I wrote a rhetorical analysis of this column for my class, and I think it is worth reading by everyone. Hollywood creates an impossible and ever-changing standard of beauty. When people make changes to meet that standard, why are they ridiculed?
The face and body we associated with her for all these years was, in her words, a byproduct of having “a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn’t allow for taking care of myself.” Makes sense to me. I can’t tell you how many former NFL players I have come across who look nothing like the men I saw on the field—significant weight loss, clean-shaven, hell, just being clean for a change. And dare I say healthier.
via Are we hypocrites over Renee Zellweger?(Opinion) – CNN.com.
A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus Thursday, becoming the city’s first diagnosed case.
The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center on Thursday and placed in isolation while health care workers spread out across the city to trace anyone he might have come into contact with in recent days. A further test will be conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm the initial test.
via Doctor in New York City Tests Positive for Ebola – NYTimes.com.
Discipline. Time management.
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile all say they have the ability to selectively throttle users in times and places of congestion. But instead of throttling solely to prevent network overload, they’ve designed throttling policies to affect only certain users that they want to push onto pricier plans. Even former wireless industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler, now the FCC chairman, says it’s true.Wheeler and others have objected to carriers throttling only those users who had been grandfathered into unlimited data plans that are no longer offered to new customers. When ordered to justify its throttling policies, Verizon Wireless told the FCC that users without monthly limits are the only ones who need to be throttled because their plans don’t provide incentives for limiting use.In reality, Verizon and other carriers let customers on limited plans use far more unthrottled data than “unlimited” customers as long as they pay overage charges or buy more expensive plans. Rather than throttling solely to prevent congestion, carriers throttle to push customers onto plans with data caps.
via Analysis: Wireless data caps more about profit than congestion | Ars Technica.
The Justice Department is claiming, in a little-noticed court filing, that a federal agent had the right to impersonate a young woman online by creating a Facebook page in her name without her knowledge. Government lawyers also are defending the agent’s right to scour the woman’s seized cell phone and to post photographs — including racy pictures of her and even one of her young son and niece — to the phony social media account, which the agent was using to communicate with suspected criminals.
via Government Set Up A Fake Facebook Page In This Woman’s Name.
This sets a dangerous precedent. Even if we allow that they were justified in co-opting her social media identity as part of an ongoing investigation, how is it kosher to include her innocent child in the mix?
“It’s not clear what specific changes the federal government will announce. President Obama said Monday that the government would increase passenger screenings for Ebola in the United States and Africa. The White House said Tuesday that the new measures will be released in “the coming days.”
Schumer said federal officials are grappling with logistical challenges as they move toward implementing new safeguards.”
via ‘Tougher’ screening coming to U.S. airports – The Washington Post.
This article doesn’t really provide many details other than the fact that an announcement is forthcoming, so these thoughts are based purely on supposition and conjecture, but what type of additional screening are they planning to do? Are we soon to be donating DNA as soon as we reach the airport? I’m not sure how you can do additional screening for Ebola unless the plan is to simply ask questions of those coming from countries known to have a presence of the disease.
Lawrence responds to critics who scolded that she should have never taken the photographs at all: “I started to write an apology, but I don’t have anything to say I’m sorry for. I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years.”
via Jennifer Lawrence in Vanity Fair: The publication of nude photos a sex crime, not a scandal..
Brava, JLaw. Victim shaming and blaming continues to be a huge problem in our rape culture society. I am happy that Miss Lawrence tells it like it is; she has nothing to apologize for. Those were private photos that she did not publish on the Internet. A personal moment made public, and all many can think is, “well why did she take them in the first place?” My question is, why not?