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Fists Up! Workers at Babeland NYC Vote to Unionize

22 minutes agoEntertainment / Books : Bibliobitch

Amelia Ayrelan Iuvino Babeland in Brooklyn, now union proud! photo by Melanie Fidler (creative commons) Sex shop employees occupy a unique position. On a basic level, they work in retail: The customer is always right, the ultimate goal is making a sale, and they always have to put on friendly faces. Show More Summary

It's 2016 and People Are Still Worried About Teens Taking Birth Control

Sarah Mirk What's so terrifying about birth control, again? Photo of a bronze cast of an IUD (Creative Commons). “I always wonder why parents oppose easy access to birth control,” says Abi Iliesi, a senior at Century High School in Hillsboro, Oregon. Show More Summary

In the 16th Century, the Best Office Decor was a Tiny Rotting Corpse

A 16th-century memento mori attributed to Hans Leinberger. (Photo: The Walters Art Museum/Creative Commons) There are many additions you can make to your office desk in order to remind yourself to stay motivated, seize the day, and make every minute count. Show More Summary

A Quick (And Slightly Frightening) History Lesson On The Vibrator

Woman's best friend (more commonly known as a vibrator) has a long and rich herstory. In a recent video produced by media site Super Deluxe, viewers get a quick history lesson in vibrators. From Cleopatra's creative "gourd" vibrator in 54 B.C. Show More Summary

How Our Modern Sleep Crisis Is Putting Our Children at Risk

Picture by Guilherme Tavares via Flickr, Creative Commons "We are, as a population, sleeping less now than we ever have," wrote Maria Konnikova recently in the New Yorker. And it's not just the amount of sleep we're getting that's suffering,...Show More Summary

Why Physics Experiments at the Subatomic Level May Cause 'Unknown Unknowns' to Destroy the World

Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons, a simulated particle collision at the Large Hadron Collider, Lucas Taylor "There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. Show More Summary

Milwaukee Bucks' tax data stolen in phishing scam

Milwaukee Bucks players' tax information is now in the hands of identity thieves. The Milwaukee Bucks and fans celebrate a win. (Photo by Jeramey Jannene via Flickr Creative Commons) The National Basketball Association team is the latest...Show More Summary

The Global Health Care Crisis No One Is Talking About

Photo by Mike Lacon at Creative Commons. Operating Room at Norristown State Hospital. Taken November 20, 2008. On a blistery cold day in December, I sat in a corner office on one end of a beautiful, large oak desk fidgeting in my interview suit. Show More Summary

Chile's New Copyright Legislation Would Make Creative Commons Licensing Impossible For Audiovisual Works

last weekIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Techdirt has written many times about the way in which copyright only ever seems to get stronger, and how different jurisdictions point to other examples of excessive copyright to justify making their own just as bad. In Chile, there's an interesting example of that kind of copyright ratchet being applied in the same country but to different domains. Show More Summary

Vasectomies Should Be Covered by Obamacare—But They’re Not

Sarah Mirk Snip it, snip it good. Creative Commons photo by Luca Sartoni. Despite all the frustrating problems with the Affordable Care Act, its passage in 2009 was a big step forward for basic reproductive healthcare in this country. Show More Summary

Free photos for whatever

Phil Bradley [no relation] alerted me to a site called LibreStock which does a meta search of image sites and only returns those images that have a Creative Commons “zero” licence. A zero licence, as Phil points out with a quote from LibreStock site itself means “you can use these pictures freely for any legal purpose. This […]

Trump’s Racism Could Backfire As He Inspires Latinas to Go Vote Against Him

Donald Trump, Election 2016 Veronica Arreola A recent protest against Donald Trump in New York offered a blunt critique of his policy ideas. Photo by mal3k (Creative Commons). When Donald Trump infamously kicked off his presidentialShow More Summary

BitchTapes: Happy Birthday, Janet Jackson!

Jennifer Fenn Janet Jackson on tour in 2011. Photo by JoAnn (Creative Commons). This May 16, Janet Jackson turns 50! Janet Jackson has said her songs “reflect all the people that live in me.”  Those people certainly include an activist,...Show More Summary

Missing the Village

Photo: flickr Creative Commons: dgphilli By Megan Stonelake After my son was born, I was fortunate to have my mom stay with us at least one night each week for several months, so my husband and I could catch up on sleep. She also made...Show More Summary

Don't Blame Bad Creative on Your Client

Summary: One of the most common excuses I've heard in my 20-plus year career as a creative in advertising is "the client picked the safe idea" or "the client watered the idea down too much." From my perspective, these excuses are mostly caused by three things: 1) a poor client/creative relationship and mistrust; 2) an unstructured creative process and meeting infrequency...

This Billboard Kills Zika Mosquitoes

Once in a great while, effective advertising doesn’t require any human engagement at all. This billboard, designed and built by a pair of Brazilian ad agencies and set free under the Creative Commons license offers a reproducible solution...Show More Summary

Gene Sarazen: Making a Name (and a Club) for Himself

3 weeks agoSports / Golf : Armchair Golf

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection. ( Flickr Creative Commons ) By John Coyne Copyright © John Coyne. Used with permission. GENE SARAZEN CREATED WHAT HE NEEDED to get the job done. He began with his name.Show More Summary

Loretta Lynch on Anti-LGBT Law: "All It Does Is Harm Innocent Americans.”

Sarah Mirk Loretta Lynch  - Photo by the World Economic Forum (Creative Commons) U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch made clear today that North Carolina’s discriminatory “bathroom bill” is against federal law. At a press conferenceShow More Summary

Your Grumpy Old Relative Was Right: Creative People Have More Than A Little In Common With Psychopaths

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“If you can’t get enough of the myth of the mad genius, you’ll love the results of this new study: … Researchers suggest that creative individuals share more personality traits with psychopaths than their less creative peers do.”

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

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