How ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has become the meme of the resistance

May 29, 2017

Image: Christopher Mineses / mashable  Earlier this week, 18 women dressed up in red cloaks and white bonnets, stood in pairs in the rotunda of the Texas state capitol, and began chanting, “Shame!” in unison. They didn’t stop shouting for eight minutes. They call themselves the Texas handmaids. You probably first saw them back in March, when images of their original protest in Austin went viral. That’s when they sat silently in the Texas senate gallery, watching as …

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Pete Souza’s most legendary Donald Trump trolls

May 28, 2017

… Level: 11 Trolls love a good photoshop, and Souza’s no exception. This edit was in response to Trump’s “wire tapping” (IN QUOTES) claim. He’s kind of asking for a troll there, no? Well, Pete, thanks for reminding us every step of the way that things used to be pretty normal and maybe even nice. Maybe we’ll even buy your book for a hard copy reminder, just in case your Instagram gets mysteriously seized. WATCH: Scuba dive tankless with this floating air caddie …

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Economics not sex was behind this cruel Chinese practice, according to new research

May 27, 2017

… foot-binding endured because factory-made cloth was not available in the rural areas where the women lived. The women had began hand-spinning yarn as young as 6 or 7, the same age when their feet were bound. Many women the researchers spoke to made the connection between work and foot-binding. “My mother bound my feet when I was around 10 years,” one 84-year-old woman told researchers. “At around age 10, I started to spin cotton.” The last reported case of foot-binding …

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Why Humans Love Robots Like People

May 21, 2017

… advanced or humanlike, robots are comprised of circuits, cameras, and algorithms. Theyre machines, or as Isaac Asimov often argues, theyre tools, not beings. But if thats the case, what explains our feelings for them? The more humanlike a robot seems in both appearance and ability, the easier it is for us to project human thoughts and feelings onto them (this effect is even more pronounced in Japan, where followers of Shinto or animism believe that objects can have souls). Anthropomorphizing is …

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Tips for dealing with a toddler and also Donald Trump

May 21, 2017

… publicly but did anonymously tell The New York Times is that Trump couldn’t have divulged the ways and means of the U.S. intelligence-gathering processes because the president never bothered to learn them. Just keep him happy with ice cream Image: andrew Gombert/EPA/REX/Shutterstock When desert is some pie with a side of ice cream, everyone gets a single scoop. Unless you’re the president, in which case you get twice as many scoops. Remember, if the worst capitulation you agree …

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Superbug C. auris identified in 122 people across 7 states, CDC says

May 19, 2017

(CNN)The number of cases of an emerging and often multidrug-resistant fungus in the United States has grown from seven to 122 over the past nine months, according to a field report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fungus, Candida auris, can cause severe illness with high mortality, especially among high-risk patients, including those in intensive care units, those with a central venous catheter and those who …

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A ‘second wave’ of ransomware could broaden global cyberattack

May 15, 2017

… recent versions of Windows. But many users did not apply the software patch, AP reported. So, in case you needed another reminder, update your software often. And maybe change your passwords while you’re at it. WATCH: This aerial yoga mat doubles as a portable hammock More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsFreecom Blueprint 2.0 Advanced Lite hoards of free traffic to your ecom storesWP Shields Up Unlimited OTO (WPLS) Stealth Plugin Stops Your WP Site Broadcasting …

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The Candidates Trump is Considering for FBI Director

May 15, 2017

… stop-and-frisk, which disproportionately affected nonwhite New Yorkers. __ J. MICHAEL LUTTIG Luttig, the general counsel for Boeing Corp., is viewed as a conservative legal powerhouse from his tenure as a judge on the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and his time as a Justice Department lawyer. He was considered for two U.S. Supreme Court vacancies that went to Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito. Luttig clashed with the George W. Bush White House on a prominent terror case, …

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Ransomware attacks on hospitals could eventually kill someone

May 14, 2017

… way to prevent this kind of attack. “Everybody thinks, ‘oh if something bad happens we’ll just fix it,’” Corman said, but that’s not the case here. Blocking future ransomware attacks will require cybersecurity personnel, new computers, and better network security. Systemwide security revolution isn’t something that can be fixed in a matter of days, weeks, or even months. But until hospitals have vastly greater cybersecurity, these attacks will continue to make …

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Apple adds a Mother’s Day fitness gift to Apple Watch

May 14, 2017

Image: apple via youtube  It’s Mother’s Day weekend, and in case you haven’t called your mom yet, Apple has a handy way you can pester her to get on the jogging track with you a little more often: digital flowers! SEE ALSO: Apple’s self-driving car reportedly spotted on the streets in California An update to Apple’s Activity app now shows a Mother’s Day achievement badge in the design of a rose. Along with the new iconography, a message reads: …

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Here’s why Somali-American children in one U.S. state are suffering from a measles outbreak

May 9, 2017

Amira Hassan, of Burnsville, Minnesota, plays in the waiting room at the specialty clinic at Children's Minnesota in Minneapolis.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock In case you needed further proof that vaccines are vital and important, consider what’s happening now in Minnesota. An outbreak of measles has sickened more than 40 children since mid-April, primarily within the state’s large Somali-American community. Anti-vaccination activists have helped spur unfounded fears in Somali …

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India’s leading edutech startup is now a Harvard case study

May 6, 2017

Image:  GOOGLE PLAY STORE Education technology startup Byju’s, backed by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), is now a Harvard case study. It is only the fourth Indian startup to make it to the hallowed Harvard Business Publishing platform, after Flipkart (India’s largest online retailer), Paytm (India’s biggest mobile wallet) and GOQii (India’s leading health and fitness startup). SEE ALSO: This health and fitness startup is now a Harvard case study The case …

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Tony Blair’s legacy 20 years on – BBC News

May 1, 2017

… felt left behind and marginalised by the pace of change in their communities, and a growing anti-EU feeling began to take hold. And then there was Iraq. In 2003, Blair had drawn on every last ounce of his persuasive skill to make the case for joining the US-led invasion to MPs and the wider public. He had become convinced of the value of military action in pursuit of humanitarian aims and the need to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the US, in the wake of 11 September, 2001. But the subsequent …

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The first 100 days in LGBT rights

April 29, 2017

… Justice Department halted its litigation related to the laws. Meanwhile, a handful of state and district courts have sided with transgender students in lawsuits against schools. And, observers are waiting to see what’s next for transgender teen Gavin Grimm’s lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia. The withdrawal of the guidance led the Supreme Court to return the case to a lower court to consider whether anti-discrimination protections extend to gender …

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Prosecutor: ‘Brutal’ genital mutilation won’t be tolerated in US

April 27, 2017

(CNN)Two Michigan doctors and a medical office manager were indicted Wednesday by a Detroit grand jury in the first federal female genital mutilation case in the United States. Detroit emergency room physician Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, internal medicine physician Dr. Fakhruddin Attar and his wife, Farida Attar, face one count of conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation, two counts of female genital mutilation and one count of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding. Doctors Nagarwala, …

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25 ways to save $250 a month that everyone is messing up

April 22, 2017

… going to put myself or my family at risk by cooking dinner using expired ingredients. If something is bad, its better to chuck it then risk getting a bad case of food poisoning. 10. Signing up for a new credit card just for the rewards In some instances, credit cards have perks like rewards, cashback on purchases, and 0% percent APR for balance transfers that make them worth considering. Before applying for that new card, review all of the fine print. This applies to businesses as well. The cost …

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Virgin Money chief: Dealing with depression made me stronger – BBC News

April 19, 2017

… conversation turned to gender equality,” Ms Gadhia told me. “And he said, I am all for gender equality, but what happens if I employ a woman and the next week she tells me: ‘I’m pregnant?’ “And there was a gasp around the table to think that people were still thinking like that. “I remember going back to the office and saying: ‘You know what, the dinosaurs are still out there.’ “It is undoubtedly the case. I see it from time to time. …

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Arkansas inmate has last meal as courts decide fate

April 18, 2017

… Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued a statement Monday evening that said, in part, “We have asked the US Supreme Court and hope to get a decision later tonight.” The attorney for Davis and Ward requested stays of execution until the US Supreme Court rules on an upcoming case concerning inmate access to independent mental health experts. The justices are set to hold oral arguments on April 24. …

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Salt Bae sprinkling his vote is the only good thing to come out of Turkey referendum

April 17, 2017

… democracy takes a hit, at least the people can turn to memes for comfort. In case you were wondering, Salt Bae didn’t reveal which way he voted. But we’re pretty sure he’s pro-steak and revealing V-necks. WATCH: The first teaser for ‘The Last Jedi’ is here and OMG More From this publisher : HERE Recommended Products1ClickWP White Label Rights Ultimate Package One-click WordPress installer + backup and clone tool. Perfect for web developers who build lots of …

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‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ ditches the Season Pass (maybe) and its fractured community

April 16, 2017

… that there won’t be a Season Pass for Battlefront II. The reason, we were told, is because they couldn’t definitively say whether that would be the case, despite what Diemer said and expounded upon. It sounds like they weren’t ready to reveal this information yet, likely because the makeup of the Season Pass replacement hasn’t been nailed down. EA sent over the following statement to attempt to clarify Diemer’s remarks: While were not ready to confirm any live …

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Forget ‘ghosting.’ ‘Cushioning’ is the newest way to be a terrible person.

April 15, 2017

First came ghosting and breadcrumbing and benching, and now we have cushioning? Cushioning, in case youre not familiar, is the practice of buying yourself a little insurance while you’re in relationship. You chat or otherwise string along a few people called “cushions” so you have something to fall back if you get dumped. Ugh. At this point its actually amazing how many words weve invented for being an a-hole. This particular term was coined earlier this year when a few …

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Will Scott Pruitt Use Smoke-And-Mirrors To Deal With Smog?

April 14, 2017

Except now that Pruitt is in office, it turns out his meaning might have been far more Orwellian, and dangerous, than anyone imagined. Meanwhile, a new court decision allowing Pruitt an opportunity to argue his case has added fresh urgency to the ozone matter. The ground-level ozone Pruitt was talking about is better known as smog and causes serious health problems. In response to growing scientific evidence of harm, the EPA tightened its health standards for smog. The change, announced in …

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Shanay Walker abuse death: School and care workers criticised – BBC News

April 13, 2017

… hindsight it is clear they could have displayed more professional curiosity about issues and incidents which emerged. “However, as the coroner acknowledged, it remains the case that they could not have predicted the tragic outcome for Shanay. “We have made recommendations to address issues around identifying and reacting to potential self-harm and non-accidental injuries among children, responding appropriately to other health issues and ensuring that the role of schools in …

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