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Women And People Of Color Get Punished For Hiring To Increase Diversity, White Men Get Rewarded
Women and people of color in executive positions who push to make more diverse hires and promotions get penalized on their performance reviews, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado. White men, on the other hand, get rewarded for valuing diversity.

Ed. note:

The researchers looked at 362 executives, from CEO to director, and found that those who were ranked in the top 15 percent on a scale measuring their dedication to diversity got an average performance rating of 3.76. But those ratings improved the less women and people of color were seen to be promoting more nonwhite, female hires. A woman with an average dedication to diversity got a performance rating of 3.98, but a woman in the bottom 15 percent got a rating of 4.15, which represents a 10 percent increase in her review. Meanwhile, white men who pushed for greater diversity got a bump in their performance review scores.

The researchers also conducted an experiment to test these ideas, having actors play executives and give speeches either in favor of hiring someone who looked like them or someone who didn’t. When women advocated for other women, they were seen as colder, and when people of color advocated for people like them, they were seen as less competent. “People are perceived as selfish when they advocate for someone who looks like them, unless they’re a white man,” said David Hekman, one of the study’s authors.
And that's today's quote of the day.

Oh dear

Jul. 22nd, 2014 05:56 pm
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What the Internet Can See From Your Cat Pictures
Using cat pictures — that essential building block of the Internet — and a supercomputer, a Florida State University professor has built a site that shows the locations of the cats (at least at some point in time, given their nature) and, presumably, of their owners.

Owen Mundy, an assistant professor of art who studies the relationship between data and the public, created “I Know Where Your Cat Lives” as a way of demonstrating “the status quo of personal data usage by startups and international megacorps who are riding the wave of decreased privacy for all,” Mr. Mundy wrote in a post about the site.

Using images of cats uploaded to photosharing services, including Flickr, Twitpic and Instagram, Mr. Mundy extracted latitude and longitude coordinates that many modern cameras, especially those in smartphones, attach to each image.
I didn't even know that photos had this data!
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Federal appeals court panel deals major blow to health law
A federal appeals court panel in the District struck down a major part of the 2010 health-care law Tuesday, ruling that the tax subsidies that are central to the program may not be provided in at least half of the states.

The ruling, if upheld, could potentially be more damaging to the law than last month’s Supreme Court decision on contraceptives. The three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with plaintiffs who argued that the language of the law barred the government from giving subsidies to people in states that chose not to set up their own insurance marketplaces. Twenty-seven states, most with Republican leaders who oppose the law, decided against setting up marketplaces, and another nine states partially opted out.

[I]f subsidies for half the states are barred, it represents a potentially crippling blow to the health-care law, which relies on the subsidies to make insurance affordable for millions of low- and middle-income Americans.

The subsidies are in many cases sizeable, sharply reducing the cost of coverage.

About 5.4 million people signed up for health insurance on the federal marketplace through the spring, the government says. Of them, about 87 percent received subsidies.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit — three private employers and four individual taxpayers — argued that Congress intended for the subsidies to go to people in states that set up their own insurance exchanges. They cited language in the law that said the subsidies would be available to those “enrolled through an Exchange established by the State.”

Lower courts, however, have sided with the government, which has argued that Congress’s intent was for subsidies to be available in all states — a meaning it said is obvious from the law’s context.
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(anyone know anything about the picture? like, is that little anthony mackie, for real?) apparently not, but still adorable
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But We Can Try (10567 words) by hetrez
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov, Tony Stark, Jarvis (Iron Man movies), Clint Barton
Additional Tags: Families of Choice, First Kiss, Sweet

Bucky said, "These are love letters, Rogers. You've been drawing me love letters."

If there's anything I like as much as Steve helps Bucky heal, it's stories about reconciling pre-Fall!Bucky with WinterSoldier!Bucky.
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Which I gather was basically the equivalent of smearing myself in catnip. I now have the happiest, most affectionate cat in the world.


Jul. 16th, 2014 03:16 pm
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This is a really important issue:

A Push to Give Steadier Shifts to Part-Timers
As more workers find their lives upended and their paychecks reduced by ever-changing, on-call schedules, government officials are trying to put limits on the harshest of those scheduling practices.

The actions reflect a growing national movement — fueled by women’s and labor groups — to curb practices that affect millions of families, like assigning just one or two days of work a week or requiring employees to work unpredictable hours that wreak havoc with everyday routines like college and child care.

The recent, rapid spread of on-call employment to retail and other sectors has prompted proposals that would require companies to pay employees extra for on-call work and to give two weeks’ notice of a work schedule.
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I posted about this before, but a while ago, [ profile] iteration picked up a girl!Finch/Reese snippet I wrote on tumblr, and started fleshing it out into a complete story. She finally finished it, and its glorious. You can read it in full here:

An Unstoppable Force (27949 words) by giandujakiss, iteration
Chapters: 7/7
Fandom: Person of Interest (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harold Finch/John Reese
Characters: Harriet Finch, John Reese, Original Character, Lana Pierce
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Gender Changes, Espionage, intelligence gathered by means of interpersonal contact, Irrelevant Gift Exchange, Reese doesn't know what to do with people who aren't trying to manipulate him, third season what third season, emotionally stunted behaviour, inconstant levels of self-awareness, Finch's superhero-like ability to evade tails, LOOMING FEELINGS, Abandonment Issues, high-functioning idiots, when subplots take over, made-up CIA protocol, AU after 2x15-ish, requited everything, tweed lust, Original Character - Freeform

John is still trying to figure out this little mouse of a woman who’s hired him, who can do anything with computers and has more money than God and who can barely walk and yet somehow always manages to evade him, who won’t tell him anything about herself but who says she knows everything about him – and he knows that can’t be true, it can’t –

When he realizes, she’s actually attracted to him.


Jul. 15th, 2014 04:51 pm
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[personal profile] brownbetty asks Why do fanboys always make them fight?, which is basically a more intelligent and meta take on my earlier complaint about The Avengers.
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The end of The Menagerie kind of reminds me of Angel's Not Fade Away. Do I need to include spoiler space for these?

Spoilers )
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'Archie' Will Die Saving Gay Friend In Comic Book
Archie Andrews will die taking a bullet for his gay best friend.

The famous freckle-faced comic book icon is meeting his demise in Wednesday's installment of "Life with Archie" when he intervenes in an assassination attempt on Kevin Keller, Archie Comics' first openly gay character.
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Reporting Rape, and Wishing She Hadn’t

They've had multiple articles on this issue, many describing specific cases - they're clearly on a bit of a mission.


Jul. 12th, 2014 12:43 pm
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Angel episode 5x13, "Why We Fight":
Sailor One: I'm telling you, he's some sort of supersoldier, like Steve Rogers, or Captain America

Sailor Two: Steve Rogers is Captain America, you eight-ball.
I never noticed those lines before!
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I knew I was getting older when someone posted links to pictures of nude Tim DeKay, and nude Ian Somerhalder, and I immediately clicked on DeKay?

Because that was a thing that happened. I wonder if I yet qualify for BOFQ status.
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Which I hadn't done in years.

Lorne - love the guy, and in light of the actor's death, he just seems so much more tragic. I miss you, Lorne.

Kate - Am I the only person who really liked Kate? She really wasn't well-developed but she could have gotten there, if they'd given her time. I'm sorry she left the show.

Gwen - I totally forgot about Gwen. I like Gwen.

Early Season 4 - still unwatchable. I'm basically trying to ignore it while it plays in the background so I can get to the Faith episodes.

Lilah - Man, I loved Lilah. I assume that Eve was brought on because the actress who played Lilah didn't want to return? That's a tragedy. Lilah really wasn't much of an actress but she had so much charisma; Eve was fine, but unlike Lilah, I never looked forward to her appearances. Season 5 wasn't bad, but it would have been even better if Lilah had been there instead of Eve.
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New gun-control fight brewing in the Senate
Fifteen months since gun legislation stalled on Capitol Hill, the Senate is on the verge of a new fight over whether to expand gun rights, an unanticipated development at a moment of already high tension in the fractured chamber....Republicans want to overturn the ban on large-capacity magazines and assault weapons in the District of Columbia; expand the right to purchase or transport firearms and ammunition across state lines; limit when a military veteran can be denied a firearm due to mental illness; and allow gun owners to carry weapons into post offices or other federal sites. Democrats said they are working on proposals to limit the sale of certain weapons and ammunition; expand the national background-check system; and stiffen penalties for gun straw purchasers.
Seriously? Seriously? Because when you start advocating for more guns in post offices I can't help but feel you've hit a certain level of self-parody.

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