When you’re struggling to make ends meet because you’re living paycheck to paycheck, have bills that are due, rent to pay, and kids to feed, you can’t afford to have even one paycheck come late. That’s the reality for countless federal employees right now.
The “skills gap” was a lie! What many claimed was a skills gap was really just a lack of demand for workers. (And this is me trying to be verrrry cheerful about how much energy I spent -- starting in about 2010 -- trying to get people to see this.) [vox.com]
While estimates vary and Saudi Arabia denied employing child soldiers, the Times reports that minors make up anywhere from 20 percent to 40 percent of the Sudanese fighters in a unit... [vox.com]
It's been quite the year. This is my dream job and it's an honor to serve the children of Chicago. Please check out the year that was 2018. We've only just begun. [chalkbeat.org]
Kenya to teach Mandarin Chinese in primary school [qz.com]
GOOD NEWS: Fathers in New York will have access to changing tables in restrooms thanks to a new law that goes into effect this year. [6abc.cm]
The Relentlessness of Modern Parenting [nytimes.com]
“Americans are socialized to think that buying a house and getting a mortgage means being a “homeowner,” but the more debt you have and the less means you have to service your debt, the more it’s just way to be a highly leveraged real estate speculator.” [medium.com]
Some context for @SandyDarity about scholarship and race. From its founding in 1895 until 1980, the American Historical Review published exactly ONE article by a black scholar. 1 in 85 years! This is not a long ago issue of discrimination— it influences scholarship to this day.
He once taught African American history at a university in Moscow, so I was hoping that @jelani9 would write about this. It is essential reading for those who want to understand why the Russians targeted black people in their 2016 interference efforts. [nyer.cm]
Fifty years on, the Mississippi town that sparked Dr King's poverty fight [theguardian.com]
Long read: The History of Blood For centuries, curiosity about the mystical and biological functions of blood has fueled both dangerous misunderstandings and revolutionary discoveries. [bit.ly][twitter.com]
There is still a long way to go!!! #healthdisparities "While racial disparities have begun to narrow, the impact of limited access to treatment for the poorest Americans has increased wealth-based inequality..." [bloomberg.com]
Yeesh 19/N [twitter.com]
Going to elite college works as well for low-income as high-income students 26/N [twitter.com]
Most Porsche Taycan EV Reservations Are From Tesla Owners | Carscoops [carscoops.com]
Why Aloe Vera Is So Controversial Right Now - Allure [allure.com]
“Scary” reality: Meds tainted with germs, glass, carcinogens, mystery particles [arstechnica.com] #meds #healthnews #mondaymotivation #news #health #lifestyle #wellbeing #MensHealth #womenshealth #family #publichealth #healthanfsafety #medicine #pharmaceuticals #fda #rt
This year is going to be WILD. This year we have five eclipses, a rare planet transit, meteor shower, super blood wolf moon, three super moons, a BLUE MOON, and a close approach by the moon and Jupiter. I’m SO excited for this powerful year
This mini washing machine doesn't just clean clothes, it can clean your jewelry, shavers, and food too! [twitter.com]
Meet the Class of 2019: @PublicDomainRev's top pick of artists and writers whose works have entered the #publicdomain on 1st January 2019 in many countries around the world [bit.ly]#openglam#openculture[twitter.com]
11,000 Digitized Books From 1923 Are Now Available Online at the Internet Archive [openculture.com]
The Louvre is returning sculptures to West Africa. Here’s how — and why — Emmanuel Macron made it happen. [washingtonpost.com]
Barbara Regina Dietzsch (1706-1783) was a painter from an artist family in Nuremberg. She rejected offers to become a court painter, focusing instead to on insects & flowers. A recluse who chose art over 'the court', her paintings are botanically accurate Momento Mori. [twitter.com]
The right poetry collection for right now: Walton Muyumba on Terrance Hayes' 'American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin' [latimes.com]
Global Black Consciousness by Margo Natalie Crawford [amazon.com] via @amazon Global Black Consciousness! I co-edited this collection of essays (with Salah Hassan).My father's photograph of Miriam Makeba is on the cover.
I'm intrigued. Can anyone recommend a good book on Japanese folklore? [twitter.com]
@spellegance I'd recommend Kwaidan by Lacfadio Hearn.
The “Bowie Bonds” [bowiesongs.wordpress.com] They weren’t “bonds”…
You know I was 19 when the news of R. Kelly marrying Aaliyah broke I was disgusted and I was done. I knew what he was then and I was done. He’s been putting this in our face continuously. But people liked hits. #SurvivingRKelly
@KinteSpace I totally agree with separate but combined finances. I don’t fault anyone for combining everything but for me personally, I need to have some money for myself and the freedom to spend my money how I choose. How much you combine or separate will depend on the couple.
@focusedspender I totally agree with you: (i) my version of “macho” means my partner has the financial means to leave me at any time and her presence is ideally financially voluntary; (ii) contribution to a common fund based on our communal needs is like renewing vows of togetherness
@Ajairah1 there is a PBS Nova documentary called «Dawn of Mankind» which links the white South African origin of the Killer Ape Theory with Kubrick’s ape scene in «2001»; neither Kubrick or that South African dude from WWI are particularly racist but they were scientifically wrong
@Ajairah1 both of these classic white liberals needed «human nature» to be violent and a little rapey like most thought leaders today; without this military-industrial conceptual model of human nature, patriarchal imperialism becomes bizarre and weird and the whole shit house goes up
@Ajairah1 instead what is weird is being «evolved» from relatively peaceful, vegetarian proto-humans—what is bizarre is being from East African high civilizations lasting for thousands of matriarchal generations without the concept of war—actual humanity is alien by design