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Women have been facing similar threats from online trolls — most of whom are men and teenage boys — for years. Such behaviors are at the root of Gamergate and other efforts to make women feel unwelcome and unsafe on social media, in online gaming and other contexts. And, just like the threats against Clinton, law enforcement has done essentially nothing to actually enforce the laws that make death threats illegal.
Stop me if you've heard this one before: a thin-skinned, narcissistic misogynist makes death threats against a woman. Police shrug.
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"I know we can do better for our girls. In fact, we must, because this sort of messaging that we see in the media (and in the toy aisles) — that’s there’s only one right way for a girl to be — has real and negative consequences."
As the mom of a smart, fierce, energetic girl who has a strong sense of herself, I was really excited this year when I saw the Kickstarter campaign for Erin Bried’s new magazine, Kazoo. In the end, that campaign was really successful — the most successful crowdfunding campaign for a publication in Kickstarter’s history — ultimately raising …
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The suddenness of Pokémon Go’s mass popularity signals that a technological revolution is upon us, and it is past time for an industry-wide set of ethical standards for augmented reality.
Developers of AR games like Pokémon Go must realize that using the physical world as a gaming space makes them somewhat responsible for what happens there.
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I also reviewed the new Ghostbusters movie!
I’d like to start off my review of Ghostbusters 2016 — which opens today — by getting some things out of the way right off the bat: 1. I am a huge fan of the original Ghostbusters and have seen it probably more times than any other film; randomly quoting lines like, “Listen! You smell …
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Gather around, kids; Grandma’s going to tell you how all the Pokestops were born.
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Until recently, there wasn’t much call for music writers to sharpen these particular skills. For the most part, victims of sexual assault or harassment in the music world kept quiet. Now that their stories are beginning to come out, writers accustomed to turning out reviews and features might be reluctant to tackle such claims because they fear making mistakes. But those fears can prevent important information from getting out — and can keep long-silent voices from being heard.
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"I know that I can do whatever I want to do — it’s not just yoga. The tendency to say, “I can’t do something,” it’s not just athletics. They probably also say. “I can’t do blank because of blank.”

"But when you try [athletics] and it’s fun and awesome and you can do it, it suggests you can do those other things too. You can’t be the prey of people who want to oppress."
Jessamyn Stanley is helping make yoga more accessible to plus-size folks and people of color. Check out our interview with her.
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Goth may have gone underground after Columbine, but it didn’t shrivel up and die. Far from it: Listen, and you’ll hear it in all sorts of bands. Newer generations of musicians who fell in love with goth’s spooky, ethereal, reverb-soaked vibe and its willingness to embrace humanity’s shadow side brought those elements into fresh musical contexts. While more than a few—including In Solitude, Grave Pleasures, and She Wants Revenge—have brought classic goth and goth rock wholesale into the present day, others are grafting goth onto black metal, drone, folk, and witchy pop to create new blossoming branches on the dark-music family tree.
One of goth culture’s most important messages is that the feminine is something to be embraced and celebrated.
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The politics of the matter aside, I think this would be excellent for the country for a number of reasons.

First, Obama has always been known for a profoundly thoughtful and deliberative style. This is unusual among Presidents (of any party), but is ideal for Supreme Court justices.

Second, he has a profound familiarity with the law, not just from a theoretical perspective (teaching Constitutional Law at Chicago for 12 years) but more importantly in its day-to-day practice.

Third, and perhaps most importantly, the Court desperately needs some non-judicial blood on it. Justice O'Connor, who was on the bench from 1981 to 2006, was the last justice to not have come directly from being a sitting federal judge. (She was a state judge, and before that a state senator and an assistant AG) Having a homogenous bench can create a profound myopia; people who have seen the law from a wide variety of angles will approach questions from more angles, and broad thinking makes good case law.

A former president would bring a truly extraordinary background to the job, especially when so many cases involving issues of national security, the executive branch, or the balance of powers are at stake. Far from making him biased, I suspect this would bring tremendous nuance to the conversation, with deliberations now having a profound awareness of the consequences of each decision.

The last time we had a former president on the Court was when President Taft became Chief Justice in 1921. His nine years on the bench are still remembered for the way in which he restructured the federal judiciary, making it more organized and efficient (and finally getting the Supreme Court its own building); he is still remembered as one of the greatest Chief Justices, and his bust stands in the hall of the Court. Obama, I suspect, would outdo this legacy.

There are obvious political obstacles to such a nomination, but in a day where every conceivable nomination has infinite political obstacles, this starts to fall into the category of "why not?" I certainly couldn't think of anyone more qualified for the job. (And I know some pretty exceptional jurists)

h/t +Shava Nerad.
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Quartz asked me to write a commentary piece on why Ingress is ultimately the more satisfying augmented reality game:
There are many reasons why Ingress is the superior Niantic offering, despite its more cultish appeal.
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My first piece for Vice: "Beagle claims that Cochran is capitalizing on the lasting popularity of The Last Unicorn and defaming the 76-year-old author by suggesting his mental state was "deteriorating." Cochran shot back in Oakland court last week, saying Beagle's girlfriend, Peggy Carlisle, has been abusing him for years and that attorney Kathleen Hunt is trying to usurp Cochran as Beagle's manager. No matter who's right, it seems someone is exploiting Beagle."
Peter S. Beagle claims his manager stole revenue, dragged him through exhausting publicity tours, and once made him personally sign 5,000 apology notes when he cancelled a series of appearances.
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Our culture is based in individualism and self-determination, in the belief that everyone can make it if they try hard enough. It’s an incredibly hopeful, optimistic belief, but it’s also toxically wrong. Nobody gets anywhere without help, and plenty of people need lots of it. But it gets tricky trying to help people who are addicted or mentally ill, because many will refuse, even if that’s the only way they can hope to get better. Most homeless don’t choose to be homeless. But some will reject the very things that could get them out of it. How do we help when doing so might mean making choices for someone else, even if they don’t want us to? I don’t know the answer. But it’s a question worth asking.
One day when my daughter was a baby, I was walking around San Francisco’s Westfield shopping center with her in a baby carrier when we passed a man dozing on the rim of a large potted plant. He was older, a bit disheveled, sitting in a wheelchair with his head resting on his arms like …
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This same toxic "bootstraps" culture has long been a problem for the disabled - and it's no coincidence that many disabled people are homeless.
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I'm a journalist and writer whose work has appeared in the Guardian (but not the Bay Guardian), the New Yorker, Mother Jones, Wired, Ars Technica, USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, the SF Weekly, the San Francisco Examiner, PopMatters, Addicted to Noise and others. 

I'm also the author of several books, including "The Columbine Effect, "Sacred Sonoma," "Read the Music," and "Beloved" (no, not the Toni Morrison one). Find out more at www.bethwinegarner.com.
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  • University of California at Berkeley
    Sociology, 1994 - 1994
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
    Journalism, 1991 - 1994
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