Will all this snow inspire a bunch of baby making?

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Maggie Downs

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Baby, it’s cold outside!

A massive winter storm called a bomb cyclone has unleashed snow, wind, and ice throughout the East Coast, leaving most everyone hunkered down inside.

And bored too, right? Once food, water, and shelter have been secured, there’s really nothing left to do. You’ve already binge-watched Stranger Things, and there are only so many games on solitaire one can play.

That means it’s time to make the most of this doozy and grab it by the snowballs.

Yes, that is a euphemism.

A couple runs through a snowstorm

 

Twenty-five major snowstorms and superstorms have been predicted for the 2017-2018 winter season, which means birth rates could see a bump or two. Or 25.

The good folks at Treetopia.com have compiled a fun list of the top 10 steamiest snowstorms — that is, the winter storms in recent history that have resulted in a boom of snow babies.

 

Some things to note:

• According to their data, Superstorm Sandy is ranked the “sexiest storm.” Nine to 10 months after the storm, hospitals reported up to 30-percent increases in birth rates.

• In January 2010, the UK got in on this action with the third-most steamy storm, which resulted in the highest birth rate in 20 years.

• Some states in New England and the nearby region saw a year-over-year difference of as many as 1,000 new babies in January 1996, making this number five on Treetopia’s list.

Trees in snow with a little bit of sunlight dappling the branches

 

Experts are divided over whether blizzard baby booms are real, by the way. While anecdotal evidence might lean toward yes, researchers say correlation doesn’t necessarily imply causation. The most definitive study yet on how catastrophic events affect birth rates shows low-level, low-severity storm advisories result in more babies. Meanwhile, birth rates actually decrease during severe weather events.

So stay warm and safe, everyone. And depending on how this bomb cyclone goes, in nine to 10 months, we just might see a spike in babies named Grayson.

What will you be busy doing on your snow day?

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Tips for Making a New Year’s Resolution You’ll Actually Keep

Pledge to shed those same ten pounds every year? Promise that you’re going to quit smoking… or stop drinking? Vow to get out of debt and start saving money? Setting goals and resolutions for yourself for the new year is a healthy activity that encourages self awareness and transformation. But unfulfilled resolutions can lead to disappointment and negativity.

That’s why this year our resolution is to help you keep yours! And we’ve put together a list of manageable tips to help you do it.

First of all, you have to work toward something you actually want. A half-hearted commitment to a goal drastically reduces your likelihood of reaching it. This will take some personal reflection, maybe some soul-searching, and openness to change your point of view. Because it’s not about criticizing yourself, focusing on your shortcomings, or looking to be more like someone else around you. Instead, New Year’s Resolutions should be about embracing yourself and having gratitude for the chance to do something to make your life healthier and happier.

You may have heard about S.M.A.R.T. goals. Well, the methods used in S.M.A.R.T. can help you to keep those New Year’s resolutions, too!  S.M.A.R.T. teaches that goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. (Though we have some additional suggestions for what those letters could mean!)

SMART Starts with Specific. A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general one. You might say you want to “get in shape,” but it’s no surprise that a resolution like this one isn’t one you can stick with for the long haul. Instead, ask yourself the six W’s (Who, What, Where, When, Which, and Why) and set a goal more like: I want to join a health club in my neighborhood and work out there 3 days a week.

S can also stand for Simple. Overly complicated plans and intentions don’t usually get too far off the ground, so choose something that’s straightforward and not confusing.

Make it Measurable. Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the goal you set. When progress is measurable, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience a pride in your achievement that spurs you on to reach farther and do more. Additionally, you might want to set yourself up to have even your smaller successes be visible to others.  Positive reinforcement can be a great motivator.

Assure that it is Attainable. Everyone always encourages you to reach for the stars — and we love the thought — but reaching for something you actually can touch is something we love even more. This means that we encourage you to make resolutions that are realistically possible, because then you will be able to scrounge up the motivation to achieve them and genuinely want to achieve them. When you identify goals that are most important to you, you start figuring out ways to make them come true, whether it’s developing new attitudes, abilities, skills, or the financial capacity to reach them. So we’ll argue that you can attain almost any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps.

Be Realistic. Similar to attainability, resolutions must be realistic, meaning goals that represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. Yes, a goal can be both high and realistic, and you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress. We’ll suggest you start small. Set goals with the opportunity for short-term success, or success that builds upon itself. A cold-turkey smoking cessation can be daunting, so focus on having just one less cigarette each week  (or each day!) and celebrate each small success as you move forward to cross your next hurdle.

We also like R for Relevant.  Choosing a resolution arbitrarily because it sounds good (or easy!) doesn’t speak strongly to the soul-searching we mentioned above (remember that we’ve decided to strive for something that makes us happier and healthier, and we resolve to change or do something we actually want?!) Without passion and drive, your goals don’t go anywhere, and they can’t make you a better you. So choose something that’s relevant to get you from where you are to where you want to go.

Make Resolutions Timely. A goal should be grounded within a time frame. No time frame means no sense of urgency. So you want to save for your future, but without a schedule, your deadline stretches into “someday”… which may morph into “never.” Instead, anchor it with a target date or timeframe — which can easily be Dec. 31st, of course —but could also be set in smaller increments, or more manageable chunks.

T can also stand for Tangible.  A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing. A tangible goal gives you a better chance of making it specific and measurable… and thus attainable.

In addition to setting S.M.A.R.T. goals, some additional general tips that may help you make a New Year’s Resolution you’ll actually keep are to be flexible (allow your goals, and your methods to achieve them, a little breathing room as needed), focus on the positive (tell yourself that you’ll eat one green vegetable every day, not that you’ll cut out all sweets), and do it with a community (working toward a goal with others that have a like-minded attitude toward success not only boosts enthusiasm and commitment, but also creates accountability).

Yes, it’s that time.  Perhaps it’s the perception of starting out with a clean slate, or maybe it’s because you can usually get a better deal on membership programs (like at the gym). Whatever the reason, now is the most popular time for setting a goal, and we hope these tips will help you make a resolution you can keep!

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Let’s be real. We all know how to spend money on Amazon — and even how to save money while we spend.

But have you considered making money on Amazon?

After all, it’s one of the world’s largest retailers, according to the National Retail Federation. And we’re seeing it seep into nearly every aspect of our lives, including grocery shopping. The retail giant is even taking over old shopping malls for its fulfillment centers.

Sure, it might feel like one of those “robots are taking over,” “retail apocalypse” situations, but with Amazon’s massive strides of expansion come money-making opportunities — for you.

That’s why we’ve rounded up 11 ways you can make money through Amazon’s ever-expanding platform.

1. Sell Items on Amazon

Let’s get back to Amazon’s roots.

The internet retailer started as an online bookseller and expanded to host an “associates program,” which allowed other vendors to sell merchandise through the platform. In turn, Amazon would receive a commission. This model began back in 1996, according to Britannica.

Now, the program is huge, promising individuals and businesses the eyeballs of hundreds of millions of consumers.

If you want to sell items on Amazon, the retail mogul suggests you take these steps:

1. Figure Out What You Want to Sell

Does it fit into one of its 37-plus selling categories? You might need Amazon’s approval before getting started. There’s a huge chart that outlines that information here.

2. Select Your Selling Plan

You can opt in for a $ 39.99-per-month “professional” plan, which is geared toward those who plan to sell more than 40 items a month. If you want to start on a smaller scale, it recommends the individual plan, which has no monthly subscription fee but does require you to pay 99 cents per item sold. Explore the pricing options here.

3. Create a Sell Central Account

Then start listing your goods. When a customer places an order, you can let Fulfillment by Amazon (see more below) handle the shipping. Or you can do that yourself.

Amazon then directly deposits payments into your bank account.

The Penny Hoarder has a guide on how to make money by simply reselling items.

2. Work as a Fulfillment/Warehouse Associate

You can opt to sell items — or you can work behind the scenes in the fulfillment and operations sector.

It seems each day, a new Amazon fulfillment center pops up (Exhibit A), which means Amazon is consistently looking for fulfillment/warehouse associates — both part time and full time.

These jobs typically require hands-on work. Think: In a warehouse lifting boxes, operating dollies and/or retrieving boxes that might be on a high shelf.

According to a recent listing for a full-time seasonal warehouse associate in Kenosha, Wisconsin, pay is $ 12.25 to $ 15.25 an hour.

You’ll also get benefits, which include:

  • Health care benefits
  • 401(k) with a company match
  • Holiday and overtime pay
  • Paid time off
  • Maternity and paternity leave benefits
  • Restricted Stock Units
  • Employee discounts
  • Flexible work schedules

You must be at least 18 years old to apply and need to have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Also note that pay and benefits will likely vary by location.

FInd a list of updated fulfillment/warehouse associate positions here.

3. Deliver for Amazon Flex

Next step: Let’s deliver those packages.

As an Amazon Flex “delivery partner,” you’ll deliver goods to consumers via Amazon.com, Prime Now, AmazonFresh and Amazon Restaurants.

Amazon’s Flex page says you can make $ 18 to $ 25 an hour as a Flex associate. Plus, you get to set your own schedule.

Here are a few important notes for the gig:

  • If you’re delivering Prime Now orders, you can use any car. If you’re delivering Amazon.com orders, you’ll need a four-door midsize sedan or larger. Some regions allow you to make deliveries via bicycle, though you’ll need a basket and a helmet. Motorcycles and scooters are not permitted.
  • You’ll need to download the Amazon Flex app, so there are some phone requirements. You must have an Android 6.0 or higher or have an iPhone 5 or newer. Find more tech specs here.
  • You’ll have to pass a background check, which takes about two to five days.
  • You won’t get reimbursed for mileage, parking or tolls.

Amazon Flex processes payments on Tuesday and Friday through direct deposit, so you should see your money the following day.

Right now, the program is recruiting only in the greater San Francisco Bay area and Richmond, California. However, this is subject to change (and might have already done so by time you’re reading this).

If you don’t find your city on the list when you go to sign up, you can always join the waitlist.

4. Work From Home for Amazon

Amazon is constantly recruiting new employees. (You can find job listings here.) However, time and time again, it’s the work-from-home customer service jobs that prove most popular amongst Penny Hoarders.

Amazon ramps up its work-from-home customer service jobs during the holidays, but we frequently spot new openings throughout the year.

According to previous listings, as a customer service associate, you’ll communicate with customers via phone and live chat to help answer their questions, solve their issues and ease their concerns. You’ve also got to prove patient in stressful circumstances and possess some empathy.

Typically, requirements include a high school diploma or GED equivalent, a year of customer service experience and proficiency in English.

You should have basic phone and computer skills as well as a fast and reliable wired internet connection. Otherwise, Amazon sends you the required technology, including a headset.

In the past, we’ve seen pay listed as $ 10 an hour plus bonus opportunities. Training is paid — and online.

You can keep an eye on these types of positions at Amazon’s virtual job listings page.

5. Use Amazon’s Affiliate Program

Tapping into Amazon’s Affiliate Program is a great way to monetize your website or blog. Basically, you add specific Amazon affiliate links to products you’ve written about, and when a reader clicks the link and makes a purchase, you’ll earn a commission.

Here’s an example: You read a book and want to write a review. Use an affiliate link to link the title back to the book’s Amazon page. When someone clicks and buys the book, you’ll earn up to 10% of the purchase price.

We’ve used this a few times over at The Penny Hoarder, including this post about the Instant Pot as well as this one highlighting our favorite adult lunch boxes.

You might not earn a ton of money doing this, but it’s free to join, so there’s no true loss.

Read up on how to best make money through your blog with this guide.

6. Self-Publish a Book

Self-publishing a book is a great way to establish passive income.

Amazon offers several options on this front, including publishing to Kindle, print or audio.

Publishing to Kindle is totally free. It also takes less than five minutes, and your book will be available to millions of readers within 24 to 48 hours. You’ll earn up to 70% royalty. (See more details here.) You’ll also keep rights to your book and will be able to set your own list prices, as well as make any changes within the book.

Publishing to print through Amazon’s CreateSpace is also free. Here, you’ll be able to create, publish and distribute your book within a few days. You’ll still own your copyright, and you get to set your list price. You can earn up to 80% in royalties.

Finally, through Amazon’s Audiobook Creation Exchange, you can publish audiobooks, which can be distributed through Audible, Amazon and iTunes. You’ve got several royalty rate options, so study up.

If you want an example of how someone’s made money through self-publishing, take notes from Steve Gillman.

You can find all your options for self-publishing on Amazon here.

7. Join Mechanical Turk

Yeah, it sounds like a foreign entity. But Mechanical Turk is an Amazon platform where people can post work requests for specific prices.

These individual tasks are called HITs, or Human Intelligence Tasks. You can complete these tasks from home and in your own time. Some tasks include opinion surveys, transcription and data entry.

How much you make will depend on which tasks you accept and how much time they take. (You’ll see an estimate before you begin.)

If you know what you’re doing and the best HITs to take, you can make some solid side cash — like this guy who’s averaged about $ 500 a month.

8. Apply to Amazon Handmade

Amazon Handmade is the Etsy of Amazon. It’s for “invited artisans” to sell their handmade goods.

Unlike Etsy, though, you can’t just hop on and start selling. You have to apply so Amazon can confirm all your goods are, in fact, made by hand by you or one of your 20 or fewer employees. (Read more about the requirements here.)

We wrote about Amazon Handmade when it first popped up and noted some things to consider before hopping on:

  • Amazon charges 15% commission and a $ 1 minimum referral fee. (Compare that to Etsy, which charges a 20-cent item listing fee and 3.5% commission.)
  • Other artisans have noted that there are limited metrics and analytics available, making it difficult to see what people are even interested in.
  • Handmade products don’t show up in Amazon’s main search engine.

The big draw, however, is the huge reach.

See if Amazon Handmade is the right fit for you.

9. Sell Your Designs

If you’ve got an artistic streak, consider selling your designs on Merch by Amazon.

You’ll upload your artwork to Merch, choose a product type and color (e.g., a lavender T-shirt), set your price, then add a product description. Amazon then creates a product page. When customers buy, you don’t have to worry about production, shipping or customer service.

You’ll also be able to set your own prices, then determine royalty here.

Similar to Handmade, you’ll have to be considered as an applicant based on your background and experience.

Find the information you need on Amazon’s Merch page.

10. Go Camping

I was a little shocked when I happened upon this Amazon money-making opportunity. But why should I be? Amazon does everything — including camping.

Amazon’s CamperForce is a program that pays RVers’ fees and some utilities at certain campsites from early fall through Dec. 23 each year while they do seasonal work, including  “picking, packing, stowing and receiving.”

According to Amazon, the program offers “great pay, a paid completion bonus, paid referral bonuses and paid campsites… along with the chance to build lasting relationships with your coworkers.”

CamperForce has paired with campgrounds across the U.S. (though only a few were available for assignment at the time of writing this).

Do note, however, some reviews of this program are iffy. MarketWatch wrote a bit about it here.

11. Trade In Your Used Tech

Did you know Amazon has a trade-in program?

This program allows customers to trade in old items, including gaming consoles, Kindles, books, phones, tablets and smartwatches.

Depending on your location, it can take up to 10 days to get paid in an Amazon gift card.

Read more about your trade in options here.

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s still on the wrong side of Amazon… as in she spends too much money on the platform.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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For much of the general public, video games are still  sadly seen as little more than throwaway entertainment. Thanks to its simplistic and innocent origins, much of the older generation wrote off the medium as little more than glorified toys back in the ’80s. Yet, in the three decades since, the art form has begun to offer far more than the basic thrills of Pong and Pac-Man.

With games constantly growing in size and complexity, the medium’s storytelling chops have thankfully also matured along with them.

It was surprising then, to see this year’s announcement of Far Cry 5 met with a sea of anger from certain corners of the internet.  What triggered this torrent of anger? This modern shooter dared to step away from the realms of exotic locales.

Instead of setting this anticipated sequel in a dangerous and remote part of the world, Ubisoft Montreal opted to put gamers in an unexpectedly familiar but equally hostile setting — America.


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Far Cry 5 is game that aims to tackle issues like religious fundamentalism … but also lets you ride a totally sweet helicopter.

Far Cry 5 puts players in the fictional town of Hope County, Montana, where a crashing economy and rising social tensions have allowed a dangerous Christian cult to thrive and seize control.

Instead of suave looking foreigners ruling ‘exotic’ lands, this time around, the baddies you had to defeat were white Christians. Predictably, the entitled alt-right felt personally attacked.

Within hours of the game’s announcement, death threats against the developers had been  tweeted, petitions to boycott the game had been launched and all the metaphorical toys had been thrown out of the pram.

Yet, with games taking years to develop we were keen to find out how much of this was intentional. Interested to hear more about the real world influences behind this ‘controversial’ new game, we sat down with the game’s director, Dan Hay, and talked Far Cry 5‘s relationship with the real world.

“It’s in some ways a mirror to what’s going on. The question I get sometimes is ‘How did you know?’ and the answer is …we had no idea.  I think the truth is that, you know, globally we have a lot of shared experiences.

 

We live through the same trials and we live through the same situations where we feel like the global village is kind of threatened by different things, and we don’t even realise, we don’t really understand what it is.”

 

“And so, as a result, you see that in entertainment, in the media and all these different things some of the same throughputs and the same themes and the same stories come up. Nostalgia and the want for times past, safety, family, purpose. The cult and a leader of a cult just sort of made sense.”

While this is a perfectly reasonable answer, Hay was hesitant to address the online backlash at all. Yet, despite Hay being unwilling to alienate a potentially lucrative conservative audience, the game’s director didmention that he was keen for his team to capture that sense of unease that has been brewing in the real world for quite some time.

When the subprime mortgage collapse happened in the United States, what was terrifying about that time .. was that it was the first time I can remember hearing people say ‘Where’s the government? Where is everybody? Where are the people at the helm? Who’s taking control of this, who’s running the show?’

And there was open frustration with the leadership. There was open, people saying ‘You’re not protecting my future’.

And it really reminded me of when I was a kid. I remember kind of looking up at the world and looking up at the fact that the Soviet Union and the US were locked in this titanic struggle, and there was this feeling like we were this close all the time for years.

And we were just thinking, people in the ‘80s were spending money like there was no tomorrow. I think the reason was some of them believed there wouldn’t be.”

With our world leaders seemingly on the brink of nuclear war once again, we asked Hay more about how current events and the rise of Neo Nazism had influenced the game’s development.


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The state might have turned against you, but at least your dog’s got your back.

Over the last five, six, seven years I’ve been kind of having that feeling again. When it first happened, I didn’t recognise what it was, I didn’t understand what it was, but then I started to watch what was happening around the world and I started to get a sense that everything was not quite right, and it felt like we were kind of headed towards the edge.

And what worried me was that we may not know it when the time comes. Right?

 

One of the bad parts about always being at the edge is that you never know [it], you always assume you’re going to be able to pull back.”

Despite these stark parallels to the real world, however, Hay is keen to stress that from his perspective, Far Cry 5 is a piece of entertainment first, and not a political statement.

“I think when we built our game we really focused on making sure that people understand that it’s a form of entertainment, right?

 

We know that it’s entertainment, and what’s interesting about the time right now that we’re in is that games and film are for the first time really becoming into parity.

 

I think when we talked about exploring certain themes and the fact that films have been able to do this for a long time and that television has been able to this for a long time, we wanted to be able to make it to say ‘Look, let’s build our own world. Let’s make sure that Hope County is not a place you find on the map.

 

Let’s make sure Eden’s Gate is not a place that exists, it’s our own, and that the father and what he believes is our own’.

With the game’s development starting three years ago , its clear that the idea of a Christian cult and dissulliosined American State were being pursued by the team long before current events unfolded. Yet with the writing being on the wall even then and the game quickly becoming prophetic, it’s a shame to see Ubisoft Montreal not proudly standing behind its clear desire to tackle real world issues.


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Far Cry 5 sees Ubisoft attempting to tackle some difficult themes, yet reluctant to fully commit to their message.

As Hay says himself, movies, books and TV have long presented their audience with difficult topics, and dared to challenge the world its audience finds itself in. Yet, despite his willingness to acknowledge this, it seems as though he’s hesitant to fully commit to the game’s clear stab at social commentary.

“It’s absolutely born from some of the ideas in the real world and it feels real, because we want it to feel like a place that you could go and all of your reflections and all of your actions and all of your intuitions would still work, but it’s  still our [ficitional] place. “

Still, what we’ve seen of Far Cry 5 so far looks highly promising and regardless, it’s  great to see a developer tackle such an interesting concept. Yet, as video games begin to grow as a medium, we just hope that that  developers and publishers will have the courage to stand by their art, instead of trying to make something that simply appeals to everyone.

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Out of all the producers Taylor Swift teamed up with for her new album Reputation, one was the indie-pop favorite collaborator Jack Antonoff.

While Antonoff fronts his own band, Bleachers, he also is busy in the studio working with artists like Lorde and St. Vincent to bring their latest albums to life, too.

After Swift performed one of her Antonoff-co-written songs on Monday night’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to an emotional reception, the producer took to Twitter to share a little bit of the back story of the piano-driven ballad “New Year’s Day.”

“Taylor doing New Year’s Day on Fallon was beautiful,” Antonoff wrote. “That song means a lot to me. Happened so quickly at my apartment. We texted the next morning to make sure it wasn’t a dream.”

It’s the only ballad and the final track on the much-hyped album, detailing the decaying glitter of the day after a big party — and the tender nostalgia of everyday, through-thick-and-thin love. With specific references that paint a vivid, recognizable picture — “Girls carrying their shoes down in the lobby / Candle wax and Polaroids on the hardwood floor” — it might also be one of her most relatable tracks on Reputation.


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Small But Mighty: Independent News Outlets Are Making An Outsized Impact

Google, Facebook and Twitter were hauled in front of Congress last week to explain how Russian bots were able to spread fake news on their platforms. The concern—and a very real one—is that these bots and fake news sites had a significant impact on the 2016 election.

Fighting fake news, however, is not the only or best way to ensure that our content ecosystem prioritizes real news. This week, a groundbreaking article in Science proves that a better way to secure a media system that works for democracy is to strengthen independent news outlets.

The five-year long study published this week in Science, directed by Harvard Professor Gary King and supported in part by Voqal, shows that even small independent news outlets can have a dramatic effect on the content of national conversation. King, along with his now former graduate students Ben Schneer and Ariel White, found that if just three outlets write about a particular major national policy topic–such as jobs, the environment or immigration–discussion of that topic across social media rose by as much as 62.7 percent of a day’s volume, distributed over the week.

Over 60 percent of the participating outlets were members of the Media Consortium, the organization I direct. The Media Consortium outlets that had the highest participation rates in the Science study were, in order: Truthout, In These Times, Bitch Media, The Progressive, Earth Island Journal, Feministing, Generation Progress, Ms. Magazine and Yes! magazine. The median outlet size was The Progressive, with about 50,000 subscribers.

Individually, none of them is a New York Times or CNN. In fact, too often, philanthropic foundations refuse to support these outlets because they are “too small” and “don’t have enough impact.” What this Science study proves is that when independent news outlets work together to co-publish stories on the same topic in the same week, they can have a mighty effect.

We expected independents would have a big impact on national conversations, for several reasons. First, independents have strong and loyal followers who are eager to talk about the content they read and view at their favorite outlets. When Bitch, Feministing and Truthout together publish stories on reproductive health, they have a social reach of over a million followers.

But independent media followers are not just thumbs-up people. They not only comment and repost on social, they donate to these organizations and attend events in real life. These are people who want to participate in national conversations about topics they care about, from immigration to climate change to school reform. So it makes sense that they would push those conversations on social.

Second, studies coming out over the past five years have demonstrated that collective efforts make a bigger impact than stand-alone efforts. When even small outlets join together, they can have an effect larger than any of them would individually. We’ve seen that recently with the publication of the Panama Papers and other large-scale collaborations.

Our outlets implicitly understood those effects: The Media Consortium was founded in order to build a collaborative network. In fact, when the researchers started working with us to figure out what they could randomize, it was we who suggested the experiment be built upon randomized timing of collaborative publication.

Finally, we have faith in the American people. Yes, everyone likes a cute cat photo or a bit of salacious gossip. But people care at a very fundamental level about the schools their kids attend, about their own reproductive choices, about their communities, neighbors and friends. They hunger for stories that impact their every day lives. And those are the stories they will talk about and share. In fact, they will increase their sharing of stories like these by 62.7 percent when the stories originate on outlets they trust.

Trust matters on platforms that too often provide space for fake news. Increasingly, people will look at what outlet is providing them with that news. While trust in corporate news has gone down over the past few years, trust in independent news is strong.

The meaning of the Science study is simple: If we want to foster robust conversations about national policy, we need to continue to support independent news outlets.

jgk-photo-6-2012Jo Ellen Green Kaiser is the Executive Director of The Media Consortium, a nonprofit network of 80 independent news outlets including Ms. magazine. Jo Ellen is the co-editor of Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice, and the author of numerous articles on media. Follow her @jgksf.

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Rejoice! Rian Johnson Is Making a Brand New Star Wars Trilogy

This is the best Star Wars news we’ve had in a while. The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson is going to be working on a brand new trilogy of films for the Star Wars universe.

Here are the details from the official press release:

In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.

“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”

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I can’t tell you how happy all of this makes me. I have been continuously asking for the Star Wars universe to branch out into something bigger and unfamiliar. The fact that the incredibly talented Rian Johnson — if you haven’t yet, watch Brick, The Brothers Bloomand Looper — will be the one at the helm of this new venture is icing on the cake.

It also speaks volumes about how happy Disney is with The Last Jedi. Johnson has clearly been a good collaborator while also delivering something that the studio — and most likely fans — are going to be very proud of.

Exactly what this new trilogy will be is unknown, but I sincerely hope it strays far away from the familiar stories and characters we’ve been getting. If Johnson is truly given carte blanche to create anything he wants in the Star Wars universe, this could be the start of something incredibly special.

The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, but if I’m being 100% honest, I’m more excited about news of this new trilogy. This could be the first step towards Disney building out the universe in a fresh and enthralling new direction. Bring. It. On.

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‘Making a Murderer’: Avery Lawyer Adds Allegations in New Court Motion

There's still no word on when Netflix plans to drop Making a Murderer's second season, but there's been plenty of legal drama in recent weeks surrounding Steven Avery's case. Last week, Avery's attorney, Kathleen Zellner filed court documents that, amongst other legal issues, implicate Avery's nephew Bobby Dassey – older brother to Avery's co-defendant, Brendan Dassey – in the 2005

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Study: Even African Americans Making Almost Six Figures Feel Financially Insecure

A new study reveals that nearly half of African Americans with yearly household incomes between $ 35,000 and $ 150,000 feel financial worry. Forty-five percent of African Americans making incomes of $ 75,000 a year and up say they feel more financially insecure than Americans of other races in the same income bracket.

 

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The study was conducted by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. (MassMutual). The data also showed that black people were more likely to say they had under-funded retirement savings. Forty-one percent are even concerned about making ends meet.

The majority of the survey respondents did not feel that they lacked money management skills, however 7 percent said they would be interested in receiving financial planning services from their employer.

 

Education to Combat Feeling Financially Insecure

 

“Across the board, African Americans are more likely to say they are unprepared for retirement and feel less financially secure but are more open to education and financial guidance,” said Evan Taylor, head of MassMutual’s African American Markets.

“The findings demonstrate a real need to reach more people, make financial education and guidance more readily available, and focus on financial wellness.”

Some other key takeaways from MassMutual’s study include:

  • Middle-income African Americans are more likely to report difficulty managing their households monthly finances
  • Debt, lack of income, and cost of living are the top African American financial concerns
  • Black Americans are less worried about the cost of healthcare compared to other groups
  • Negative outcomes from financial issues (including the inability to eat healthily, pay for a child’s education, or stress in a marriage or relationship) are reported more by middle-income African Americans

“The African American community is very open to education, information, and advice about financial matters from their employers, financial service firms, and financial professions,” said Taylor. “It’s an opportunity for financial service firms, financial advisers, and employers to make a difference.”

 

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MLB Player Suspended for Making Racist Gesture During World Series

(HOUSTON) — Yuli Gurriel of the Houston Astros was suspended Saturday for the first five games of next season for making a racist gesture at Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish during the World Series.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the penalty Saturday, a day after Gurriel’s actions during Game 3.

Manfred acknowledged some people believed Gurriel should have served an immediate ban.

“I wanted the burden of this discipline to fall primarily on the wrongdoer,” he said. “I was impressed in my conversation with Yu Darvish by his desire to move forward, and I felt that moving the suspension to the beginning of the season would help in that regard.”

The 33-year-old Gurriel, completing his second season in the major leagues after leaving Cuba, will lose $ 322,581 of his $ 12 million salary next year, which the Astros will donate to charitable causes. The first baseman will be required to undergo sensitivity training during the offseason.

Gurriel pulled on the corners of his eyes after homering off Darvish during Houston’s 5-3 win in Game 3 on Friday night. He also used a derogatory Spanish term in reference to Darvish.

“I made an offensive gesture that was indefensible,” Gurriel said in a statement released by the Astros. “I sincerely apologize to everyone that I offended with my actions. I deeply regret it. I would particularly like to apologize to Yu Darvish, a pitcher that I admire and respect. I would also like to apologize to the Dodgers organization, the Astros, Major League Baseball and to all fans across the game.”

Said Manfred: “There is no place in our game for the behavior or any behavior like the behavior we witnessed last night.”

“There is no excuse or explanation that makes that type of behavior acceptable,” he said.

Manfred decided against imposing a suspension during the World Series, which the Astros led 2-1. Game 4 was Saturday night.

“I understand that people may have different views. But it was my best judgment that this timing was appropriate,” Manfred said.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said the team was “surprised and disappointed” by Gurriel’s behavior and supported Manfred’s decision.

“Yuli has always demonstrated respectful behavior and is extremely remorseful for his actions,” Luhnow said. “Appropriately, Yuli has apologized for his gesture. He had no intention of offending anyone, but now recognizes the perceived offensiveness of his actions.”


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How to Deal with Not Making Partner: Reader Advice

how to deal with not making partnerReaders who have been there: What’s your advice to other attorneys on how to deal with not making partner? Reader E recently asked:

I was wondering if you could do a post on not making partner. I’m a sixth year at a large firm, and while I’m not being pushed out the door, my understanding is that partnership is not in the cards, either. On the one hand, this is okay. I never really wanted to make partner, and I can’t say I’m passionate about my job. On the other, ouch! I’ve seen posts about this in the comments, and I thought it might be nice to round them up in one place.

Great idea, Reader E. We haven’t devoted a post to the situation of not making partner, so let’s talk about it today. Here’s one way to look at a situation like this: When this happens to you, you may feel like you’re hanging by a thread — without anyone out there ready to catch you — but really, it can be the beginning of a great new adventure (and in fact it’s part of the adventure … just not the one you had anticipated or hoped for). As one Corporette reader once wrote in response to a young attorney who was worried about her low hours, “The firm that didn’t like me just wasn’t a good personality fit for me. At the time it was really demoralizing, but being pushed out of that firm was the best thing for my career because I found my wheelhouse at the next place.”

We’ve searched our comment threads and have found a good number of discussions about not making partner, deciding whether you even want to be partner, feeling like you’re getting pushed out at your firm, and regretting related career decisions you’ve made (or currently making decisions that may affect your chances to make partner). Do you remember, or have you bookmarked, other helpful comment threads along these lines? If this has happened to you, what advice did you receive from friends and colleagues on how to deal with not making partner? 

Here are some of the best reader discussions and advice:

  • I’ve just been told that I’m not making partner and that I need to find a new job by the middle of next year.” [threadjack] 
  • “It’s hard to see that peers made partner when I didn’t. They are getting to do the work I want and making millions and I’m … not. [threadjack]
  • “I did all the things I was supposed to do and didn’t make partner and couldn’t get in anywhere else. All I can think about my prior life is that it was a waste of time that got me a dead-end job.” [threadjack]
  • How do you know when it is time to leave your biglaw firm for another firm? Is it OK to lateral as a 5th or 6th year?” [threadjack]
  • “I didn’t make partner and got pushed out. Anyone know a recruiter that would work with me to find a smaller/boutique/growing firm?[threadjack] (Here’s an answer from another reader.)
  • I have a good shot at making partner. Would it ruin my chances if I have another kid in my 8th year?[threadjack]
  • “Experience-wise, I qualify as Counsel at my new potential firm. But my title at the current firm is Senior Associate. Any hope that I can negotiate to come in as Counsel instead of SA?[threadjack]
  • “I’m a fourth-year litigator and my firm wants me to do a secondment at a client that is located in the suburbs. My gut instinct was, they’re trying to push me out.” [threadjack]
  • “Can you think of any female lawyers at your firms who are grandmothers? Or who have kids in college? Or who have kids in high school?[threadjack]
  • “Seeing other people with dream homes upsets me and made me regret my decision to go in-house.” [threadjack]
  • “I am a very junior corporate biglaw associate. What’s the longest they’ll let me stay here if I keep doing good work but never make my hours, or even really come close? While I like the work, I’d like to have more children and would then probably stay at home.” [threadjack] 
  • “I’m having a really hard time envisioning a job post-biglaw, but I want to get out in the next year. I feel like I’m just treading water, waiting to be pushed out so that I’m forced to make a decision. I really want to leave before it gets to that point, and I’ve heard that once you’re a 6th year you become less marketable.[threadjack]
  • “I’ve been told I will make partner next year. I’m not sure it’s what I want, and I’m not sure what to say when colleagues ask me if I want to make partner. Should I just suck it up and lie until I am less conflicted about what I want to do with my career?” [threadjack]

If you were passed over for partnership (or pushed out at an earlier stage because it was clear you wouldn’t make partner), how did you feel about it THEN, and how do you feel about it now? If you could go back and do it all over, what would you do the same vs. differently? If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself?

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3 NBA Stars Making Big Business Moves This Year

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With the start of the basketball season upon us, it’s clear that some of the biggest NBA stars spent the offseason brushing up on their business game.

Russell Westbrook

NBA stars business moves TUMI x Russell Westbrook (PRNewsfoto/TUMI)

 

Just this month, Westbrook, the league’s reigning MVP, released a limited-edition collection with luggage maker TUMI. The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard co-designed six pieces, including travel satchels, backpacks, and totes in a red camouflage print with his personal motto “Why Not?” embossed on the interiors.

“I’ve always enjoyed the process of transforming an idea through the design process, and the creative team at TUMI really executed my vision,” said Westbrook in a press release. “I’m proud to share the functional and stylistic collection we’ve created together with people all over the world.”

This isn’t his first crack at designing. Known among NBA stars for his eccentric fashion and “nerd” glasses, he teamed up with Barney’s New York in 2014 to for a two-year partnership to create the line Russell Westbrook XO. He also has—of course—his own eyewear company, called Westbrook Frames.

Earlier this year he signed a 10-year extension to his deal with Nike’s Jordan Brand, reportedly making him the highest-paid Jordan Brand athlete ever.

 

Chris Paul

Paul, who is making his debut as a member of the Houston Rockets, made headlines with the off-season trade. But that wasn’t the only news he was making this summer. In July he launched a capsule collection of men’s clothing and accessories with Five Four Club, after signing on in March to become the face of the brand.

“I’m a firm believer in not just doing business with a company just because you know them. You invest in the people,” Paul told Esquire about collaborating with the brand.

Not to be left out of the travel bag game, the NBA Players Union president launched another line just last month. The Chris Paul for Hook & Albert Collection includes a weekender, Dopp kit, and lapel pins, among other accessories, and is available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Outside of fashion, Paul has a number of business interests—like most NBA stars. Last year, he invested an undisclosed amount in WTRMLN WTR, an energy drink startup, along with Beyoncé.

 

LeBron James

 

Perhaps no current pro better embodies the idea of a business-savvy basketball player than James. He co-founded media and entertainment companies and invested in Beats by Dre–before it was sold to Apple. He’s also earned hundreds of millions in endorsement deals, including his historic contracts with Nike.

But it was a $ 1 million investment he made in 2012 that paid off big this summer. That’s when his stake in Blaze Pizza, the fastest-growing restaurant chain in the country, became valued at $ 25 million. He reportedly owns about 10% of the company, in addition to co-owning several franchises.

“LeBron and I have always been about finding companies that we truly believe in and putting real money into them. We’re not talking putting in $ 15,000 or $ 20,000,” Maverick Carter, James’s business partner, told ESPN.

“It’s real money plus the expertise, understanding and knowledge that we bring, as well as bringing LeBron’s name and likeness to the product.”

This could lead to an off-the-court business match-up between two of the biggest NBA stars: Kevin Durant, whose defending champion Golden State Warriors beat James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in last year’s finals, is also getting into the pizza biz. His company, Durant Co., just invested in Pieology and will own both a stake in the company and some of the franchises.

 

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Egypt Sherrod’s 3 Keys to Making Money in Real Estate

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Egypt Sherrod knows how to make money in real estate.

“I grew up knowing that real estate was the foundation of wealth,” says the host of HGTV’s Property Virgins and author of Keep Calm…It’s Just Real Estate. “I came from a family of real estate brokers, so I don’t need to tell you what holidays were like, [and] what the conversation was.”

With two decades of experience, Sherrod shares her real estate success secrets:

 

1. First, You Have to Be in It to Win It

 

Sherrod says she knows many people, especially blacks, may have been scared away from home ownership.

“‘The American Dream,’ I think, for a lot of people has started to disappear. They [have] lost faith. But, what we have to know is that everything that goes up will come down—but it’ll also go back up again.”

She says you can still make money in real estate, and that home ownership is still one of the best ways to build long-term wealth. So, get off the sidelines and get in the game!

“What we were taught early on was that real estate is the foundation of wealth. Real estate is what built middle-class America—that’s what built our 401(k)s, and that’s what set us up for retirement. It was: you go to school, you get a good job, you get married, you buy a house,” she says.

 

2. When You Have Extra Money, Put It in Property

 

Are you making significant money for the first time? Sherrod says that for her, real estate was the answer to her ability to hold on to more of her money.

“I got my real estate license when I was 24 or 25. I flipped my first property when I got my first big paycheck in radio, when I moved to New York City from Baltimore. You know, when I first started making money and realized, ‘I have to do something with my money, and make my money work for me’—my first default was real estate.”

“So, I bought investment property in Newark, New Jersey, and flipped those babies. Honestly, it was fun. It’s a rush. That’s what flipping properties was like for me,” she says.

 

3. Take a Long-Term Approach

 

Flipping houses isn’t for everyone. Sometimes, it makes more sense to hold on to a property. If you’re looking for a more traditional approach to make money in real estate, consider becoming a landlord.

“Every property you buy, don’t sell it. If you hold on to your property, rent it out, and keep raising the rent. As long as you’re paying your bills, you could go and find something else [to invest in] now—and, that’s the way to do it. Hold on to it. Use it as your retirement plan. Let someone else pay off your mortgage.”

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UK holidaymakers set to pay for making Spain their favourite getaway

Spain is the top destination for British tourists but increased demand is straining resources and prices may rise by up to 10% for 2018 holidays

With a record 18 million people visiting last year, Spain is by far the most popular foreign destination for UK holidaymakers. But as the country “fills up” with tourists – picking a package deal to the Costa del Sol or the Balearics over Tunisia, Egypt or Turkey – prices look set to increase.

Much of the rise in visitor numbers has been caused by ongoing security concerns over travel to north Africa and Turkey. Travel to Turkey suffered last year due to a failed military coup and from 2015 until July this year – when the Foreign Office updated its travel advice – British tourists were warned not to travel to Tunisia, following a terrorist attack on a beach in Sousse that killed 38 people.

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Full federal court to hear ‘Making a Murderer’ appeal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court will consider arguments Tuesday over whether detectives tricked a Wisconsin inmate featured in the “Making a Murderer” series into confessing and whether he should go free in a case that puts police practices in the spotlight.
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Airbnb is making a move into restaurant reservations

Airbnb already hooks you up with bed and breakfast. Now it’s looking to expand into lunch and dinner. The home-sharing site said Wednesday it will partner with restaurant reservation service Resy, allowing users to reserve tables without leaving the app. The move marks the next step toward the startup’s ultimate goal of becoming a service…
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Jolt Cola is making a comeback

Jolt Cola, the drink responsible for caffeinating a generation, is returning to shelves this month. America’s first carbonated energy drink has announced that the beverage which, as their logo boldly says, has “all the sugar and twice the caffeine,” will be stocked exclusively at Dollar General stores across the nation starting September. Jolt Cola came…
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Sam Smith Nearly Quit While Making New Album: ‘I Started to Lose Myself’

Sam Smith's new single "Too Good At Goodbyes" may have garnered praise from critics upon its release earlier this month, but the singer revealed in a new interview with Attitude magazine that the lead-up to its release was a tough time.

"There was a period, when making the record, that I was in a

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Flaky Bakes’ CEO Lateshia Dowell on Making ‘Piekies’ Pies and Being a ‘One-Woman Show’

Flaky Bakes Founder Lateshia Dowell on Steve Harvey's Funderdome

On Episode 11 of Steve Harvey’s Funderdome, Lateshia Dowell pitched her business, Flaky Bakes—a metro Detroit home-based, delivery-only, cookie company specializing in piekies (pie cookies)—in the Funderdome.

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On the show, entrepreneurs pitch in a head-to-head competition to “The Funderdome” (a live studio audience) for the chance to win up to $ 100K in capital. The pitch that gets the most votes wins the money. Before the winner is announced, both competitors get the chance to “cash out” for a lower sum of money.

Brandon Andrews of Values Partnerships caught up with Dowell to talk about her appearance on Funderdome and her business.

 

How did you start your business? Tell us the Flaky Bakes story.

 

My grandmother passed away in 2009 from cancer and she was a baker, not by trade but by passion. She made cakes and there was always a cake at her house whenever you went over. When she died, she didn’t leave any recipes. So, she was gone and the cake was gone. You’d never think something as simple as a cake would mean so much to you, but it did.

I remember going to a restaurant and trying a cake and instantly being brought to tears because it tasted identical to my grandmother’s cake. Food is one of the only things that can evoke that type of emotion. I never thought it was until my grandmother died and I didn’t have that cake anymore. And that’s why I started Flaky Bakes, I wanted to give people that same emotion. I wanted them to remember how they felt when they tried something I made.

 

Piekies look delicious. How did you decide on the size of each pie?  

 

The piekie [a cookie-sized, fruit-filled pie] was created from impatience. It was Thanksgiving and my Mom was making a sweet potato pie. I didn’t want to wait for the full pie to finish baking, so I took a small amount of pie crust and pie filling and the piekie was created. It took a quarter of the time to bake than the full-size pie. The size also makes it unique because it’s convenient and helps with portion control. If you’re anything like me and cut a slice of pie, it’s a pretty big slice. A piekie can be consumed in about four bites.

(Peaches and cream piekie. Image: Facebook/Flaky Bakes)

 

How did you feel pitching your business in the Funderdome? How did you prepare for the pitch?

 

I was more nervous than I thought I’d be. I remember being in my dressing room and listening to music. I would go from gospel music, because I was so thankful for the opportunity but then I’d listen to rap music, particularly DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win” because I didn’t want to lose the adrenaline I was feeling. Once on stage, I calmed down though.

 

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What did you learn from being on the show?

 

I gained a great lesson in patience from this experience and learned you can’t rush the process.

 

Andrews: Give us a post-show update. Baking is hard work; how do you scale a business like yours?

 

I’m currently a one-woman show. So, scaling is hard in the current state of the business, but I was privileged enough to get accepted into the Impact Challenge at The University of Michigan this past August and partnered with their first year MBA students. During the four day program, 28 students helped me develop a plan to grow Flaky Bakes in the next year by moving into a commercial kitchen and hiring part-time staff.

 

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That’s about how it goes with the Angels Flight — the world’s shortest incorporated railroad — a downtown Los Angeles landmark that reopened on Thursday, four years after it shut down following a derailment.

Built in 1901, the funky little funicular was originally meant to shuttle privileged Bunker Hill residents from their Victorian mansions down to the city’s historic core, sparing them 200+ steps when they went shopping.

It instantly became a tourist stop, an identity amplified by its brief appearance in La La Land — something Angelinos chuckled at, since it wasn’t yet running at the time of filming — and, finally, its grand reopening hosted by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Read more…

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4 Ways to Recover From Making a Mistake at Work

When it comes to making mistakes, the most important thing to remember is that you’re human. Seriously, nobody becomes a successful leader, without making a few mistakes at work—and in life—along the way. Your mindset and immediate next steps are crucial for rebuilding trust in the workplace.

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Here are four steps to recover from a mistake at work:

Own your mistake

 

Not admitting mistakes can damage your reputation, cause you to lose business, or even kill potential career advancement opportunities. So clearly articulate your actions and behavior. When you acknowledge what went wrong you can open your mind to next steps, solutions, or new possibilities. Also, when you accept your role in a situation, people gain a new level of respect for you as well as your work.

Forgive yourself quickly

 

The amount of time you spend beating yourself up over a mistake slows down your career growth. Think of it this way: mastery requires mistakes. Forgive yourself.

Figure out what went wrong

 

Ask yourself: What’s the lesson? Take a moment to look back on the situation and assess your steps. Did you overlook any tools or steps? Did you let yourself get distracted? Did you use the wrong “choice of words” to communicate?

Propose a solution to prevent the mistake at work from happening again and ask your colleagues or leadership team for feedback

 

Ultimately, your colleagues, clients, or superiors want to feel like you care about producing quality work, genuinely fixing the relationship, and preserving the reputation of the company. Think of it this way, when you come to the table with solutions, it places you in a position of power and rebuilds your credibility as a leader.

If you’re unable to identify a solution, (e.g., process, system, or tool) ask someone on your team: What am I missing here? How can I do better at work? Is there anything I can do (or stop doing) to make things better between us? These types of questions open up the possibility for you to have a two-way conversation, move past the problem, and resume a positive working relationship.

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Community Medicine Fellows Making a Difference

Whether caring for patients at safety-net and school-based clinics, or collaborating with community partners to advance health care delivery and outreach, this year’s new Kaiser Permanente Southern California community medicine fellows already are making a difference.

“We get the time, resources, and training to help the underserved, and to do what we want to do for the rest of our lives – how can you beat that?” said Edward Erlikh, MD, who began the 2017-2018 Kaiser Permanente Southern California Community Medicine Fellowship program with his colleagues in July.

Believed to be the only one of its kind in the United States, the 13-month program offers seven junior faculty positions to graduates of family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatric residency programs. The program focuses on direct community engagement and advocacy. As junior faculty, the fellows also spend significant time teaching medical residents and students.

“This hands-on program that began a decade ago reflects Kaiser Permanente’s long history of partnering with other organizations to improve community health,” said Moises Cruz, MD, regional fellowship director.

“This is a wonderful place to learn,” said community medicine fellow Kathryn McHenry, DO, who did her residency at Kaiser Permanente Orange County. “Kaiser Permanente is an exemplary health care system.”

Each fellow is based at one of Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s designated five community medicine fellowship sites:

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  • Internal Medicine: Los Angeles
  • Pediatrics: Los Angeles

“It’s important to have more diverse physicians – patients like to see doctors who look like them,” said fellow Avelina Sandoval, MD.

The program requires every fellow to develop and complete a community medicine project that will positively impact the community he or she serves.

The new fellows recently met with Dr. Cruz, last year’s fellows, and project managers Sabrina Kosok and Rachel Hollander, on how to succeed in the program. Helpful advice ranged from exploring interests and taking advantage of networking opportunities, to developing a community medicine project that can be sustained even after they leave.

“Use this year to figure out your career,” said Heather Washington, MD, who completed the program. “This skill set is valuable – you’re going to be in demand.”

In fact, more physicians are turning to fellowships — additional, specialized training after they become doctors — to serve patients in need of more specialized care. Fellowship positions have been increasing since 2000, outpacing the growth rate of residency positions, according to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. In 2017, fellowship appointments reached a record high. Fellowship programs filled nearly 87 percent of the 9,766 positions available, and 79 percent of programs filled all their positions, according to the National Resident Matching Program.

However, the nationwide need for more physicians to meet the health care demands of a growing and aging population also continues to escalate. A shortfall of between 14,900 and 35,600 primary care physicians, for example, is estimated by 2025, according to a 2016 Association of American Medical Colleges report.

“Our community medicine fellowship program is unique in that it provides additional training for physicians who want to practice primary care,” said Dr. Cruz. “We encourage our fellows not only to be more aware of the community they serve, but also to improve community health and effect change through direct involvement and leadership.”

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The 2-word status update that’s making Internet blood boil

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It happens all the time. I’m playing around on social media because I don’t have anything better to do as a working mom-of-three (ha!), and I see one: a status update that is so annoying, my eyes roll almost involuntarily. “Really?” I think. “Your life is that perfect?”

It seems I’m not alone in my rage/contempt/resentment/annoyance. In a recent thread on Mumsnet, people expressed their outright outrage over these two little words commonly used on Instagram and Facebook: “Feeling blessed.”

“You’re not blessed. You’re happy. Shut up!” railed one user in response to a comment that posited the status update as the most irritating combination of words ever.

Another opined that the phrase “feeling blessed” should only be used when the person is religious.

“The halo over your head because you’re feeling blessed is so bright I’m squinting and my eyes are hurting,” one commenter joked.

“#Feelingblessed makes me want to vomit,” another seethed.

Others weighed in with phrases that rubbed them the wrong way, like “making memories,” because, fake, and, apparently, “boob to sleep” is a status update that makes many parents want to deactivate their social media accounts.

In all, 426 comments followed in response to the original thread that called out “feeling blessed.”

I’ll admit I don’t particularly go off when I see these words used together. Add a prayer-hands emoji, and then I’m a little more likely to utter an “ugh.”

But “feeling blessed” doesn’t irritate me nearly as much as when Facebook “friends” write about their perfect day/night/afternoon/morning/week/vacation. As in “Perfect evening!” Because, girl, we know that’s not even true!

A perfect moment? Sure. The whole evening? BS! You mean your kid didn’t whine/suffer a diaper explosion/throw his food/have a temper tantrum? Or you didn’t feel fat/get annoyed by your spouse/get a desperate text from the sitter who can’t put the baby to bed/want to kill your brother-in-law? Here’s me, not believing you.

I also hate when people add hashtags to stupid crap, like #goodmorning. Seriously? And when I see pics of food, I might want to throw my phone/laptop off a cliff. But that’s just me.

A so annoying status update

Oh, and while we’re on the topic of annoying-as-you-know-what social media updates, can we just talk about when someone posts about their home biz and how amazing a product is and that it changed their life? Yeah, that’s a whole blog post all on its own. Because we all know breakfast food leggings can make every problem in your life disappear! C’mon!

I think ultimately, everyone just hates humble brags, and “feeling blessed,” and the many tiresome status updates discussed here (“hitting the gym!”), are totally that. It feels false, and fake, and manufactured, and try-too-hard. That being said, we’re all guilty of doing it at one point or another. So, oh well.

What social media update makes your blood boil?

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Mountain bikes with batteries may not look hip but they bring wondrous landscapes within reach of many, and this region next to Grenoble is a great place to try them

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Trump was ‘making a joke’ in don’t-be-too-nice police speech, White House says

The White House defended President Donald Trump’s recent remarks that police shouldn’t be too nice when transporting suspects, saying Monday that the president was “making a joke.”

On a visit to Long Island, New York, last week, Trump implored police officers, “Please don’t be too nice.” He said some officers are too courteous to suspected criminals when arresting them.

“Like when you guys put somebody in the car, and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put your hand over” their head, he said, putting his hand above his head for emphasis. “I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?”

His remarks prompted critics to accuse the president of encouraging police brutality.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday, “I believe he was making a joke at the time.”

Trump touts himself as a president who is “strong on law enforcement” and tough on crime. His ongoing efforts to tackle illegal immigration and crack down on gangs operating within the U.S. were key campaign platforms that his administration is now pushing to implement.

Sharpton: Trump comments encourage police violence

But his efforts have been overshadowed recently by his falling out with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump has repeatedly expressed disappointment since Sessions recused himself from the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and into contacts Russian officials may have had with Trump campaign associates.

Sessions, who attended a Cabinet meeting at the White House Monday, is slated to speak Tuesday to a group of black law enforcement leaders in Atlanta about his efforts to support police as part of his tough-on-crime agenda. He has so far been silent on the president’s remarks, and the Justice Department did not immediately say whether he would mention them during the speech.

Sessions has said far-reaching federal civil rights investigations of police departments can malign entire agencies and make officers less effective on the streets, but he has promised to prosecute individual officers who break the law. Still, he believes low officer morale can contribute to spikes in violence.

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Did you know some of your clothes might be made from milk? Uniqlo’s popular Heattech line, for example, is partially made from milk proteins. Over at Atlas Obscura, they have a fascinating story about the history of milk-based clothing. It apparently starts with Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, an Italian intellectual who penned the Futurist Manifesto in 1909, which would later help build the country’s Futurist movement. The Italian Futurists (which would be a cool band name, by the way) glorified war, embraced technology, and played with nontraditional structures in art – they broke grammar rules in poetry and experimented with perspective in paintings. 

They also had some radical ideas about fashion, well before the rise of avant-garde designers such as Martin Margiela and Rei Kawakubo. They wanted to make clothes out of “new revolutionary materials,” such as glass, tinfoil, aluminum, paper, cardboard, gas, fish skin, and … milk. An excerpt:

The idea was not entirely novel. Between 1904 and 1909, German chemist Frederick Todtenhaupt attempted to turn milk byproducts into a fibrous silk substitute. Though his efforts failed, their underlying premise intrigued Marinetti’s band of Futurists. Many began to speculate that milk was the fabric of the future and would one day comprise all styles of dress.

It wasn’t as crazy as it might sound. Wool is a protein, so on a molecular level, it has a very similar structure to casein, the protein found in milk. Chemists simply needed to figure out how to process casein in a way that emulated the texture of wool.

Thus, for milk-based clothing to happen, Marinetti and the Italian Futurists needed to wait for the technology to catch up.

That moment came during the 1930s, when Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini began his push for the country to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Mussolini had stormed into office in 1922 amid popular resentment for what many saw as British, French, and American stiff-arming in the Treaty of Versailles. Marinetti was one of his early proponents. In 1919, Marinetti’s short-lived Futurist Political Party—an attempt to bring Futurist ideas into government—merged with Mussolini’s Italian Fascist Party. The two were associates—Mussolini once called Marinetti a “fervent Fascist”—and they shared the goal of strengthening Italy’s economy in preparation for coming wars.

One way they accomplished that? Milk clothing.

[…]

And in 1935, SNIA Viscosa acquired the rights to a new kind of fiber: a milk-based synthetic wool that, building on Todtenhaupt’s earlier work, the Italian engineer Antonio Ferretti had recently perfected. This new milk fiber was dubbed lanital (a compounding of lana, meaning wool, and ital, from Italia).

The lanital production process that Ferretti pioneered went like this: first, scientists added acid to skim milk, which separated out the casein. The casein was then dissolved until it developed a viscous consistency. Next, according to TIME, the casein was “forced through spinnerets like macaroni, passed through a hardening chemical bath, [and] cut into fibres of any desired length.” The result? A substance that mimicked wool.

By the mid-1930s, “milk wool” had been used to make suits, coats, dresses, and flags, but it was soon given up because customers found the fibers weren’t as strong as traditional wool (and, by that point, synthetics were a more practical and cheaper alternative). Perhaps most hilariously, people found milk-based clothes sometimes gave off a foul odor. “When damp, [lanital and aralac] smelled like sour milk, causing many consumer complaints.” (Today’s milk-based fibers supposedly don’t have that problem, and is used by niche companies). 

You can read the rest here. Below is a rare glimpse from British Pathe, shot in 1937, showing how manufacturers back then use to derive fibers from milk. 

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Elton John Says Prince Harry Inherited Diana’s ‘Incredible’ Gift of Making People Feel ‘Everything Was Great’

Nearly 20 years after Princess Diana‘s death, Prince Harry is keeping his late mother’s activism alive — and has an “incredible” gift from her to help him do so.

In the upcoming ITV and HBO documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, friends, family and admirers of the late royal speak candidly about her charitable efforts, including Sir Elton John, who says that Diana’s efforts to promote HIV and AIDS awareness live on through her son.

“She had that incredible ability — which knd of inherited — to make people feel at ease and make them feel that everything’s gonna be all right,” John, 70, says in the documentary. “I haven’t experienced many people in my life who have that ability, but she could walk into a room of people and make them feel as if everything was great.”

Diana was an early and very public campaigner for HIV and AIDS awareness and treatment. And, along with John, the documentary features appearances by Diana’s brother Charles Spencer and Rihanna, who took an HIV test alongside Harry in Barbados last December to help break the stigma of getting tested.

In recent years, Harry has championed the fight against the illness. In March, he traveled to Leicester to visit the Leicestershire Aids Support Service, the organization his mother visited just 25 years earlier.

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John recalled Diana’s efforts, lamenting the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS in past decades.

“It was considered to be a gay disease,” John says of the illness. “For someone who was within the Royal Family and who was a woman, and who was straight, to have someone care from the other side, was an incredible gift.”

Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy will air Monday, August 31, at  10 p.m. on HBO in the U.S. and 9 p.m. in the U.K. on ITV.

The show is one of several commemorations of the Princess in print and on film. PEOPLE and ABC have partnered in a two-night television event The Story of Diana, airing on Aug. 9 and 10 at 9 p.m. ET.


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Mark Zuckerberg Is Making Good On His Wedding Promise To Priscilla Chan

Happy anniversary to Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan!

On Friday, the Facebook CEO and his wife ― a philanthropist and pediatrician ― celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary. Zuckerberg marked the occasion with a sweet Facebook post (naturally!) that also told the funny story of how their wedding ended up falling just one day after the social media company went public back in 2012. 

“Priscilla and I wanted a low key wedding so we decided to make it a surprise and have it in our backyard. I sent our friends and family an email telling them I was throwing a surprise party for Priscilla to celebrate her graduation from medical school. Since they thought it was a surprise for Priscilla, they kept it quiet. When they showed up at our home, I told them we were getting married. It was a great day,” Zuckerberg wrote in the post.

“One side effect of having a surprise wedding is that Facebook’s CFO who was managing our IPO process had no idea we were getting married,” he continued. “With IPOs, the process goes on for a while and you just go public when everything is ready. When I originally set the date for our surprise, we had no idea when the IPO would be.”

Despite his best efforts, there was nothing Zuckerberg could do to change the date of the IPO. Nevertheless, the wedding went smoothly, but, unfortunately, their honeymoon in Italy was cut short. 

“The wedding was really special, but, as you know, our IPO wasn’t exactly smooth. Priscilla and I took off on our honeymoon, but I wanted to be with our team when things got rocky, so I cut our honeymoon a few days short. Instead, I promised Priscilla that every year we’d have a honeymoon to celebrate our marriage.”

Since then, they’ve taken honeymoon trips to places like Japan and France; last year, they went to New York City to see “Hamilton” on Broadway. This year, they’ll be staying stateside and spending time in rural Maine. 

The couple, who has a one-and-a-half-year-old daughter named Max, is expecting another baby girl later this year. 

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5 Skin Care Tips For Making Sure Your Melanin Flourishes This Spring

Spring has officially sprung!

And while many people are thinking about decluttering their space and breaking out sundresses and shorts, they may forget that their skin care regimen could use some spring cleaning, too.

Dermatologist Brooke A. Jackson, M.D., told The Huffington Post a few key things people of color should be doing to ensure our skin, our body’s largest organ, remains glowing and healthy through the seasonal changes. 

From sun protection to getting rid of discoloration, the North Carolina-based doctor has five necessary tips that keep your melanin on fleek this spring and summer.

1. Lighten up your routine

Just as you change your wardrobe, you should change your products. Put away the jars of heavy body butters and creams, and opt for something lighter, Jackson advises.

You start wearing shorts and T-shirts and so you should do the same with your products,” she said. “So generally we recommend in the winter time, you use a big jar of something you actually scoop. And in the spring and the summer, you can go a little bit lighter with something that has a little bit more lotion; like Vaseline Cocoa Radiant is a good choice because you still get the moisturizing effect because it’s got the micro droplets of Vaseline jelly and 100 percent pure cocoa butter in it but it’s not quite as heavy as some other jar products are.” 

 

2. Stay moisturized

We tend to do more activities that can dry out our skin in the summer, like going to the beach or taking a dip in the pool. Jackson told HuffPost that it’s important to moisturize afterward, especially after being exposed to chlorine, which is “very, very drying.”

In addition to lathering up in the morning, she said swimmers should rinse all of the saltwater or pool water off and use lotion. Jackson said this doesn’t just apply to people who swim but people with certain skin conditions as well. 

“Generally, I would say you should moisturize once to twice a day depending on what’s going on with you,” she said. “Certainly, if somebody has drier skin or if they’ve got eczema, they probably need a little bit more moisture and so two full moisturizing processes a day would be great … A lot of people during the spring and summer will probably do just fine with the once coming out of the shower in the morning.”

3. Go with your own glow

Despite the widespread myth, black people do need sunscreen. Jackson said this idea probably stemmed from people of color historically being excluded from certain medical research. 

“Historically we focused on sunburn and a direct correlation between sunburn and skin cancer and so therefore [the message was only] our fair-skinned counterparts get it,” she said. “That message has been loud and clear for many, many years but [there’s an assumption that] people who have darker skin tend not to burn.”

If you’re going to chase the sun, protect yourself, she said.

“I think it’s really important to make sure that we are all sun protecting ourselves because it is not out of the realm of possibilities that skin cancer will develop,” Jackson explained. “So going with your own glow, not actively seeking tanning at the beach or just going out for a run, just making sure that you’re sun protected.”

It also doesn’t hurt that sunscreen can help get rid of discoloration.

4. Remember less is more

One product that locks and seals moisture is better (and more practical) than a cabinet full of products that you hardly use. Jackson said people should pick a product that can do multiple things for you and stick to it. 

“Keep your regimen simple,” she said. 

5. When all else fails, see a doctor

Dermatologists have the answers specific to your skin that your favorite YouTube vlogger may not have. Jackson said many of the skin problems people of color face (discoloration, hyperpigmentation, etc.) can only be healed by getting to the root of the issue.

“I have a lot of patients who try everything under the kitchen sink and then with their girlfriends and everything on the internet and they don’t make an appointment with a dermatologist who can help them out in 10 minutes or less,” Jackson said. “Discoloration is a huge issue with skin of color and we get discoloration from any inflammatory condition, acne, eczema, etc., so again, a reason to make sure that you’re getting the treatment that you need to make sure that that is controlled is because 9 times out of 10, the number one complaint of patients with skin color is I want an even complexion and I want this discoloration to go away.”

Jackson also said since black dermatologists aren’t accessible to everyone, it’s important for people with melanin to ask if their dermatologist knows how to treat darker skin.

Now, go forth and prosper with a fresh glow to your skin.

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Dave Chappelle Wants Comedians To Stop Making The Same Donald Trump Jokes

Saturday Night Live” is experiencing a creative renaissance and its biggest ratings in two decades under Donald Trump’s presidency. But Dave Chappelle has a message for fellow comedians enjoying the fruits of the administration’s blunders: “Trump’s kind of bad for comedy.”

Speaking with CBC on Sunday, Chappelle offered his take on the current president’s relationship with his chosen profession, agreeing that comedy has “a role to play under Trump,” but warning that there’s a risk of regurgitating the same material. 

“Most comics in the states are starting to do the same jokes, just because Trump is so on everybody’s mind,” he said. “So it’ll be nice when we don’t have to talk about him that much.”

Despite his concerns over Trump’s omnipresence, Chappelle said he still believes the state of comedy today is “strong and healthy,” citing the return of some of his favorites like Chris Rock and Jon Stewart to the game.

“I think that most of these guys you see working are wildly courageous,” he explained. “It’s such a strange time, being bombarded with so much information, and I think comedy is an important valve for syphoning through all that.”

In November, Chappelle hosted the first “Saturday Night Live” episode after the election and delivered a stirring opening monologue in response to Trump’s surprise win. After joking that America actually elected “an internet troll as our president,” he recalled a recent visit to the White House for a BET event that made him feel hopeful about the country’s direction. 

 “I saw how happy everybody was, these people who had been historically disenfranchised, and it made me feel hopeful, and it made me feel proud to be an American,” Chappelle said. “So, in that spirit, I’m wishing Donald Trump luck. I’m going to give him a chance, and we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one too.”

For more from Chappelle, you can watch his two comedy specials that premiere on Netflix this month.  

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‘Manufactured’ Masculinity should be considered essential reading for scholars in the humanities and social sciences at every level and in all parts of the academic world. It weaves together brilliantly the elements of the ‘manufacture’ of masculinity in the period world-famous ‘public’ school system for the privileged which serviced the largest empire, the world has ever known, at the zenith of its control and which has had a significant influence in the formation of the modern world. This authoritative study of the making of British imperial masculinity shines light on the period of Muscular Christianity, Social Darwinism and Militarism as meshed ideological instruments of both power and persuasion.

This magisterial study reveals the extraordinary and paramount influence of games fields as the ‘machine tools’ in an ‘industrial process’ with the schools as ‘workshops’ containing ‘cultural conveyor-belts’ for the production of robust, committed and confident servants of empire, and templates for imperial reproduction in imperial possessions. Mainly on efficient ‘production belt’ playing fields of the privileged minds were moulded, attitudes were constructed and bodies shaped – for imperial manhood. Earlier ‘manliness’ was metamorphosized, morality was redefined and militarism at the high point of imperial grandeur was an adjunct. Professor Mangan outlines this unique process of cultural conditioning with a unique range of evidence and analysis.

This book was published as a special double issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.


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‘Manufactured’ Masculinity: Making Imperial Manliness, Morality and Militarism

‘Manufactured’ Masculinity: Making Imperial Manliness, Morality and Militarism


‘Manufactured’ Masculinity should be considered essential reading for scholars in the humanities and social sciences at every level and in all parts of the academic world. It weaves together brilliantly the elements of the ‘manufacture’ of masculinity in the period world-famous ‘public’ school system for the privileged which serviced the largest empire, the world has ever known, at the zenith of its control and which has had a significant influence in the formation of the modern world. This authoritative study of the making of British imperial masculinity shines light on the period of Muscular Christianity, Social Darwinism and Militarism as meshed ideological instruments of both power and persuasion.

This magisterial study reveals the extraordinary and paramount influence of games fields as the ‘machine tools’ in an ‘industrial process’ with the schools as ‘workshops’ containing ‘cultural conveyor-belts’ for the production of robust, committed and confident servants of empire, and templates for imperial reproduction in imperial possessions. Mainly on efficient ‘production belt’ playing fields of the privileged minds were moulded, attitudes were constructed and bodies shaped – for imperial manhood. Earlier ‘manliness’ was metamorphosized, morality was redefined and militarism at the high point of imperial grandeur was an adjunct. Professor Mangan outlines this unique process of cultural conditioning with a unique range of evidence and analysis.

This book was published as a special double issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.


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‘Manufactured’ Masculinity: Making Imperial Manliness, Morality and Militarism

‘Manufactured’ Masculinity: Making Imperial Manliness, Morality and Militarism


‘Manufactured’ Masculinity should be considered essential reading for scholars in the humanities and social sciences at every level and in all parts of the academic world. It weaves together brilliantly the elements of the ‘manufacture’ of masculinity in the period world-famous ‘public’ school system for the privileged which serviced the largest empire, the world has ever known, at the zenith of its control and which has had a significant influence in the formation of the modern world. This authoritative study of the making of British imperial masculinity shines light on the period of Muscular Christianity, Social Darwinism and Militarism as meshed ideological instruments of both power and persuasion.

This magisterial study reveals the extraordinary and paramount influence of games fields as the ‘machine tools’ in an ‘industrial process’ with the schools as ‘workshops’ containing ‘cultural conveyor-belts’ for the production of robust, committed and confident servants of empire, and templates for imperial reproduction in imperial possessions. Mainly on efficient ‘production belt’ playing fields of the privileged minds were moulded, attitudes were constructed and bodies shaped – for imperial manhood. Earlier ‘manliness’ was metamorphosized, morality was redefined and militarism at the high point of imperial grandeur was an adjunct. Professor Mangan outlines this unique process of cultural conditioning with a unique range of evidence and analysis.

This book was published as a special double issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.


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‘Manufactured’ Masculinity: Making Imperial Manliness, Morality and Militarism

‘Manufactured’ Masculinity: Making Imperial Manliness, Morality and Militarism


‘Manufactured’ Masculinity should be considered essential reading for scholars in the humanities and social sciences at every level and in all parts of the academic world. It weaves together brilliantly the elements of the ‘manufacture’ of masculinity in the period world-famous ‘public’ school system for the privileged which serviced the largest empire, the world has ever known, at the zenith of its control and which has had a significant influence in the formation of the modern world. This authoritative study of the making of British imperial masculinity shines light on the period of Muscular Christianity, Social Darwinism and Militarism as meshed ideological instruments of both power and persuasion.

This magisterial study reveals the extraordinary and paramount influence of games fields as the ‘machine tools’ in an ‘industrial process’ with the schools as ‘workshops’ containing ‘cultural conveyor-belts’ for the production of robust, committed and confident servants of empire, and templates for imperial reproduction in imperial possessions. Mainly on efficient ‘production belt’ playing fields of the privileged minds were moulded, attitudes were constructed and bodies shaped – for imperial manhood. Earlier ‘manliness’ was metamorphosized, morality was redefined and militarism at the high point of imperial grandeur was an adjunct. Professor Mangan outlines this unique process of cultural conditioning with a unique range of evidence and analysis.

This book was published as a special double issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.


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‘Manufactured’ Masculinity: Making Imperial Manliness, Morality and Militarism

‘Manufactured’ Masculinity: Making Imperial Manliness, Morality and Militarism


‘Manufactured’ Masculinity should be considered essential reading for scholars in the humanities and social sciences at every level and in all parts of the academic world. It weaves together brilliantly the elements of the ‘manufacture’ of masculinity in the period world-famous ‘public’ school system for the privileged which serviced the largest empire, the world has ever known, at the zenith of its control and which has had a significant influence in the formation of the modern world. This authoritative study of the making of British imperial masculinity shines light on the period of Muscular Christianity, Social Darwinism and Militarism as meshed ideological instruments of both power and persuasion.

This magisterial study reveals the extraordinary and paramount influence of games fields as the ‘machine tools’ in an ‘industrial process’ with the schools as ‘workshops’ containing ‘cultural conveyor-belts’ for the production of robust, committed and confident servants of empire, and templates for imperial reproduction in imperial possessions. Mainly on efficient ‘production belt’ playing fields of the privileged minds were moulded, attitudes were constructed and bodies shaped – for imperial manhood. Earlier ‘manliness’ was metamorphosized, morality was redefined and militarism at the high point of imperial grandeur was an adjunct. Professor Mangan outlines this unique process of cultural conditioning with a unique range of evidence and analysis.

This book was published as a special double issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.


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‘Manufactured’ Masculinity: Making Imperial Manliness, Morality and Militarism

‘Manufactured’ Masculinity: Making Imperial Manliness, Morality and Militarism


‘Manufactured’ Masculinity should be considered essential reading for scholars in the humanities and social sciences at every level and in all parts of the academic world. It weaves together brilliantly the elements of the ‘manufacture’ of masculinity in the period world-famous ‘public’ school system for the privileged which serviced the largest empire, the world has ever known, at the zenith of its control and which has had a significant influence in the formation of the modern world. This authoritative study of the making of British imperial masculinity shines light on the period of Muscular Christianity, Social Darwinism and Militarism as meshed ideological instruments of both power and persuasion.

This magisterial study reveals the extraordinary and paramount influence of games fields as the ‘machine tools’ in an ‘industrial process’ with the schools as ‘workshops’ containing ‘cultural conveyor-belts’ for the production of robust, committed and confident servants of empire, and templates for imperial reproduction in imperial possessions. Mainly on efficient ‘production belt’ playing fields of the privileged minds were moulded, attitudes were constructed and bodies shaped – for imperial manhood. Earlier ‘manliness’ was metamorphosized, morality was redefined and militarism at the high point of imperial grandeur was an adjunct. Professor Mangan outlines this unique process of cultural conditioning with a unique range of evidence and analysis.

This book was published as a special double issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.


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Speak Up Chef: The Making of Marc Vetri

Introduced by his friend Mario Batali as a “hero to young people who stutter”, chef Marc Vetri took the stage. He was being honored by the Stuttering Association for the Young and he received his award almost sheepishly, as he smiled out to the packed auditorium. “With the stage lights on me I couldn’t see a single person in the audience. I hadn’t written a speech, but I knew I wanted to thank my parents, my wife and my speech therapist. I knew the story I wanted to tell.” After a couple seconds, he began his speech.
 
It was an eloquent and humble acceptance speech, one that earned him a standing ovation. More surprisingly perhaps, it was a speech given with the kind of voice we don’t often hear. A voice peppered with blocks of silence and repeated vowels. It was the voice of someone who stutters.
 
We know that Joe Biden and Jack Welch and Emily Blunt are ‘stutterers’. Many of us can rattle off a couple more names of famous people who stutter, or grew up stuttering. And yet, we rarely, if ever, hear the sound of their stuttered voices. They are held up as examples for young people, examples of what can be achieved if you grow out of your stutter, or learn to tame it. Examples of what is possible if you become largely fluent.
 
Marc Vetri is a different kind of hero. He is a man who has become a leader in his profession whilst stuttering.
 
“I was first drawn to the kitchen because I thought it was a place you didn’t have to talk.” He laughs at the memory as he tells me that these days he never stops talking. As well as a nightly prep talk to the 30 man team at his restaurant Vetri, he does radio interviews, appears on TV shows and gives speeches at industry events. “I know that people will listen to me, that they are interested in what I have to say. I don’t think about my speech too much these days.”
 
Still, he admits that it took a while to achieve that kind of acceptance. “There was a time when I was obsessed with my speech.” On the first food order he called in when he was working at Granita back in the early 90s, he remembers calling the vegetable guy back 10 times to complete the order because the answering machine kept cutting him off. The first time he had to work the expo station in the kitchen he sweated bullets calling out the orders.
 
And yet, he stuck it out. He kept speaking, kept working, kept desensitizing himself to the situations that scared him. As much as his stutter was a challenge, it also became a driving force in his career. “I believed that I had to work harder to compensate for my speech. I worked as if the guy next to me was working 24 hours to steal my job.”
 
Walking around Marc’s hometown of Philadelphia, it is clear that all that determination has paid off. Having first opened the critically acclaimed Vetri in 1998, Marc has since won a James Beard award for his cooking and he has opened 5 more restaurants around the city. Signed copies of his three cookbooks line the shelves of local bookstores and the culinary scene in the city gets ‘hotter’ every time one of his protégés opens a new restaurant.
 
If his stutter has shaped some of that outsize ambition, it is also the keeper of his humility. “I know the guys in my kitchens do impressions of me. One day I asked one of them to do it for me. He was all uncomfortable, kept telling me he’d never make fun of me. Eventually I persuaded him to do it. You know, he was good, too good.”
 
It is easy to assume that Marc can laugh at his stutter, because he knows how good he has it. He gets to do work he loves, expressing himself through food, and he has a young family that he seems to adore.

Many times we believe that we need to ‘fix ourselves’, that we need to iron out our imperfections before we can be what we want to be. Instead, Marc has reached the height of his profession while stuttering. He proves that you can refuse to let your challenges harness your dreams.

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