The biggest consultancy firms—the McKinseys and Janeses of the world—make many millions of dollars predicting the future and writing what-if reports for clients. This model is built on the idea that those companies know best—and that information and ideas should be handed down from on high.
But one consulting house, Wikistrat, is upending the model: Instead of using a stable of in-house analysts, the company crowdsources content and pays the crowd for its time. Wikistrat’s hundreds of analysts—primarily consultants, academics, journalists, and retired military personnel—are compensated for participating in what they call “crowdsourced simulations.” In other words, make money for brainstorming.
Are girls getting more beautiful or am I getting more gay?
i’m getting more gay
I know this is a super privileged thing to say and maybe tons of straight people say it to their eye-rolling gay friends and I’m just a cliche, but sometimes I wish I was at least bisexual or something. All the girls I know in my life are just infinitely more amazing and beautiful than the guys.
(Edit: TO BE FAIR I have been going to all-girls schools for like eight years so I’ve also met more women than I have men on average, but rather than making me man-starved I think this has just debilitated my capacity to tolerate men. Most of the guys I super-respect or befriend at college aren’t afraid to embrace what would be called typically feminine characteristics.)
We get this one role. So we’d better hope it’s a good one. Because –
They could make 10 shitty Batman movies, and we’ll always see more Batman movies.
But if Wonder Woman isn’t top of the pops for every second she’s on-screen in Snyder’s film, they’ll burn the character down and salt the earth and the topic won’t come up again for another 30 goddamn years. Wonder Woman will be poison on the lips.
And that’s the danger of putting Wonder Woman in Batman Versus Superman.
Yep, that’s how it always works. The Hulk is directed by an Oscar-winning director and still crashes? Try it again. The second one is still a bit meh? Recast and move on. Oh, Spiderman is one of the massively successful franchises in history and this gives the studio a bit of financial leverage to try something a bit new? Nah, why do that when you can just re-launch the series. And on top of that, let’s let some guy who directed a quirky indie romance to helm the entire thing.
“I came to the conclusion that as violence in this country was inevitable, it would be unrealistic to continue preaching peace and non-violence. This conclusion was not easily arrived at. It was only when all else had failed, when all channels of peaceful protest had been barred to us, that the decision was made to embark on violent forms of political struggle. I can only say that I felt morally obliged to do what I did.”—
After seeing this batshit Christmas wish list on Jezebel and troublingly few comments about how fucking long and elaborate it was (it’s meant to be precociously quirky), I tried to find stats on Christmas gifts. Not many stats out there to be found, but some U.K study found that the average child gets about 16 presents at Christmas, and an American study found that parents planned to spend about an average of $270 per child.
Well, I think I just found out why we’re the “entitled” generation. Maybe because PARENTS ARE IDIOTS.
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”—
I find it weird that someone put this quote up to be reblogged in earnest given that the character pronouncing the sentiment doesn’t actually enjoy reading and is in fact just saying it to attract some guy, but it’s still a nice quote taken out of context, I guess.
(Caroline Bingley was probably just trying to latch onto that “Date a girl who reads” meme)
Men spritzed with oxytocin, a hormone from the pituitary gland, showed a renewed attraction for the faces of their romantic partners, but not for equally attractive strangers, according to [new study published] in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“Monogamy is actually quite costly for humans, so there must be some form of benefit,” said Rene Hurlemann, a psychiatrist at the University of Bonn in Germany who led the study. “We’d expect humans, especially males, would disseminate their genes. That would be a very strong evolutionary force driving male behavior. But what drives males to stay in a monogamous relationship?”
The answer may lie in a steady diet of oxytocin that triggers dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with reward, motivation and addiction, according to the study.
In humans, overtures of social support, hugs, massages and sexual intercourse all release oxytocin. And oxytocin, in turn, has been shown to induce pro-social behavior –- we tend to trust each other and feel more attached to others in response to the chemical.
Went to see the Hunger Games last night, only to find two consecutive showings sold out. I saw Oldboy instead, which was not exactly a waste of my time but did give me some face-palming when I discovered afterwards that the original was streaming on Netflix. But my god, my god, the 84th street AMC is RIDONKULOUS. They’ve renovated the entire place and replaced all the chairs with giant red leather recliners. You push a button and the footstool-y part pops out and everything. They also have a fancy new reservation system when you get to pick out your seat in advance. I got to more or less lie down while watching my movie. I felt disgusted at myself but also awesome.
“Men’s rights activists don’t organize marches; they don’t build shelters or raise funds for abused men; they don’t organize prostate cancer-awareness events or campaign against prison rape. What they actually do, when they’re not simply carping in comments online, is target and harass women—from feminist writers and professors to activists—in an attempt to silence them.”—
I want to add to this that MRAs really aren’t there to help men.
I’m a Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters and we run campaigns nationally every year that specifically target men to sign up to be Bigs. EVERY YEAR. Because the average wait for a girl to be matched to a female Big is 6 weeks after being enrolled. The average time for a boy to be matched with a male Big is 6 months to a year because so few men actually sign up to be mentors and many of them don’t actually complete the one year commitment to their Littles, either.
And this is a deficit that is particularly prevalent at my agency.
Mentoring a kid through a program like BBBS is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done in my life. It has also been the most challenging thing I have ever done in my life. As a Big, I have a direct impact on someone else’s life and little boys, in particular, who do not have a father figure at home benefit very strongly from having a male mentor in their life. They typically do better in school, have a better social life, and are more likely to accomplish long-term goals and take responsibility for their actions and mistakes and learn from them.
If MRAs were ACTUALLY interested in helping men and boys, they would be mentors. But instead they sit on the internet in their Fedoras and bemoan the fact that women aren’t being forced by the government to sleep with them.
(We can argue about whether having MRAs be mentors to impressionable young men is a good idea in a separate post because obviously there are better role models for young men and boys but the point still stands that there are very clear things that MRAs could do to tangibly and immediately help men and boys but instead they focus all of their time and energy denigrating rape victims, berating feminists, and whining about services that specifically serve women.)
They could also help organizations such as the Innocence Project to help men, disproportionately already marginalized minority men, who have in fact been a victim of a false accusation/identification of a variety of crimes, instead they try to convince people that there’s an endemic of women launching false rape accusations against men.
Okay, fine, Columbia’s General School kind of beat us in the “awesome Thanksigiving emails” category:
Dear GS Community,
Over the years I have been accused of suffering from acutemeleagrisphobia, an irrational fear of turkeys, which has led to my viciously maligning the domesticated version of the bird in my Thanksgiving emails to the GS community. This year, however, has been one of radical transformation, for I have entered a new decade of life, one that dare not speak its name. Traumatizing though this transition has been, it has brought with it new insight, most especially the realization that I am more of a turkey than I thought.
I stumbled on a YouTube video of this noble creature as I was surfing my phone during morning ablutions. I suddenly realized, as I gazed in the bathroom mirror, how much we had in common—like the grotesque, bony feet, which at least I attempt to disguise with flashy socks, and the unremarkable plumage covering feeble body parts, which I overlay with cut-rate couture. But then I saw the statuesque head under which hung a mass of crimson skin, a regal wattle that mesmerized me with its rhythmic undulations. And I looked at the mirror in stunned disbelief, for I too had a wattle, hanging lower with each advancing decade.
I now repent publicly my past meleagrisphobic sins and proclaim, like the mystics of old, that the turkey and I are One, not only in spirit but also in wattle.
So with every movement of my head this week, and with every wiggle of my wattle, I will be channeling to you my warmest wishes for a happy and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday. Be you vegan or paleo in your diet, eat heartily and reach out to those individuals in your life about whom you care the most. And may the wattle you eventually grow be a permanent reminder of everything and everyone for whom you should be thankful, not just this week, but always.
Have an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving!
Peter J. Awn
 In my defense, I suggest that this may be the result of an abiding, subconscious resentment sparked during the 2004 Commencement. As I approached the podium, decked out in academic regalia, to present to the 20,000 plus guests the GS Class of 2004, a ninja-like figure in black leapt to the front of the stage, pushed me aside, seized the microphone and proclaimed his support for animal rights. A worthy cause, to be sure…. but am I not an animal? Should I be mistreated this way? But I digress….
 Hommage to Bosie and Oscar (Wilde).
FYI, this dude is like 60 years old and in addition to being the current GS dean and director of Columbia’s Middle East Institute, used to be a Jesuit priest.
You're so full of hate and ignorance yourself it is kind of sad. Did you learn nothing of MLKs teachings, you won't get anywhere being indignant towards a whole race of people, that's not how you seek change.
I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action’; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a ‘more convenient season.’ Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Little did you know, Martin Luther King fucking hated you lmao oops..
“Happy Turkey Week. Thanksgiving is complicated. We urge you not to forget that this holiday commemorates genocide and American imperialism. But, enjoy the week off and make it into something meaningful.”—
What Barnard’s student government association just sent us in an email
“But though we were born in violence, we did not die there. That such a seemingly hateful word should return as a marker of nationhood and community confounds our very notions of power. “Nigger” is different because it is attached to one of the most vibrant cultures in the Western world. And yet the culture is inextricably linked to the violence that birthed us. “Nigger” is the border, the signpost that reminds us that the old crimes don’t disappear. It tells white people that, for all their guns and all their gold, there will always be places they can never go.”—
“As far as I can recall, none of the adults in my life ever once remembered to say, ‘Some people have thick skin and you don’t. Your heart is really open and that is going to cause you pain, but that is an appropriate response to this world. The cost is high, but the blessing of being compassionate is beyond your wildest dreams. However, you’re not going to feel that a lot in seventh grade. Just hang on.’”—Anne Lamott, Stitches (via s-stevens)
“The real tragedy of asian americanness is how many of us believe that if we just behave a certain way, we can be white.”— this quote is taken from an fb chat I had with my wonderful friend, who was told by another Asian in an FB argument today that he was being a “racist,” “angry Asian man with an inferiority complex” for agreeing that this incident was in fact, racist and unacceptable, and then later found himself entangled in the comments section of a Spec article reporting a yellowface incident on campus. Some of the staunchest defenders of yellowface in the comments section were Asian. One of them said that he/she literally “hated” the activist students who were calling out the incident. My friend and I then had a discussion about why it is that so many Asian Americans repudiate charges of racism against themselves (“model minority” myth, anyone?), the Asian-American community’s relation to whiteness, and our own internalized prejudices.
“They buy the [abortion] drug at a flea market. This is bad and sad and wrong. They are going to be buying things on the street. You don’t even know if you are getting the real thing. But these goddamn politicians … Women are forced to crawl around like goddamn criminals. So I am here to help them.”—
Dr. Lester Minto speaking to Slate about the new abortion restrictions in Texas. Dr. Minto cannot get the newly-required admitting privileges to any nearby hospitals because they are all religiously affiliated. (via bebinn)
SCOTUS declined to block this law from going into effect, but hopefully it will return to the high court for a ruling on whether it’s constitutional and will be struck down.
“A study on masculinity and aggression from the University of South Florida found that innocuous – yet feminine – tasks could produce profound anxiety in men. As part of the study, a group of men were asked to perform a stereotypically feminine act – braiding hair in this case - while a control group braided rope. Following the act, the men were given the option to either solve a puzzle or punch a heavy bag. Not surprisingly, the men who performed the task that threatened their masculinity were far more likely to punch the bag; again, violence serving as a way to reestablish their masculine identity. A follow-up had both groups punch the bag after braiding either hair or rope; the men who braided the hair punched the bag much harder. A third experiment, all the participants braided hair, but were split into two groups: those who got to punch the bag afterwards and those who didn’t. The men who were prevented from punching the bag started to show acute signs of anxiety and distress from not being able to reconfirm their masculinity.”—Doctor Nerdlove, "When Masculinity Fails Men" (via sepiacircus)
“He was on one table and I was on another, far away, lying still under the screaming lights, and then, confusingly, the handsomest man in the world came through the door and said he was my doctor. His voice sounded nice, familiar. I asked if he was South African. He was surprised that I could tell, and I explained that I had spent time reporting in his country, and then we talked a bit about the future of the A.N.C. and about how beautiful it is in Cape Town. I realized that I was covered in blood, sobbing, and flirting.”—
Wow I love that post. Not because I all of a sudden realized that abortion at 12 weeks gestation is okay. No. That post made me realize just how formed a baby is at 12 weeks. I knew the first picture was fake since the first time I saw it. But, to actually see a baby at 12 weeks and see it's little limbs and organs and eyeballs is incredible. That just gives me so much more reason to not support abortion. My family has adopted 9 children who's mothers were thinking about aborting them. Thank you
God damn if you think that’s developed I don’t know to know what your standard of development is for everything else.”Hey this chicken is still pretty squishy, but I mean you can start to see some whitening, and this is further along then I thought it’d be at 3 minutes, so yeah, it’s probably safe to feed to the kids”