Youth unemployment: Generation Jobless at risk of becoming reality | smh.com.au

Rise of the romance feminist - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

" "Give us a plan?" If we don’t like the look of the landscape, it falls to us to paint a better picture, not hand the paintbrush to the boy’s club. To abnegate responsibility is to deny ourselves the opportunity to author our own fate.

The fiction that we will be liberated by rescue - elevated to our rightful place by a gallant hand - is the stuff of penny dreadful romance novels, not feminism. Real feminists don’t mooch around home waiting for the patriarchy to call.”

30 Years After the Palm Sunday Massacre, Christina Rivera and Joanne Jaffe Tell Their Story - NYTimes.com

How can I use Windows XP safely now it's no longer supported?

How can I use Windows XP safely now it’s no longer supported? by me at @Guardian @AskJack http://t.co/amgWsWiJGz

How can I use Windows XP safely now it’s no longer supported?theguardian.com
Microsoft discontinued support for its Windows XP operating system this week, which means users need to beef up their security practices to copeMy bet is that the vast majority of the Windows XP users reading this did not update their…

How can I use Windows XP safely now it’s no longer supported?
theguardian.com

Microsoft discontinued support for its Windows XP operating system this week, which means users need to beef up their security practices to cope

My bet is that the vast majority of the Windows XP users reading this did not update their…

In North Carolina, civil rights lawyers have filed a complaint with the Justice Department, charging the Wake County school system with violating the constitutional rights of minority children by subjecting them to discriminatory arrest practices and brutality by police officers assigned to schools. In one nightmarish case described in the complaint, a disabled 15-year-old was shocked with a Taser three times during an interrogation at school, resulting in punctured lungs. And in New York, civil rights lawyers have sued the city of Syracuse on behalf of two students. One was shocked three times, not for threatening behavior but for lying on the floor and crying, they say, and another was shocked while trying to break up a fight.

These women are something of a sad, softly degenerating cousin to Nathan Rabin’s Manic Pixie Dream Girl. A MPDG is a force of nature that teaches men about their purpose through her will to live; in the case of what we’ll call the Touching Time Bomb, it’s both her joie de vivre and her utter disposability that inspires the male to seize the day. She’s sent to, and removed from, Earth to make him a better person. Practically glowing with death, the TTB seems not quite of this world, because she’s not a person. She’s a concept.

This extraordinary geological event took place 199 years ago this week, and on the cusp of its bicentenary Tambora is finally getting its due. With the help of modern scientific instruments and old-fashioned archival detective work, the Tambora 1815 eruption can be conclusively placed among the greatest environmental disasters ever to befall mankind. The floods, droughts, starvation, and disease in the three years following the eruption stem from the volcano’s effects on weather systems, so Tambora stands today as a harrowing case study of what the human costs and global reach might be from runaway climate change.

Yes! I actually have this theory that I’ve never written up: that teenage girls and middle-aged men are the source of the best modern television. They’re both emotionally labile figures going through a period of identity formation. They’re angry and horny and they bridle at the dullness of social conformity. They’re unnerved by the way their bodies are changing. They feel like the world is ending.

Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation : NPR

maxistentialist:

The Globe and Mail:

For every $1 spent providing housing and support for a homeless person with severe mental illness, $2.17 in savings are reaped because they spend less time in hospital, in prison and in shelters.

[…]

Usually, homeless people do not get housing and services such as rehab until they meet certain criteria like sobriety or taking medications, and people have little choice on where they can live.

The Housing First philosophy holds that getting a person a place to live is primordial because it creates the stability to tackle issues such as addiction, unemployment and lack of education.

[…]

Providing housing and support is costly too – an average of $19,582 per person. But the avoided costs are much greater, $42,536 on average, because those who are housed are put in hospital less often, make fewer ER visits and do not use shelters as often.

This seems like the exactly the kind of sensible and effective policy that we will never be able to implement in America because conservatives will say, “If you give homeless people homes, they’ll have no incentive to avoid homelessness.”

via mostlysignssomeportents 

A few days later I noticed that several of those who had been near her had become ill. Then they started dying.


Her mum, who was staying with us, went first. Then my wife, who had looked after my sister, died as well. In all we have now lost about 10 family members.

The Lego Movie’s Australian connection with Animal Logic - The Final Cut - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

newyorker:

Who needs friends when you’ve got Terry Gross? An illustration by Eleanor Davis: http://nyr.kr/1nYvPYw

newyorker:

Who needs friends when you’ve got Terry Gross? An illustration by Eleanor Davis: http://nyr.kr/1nYvPYw

(Source: newyorker.com)

Mike Mignola’s otherworldly concept art for Disney’s Atlantis | Lauren Davis | io9