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Things I find in my travels across the Internet

Twitter is about to get messier for some of you

As if Twitter weren’t already messy enough, here comes group direct messaging and video posts. I’m here for the group messaging, but of course in true Twitter fashion, everyone will not have access right away.

Are you uncomfortable with discussing race?

Race is always going to be an uncomfortable conversation for those wielding the power because it is hard to admit when one group benefits from the restraints it puts on another group.

I once considered driving for Uber; now I’m not so sure

In the last few weeks, I’ve seen more than one Uber driver lamenting the way Uber fare drops are negatively impacting their ability to earn money while driving for the popular service.

When you are thirsty, drink water

I have been working on making sure I get enough water in every single day. It is a lot harder than you might think, but I believe I am mastering this new skillset.

Relevant to my interests:

Metro plans to add cellular and WiFi service in some of the underground stations. This is huge! I am an almost daily user of the LA subway system, and my one lament is the lack of cellular or WiFi services underground.

7th and Metro Center Station in Downtown LA

7th and Metro Center Station in Downtown LA

Wi-Fi will be accessible at station platforms but not in a moving train, Fischer said. Uninterrupted cellular service will be available from the street to the platforms to inside moving trains, he said.

via Los Angeles subway will get WiFi, cellular phone service

13-year-old Canadian girls on the right track

I want to give a shout out to the two 13-year-old Canadian girls who want to end rape culture by creating a consent culture and teaching this program in their health education classes. Good job, ladies!

White man shoots police chief, lives to tell the story

In yet another example of how unjust the system is, a white man in Sentinel, Oklahoma shot the police chief four times and will be able to share the story with his grandchildren somewhere down the road. Oh, and to add insult to injury, the police chief is black.

 

“Whitney” premieres on Lifetime tonight

Rob Sharenow, Lifetime’s executive vice president and general manager, says that it’s the movies themselves that have made the franchise a classic. “People love a great story,” he said. “And I think at their heart, Lifetime movies are always about great drama and pure storytelling. That’s what it is, as simple as that.”

No Indictment In NYPD Eric Garner Chokehold Case – The Atlantic

There are plenty of differences between the cases of Garner and Brown, but one particular contrast remains salient: There was no footage of Michael Brown’s death, only eyewitness accounts and conjecture, leaving minds to imagine a standoff between an officer and a civilian, a standoff that ended with the image of Brown lying dead in the street for over four hours.

via No Indictment In NYPD Eric Garner Chokehold Case – The Atlantic.

Stereo Williams on sentimental photos and black people’s anger

I’m glad to know I’m not the only person serving this picture a bit of side eye. This image is meant to elicit a certain type of emotion and to encourage docile behavior.

There are those who are sharing this photo and reporting on this photo and others like it for the purposes of promoting the sort of “Can’t we all just get along” rhetorical idealism that derails many necessary social movements. That officer hugging that black child may evoke emotions, but it shouldn’t resonate deeper into our national consciousness than that video of an officer gunning down a different black child — Tamir Rice, a 12-year old in Cleveland who was murdered by cops last week after they were called to the scene by witnesses who saw him playing with a toy gun. If that picture moved you more than that video, I have to believe you are more interested in “peace” than justice. And that is unacceptable in times such as these.

via Sentimental photos, Ben Watson and why black people’s anger is necessary – Rolling Out.

When the pressure is on to meet an impossible standard of beauty, what do we do?

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.

Is the CDC handling the Ebola situation correctly? Congress says no

Asked outside of Friday’s hearing whether the CDC’s response has been appropriate, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told The Huffington Post: “If you believe, as I do, part of the role of the CDC is to provide accurate, timely, complete, thorough information to the public, the answer would be no. Their information hasn’t been all that much better than what I could have provided, and I didn’t go to medical school for four years.”

via Congress Says The CDC Can’t Be Trusted On Ebola.

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