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17 Nov 19:42

Copains d'avant

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Anna.

Y a-t-il plus beau sentiment que la joie maligne de voir les anciens types cool de sa fac transformés en adultes incroyablement boring ?

Quand la photographe Josephine Sittenfeld étudiait à Princeton, elle a réalisé des portraits de ses petits camarades biens mis d'Ivy League pour les exposer sur le campus, avant de les ranger dans une vieille boîte à chaussure au fond d'un placard chez ses parents. Quinze ans plus tard, la série lui revient en mémoire alors qu’elle est invitée à une sordide réunion des anciens élèves. Elle décide alors de récupérer ces clichés et de faire poser à nouveau ses potes d'antan dans les mêmes lieux et avec les mêmes poses, pour documenter les ravages du temps qui passe. Arrivée des premiers cheveux blancs, des porte-bébés kangourou et des chaussures de randonnée - voici quelques unes de ses belles photos.

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Tenley et Ryan.

b

Larry.

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Aili.

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Eveline.

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Ellie.

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Sophie.

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Olympia.

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Craig, Denise, Amy et Jess.

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Josephine.

17 Nov 10:39

Misère sexuelle ou parodie du clip Anaconda de Nicki Minaj ?

16 Nov 10:20

Et au septième jour, Dieu acheva son oeuvre, puis se tapa un bon gros buvard de LSD, et se dit qu'en fait il manquait encore un animal à sa création

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Ce machin sans queue ni tête est une nymphe de fulgore.

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16 Nov 10:11

Pour les fêtes, finies la dinde et le chapon de mamie, optez pour le xénomorphe d'Alien

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15 Nov 23:03

The 238 Attempted Bribes of Amazon Should Be Illegal

The nation’s largest bribery scandal is playing out in real time, a brazen act of collaboration between government and a powerful corporation. This epidemic spans across cities large and small, in red states and blue states, in rural communities and established metropolises; it’s also happening in Washington, D.C., but incredibly doesn’t involve Donald Trump. Thousands of public officials are implicated, and they haven’t been particularly quiet about it. In fact, many of the attempted bribes are on video.

We won’t see a flurry of public corruption trials in this case, because the bribery has become accepted as a normal part of economic development. But the embarrassing orgy of corporate welfare directed recently at Amazon, for the privilege of hosting its new corporate headquarters, ought to be illegal. It’s a shakedown by a $500-billion company that’s pitting communities—out of desperation for jobs or prestige—against one another in a bleak competition. The gambit doesn’t even deliver the promised boon for localities, but officials have been so seduced by bad economics and threats of abandonment that paying corporate tithes has become a leading government service.

Earlier this fall, Amazon announced it would build a second headquarters (known as HQ2) and asked cities to submit requests for proposal. Amazon promised $5 billion in capital expenditures from the project, and that the headquarters would host 50,000 workers making an average of more than $100,000 per year.

Like any company, Amazon had preferences for a new location: a large population center with high quality of life, an educated labor force, and access to airport, highway, and mass transit infrastructure. But Amazon also told cities, “A stable and business-friendly environment and tax structure will be high-priority considerations for the Project. Incentives offered by the state/province and local communities to offset initial capital outlay and ongoing operational costs will be significant factors in the decision-making process.” The RFP spells out the incentives Amazon wants: tax abatements, land grants, workforce training funds, sales tax exemptions, permitting waivers, or fee reductions.

“As this is a competitive Project,” the RFP concludes, “Amazon welcomes the opportunity to engage with you in the creation of an incentive package, real estate opportunities, and cost structure to encourage the company’s location of the Project in your state/province.”

I don’t know how to describe this corporate-speak as anything other than a bribe. And Amazon is no stranger to seeking such tribute. Good Jobs First, an organization which tracks corporate subsidies, estimated last December that Amazon has received $854 million in awards for building distribution facilities nationwide since 2005. Amazon even hired a dedicated specialist, Michael Grella, to chase economic development incentives.

At first, Amazon framed the bribes as a bargain. The company developed its dominance in online retail by neglecting to collect local sales tax, keeping prices well below brick-and-mortar competitors. Amazon argued it could avoid sales tax if it held no physical presence in the state or locality. When states attacked the “Amazon loophole,” the company switched tactics, offering to collect local sales tax and place a fulfillment center in a particular state—as long as they won subsidies. Amazon had to build hundreds of warehouses to meet the promise of same-day Prime delivery anywhere in the U.S., and sales tax collection was rapidly becoming a legislative requirement. But cities and states paid the bribe anyway.

Amazon announced on Monday that it had received 238 proposals for HQ2, most of them U.S. cities and states promising fistfuls of cash. Worcester, Massachusetts offered a $500 million package that included 100 percent property tax exemptions for the headquarters’ employees. Philadelphia’s price tag was $2 billion. A developer in Irvine, California said he’d pay the entire $5 billion in construction costs himself. Newark, New Jersey upped the ante to $7 billion in tax benefits. Some cities, like Washington, created cringe-worthy promotional videos and performed publicity-seeking stunts. Stonecrest, Georgia tried to one-up all applicants by offering to create a 345-acre city in Amazon’s name.

Is it worth it to lavish Amazon with billions? Most existing studies argue that the short-term political benefit of “bringing jobs” to a region gets offset by a shrinking tax base and a questionable impact on overall economic development. Good Jobs First found in 2013 that corporate subsidies had “microscopic effects on state economies.” They’re worse than a zero-sum game between metropolitan areas; they’re net-negative, because the corporation extracts the subsidy while cities lose revenue that would otherwise go to education or infrastructure investment to benefit the common good.

It’s also not worth it because, as San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg wrote in his letter declining to submit an Amazon proposal, “it’s hard to imagine that a forward-thinking company like Amazon hasn’t already selected its preferred location.” Thus, the public bidding war is just a ploy to squeeze out additional subsidies, to play cities off one another. “Blindly giving away the farm isn’t our style,” Nirenberg wrote.

The bribes for Amazon mirror the ones offered to other corporations (like the $3 billion Wisconsin just gave to Foxconn for a proposed manufacturing site), or sports teams who will only stay in cities with a publicly funded new stadium. This blackmail, as much as $80 billion a year transferred from local government to corporate treasuries, must end. That starts by telling the truth about these “incentives.”

Mark Funkhouser, the former mayor of Kansas City, proposed a solution in 2013. “We need a national law that prohibits corporations from extracting bribes from state and local governments and bans governments from donating tax dollars to private entities—a sort of domestic equivalent of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits American companies from bribing foreign governments,” he wrote.

“Some will argue that such a law would damage America’s global competitiveness and drive companies to outsource even more of their work abroad. I think that, on balance, this is not so. America is a magnet for global talent because of the quality of life offered here, and current economic trends are damaging to that quality of life.”

Here’s an alternative solution: Means-testing for economic incentives. No wealthy American would ever be allowed to benefit from targeted government subsidies in means-tested programs like food stamps and Medicaid. Yet we constantly give taxpayer-funded incentives to corporations with virtually limitless cash reserves. Those incentives should be reserved for startups and young companies, helping to diversify the economy and perhaps even nurturing an Amazon competitor.

Amazon’s angling for government handouts flows directly from its dominance. As the economy consolidates in every sector, with fewer and fewer companies earning the spoils, cities must chase dwindling prospects for headline-grabbing corporate relocations. Projects like HQ2 become a holy grail, the one development that will turn the city around, and officials stop at nothing to attract them. But this is like panning for fool’s gold, and it breeds an intolerable corruption of tax dollars. Congress should ban the practice, and corporate behemoths should get used to paying their own way.

15 Nov 16:12

Instant câlin

15 Nov 11:28

Vous passez une bonne journée au bureau ? Dites vous que ça pourrait être pire

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14 Nov 11:06

La consommation de charcuterie nuit gravement à la santé

Lucas Vigroux

Touche pas a mon saucisson!

Livre. Le journaliste Guillaume Coudray enquête, aux confins du journalisme d’investigation et de l’histoire de l’alimentation, sur la viande transformée.
13 Nov 16:40

How should women respond when a man we like is accused of harassment? | Emer O’Toole

by Emer O'Toole

Reflecting on my time with Dublin theatre titan Michael Colgan, I realise power can be wielded with kindness as well as less subtly

This post-Weinstein moment is, as the feminist writer Rebecca Traister has remarked, “some renegade ’70s-era feminist shit going on. I’ve never lived through anything like it.” Me neither. We’re watching goliaths fall, battalions of women with slingshots firing back – finally. And there’s a pleasure in watching the colossus stumble, isn’t there? Take him down, ladies, I thought as the allegations against Harvey Weinstein mounted; sing it, I cheered, as women shared stories of theatre director Max Stafford-Clark; likewise as young men came forward to confront Kevin Spacey.

Michael Colgan ran Dublin’s Gate theatre for 33 years and was, until his retirement last year, probably the most powerful man in Irish theatre. Now he’s facing allegations of sexual harassment and bullying from women in the Irish arts. He is accused of frequent inappropriate touching and sexualised comments. In an article published on Sunday, he apologised to anyone he might have hurt, while also casting the alleged harassment – unhelpfully, some victims feel – as a failure to distinguish between his personal and professional life.

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09 Nov 16:09

Pendant ce temps-là, en Russie

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Pedobear s'est réincarné en paquet de lingettes pour bébé.

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08 Nov 11:17

Eh ben qu'est-ce qu'y a la pleureuse elle a encore perdu une phalange c'est ça ? Allez tout le monde on se reconcentre

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07 Nov 13:13

Gloire à l'art de rue

06 Nov 11:13

"La bombe de la Seconde Guerre mondiale était en fait une courgette"

“La bombe de la Seconde Guerre mondiale était en fait une courgette”

- BFM TV (à cause de Philippe, Morgoth & tefze1)
03 Nov 18:53

Defensive Profile

NO DRAMA ZONE -> If I've made you sad, you'd better not tell me, because I am TERRIFIED of that situation and have NO IDEA how to handle it.
02 Nov 11:54

Sky Spotters

Where I live, one of the most common categories of sky object without a weird obsessive spotting community is "lost birthday party balloons," so that might be a good choice—although you risk angering the marine wildlife people, and they have sharks.
31 Oct 10:37

Taux de probabilité que Carolin Gallego soit Donald Trump: 99,99%

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Pour ses 50 ans, le New York Mag publie une sélection de courriers de ses lecteurs. Hey Carolin, on t'a grillé.

31 Oct 10:34

Que. Du. Bonheur.

Énorme moment de télévision pic.twitter.com/i6WDVRO8La

— Thibaut Martinez-D. (@twibaut) 27 octobre 2017
31 Oct 10:27

Qui de mon bébé ou de Donald Trump va pleurnicher le premier ?

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Bel exercice de gonzo-data-journalisme par ce journaliste de Slate.com qui a noté chaque jour à quelle heure son bébé de 15 mois a poussé son premier cri matinal et à quelle heure Donad Trump a lâché son premier tweet.

30 Oct 17:19

Costumes d'Halloween : fin du game, Bruce Willis est déclaré vainqueur

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26 Oct 11:38

Tu as faim mon chou ? Ça tombe bien mon costume est entièrement comestible

halloween

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25 Oct 17:26

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Best Life Advice

by tech@thehiveworks.com


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There should probably just be an app so you can direct message old wise men atop mountains.

New comic!
Today's News:

Hey Coloradans! We're doing two events - one in Denver, one in Boulder. We'll be talking nerd stuff and signing books. Come see us!

24 Oct 09:33

Incroyable talent

23 Oct 17:46

Making Progress

I started off with countless problems. But now I know, thanks to COUNT(), that I have "#REF! ERROR: Circular dependency detected" problems.
23 Oct 10:41

A l’Onu, un traité alternatif sur le commerce est en chantier

by Ludovic Lamant
Des dizaines d’États se retrouvent à partir de lundi à Genève, pour discuter d’un texte qui ferait primer les droits humains sur ceux des multinationales. La société civile pousse, mais les Européens, eux, freinent. La position de Paris est ambiguë.
17 Oct 15:58

(pardon)

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17 Oct 10:20

Are flatulent shellfish really contributing to climate change?

by Stephen Moss

Scientists investigating marine life in the Baltic Sea have found mussels, oysters and clams are emitting greenhouse gases – but cows still trump them

Swedish scientists have found that flatulent shellfish are creating vast amounts of greenhouse gases, leading to a predictable slew of comments about farting cockles and clams. But beneath the schoolboy humour, there is a serious point. The two gases in question – methane and nitrous oxide – are potent agents of climate change, with a warming potential 28 and 265 times greater than carbon dioxide respectively.

Scientists studying the Baltic Sea off the coast of Sweden have found that shellfish are producing one-tenth of all the greenhouses gases released there – the equivalent to the amount produced by 20,000 cattle. If the same situation is being replicated around the rest of the world’s seas and oceans, we have a serious problem.

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16 Oct 14:32

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Perspective

by tech@thehiveworks.com


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If he were more sensible, he'd realize people who disagree with him are actually just possessed by the devil.

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Welp, that's the end of book preorders for Soonish. We've laid it all on the line for this one. I sincerely hope you enjoy it.

13 Oct 13:17

Top Chef

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11 Oct 18:42

Logical

It's like I've always said--people just need more common sense. But not the kind of common sense that lets them figure out that they're being condescended to by someone who thinks they're stupid, because then I'll be in trouble.
11 Oct 12:59

Rare autographe de Gilbert Montagné

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