Ellen Pao worries that tech’s diversity problem is stuck in “raising awareness”

Here are her solutions, like using metrics to encourage accountability, to fix the diversity gap. When the men at the venture capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers discussed meeting up at the club for a night out, for a ski weekend at Vail, or for a private dinner with firm partner Al Gore, Ellen Pao — a junior partner at the time — wasn’t invited. Back in 2005, when she joined KPCB — one…

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Chip and Joanna Gaines are ending HGTV’s massively popular Fixer Upper with season 5

“We need to catch our breath for a moment,” the couple said. Fixer Upper, HGTV’s hit renovation show starring Chip and Joanna Gaines and their penchant for shiplap, is ending after its upcoming fifth season, which premieres in November. The couple announced the news on their website on Tuesday. “It is with both sadness and expectation that we share the news that season 5 of Fixer Upper will be our last,” the Gaineses wrote, explaining…

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The return to activism for black athletes

NFL and NBA players are reviving a rich tradition of activism in sports. LeBron James has roughly as many Twitter followers as the president of the United States. That, as we found out this weekend, gives the basketball superstar a very real kind of political and cultural power. James used that power on Saturday, just hours after Trump attacked NBA superstar Steph Curry for declining an invitation to the White House and, for good measure,…

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A Stanford psychologist on the art of avoiding assholes

“Not giving a shit takes the wind out of an asshole’s sails.” The world is full of assholes. Wherever you live, whatever you do, odds are you’re surrounded by assholes. The question is, what to do about it? Robert Sutton, a psychology professor at Stanford University, has stepped up to answer this eternal question. He’s the author of a new book, The Asshole Survival Guide, which is basically what it sounds like: a guide for…

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Meet the far-right party that’s bringing racism and xenophobia back to Germany

After Sunday’s elections in Germany, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) is now the country’s third-largest party. The Alternative for Germany is a far-right German political party known for its xenophobia, anti-Islam beliefs, and pride in German identity. After Sunday’s German elections, it is also now the country’s third-largest party — and the first far-right party to enter the German Bundestag (parliament) in six decades. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who won a fourth term Sunday, has…

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Republicans reportedly want to cut the top tax rate — and raise the bottom one

They’d nearly double the standard deduction to compensate. After months of negotiations, the details of the White House and congressional Republicans’ plan to overhaul the tax code, their next legislative priority after health care, are starting to emerge. Republican leaders working on a tax reform bill have agreed to increase the lowest personal income tax rate from 10 percent to 12 percent; this bracket currently covers the first $18,650 in taxable income (after deductions and…

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Why theater is 2017’s most politically powerful art form

We might be living in a golden age of television, but if you want to look at a popular art form that’s really been getting under people’s skin lately, turn to something a little older: theater. Since Donald Trump won the presidential election last November, every few months brings news of another political statement from a theater, and another virulent wave of outrage and counter-outrage in response. Not long after the election, the cast of…

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ASMR, explained: why millions of people are watching YouTube videos of someone whispering

Millions of people have watched a video of a woman whispering into a camera. She doesn’t do anything particularly interesting. She just whispers in a melodic voice and makes seemingly random hand movements. Yet millions of people are mesmerized by it. For someone who’s unfamiliar with this phenomenon, this might trigger one question: What the hell is going on? This is the world of ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response). In this corner of the internet,…

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Trump tweeted about a new Iran missile test that didn’t happen

Fake news! President Donald Trump fell for Iranian fake news. On September 22, Iran released video footage of a missile test, just a few hours after the country displayed a projectile during a military parade. The next day, Trump responded on Twitter. “Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel. They are also working with North Korea. Not much of an agreement we have!” he said, referring to the Iran nuclear deal. The…

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Sports Illustrated’s new cover honors sports protests — but leaves out the man who started it all

Where is Colin Kaepernick? Sports Illustrated’s latest cover sends a clear signal to President Donald Trump: The country may be divided over you, but the world of sports is not. THIS WEEK’S COVER: In a nation divided, the sports world is coming together https://t.co/aONQ0a141s pic.twitter.com/rvuXVmiHq7 — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 26, 2017 The cover is a reference to Trump’s demand that the NFL fire anyone who is protesting during the National Anthem. Since the president’s…

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