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(via ‘I Am Hello Kitty’ - NYTimes.com) The photographer Joana Toro, who worked as Hello Kitty in Times Square, reveals her fellow Elmos and Mickeys to be immigrants like her, looking to make an extra dollar.

(via ‘I Am Hello Kitty’ - NYTimes.com) The photographer Joana Toro, who worked as Hello Kitty in Times Square, reveals her fellow Elmos and Mickeys to be immigrants like her, looking to make an extra dollar.

Whose Australian stories? Cultural diversity at the ABC

The problem with sharing these stories in broad terms is that people think men and women receive the same harassment online. They do not. I’m not writing this piece to evoke your sympathy. I’m writing to share with you what prominent, successful women in the industry experience, in their own words.

But are there really just four? Over the last decade, research challenging the notion has been piling up. Today, savory, also called umami, is widely recognized as a basic taste, the fifth. And now other candidates, perhaps as many as 10 or 20, are jockeying for entry into this exclusive club.

"In some of their countries and some of these settings, it’s just one person driving an agenda around gay men or sex workers, just one really brave human being," he says. So, "losing them is like losing 10 years of work." HIV researchers and activists are often the only people in a region who listen to, and give voice to, people whose lives are rarely considered in the first place. That’s why the sense of loss among attendees at the AIDS 2014 Conference is indescribable.

The report showed that rather than improving over time, the number of women working with blockbuster film crews in 2013 actually declined from previous years, to an average of just 21.8%. Fewer than 2% of the directors of the top 100 grossing films last year were female and only one had a woman to compose the score.

Beryl Richards, who has directed various popular TV series, including ITV’s Wild at Heart, blamed the freelance nature of the industry, which she said was “completely unregulated” . She added: “People underestimate how much discrimination can go on. There is no one monitoring and no one challenging the pattern that is replicating itself, that is why nothing is changing. “On so many sets women are seen as lesser beings in terms of status and many women still find it hard to be taken seriously. I just can’t bear it. There are still a lot of hostile working environments in film and television for women to walk into that need to be addressed, where they are treated differently from the men, but because of the nature of the industry none of these people get called out.

39 Pieces Of Advice For Journalists And Writers Of Color


Most of this is great advice for all young journos.

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As Silicon Valley keeps corrupting our language with its endless glorification of disruption and efficiency – concepts at odds with the vocabulary of democracy – our ability to question the “how” of politics is weakened. Silicon Valley’s default answer to the how of politics is what I call solutionism: problems are to be dealt with via apps, sensors, and feedback loops – all provided by startups. Earlier this year Google’s Eric Schmidt even promised that startups would provide the solution to the problem of economic inequality: the latter, it seems, can also be “disrupted”. And where the innovators and the disruptors lead, the bureaucrats follow.

The intelligence services embraced solutionism before other government agencies. Thus, they reduced the topic of terrorism from a subject that had some connection to history and foreign policy to an informational problem of identifying emerging terrorist threats via constant surveillance. They urged citizens to accept that instability is part of the game, that its root causes are neither traceable nor reparable, that the threat can only be pre-empted by out-innovating and out-surveilling the enemy with better communications.

Speaking in Athens last November, the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben discussed an epochal transformation in the idea of government, “whereby the traditional hierarchical relation between causes and effects is inverted, so that, instead of governing the causes – a difficult and expensive undertaking – governments simply try to govern the effects”.

It can take young women years to realize that the professional world is less of a meritocracy than the school world, and that the strategies that lead to success in one realm may not be enough to master the other. In the meantime, many suffer from what Carol Frohlinger and Deborah Kolb, the founders of Negotiating Women Inc., a firm that coaches women in leadership skills, call “tiara syndrome”—the belief that if they “keep doing their job well, someone will notice them and place a tiara on their head.” This tends not to happen.

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On Southern Border, Mexico Faces Crisis of Its Own

We now live in a world where it’s increasingly difficult to prevent the authorities from capturing information on one’s movements or communications. Is it “just metadata”? Yes, much of the time. But despite what the government wants you to believe, metadata can be exceptionally revealing.