Category: sys­tems fail­ures
“In interviews, a number of parents and school-board members used the word ‘distraction’ to describe the local debate over “Islamic indoc­tri­nation.” “We have a shortage of bus drivers,” said a school-board member, Robert Hullett, at that October working meeting. “We have a problem with substitute teachers. We have things that are affecting our kids right now, and we’re fooling around with this.” The Atlantic

The Fear of Islam in TN Pub­lic Schools

I can­not even with self-right­eous hyper-con­ser­v­a­tive hill­bil­ly con­ser­vatism in my home state.

From Whole Foods to Red Lobster: Stores, restaurants sell shrimp peeled by slaves, AP finds

Chicago Tribune

slaves in the farm­ing trades

What con­sti­tutes mod­ern-day slav­ery is often seen as an accept­ed way of doing busi­ness in Thailand’s seafood export cap­i­tal. Shed own­ers say they are pro­vid­ing jobs to poor migrant work­ers. Police may be paid to look the oth­er way.

So the premise of It Doesn’t Suck—that Showgirls is a criminally misunderstood masterpiece—depends on our ability to change our minds. If money is any indication... the shift has already taken place. While Showgirls flopped theatrically, those ironic viewings have made the film one of MGM’s top 20 all-time bestsellers, with more than $100 million in home sales. Whether people are laughing at the film or laughing with the film might be irrelevant. People are watching the film. People are thinking about the film. And people are still reading about the film. The Awl

Show­girls” Is A Good Movie

appar­ent­ly it’s time to take Show­girls seri­ous­ly as a piece of satire? I mean I did when it came out, but what­ev­er.

the sad economics of internet fame


too liked to fail

The dis­con­nect between inter­net fame and finan­cial secu­ri­ty is hard to com­pre­hend for both cre­ators and fans. But it’s the crux of many mid-lev­el web per­son­al­i­ties’ lives.

The Path To Expertise


exper­tise takes time

The bot­tom line: Uni­ver­si­ties have nei­ther the time nor the resources to accom­plish what we demand of them with respect to com­put­er sci­ence edu­ca­tion. Once the prob­lem has been laid bare like this, it is obvi­ous that there’s real­ly only one solu­tion—we need to start teach­ing com­put­er sci­ence ear­li­er.

Why I Quit Ordering From Uber-for-Food Start-Ups

The Atlantic

The food was decent, but the vibes were dystopi­an

Josephine doesn’t pre­pare any meals itself. Instead, it screens home cooks and takes orders on their behalf. On the day I’m writ­ing this, I can get car­rot soup ($11) from Lisa in Oak­land or phở ($13) from Hai in Emeryville. That’s it for tonight. Tomor­row, there’s chick­en and dumplings ($11) from Suzie in Albany or veg­gie enchi­ladas ($8) from Afi­ba in Fruit­vale. The menu extends out two weeks; Josephine is less “I’m hun­gry now” and more “I expect to be hun­gry on Thurs­day, so I’d bet­ter line some­thing up.”

Change Isn’t Cheap

Lucky Peach

mon­ey in the world of food

Jason Ham­mel, who owns Lula, a main­stay here in our neigh­bor­hood, on the nec­es­sary changes hap­pen­ing in the restau­rant indus­try that need to hap­pen to stop the col­lapse of pub­lic food into a morass of cheap, shit­ty piz­za and burg­er joints.

yes Virginia, there is a left-wing reform movement

Fredrik de Boer

Fredrik deBoer crit­i­ciz­ing the un-crit­i­ciz­able

What do these peo­ple object to? They’re tired of the pri­or­i­ti­za­tion of the sym­bol­ic over the sub­stan­tive; of the ever-more-obscure left-wing vocab­u­lary; of the near-total silence on class issues; of the aban­don­ment of labor orga­niz­ing as a prin­ci­pal method of polit­i­cal action; of the insis­tence that peo­ple who aren’t already con­vinced must edu­cate them­selves…

The Propaganda of Pantone

via Loki Design

Colour & Sub­cul­tur­al Sub­li­ma­tion

In the case of colour, Pan­tone Inc. holds incred­i­ble influ­ence with their increas­ing­ly mar­ket­ed and medi­a­tised Colour of the Year cam­paigns. Pur­port­ed­ly deter­mined through a pre­scient read­ing of the cul­tur­al zeit­geist (by a select cabal of colour spe­cial­ists), it is impor­tant to under­stand that the com­pa­ny, and the indus­try it serves, have their own spe­cif­ic inter­ests and agen­das that dri­ve these selec­tions. Pantone’s choice of “Rose Quartz” and “Seren­i­ty” as the 2016 Colour of the Year is the most insid­i­ous move by this colour-indus­tri­al-com­plex since “Blue Iris” in 2008. As with “Blue Iris”, Pan­tone has once again mined the sub­cul­tur­al land­scape and used their monop­oly with­in the cre­ative indus­tries to prop­a­gate their colour prop­er­ties to the world.

Ben­jamin Shaykin ask­ing the impor­tant ques­tions, via Insta­gram

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