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Westminster Debate on U.K. Fur Ban Takes Shape, Backed by Stella McCartney

LONDON — The fur debate continues to unravel in the U.K. with the Labour party now demanding a total fur ban in the country, during a debate held today at Westminster.
Ahead of the debate, designer Stella McCartney wrote an open letter in support of the cause.
In her letter, McCartney highlights the recent shift in attitude toward fur as an indication that the country needs to take a step further and ban fur, to reflect the public sentiment.
“Over the past few years countless brands and designers have woken up to the unequivocal cruelty of the fur industry and have subsequently stopped using fur in their collections. More than 80 percent of British people believe it is unacceptable to buy or sell any animal fur. The world is moving in a more positive direction and it is time for the UK to take the vital next step,” wrote the designer, who has never used fur or leather in her collections.
McCartney added that she sees the U.K.’s current policy of banning fur farming 20 years ago yet allowing fur imports into the country as “hypocritical and unacceptable” and addressed the argument that real fur is a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly option to its

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LISTEN: Do Your Hear “Laurel” Or “Yanny?” – Internet Goes Crazy Over Audio Debate

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Once again, the inflammatory web is pitting friends against friends.

Family against family.

Lovers against lovers.

And it’s all over two words… “Laurel” and “Yanny”



That’s right, someone up to no good decided to create a recording where a voice says the word “Laurel.”

…….or is it “Yanny?”

Yes, this is another blue dress-gold dress situation.

Vlogger Cloe Feldman originally tweeted the recording and since her tweet, the one word sensation has gone viral.

To all those people who think the recording says “Yanny,” don’t worry, you have supporters.

…but the “Laurel” squad is coming through strong too.

Just check out the Vox survey below!

Going crazy yet?

Swipe through to peep how Twitter is losing its mind over this Yanny-Laurel fiasco.

…And make sure you reach the last page to find out the reason why some people are hearing one thing, while others are hearing another.

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Not Even Roger Federer Can Settle the Debate About What Color Tennis Balls Are

The internet’s debate about the true color of tennis balls just went pro.

Nothing splits the internet like a good “The Dress”-like argument and it turns out the tennis ball is a polarizing piece of sports equipment. Is it yellow or green?

This debate started like all of the greats with a Twitter poll. Depending on who you ask, some people firmly believe the fuzzy balls are yellow, green, chartreuse, lime green, or neon yellow.

Surely, the world’s number one ranking men’s tennis player, Roger Federer, could settle things once and for all. That’s what one man thought when the GOAT was greeting fans in Chicago Monday, so he asked him to weigh in.

“Hey Roger, are tennis balls green or yellow?” the man asked in a video that has gone viral.

Not missing a beat, Federer answered with complete certitude.

“They’re yellow!” he said with a smile.

The guy has 20 Grand Slam titles under his belt. He must have collected more tennis ball expertise throughout his glittering career than the average internet expert.

Be that as it may, his decisive response only revved the debate up even more.

People continue to argue about it with the passion usually reserved for high school productions of Inherit the Wind.

Thank the color perception phenomenon for the strong differences of opinion. It all boils down to the way we perceive light.

For what it’s worth (not much at this point) most tennis ball manufacturers would side with Federer.

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For some the question is a real eye opener.

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Alex Jones Begs Shooting Survivor David Hogg to Debate Him

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Alex Jones desperately wants to debate a teenage survivor of the mass shooting that left 17 people dead earlier this month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Over the weekend, conspiracy site Infowars published a video titled “David Hogg Can’t Remember His Lines in TV Interview,” which suggested without evidence that 17-year-old student David Hogg was a “crisis actor,” or someone paid to play a victim in emergency-response drills.

Hogg, one of the most telegenic survivors of the shooting, has been outspoken in his calls for gun control, making him the subject of criticism from the right and numerous sinister conspiracy theories from the uglier corners of the internet.

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Loot Box Debate Raged Inside Hi-Rez Studios – Report

The Paladins Cards Unbound update back in November was a controversial one, to say the least. It made major changes to the way the game’s stat-boosting cards are obtained and used, angering many of its players — and according to one source within developer Hi-Rez Studios (who reached out to me under the condition that they remain anonymous), the update was just as controversial within the studio as well. Hi-Rez COO Todd Harris confirmed to IGN that this claim has truth to it, but also said that the studio is ultimately confident in the decision that was made.

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Will Oprah Run for President? She Just Settled the Debate

Thanks to her inspiring speech at the Golden Globes—and the subsequent debate over whether she’ll run for president—Oprah is the name on everyone’s lips right now. So will she or won’t she? In her new InStyle cover feature, Oprah answers the question once and for all: “I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not,” she told the magazine. “And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it.”

Disappointed? For now, you’ll have to get your Oprah fix via her beautiful cover shoot and accompanying interview. Asked about what her life is like in her 60s, Oprah had the best response: “You take no shit. None. Not a bit. In your 40s you want to say you take no shit, but you still do. In your 60s you take none. There’s both a quickening and a calming—there’s a sense that you don’t have as much time on earth as you once did. For me, there’s also a sense of calming about that.” We knew we loved her for a reason. Read on to see photos from her InStyle cover shoot.

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Welcome to Judgment Day! Why the Falcons Are a Playoff Team, Cam Newton in the Faux-MVP Debate, Seahawks Offense Disappears at the Wrong Time

Also, the looming Odell Beckham Jr. contract drama, Davante Adams got paid but a couple Packers veterans won’t, Bucs make the right move in keeping Koetter, Browns should be an easy sell for QB prospects, and let’s take it easy on the James Harrison legacy stuff. Plus, musical guest, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!

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Adorable or deplorable? Porgs stir debate in Star Wars galaxy

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Tom Hanks and Stephen Colbert Arguing Over Decorations Is the Best Holiday Dad Debate

Tom Hanks has a lot of feelings about the proper way to decorate a Christmas tree—and so does Stephen Colbert.

When Hanks stopped by The Late Show on Tuesday night, the two stars ripped into each other more intensely than kids tearing off wrapping paper on Christmas morning. “If you don’t understand the beauty of a symmetrically designed and decorated Christmas tree, get off my show!” Hanks hollered at Colbert. While technically Hanks was a guest on The Late Show and couldn’t really kick Colbert off his own show, the point was as clear as a bell ringing out during Santa Claus is Coming To Town.

The argument arose when it turned out that Hanks is pro-“carcinogenic” tinsel, pro-putting lights on from the top of the tree to the bottom, and generally pro-“more shiny objects on the tree the better.” While Hanks’s wife, Rita Wilson, is opposed to tinsel, Colbert was with him on the decorations front, until they reached a sticking point that arose when Colbert admitted his love of multi-colored Christmas lights. “Do they flash at least?” asked Hanks, looking shocked and dejected. Colbert responded, “That’s insane! We’re not landing a plane!” It was a full on war on Christmas lights after that. Don’t you hate it when your dads argue at Christmastime?


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Senators debate likely effects of GOP tax plan

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UN panel agrees to move ahead with debate on ‘killer robots’

GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. panel agreed Friday to move ahead with talks to define and possibly set limits on weapons that can kill without human involvement, as human rights groups said governments are moving too slowly to keep up with advances in artificial intelligence that could put computers in control one day.
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Despite Bump Stocks Debate, This Week Saw Little Progress on Guns

The NRA may now be behind an effort to regulate a device that helped turn Sunday's country music festival in Las Vegas into a war zone, but the broader gun control debate in Washington remains largely unchanged.

Though its leaders are rarely seen or heard from on the Hill, the NRA looms large there, with lawmakers in both parties seeking to stay in the good graces of the powerful gun

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ESPN Found Room For Debate In Whether People Should Continue Body-Shaming An NFL Player

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ESPN doesn’t seem too privy to the reality that men hurt too.

On a Wednesday afternoon episode of ESPN’s Highly Questionable, co-hosts Dan Le Batard, Gonzalo Le Betard and Sarah Spain discussed whether people have the right to continue body-shaming NFL player Eddie Lacy. Facebook user Sawyer Jenkins first captured the cringe-worthy discussion titled “Should People Stop Body-Shaming Eddie Lacy?”

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Like innumerable celebrities and public figures, Lacy has been the target of body-shaming internet trolls. While the athlete’s unstable weight has been the subject of ridicule for years, it’s now back in the limelight.

Lacy signed with the Seattle Seahawks a year after the team’s coach publicly stated Lacy would have to lose weight in order to return to the team. Following the March signing, trolls promptly resurfaced tweets of Lacy from four to six years ago which conveyed his affection for Chinese food. They used Lacy’s posts to create memes with the intention of ridiculing his weight.

The actual banter that took place during the insensitive ESPN discussion is irrelevant. The real issue here is that the conversation was even had at all.  As a result of the televised debate, Highly Questionable essentially framed a form of bullying as something that could be justified. ESPN would have been unarguably dragged to the ends of the earth had they made a woman the focal point of that conversation. I mean, the brother even made it clear to another ESPN outlet that he was hurting as a result of the cyber attacks.

“It sucks,” Lacy told ESPN The Magazine in an article published earlier on Wednesday. “It definitely sent me into a funk. I wish I could understand what they get out of it.”

“You just can’t shake it,” Lacy said of the body-shaming. “And no matter what, you can’t say nothing back to them. You just have to read it, get mad or however it makes you feel, and move on. I could be 225 and they’d still be like, ‘You’re still a fat piece of s**t.’”

Weight is a sensitive subject for both men and women. Given Lacy’s status as a Black man, the illegitimization of him as an emotional being made the discussion further infuriating given the pressures Black men regularly face to be impassive.

The internet needs to leave Lacy alone and ESPN needs to know that not everything making waves on social media deserves attention.

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Learning styles: A once hot debate redshifts

A new study reveals while most higher education faculty believe Learning Styles is an important approach for teaching, they don’t actually use the pedagogical tool because it is fundamentally flawed.
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45 Great Moments in Black Business – No. 36: Essence Sale Continues Debate Over Black Ownership

Over 45 days, Black Enterprise shares 45 milestone events among the nation’s largest black-owned businesses that have had widespread impact on black economic development and American industry across four decades. This is in tribute to the 45th anniversary of Black Enterprise’s iconic BE 100s yearly list of the largest black-owned companies.

Today we reveal No. 36 in the web series “Great Moments in Black Business.” 

2005: Essence Communications Partners sells the remaining 51% of the company that publishes the leading black women’s magazine to Time Inc. brings shock and awe from black consumers.

Essence is back on the block.

(Image: Black Enterprise Magazine, June 1980)

 

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Time Inc. has decided to hawk a majority stake in the media property once boldly regarded as “The Voice for Today’s Black Women,” seeking a “strategic partner with investment capital” while the media company—home to Fortune, Sports Illustrated, and InStyle—seeks to retain minority ownership. In fact, the report further stated that this was Time Inc. “first major move since it decided not to sell itself in April.”

(Image: Black Enterprise Magazine, June 1980)

 

That news report represents the latest chapter in the ongoing saga of one of African Americans’ most treasured black-owned institutions at one time. In fact, the news about the sale of BE 100s companies—from haircare firms to media companies—has always gone viral—even pre-Internet—when it involved one of our most revered companies having fallen into white hands.

Why Essence’s Sale Is a Vital Moment in Black Business History

 

The sale of Essence may not be considered one of the greatest achievements in black history but the moment represents one of the most vital. It’s central to the debate that continues today: Should African American entrepreneurs retain ownership to build multigenerational black-owned institutions or unlock value in companies by selling them, in many cases, to majority-owned acquirers? Over the years, a number of BE 100 CEOs have wrestled with that question, feeling additional heat from loyal consumers about whether they would be selling out or selling up.

Reviewing Essence’s history may offer some valuable clues.

Launched in 1970, Essence’s mission of celebrating the beauty and brilliance as well as accomplishments and aspirations of African American women resonated with its audience across generations. Essence started as a partnership between four black men—Edward Lewis, Clarence Smith, Cecil Hollingsworth and Jonathan Blount—that would eventually owe much of its decades of brand-building success and business growth to a leadership triumvirate.

Building a Media Powerhouse

 

That’s why when BE developed its list of Titans: 40 Most Powerful African Americans in Business in 2010, this collective trio was recognized as a single entry: Chairman & CEO Lewis and President Smith, who handled operations, finance, and sales, and Editor-In-Chief Susan Taylor, the face of the publication who guided its uncompromising editorial direction and gave black women a powerful voice. Together, they built Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) into a media powerhouse. In fact, ECI was one of a handful of BE 100s companies that could boast inclusion on the Top 100 for 31 consecutive years after its appearance on the first list in 1973.

(Image: Black Enterprise Magazine. June 1997)

 

In 2000, ECI decided to sell a 49% stake of to Time Inc., a division of Time Warner (it was spun off into a separate entity in 2014), and was renamed Essence Communications Partners. Five years later, in 2005, the company sold the remainder to the media conglomerate. At the time, Lewis said that “Time Inc. has distinguished itself by recognizing the impact of African Americans on a global scale and their influence within the cultural landscape. Thanks to our partnership with Time Inc., Essence Communications is a stronger, more competitive publisher.” (According to Lewis’ autobiography, The Man from Essence, “the combined amount of the two sales totaled nearly $ 270 million—the highest price-per-page Time Inc. had ever paid for a single-title magazine publishing company.”

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BE covered ECP’s five-year transition, which included the bitter dissolution of Lewis’ and Smith’s 32-year partnership, one of the longest-running unions in black business.

The final sale was greeted with shock and awe from quarters of the black community. Ken Smikle, president of Chicago-based Target Market News had approved of the deal but explained that the sale hit a raw nerve because it represented the loss of one of “our cultural guideposts” like Motown, BET, and black haircare companies. “These are institutions that we share a common experience with. They are woven into our everyday life,” he asserted. “We feel that we lost something because these institutions and their ownership by extension represent a part of us.”

Decrying Essence as a “Sell Out”

 

After the sale, a BlackEnterprise.com poll revealed that 34% of respondents felt that ECP had “sold out” vs. 14% who felt the transaction made good business sense. Another 46% of those who replied were concerned with how the new ownership structure would affect the magazine and other events like its popular Essence Music Festival. For instance, Leslie Mays, then-president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and an Essence subscriber, found it “extremely disappointing on a personal level” to have discovered that ECP surrendered control and ownership of the publication. “It enables Time to reach an influential market segment—black women—directing our dollars away from reinvestment in our community and businesses and into the deep pockets of another multinational corporation,” she asserted. “I also have a worry that such a deal almost certainly guarantees loss of editorial control and content on subjects of interest and concern to black women as a primary audience.”

Rev. Al Sharpton made the case at the time for creation of a bidding process in which African Americans would gain a shot at retaining black ownership. The civil rights leader had met with Lewis, who said that he sold Essence to Time Inc., in part, “do what Bob Johnson did”—use the proceeds, clout, and connections from his corporate dealings to build other black institutions. But Sharpton countered, asserting there were African Americans within the financial community who could have raised the necessary capital to acquire ECP. He further argued that African American entrepreneurs and financiers should have at least been given the option to make a bid.

Johnson Quells the Controversy

 

When Thomas J. Burrell, for example, decided to step down from his post as chairman and CEO of his Chicago-based BE advertising firm, Burrell Communications Group, he  intentionally crafted a succession plan to sell 51% majority ownership to his top managers even though Publicis Groupe, the French global media, owned a 49% minority stake. A more recent example was BE 100s media company Urban One—formerly Radio One Inc. —buying back media giant Comcast’s stake to gain 100% ownership of cable channel TV One as well as having its digital unit gobble up existing black digital properties to become one of the largest digital outlets for black consumers.

BET founder Robert L. Johnson weighed in during the controversy of ECP’s sale, maintaining that it was part of an evolutionary model of black media—a paradigm shift that includes deep-pocketed corporate partners and, in some cases, acquirers. “The only reason Time Warner would want to buy [Essence] is because of the strength and power of Essence‘s voice that has been built up over 30-plus years,” he said. “It’s just a sheer economic fact of life that over time, as black companies become very valuable for their brand and market penetration, it’s going to be very difficult for African American [potential buyers] to offer the kind of financial transaction that’s going to maximize shareholder value for the seller.”

(Image: Black Enterprise Magazine. September 2000)

 

The Essence sale illustrates the continuing need for companies to continue to scale up through partnerships and, in some cases, divestitures to gain expansion capital and other strategic resources.

Even though the news reports on Time Inc.’s announcement does not provide financial details, the move, however, may open the door for African American entrepreneurs to bring Essence back into the fold of the BE 100s.

 

Watch Susan Taylor’s interview at Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit:

 

 

Access the entire digital version of the 2017 May/June issue of BLACK ENTERPRISE featuring our 2017 BE 100s report and subscribe to Black Enterprise Magazine here. 

And view the full list of the 2017 BE 100s here.

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Chris Pine Tries To Settle ‘Hollywood Chris’ Debate Once And For All

Unless you’re a really dedicated fan of the Chrises in Hollywood, you have to admit it’s hard to keep them all straight. 

There’s Captain America, Chris Evans; Thor, Chris Hemsworth; Star-Lord, Chris Pratt; and Captain Kirk/Steve Trevor, Chris Pine

Got that? No? OK. Well, let Chris Pine help you out. 

During his opening monologue on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, Pine performed a musical number set to Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” in hopes of helping viewers finally figure out which superhero Chris he is.

Pine sang, “I’m not that Chris / I look just like him, but I’m not that Chris / Not Pratt or Hemsworth / I’m a different guy / Not Evans either / I’m my own cool vibe.” (Nope, he’s not Ryan Reynolds, either.) 

Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon made cameos in the bit to keep the joke going before Pine finally belted out, “I’mmmmmmm Chris Pine!” 

Watch the full segment above.

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Researchers Hilariously Debate Whether Or Not To Kill Bigfoot

There’s a big debate going on in the Bigfoot community: Should you kill the hairy creature (assuming, of course, you can actually find one)?

That’s the argument running through “Killing Bigfoot,” a six-part series debuting Feb. 4 on Destination America.

The show follows a team of monster hunters known as the Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization (GCBRO) as they attempt to track down and shoot a Sasquatch-type creature supposedly attacking people’s homes, farm animals and pets in the deep South.

Not everyone approves of the team’s mission. In the clip above, neuropsychologist Dr. Samuel Webb Sentell, a former member of GCBRO, pleads with group leader Jim Landsdale and member Donald McDonald not to kill a Bigfoot.

As debates go, this one gets hairy:

WEBB: “Here’s the thing, here’s the reason you can’t shoot one: They are intelligent, they seem to have families, they are human. They are either human or human hybrid.”

JIM: “And they’re all theories. Everything you just said was theory. Everything. You can’t prove anything.”

WEBB: “It is theory. It is theory. No, we can’t prove it. No, you can’t. But guess what?”

JIM: “Then why do you, you, you scatter this like you’re fertilizing a field, Webb?”

The debate grows even more heated when Webb argues that killing a Bigfoot could conceivably be murder.

WEBB: “I’m trying to keep you from being a murderer.”

JIM: “No! I’m not a murderer!”

WEBB: “You’re going to be!”

JIM: “Here’s the point I’m trying to make: What we do is hunting nuisance animals. Do you know what a nuisance animal is?”

WEBB: “They’re not nuisance animals.”

JIM: “You’re crazy. You don’t know what you’re talking about. They come up, beat on your house, and your children are afraid to go outside. He’s killing your pets, your ducks, your geese. That’s not a nuisance?”

Webb then suggests that diplomacy might be the best way to handle a trespassing Bigfoot.

“Here’s what you don’t believe,” he says. “All you gotta do is ask them quit eatin’ your chickens, and they will quit eatin’ your chickens.”

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A Fair Way to Choose Candidates for Republican Debate: Learning From the Oscars

The Republican Party is holding its first presidential debate on August 6, to be televised on Fox News. Fox has decided against inviting all 17 declared presidential candidates to the main debate, and will limit inclusion to the 10 candidates with the highest average poll rating among five recent credible (if still undefined) national polls of Republican voters. The controversy over its decisions points to a better way: lessons from how the Oscars came to be nominated with the fair representation (or “proportional representation”) form of ranked choice voting.

With seven candidates to be relegated to a pre-debate forum in the afternoon — albeit an inclusive one for which Fox recently dropped its requirement of one percent standing in the polls — there is much controversy over criteria for inclusion. Some critics like Larry Sabato call for an expanded number of participants in at least this first debate, perhaps by randomly dividing the field into two debates to be held one after the other. Others suggest new standards to establish an even smaller field of the most credible candidates.

Cutting candidates certainly is not an easy call. Of the 17 Republicans, 14 are either a current or former governors or U.S. Senators, with two of the remaining three (Donald Trump and Ben Carson) sure to make Fox’s top 10. That leaves on the sidelines six prominent Republicans who have won statewide, along with the field’s only woman (businesswoman Carly Fiorina).

I’ll set aside the question of being as inclusive as possible and focus on a fairer way for Fox to pick its ten candidates. But first, let’s acknowledge the elephant in the living room. Even though the major parties go out of their way to be inclusive in debates during their nominating process, they have colluded to block any presidential candidates other than their own from general election debates.

With a board co-chaired by two prominent major party activists, the self-appointed Commission on Presidential Debates has established an indefensible debate inclusion rule for the general election that has kept all independents and minor parties out of the debates since Ross Perot’s first presidential run in 1992. It requires candidates to have an average of 15 percent in national polls despite the Catch-22 of such candidates being likely to be relegated to second-class media status in large part to the assumption they won’t be in the debates.

Applied to this year’s Republican field, the Commission’s 15-percent threshold would leave Fox’s stage with exactly one candidate: Donald Trump. The absurdity of that outcome underscores the case for broader debate inclusion, at least in the first Commission-sponsored debates. As a start, the call by Change the Rule for a process to guarantee a third voice in the debates, deserves strong support.

Anyone who thinks the Republican debate could be effective even when including just three of the current candidates as opposed to two of them should support Change the Rule’s call for changes for general election debates.

Let’s return to Fox’s Republican debate. As a start, consider a party’s goals for debates, such as:

• See how potential nominees articulate their policy proposals and hold up under pressure.

• Allow a full airing of the diversity of perspectives within the party.

• Attract as many potential voters to watch so that the party’s eventual nominee is stronger in the general election.

• Help identify the candidate best able to represent the party and win the general election.

Applying these criteria, it’s important not to have an overly majoritarian perspective in the early debates. While the ultimate nominee should reflect true majority support among party backers, these debates are a time to hear more voices within the party, not just echoes. Allowing the party’s diversity of views to have time on the stage means that those backing those views have more reason to watch — and ultimately care about and be invested in the eventual nominee.

So that means striking some ideas based on finding which 10 candidates comes closest to reflecting majority views within the party. For example, a poll could ask each respondent to select 10 candidates, and the top 10 would go to the debate. But this “winner-take-all” approach could block out important views within the party with passionate followers — for instance, a Rand Paul or Ben Carson.

For implications for rules for debate inclusion, let’s turn to people who know something about how to attract and hold an audience: the Academy of Motion Pictures, which organizes the Oscars every year to celebrate achievement in movies. Notably, eight decades ago the Academy adopted the practice for selecting all multiple nominees in all major categories with ranked choice voting (or, in wonk talk, “the single transferable vote”). Their goal was to have a system that maximized the number of Academy voters who felt they had a stake in the outcome on Oscar night – that is, the number who helped some person or movie get nominated.

Here’s how their ranked choice voting system works when selecting more than one winner:

• Academy voters rank potential nominees in a given category in order of preference. Every voter has one vote, but ranks backups to help ensure their vote counts. For voters’, it’s literally as easy as 1-2-3.

• The share of the vote necessary to earn a nomination is determined. That threshold is the lowest share of the vote that only the winning number of candidates can achieve. When the Oscars have five nominees for Best Actor, that means it takes about 17% of the vote to be sure of winning a nomination – that’s because once five actors have 17%, there’s only 15% left for the next highest vote-getter. With 10 candidates getting to the debates, that means that 9.1% would do it.

• Right now, of course, few candidates have at least 9.1% support in the polls. The tallying process essentially simulates what happens in presidential caucuses. First, imagine if every voter were standing behind their favorite candidate. If your favorite has more than 9.1% support, then that candidate has earned in the debate, and some of you can go to your second choice. (More precisely, an equal portion of each ballot goes to the first choice for a total of 9.1%, and the remaining value of each ballot is added to the totals of the second choice.) Once all the votes have been counted for next choices, we’re now left with some winners and mostly candidates still short of the threshold. At that point, the last-place candidate is eliminated, and all that candidate’s votes are counted for the next choice on each ballot at full value. This process of distributing votes continues until 10 have been selected.

• For the Oscars, ranked choice voting means that some 83% of Oscar voters typically help elect a “candidate” in their category — best actor, best director and so on. (For Best Picture, they modified this counting process a few years ago when allowing an undefined number of movies to be nominated – still using a ranked ballot and still generally trying to make sure that as many Academy voters have a hand in nominating a process, but changing the specific counting rule.) For picking 10 candidates to debate, you’d have more than nine in ten Republicans feeling directly represented on stage, with most of the rest happy with one or more of the candidates.

For Fox, this process would mean not relying on the mathematically-questionable task of averaging five polls that will leave some candidates out due to a tiny difference that will be far less than the polls’ margin of error. Instead, they would do a single poll in which they ask respondent to rank the candidates in order of preference – asking people to rank 10 should be fine, and something most Republican voters would be ready to do at this point. We already see plenty of use of “second choice polling,” as I wrote about last week with Molly Rocket. This poll would be a time to push poll respondents to think more about the candidates in a survey that was focused only on the task of identifying candidates for the debate.

This same ranked choice process could be used as debates proceed. If they decide to narrow who’s on stage after Iowa and New Hampshire, for example, they could have Republicans living in states holding the next contests to use ranked choice voting to five debates, for example, and later on reduce the field to three or even two.

Going forward, Republicans would also be wise to use a ranked choice voting ballot in each primary and caucus to determine that contest’s real winner. Guides to parliamentary procedure like Robert’s Rules of Order recommend ranked choice voting when people can’t vote repeatedly in person, and hundreds of significant organizations do so –including nearly every political party in Canada and the United Kingdom, such as the Labor Party’s leadership contest right now. That is, when you establish your number of winners as one, it takes getting a majority of the vote in the final “instant runoff” round of counting to win. If maintaining his frontrunner status in polls, for example, Donald Trump would need to show he wins one-on-one against his toughest opponent.

That’s what the Oscars have been doing for Best Picture ever since they allowed up to 10 nominations. Instructively, they still allow a “plurality vote” when there are only five nominees in categories because it can make for good television- e.g., the “upsets” that keep people watching are almost always by a person or movie that is benefiting from a split in the majority. For Best Picture, however, the Academy decided it was more important to get the outcome right. That same calculus should govern how we vote for president, starting with large field nomination contests.

There’s probably not time for Fox to change its rules for August 6, but let’s hope organizers of upcoming debates find a better way to determine who’s on stage. Ranked choice voting would be a good place to start.

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The Great Pubic Debate: ‘If You Don’t Like My Hair, Stay Away From My Vagina’ (VIDEO)

It’s a burning question: are we expected to shave down there or is okay to keep it all natural?

HuffPost Live posed this question to a few student columnists and found at Brown University in Rhode Island, it’s perfectly fine to go with the latter.

“At Brown, because students are really — really advocate feeling comfortable with your body, there’s less of a stigma in keeping your pubic hair the way it naturally is,” said Caroline Bologna, a Brown senior.

Bologna doesn’t need to ask around to know what other women at doing with their hair styling. There are several events each year at Brown that allow for a glimpse of how students are grooming, including naked yoga at Nudity in the Upspace and the annual naked donut run.

“You’d be surprised how many female students do not shave or wax down there,” Bologna said.

Emily Pittinos from the University of Michigan said she’s finding as she grows older, it’s less of an issue than say, when she was a senior in high school.

“Now that I’m more of an adult, grown up woman,” Pittinos said, “I feel like if you don’t like my hair, then stay away from my vagina.”

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