“The silence caught you by the throat, made sadness press into your thoughts."
~ East Latitude Quote Some of us are at either ends of the political spectrum. But on this we agree...
After one of her first interviews with a family who'd lost a child to suicide, Rory Linnane got into her car and called her best friend. They talked, and Linnane cried, during the two-hour drive through Wisconsin farm land. The signal kept dropping. Linnane kept calling back. She just needed to cry and for someone to listen. How 10 Wisconsin newspapers teamed up to address the state’s youth suicide problem
“A new book by Harvard University professor Iris Bohnet, What Works: Gender Equality By Design, argues that tweaking the ways companies identify, develop and promote talent can improve equality and diversity at a “shockingly low cost and high speed.” In the following article, [email protected] reviews key takeaways from Bohnet’s book.”
“U.S. corporations spend $8 billion annually on diversity training. Yet a meta-review of almost a thousand studies finds a “dearth of evidence” about their efficacy. As Bohnet concludes in the title to the book’s second chapter “De-biasing minds is hard,” attempting to raise awareness about the possibility of bias can be ineffective, or even counter-effective.”
- Top NYPD brass wrongly accepted splashy gifts: source New York Daily News
It took Nabokov to remind us that snow is blue and Housman to notice the same of hills. Good writers are corrective lenses. They don’t exactly boost visual acuity, but do remind us how much we’ve failed to see by pointing out the easily dismissible and making it new. Thanks to XL. in A Shropshire Lad -- “What are those blue remembered hills, / What spires, what farms are those?” – I have seen blue hills in the Finger Lakes of New York, in the Hill Country of Texas and in Provence. But more than a geographical feature, blue hills suggest something elusive and ultimately irrecoverable. Live long enough and you will know blue hills. `Straight to the Essence of the Human'
A recent article in The Atlantic highlighted how libraries are changing from being a space where knowledge is consumed to a place where things are created. Five years ago the Fayetteville Free Library in New York brought a 3D printer into the library. That was the start of the first modern makerspace. Today that space has evolved into a 2,500-square-foot Fab Lab and a Creation Lab for Teens.
Thomas De Quincey's journey from riches to rags to posthumous fame as an 1804 ... began on a cheerless in
A London-based dental boutique YourDentist.co.uk is changing dentistry’s reputation by offering nervous patients a luxury experience that includes a Bentley car service, a concierge lounge, and accommodation in 5-star hotels.The high-end practice — which claims to be one of the world’s only 7-star dental boutiques on its website — was established in 2013, and moved to its flagship location on Harley Street in 2015. The surgery also partners with clinics across the UK that “fit within a luxury private practice environment,” and considers its business model as “very similar to Uber or Airbnb.”
Herculaneum scrolls reveals papyri ink contained METAL centuries earlier than thought Daily Mail
“Researchers found that introverts were more likely than extraverts to rate people as poor potential housemates if their spelling or grammar was bad. There were other findings – agreeable people, perhaps unsurprisingly, were easygoing when it came to grammos. Conscientious people tended to see typos as a problem.” The Guardian
Responding to the nation’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence, the government promised to implement all 227 recommendations, likely to cost billions of dollars, reports The Herald Sun.
The Motley Fool, Here Are the Odds of an IRS Tax Audit:
Tim Cushing at TechDirt examines curious patterns in how the courts of Contra Costa County, California, in the Bay Area, have repeatedly been used to generate search engine takedowns affecting so-called gripe (consumer complaint) websites.
Jack Townsend, Ruminations on Inconsistent Verdicts. “The issue of inconsistent verdicts is a big issue.”
“Language, like everything else that matters to human beings, cannot be understood as a kind of semantic Lego, where we acquire individual words with firm, clear shapes and string them together to form sentences, paragraphs, essays and books. Language is shaped by the culture that has produced it, which means that it, in turn, shapes those who go on to use it.” Prospect
“Start by treating The Divine Comedy not as a book, with a coherent, beginning, middle, and end, but rather … treat the poem as Dante the character treated his journey, something to be undertaken step by step.”The American Scholar
"Ted Frank: Lightning Rod for Class Settlement Storms." Steven M. Sellers of Bloomberg BNA has this report.
In Akerlof and Shiller’s view “companies exploit human weaknesses not necessarily because they are malicious or venal, but because the market makes them do it.” Corporations seek to maximize their profits and in most cases will exploit every opportunity to do so.
Even the region’s flight paths have come to influence how criminals use the city. The heavily restricted airspace around Los Angeles International Airport, Burdette pointed out, has transformed the surrounding area into a well-known hiding spot for criminals trying to flee by car. Los Angeles police helicopters cannot always approach the airport because of air-traffic-control safety concerns. Indeed, all those planes, with their otherwise-invisible approach patterns across the Southern California sky, have come to exert a kind of sculptural effect on local crimes across the city: Their lines of flight limit the effectiveness of police helicopter patrols and thus alter the preferred getaway routes.That is from an interesting Geoff Manaugh NYT piece on aerial surveillance in Los Angeles. Here is Manaugh’s forthcoming book A Burglar’s Guide to the City,
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William Perez, Reviews of 18 Tax Preparation Software Programs