How, in this country, every barometer by which female worth is measured—from the superficial to the life-altering, the appreciative to the punitive—has long been calibrated to “dude,” whether or not those measurements are actually being taken by dudes. Men still run, or at bare minimum have shaped and codified the attitudes of, the churches, the courts, the universities, the police departments, the corporations that so freely determine women’s worth. As Beyoncé observed last year, “Money gives men power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what’s sexy. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous.”
It is ridiculous, and I wish we could all tell them how little it matters what they think. Except that of course most women, those who bear the brunt of these assessments, aren’t Beyoncé or Amy Poehler—who, not coincidentally, was on Junod’s list of newly un-tragic 42-year-olds. Instead, they are women who may not be able to pay for Pilates, let alone for day care or contraceptives, who may need but not be able to afford drug treatment, who Esquire would likely still rate as not-hot or more likely not rate at all, but whose fates nonetheless rest in the hands of empowered committees on the general value and status of womanhood in America.
I wish it were different. I wish that every woman whose actions and worth are parsed and restricted, congratulated and condemned in this country might just once get to wheel around—on the committee that doesn’t believe their medically corroborated story of assault, or on the protesters who tell them that termination is a sin they will regret, or on the boss who tells them he doesn’t believe in their sexual choices, or on the mid-fifties man who congratulates them, or himself, on finding them appealing deep into their dotage—and go black in the eyes and say, “I don’t fucking care if you like it.”
Colin Nederkoorn, a startup CEO living in New York City, was unhappy with his Netflix service. He pays Verizon for FiOS service that promises 75Mbps down. But when he tried to stream video, it was a miserable experience, with buffering and low-definition pictures. So Nederkoorn decided to measure the speed of his connection. What he found was that when he was streaming Netflix he was getting speeds of just 375kbps, or 0.5 percent of what he was paying for.
This is pretty interesting, and probably worth a read if your service provider is throttling your service. We used to have comcast, and they throttled us every time we streamed anything—-and we stream EVERYTHING. So we switched to FIOS and haven’t had problems… but in case that changes…
“My idea of rich is that you can buy every book you ever want without looking at the price and you’re never around assholes. That’s the two things to really fight for in life.”—John Waters (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)
Dire predictions about jobs being destroyed spread across California in 2012 as voters debated whether to enact the sales and, for those near the top of the income ladder, stiff income tax increases in Proposition 30. Million-dollar-plus earners face a 3 percentage-point increase on each additional dollar.
“It hurts small business and kills jobs,” warned the Sacramento Taxpayers Association, the National Federation of Independent Business/California, and Joel Fox, president of the Small Business Action Committee.
So what happened after voters approved the tax increases, which took effect at the start of 2013?
Last year California added 410,418 jobs, an increase of 2.8 percent over 2012, significantly better than the 1.8 percent national increase in jobs.
So someone said to me that you can never meet a good person off the Internet. I want to prove them wrong. Reblog if you've met someone from the Internet and they've turned out to be one of the best people to ever exist.
I got a lot of time on my hands and my ipod is right beside me, so why not. Thanks, jellynotjam!
YOU CAN TELL A LOT ABOUT SOMEONE BY THE TYPE OF MUSIC THEY LISTEN TO. HIT SHUFFLE ON YOUR IPOD, PHONE, ITUNES, MEDIA PLAYER ETC AND WRITE DOWN THE FIRST 20 SONGS. THEN PASS THIS ON TO 10 PEOPLE. ONE RULE: NO SKIPPING
1. Black Bug - Wick-It the Instigator
2.The Old Apartment - Barenaked Ladies
3. The Queen’s Rebuke/The Crossing - The Decemberists
4. Whoa, Trish! - The Shins
5. Sunshine - Mos Def
6. Auditorium - Mos Def
7. Jump, Jive, An’ Wail - Louis Prima
8. Honeycomb - Jimmie Rodgers
9. Eon Blue Apocalypse - Tool
10. Lighthouse Keeper - Sunforest
11. Why Can’t I Forget Him - Blackroc feat. Nicole Wray
12. Gatekeeper - Feist
13. Bodhisattva Vow - Beastie Boys
14. Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie - Dirty Projectors
15. Dance or Die - Janelle Monae
16. Oddfellows Local 151 - REM
17. Twenty Questions - Beastie Boys
18. Medicine - Broken Bells
19. Jacqueline - Franz Ferdniand
20. Burn You Up - Thao With the Get Down Stay Down