Grocery stores, discount clothing outlets, delis, restaurants, bakeries and Mosques. As far as the cops can tell, none of these contain hidden backrooms filled with blueprints, flight plans or plastic explosives. Just regular people doing regular stuff.
Net neutrality — a basic, guiding principle of the Internet that states consumers should have equal access to content available on the web — died a quiet death well before its time on April 23, 2014.
At the time Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officials decided to unobtrusively guide the aging principle behind the old barn and unceremoniously put it to rest forever, net neutrality was 25.
Salon’s Andrew Leonard tearfully called the death a “huge loss for everyone, because the Internet just got a lot more expensive.”
The New York Times reported net neutrality’s demise on Wednesday, when it was learned that the FCC would propose new rules to allow major content producers like Disney, Google, or Netflix to pay service providers such as Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon to pay a premium for faster service to their customers.
One year later, survivors of the disaster are still struggling, and international corporations have barely been impacted by the fallout. In fact, some of shareholders’ prices for certain implicated companies rose just months after the collapse. So far, corporations’ responses have been a patchwork of safety reviews and public statements with little bold effort done to right any wrongs and compensate losses. And consumers, in large part, have forgotten.
The disturbing thigh gap phenomenon, in which young women attempt to become so thin that their inner thighs don’t touch each other, has become so prevalent that some companies have been caught photoshopping an artificial thigh gap in their advertisements. This type of beauty standard is not only unattainable, but it’s damaging to young men and women easily swayed by the fashion industry.
Enter Barbell Apparel, a company that apparently knows better than to follow the crowd when it comes to this particular fashion trend. In recognition of the fact that healthy, athletically-minded men and women need a comfortable denim option, too, the jeans manufacturing startup has developed the perfect anti-thigh gap jeans collection.
Today, only 2% of all textile manufacturing worldwide is done in the United States, down from 90% in 1960. It’s time for a fashion revolution.
Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. In the disaster, 1,113 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured when obvious warning signs about the structural integrity of the building were ignored by local managers who were under pressure from major big-box retailers to meet quotas and satisfy the western need for inexpensive, disposable clothing.
As if you needed another reminder of Apple’s sheer economic dominance, mobile payment company WorldPay Zinc created this handy graphic to illustrate just how much money leading tech companies make. The longer you stay on the web page, the more companies’ revenue and profit (in most cases) increase — demonstrating just how much money they make per second.
Apple is the clear winner here, making $9,213 in revenue and $1,997 in profit per second. The second place goes to Samsung, which actually makes $11,588 in revenue, but only keeps $1,540 in profit.
In a wonderfully expletive-laden commentary, WWE wrestling legend Stone Cold Steve Austin voiced his unwavering support for gay marriage: “I have some damned good friends who are gay, and I’m absolutely for same-sex marriage. I don’t give a shit.”
This statement is in vivid contrast to the stereotype that the wrestling world, its inhabitants and spectators, are socially conservative. In fact, the WWE has made recent strides in an effort to reach out to and engage with the LGBT community as an ally. Just this month the organization announced a partnership with the NOH8 campaign to support LGBT equality through a series of photos shared widely across social media using the hashtag #WWENO8.
On Wednesday, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed the Safe Carry Protection Act into law — and it has great repercussions far beyond the state lines.
The so-called “guns everywhere” bill will allow licensed gun owners from Georgia and 28 other states to carry their firearm in bars and certain government buildings in the state. Even places of worship can opt in to allow guns, and school districts too can authorize staff to carry weapons “within school safety zones under certain circumstances.”
A new, eerie web project called Digital Shadow combs through your Facebook profile and pulls together enough of your information to create a dossier creepy enough to make you want to quit social networking altogether.
Once you login and grant the site access to your Facebook profile, the system simulates a hacker attack and creates a list of “pawns” (friends who can betray you), “obsessions” (people you creep on the most) and “scapegoats” (people you would be willing to sacrifice), as well as photos of your favorite places and an analysis of your posting habits.
And if you thought that wasn’t enough to give you nightmares, it gets worse. Pulling together your education and information history, the website takes a crack at guessing your salary level and net worth. Additionally, based on your interests and activity, the site can generate a list of potential passwords, your personality and your likely locations.
The most recognized names in feminism and among women artists are white women, and there’s no reason to believe anything will change as the next generation comes of age. What Kim and Mackrandilal say to white curators also applies to these artistic feminist gatekeepers: “Diversity isn’t more white women.”
The current state of affairs is tragic for a lot of reasons, namely because there are so many women of color artists doing work that also speaks to the experience of womanhood without purporting to represent all women and without receiving the attention that the young women of Rookie or artists at the Biennial get.
I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro …
[…] in front of that [public-housing project in North Las Vegas] the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.
And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do? […] They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.