Slaves, nannies, and maids: Oscars value women of colour in subservient roles

For non-white actors, an award nomination seems to depend on whether the role is deserving of white pity making recent diversity moves look pathetic For Oscar voters, what makes a great performance has disturbingly narrow criteria for non-white performers. The observation that people of colour are only ever recognised for playing slaves and criminals, that their stories are only ever seen as important when they deal with tragedy and suffering, does not strictly belong to the unenlightened past. This weeks Jennifer Lopez as savvy stripper Ramona in Awkwafina) as the conflicted granddaughter of a dying matriarch in Us. This all goes without mentioning the incredible performances that never quite picked up steam: Song Kang-Ho in Parasite. But never mind the …

Michelle Obama named ‘most admired woman in the world’againbecause of course she is

Update: In addition to the YouGov poll, Gallup’s annual poll has also found Michelle Obama to be the world’s most admired woman for 2019. In fact, she was the only woman in the poll to rank in the double digits. Now it’s doubly official—people can’t get enough Michelle. This story originally appeared on 7/19/19. The original version begins below. The world officially loves Michelle Obama. The former first lady has overtaken the number one spot in a poll of the world’s most admired women. Conducted by online research firm YouGov, the study uses international polling tools to survey people in countries around the world about who they most admire. In the men’s category, Bill Gates took the top spot, followed …

Michelle Obama named ‘most admired woman in the world’againbecause of course she is

Update: In addition to the YouGov poll, Gallup’s annual poll has also found Michelle Obama to be the world’s most admired woman for 2019. In fact, she was the only woman in the poll to rank in the double digits. Now it’s doubly official—people can’t get enough Michelle. This story originally appeared on 7/19/19. The original version begins below. The world officially loves Michelle Obama. The former first lady has overtaken the number one spot in a poll of the world’s most admired women. Conducted by online research firm YouGov, the study uses international polling tools to survey people in countries around the world about who they most admire. In the men’s category, Bill Gates took the top spot, followed …

Michelle Obama named ‘most admired woman in the world’againbecause of course she is

Update: In addition to the YouGov poll, Gallup’s annual poll has also found Michelle Obama to be the world’s most admired woman for 2019. In fact, she was the only woman in the poll to rank in the double digits. Now it’s doubly official—people can’t get enough Michelle. This story originally appeared on 7/19/19. The original version begins below. The world officially loves Michelle Obama. The former first lady has overtaken the number one spot in a poll of the world’s most admired women. Conducted by online research firm YouGov, the study uses international polling tools to survey people in countries around the world about who they most admire. In the men’s category, Bill Gates took the top spot, followed …

Start your Monday smart: China trade, 2020 Dems, NCAA football, Oscar noms, NFL

(CNN)A meteor shower is a dazzling show. Glimpsed from space — thanks to astronaut Christina Koch— it’s Earth like you’ve never seen before. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. You give us five minutes, and we give you five things you must know for your weekday, plus a Sunday edition to get your week started smart. Sign up here.) Star quarterback spotted in ‘Game of Thrones’ episode • ‘Tis (still) the season for awards shows. This time it’s the Critics’ Choice Awards, giving those who make a living evaluating Hollywood another chance to pass judgment. Eddie Murphy and Kristen Bell are up for special recognition. And if Joaquin Phoenix shows …

Bad Algorithms Didn’t Break Democracy

Over the past five decades, America’s war on drugs has been motivated and organized by the fantasy that the proliferation of substance abuse is fundamentally a supply problem. The remedy, accordingly, has been to restrict the production and distribution of narcotics: Smash the cartels, cauterize the trafficking routes, arrest the dealers. This approach has, predictably enough, devolved into a self-sustaining game of whack-a-mole. Since 2016, the panic about misinformation online has been driven by a similar fantasy. The arguments predicated on this view have become familiar, almost boilerplate. One recent example was a November speech said Mark Zuckerberg, in an October speech at Georgetown University. “I’m here today because I believe we must continue to stand for free expression.” If …

Bad Algorithms Didn’t Break Democracy

Over the past five decades, America’s war on drugs has been motivated and organized by the fantasy that the proliferation of substance abuse is fundamentally a supply problem. The remedy, accordingly, has been to restrict the production and distribution of narcotics: Smash the cartels, cauterize the trafficking routes, arrest the dealers. This approach has, predictably enough, devolved into a self-sustaining game of whack-a-mole. Since 2016, the panic about misinformation online has been driven by a similar fantasy. The arguments predicated on this view have become familiar, almost boilerplate. One recent example was a November speech said Mark Zuckerberg, in an October speech at Georgetown University. “I’m here today because I believe we must continue to stand for free expression.” If …

Bad Algorithms Didn’t Break Democracy

Over the past five decades, America’s war on drugs has been motivated and organized by the fantasy that the proliferation of substance abuse is fundamentally a supply problem. The remedy, accordingly, has been to restrict the production and distribution of narcotics: Smash the cartels, cauterize the trafficking routes, arrest the dealers. This approach has, predictably enough, devolved into a self-sustaining game of whack-a-mole. Since 2016, the panic about misinformation online has been driven by a similar fantasy. The arguments predicated on this view have become familiar, almost boilerplate. One recent example was a November speech said Mark Zuckerberg, in an October speech at Georgetown University. “I’m here today because I believe we must continue to stand for free expression.” If …

Bad Algorithms Didn’t Break Democracy

Over the past five decades, America’s war on drugs has been motivated and organized by the fantasy that the proliferation of substance abuse is fundamentally a supply problem. The remedy, accordingly, has been to restrict the production and distribution of narcotics: Smash the cartels, cauterize the trafficking routes, arrest the dealers. This approach has, predictably enough, devolved into a self-sustaining game of whack-a-mole. Since 2016, the panic about misinformation online has been driven by a similar fantasy. The arguments predicated on this view have become familiar, almost boilerplate. One recent example was a November speech said Mark Zuckerberg, in an October speech at Georgetown University. “I’m here today because I believe we must continue to stand for free expression.” If …

Bad Algorithms Didn’t Break Democracy

Over the past five decades, America’s war on drugs has been motivated and organized by the fantasy that the proliferation of substance abuse is fundamentally a supply problem. The remedy, accordingly, has been to restrict the production and distribution of narcotics: Smash the cartels, cauterize the trafficking routes, arrest the dealers. This approach has, predictably enough, devolved into a self-sustaining game of whack-a-mole. Since 2016, the panic about misinformation online has been driven by a similar fantasy. The arguments predicated on this view have become familiar, almost boilerplate. One recent example was a November speech said Mark Zuckerberg, in an October speech at Georgetown University. “I’m here today because I believe we must continue to stand for free expression.” If …

Bad Algorithms Didn’t Break Democracy

Over the past five decades, America’s war on drugs has been motivated and organized by the fantasy that the proliferation of substance abuse is fundamentally a supply problem. The remedy, accordingly, has been to restrict the production and distribution of narcotics: Smash the cartels, cauterize the trafficking routes, arrest the dealers. This approach has, predictably enough, devolved into a self-sustaining game of whack-a-mole. Since 2016, the panic about misinformation online has been driven by a similar fantasy. The arguments predicated on this view have become familiar, almost boilerplate. One recent example was a November speech said Mark Zuckerberg, in an October speech at Georgetown University. “I’m here today because I believe we must continue to stand for free expression.” If …

Bad Algorithms Didn’t Break Democracy

Over the past five decades, America’s war on drugs has been motivated and organized by the fantasy that the proliferation of substance abuse is fundamentally a supply problem. The remedy, accordingly, has been to restrict the production and distribution of narcotics: Smash the cartels, cauterize the trafficking routes, arrest the dealers. This approach has, predictably enough, devolved into a self-sustaining game of whack-a-mole. Since 2016, the panic about misinformation online has been driven by a similar fantasy. The arguments predicated on this view have become familiar, almost boilerplate. One recent example was a November speech said Mark Zuckerberg, in an October speech at Georgetown University. “I’m here today because I believe we must continue to stand for free expression.” If …

The case for … truly taking back control by reversing the privatisation of our cities

From sparkling water fountains to better waste services and lower drug prices, cities are showing the benefits of remunicipalisation In 2015, a strident cases of remunicipalisation in the water and sanitation sector in France alone. In 2008, the capital reclaimed its water from the private sector increasing free access to water and sanitation for the residents of Paris. The agency, Eau de Paris, even installed free The Future Is Public, identifies more than 1,400 cases of remunicipalisation since the turn of the millennium, in more than 2,400 cities across 58 countries. The local services brought back into public ownership range from social care programmes in Selangor, Malaysia to privatised housing in Berlin, Germany; from waste services in Winnipeg, Canada to …

Dont panic, humanity: selfless billionaires will save us all | Marina Hyde

The Earth may be burning, but have no fear Elon Musk assures us there will be plenty of jobs on Mars, says Guardian columnist Marina Hyde When humanitys dying stragglers mark up the final tapes for the time capsule, I hope theyll call this episode A Great Week to Bail Out an Airline. Even as David Attenborough rescued ailing airline Flybe on the basis that some people cant get to work between Wales and Scotland or wherever any other way. Eventually, surviving businessmen will be able to row between mountain peaks, but for now corporate efficiency trumped the climate emergency. Or the climate debate, as some still have it, even though its the sort of debate that should ideally ensue …

A police department offers its parking lot as a safe meeting spot for online sale exchanges

From Craig’s List to OfferUp to Facebook Marketplace, people love buying and selling their stuff online. But where and how to safely exchange goods and money with strangers from the internet is always a question. Many people don’t feel comfortable giving out their home address or going to someone else’s house. It’s become commonplace to meet in a public place, but even that isn’t always as safe as it sounds. After an armed robbery took place in a retail parking lot during and online sale exchange in Kennewick, Washington, the police department announced their solution to making such transactions safer. They have designated spots in their own parking lot, complete with security cameras, for people in the community to meet …

People are sharing the biggest problem they have with their names

A few days ago, Marcus Vance asked a great question on Twitter and it’s gone viral because of the hilarious and infuriating responses: “What’s the biggest problem you have with your name? RELATED: This Family Feud clip is one of the most hilarious and humiliating moments in game show history Enough with my tale of woe. Here are some of the best responses to the question: “What’s the biggest problem you have with your name?”