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21 Feb 18:48

Do you love coffee? You should probably be drinking even more

by Quartz Staff
Ground coffee can contain adulterants like corn and soybeans.

Unless you’re drinking at least three cups of coffee a day, you should consider upping your java habit.

The US dietary guidelines advisory committee, which makes recommendations to the Food and Drug Administration and other federal agencies, released a report this week that points to the health benefits and minimal risks of drinking three to five cups of coffee a day, including a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The report describes three to five cups (400 mg) as a “moderate range,” but if that’s more than you drink, you’re not alone: As Quartz reported last year, no country on earth drinks that much coffee per capita. The United States consumes about .93 cups per day per person, according to data from Euromonitor. The highest average intake was in the Netherlands, with 2.4 cups per person.

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Of course, those numbers don’t account for people too young to drink coffee, and the panel discourages children and adolescents from drinking caffeinated beverage. But even looking at the US population that is over 18, per capita consumption is only 1.21 cups per person—still way below the committee’s suggested coffee intake.

Committee member Tom Brenna, a nutritionist at Cornell University, told Bloomberg that since the advisory body last met in 2010, “there’s been a heck of a lot of work on coffee,” which led the advisory body to make its recommendations. “Coffee’s good stuff,” Brenna said. “I don’t want to get into implying coffee cures cancer—nobody thinks that. But there is no evidence for increased risk, if anything, the other way around.”

The committee did caution that people should watch how much calorie-heavy sugar and milk they add to their morning (and afternoon, and evening) joe. And it said “there is a need to consider sustainability issues of coffee production in economic and environmental terms.”

There’s also the cost to worry about. Let’s say you’re in the middle of the recommended allotment, downing 24oz a day. At a premium coffee chain like Starbucks that might cost about $2.50 per 12oz (355ml) of coffee, or $1,825 per year. Fortunately, it’s still considered safe to self-medicate at home.

21 Feb 18:45

Freeware Garden: I Know This

by Konstantinos Dimopoulos

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 20th, 2015 at 11:00 am.

The image of the frantically typing hacker whose fingers dance on the keyboard and make digital magic happen, a ’90s cyberpunk and tech thriller mainstay, is here to stay, though this time with you in the shoes of the protagonist. And all this thanks to 2015 Global Game Jam Entry I Know This.

I Know This is a hacking game, that may not match the realistic feel and atmosphere of Uplink, but is frantic, fun and surprisingly action-oriented. It also happens to be a game with its tongue set firmly in its cheek, that has you attempting to break into a computer system in search of a single, important file that may or may not be central to the plot.

Just like in Jurassic Park, an obvious influence to the game, all the files are stored in a navigable 3D virtual reality world apparently powered by Unix. You’ll need to get to specific Search Nodes and hack them in order to start narrowing down where the file you are looking for is hidden, maneuver around corrupted folders and shelter yourself from the searchlight-like Admin Scans in hidden files. Interestingly, the filenames you’ll see in the game’s VR-space are presented in a nostalgic 8.3 format and directly lifted from your hard drive’s file structure.

The main dish of I Know This, the glorious hacking mini-game, involves mashing your keyboard to make code appear and hitting return key where the line endings are; you know, at semi-colons, parentheses and/or the last green character you see on your screen. Yes, it’s a bit as if the brilliant has been tweaked to become something sporting actual gameplay while retaining the ability to help you fantasize about rapidly coding in C.

And if all this sounds a bit intimidating, worry not. It’s not and, besides, Clicky the Office Assistant ripoff is there to guide you and provide you with way more laughs than any other help system should be allowed to.

Adam Axbey, free, Freeware Garden, Gavin McCarthy, global game jam, hacking, I Know This, Matthew Simmonds, Two’s Complement.

21 Feb 17:50

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Courtney shared this story from Super Opinionated.



Red Lobster Suspends Black Employee After Racist Couple Leaves ‘N-word’ On Her Receipt (Photo)

A young, black employee who endured racism at Red Lobster has been suspended by the company. According to reports by Progressive Populist Toni Jenkins, 19 was suspend after posting a receipt she received on Facebook.

While serving a white couple at the Nashville, Tenn., restaurant, Jenkins said the couple was rude to her and would not speak when she attempted to take their orders. They eventually told Jenkins to put all of their food in a to-go box. When Jenkins returned to get the receipt, she found the words, “none n—-r” scribbled in the totals section.

Jenkins showed her manager, who did nothing about the matter. She later posted a picture of the receipt with a note that read, “This is what I got as a tip last night … so happy to live in the proud southern states…God Bless America, land of the free and home of the low class racists of Tennessee.”

Jenkins’ picture was shared thousands of times. However, the restaurant suspended her with pay after it was discovered that she posted the receipt.

Red Lobster is currently investigating the incident.

21 Feb 17:49

No, Starbucks’ Chai Tea Latte is not real chai

by Sonali Kohli
Decidedly not Starbucks.

Chai in the West has become synonymous with the overly sweet, oddly spicy blend that Starbucks sells as a Chai Tea Latte. But in India, chai takes on different flavor profiles, snack accompaniments, and even drinking vessels depending on the region or city or town.

First, a brief history of chai: “chai” translates to “tea” in Hindi and several other Indian languages (so Starbucks is being redundant—Chai Tea just means “tea tea”).

Tea came to India from China, but was popularised largely in the British colonial era when large plantations were established. And as a form of marketing, the tea was often gifted to British factory owners in the subcontinent. The owners fed that tea to Indian workers as a source of energy and cheap calories, with cream from northern Europe and sugar harvested from slave plantations in other British colonies. Basically, New York University food studies professor Krishnendu Ray says, this early form of chai was a steaming cup of the British empire.

As chai became a working-class drink, it travelled through the country, and people personalised it to their tastes, adding different spices. Today, it is one of the most common drinks in South Asia.

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A chai stand in Nepal.(Courtesy of Jenny Kostecki-Shaw and Patrick Shaw)

 American chai

Indian American chef Anupy Singla learned how to make chai while visiting her father’s family in Punjab as a child.

She was excited when Starbucks first rolled out chai, but was soon disappointed.

The Chai Tea Latte is far too sweet for her (there are 42 grams of sugar, or 10.5 teaspoons, in a 16 oz grande), and includes flavors that she hasn’t seen in chai. “It makes me sad that people go and order this drink…thinking it’s something associated with South Asia, and it’s not,” she says.

Singla is not alone in her sentiments against the chai offered by the American coffee company. Resham Gellatly, who travelled to India often as a child, called the Starbucks version an “unwelcome surprise.” She and her boyfriend Zach Marks—who met as Fulbright scholars in Delhi—ran a blog, Chai wallahs of India, which contains photos, stories and videos about chai from various parts of India.

Teavana spokeswoman Alisa Martinez (Starbucks owns Teavana and uses their chai mix) tells Quartz that the tea they sell is inspired by chai in India, and the sweetness and taste profiles were refined to match the customers’ palate. Chai tea lattes are one of Starbucks’ top-selling beverages, though Martinez declined to provide any sales figures.

How to make tea in India

The version that Starbucks modelled its tea after is masala chai—”masala” in Hindi translates to “spices.” Grated ginger, black pepper and cardamom are common ingredients. But many street vendors just use cheap tea leaves that have been crushed, torn, and curled (the CTC method), with cardamom, milk and sugar, brewed in large quantities. That was the basic recipe for this Kolkata chai wallah who Gellatly visited. (The following video is in Hindi.)

Even if the spices are similar, the milk may vary from place to place, both in terms of water-milk ratio, and the source. The Kolkata chai wallah used buffalo milk, for example, while Gellatly encountered camel milk chai in Pushkar, a town in Rajasthan.

The milk also doesn’t always boil with the tea. In a Tamil Nadu bus station, Gellatly and Marks found a very specific method in use: “Straining a stream of black tea into the glass, adding frothy milk pulled with sugar, and topping it off with one more touch of tea.”

In different places she and Marks saw chai stirred and poured differently.

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In Hyderabad, tea can be ordered black or with different ratios of milk, each with its own name.

In Ladakh, an area of Kashmir, chai is namkeen (salty) and pink, thanks to baking soda and the method of pouring.

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Then there’s Parsi chai, which is steeped in lemongrass and mint.

What to dunk

Different place, different chai—and therefore, different snack.

Parle G, a cookie found in almost all Indian households, is perfect for dunking.

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Perfect for dunking.(Flickr Creative Commons/travelwayoflife)

Rusk, which is similar to biscotti—is another common snack in north India. Samosas, which are also not Indian in origin, are one of the most popular fried, savoury snacks consumed with tea.

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Samosas and chai.(Chai Wallahs of India/Resham Gellatly)

In Patna and Hyderbabad, chai drinkers prefer something sweet such as gulab jamun or dilkush.

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Sweets in Hyderabad.(Chaiwallahs of India/Resham Gellatly)

There are also Irani chai accompaniments that are breadier, sometimes covered with butter, to dip in the chai.

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A snack to go with Irani chai in a Hyderabad cafe.(Chai wallahs of India/Resham Gellatly)

How to drink the chai

The way tea is slurped and the cup one drinks it from also varies across India. Patrick Shaw, an American who travelled around northern India to try chais and write Chai Pilgrimage, particularly enjoys the taste of chai in small clay cups, which are typically discarded after use.

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Drink the chai, toss the clay cup—biodegradable and everything.(Courtesy of Jenny Kostecki-Shaw and Patrick Shaw)

Chai wallahs also serve chai in small glass cups of varying sizes, or in disposable plastic ones.

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Pouring chai into glass cups.(Courtesy of Jenny Kostecki-Shaw and Patrick Shaw)

And then there are people who pour chai out of a teacup into the saucer, and drink the cooled down brew out of the plate.

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Pouring chai into the saucer cools it down.(Chai wallahs of India/Resham Gellatly)

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Note (Feb. 20, 2015): An earlier version of this story failed to specify that the 42 grams (10.5 teaspoons) of sugar in a Starbucks Chai Tea Latte was for a 16 oz grande drink.

This article is a part of Quartz India. For more, follow this link.
21 Feb 17:49

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Frederic Dorr Steele’s Sherlock Holmes for the Collier’s Magazine.


21 Feb 17:48

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Disneyland and Walt Disney World now have guidebooks for guests with cognitive disabilities (such as autism). They include the above charts of what to expect at each attraction (strong smells, loud noises, restraint types used, duration, and more), lists of quiet areas for when you need down time, and answers to frequently asked questions, among other tips.

They are available to download in PDF format: Disneyland | Walt Disney World

If you don’t want to download a PDF (or prefer to click the download link on Disney’s site directly), here are their pages for Services for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities: Disneyland | Walt Disney World

This is awesome.

Lovely idea!

21 Feb 17:48

"I am a black woman and I am a feminist and I am so many things. I am truly honored that people love..."

Courtney shared this story from Super Opinionated.

“I am a black woman and I am a feminist and I am so many things. I am truly honored that people love my work. But I am not yours.”

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Jessica Williams in response to being told by feminists that she needs a self help group after saying she was under qualified for taking over Jon Stewarts position. (considering she’s 25 and at TDS for just a few years) Read more here.

Can I just explain how much I’ve loved Jessica and how significant her response to all this paternal “but let us save you, you poor soul!” response from Lean In™ feminists.

1) They love her because… why? I can’t be because of her intelligence and ability to be brilliant because automatically they infantilized her and stopped at nothing to reduce her to their imagined insecurity.

2) Can we just stop to think about how someone pointed out that “a man would  never say they weren’t qualified.” There’s a reason for that. There’s a specific arrogance and entitlement with white patriarchy that says you must prove that you’re the best at everything. There is no strength, with hegemonic masculinity, in being thoughtful about your strengths and rooms for growth. Instead of adopting toxic points of view - Jessica is mature and intelligent enough to say that based on her FIRST HAND experience with working on the show, she know her abilities and knows that at this time this is not a venue she’ll pursue - DESPITE WHAT OTHER WANT her to represent for THEM. Like, you have to sit back and examine how the arrogance and entitlement really shows through in the feminist backlash she received. “How dare you not give us the feminist we deserve in this space. Make it happen!”

3) It is very eye opening. And saddening. Because, like I said, what do these feminists want Jessica to represent? Why do they like her? It has to be that they can say “we have a black female role model that we pushed to the top and can take credit for” because it CAN’T POSSIBLY be that they actually believe that she’s intelligent and brilliant at her work - because if they believed in her brilliance they wouldn’t have dared to be so condescending and patronizing. It proved to me that they don’t actually believe in her intelligence as a black woman. They only believed in her being a prop for them. Which is the worst. SHE IS NOT YOURS. Black women are not your props nor your objects.

And of course, Jessica Williams showed her strength and blatantly obvious wit in defending herself, her choice and intelligence in this situation. It only made me feel strong in myself. In the face of having such systemic factors trying to tear her down, Jessica spared no expense in letting everyone know how much her brilliance burns. But also, which is what this all is about, how much thought she obviously placed in her initial decision in the first fucking place.

21 Feb 01:35

Christ the Redeemer mapped by drone to create first ever accurate model

by James Vincent

Christ the Redeemer is one of the most recognizable pieces of art in the world, and yet a perfect replica of the 38-meter high statue does not exist. The technology wasn't around when the statue was being designed in the 1920s and the location of the statue — on top of the 700 meter Corcovado Mountain in Brazil's second largest city, Rio de Janeiro — has made it too challenging for modern methods such as LIDAR.

Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer by Pix4D on Sketchfab

Now, however, we have drones, and getting into inaccessible areas with the minimum amount of fuss is what they do best. The video above details the mapping of Christ the Redeemer by drone as part of a collaborative project between the PUC University of Rio de Janeiro, 3D scanning company Pix4D, and Canadian drone makers Aeryon.

The wireframe model of Christ is made up of 2.5 million triangles

Data was collected over a series of 19 ten-minute flights by one of Aeryon's quadcopters, with 2,090 separate images stitched together to create the final 3D model. This now exists as both a wireframe mesh made up of 2.5 million triangles and a point cloud composed of 134.4 million individual points — more than enough for an accurate record of the statue.

The model itself has already been uploaded to Sketchfab for the curious to explore, but it's unfortunately not available for download. Christ's love may be available to all, but apparently his 3D scanned body is not.

21 Feb 01:34

This Oscars statue has a drug problem

by Amar Toor

Hollywood's worst kept secret was exposed in broad daylight this week, in the form of a giant Oscar statuette Hoovering a massive line of coke. The statue is the latest work from Plastic Jesus, a Los Angeles-based street artist known for making pointed social commentary through outlandish public installations. Around this time last year, Plastic Jesus installed an eight-foot Oscar statue plunging a needle into its arm, just a few weeks after actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a heroin overdose.

Plastic Jesus Oscar heroin

Plastic Jesus Oscar heroin

This year's statue, planted in front of Elvis Presley's star on Hollywood Boulevard, focuses on a similar theme, unmasking Hollywood's dark underbelly of drug addiction with the industry's most prestigious iconography. The gold Oscar is crouched on all fours over the lines of cocaine, and a plaque affixed to its base reads "Hollywood's Best Party."

"The piece is intended to draw attention to Hollywood’s hidden problem of drug addiction that effects [sic] hundreds of people in the showbiz industry and is largely ignored until the death of a high profile A list celebrity," said photographer Nick Stern in a statement on Plastic Jesus' behalf.

The 87th Academy Awards will be held this Sunday in Los Angeles.

21 Feb 01:24

Bill Belichick wears 'Bill Belichick' sweatshirt to NFL combine

by Michael Katz


"This identifies me to other humans by my name so that I don't have to speak to them."

— SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) February 20, 2015

Wearing a sweatshirt with your name on it to the combine? TBM: Total Bill Move.

Me when I see Bill Belichick in an eponymous hoodie:

21 Feb 01:24

Cliff Lee answers questions about trade rumors with a Magic 8-Ball

by James Dator

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The possibility of Cliff Lee being traded this season is going to be a question that chases the Phillies' pitcher all year, but he has a plan. The 36-year-old lefthander had a little fun with reporters on Thursday by using a Magic 8-Ball to answer their questions.

It just goes to show you: It's fine to do something goofy to dodge question, so long as you're not Marshawn Lynch.

h/t Sporting News

21 Feb 01:18

Oscars Remix: 9 Coming-of-Age Films About People Who Aren't White Males

by Jamilah King
Oscars Remix: 9 Coming-of-Age Films About People Who Aren't White Males

When #OscarsSoWhite started trending on Twitter last month, it wasn't just about the overwhelmingly white pool of nominees. People used the hashtag to call attention to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' structural problem with its voters.

As Vox recently reported, the vast majority of Oscar voters are white men in their sixties. Those voters are, on average, 94 percent white, 77 percent male and roughly two years away from most senior-citizens discounts. And the films that they celebrate are--predictably--stories about white men. 

Meanwhile, the average age of viewers is about 30, and a 2014 report published by the Motion Picture Association of America found that Latinos are going to the movies more than any other racial or ethnic group in the country, relative to their population.

That reality hasn't swayed those in power at one of Hollywood's most venerable institutions. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first black woman to lead the Academy, has said that the Oscars don't have a diversity problem "at all."

While the Academy has been reluctant to admit its structural shortcomings, the proof is in this year's nominees. The only notable film starring people of color is Ava Duvernay's "Selma," which earned a nomination for Best Picture. But even then, critics point out, the only films by and starring people of color to earn the Academy's recognition are historical dramas, while white actors and directors often have the freedom to play out the range of their human experience.

Sparked by the coming-of-age theme in Oscar favorite "Boyhood," we've listed nine films about growing up that focus on people who are not white and male.

Raising Victor Vargas (2002)

Viewers get a glimpse into the life of a Dominican-American teenager living on New York City's Lower East Side. Girl-crazy and immature, Victor tries his best tries his best to save face after a string of rejections.


The Joy Luck Club (1993)

Based on Amy Tan's award-winning 1989 book with the same name, "The Joy Luck Club" is a first-of-its kind look at relationships between Asian-American mothers and daughters. 


Quinceañera (2006)

Magdalena, a Mexican-American 14-year-old, is standing in the shadow of her much wealthier cousin on the eve of her quinceañera, and she's facing more than her share of heartache. Her older brother's been kicked out of the house for being gay, she gets pregnant and her neighborhood is being rapidly gentrified by monied, white newcomers. Watch how she navigates it all and keeps her head above water.


Crooklyn (1994)

Spike Lee came home to make what's arguably one of his best films about 9-year-old Troy, the only girl in a family of four wild brothers. The film shines a light on what it was like growing up in 1970's, black and brown Brooklyn.


Smoke Signals (1998)

Based on a screenplay written by award-winning Native American author Sherman Alexie, this film examines the uneasy friendship between quiet, reserved Thomas and outgoing Arnold on the Coeur d'Alene reservation in Idaho.


Mosquita y Mari (2012)

In this teenage love story, two Mexican-American girls growing up in Los Angeles learn about friendship and heartbreak.


Boyz N Tha Hood (1991)

A John Singleton classic, this Oscar-nominated film looks at life for four black men growing up in South Central Los Angeles during the height of the crack cocaine epidemic. 


Brother to Brother (2004)

One of Anthony Mackie's early films, "Brother to Brother" focuses on a gay black man's struggle to come to terms with his sexuality and his budding friendship with a legendary writer from the Harlem Renaissance. 


Girlhood (2015)

This highly anticipated film is about working class African-French girls growing up in a Paris project is being described as a counterpoint to "Boyhood."

20 Feb 20:50

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After a mosque was burned down by an arson, this is how they respond to haters. 

20 Feb 20:32

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J’ai essayé d’exploiter un peu le concept des post sur Tumblr =) 

Trying to explore the way of posting on Tumblr, 1 post = 1 floor. It was fun ! 

20 Feb 19:02

Honey on Tap: A New Beehive that Automatically Extracts Honey without Disturbing Bees

by Christopher Jobson







The Flow Hive is a new beehive invention that promises to eliminate the more laborious aspects of collecting honey from a beehive with a novel spigot system that taps into specially designed honeycomb frames. Invented over the last decade by father and son beekeepers Stuart and Cedar Anderson, the system eliminates the traditional process of honey extraction where frames are removed from beehives, opened with hot knives, and loaded into a machine that uses centrifugal force to get the honey out. Here is how the Andersons explain their design:

The Flow frame consists of already partly formed honeycomb cells. The bees complete the comb with their wax, fill the cells with honey and cap the cells as usual. When you turn the tool, a bit like a tap, the cells split vertically inside the comb forming channels allowing the honey to flow down to a sealed trough at the base of the frame and out of the hive while the bees are practically undisturbed on the comb surface.

When the honey has finished draining you turn the tap again in the upper slot resets the comb into the original position and allows the bees to chew the wax capping away, and fill it with honey again.

It’s difficult to say how this might scale up for commercial operations, but for urban or backyard beekeeping it seems like a whole lot of fun. It wouldn’t be hard to imagine these on the roof of a restaurant where honey could be extracted daily, or for use by kids or others who might be more squeamish around live bees. You can see more on their website and over on Facebook.

Update: The Flow Hive is currently seeking funding on IndieGogo. So far they’ve raised $1.8 million dollars in 16 hours.

20 Feb 16:28


20 Feb 12:55

Feel Trapped In Your Job? That's Because You Are | Dame Magazine

by djempirical

Written by Sarah Jaffe

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, in this very country, there was a sustained movement that said that what working people needed most was less work.

The eight-hour-day movement, which itself grew out of the ten-hour-day movement, was a central demand of the labor movement in its pre–New Deal phase, before the National Labor Relations Act and Fair Labor Standards Act locked in a system that many of us would recognize even if we don’t work under its actual conditions. The five-day work week, the eight-hour day—the “nine to five” (thanks, Dolly Parton).

That eight-hour-day movement was calling for shorter hours with no reduction in pay; “eight hours for work, eight hours for sleep, eight hours for what we will” was its rallying cry. For this, workers struck, marched, and even died. It was perhaps the labor movement’s last unifying demand, one that could bring together workers across industries and race and gender lines. Women workers, especially, embraced the demand.

We are, it has been widely pointed out, in a post-New Deal working world. Union density is way down, along with wages; employer-provided health insurance and other benefits are fading. Erratic schedules, part-time jobs, and few protections are the norm for more and more people each year. Women now comprise nearly half the workforce and two-thirds of the low-wage workforce. We are the ones on whose backs the economy is changing.

Perhaps it’s not surprising then, that the demands around which working people and labor organizers are beginning to coalesce are commonly associated with women. Family leave got a boost from President Obama’s State of the Union speech, in which he called on Congress to pass a law that would require paid time off for workers who’ve recently had a baby. Laws mandating that employers provide at least a few paid sick days for their employees have appeared around the country, passed through state and city legislatures or via ballot initiatives at election time. Since the majority of family responsibilities still fall on women’s shoulders, women primarily benefit from these policies.

Without a national family leave program, as Rebecca Traister pointed out in a widely read piece in the New Republic, new mothers are trapped. The Clinton-era Family and Medical Leave Act, the single piece of national legislation granting rights to pregnant workers, only mandates 12 weeks of unpaid leave for workers at private companies with more than 50 employees, public agencies, or schools, and then only if they’ve been employed there for a year. Traister notes that this policy traps women in jobs for long periods of time—if you might possibly get pregnant, you need to stay in a position that will give you leave even if it doesn’t pay well, even if your boss is abusive, even if that job you’ve been eyeing across town has just opened up. And then, what if you have a difficult pregnancy that leaves you sick, unable to complete your duties? Nobody wants a waiter with morning sickness.

When unpaid leave is all that’s mandated, it is almost a guarantee that women, not men, will be the ones to take it—not only is it their bodies doing the physical work of childbearing (as Katha Pollitt writes, there’s a reason they call it labor) but they tend to make less money and therefore have the paycheck that can be given up. But this means that it’s their career that suffers. Unpaid leave strengthens gender inequality.

And what of the vaunted “flexibility” policies that we hear about lately? As Rebecca J. Rosen pointed out in the Atlantic, in practice, workers who get the benefit of being able to do their job from home sometimes often wind up working harder and longer to demonstrate that they’re not slacking. And if women are still the ones expected to do the housework, that means that flexible work policies may actually be creating still more work for women: the work they’re doing at home that necessitates the flexibility in the first place, and the extra work to ensure their boss continues to offer them the option.

At a time when, despite recent cheerleading for job-creation numbers, unemployment is still high—particularly for Black workers—and it looks increasingly likely new technologies will render more jobs obsolete, it’s ridiculous that we’re still finding new ways to work even longer hours. As Janet Gornick, professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, told me last year, shortening the work day would help move us toward gender equality, freeing everyone up both to share in the work at home, and de-stigmatizing the idea of taking time off for family commitments. Just providing better, higher-paid, part-time jobs with stable schedules would be a start, but while social norms still assume men work and women parent, those part-time jobs will still be assumed to be a thing for women.

The fight for paid family leave—for all parents, not just pregnant women—and for paid sick leave are deeply important, as is the fight for higher minimum wages (which once again would disproportionately impact women, who are clustered in low-wage fields). But I’d like to see labor revive the old demands for shorter hours, for less work, as well. If we understand work not as the source of all fulfillment or status, but as only a part of what we do to construct our lives, we can shake up gendered norms as well as other forms of stratification that have so many of us feeling trapped.

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20 Feb 05:55

revolutionary-mindset:The James Robertson story was supposed to...




The James Robertson story was supposed to have a happy ending.

The story of the 56-year-old Detroit factory worker who walks 21 miles to and from work each day warmed the hearts of the nation after his tale of perseverance went viral. Some $350,000 was raised for Robertson—not to mention, a local Ford dealership gave him a brand-new 2015 Ford Taurus.

But shortly after the hype started to die down, Robertson told Vice magazine that he’d received death threats and that his fears increased when he learned that Arthur Neal, an 86-year-old who claimed he’d hit the lottery for $20,000, was found stabbed to death on Feb. 1 in a house not far from where Robertson was living.

According to the magazine, Robertson’s girlfriend, her adult son and her ex-husband—all of whom live in the boarding house where Robertson was paying $200 for rent—began pressuring Robertson, who hasn’t received any money yet, for a payday.

The Detroit police, who believed that Robertson’s car would be stolen, allowed Robertson to park in their lot and recently escorted Robertson back to the house to gather his belongings so that he could move.

"We had a meeting with him [and] he expressed interest that he did not feel safe," Police Capt. Aric Tosqui told the Detroit Free Press.

Robertson is currently living in temporary quarters and looking for a permanent place closer to his job.

20 Feb 04:40

Why Do These Viral Videos Keep Ending With 9/11 Footage?


reddit is for redditors beat

'Content like this — with ISIS, Boko Haram and other extremist groups perpetrating more attacks by the day — seems primed to become a hotbed of Islamophobia, but the users in charge of running r/unexpectedjihad don't seem to think so. PM_ME_DICK_PICTURES, the newest moderator, stated, "we're not making fun of the religion or Muslims or anything, we're making fun of ISIS videos." '

2015 has been a boon for the "unexpected thug life" video meme. Now the formula has developed a spinoff whose implication on race and current events are just as muddled, and the community around it is growing at an alarming rate.
20 Feb 04:38

Skyline Wrapping Paper

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20 Feb 04:38

Meanwhile, on Mars – #5

by CommitStrip
20 Feb 04:36

Utah Court Says Woman Can Sue Herself

by Kevin

You might not consider Utah the most progressive state, but it has become the first to grant its citizens a controversial right that many have long been denied, proving that the law does evolve. Utah has now become the first state to officially allow its citizens to sue themselves.

As the Salt Lake Tribune reports (thanks, Mark), a unanimous panel of the Court of Appeals ruled on February 15 that Utah law allows a decedent's heir and the personal representative of his estate to sue the driver who allegedly caused the accident that killed him. That wouldn't be unusual except that in Bagley v. Bagley, those are all the same people.

The two plaintiffs in this case—the decedent's heir and the personal representative of his estate—brought a wrongful-death claim and a survival action against the driver alleged to have caused the accident. Bagley finds herself on both sides of this dispute because not only is she her husband's heir and the personal representative of his estate, she is also the defendant driver whose negligence allegedly caused the accident.

That's right. She's all three parties on both sides of the case.

The court's opinion is pretty mindbending, as you might expect. I mean, how do you even discuss a case in which there's only one party who is two plaintiffs suing herself as a defendant? Well, the court sets it all up this way:

Barbara Bagley, acting in different capacities, appears as both the appellants and the appellee in this case.

Okay, hold up. Just to be clear, Bagley is the two plaintiffs and Bagley is the defendant that she (the two plaintiffs) is suing. The trial court ruled against Bagley the two plaintiffs and in favor of Bagley the defendant. So on appeal, Bagley the two plaintiffs is also Bagley the two appellants, and Bagley the defendant is also Bagley the appellee. Bagley is all the parties. So you could just as well say that Bagley is actually six people in this case (two plaintiffs, two appellants, one defendant, and an appellee), or that she is four people on one side and two on the other, and how many people she is depends on which court the case is in. Got it? Back to the court:

Barbara Bagley, acting in different capacities, appears as both the appellants and the appellee in this case. Bagley represents the estate of Bradley M. Vom Baur [who, confusingly, was not named "Bagley."] She also appears on her own behalf as Vom Baur's heir. We refer to these two roles collectively as Plaintiffs. Bagley is also the defendant and alleged tortfeasor ([and we will refer to that role as] Defendant). Defendant's interests in this case are represented by her insurance carrier.

Aha, insurance carrier. So here's what's going on: Bagley the personal representative of her husband's estate is suing Bagley the defendant who allegedly caused the accident. Bagley the heir of her husband has also joined as a plaintiff because she has an interest in the proceeds if Bagley the estate representative collects. Because Bagley the defendant has insurance, Bagley's insurer is representing her because it would have to pay the judgment to the husband's estate if Bagley (again the defendant) is found liable.

For killing the husband.

The legal issue is this: Utah's wrongful-death statute says a person's heir or personal representative can sue whoever caused the person's death when the death "is caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another." The defendant(s) argued, and the trial court agreed, that this means "of someone other than the heir or personal representative." That is, the heir or representative can sue as long as they didn't cause the death. But the plaintiff(s) argued that it means "of someone other than the decedent." That is, the heirs can sue as long as the decedent didn't kill himself. The Court of Appeals has now agreed with that.

After wrestling with this for a while (too long, really), I think the Court of Appeals is right. Seems like the statute can be read either way, but this way is closer to the plain language. The real problem, I think, is not the statute but the procedure.

There are two separate actions here, or should be. The first one is a contract action, because Bagley had an insurance policy that pays off if she accidentally kills someone while driving. (Intentional killings are an entirely different situation, as you would expect.) She did that. Pay up. The second one is an action by the husband's estate against the person who caused his death. Also not controversial. But here the two separate actions have been unnaturally joined in carnival-freak-show fashion by somebody's decision to make Bagley herself the estate representative. And that is where all the brain-hurtingness comes from. Appoint somebody else and I think most of the problems disappear, one way or another.

I notice that in footnote 4 of the opinion, the court states tersely that "The decision to appoint Bagley as personal representative of [the] estate is not before us on appeal." I have a feeling the judges wish it had been, or that they could get hold of whoever made that decision, at least.

Note: some of you may not know that "Autolitigation" in the category tags below refers to this sort of case—that is, not "auto[mobile] litigation" but a case where somebody sued or tried to sue himself or herself, intentionally or not. If you thought this was the first time somebody had tried it, (1) you misunderestimate the human race and (2) you might want to take a look at that section.

20 Feb 04:36

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by CommitStrip

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20 Feb 04:34

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20 Feb 04:33

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20 Feb 04:33

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20 Feb 04:33

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20 Feb 04:31

Hales, with "Reluctant" Vote, Swings Portland Back into FBI Anti-Terror Task Force

by Denis C. Theriault

Hales pissing everybody off non-stop every day

It was so much easier back in 2001, almost a generation ago, when Mayor Charlie Hales—still just a city commissioner—cast the lone vote in favor of pulling Portland out of an FBI led task force meant to take aim at terrorism. Eventually, after he left the council, other commissioners agreed and pulled the city out in 2005.

But now? He's the mayor. He's the police commissioner. And the world, he says, has changed.

Even after September 11, he says, Portland might have held onto the "parochial" notion that it could escape what he called the "radical evil in the world," another major attack aimed at traditional symbols of American might. He might have held onto that notion, too. Until the Boston Marathon was marred by homemade backpack bombs, he said, and until gunmen in Paris and Copenhagen turned on their own neighbors.

Which was why, this afternoon, Hale reversed what had been a history-making move in 2001. He cast the decisive vote in a 3-2 decision that puts Portland back in the Joint Terrorism Task Force (pdf)—considering but setting aside compellingly argued concerns over profiling and civil liberties from several Muslim groups and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.

Portland had been the only major American city not to work with a JTTF. The decision means two of Portland's 900-plus cops will soon be assigned to our region's task force full-time.

He'd been polling his staff as late as this Monday on what they would do. But even by then—after reading about the shootings in "multicultural," Portland-like Copenhagen over the weekend—he'd mostly made up his mind. He'd been leaning toward getting out. "It was always a close call." He fretted over the loss of those community ties. It was those fresh bullets that persuaded him, he says, 51 percent to 49, to vote to pull the city back in.

"I don't know how many people think Portland is in a bubble, and we're not part of that world. Maybe you could have maintained that notion after 9/11," he said in his office after the vote, invoking the symbolism of an attack on the Pentagon and World Trade Center. "But what's world dominant about the Boston Marathon? Or a Copenhagen delicatessen? Nothing. There's nothing to distinguish those places from a sidewalk in Portland."

The decision almost felt abrupt—it came with no public testimony today, per council practice for votes, after a nearly four-hour hearing two Thursdays ago. (Interestingly, if Hales had kept the council to its usual timing, with the vote coming just a week after the hearing, before Copenhagen, it might have gone the other way.)

Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick stood out as the two swing votes, undecided, with the mayor especially keeping his comments cipher-like up until today's vote. Would both join Commissioner Amanda Fritz, and keep the council out? Or would one or both side with Commissioners Dan Saltzman and Nick Fish? Hales, as mayor and the presiding officer at council meetings, normally votes last. But he cut through the drama by taking the somewhat rare step of voting first.

He said he's been "ashamed" over the conduct of the FBI over the decades and also over the American war machine. But he also said he was "appalled at the radical evil in the world today." He explained he was pulled more by the latter, and felt mollified, with regards to the former, by the prospect of adding and insisting upon some new oversight.

"We should participate," he said. "But with some very clear caveats."

That was supposed to be the case when the city, led by Sam Adams in 2011, negotiated a case-by-case reunion with the feds that everybody realized wasn't working. The feds never actually felt like the cops were engaged sufficiently. The mayor never actually got the secret clearance promised in the agreement to keep tabs on our cops' doings. And the annual reports the public was supposed to receive were infamously and unsatisfyingly skimpy.

The new arrangement does away with the annual reports. Instead, it binds the FBI's special agent in charge to meet quarterly with the mayor and police chief, with the mayor signing a non-disclosure agreement so he could learn privileged tidbits that otherwise couldn't be uttered in public.

Hales also pointedly held up his new police chief, Larry O'Dea, saying he trusted him to assign cops with the right temperament. Those cops would be subject to a sitdown with O'Dea and Hales and told that they must honor state law and city policy (both are less tolerant than the FBI when it comes to keeping files on activists and others who aren't accused of crimes) and tell them immediately when those things conflict with their FBI instructions. They'll also be told their jobs in Portland will depend on their ability to fink out the feds if it should come to that.

The mayor also said he wouldn't feel so comfortable if the FBI's Portland agent in charge wasn't Greg Bretzing, whom the mayor says he trusts, despite getting to know him "a little," to work on mending the FBI's relationship with Arab and Muslim communities.

Fritz was plainly unconvinced by all of this talk of instinct and personal currency, asking Hales what would happen if Bretzing were reassigned.

"I will want to very carefully take that personas measure," Hales said, "and see if I have the same level of confidence."

A few seconds later, when it was her turn to vote, she expressed her profound disappointment that the vote seemed lost. She mentioned her childhood near Manchester, England, and a schoolmate's brother who was killed by the Irish Republican Army. The community worked together, she said, to build trust rather than diminish it.

"We had an opportunity to create more confidence within the community," she said. "I don't believe with this action we are doing that.... Everyone's committed to public safety. The question is how do we best get there?"

Fish and Saltzman both followed with impassioned defenses of the decision to rejoin, with Saltzman—citing his faith as a Jew, and the daily "insecurity" he feels in the face of antisemitism—especially unhesitant.

Saltzman thanked the mayor for changing his mind. And he spoke what could have been a retort to Fritz and her remarks about the city's commitment to public safety. He said rejoining "fulfills the obligation each one of us has on this dais to keep Portland safe.... We're only as good as our weakest link. And Portland should not be that weak link."

Fish emailed his written remarks, excerpted below, even before the hearing ended.

As a City Commissioner, I take very seriously my duty to keep Portlanders safe. Since 2011, the world has become an even more dangerous place. We have been witness to senseless violence, both domestic and foreign. Recent terror attacks in Boston, Paris, and Copenhagen are stark reminders that freedom requires vigilance at home and abroad.

Every other major city in America, including New York and San Francisco, participates in the JTTF. As former and current police chiefs and U.S. attorneys explained to me, we are safer when local, state and federal law enforcement share information and talk to each other on a regular basis.

And when our trained Portland Police officers are at the table, they help guide investigations consistent with our values.

Novick was last to vote, leaving only the drama of whether the vote to rejoin would be 4-1 or 3-2. He laid out his thoughts over the past few weeks, saying he believes in the "good intentions" of the FBI's local team and that he was "encouraged" by the mayor's insistence on meeting with the two cops assigned to the JTTF.

He just couldn't shake what he heard from members of various Muslim groups—that working with the FBI would diminish their relationship with the Portland Police Bureau and sap something the FBI is counting on as a strength: our cops' more fine-grained knowledge of the city and its denizens. He read from a letter (pdf) signed by several prominent groups to help make that point.

"I cannot ignore the fact that the leaders of numerous organizations in the Muslim community say many Muslims do not trust the FBI and would trust the Portland police less if we joined the JTTF," he said. "I don't want to risk risk that people wouldn't tell us about threats."

Hales, after the hearing, said he and O'Dea had yet to settle which two cops they'd feel comfortable assigning. He also said he'd judge how the oversight system he'd worked up was playing out in real life.

And if problems couldn't be fixed, if he couldn't trust that the cops he chooses will have their boundaries respected, if wasn't getting the information he needed to be sure laws were being followed, "then I'll be pulling the plug."

He also, again, singled out O'Dea as someone he trusts to keep the community's backing in mind. "I have a lot of regard for his integrity."

I asked him if he'd have felt as comfortable with his last police chief, Mike Reese. (Reese, as Willamette Week mentioned briefly this morning, is among those rumored to be mulling over a run against Hales next year. He almost ran against him in 2012.)

"No," Hales said. "In a word,"

He continued after a beat "Mike Reese did a good job. But because I recruited Larry and we've had good conversations about what matters, we know each other very well."

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20 Feb 04:29

Man in Santa Barbara rampage sought ways to silently kill - WSLS


the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun

Man in Santa Barbara rampage sought ways to silently kill
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A gunman who killed six University of California, Santa Barbara students searched online for ways to silently kill before using knives to stab to death his first three victims, one of them 94 times, according to a sheriff's department report.

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20 Feb 04:26

Coming Distractions: Witness the power of giant, blue buildings in this trailer for Alex Gibney’s Scientology documentary

by Sam Barsanti

We doubt The Church Of Scientology’s followers will let some little HBO documentary shake their deeply held—and to the outside observer, nutso crazy—beliefs, but this trailer for Alex Gibney’s Going Clear does cast the organization in a pretty ominous light. There are voiceovers of people talking about Scientology’s mysterious ability to convince people to think and do things, there are quick shots of mysterious documents and typewriters, and a bunch of “get hyped!” quotes from outlets like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Then there’s the reveal: A giant, blue fortress, from which no mysterious typewriters will ever escape.

Going Clear is based on Lawrence Wright’s non-fiction book of the same name, and it should be interesting to see how people respond to it. Maybe some viewers will be so intrigued by the mysterious typewriters that they’ll sign up with Scientology just to ...