardian writing for its datablog, good for you. But know that your work will only ever be read by dorks.
Look at the three big explainer sites. Vox, FiveThirtyEight, The Upshot. What do they all have in common? All of them originate from one side of the divide. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying they’re bad because they’re liberal. I’m just saying they have editorial priorities that ignore 50 per cent of the population. You know, the “ordinary” people, who don’t stay up until 2.00 a.m. rage-commenting on Jezebel.
So-called “actually” journalism doesn’t speak to these people because it doesn’t use the language of emotion or common sense, as most of us do in most of our lives.
At least, unlike Milo Yiannopoulos (the author of this piece), Vox, FiveThirtyEight, and The Upshot pay their writers.
reblog this post with a good bird related alliteration (eg. several screeching sparrows)
Purple pigeons picking pointy pumpkins
Hearing happy hawks holler
bouncing baby birds
Two timid toucans trying to tango together.
A flock of flustered falconets fleeing a fierce family of flycatchers
Magnificent Mergansers make macadamia muffins for a murder of magpies.
fight the power!
The thought of this being printed by that printer makes this all the better
The Addams Family house is for sale! For the first time since 1924. It would be perfect for the Eldergoth Retirement Haunted Mansion.
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30 DAY MOVIE CHALLENGE: DAY 15
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Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is pushing women’s rights issues in the final months of her campaign, attempting to capitalize on the very issue that gave her national notoriety.
On Wednesday, Davis, a Democratic state senator, called for an end to the statute of limitations on rape and sexual battery cases in Texas.
Eliminating the statute of limitations for rape will help ensure predators are brought to justice no matter when they committed their crime.— Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) August 20, 2014
To turn around and make survivors pay the price for our failure and neglect by denying them justice is almost criminal in itself.— Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) August 20, 2014
Davis has been trailing her opponent in the governor’s race, Texas Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, by double digits for most of the summer. Now Davis is focusing in on the kind of women’s sexual health and rights issues that catapulted her to fame in 2013, when she staged an 11-hour filibuster against a bill that would have radically restricted abortion access in the state.
The court sided with the plaintiff in a lawsuit against Kirby, the vacuum company, but Abbott dissented, saying the company owed the woman nothing. Abbott’s campaign derided Davis’s ad as “gutter politics.”
Davis’s call for an end to the statute of limitations in Texas is an extension of the lawmaker’s earlier work. The Texas legislature passed a bill she authored in 2011, which pushed law enforcement agencies to work through a backlog of untested rape kits. Davis personally pressed law enforcement officials to keep up the work on the kits. Now, Davis says, the statute of limitations must be eliminated for those victims to get justice, particularly if their rape kit went untested for years.
Current Texas law mandates that sexual assault cases can’t be prosecuted after a decade.
Both Abbott and Davis have largely steered clear of another issue dominating Texas politics in recent days – the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry over allegations of abuse of power.
Both candidates were careful not to get too close to Perry’s indictment in recent appearances, according to The Dallas Morning News.
“These are serious charges,” Davis said Wednesday in a news conference. “I trust the justice system to do its job and I won’t presuppose what the outcome will be.”
Abbott questioned how the governor could be indicted for simply exercising his authority, saying in an interview on Fox News, “I don’t know what to think of it.”
Abbott’s and Davis’s campaigns did not immediately respond to msnbc’s requests for comment.
it’s friday! hug stuff
<3 <3 <3
I’ve got a friend and they mean a lot to me.
Journalist Michael Finkel recounts his encounters with the notorious Maine recluse, Christopher Thomas Knight (aka the North Pond Hermit) in the fascinating GQ article “The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit.” Knight walked into the Maine woods in 1986, at the age of 20, and lived in seclusion for the next 27 years. During that time he lived in a simple camp and stole all the supplies he needed from nearby homes and camps. He was arrested in 2013 in the act of stealing supplies from a campground. In the article Finkel describes his letter correspondence with Knight, and his subsequent face-to-face meetings with the recluse at a Maine prison.
when u get a cute button up shirt and u think it’s going to fit and it does but. but then. u see it. The Thing
I want to be as happy as this dog
dat snek necklace
Me (Teale Coco) for Faint Magazine
Issue, Dream Anatomy |March 2013|
Photographer: Luzena Adams
Makeup: Andi Conventon
Stylist: Alexandre Dubois
a SCIENCE PHOTOG of the cockatiel birb a glow (FROM the wikipedia)
amnother Corktel succumb the Danger of Science Rave.
Because we’re true believers!
Let me take this moment to say how Cracked could have gone another direction 7 or 8 years ago, a more Maximy, Booby Gallery of the Day direction if not for the steadfast resistance of David Wong and Jack O’Brien. I barely acknowledge the side that opposes feminism, but Wong goes out of his way to understand people who are mad at feminists, and he writes about those views with more sensitivity and understanding that I could ever muster.
To sum up: We don’t have an explicit agenda but if one comes across, It’s not one I’m ashamed of.
Indian/Sikh/Muslim brides + mehndi
All I can say is…wow. Not a good feeling.
Officer Darren Wilson’s gofundme has more money donated than Michael Brown’s memorial fund. White privilege at it’s finest.
I don’t usually post about stuff like this, but please share this in hopes of more people donating to Michael Brown’s family. You can find the gofundme page: here.
Marnie the Parrot receives a plush bunny for her birthday.
that went to a weird place
Just a reminder that budgies can, in fact, get very old. This magnificent little bird here has his 16th birthday in a month. His partner died after 5 years, and he never accepted another budgie. Now he starts eating whenever we eat at the living room, and whenever i talk longer than 5 minutes with my mother he comes flying to us. He’s been there nearly all my live and I love him. ♥
Pops Time… the Budge of an Ages! ”HEY LET ME TALK A THE MUM TOO” he yell! ”is the DINNER a whole famply” Ole feller know a drill “AND CAN DRILL THE CORE OF EARTH” wow is LEAD FELLER of ARMAGEDDEONS FILMP?
buzz buzzm get a honeys!
PHOTO: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Shamiya Adams lies in rest at a wake at Living Word Christian Center.
In Chicago’s war zones, the tragedy extends beyond the kids who die | What toll does violence exact on the children who survive?
Trauma “has these profound effects that can start very early in life, but that are often dismissed,” he says. In one after-school program in a Chicago housing project he studied in the 1980s, he observed three- and four-year-olds playing “funeral” regularly. “They would make a coffin out of their blocks, and take turns being the dead child and the grieving parents.”