From the world pool: November 8, 2014

Socio-political links

The forks model of disability (builds on the spoons model)

Energy Executive Blasts Kinder Morgan Review As “Fraudulent,” Quits

Worse than the storm”: Inside a secret Red Cross disaster

Secret recording of corporate lobbyist is a dirty-tricks playbook

Unconscious Bias @ Work Google seminar (via Brianna Wu @Spacekatgal)

And speaking of bias: Harvard students attempt to take 1964 Louisiana Literacy test, fail

Where the middle class is going: To those that have shall be given.  “…labour markets are hollowing out, polarising into high- and low-skill occupations, with very little employment in the middle. … The typical worker has fallen behind even more than a straightforward look at the respective shares of labour and capital suggests. … Technology has created a growing reservoir of less-skilled labour while simultaneously expanding the range of tasks that can be automated. Most workers are therefore being forced into competition both against each other and against machines. No wonder their share of the economic pie has got smaller, in developing economies as well as in the rich world.”

Blaming the victim bingo card (via @eilatan)

After recent discussions on women and catcalling (note trigger warnings for these):

The science fiction and fantasy community, which I lurk around the edges of online, is currently dealing with revelations concerning the identity of a generally respected writer who has turned out to also be a appallingly destructive internet troll. There are many online discussions of this, I’m just going to link to this report—a little digging will find the rest if you are interested: A Report on Damage Done by One Individual Under Several Names. Trigger warnings also apply here.

Design links

More from the unconscious bias category: Shooting range posters depict the innocent targets of gun violence. As Paola Antonelli @curiousoctopus pointed out: “Great, but all white?”


What if Age is Nothing but a Mind-Set? (via

It’s time to make daylight savings time year round. (via @dynamicsymmetry) I agree! I can get up in the dark, but I hate running out of light in late afternoon.

Just for fun

Note the “puppy love” letter.

Halloween follow-up: one of the things that happens every Halloween is that some really inappropriate costumes turn up, whether home-made or as consumer products. One of this year’s entries generated this response: Women with actual PhDs review ‘sexy PhD costume’ on Amazon. (Amazon reviews truly are a source of some wonderful satire.)

OMG teh cuteness hurtz

Just cool

It’s back. Which is a good thing, since I never got round to watching it the first time.

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