President Obama is coming to Kansas City next week

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President Barack Obama will make a stop in Kansas City next week.

The Kansas City Star reports that Obama will give a speech about the economy on Wednesday, July 30. But the president arrives in town a little early, getting here on Tuesday.…

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07/21/14 PHD comic: ‘Writing’

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title: “Writing" - originally published 7/21/2014

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Meet the Supporting Characters of Marvel’s Agent Carter - Set lipstick to red.

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Everything’s coming up Marvel! Thor’s a woman. The Falcon is Captain America. Lucy Lawless is joining Agents of SHIELD (cue flailing). And now, with mere days to go before whatever SDCC craziness they’re cooking up lands on the blogosphere, we have some new info on the non-Peggy Carter Agent Carter characters.

Disclaimer: These character descriptions first popped up on Film Divider, which doesn’t say where they got them. So grain of salt, yada yada. And here we go:

Deputy Director Roger Hooley is a hardworking, principled older man and Peggy’s boss. As you might expect, he’s bothered by ongoing problems in his personal life as well as the challenges of his day job.

Agent Jack Thompson is in his 30s, handsome and damn well knows it. The polar opposite of Dooley, he doesn’t take kindly to women in the workplace, nor how little recognition he gets. Worse, he wants Dooley’s job and is desperate to prove himself.

Edward Hutchins is a highly professional agent with an unusual problem; duplicity. He’s lying to his wife about what he does to stop her worrying. True Lies, SHIELD style.

Daniel Sousa is everything Jack Thompson wants to be. He’s a war hero who walks using a leg brace, but finds dealing with office politics to be harder than working around his injury. Sousa is also a fiercely honourable, gentle man and we’re betting he becomes one of Peggy’s major allies.

And outside of the agency, there’s Angie Martinelli. Working as an automat waitress [WTF’s an automat? This], Angie dreams of being a singer. She’s a tough, compassionate young woman who is smart and loyal and seems set to be Peggy’s anchor to the world away from SHIELD.

Assuming these character descriptions are accurate—and they seem legit to me–we’ll be seeing this bunch of ur-SHIELD agents, plus BFF Angie, when Agent Carter airs during the Agents of SHIELD mid-season hiatus.

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Why You Should Not Take Photos Of The 7 Ugliest Buildings In D.C

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On July 16 and 17, I visited seven different government bureaucracies throughout Washington, D.C., so I could photograph how ugly their architecture was.

Are you ready for the secret behind how I did it? You sure you want to know?

I stood on the public sidewalks in front of the buildings, along with all the other tourists and pedestrians, took pictures, and then hopped on my bike and went to the next building.

I did not cross any police barriers, nor did I ever take any photos inside the buildings.

And while it is very obvious that you are being watched …

…there are definitely no signs prohibiting you from taking pictures of the massive, ugly buildings from the street.

I mean, from the street, right? Big tourist town, right?

That’s why I found it so odd that I was confronted by federal police, and often told to leave, at six of the seven stops.

This restrictive behavior is totally different from what many department and agency officials will tell you.

1. The Federal Bureau of Investigation:

On Thursday, a spokesperson for the FBI told BuzzFeed that you can take photos outside of the building, adding: “Tourists do it all the time.”

But when I tried to take this photo of a building entrance…

…police stopped me, telling me that “only photos of the front of the building” are allowed.

Then, I was approached by an armed bike cop who questioned further why I was taking photos.

The bike cop rode a few yards behind me while I walked the remaining circumference of the building. He stayed in this spot until I walked across the street and left.

2. The U.S. Post Office Building

A spokesperson for the U.S. Post Office did not return BuzzFeed’s calls for comment.

When I tried to take photos there…

…after taking the above photo of the public, ahem, SpongeBob mailbox, an armed security guard approached. He told me the pictures I was taking were “suspicious” and said I was not allowed to take them. “This is a public sidewalk, why not?” I asked. He then told me I was no longer allowed on the property and to go across the street immediately.

I asked, from across the street, why I could not come any closer to the building.

He said, “You would not want people taking photos of your office, would you?” Ultimately, he asked me to leave.

3. The Department of Health and Human Services

On Friday, a spokesperson for HHS told BuzzFeed that there is “no restriction on photos of our building, so long as you are outside.”

But when I tried to take photos there…

…a guard quickly exited this cement booth and asked what I was doing. “I’m a reporter doing a piece on government architecture,” I said. “Well, you can’t take photos here. Move to the front of the building.”

Around the front of the building, I took this photo of a busted up cement barrier.

The above security guard yelled, “What are you doing? You cannot take photos of our building like that, up close.” I told her I was a reporter and showed her my credentials. She said “I do not care, you can’t do that,” and told me to move along.

4. The Department of Labor

On Thursday, a spokesperson for the Department of Labor confirmed there are no formal restrictions on taking any photos of the building.

But when I tried to take photos there…

…a security guard directly asked me to leave. “The photos you are taking make people here nervous. I have to ask you to leave.” I asked to speak with his supervisor. When the supervisor arrived, I showed him my credentials and explained why I was taking photos. “I can’t have you near the building taking photos. Stay on the sidewalk.” (This was about 25 feet away from the building.)

After ultimately telling me I was allowed to take photos on the sidewalk, the supervisor (below, in white) went from officer to officer around the building, telling them to keep me at a safe distance.

From then on, everywhere I went around the building, an armed security officer trailed me.

“Easy on the pictures,” an officer yelled at me when I snapped this photo of Labor’s Veterans Park.

“Why? It’s a public park,” I told him. “I have orders,” he said. The supervisor had walked up and told him to watch me moments earlier. The officer remained looking over my shoulder, just a few feet behind me the rest of my time at Labor.

5. Housing and Urban Development

A spokesperson for HUD has not returned BuzzFeed’s request for comment on the photo policy.

When I took this photo…

…three armed guards approached me. “You cannot take photos of the building entrance. You have to delete that,” one demanded. I asked them what right they had to make me delete a photo on my personal camera. One of the guards called for a superior and went back inside the building.

When the supervisor arrived, he said he could not force me to delete my photos.

But it would be best if I “left the premises.”

6. The Department of Energy

On Thursday, a spokesperson for Department of Energy Security told BuzzFeed: “There is no problem or restrictions in taking photos of the building,” and simply cautioned against photographing employees.

But when I tried to take photos there…

After I took this photo of a public walkway in front of the building, four armed guards surrounded me and my bike. I was ordered off my bicycle and told to hand over my camera. “Where is your identification? Why are you taking photos of our building?” an officer asked me. I explained my role as a reporter and asked what rules I had broken. “You are suspicious, and we are in a post-9/11 world,” he said.

The four officers surrounded me right here, directly in front of the building entrance.

I could not take their photos since they had my camera. The four armed guards prevented me from moving or getting on my bike. After calling my boss, and discussing with the guards, I was given my camera back. “Be smarter next time,” he said, “and don’t take any more photos here.”

The only building without any problems was the Department of Education.

They apparently have bigger problems to deal with.

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7 crazy ‘Harry Potter’ theories we wish had come true

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This week marks the seven-year anniversary of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. To celebrate, we pick out the seven best fan theories that never came true.

After countless years of theorizing and speculating on the fate of Harry and his friends, J.K. Rowling somehow still managed to surprise us when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released on July 21, 2007.

The betting game was so mainstream that actual bookmakers had released official odds on the likelihood of Harry’s survival (it wasn’t great), and even had stats on who would be the one to kill him (Voldemort was the clear favourite, with Snape coming in at 5-2).

A lot of people’s general theories came true – Harry was a Horcrux, Ron and Hermione got together, Snape was in love with Lily – but some twists took fans completely by surprise. Bookmaker careers were ruined when Rowling had the nerve to simultaneously kill Harry off and having him survive till the end, and we don’t think anyone saw Dumbledore’s extensive and complicated backstory coming.

And of course, a lot of supposed clues ended up being meaningless. Leading up to the release of the final novels, dedicated fans had combed through the previous six books looking for tiny hints to big developments, and developed outlandish theories (which were also generally quite awesome).

In the end, we got a pretty straightforward story – a new and final adventure for Harry, Ron and Hermione, and a clear-cut end to the epic saga.

But what about those complicated, mind-bending theories that were left in the dust? Let’s take a look at some of the biggest could-have-beens:

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The theories:

We’ve gathered all the major Department of Mysteries theories in one, because they all tie together – and perhaps make up the major source of fan disappointment.

When the DoM was introduced in Order of the Phoenix, it seemed to come with a big fat promise that the department, with all of its mysteries, would have some kind of major significance later on in the story.

And when we did not return there in Half-Blood Prince (which overall seemed a bit like a distraction, a false calm before the storm that would be book seven), it seemed logical to conclude that the final confrontation with Voldemort, and/or the key to his defeat, would be found underneath the Ministry of Magic.

The Love Room

When a piece of fiction introduces a door that can’t be opened, convention has taught us that eventually, we will actually open the door.

It seemed an intentionally placed clue when, in OotP, Harry briefly tries to open a locked door (and loses the knife given to him by Sirius in the process). Later, Dumbledore explains the room:

There is a room in the Department of Mysteries that is kept locked at all times. It contains a force that is at once more wonderful and more terrible than death, than human intelligence, than the forces of nature. It is also, perhaps, the most mysterious of the many subjects for study that reside there. It is the power held within that room that you possess in such quantities and which Voldemort has not at all.

It is love, of course, which just so happens to be the thing which Dumbledore keeps claiming will be the key to defeating Voldemort. Could the Love Room perhaps be used to kill Voldemort, or to reconcile him with his humanity? It to heal a fatally wounded main character? Well… no. But it’s a cool thought.

The Veil

A lot of studies of Harry Potter have used The Hero’s Journey (Joseph Campbell) to plot the story, and in some cases to attempt to predict the outcome.

In the Hero’s Journey (which is also used in most major screenplays), the hero must approach the innermost cave towards the end of his journey; this place is where he faces his symbolic death, and where he either rises or falls.

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In some classic tales (Hercules, His Dark Materials, Lord of the Rings, etc.), the innermost cave is an actual journey to the land of the dead. And seeing as the veil seems to work pretty much as a direct passage between life and death, that would be the way for Harry to follow this literary convention.

And of course, it would make sense for the story. Harry had a lot of unfinished business with dead people, and a lot of answers he still needed to get before knowing how to defeat Voldemort. Going back to the Ministry and exploring the world beyond the veil (and finding out what actually happened to Sirius) would have been super interesting.

Instead, Harry’s innermost cave was the Forbidden Forest, and his encounter with the dead came through the Resurrection Stone. Which also works, we guess.

Why it didn’t happen:

While J.K. Rowling’s saga does follow the Hero’s Journey pretty closely, and hits all the beats, maybe in retrospect an actual journey to the underworld would have been a little too on-the-nose (plus, Phillip Pullman had done something very similar in The Amber Spyglass, published only seven (!) years earlier).

Why we’d want to see it anyway:

Really, the Department of Mysteries ended up meaning nothing?! We know, there was a lot to tie up and with the whole Deathly Hallows thing we kind of had enough plot as it was… but we know that the DoM scenes were a lot of people’s favourite parts of Phoenix, and sadly our enjoyment of all the supposed clues and foreshadowing has kind of been lessened by the fact that, well, it was just kind of a filler backdrop to another fight scene.

It’s always a big debate among book series fans whether something should be judged by first read impressions, or by re-readability. We’d say the DoM’s lack of overall story significance has lessened our re-read enjoyment of Phoenix – but if J.K. Rowling had chosen to make this place a big part of Deathly Hallows, perhaps the story would have suffered in other ways. It’s hard to say, but the whole thing still sits as a bit of a disappointment.

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Laurie Penny: Feminist author subjected to ‘vile sexist and anti-Semitic abuse’ over her book - People - News

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The book, released two weeks ago, was hailed by the likes of Irvine Welsh who said it was essential reading “for anybody who truly believes in equality and freedom”.

However in a blog post Ms Penny said she had had “quite a weekend” as she experienced a “predictable sexist troll backlash”.

“In the past 24 hours, I have been subjected to a stream of vile sexist and anti-semitic abuse on Twitter and elsewhere,” she wrote.

“This has become a normal part of my life as a person who dares to write in public whilst being both female and left-wing, but this weekend it’s been particularly full on.

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“Rape fantasies and pictures of dead children were coming faster than I could block individual users.

“In the end I had to step away from the internet, which was a pain because I need the internet to work.”

She said more than 20 one-star reviews had been posted on her books Amazon page which were “full of vile sexist and scatological language … almost all of them from users who had reviewed nothing else”.

“I’ve taken screenshots. Amazon ratings really do matter to the publishing industry, and this is an obvious attempt at sabotage” she said. “Clearly, this book, and the fact that I’ve written it, is making some bedroom misogynists incredibly angry.

“Somewhat ironic, given that there’s a whole chapter in the book about how structural sexism works online.

“I am sick of this bullshit. Criticism is one thing – and the book has received its fair share of that from writers who think it’s too personal, too politically strident, too left-wing, too queer or too dark, as well as rave reviews from critics who love it for precisely the same reasons.”

But Ms Penny, a contributing editor at the New Statesman who lives in London, said the comments were “not fair criticism, any more than the men who’ve been sending me death threats for years are merely expressing their opinions”.

According to her publishers, Unspeakable Things is a “ruthless” dissection of modern feminism and class politics.

“This is a book about poverty and prejudice, online dating and eating disorders, riots in the streets and lies on the television,” it says. “The backlash is on against sexual freedom for men and women and social justice ¬– and feminism needs to get braver. Penny speaks for a new feminism that takes no prisoners, a feminism that is about justice and equality, but also about freedom for all.”

Ms Penny’s tweet about the abuse retweeted more than 500 times on Sunday night by people including the author Neil Gaiman.

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Women Who are Ambivalent about Women Against Women Against Feminism

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So...yeah.   So…yeah.   Right now there’s a lot of talk about a tumblr called WomenAgainstFeminism.   WomenAgainstFeminsm.   It’s just pictures of some women holding up handwritten signs entitled “I don’t need feminism because.. because .”  Some of the reasons they give for not needing feminism almost seem like a parody (“How the fuck am I suppose to open jars and lift heavy things without my husband?”) and some (“I don’t need to grow out my body hair to prove I’m equal to men”) just make me wonder where in the world they got their definition of feminism.

At first I considered starting my own “I Don’t Need _____ Because” tumblr with people holding equally baffling signs.  Signs like:




But then I remembered that I’m too lazy to make a tumblr and that this whole thing was a bit ridiculous. Here’s the thing:  Do you think men and women should have equal rights politically, socially and economically?  Then you’re probably a feminist.  There are a million tiny aspects of this to break off into and I get it.It’s complicated.  There’s not just onetype of feminist, just as there’s not just one type of Christian or Muslim, or man or woman.  Hell, there’s not even just one type of shark.  Some are non-threatening and friendly.  Some get sucked up into tornadoes and viciously chew off people’s faces until that guy from 90210 stops the weather with bombs.  (Spoiler alert.)    The point is that sharks, much like feminists, are awesome, and beneficial, and the world would be a worse place without them.  Plus, they’re incredibly entertaining and even if you sometimes think they’re dicks for eating cute seals you still yell “HOLYSHITLOOKATTHAT!” when Shark Week comes on.  I think this is a bad analogy.  Lemme try again.

Feminists are like bees.  They are adorable and fuzzy but people run away from them because they don’t understand that they just want to make things good.  We’d be fucked without bees. Seriously.  And yes, some bees are assholes and maybe one killed your great-uncle and there are some that you give the side-eye to when they start acting crazy but eventually you realize that you have to take the good bees with the bad bees and maybe just be picky about what honey you choose to eat.  Eat the raw honey, by the way.  It’s way healthier.  That last part isn’t part of the analogy.  It’s just good advice from my great-grandfather (beekeeper).  Also, like bees, feminists secrete a non-edible wax and are easily distracted by smoke.

I’ve lost my point.

Wait, no.  I’ve got it again.


Feminism is inherently good.  It’s not even close to perfect and still needs lots of work and sometimes it gets all fucked up and backward and awful but that doesn’t mean it’s not still worth fighting for.  Now go back and replace “Feminism” with “The human race”.  It works, right?.  That’s because feminists are made of human.  Men and women.  In fact, one of my favorite feminists is Sir Patrick Stewart.

Patrick Stewart, feminist. His mother made 3 pounds 10 shillings for working a forty hour week in a weaving shed. She was also an abuse victim and he’s an anti-domestic violence advocate.

Patrick Stewart, feminist. His mother made 3 pounds 10 shillings for working a forty hour week in a weaving shed. She was also an abuse victim and he’s an anti-domestic violence advocate.   More at the bottom.

I’m not saying you can’t choose to not be a feminist but know what you’re choosing. Don’t make a decision about a group based on the most radical beliefs of a group.  Don’t get defensive if you get deeper and are exposed to difficult ideas about intersectionality and race and gender and colonialism and patriarchy and male liberation.  Just listen.  Some of it will make sense.  Some of it won’t.  Some of it will later when you’re a different person.  Some of it you’ll change your mind about throughout your life and the world will change too.  Some of it is bullshit.  Some of it is truth.  All of it is worth listening to.

And now you get to decide.  Are you a feminist?  Yes?  No?  Well, don’t worry because tomorrow you get to choose again.  And that keeps happening every day for the rest of your life.

As for me, I am a feminist (among so, so many other things).  I believe in equality and I think we still have work to do.  I’m thankful to the men and women who worked to give me the freedom and rights I have today and I am proud to be a part of a movement that I hope will make the world better and safer for my daughter (and for the men and women she’ll share that world with).  I’m happy we’ve come so far and I’m glad that we’re becoming more aware of feminist issues that don’t just focus on straight, white women, even though confronting those issues is sometimes painful. And I’m happy that the womenagainstfeminism tumblr exists.  Because even though I disagree with most of them I’m glad that those women have a platform on which to speak, and also because if we know what the arguments or misperceptions are against feminism then we can better address them.  Or agree with them.  Or ignore them.  Or discuss them with our sons and daughters so they can make informed decisions for themselves.  It’s up to you.

We’re all equally deserving to express our opinion.  After all, that’s what feminism is all about.*

*Or maybe not.  I got kinda confused after the shark analogy went sideways.

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Statistics vs Lived Experiences for Women at College

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Statistics vs Lived Experiences for Women at College

Recently in the feminist/social justice sphere of social media that I inhabit a variety of people have been naming Cards Against Humanity and one of its originators, Max Tempkin, as good examples of those with privilege listening/learning/and properly apologizing for when they harm others.

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Is Kindle Unlimited Bad for Authors?

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Is Kindle Unlimited Bad for Authors?

Amazon today unveiled Kindle Unlimited, following in the footsteps of Smashwords partners Scribd and Oyster. When I first heard of Kindle Unlimited, I was pleased. After learning more, however, I think indies should steer clear of it.


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