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02/25/2016 04:01 PM
SearchCap: Google Search Console Delays, Google Maps Closed & SEO Expectations
Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. The post SearchCap: Google Search Console Delays, Google Maps Closed & SEO Expectations appeared first on Search Engine Land.
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02/25/2016 03:43 PM
Facebook Addresses Brand's Concerns Over Facebook Messenger: An Interview - Forbes
The release of Facebook Messenger for brands has generated a lot of positive feedback thus far. I even wrote about it here. It has been a good year for Facebook. But not all of the feedback from brands about Facebook Messenger for customer service is ...

02/25/2016 03:43 PM
Dislike the Facebook reactions? The Oatmeal comic has you covered - CNET
Facebook has finally acknowledged that you can do more than just "like" a post on the social network. The company added additional reactions on Wednesday that enable users to express emotions such as love, laughter, surprise, sadness and anger.

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02/25/2016 03:43 PM
Experts Skeptical of 'ISIS' Threats to Facebook, Twitter Founders - ABC News
ABC News
A group of pro-ISIS hackers this week threatened the founders of the world's largest social media sites, Facebook and Twitter, by posting a video online showing the faces of cyber CEOs Marc Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey riddled with computer-generated ...
Pro-ISIS Hacker Group Video Threatens Twitter, Facebook CEOs Over Account Suspensions TechCrunch
ISIS threatens Facebook and Twitter CEOs CNBC
ISIS reportedly threatens Facebook, Twitter founders in video Fox News
Los Angeles Times  -New York Post
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02/25/2016 03:43 PM
My Emotions About Facebook Reactions Are Too Complex to Express via Facebook Reactions - Slate Magazine
Slate Magazine
Last year, Dacher Keltner, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, sent a document to a team of Facebook researchers called “Mapping the Hierarchy of Emotional Reactions.” Facebook was working on expanding its iconic like ...
Facebook's new 'Like' buttons are rolling out now - go 'wow' at someone The Next Web
Advertisers Don't Like Facebook's Reactions. They Love Them WIRED
Facebook Won't Use New Emoticons to Target Users—For Now Fortune  -Mashable  -Forbes
all 1,411 news articles »

02/25/2016 02:41 PM
Facebook employees crossing out 'Black Lives Matter' on campus - USA TODAY
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is responding forcefully after incidents in which employees crossed out "Black Lives Matter" and wrote "All Lives Matter" on the walls of the company's Menlo Park, Calif., campus. Facebook, whose staff is ...
Mark Zuckerberg Asks Racist Facebook Employees to Stop Crossing Out Black Lives Matter Slogans Gizmodo
Mark Zuckerberg Asks Employees To Stop Crossing Out “Black Lives Matter” On Facebook's Walls TechCrunch

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02/25/2016 02:41 PM
Facebook Officially Launches Canvas Ads That Load Full-Screen Rich Media Pages In-App - TechCrunch
Instant Articles, meet Instant Ads. Facebook wants to give advertisers an immersive way to reach people without making them leave the social network. So today it officially launched its ad Canvas for all advertisers. When users click a Facebook News ...
Facebook launches interactive full-screen ads called Canvas The Next Web

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02/25/2016 02:41 PM
Facebook's new 'Like' buttons are rolling out now - go 'wow' at someone - The Next Web
After announcing that Facebook users would soon be able to express a wider range of emotions on the platform through emoji, the company is now delivering on that promise by rolling it out to all users. The new 'Reactions' give you buttons for 'Like ...
Advertisers Don't Like Facebook's Reactions. They Love Them WIRED
Facebook Won't Use New Emoticons to Target Users—For Now Fortune
My Emotions About Facebook Reactions Are Too Complex to Express via Facebook Reactions Slate Magazine  -Mashable  -Forbes
all 1,411 news articles »

02/25/2016 02:41 PM
Lenders won't stalk you on Facebook anymore - CNBC
Maybe your number of friends on Facebook isn't a great way to gauge your creditworthiness after all. The Wall Street Journal reported that analyzing social media data isn't necessarily a better way to predict individual credit ratings. This factor plus ...

02/25/2016 02:41 PM
The Rise of Weird Facebook: How the World's Biggest Social Network Became Cool Again (and Why It Matters) - New York Magazine
It's hard to think of a social network less cool in the popular imagination than Facebook (other than maybe LinkedIn, the Web 2.0 equivalent of BonziBuddy). It's the one your mom and dad and everyone you ... “Weird Facebook” takes its name from “Weird ...

02/25/2016 04:05 PM
Nets waive former All-Star Joe Johnson
The Brooklyn Nets have waived Joe Johnson, allowing the seven-time All-Star to leave one of the NBA's worst teams and join a contender.
02/25/2016 03:43 PM
Nationals pitcher Blake Treinen makes it on 'Jeopardy!'
Nationals pitcher Blake Treinen makes it on 'Jeopardy!'
02/25/2016 03:43 PM
Baseball wises up, finally eliminates the dirty takeout slide
Baseball wises up, finally eliminates the dirty takeout slide
02/25/2016 03:43 PM
Ozzie Smith says he's happy in life outside baseball
Ozzie Smith says he's happy in life outside baseball
02/25/2016 03:43 PM
Mets OK with Cespedes' backward cap at cage
Mets OK with Cespedes' backward cap at cage
02/25/2016 03:43 PM
Cano responds to criticism from ex-coach
Cano responds to criticism from ex-coach
02/25/2016 03:43 PM
Cubs' Jason Hammel undergoes a makeover, inside and out
Cubs' Jason Hammel undergoes a makeover, inside and out
02/25/2016 03:30 PM
Nets waive forward Joe Johnson
The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on Joe Johnson, General Manager Sean Marks announced today.
02/25/2016 03:30 PM
Wizards sign forward Hickson for remainder of season
The Washington Wizards have signed J.J. Hickson for the remainder of the season after the forward was bought out by the Denver Nuggets earlier in the week.
02/25/2016 03:30 PM
Agent: Andre Miller finalizing buyout with Wolves
The agent for point guard Andre Miller says his client is finalizing a buyout agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
02/25/2016 03:58 PM
Seattle pushes sweeping new rules for worker schedules, employers cry foul
On the heels of Seattle passing a controversial $15 minimum wage law, the City Council there is now drafting an ordinance that aims to shift power away from employers when it comes to how workers are scheduled and paid.
02/25/2016 03:46 PM
Beck slams Trump supporters, Breitbart boss, compares both to Nazis
Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck slammed Donald Trump’s supporters Wednesday on his radio show as “vile” and likened them to Nazis – while accusing Breitbart Chairman Stephen Bannon of doing Trump’s bidding, comparing him to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
02/25/2016 03:43 PM
Watch e-cigarette user's pants explode in flames
Josh Hamilton is recovering from severe burns on his right thigh after an electronic cigarette battery apparently exploded in his pocket over the weekend. The Owensboro, Kentucky, resident was paying for snacks at his local Shell gas station when flames shot out from his leg through his clothes.
02/25/2016 03:24 PM
A Look At The Wealth And Income Gap, By ZIP Code

A newly released report says some areas of the U.S. have recovered from the Great Recession much more than others.

02/25/2016 03:24 PM
Treating Addiction As A Chronic Disease

Reframing addiction as a chronic illness would help people get appropriate treatment and benefit the health care system, says A. Thomas McLellan, co-founder of the Treatment Research Institute.

02/25/2016 03:24 PM
Mom Inspires Daughter To Be A Doctor Who Really Makes People Better

"It's not good to just be a doctor," said the mother. The daughter, encountering HIV patients suffering from depression in Uganda, lived up to her mother's vision.

02/25/2016 03:24 PM
The AIDS Crisis Hasn't Ended In The Black And Latino Communities

HIV rates in the U.S. have been dropping for about a decade. But African-American and Latino men who have sex with men still face a very high risk of becoming infected. Stigma is one big reason.

02/25/2016 03:24 PM
Beam Me Up, Scotty? Turns Out Your Brain Is Ready For Teleportation

The brain usually relies on our senses to navigate. But researchers found that when people experienced virtual teleportation, their brains still managed to keep them on course.

02/25/2016 03:24 PM
Why Your Hamburger Might Be Leading To Nitrogen Pollution

Many farmers who grow corn and soybeans to feed livestock use too much nitrogen fertilizer, which can cause a host of environmental problems. To fix them, scientists say we should eat less meat.

02/25/2016 03:06 PM
GOP Gov. Sandoval says not interested in Supreme Court nomination
Thanks, but no thanks. That was the answer Thursday from Nevada Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval following reports that President Obama was considering him as a potential nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy.
02/25/2016 03:43 PM
The miraculous Diabellis of Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky
How many recordings make you feel that one single performer practically owns a musical work? Schubert's waltzes 'belong' to Marcelle Meyer, Brahms's Intermezzi to Katchen, the Goldberg Variations to Gould, Der Rosenkavalier to Kleiber, Tristan to Furtwängler and Flagstad. From now on, you could add to the list Beethoven's Diabelli Variations as performed by Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky. As well as "his" Brahms 3rd Sonata.

Right from the start, the listener is filled with wonder: what one just heard can't be analysed or described. There is no notion of "analytical interpretation", of "respecting the score" or other jargon-filled stammerings of music critics fancying themselves fussy entomologists around a dissection table.

So how does one speak of a miracle when our reflexes prompt us toward pedantry, institutionalized as proof of scholarship? How to describe the playing of a performer who makes you discover works that you thought you "knew"? Respect of the tempo "indicated by the composer," you say? What Rabinovitch respects instead are the countless tempi, specific to each muscle making up the body of the Symphony for solo piano that is Brahms's 3rd Sonata. Here too, a "professional critic" would make a comparison with the narrative quality of Julius Katchen, the poetry of Radu Lupu.

Let's start by disregarding such ineptitudes - a "comparative listen" is no proof of culture but a sign of that very contemporary emptiness: a total lack of understanding of what constitutes a major work of art. Not a "stylistic achievement" (a sure sign of a rather minor execution) but, simply put, a living and therefore unique organism. As for the rest, an efficient supermarket app will do wonders for product comparison!

And as for the Diabellis, good luck if you want to "compare"! For starters, forget completely about "the music"; you knocked on the wrong door. Put on your mask instead if you want this door to open. You are entering a new genre, the masked ball-theatre. And this mask will quickly fall, revealing another one, then a third, fourth, fifth... Thirty-three masks, all of them "larger than life," will be your new faces since Beethoven's 33 Variations on a Theme by Diabelli in Rabinovitch's version are neither variations nor even transformations of a particularly insipid theme: they are masks towards the boundlessness of comedy, of tragedy also.

You like "contemporary music"? You could not have chosen more wisely. There is no piece written for piano that could be more contemporary, more theatrical, more enigmatic, crazier, freer, more "eccentric". The expression "timeless work" (another standard from "music-jargonland") takes on a whole new meaning with the Diabellis, which go from Bach (Variation no. 24), Mozart (Wolfie can be heard roaring with laughter over Rabinovitch's shoulder when he plays the 22nd), Brahms (the intermezzo in the 8th), to a premonition of Chopin in the Variation no. 31, a long lament that Rabinovitch plays with overwhelming sincerity. An endless "why" with no answer. The irrefutable proof that it was not Beethoven who was deaf, but God.

Let it end quickly, this 31st Variation, so that we can reach the conclusion of the final mask, which takes the form of a minuet, a reversal of all reversals, a calm and peaceful smile, an enigmatic but benevolent laugh, well informed by the whole odyssey just traveled.
"I was immortal during 33 variations, 33 times dead and 33 times revived, with 33 different faces. I can thus leave peacefully now. What can be more frightening in the next ball, "the" big one ? I will just have to avoid screaming uselessly at the oft-postponed meeting with the Creator of this whole mascarade. Remember, HE-IS-DEAF".

If I had the right to own only one piano CD it would be this one, my desert island would find itself populated with intelligence, meaning, benevolence...
Last but not least, this recording, which is live in every meaning of the word, a new release on the Gallo label, finds Alexander the Great on fantastic pianistic form: Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky is also a prodigious pianist !

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02/25/2016 03:43 PM
The Game Ain't Over Until It's Over!
What do old political activists do when they no longer have the strength to knock on doors or dial for votes? They sit around the senior living center and figure out what they CAN do. Thus was born a new political organization: Grandmothers for a Brighter Future began as Grandmothers for Obama in 2008, and then changed its name after the 2012 election. They hope to be a force in this election.

Grandmothers for Obama was started when a group of women with previous campaign experience, living in a retirement community near Boston, decided to create cards in support of Obama. The templates, along with voter lists, could then be sent to other likeminded groups of grandmothers to print, write a note, address and mail. They realized not everybody is connected to social media. Snail mail could still be an effective means of communication.

Because they are self-financed at the local level and their network is comprised totally of volunteers, Grandmothers for a Brighter Future are not considered a PAC according to legal experts. This means that campaigns can provide them with voter lists. The first year, they used voter lists, supplied by the campaign, to influence the New Hampshire primary.

By 2012 the Grandmothers for Obama had expanded to a network of groups and individuals in 25 states and the District of Columbia. The Grandmothers continued to send cards to voting lists, this time targeting older Democratic and independent voters, primarily women, in New Hampshire, Florida, Nevada, Virginia and Michigan.

In 2016, they expect to send cards to a group of swing states which also have Senatorial races. There is no stopping these women. They will make their mark on American politics until the very end of their lives. Their creativity and determination is an example for us all. Maybe they can't walk or hear as well as they used to, but they know how to listen and take action.

Examples of their work can be found at their website. Maybe you should take action by telling that fabulous older woman in your life that she too can participate in the coming election in a meaningful way by signing up with the Grandmothers.

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02/25/2016 03:43 PM
Leap day: fixing the faults in our stars

James Hetrick, University of the Pacific

An unusual date that comes to us from the heavens. Date image via

The number 2016 divided by 4 equals 504, exactly - with no remainder, which makes the year 2016, like the upcoming years 2020, 2024 and 2028 (and beyond), a leap year. We will get an "extra" day, February 29.

This pattern will repeat until 2100, when the cycle breaks. Though 2100 is exactly divisible by 4, there is an exception - for years whose number is exactly divisible by 100. (On top of that, there's another exception - for years exactly divisible by 400. So 2400 will be a leap year. Mark your calendars now.)

Where do these quadrennial liberties with our calendar originate?

In the stars, of course.

Celestial rhythms

One of the simplest joys of life is to watch the stars, night after night, month after month, year after year. They become old friends. They spend a season, and then move on. Or rather, it is we who move on - ever advancing around the sun toward next week's deadlines, new constellations, new fashions and new ideas.

Orion, the annual visitor.
Mouser, CC BY-SA

Orion, the annual visitor. Mouser, CC BY-SA

I imagine myself late one night, eight months from now, remembering the overfull recycling bin, at midnight on trash day. As I try to quietly dump wine bottles into the yellow-topped container, there striding over the eastern skyline is Orion. Back again is my ancient friend, telling me that winter is near, and that I have ridden this miraculous rock almost another full lap around my home star. Rigel shimmers its blue-white light, the twinkle in the eye (the knee, actually) of a companion who has visited me, annually, every place on Earth I have lived since childhood. Even to the Southern Hemisphere, the steady Orion came for a summer visit - cartwheeling upside down, feet over hands.

It is from these celestial cycles that our concepts of time originate, and, ultimately, from which we gain the leap day.

The sidereal year is the length of time it takes for the Earth to return to the same place with respect to the "fix'd" and "constant" stars, so that Orion appears exactly in the same place in the sky, at exactly midnight, 365.2563 days later. Stellar friends like that don't stand you up; they keep their appointments to seven-digit precision (and more).

Right over the equator: A diagram showing the sun's position relative to the Earth at the vernal equinox.
Tfr000, CC BY-SA

Right over the equator: A diagram showing the sun's position relative to the Earth at the vernal equinox. Tfr000, CC BY-SA

Our Western calendar is tied to the tropical year - the time between successive vernal equinoxes. At that moment, the sun's position in the sky is exactly where the ecliptic (the plane of the solar system and the path that the planets take as they move through the constellations) crosses the celestial equator (the projection of the Earth's own equator onto the celestial sphere). Straddling the celestial equator, the sun splits its time exactly between the day side and the night side of the Earth. It returns to that place again in roughly 365.24219 days. Roughly.

Now you can see where those alternating "divisible by 4, 100 and 400" leap year rules originate.

Making up the differences

At the end of 365 days, there are still 0.24219 days (just shy of six hours) to go before Earth gets back to the equinox line.

After four years, however, this fractional 0.24219 of a day adds up to 0.96876, which is pretty close to one full day. If we were using only a 365-day calendar, the stars, and more importantly the months, corresponding to the seasons - crucial for agricultural societies - would slip behind. This was apparent to the Romans in the first century, as well as to the Olmecs and the Maya on the other side of the world.

Thus decreed Julius Caesar in 46 B.C.: that every four years an extra day would be added to February. It was called the Julian calendar. But adding one day every four years, in order to make up for that 0.96876 of a day in orbital spare change, is overcompensating. Caesar's "every four" leap year prescription adds 0.03124 of a day too much. This makes the Julian calendar run fast by just over 600 seconds per year.

Exception after exception: Christopher Clavius, in a line engraving by E de Boulonois.
Wellcome Trust, CC BY

Exception after exception: Christopher Clavius, in a line engraving by E de Boulonois. Wellcome Trust, CC BY

Like with the spare coin jar in our house, small change like that takes a while to add up. It wasn't until the age of Pope Gregory XIII, in 1582, that this mismatch was becoming a problem. After consultation, presumably with God, but particularly with his astronomer, Christopher Clavius, the pope adopted Clavius' clever solution.

The Julian calendar runs fast by 0.03124 of a day every four years; multiply both sides by 100, and see an excess of about three days after 400 years. Clavius' solution was to make centuries exceptions - but that would lose too much, four days in 400 years, not three. So Clavius added one back, once every 400 years, starting in 1600.

This Gregorian calendar, which we use today, has the following rules:

  • Every year divisible by 4: add February 29

  • Every century (1800, 1900, 2000, 2100): do not add February 29

  • Every century divisible by 400: add February 29

Still finer measurements

Even with this refinement, there is still orbital change left over. But now we are talking about temporal shavings that are quite small. At this level of precision, other wobbles in the relation of the Earth's rotational period (the day) and its revolution period (the year) have to be taken into account.

When a leap second is added, digital clocks tick past 23:59:59 but don't go directly to 00:00:00.

When a leap second is added, digital clocks tick past 23:59:59 but don't go directly to 00:00:00. Twid

Keeping track of minute effects like this is the job of the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service, which controls the addition (or deletion) of leap seconds. For example, a second was added to Coordinated Universal Time by the service on June 30, 2015, due largely to the slowing of the Earth's rotation by the gravitational pull of the moon.

There are other sources of calendar slip: the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that triggered the Japanese tsunami on March 11, 2011, for example, shifted the planet's mass distribution enough to decrease the length of a day by 1.8 microseconds. This will add up to about a second after 1,500 years.

Using that 'extra' time

Personally, I think we should make February 29, leap day, a global holiday. It should be considered a gift to ourselves, like taking that accumulated spare change to the grocery store coin-counting machine, and trading it for some easier-to-spend bills. It should be a day of celebration, a reward for saving that quarter of a day over the last four years, to be spent on something frivolous. Or it could be a special day to realign our sense of hourly routines, weekly trash pickups, the race to fulfill monthly quotas, to the celestial schedule.

Without that extra day every fourth year, our ancient friends would begin to miss their annual appointments, and start to fall behind in wishing us prompt birthday greetings, like forgetful Facebook friends. Without February 29, roughly, every four years, the "constant stars" would cease to be constant.

James Hetrick, Professor of Physics and Analytics, University of the Pacific

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02/25/2016 03:43 PM
An Everything Bagel-Doughnut Hybrid Exists And It's Absolutely Insane

The ultimate sweet and savory breakfast treat.

Move over, Cronut, there's a new food hybrid in town. It's called the everything doughnut.

Move over, Cronut, there's a new food hybrid in town. It's called the everything doughnut.

Jon-Michael Poff / BuzzFeed

As you might guess from the name, the pastry is a combination of an everything bagel and a deep-fried doughnut — basically a dream come true for people who like their breakfast sweet and savory.

Instagram: @jmpoff

Now the specifics: The fried yeast doughnut has a sweet cream cheese glaze, which is then topped off with poppy and sesame seeds, garlic, sea salt, and pepitas.

Now the specifics: The fried yeast doughnut has a sweet cream cheese glaze, which is then topped off with poppy and sesame seeds, garlic, sea salt, and pepitas.

Jon-Michael Poff / BuzzFeed

Reviews so far have been mixed:

Reviews so far have been mixed:

Twitter: @foodrepublic

02/25/2016 03:43 PM
Tell Me More About How Much You Hate Millennials, You Old Fart
If I hear one more middle-aged person tell me how good I have it because I was born in the '90s, I'm going to literally barf so hard I shoot backwards across the room.

Thank you, you reptilian artifact of a man, for letting me know I have it super easy as a broke Latina woman simply because I was born around the same time Clinton got inaugurated. My life's a breeze. I'm being fed grapes as I type this.

You are so right, Robert or Jeff or Helen or whatever your leathery name is, I am so entitled. I'm the one that threw a tantrum because I thought I found a hair in my food at the Cheesecake Factory even though it was my own fucking hair, right? Oh no, that was you Helen! You old cobwebbed bitch!

"Oh but Ellie, if you're that broke, work your way through school."

I already did that, you dried up cadaver. I went to USC where I majored in Human Biology and worked the entire time I was in school to pay for my groceries and textbooks since my parents lived paycheck to paycheck. I commuted from home for one and a half years but moved back to school because I realized that I was getting more financial aid when I was in school since I was choosing a cheap place to live, whereas FAFSA assumed I didn't need that much money when I was living with my parents.

I got myself a laptop with a credit card that I'm still paying off and I was fully aware I didn't fit in with the culture at USC the entire time I was there but I didn't care. It was hard and it sucked but I did it and I'm unashamed that I had to do it while other people I knew could go on spring breaks to Cancun. I have a shiny degree with my name on it, lots of knowledge about things I'm passionate about, and a whole lot of debt.

The thing about financial aid is that they'll give you enough to make your dream a reality, but withhold enough that you have to take the maximum loans an undergraduate student can take (there's a cap each year which increases as you gain seniority, but you wouldn't know that because college cost $5 when you went) and so that your parents have to pay an amount that is just barely out of reach so that they have to resort to the parent PLUS loan but not feel too bad about it.

I have $30k in loans and my parents have $20k (which I fully intend to pay myself), and while that may not be too much compared to some folks, you have to remember that it's proportionate to how poor we are and I'm kind of freaking out.

"But Ellie if you knew college was expensive, why did you go?"

Tell me, Ebenezer, how else is a first-generation American Latina woman with no money supposed to be taken seriously and have a shot at success in this country where a man who said all Mexicans are rapists is being taken seriously in his presidential bid? How are you supposed to make a name for yourself when you know that Latina women make 56 cents to a white man's dollar in professional fields? What if you're one of the lucky ones who has supportive parents and wins the financial aid lottery and this is your only shot out of a cycle of poverty? Wouldn't you go too? I'll wait.

"Well Ellie, you know the jobs are in STEM."

True. Now I have a factoid for you, Roosevelt's ghost: all those jobs you're talking about require years of experience that I don't have even though I did major in a mothereffing STEM field. Yes, the entry level assistant jobs require experience too, and no, they don't count my paid internship since it wasn't a full-time job. Was I supposed to start working in public health research when I was 11 years old and too busy huddled in my middle school cafeteria listening to My Chemical Romance? Or perhaps pharmaceuticals when I was 17 and too busy getting fingerblaste... never mind.

"Oh Ellie, you ethnic darling, while you search for more jobs, why don't you just get a job at Starbucks or waitressing or as a nanny or working at a valet or (insert "low-level" job here)? You Millennials are so entitled and simply don't want to work one of those jobs."

This is the question that gets me the most. It seeps into me, into my soul, and reaches deep within me where it boils hot like the water I prepare for my Cup Noodles. Let me take a deep breath. Okay. Look at me. There. Are. No. Jobs. Out. There. There are no goddamn motherfucking jobs out there.

I have applied to Starbucks, Target, Best Buy, The Magic Dildo Emporium, McFuckingDonalds, several restaurants, CVS/Walgreens/RiteAid/anywhere you can buy soda and mascara and condoms in the same trip, nanny/tutor/caretaker jobs, Forever 21, H&M, Ulta, literally any job application that I come across.

You know why I get rejected?

  • I have no retail or waitressing experience since my college internship was in cancer research and everyone else that applies for these jobs has at least some experience

  • They're full and don't have vacancies

  • They have other applicants who are either teenagers or older and have children and these populations are more desperate and easier to exploit (which is a sad truth)

  • They sense, no matter how much you deny it, that people with degrees are likely to just take this job while they search for something else and will leave when given the chance

  • You can't lie about your degree and say you never went to college because they have background checks and that still leaves you with no experience

There are no jobs, Humbert. There are no jobs. Believe me, I'd take a retail job this afternoon if I could.

"Well Ellie, this is what you get for choosing to live in Los Angeles."

I didn't choose to live in Los Angeles. My parents live here and they let me live with them free of charge now that I'm unemployed. I wouldn't live in LA right now if it was just me by myself. I can't just up and move somewhere with more jobs because moving costs thousands of dollars.

When some people see things like Talia Jane's piece about Yelp, they basically orgasm with self-righteousness. It gives them an excuse to hate on Millennials and talk about what hard workers they are and how lazy everyone else is.

There are some older people out there who love hating on Millennials and you know what? It's always the older people who believe that they're the authority on hard work because they worked in a restaurant once and now have a startup or something. It's rarely the older adults who are currently still struggling at a retail or restaurant job.

You know why? Because the self-righteous ones are so far removed from the struggle, even though they once endured it, that they think that things are the same now (completely forgetting about how much the economy and standard of living has changed) while the older adults who are still struggling know how difficult it is now, in 2016.

So, people that are having a field day with Talia's post and making it about how much all Millennials suck, I want you to remember this. When you say that Millennials are entitled jerks who have it super easy and don't know what hard work is, I want you to know that you're erasing Millennials who comprise an enormous part of the population and are:

  • First generation Americans

  • Minorities

  • Socioeconomically disadvantaged

  • Children of single parents or orphans

  • Have a physical or mental disability

  • Are trans or LGBT

  • A combination of the above or anything else

Now get off your high horse before you break your hip.

I know that your hatred of Millennials is based on jealousy that we'll live longer than you and you inch closer to death with every labored breath and that you're afraid of technology and young people.

You know what? I might be poor and living in a shoebox, but I'll still find ways to stick it to the people that believe that Millennials are entitled for simply wanting to exist in livable conditions. I just took a selfie and now I'm opening up the new Kendall and Kylie game.

That's right, the KARDASHIANS.


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02/25/2016 03:43 PM
23 Images You'll Only Understand If You're Slightly Obsessed With Popeyes

Lust that chicken.

Look, we all know the sacred Truth — it has graced us in the form of Popeyes Chicken.

Look, we all know the sacred Truth — it has graced us in the form of Popeyes Chicken.


Other chickens can't compare. There's no competition.

Other chickens can't compare. There's no competition.

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One does not simply "eat at" Popeyes. Popeyes is a lifestyle.

One does not simply "eat at" Popeyes. Popeyes is a lifestyle.


Yes, every Popeyes meal is an experience worth cherishing.

Yes, every Popeyes meal is an experience worth cherishing.

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02/25/2016 03:43 PM
This Hilarious Coloring Book Is For All The Moms

Adult coloring books are all the rage these days. They are a great way to de-stress and take a quiet moment for yourself -- and who needs that more than a parent?

Kathy Shimmield was checking out the adult coloring book options one day when she had an idea: "The sarcastic side of me thought, 'Gee, I'd be more interested in this if it was more humorous, if it made me laugh ... ideally at myself and my experiences.'"

So Shimmield worked with illustrator Joshua Lagman to create "A Day In The Life Of Mom." It's an adult coloring book for moms, complete with hilarious (and typical) scenes from a parent's life, paired with funny captions. "It just popped into my mind how funny it would be to combine a satirical but honest view of what parents go through, only have it done with nice illustrations to make it into an adult coloring book," she said. 

And Shimmield hopes the coloring book will give moms "a really well-deserved good laugh, and some much-needed stress relief." And if you're already finished coloring your copy in, she has a second version of the book coming out in a couple of weeks. Grab your markers and enjoy.

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02/25/2016 03:43 PM
State Senator Says Trump No Longer One of Her Favorite Candidates
We're not seeing much support for Donald Trump from local politicians, but there's one Colorado Republican who was openly saying Trump was one of her two favorite presidential candidates.

State Sen. Laura Woods (R-Westminster), named Trump last month, along with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, as her two favorite candidates.

Here's what Woods had to say in January about Trump on KNUS 710-AM's Saturday morning show, hosted by Chuck Bonniwell and Fox 31 Denver's Julie Hayden:
BONNIWELL:  Well, have you decided who you like in the primaries - the Republican primaries for president?

WOODS:  For president. I have narrowed the field -.  You know, I attended the debate in Boulder, and it really helped me to see that anyone of these up on that stage would be better than the 3 running on the other side of the ticket.   [...]  So, I at least wrapped my mind around the fact that, you know, -- whichever Republican gets the nod, I will vote for that Republican. But my favorites are Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.

BONNIWELL:  Yeah! Those are mine to.  That's who I like, too.

Listen here to Woods on KNUS Jan. 16.

After I posted this transcript, a free-market blogger, Ari Armstrong, tweeted at Woods, "Say it ain't so @SenLauraWoods - Trump? (I can see "least disfavorites" this year but not favorites.)"

Woods replied, "I like Cruz, but will support whichever Republican gets the nomination."

I asked if Cruz was still Woods' first choice and Trump her second pick, since they were Woods' top two before.

Woods tweeted in response, "Cruz is first choice. Any R is my 2nd choice."

I asked Woods if there was a specific reason she soured on Trump, and she tweeted, "No specific reason."

Woods may be the only elected Republican in Colorado who's come out in support of Trump, as a favorite presidential candidate, then dropped him.

It would be interesting to know what the evolution of her thinking was, but you have to wonder how supporting Trump, who's called for deporting all undocumented immigrants and has made numerous derogetory, comments about women, would fly in Woods' Westminster swing district., where women and Hispanics are key voting blocs.

Experts say Woods' November election race will likely determine whether Democrats control Colorado state government next year.

Democrats already hold the governor's office and the state house, while Republicans have a one-seat majority in the state senate. Woods' seat is widely seen as the battleground where the GOP's majority will stand or fall.

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02/25/2016 03:43 PM
Reforestation: The Attainable Sustainable
Don Sebastian was on a roll, trying to explain to the large group gathered at his tree nursery business the depth of his transformation: "We always thought trees were a problem, only to be cut for corn crops and firewood--but now look!" He waved his arms proudly at the large tree nursery behind him containing almost 35,000 fast-growing native alder seedlings, as well as pine seedlings, avocado and peach tree "whips," and even a section for the delicate and endangered pinabete tree.


I asked him how many seedlings he had left over from the previous year of sales, and he pointed to a small stack of larger seedlings: "Only those are left," he answered, smiling. In fact, his tree nursery had been so successful in 2015 farmers traveled from three neighboring states in Guatemala to buy from him, and Don Sebastian had sufficient profit to install an irrigation system and expand the nursery. Now the children of his extended family can pay the small tuition for high school, and the older sons no longer talk about immigrating to the US--they're too busy in the new family business.

The reasons for this transformation were not workshops about reforestation, nor farmer manuals, nor "experts" from other countries paying farmers to plant trees. Rather, the change to a tree-planting culture occurred over a five-year relationship between Don Sebastian's family and the Guatemalan technicians from the Alliance for International Reforestation, Inc. (AIR) or as it is known in Guatemala, "AIRES". Furthermore, Don Sebastian's story is not unique in the 22-year experience of AIRES. In the third-year of training farmers, the AIRES technician will intentionally shift the focus to turning the AIRES tree-nursery into a microbusiness that the participants will own, to sell tree seedlings to their curious neighbors. The AIRES technician also teach participants to make natural products to sell in microbusinesses, such as aloe Vera shampoo or fruit jams. The technicians train and implement Sustainable Agriculture so that families have larger and more diverse food crops by terracing and farming with beneficial trees. Finally, AIRES technicians establish tree nurseries in the rural schools to reinforce all of the training with local youth.

The six technicians working for AIRES, with headquarters in Chimaltenango, Guatemala, have now trained groups of subsistence farmers--including many women farmers--and established tree nurseries in over 130 communities reaching over 2,800 families. Many of the community groups created micro-businesses to continue planting after the AIRES technician leaves. The technicians keep careful records and have calculated that over 4.4 million trees have been planted by hand during the training--mostly on steep mountain slopes to prevent erosion and deadly mudslides. However, because of the spin-off microbusinesses such as Don Sebastian's, the number of trees growing from the tree nurseries far exceeds 4.4 million.

AIRES' success seems to be one of the best-kept secrets among the numerous reforestation efforts throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Billions of dollars have been poured into reforesting Haiti, for instance, with little success; well-funded efforts to protect the quickly-disappearing rainforest in northern Guatemala have also been thwarted by subsistence farmers using slash-and-burn methods because they know they must plant corn to survive but are skeptical or do not know Sustainable Agriculture methods. In contrast, it is worth examining just three key lessons from AIRES' 22-year track record:

• AIRES technicians are themselves indigenous Guatemalans, educated in agro-forestry and/or environmental engineering, so they are trusted and know the area intimately;
• AIRES uses a five-year model, recognizing that it takes time to see the benefits of specific trees. The microbusinesses then succeed because neighbors have had time to observe the positive impact of growing trees that prevent mudslides and replenish soil.
• AIRES reinforces the farmer training with a conservation curriculum and campus tree nurseries at the local schools so reforestation touches the entire community.

The scale of deforestation around the world often seems overwhelming, and a five-year training program may seem too slow given the urgency of combating climate change. The point is, however, that trees planted without years of training will most likely be cut within two or three years without re-planting, and the resulting devastation continues. Farmers must truly experience the benefits from the growing trees in order to change to sustainable agriculture--one of those benefits can be tree nursery businesses and even more trees planted.

Anne Hallum is the volunteer US liaison for The Alliance for International Reforestation, Inc. (AIR) working in Atlanta, Georgia when she is not in Guatemala.

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02/25/2016 03:43 PM
American Know-how
He had grown up in a country run by politicians who sent the pilots to man the bombers to kill the babies to make the world safer for children to grow up in.
Ursula Kroeber Le Guin,
The Lathe of Heaven

A number of readers have written inquiring where cluster bombs can be conveniently purchased. At first blush one might think that the question is being asked by readers who are tired of the limited ability of the AK 47 to inflict harm on a lot of people in a short amount of time, that weapon being a favorite of those who do mass murders. The fact is that few of my readers are of that sort and so their inquiries are prompted by intellectual curiosity alone. It is a reasonable question since cluster bombs are once again in the news and some of my readers thought that cluster bombs had been banned and, that being the case, wondered why anyone would continue to make them and, to whom they would sell them. Those are both good questions and I am happy to be able to answer both of them. First, a word of explanation about cluster bombs is probably in order.

Cluster bombs are described as anti-personnel and anti-armor weapons. They were used to tragic effect in Vietnam where they not only indiscriminately killed those within their purview, but in many cases failed to explode and were left lying in the countryside to later explode killing children and others who came into contact with them. According to one report, in Laos where they were also used, 80 million bombs failed to detonate and, long after the conflict there ended, have been responsible for countless injuries among those who encountered them. Because they are both lethal and unpredictable, 109 states signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions that was adopted in 2008. It prohibits the use, production and stockpiling of cluster bombs. Although a treaty banning cluster bombs sounds like a great idea, only 109 states initially signed it. As of this writing there are 118 signatories. Among the more prominent states that have refused to sign, for reasons best understood by them, are Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United States. Although the United States has not signed the treaty, it has proved sensitive to the tendency of the cluster bomb as a device to underperform. Many cluster bombs during the Vietnam war proved to have a failure rate of more than 1% and were used in areas where there were large civilian populations. Congress became concerned about this and, as a result, under the 2009 Omnibus Budget Bill, only cluster bombs that have a failure rate of less than 1% can be exported and they can only be used against "clearly defined military targets." A country that buys cluster bombs from the United States has to sign a statement stating that they will not be used "where civilians are known to be present." Notwithstanding these reassuring restrictions, cluster bombs acquired from the United States have been used by Saudi Arabia in its war with Yemen and, according to a lengthy and detailed report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) "Saudi Arabia is using them notwithstanding evidence of civilian casualties." According to Steve Goose, arms director at Human Rights Watch(HRW): "Recently transferred US-manufactured cluster munitions are being used in civilian areas contrary to US export requirements and also appear to be failing to meet the reliability standards required for US export of the weapons." By now, a reader (and perhaps a prospective buyer of a cluster bomb or two) probably wants to know who is supplying the cluster bombs that fail to meet the standards set forth in the omnibus bill so the reader can shop elsewhere. The answer is Textron Systems Corporation doing business as "Textron Defense Systems", of Wilmington, Massachusetts.

Textron's website indicates that the cluster bombs (more formally known as SFW CBU-105 DF/ P31) made by it, exceed "stringent U.S. Department of Defense policy on multiple warhead systems by regulating unexploded ordnance (UXO) to less than 1 percent. SFW [sensor fuzed weapon] has demonstrated greater than 99.6 percent reliability with U.S. Government verified performance in combat operations and during more than 600 operational tests. In addition, SFW's redundant self-destruct features and self-neutralization mode ensure that battery power dissipates minutes after a smart Skeet is released, rendering it safe." In its Valentine Day's posting, however, HRW cites numerous examples of cluster bombs manufactured by Textron that failed to explode. Whether the number of devices that failed to explode in Yemen are more or less than 1% of the cluster bombs used on that country is impossible to know. Whether HRW's report of civilian deaths is correct is also impossible for someone like this writer to know. And for obvious reasons, Textron cannot be held responsible for whether Saudi Arabia is careful not to use the bombs where civilians will be killed or injured. If HRW's facts are correct, and there are civilian victims, the fault lies with Saudi Arabia and not Textron. Saudi Arabia's failure to honor its obligations is not Textron's responsibility. As noted song writer and satirist Tom Lehrer wrote many years ago: "'Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down. That's not my department,' says Wernher von Braun." Nor is what Saudi Arabia does with the cluster bombs in Textron's department. Of course it could quit making them. Christopher Brauchli can be emailed at For political commentary see his web page at http://humanraceandothersports.com5

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02/25/2016 03:43 PM
"He played at the highest level and he taught me the way the game was supposed to be played. The game was never forced on me. But I wanted to be just like Dad. Guys from the Giants were always around. Phil Simms lived close by. He was over the house a lot and I used to always go to his son Chris' birthday parties. I used to go to the all games but I don't remember them. I was only 3 when he retired." - Ryan Neill
"He played at the highest level and he taught me the way the game was supposed to be played. The game was never forced on me. But I wanted to be just like Dad. Guys from the Giants were always around. Phil Simms lived close by. He was over the house a lot and I used to always go to his son Chris' birthday parties. I used to go to the all games but I don't remember them. I was only 3 when he retired." - Ryan Neill
02/25/2016 03:43 PM
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02/25/2016 03:36 PM
Novak Djokovic Retires From Match, Ending Run of Finals
Djokovic’s retirement from a quarterfinal in Dubai stopped his streak of 17 straight finals dating to the 2015 Australian Open. He cited an eye infection.
02/25/2016 03:36 PM
Off-Season Setback Frustrates Mets’ Brandon Nimmo
Nimmo, a first-round pick in 2013, arrived for spring training this week with two to three weeks of rehab remaining, wiping out a chance to impress Mets coaches.
02/25/2016 03:31 PM
US Calls Proposed Sanctions on NKorea a 'Major Upgrade'
US calls proposed sanctions on North Korea a 'major upgrade;' vote could come this weekend
02/25/2016 03:31 PM
Eddie Einhorn, College TV Pioneer and White Sox Owner, Dies
Eddie Einhorn, a minority owner of the Chicago White Sox who helped put college basketball on television 50 years ago and set the stage for the wall-to-wall coverage that is common today, has died following complications from a stroke
02/25/2016 03:31 PM
Revival of 'Falsettos' Set for Broadway Return This Fall
"Falsettos," the umbrella title for two one-act musicals about family and love and loss, is coming back to Broadway
02/25/2016 03:31 PM
Apple Files to Vacate Court Order in Encryption Case
Apple filed a motion today to vacate a federal order asking the company to help unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters.