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Some feminisms I love, some I pity
A friend emailed me because she thought I was bashing all feminists with  Dear feminists upset by last week's Game of Thrones . I was initially annoyed, because I thought the title should make it clear it was addressed to a specific subset of feminists. But...
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The post-jobs future is here?
Phoenix, AZ — After seeing a decline in earnings for the first time in nine years, McDonald's plans to do something no other store of its kind has ever done before; open a store run entirely by robots.
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Mostly I'm not worried about private behavior.  We've had a lot of changes in how we treat other people and animals in public, but I'm not sure this would translate into societal pressure to treating other human-seeming things well or would provoke bad behavior "because we can"...although I suppose corporate retribution for damaged property might restrict that, but that still seems like a dark road to go down.

Speaking of creepy: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32843518
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In times of outrage, good people try to hear what’s said and wise people try to hear what’s not. 
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+Joel C. Salomon Alas, yes. Though in many cases, it' snot that they're pretending. They've just go a log in their eye the size of a sequoia.
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Dear feminists upset by last week's Game of Thrones
Spoiler warning: plot points from GoT and disagreement with modern feminism's understanding of art and sexual violence. The torture and castration of Theon Greyjoy didn't offend you, but the idea that a bad man might rape his wife does? Like the castration ...
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+Steve S​ Yes, that was in the book. Ramsay insisted that Theon should get her ready for him, and Theon complained that he was no longer equiped for that. Ramsey replied that Theon still had his tongue.
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Minimum Wage Mythbusters. Myth: Raising the minimum wage will only benefit teens. Not true: The typical minimum wage worker is not a high-school student earning weekend pocket money. In fact, 88 percent of those who would benefit from a federal minimum wage increase are age 20 or older, ...
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+P Duggan I dunno. Answering questions in a couple of sentences is tricky, and they are right: the new minimum wage would be high enough to improve life for people who are at the minimum wage and people who are just over it. Because I assume you're not refuting that 88% of the people it would help are 20 and over.
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Journalism is only half of a profession; the other half is public relations. To a large extent, the training for one constitutes the training for the other, and people transition smoothly between these two roles.

"Real" journalists, naturally, look down on PR work. Most working journalists, on the other hand, do little other than take PR press releases and add their bylines. PR provides the rails, journalists follow them.

PR professionals work for the important people -- the rich and the incorporated -- whereas journalists are supposed to actually care about the public good. Of course, for journalists, PR work is always a temptation; it's what you do when you really need the money.

There is such a thing as actual journalism, but these days, it seems to be as much the domain of amateurs as anything else. Comedians like Jon Stewart or John Oliver do better journalism than anyone on CNN, which seems to have descended into self-parody.

The comedians are journalists; the journalists are jokes.
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Links to cartoons by Toby Morris, whose observations about New Zealand apply to my country and probably yours
I clicked a link to a cartoon titled  The Pencilsword: On a plate  with a little trepidation because it was described as a cartoon about privilege. I was pleased to find it's about economic privilege, not social privilege. (Yes, they're often related, but m...
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I'm reminded of the reaction to Obama's speech about how, if you have a business, you didn't build it yourself.
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PS. This is about economic privilege, not "social privilege"
A short story about privilege. By Toby Morris.
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+Steve S I realize people say I think there's no racism because they see me saying that the class system matters more than they realize. Which isn't the same thing, but I do understand why it can seem that way. So, my apologies, but here I go again. :)

What cements the poverty today are things like accent and grammar and the condition of your teeth, the markers that tell how you were raised. Here's a bit from an essay I'm working on:

"Most of the US’s racial divides are now class divides. In "When Class Became More Important to a Child's Education Than Race", Sarah Garland wrote,  "According to a 2011 research study by Stanford sociologist Sean Reardon, the test-score gap between the children of the poor (in the 10th percentile of income) and the children of the wealthy (in the 90th percentile) has expanded by as much as 40 percent and is now more than 50 percent larger than the black-white achievement gap--a reversal of the trend 50 years ago.” A recent study by the Urban Institute found that “higher-income blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans have better health than members of their groups with less income, and this income gradient appears to be more strongly tied to health than their race or ethnicity.” Where an American lives has more to do with class mobility than race: In "Where is the land of opportunity? Intergenerational mobility in the US", Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendrien, Patrick Kline, and Emmanuel Saez note, "White individuals in areas with large African-American populations also have lower rates of upward mobility, implying that racial shares matter at the community (rather than individual) level.""
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+Will Shetterly I'm all for automatic sunsetting.
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Zumba versus Salsa for physical and psychological health
Zumba and salsa seem to do equally well for mental health, but Zumba has an edge for physical issues, based on a recent study. From  Salsa dance and Zumba fitness: Acute responses during community-based classes : There was a significantly higher (p < 0.001)...
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+Steve S Just requested it at the library.
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Americans may be considered rich compared to other nations, but the wealth of the middle class ranks pretty low.
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Exactly
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