Daily Archives: February 18, 2017

Female exec hired to help Magic Leap appeal to women sues for sex discrimination 

Augmented reality startup Magic Leap is being sued for sexual discrimination by an executive who was hired to help it appeal to women.The company, a startup best known for securing a valuation in the billions despite never publicly demonstrating its technology, is being sued by Tannen Campbell, its former head of, and later vice-president of, strategic marketing and brand identity.Campbell alleges that, in her first few months at Magic Leap, she was asked to put together a presentation to highlight the lack of gender diversity in the company. In her case, filed in the southern district court of Florida, she alleges it took seven months to get chief executive, Rony Abovitz, to attend the presentation, and when he did he left halfway through. Campbell never managed to present the second half.A year later, another Magic Leap employee, Rachna Bhasin, was asked to head up what the filing describes as “a ‘female brain trust initiative’ – the ‘FBI’”. Bhasin, Campbell and five other women from the company were involved in the initial meeting, in May 2016, alongside Abovitz, the vice-president of product design, Gary Natsume, and “a couple of male members of his team”.

Source: Female exec hired to help Magic Leap appeal to women sues for sex discrimination | Technology | The Guardian

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Ont. man shoots himself while making necklace from bullet

OSHAWA, Ont. – An Ontario man is recovering from surgery after he shot himself in the leg while making a necklace out of a bullet.Durham Regional Police say a 50-year-old Oshawa, Ont., man tried to pull apart a bullet with vise grips around 5 p.m. on Tuesday.They say the powder inside the bullet ignited, which caused an explosion and propelled the bullet into the man’s thigh.

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The student Left’s culture of intolerance is creating a new generation of conservatives

Student demands for censorship get a lot of coverage. Spiked Online’s Free Speech University Rankings, now in its third annual edition, argues that there is a “crisis of free speech on campus”.By analysing the censorious policies and actions that have taken place on British campuses, Spiked concluded that 63.5 per cent of universities actively censor speech and 30.5 per cent stifle speech through excessive regulation. You can barely go a few days without encountering a new op-ed covering censorship on campus.Maajid Nawaz describes the students demanding censorship as members of the “regressive left”. Milo Yiannopoulos calls them “snowflakes”.With all of this book-burning and platform-denying madness sweeping up much of the media’s interest in campus culture, the gradual rise of another group of students has gone under-reported. British and American millennials and post-millennials – also known as ‘Gen Z’ – are warming to conservatism.

Source: The student Left’s culture of intolerance is creating a new generation of conservatives

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WWE Star George ‘The Animal’ Steele, Who Appeared in ‘Ed Wood,’ Dies at 79

William James Myers, better known by his name in the WWE ring, George “The Animal” Steele, has died, WWE announced Friday morning. He was 79.The wrestling company issued a statement after Hulk Hogan tweeted out, “George ‘the Animal’ Steel, RIP my brother, only love, only grateful.” No other details about his cause of death have been released.A Detroit native, Steele attended Michigan State and played for the university’s football team. After earning his bachelor’s and master’s, he coached wrestling and football in Michigan.Steele first entered the ring under the pseudonym “The Student.” But when he was scouted and began appearing on television, he changed his name to George Steele. Earning his nickname “The Animal,” Steele was known for tearing up the turnbuckle with his teeth, sticking out his green tongue and generally acting like a wild man. He was inducted into the professional wrestling Hall of Fame in 2005.

Source: WWE Star George ‘The Animal’ Steele, Who Appeared in ‘Ed Wood,’ Dies at 79

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Absurd State Licensing Rules Could Send A Woman To Jail Just for Touching a Horse

If Laurie Wheeler puts her hands on a horse, she could go to jail.Not because she would hurt the animal—she’d never think of doing such a thing—but because of an anonymous complaint submitted to the state’s licensing board that governs veterinary medicine.Wheeler has been studying horse massage since 2010, when she adopted an abandoned horse suffering from a potentially life-threatening neurological condition known as equine protozoal myeloencephalitis. Her horse, Jazz, was treated with a mix of medication and massage therapy, and Wheeler became interested in the practice. Since then, she’s twice been certified in equine massage by an Indiana-based animal therapy school, and, in 2016, successfully obtained a license from the state of Tennessee, where she lives, to practice massage therapy on humans.

Source: Absurd State Licensing Rules Could Send A Woman To Jail Just for Touching a Horse – Hit & Run : Reason.com

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Another robot just broke down investigating Fukushima’s record high radiation levels

Another robot has died in the depths of one of Fukushima’s nuclear reactors, as attempts to locate and remove melted radioactive fuel continue. This is the second robot in two weeks to meet its end in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, the site of a major nuclear accident caused by the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.The robot’s mission was to investigate the pedestal underneath the Unit 2 nuclear reactor, where melted nuclear fuel is suspected to have fallen. But about 10 feet away from its target, one of the robot’s tank-like treads got stuck, World Nuclear News reports. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which operates the plant, decided to cut the robot’s cable and abandon it inside the reactor. A TEPCO spokeswoman told Phys.org that they don’t yet know whether radiation or debris stopped the robot.

Source: Another robot just broke down investigating Fukushima’s record high radiation levels – The Verge

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Fran Lebowitz: If beauty was within, there’d be no models

“I know we are supposed to say beauty is inner — but come on. If that was true, there would be no models,” observed author Fran Lebowitz during a New York Fashion Week party for the Pirelli calendar at Cipriani Wall Street.“Artifice is fashion,” she further mused. “People’s concept of beauty is different now than it was 50 years ago … It used to mean blond, blue-eyed white girl, and now it can be any color of person and any ethnicity. But still beautiful. There are no models that are not beautiful. They may not be to your taste … but that is a personal thing.”The 2017 Pirelli calendar, of course, features lots of beauty, including Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman and Helen Mirren, and was shot by iconic photographer Peter Lindbergh.

Source: Fran Lebowitz: If beauty was within, there’d be no models | Page Six

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Publishers are hiring ‘sensitivity readers’ to flag potentially offensive content

Before a book is published and released to the public, it’s passed through the hands (and eyes) of many people: an author’s friends and family, an agent and, of course, an editor.

These days, though, a book may get an additional check from an unusual source: a sensitivity reader, a person who, for a nominal fee, will scan the book for racist, sexist or otherwise offensive content. These readers give feedback based on self-ascribed areas of expertise such as “dealing with terminal illness,” “racial dynamics in Muslim communities within families” or “transgender issues.”


“The industry recognizes this is a real concern,” said Cheryl Klein, a children’s and young adult book editor and author of “The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults.” Klein, who works at the publisher Lee & Low, said that she has seen the casual use of specialized readers for many years but that the process has become more standardized and more of a priority, especially in books for young readers.

Source: Publishers are hiring ‘sensitivity readers’ to flag potentially offensive content

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Mark Zuckerberg’s goal: Remake world Facebook helped create, fight isolationism


(AP) — Mark Zuckerberg helped create the modern world by connecting nearly a quarter of its citizens to Facebook and giving them a platform to share, well, everything — baby pictures and Pepe memes, social updates and abusive bullying, helpful how-to videos and live-streamed violence.

Now he wants to remake it, too, in a way that counters isolationism, promotes global connections and addresses social ills — while also cementing Facebook’s central role as a builder of online “community” for its nearly 2 billion users.

The Facebook founder laid out his thoughts on Thursday in a sweeping 5,800-word manifesto that hews closer to utopian social guide than business plan. Are we, he asked, “building the world we all want?”

In a phone interview with The Associated Press, Zuckerberg stressed that he wasn’t motivated by the recent U.S. election or any other particular event. Rather, he said, it’s the growing sentiment in many parts of the world that “connecting the world” — the founding idea behind Facebook — is no longer a good thing.

“Across the world there are people left behind by globalization, and movements for withdrawing from global connection,” Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook in a Harvard dorm room in 2004, wrote on Thursday. So it falls to his company to “develop the social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works for all of us.”

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Snuggies Are Blankets, Not Priestly Robes, Rules Trade Court

By Brian Flood

Snuggies, the sleeved fleece coverings, should be classified as blankets for tariff purposes, not like robes or priestly vestments, a federal trade court ruled Feb. 10 ( Allstar Mktg. Grp., LLC v. United States , Ct. Int’l Trade, 13-00395, 2/10/17 ).

The court rejected the Justice Department’s argument that Snuggies are apparel and so should be subject to higher duties than blankets. The judge found it important that Snuggies open in the back and don’t have closures.‘The Blanket With Sleeves!’Snuggies are polyester fleece knits with sleeves that the manufacturer says keeps users warm while letting them use their hands freely. Beginning in late 2008, the product, and its infomercials, became a pop culture phenomenon, and the Snuggie was featured on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Oprah, Ellen and The Today Show.

Source: Snuggies Are Blankets, Not Priestly Robes, Rules Trade Court | Bloomberg BNA

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Martial arts academy posts how-to video for defending against Trump handshake 

“As I’m scrolling through my Facebook feed I see this video and it hits me. I’ve got to teach the defense against the Donald Trump handshake.”

Source: Martial arts academy posts how-to video for defending against Trump handshake | TheHill

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