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A Mother's Day Gift Idea from Imperial Russia

(Photos: The Walters Art Museum/Creative Commons) When your mother's a dowager empress, it can be hard to find a gift for her that's impressive and original. Faced with this situation in 1901, Russian Tsar Nicholas II came up with aShow More Summary

Beyond April: 5 Ways to Bring Poetry to Life

Photo by Mo. Creative Commons, via Flickr. I love National Poetry Month and will always be among the first to promote it and participate in it. The extended holiday raises awareness, spurs creative thinking, and draws communities together...Show More Summary

How a City in Canada Eradicated Homelessness With One Revolutionary Idea

last weekNews : Truthdig

Gilbert Mercier / Creative Commons It’s really a wonder no one tried this before. From the BBC: The Canadian city of Medicine Hat recently became the first city to end homelessness thanks to a surprisingly simple idea: giving every person...Show More Summary

IFPI Files DMCA Takedown... On A Creative Commons Song... Posted 12 Years Ago.

last weekIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Let's take a trip in the wayback machine a bit. It's late October 2004, and Wired Magazine has just released its November issue, which has a cover story about how sampling is the future, in which the magazine was able to get a bunchShow More Summary

Debunking Five Myths That Fuel Right-Wing Bathroom Bills

Sam Riedel It's so simple: A gender-neutral bathroom sign at the University of California - San Diego. Photo via Creative Commons. To borrow a snippet of Star Wars, “It is a dark time for the Republic.” Despite the tireless efforts of...Show More Summary

9 Genius Beauty Hacks Using Common Household Items

Here's why you should pack tape and a toothbrush in your makeup kit. For SELF, by Jessica Cruel. As a beauty editor, I don't usually carry my five-pound makeup bag with me everywhere I go--so I often have to get creative. That's where...Show More Summary

A looming water crisis demands creative thinking

Water may look like a local resource but is actually a global commons that requires a joined-up plan to distribute fairly

Ursula K. Le Guin's Perfect Response to an All-Male Sci-Fi Anthology

Sarah Mirk Author Ursula K. Le Guin in 2004. Photo by JuTa via Creative Commons. Women have written some of the best, most ground-breaking sci-fi around. But you wouldn’t know that to look at mainstream sci-fi anthologies, which often tend to skew male. Guardian column Letters of Note dug up an awesome 1987 letter that celebrated author Ursula K. Show More Summary

Why haven’t bankers been punished? Just read these SEC insider emails

last weekNews : The Raw Story

This story was co-published with The New Yorker. It is not subject to our Creative Commons license. In the late summer of 2009, lawyers at the Securities and Exchange Commission were preparing to bring charges in what they expected would be their first big crackdown coming out of the financial...

Creative Personal Branding in Six Steps

Your personal brand is essential to launching a career and expanding your opportunities. Growth is a common basic need, explains Jürgen Salenbacher with CareeRealism. Therefore, you need a strategy to grow your professional network and advance as an expert in the field. Show More Summary

'Confirmation,' HBO's new Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill drama, is powerfully relevant today

HBO's "Confirmation" doesn't totally overcome the creative shortcomings that are common with biopics. But what it does very effectively is go behind the pageantry of the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings. "Confirmation" stars "Scandal's"...Show More Summary

FI Video Collective – The Project & Theme

The FI Video Collective is a really fun project that Molly is leading centered around VCU’s common book. This spring semester, Focused Inquiry faculty are teaming up with ALT Lab to offer a unique creative opportunity to UNIV 112 students. Show More Summary

After Dismissing Kesha's Case, Judge Makes Bizarre Comment About Rape

Kesha Amelia Ayrelan Iuvino Kesha performing in 2010. Photo by Jeff Denberg (Creative Commons). Once when I was a kid, I was playing air hockey in a neighbor’s basement. He bet me that if I lost the next game, I would have to kiss him. Show More Summary

I Talked With One of America's Only Female Sushi Chefs

Sayaka Matsuoka A delicious-looking meal of edomae-style sushi. Photo by Christian Mange (Creative Commons). Growing up in a Japanese household, I was spoiled with good food almost every meal. My dad, who was a trained sushi chef, ran a fast food business during the day. Show More Summary

Young Rust Belt Preservationists Banding Together to Save Industrial Heritage

Common challenges include preserving centers of manufacturing and creating the conditions for creative reuse During an election season with a focus on manufacturing and American jobs, it’s hard to escape mention of the Rust Belt and its importance to the race. Show More Summary

The Complicated Dynamics of Disability and Desire

Lachrista Greco Photo by LaVladina (Creative Commons).  Freshman year of high school, I was sitting in biology class when the boy next to me abruptly said: “I didn’t know you had a disability.” I was startled. “What? How do you know?” I asked. Show More Summary

These Aren’t the AIs We’re Looking For: Why We Need to Be Smarter About Intelligent Design

Felicia L. Montalvo Photo by Saad (Creative Commons) Felicia L. Montalvo is the 2016 Technology Writing Fellow at Bitch Media. When you Google “feminist values,” the men’s-rights blog A Voice For Men pops up on the first page of search results. Show More Summary

Europe, Don't See Refugees as a Threat!

Photo Credit: Josh Zakary, Flickr Creative Commons Terrorism, violence against women, unemployment - these are true threats that we are currently facing in Europe, yet far too often these issues are being equated with the refugee crisis that is visibly pressuring European countries. Show More Summary

5 Deliciously Decadent Ways to Take On National Poetry Month

Photo by Hanna East. Creative Commons, via Flickr. Why should National Poetry Month be oh-so-predictable? It's time to take it into your own hands and spice up April. Here are just 5 deliciously decadent ways: 1. Jazz it with Jewels The story of the world is rich with gems and jewels. Show More Summary

In Federal Discrimination Complaint, Women's Soccer Stars Demand Equal Pay

Sarah Mirk Young fans cheered on the US Women's National Soccer Team at a ticker tape parade in New York after their World Cup win last summer. Photo by NYC Streets (Creative Commons).  In 2015, the U.S. women’s national soccer team generated far more revenue than the men’s team—$20 million more. Show More Summary

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