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Students protesting against a China-Taiwan trade pact are... -
Students protesting against a China-Taiwan trade pact are...
"Students protesting against a China-Taiwan trade pact are forced by riot police to leave the government Cabinet buildings in Taipei, Taiwan, on Monday, when hundreds of protesters opposed to a broad trade pact with China invaded the offices. Image via Wally Santana." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Web Fiction, Serialized and Social - -
Web Fiction, Serialized and Social -
"TORONTO — Not since the heyday of Dickens, Dumas and Henry James has serialized fiction been this big. In 1841, excited readers swarmed the New York docks to ask travelers from England whether Little Nell in “The Old Curiosity Shop” was dead. In 2014, they are turning to their phones to keep up with the latest adventures of sweet Tessa and outrageous Harry, who meet on their first day of college and have a heartbreaking and inspiring relationship. Every few days, Anna Todd uses Wattpad, a storytelling app, to post a new episode of this couple’s torrid tale. Chapter 278 of “After” came out last week, moments after Ms. Todd, a 25-year-old former college student in Austin, Tex., finished writing it. The first comment appeared 13 seconds after the chapter was uploaded. By the next day, there were 10,000 comments: always brief, overwhelmingly positive, sometimes coherent. “After” has more than a million readers, Wattpad says. The Internet long ago revamped publishing and bookselling. Now... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Wattpad is not the sort of site where writers talk about suffering for their art or spend hours searching for the mot juste. Much of the most popular work is geared to young women and draws its energy from fan fiction. (Harry in “After” is inspired by Harry Styles, the teen heartthrob from the band One Direction.) Other popular categories are vampire fiction and mysteries. The writers... more... - Jessie
"If the work on Wattpad is public, the authors often are not. As many as half its writers are anonymous or pseudonymous, including Ms. Todd. “It gives a sense of safety,” said Ms. Sky, who began writing as L. J. Michaels and then went through several other variations before ending up with Sky, which is the last syllable of her married name, Zellinsky. She is now legally changing her... more... - Jessie
London Super Comic Con Cosplay Video | The Mary Sue -
"This video makes me happy. The ladies are wearing everything from corsets to genderswapped armor, and the gents look mighty dapper, too. Stuff like this reminds me that there’s no wrong way to do cosplay, so long as you’re having fun. People of London Super Comic Con, you are all fabulous." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
*dances along* - Jessie
The London con guys/gals always make the best videos. - ronin
Anger Grows in Taiwan Against Deal With China - -
"TAIPEI, Taiwan — Demonstrators who have occupied Taiwan’s legislature since last week expanded their protest of a trade deal with China on Sunday evening by invading the government building nearby that houses the offices of the prime minister. The protesters, including many students from local universities, have accused President Ma Ying-jeou and his allies in the governing Kuomintang of forcing through the trade measure without allowing a review of its details, which they fear will give Beijing too much influence over the island’s economy. “I’m very angry at President Ma,” said Shiu Rung-kai, 21, a student at National Hsinchu University of Education who joined thousands of protesters inside the government compound." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"By early Monday morning police had cleared demonstrators from the government building, detaining dozens, according to local news media reports, although hundreds of protesters remained in the courtyard outside. Prime Minister Jiang Yi-huah said the intrusion was an “illegal and violent act,” Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported, citing a cabinet spokesman. Police were seen swinging... more... - Jessie
"In a news conference Sunday morning, Mr. Ma said that legislative approval of the pact was important for Taiwan’s economic competitiveness, and that rejecting the deal would threaten Taiwan’s ability to sign trade accords with other countries. Taiwan faces higher average duties on its exports than regional competitors like South Korea, Japan and Singapore, the president said. Regional... more... - Jessie
The “Misty Mountains Cold” Video To End All “Misty Mountains Cold” Videos | The Mary Sue -
"I’m not going to spoil it for you. Just trust me. And maybe refrain from drinking anything." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
;-) - Jessie
New Idaho wolf law draws howls of outrage | Summit County Citizens Voice -
New Idaho wolf law draws howls of outrage | Summit County Citizens Voice
"Just a few years after Congress removed endangered species protection for wolves in Idaho, state lawmakers seem hellbent on driving the predators back to brink of extirpation. The Idaho Legislature this week created a wolf depredation control board controlled by anti-wildlife interests. The board will administer a $400,000 fund set up explicitly to kill wolves. Conservation advocates say the new law could result in the slaughter of 500 wolves, leaving just 150 in the state. The federal government handed over wolf management authority a few years ago on the premise that state governments in Idaho and Montana would maintain biologically healthy populations. Now, wildlife advocates are crying foul, claiming the Idaho plan could push wolf numbers below sustainable threshold levels. Since 2011, more than 1,500 wolves have been killed in the two states." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The board will be made up of representatives of the agricultural, livestock and hunting communities. The bill does not require any members of the board to represent the wolf conservation community. “Political leaders in Idaho would love nothing more than to eradicate Idaho’s wolves and return to a century-old mindset where big predators are viewed as evil and expendable,” said Amaroq... more... - Jessie
"“Reducing these wolf populations to below even the absolute bare minimum sets a dangerous precedent and ensures that true wolf recovery will be little more than a pipedream in Idaho,” Weiss said. In combination with mortality from annual hunting and trapping seasons, the wolf population in Idaho is under serious threat of dropping near — or even below — minimal recovery levels that... more... - Jessie
"Pocket Princesses 98: Spring!" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Taiwan Protesters Occupy Legislature Over China Trade Pact -
Taiwan Protesters Occupy Legislature Over China Trade Pact
"Police and protesters have been engaged in a standoff in Taiwan's legislature after students stormed the building to demand the government scrap a trade deal with China. The protesters Wednesday knocked down a large metal gate as they entered the legislative chamber late Tuesday and were using chairs to keep out police. Authorities said several officers were slightly injured when they made a failed attempt to clear the chamber. The students said the deal would endanger Taiwanese jobs and increase Beijing's growing influence." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Finance Minister Chang Sheng-ford said the deal was too important for the island to pass up. “The Cross Strait Service Trade Agreement has a stake in the nation’s prospects. Mainland China is such a big market that if we don’t sign this agreement our competitiveness will drop. How will we join regional mechanisms in the future? Everyone had better calmly consider over [this], [we] must not be influenced by ideology," said Chang." - Jessie
"The trade deal is part of the far-reaching Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement, or ECFA, signed between Taiwan and China in 2010. Under the subdivision of the pact now under discussion, Chinese and Taiwanese service companies would increase investments in each other's territory." - Jessie
"Chang said the opposition did have a legitimate complaint about the way in which the ruling party decided to review the agreement. "Originally, [the KMT] promised they would review the agreement - article by article, item by item, clause by clause. But eventually, they found another way to interpret that. [They said] since it is an administrative agreement, it can automatically be passed," he said." - Jessie
A Quick Way to Cut College Costs - -
"Weeks after submitting their Fafsa to the federal Department of Education, families are told what their expected contribution is. The formula itself is set by Congress. For most middle-class families, the number is shocking because it has little basis in real-life economics. Consider a family of four, earning $100,000 in income and having $50,000 in savings. The E.F.C. says that this family will contribute $17,375 each year to a child’s college expenses. A $100,000 income translates into take-home pay of about $6,311 monthly. An E.F.C. of $17,375 means the family must contribute about $1,500 a month — every month for four years. But cutting family expenses by 25 percent every month is unrealistic. Alternatively, the family could use its savings. But that would deplete their $50,000 before the start of the child’s senior year, leaving nothing for the proverbial rainy day, or for the second child’s education." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"I’m not suggesting that students and their parents shouldn’t contribute. But burdening students with huge loans and parents with depleted savings is a bad policy that is driven, in part, by unrealistic E.F.C.s. “The E.F.C. gives colleges ‘plausible deniability,’ ” said Scott Farber, president of A-List Education, a tutoring and education consulting company. “It allows them to say, ‘We... more... - Jessie
"Since Congress controls the E.F.C. formula, it makes sense for political leaders who are serious about controlling college costs and student debt to start by making the E.F.C. more realistic. But tinkering with the E.F.C. formula won’t be sufficient because there are so many problems with it. For example, it doesn’t take into consideration geographic differences in cost-of-living, or... more... - Jessie
Mariinsky Ballet: 'We feel our work is our life' - Telegraph -
Mariinsky Ballet: 'We feel our work is our life' - Telegraph
"This is the company that produced Nijinsky, Pavlova and Tamara Karsavina, Natalia Makarova and Altynai Asylmuratova, Nureyev and Baryshnikov. Their photographs are on the walls; their spirit stalks the corridors. “When I walk through this historic building, when I go on stage and see the main chandelier, when I am backstage and see the empty boxes, I can’t help but feel a positive energy that inspires me. Looking back to the dancers in the past makes me see the future of ballet.” These are the words of principal dancer Vladimir Shklyarov. He is just 22. The Mariinsky way is to pass ballet – as Shklyarov puts it – “arm to arm, leg to leg”, from teacher to pupil, from dancer to successor, in an act of almost religious devotion. When one of the company’s current stars, Diana Vishneva, steps on stage as Juliet at the start of the company’s month-long London season on July 28, each movement of her body will have been forged by a tradition that stretches back in an unbroken line." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
" Principal Yekaterina Kondaurova, tall, willowy and fashion-model beautiful, agrees. “Here I think everybody thinks the same – they feel that their work is their life. It is the most important thing for them.” This too is the Mariinsky way. Backstage at the old theatre, with its warren of corridors furnished in an odd mixture of Twenties tiles, Fifties linoleum and Eighties brown... more... - Jessie
"In her crowded dressing room, where a blue tutu hangs above her head and a white bear – to cuddle in times of stress – lies across the sofa, another principal Viktoria Tereshkina explains her own dedication to what the Mariinsky dancers see as the holy art of ballet. “You can’t but be tired because it is part of our job,” she says. “But I work hard so I am satisfied at the end of a... more... - Jessie
Male Strippers Stop an Armed Robbery With Their Bare Hands and Chests -
Male Strippers Stop an Armed Robbery With Their Bare Hands and Chests
"An armed meth head was no match for Australia's premier male stripping troupe, the Thunder From Down Under, who recently took a gunman down thanks in part to the strength of their "dynamic dance routines, barely there costumes, state-of-the-art lighting and chiseled abs." According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, an unidentified male between 25 and 30 broke into the Thunder From Down Under dressing room at the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas and stole some of the performers' personal belongings." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
funny - Halil
Call that a knife? THIS IS A KNIFE - Mo Kargas
Of course, Mo... Those guys are.... wait for it... cut! *sad trombone* - Johnny from iPhone
^_____________________________________________________________^ - Mo Kargas
Etymology - Normans vs. Saxons: cow = beef, sheep = mutton, chicken =? -
"The story goes that after the Norman invasion of England, the words in English for prepared foods took on their French equivalents. The Saxon serfs bred the cows, sheep, and swine, which when served on gilded plates to their Norman rulers were referred to as beef, mutton, and pork respectively, a practice that continues to this day. My question is, why was the humble chicken, a word which does not have a French connection, discriminated against? Why don't we refer to cooked chicken as something like poulet?" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"According to this paper (PDF) from Phillip Slavin, chicken was one meat that even the peasantry could afford to eat. 'Although poultry occupied the smallest part of demesne livestock, constituting about two per cent of it (Table 1), its social importance and omnipresence cannot be understated, despite scholarly marginalization. Chicken meat constituted an important part of everyday... more... - Jessie
"Chicken" is the Anglo-Saxon derived term while "poultry" is the Norman French term, no? - Victor Ganata
Right. I've seen some use of "pullet" in English to refer to a cooked young chicken, but I think it's mostly antiquated. - Jessie
I think "poultry" also includes ducks and geese, right? - Jessie
Yeah, poultry would be any domesticated bird. - Victor Ganata
There isn't a Norman French-derived Modern English word for fish, is there? - Victor Ganata
This food explanation is the only thing I remember from reading "Ivanhoe" in 9th grade. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
"Fish" in French is "poisson," and I can't think of an English word similar to that. - John (bird whisperer)
I wonder if it's because fish weren't "farmed" in the sense that the other animals were? - Jessie
What about game? Are there English/French naming pairs? I thought not, but then I am not a native speaker. - Maitani
I think deer / venison is an English/French pairing. - John (bird whisperer)
I think "pheasant" is similar in both as well. - Jessie
Fowl? (Though that can include wild birds as well.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
It looks like "fowl" is of Anglo-Saxon provenance. - Victor Ganata
Chicken = What ever we taste that is not normal. Really.. people.. let find another tastes like subject other then chicken. - Me
MPS Hackney: Cheeky fox joins police on patrol in London | Metro News -
MPS Hackney: Cheeky fox joins police on patrol in London | Metro News
"Jumping on top of a police car might normally get you in trouble, but it seems different rules apply if you’re a fox. A Met Police safer neighbourhood team were assisted by the cheeky animal during a routine patrol in the London borough of Hackney. They were sitting in their patrol car in the De Beauvoir ward area when the bushy-tailed police pretender jumped on the bonnet and posed for a snap." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
It looks pretty healthy too! - Halil
Home * Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo -
Home * Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Home * Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
:O :O :O GUESS WHAT'S COMING TO DALLAS!!! - Jessie from Bookmarklet
China Releases Plan to Incorporate Farmers Into Cities - -
China Releases Plan to Incorporate Farmers Into Cities -
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"BEIJING — China has announced a sweeping plan to manage the flow of rural residents into cities, promising to promote urbanization but also to solve some of the drastic side effects of this great uprooting. The plan — the country’s first attempt at broadly coordinating one of the greatest migrations in history — foresees 100 million more people moving to China’s cities by 2020, while providing better access to schools and hospitals for 100 million former farmers already living in cities but currently denied many basic services. Underpinning these projections would be government spending to build roads, railways, hospitals, schools and housing. Formally announced on Sunday, the plan has been one of the most contentious projects in recent years. Originally scheduled to be announced last year, it backs away from more radical proposals, which predicted even more farmers leaving the land for cities. But the plan is still ambitious, with 30 chapters, covering topics that include Internet access, building standards, environmental protection and safety." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"“These are big numbers, but they’re not the crazy numbers that came out last year,” said Tom Miller, a Beijing-based analyst and author of “China’s Urban Billion,” a look at what China’s cities may look like in 2030. “They’re being more realistic than they might have.” The plan floated last year by the government’s powerful planning commission called for 70 percent of the country’s... more... - Jessie
"The most ambitious part of the urbanization plan is to better integrate former rural residents who are currently living in cities — many of them for years and even decades. Currently, nearly 54 percent of Chinese live in cities, but only 36 percent are registered as urban residents. That disparity — representing about 250 million people — are former farmers living in cities but not... more... - Jessie
Man Gets Revenge on Scammer by Texting Him Entire Works of Shakespeare -
Man Gets Revenge on Scammer by Texting Him Entire Works of Shakespeare
"Graphic designer Edd Joseph, of Bristol, U.K., is putting on his own personal revenge play after the gaming console he bought on Gumtree (basically the British Craiglist) never showed up. After trying to cancel the sale—he couldn't, because he'd paid by direct bank transfer—and contacting the police to no avail, he came up with an ingenious plan. Copying and pasting passages from the web into a text message doesn't cost anything, so he sent his nemesis the complete text of 22 Shakespeare plays." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, and more have blown up the scammer's phone with 17,424 texts, costing Joseph exactly nothing. He's started to get responses, too. "I got the first reply after an hour, and then a few more abusive messages after that. His phone must have been going off pretty constantly for hours," he told the Bristol Post, "But recently he has taken to calling me and giving me abuse on the phone. I tried to ask him if he was enjoying the plays, but he was very confused."" - Jessie
Love it! - Son of Groucho
To send, or not to send?.... I think he answered the question. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
"Want the Bard to stop? COUGH UP MY REFUND, CHUMP!!!" - Big Joe Silence
How a Warm-Up Routine Can Save Your Knees - -
How a Warm-Up Routine Can Save Your Knees -
"Rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament in the knee is a nightmare. As the parent of a teenage son who is seven months out from A.C.L. reconstruction surgery, I can attest to the physical and psychological toll it can take, not to mention the medical bills. But a practical new study suggests that changing how sports teams warm up before practices and games could substantially lower the risk that athletes will hurt a knee, at a cost of barely a dollar per player." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
*takes notes, passes them to Cheryl from the budget office* - Jessie
Taiwanese helps discover ‘first tremors of Big Bang’ - Taipei Times -
"Waves of gravity that rippled through space right after the Big Bang have been detected for the first time, a US research team said on Monday, in a landmark discovery made in part by Taiwanese Stanford University assistant physics professor Kuo Chao-lin (郭兆林). The waves are evidence of a rapid growth spurt 14 billion years ago, and provide a long-awaited answer to the last untested element of Albert Einstein’s nearly century-old theory of general relativity. The “first direct evidence of cosmic inflation” was announced by experts at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Things We Saw Today: Tech Support Gandalf, Our New Favorite Meme | The Mary Sue -
Things We Saw Today: Tech Support Gandalf, Our New Favorite Meme | The Mary Sue
Teen bartender shares success - Taipei Times -
"Having performed her first bartending show at the age of four, Kuo Chih-ling (郭植伶), a top prize-winner in the Asia-Pacific Bartender of the Year Cocktail Competition in 2011, describes practicing “mixology” as “tasting life.” “Sometimes it’s sweet, sometimes bitter,” Kuo said yesterday at a presentation of the results of a Ministry of Education nourishment and development program aimed at encouraging middle-school students to discover and develop their talents. The event was held at Chung Shan Industrial and Commercial School in Greater Kaohsiung, from which Kuo graduated last year. She was invited to attend the presentation to share how she pushed herself to achieve excellence. Kuo, now 18, reached the international stage when she was 16. That year, she beat a group of competitors aged 17 to 21 to win the top honor in the classic cocktail category of the 2011 Asia-Pacific Bartender of the Year contest in Singapore. With that triumph, she became the world’s youngest bartending champion." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"In addition, the Republic of China (ROC) national flag dress she wore during the competition impressed the audience and the media, and has since become her signature style. “Whenever I attend shows at home or aboard, or take part in international competitions or receive an award, I wear the dress in the hope that the world will see Taiwan,” Kuo said." - Jessie
U.S. Freezes Putin's Netflix Account : The New Yorker -
U.S. Freezes Putin's Netflix Account : The New Yorker
"WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In what was described as a major ramping up of sanctions, Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Tuesday that the United States had frozen Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Netflix account, effective immediately. “Unless and until Mr. Putin calls off the annexation of Crimea, no more ‘House of Cards’ or ‘Orange Is the New Black’ for him,” Mr. Kerry said. “The United States will not stand by and reward the annexation of another sovereign nation with a policy of streaming as usual.” While all of the sanctions Mr. Kerry announced on Tuesday were Netflix-related, he warned Mr. Putin that “nothing is off the table.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"“I’m sure I don’t need to remind the Russian President that ‘Game of Thrones’ is about to come back for another season,” he said. “As I have said, this thing could get very ugly, very fast.”" - Jessie
Trash to treasure: Bicycle brings 3D printing to Taiwan streets - Yahoo News -
"TAIPEI (Reuters) - Cycling through the streets of Taiwan's capital, staff from a design company turn discarded plastic cups and bottles into pieces of art on the spot with Mobile Fab - an ordinary bike kitted out with a computer and 3D printer. "We wanted to do something to bring both recycling and 3D printing closer to average people," said Kamm Kai-yu, a co-founder of the Taipei-based company Fabraft. Festooned with pumps, wires, tubes and display panels, the Mobile Fab cuts the plastic into strips before grinding it into fine powder. The operators feed the powder into the 3D printer on the front of the bike, using it as the "ink" to create a small medallion they attach to a colored light. People who bring plastic items to the roving lab wait a couple of hours for the trash to be turned into art. The medallion is meant to attach to the spokes of a bike wheel but can be worn in any way the person pleases. It's given free as long as the person provides the plastic." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Infographic: The Incredible Taxonomy of Almost Every Beer in the World | Adweek -
Infographic: The Incredible Taxonomy of Almost Every Beer in the World | Adweek
Infographic: The Incredible Taxonomy of Almost Every Beer in the World | Adweek
"Pop Chart Lab makes some impressive taxonomy charts. Following last year's complete taxonomy of college sports mascots, the poster company has turned to everyone's favorite subject—alcohol—for its latest mind-boggling creation: The Magnificent Multitude of Beer. Click over to the site to zoom in and scroll around the chart, which is very comprehensive. It's organized by types of beer, with examples of brands for each type. Says the company: "This wall map is the most complete charting of beer ever, breaking down ales and lagers into over 100 delicious styles from hoppy IPAs to fruity lambics, and including over 500 individual beers as notable examples of each style as well as glassware recommendations." The 60-by-40-inch poster can be yours for $76." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Perfect for that man cave I don't have. :) (Yet?) - (Curtis/Alan) Jackson
Foundation unveils new historical fiction contest - Taipei Times -
"A private foundation has offered a top prize of NT$1.2 million (US$39,600) for a historical fiction competition that encourages local writers to write about people and historical events in Taiwanese history. The New Taiwan Peace Foundation, founded by Taiwan independence advocate Koo Kwang-ming (辜寬敏), announced the competition format yesterday at a press conference. Koo, 89, said the competition would pay back the country he loves and that it is important “for the current generation to understand where their ancestors came from.” The foundation, established with Koo’s donation of US$100 million — about half of his assets — is to begin accepting entries in September next year and the winner is scheduled to be announced in December next year." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
School Bully Concerns - WLOS News13 - Top Stories -
School Bully Concerns - WLOS News13 - Top Stories
"A mother and her 9-year-old son say school officials won't let him bring a My Little Pony bag to school. The boy and his mother say he's getting shoved around because bullies think his pick of a favorite toy is for girls. It's a decades-old kids show where pony characters emphasize the bonds of friendship. It's become anything but friendship for 9-year-old Grayson Bruce. Grayson Bruce, My Little Pony fan, "they're taking it a little too far, with punching me, pushing me down, calling me horrible names, stuff that really shouldn't happen." Grayson picked a Rainbow Dash bag out this year, which he says has intensified the attacks against him." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"But Noreen says Thursday the school asked him to leave the bag at home because it had become a distraction and was a "trigger for bullying."" - Jessie
>.> Someone needs to teach his classmates that unless this child is actively punching them in the face with his MLP bag, it's none of their business what he brings to school. - Jessie
Unfortunately, what the school is doing teaches the bullies that they can get their way. - Spidra Webster
here's another sad My Little Pony story: RALEIGH: Wake sheriff’s office still investigating 11-year-old’s apparent suicide attempt | - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I feel like there's more to this story than what we're seeing. Certainly the bullies ought to be dealt with, but this sounds like a sustained, multi-year issue. Asking a student to not bring an item that is clearly a flashpoint item might be appropriate, depending on the circumstances. I'd also say there's a big difference between being asked to not bring a specific bag to school and being told it isn't permitted. - Soup in a TARDIS
"Noreen, "saying a lunchbox is a trigger for bullying, is like saying a short skirt is a trigger for rape. It's flawed logic, it doesn't make any sense."" - Heather, 30k Camper
CNN Apologizes for Briefly Airing Non-Flight 370 Story : The New Yorker -
CNN Apologizes for Briefly Airing Non-Flight 370 Story : The New Yorker
"NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—CNN apologized to its viewers today for briefly airing a story on Sunday that had nothing to do with the missing Malaysia Airlines flight. The story, which caused thousands of viewers to contact the network in anger, had something to do with Crimea, Ukraine, and Russia. In the official apology, CNN chief Jeff Zucker wrote, “On Sunday, we briefly cut away from our nonstop coverage of Flight 370 to talk about something else. We’re not going to sugarcoat it: we messed up. CNN regrets the error and promises our viewers that it won’t happen again.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Columbia University Fired Two Eminent Public Intellectuals. Here’s Why It Matters. | The Nation -
Columbia University Fired Two Eminent Public Intellectuals. Here’s Why It Matters. | The Nation
"Shortly before his column came out, Carole Vance and Kim Hopper, longtime professors at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, learned that they were losing their jobs because they hadn’t brought in enough grant money. Both, ironically, are models for the sort of publicly engaged intellectual Kristof wants to see more of. Vance has done pioneering work on the intersection of gender, health and human rights. “She has been a mentor and a leading influence on generations of scholars as well as activists and practitioners,” says Rebecca Schleifer, the former advocacy director for the health and human rights division at Human Rights Watch. Hopper, who divides his time between Columbia and the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, is both an advocate for the homeless and one of the nation’s foremost scholars on homelessness. Last year, American Anthropologist ran a piece highlighting his work beyond academia, noting that Hopper “has long urged anthropologists... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Like many schools of public health, Mailman operates on a “soft money” model, which means that professors are expected to fund much of their salaries through grants. (Many professors there, including Vance and Hopper, work without tenure.) Recently, the amount expected has increased—from somewhere between 40 and 70 percent of their salaries to as much as 80 percent—and professors say... more... - Jessie
"Vance and Hopper are also both known for their teaching—something that doesn’t count for as much as it should in grant-obsessed institutions. Legally, professors who are 80 percent grant-supported have to spend 80 percent of their total workweek on grant-related research, leaving ten or twelve hours a week (at most) for students. Vance and Hopper, by contrast, give their students much... more... - Jessie
"Hopper, for one, seems to have seen this coming. “It’s really no surprise given the institutional momentum—tending toward the corporate research-supported business model—of the last few years,” he wrote in a note to his doctoral students. But many others were shocked that scholars of his and Vance’s caliber were let go, particularly given their long service to the school—Hopper had... more... - Jessie
:( - Anne Bouey
I'm sure when the Koch brothers fund two new professorships to fill the vacancies, they'll give those new arrivals carte blanche as far as selecting topics and directions for their research focus. Of course they will, right? - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
OMG! Gandalf’s Sword (Glamdring) is Part of The Iron Throne! [Pic] | Geeks are Sexy Technology News -
OMG! Gandalf’s Sword (Glamdring) is Part of The Iron Throne! [Pic] | Geeks are Sexy Technology News
"Apart from featuring Sean Bean as Ned Stark in Season 1 of Game of Thrones, there’s another thing that Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings have in Common. Behold:" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
I recently bought a tap dance app for my iphone, because I like studying different dance steps. On the receipt iTunes said that those who bought this app also bought "Catholic Calendar from Universalis Publishing." I don't know what that overlap looks like, but I bet they have the best Masses.
Now I'm wondering what the jazz one looks like, and if they have Fosse-fied liturgical processions. - Jessie
Obama's Plan to Pay People Enough to Eat Stirs Controversy : The New Yorker -
Obama's Plan to Pay People Enough to Eat Stirs Controversy : The New Yorker
"Washington (The Borowitz Report) — President Obama has sparked outrage in Congress and renewed calls for his impeachment by signing a daring Presidential memorandum that would pay workers enough to eat. The memorandum, which is based on the President’s view that people should be paid for the hours they actually work, is shaping up as one of the most controversial and incendiary actions of his Presidency. House Republican leaders held a press conference this morning to warn Obama that, by advancing his agenda of paying people for the work they do, he is “playing with political fire.” “A Presidential memorandum is a powerful tool and should be used sparingly,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). “It is not a vehicle for this President to enact his pet theories about people earning enough to survive.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) concurred, telling reporters, “With one stroke of the pen, President Obama is removing the single greatest incentive for work: hunger.” “Apparently, President Obama needs a lesson in American history,” he said. “Hunger built the railroads. Hunger picked the crops. When the American people learn more about this action of the President’s, they will see it for what it is: a hunger-killer.”" - Jessie
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