Excerpt: “Long silenced by the industry’s unspoken norms, today’s Indian starlets are taking to social media to dispute pay gaps and the objectification of their bodies. Bollywood, India’s prolific and culturally influential film industry, doesn’t have a stellar reputation for treating its women well.”
Excerpt: “As the gatekeepers of your fine university’s selection process, you are probably asking yourselves, “Why in hell should we even consider the application of Adam Harper Steinem Mandela Kellowitch-Frane?” My answer? “Let’s find out together.””
Excerpt: “John Kane was on a hell of a winning streak. On July 3, 2009, he walked alone into the high-limit room at the Silverton Casino in Las Vegas and sat down at a video poker machine called the Game King. Six minutes later the purple light on the top of the machine flashed, signaling a $4,300 jackpot.”
Excerpt: “Unit pricing makes comparing products—from one brand to the next or between different sizes—more like comparing apples to apples, so it’s easier to see which item really saves you the most money. Unfortunately, the unit pricing on the labels you see at the grocery store isn’t always reliable.”
"These murmurs were so consistent that Steve Kroft asked Michelle Obama about them directly, during an interview on “60 Minutes” in early 2007. “This is a hard question to ask,” Kroft said. “But, a number of years ago, Colin Powell was thinking about running for President, and his wife, Alma, really did not want him to run. She was worried about some crazy person with a gun.” Michelle replied that the dangers of the Presidency were not novel. “I don’t lose sleep about it,” she said. “Because the realities are, as a black man, you know, Barack can get shot going to the gas station”—certainly the first time that this particular demographic truth has been enlisted as a reason to beoptimistic about a black man’s prospects.
We’ve become accustomed to the sight of a black President governing through these dangers—ever-present, contextual, and undiminished—in the way that sirens become ambient sound in New York City. This is one of the less frequently noted accomplishments of his Presidency. In 2008, Obama projected calm amid political turbulence. As President, this demeanor has been part of the reason that such fears have receded to the extent that they have. Yet a population that lived through the September 11th attacks can scarcely ever confuse remote likelihoods with complete impossibilities. Dictatorships are measured by the basest actions of the tyrants who control them, but the metric of democracy is the actions of its citizenship. The bipartisan outrage that has emerged this week is not a sign of a political thaw; it’s an indicator that neither party cares to see America reduced by the unquantifiable sum that Dealey Plaza or Ford’s Theatre diminished it.
The Secret Service that was antsy about the prospect of a newly inaugurated Obama walking along Pennsylvania Avenue in January, 2009, is, as Vox reported, handling three times the number of death threats that attended other Presidencies. It is doing so on a severely limited budget. Speaking before a House inquiry into the security lapses, Pierson remarked that the budget sequester has left the Service nearly five hundred and fifty people short of their optimum number of personnel. This at a time when the factions we need to be most concerned with are driven not only by the President’s identity but by American foreign policy and the dictates of the interminable war on terror. What signal does Secret Service ineptitude send to foreign adversaries? Last weekend, the President spoke of how the American intelligence community had underestimated the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham’s ambitions. No one vaguely familiar with the assassination of William McKinley or with anarchist “propaganda of the deed” killings of heads of state can take comfort in the idea that a loosely organized band united by ideological zealotry is incapable of wreaking havoc.”
" Perhaps it’s because “soulless” and “boring” are to some extent judgmental code words for “stuff I don’t like.” Sophisticated urbanites tend to look down on much of suburban life. But I suspect many suburbanites find downtown obsessions – contemporary art, say, or elaborate ways of preparing coffee – equally tedious. Why isn’t their thumbs-down verdict on urban pretentiousness just as valid?"
Excerpt: “Last week, the Virgin Group founder Richard Branson announced he’d be giving his employees unlimited time off — and in so doing, incited a debate about whether they’d actually feel they could take it. In a post on his blog, Mr.”
Excerpt: “High salaries and free food aren’t enough any more in Silicon Valley, where maturing companies are competing for talent with creative health care and “wellness” programs that use gadgets to promote good behavior.”