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Update: Also, a live chat with Emma Watson focusing on HeForShe and gender equality can be found, joined and viewed here.

Today is International Women's Day 2015 and everyone should take the time to celebrate, appreciate and love. For more information, news and events surrounding today feel free to visit here and of course join the HeForShe movement. "Celebrate women's achievements. Celebrate equality. Make it happen."
Kyle Huntington on 03/08/15 - 09:47 AM
Viet Cong have had their upcoming show at Oberlin cancelled. The promoter responsible for the cancellation has issued a statement citing the nature of the bands name, which is lifted from a Vietnamese organization that tortured and ran prison camps in the Vietnamese War. The band has previously responded to such compaints, saying in part that "Vietnamese immigrants—the Vietnamese Canadians and Vietnamese Americans—will write us an email saying that their family was tortured by the Viet Cong for five years in a prison camp. ... It's just a band name. It's just what we called ourselves." You can read the promoter's full statement in the replies.
Ryan Dennehy on 03/03/15 - 11:35 AM
Pretty big win for Net Neutrality today.
On February 26, the FCC approved new, stronger network neutrality rules that regulate internet access like a public utility. Network neutrality supporters hailed the proposal. But Republicans in Congress say that it will lead to excessive regulation of the internet. They're working on legislation that would partially reverse the rules.
Jason Tate on 02/26/15 - 11:27 AM
Fireworks asked Bill Clinton to play saxophone on their last album. He declined because his schedule is "quite full."
The email, from Jenna Daley, read: "Thank you for inviting President Clinton to play his saxophone as part of your band's album in September of 2013. As I'm sure you can imagine, his calender is shaping up to be quite full and due to prior constraints on his schedule, he is unable to join. I want to thank you again for your outreach, and wish you the best with your ongoing album recording."

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Jason Tate on 01/27/15 - 11:31 AM
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has called Beyoncé "mental poison."
While promoting his new book, Huckabee told People magazine, “I don’t understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything — how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school … and yet they don’t see anything that might not be suitable” in the lyrics and a Beyoncé choreography “best left for the privacy of her bedroom.”
Jason Tate on 01/13/15 - 01:45 PM
Head to the replies to watch Killer Mike give a heartfelt speech on the situation in Ferguson.
Lueda Alia on 11/25/14 - 07:29 AM
Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy has written an editorial for Pitchfork about the continuing one-sided conflict between Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelak and The War on Drugs.
It seems this is most people's opinion of the one-sided beef: Kozelek, a notorious curmudgeon, isn't doing anything harmful by harassing these guys. In fact, he's just doing what he's always done—being a grumpy ass who doesn't seem to care what people think of him. These same people insist that ignoring him and letting him continue to do this kind of stuff is the best option moving forward. To speak up about this kind of behavior from artists and performers is to inevitably be met with, "Lighten up, not everything has...
Ryan Dennehy on 10/08/14 - 09:33 AM
I hope everyone has a great Labor Day. Stay safe and enjoy (hopefully) the day off.
Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other...
Jason Tate on 09/01/14 - 10:49 AM
Killer Mike has spoken at length about the appalling situation in Ferguson, MO and was invited to be interviewed on CNN with Brooke Baldwin. Hit the replies to watch the full, insightful interview on militarized police and the injustice in Ferguson.
Ryan Dennehy on 08/20/14 - 04:43 PM
Workers at Guitar Center in Chicago, New York City, and Las Vegas have come together to form unions so they can negotiate for better working conditions in writing from their employers at Guitar Center and ARES/Bain Capital. They're looking for your support by signing this petition.
So we decided to come together. We're organizing with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and we are asking the company to recognize our union and negotiate for a fair contract. With Bain Capital's track record, we need your support. Let Bain Capital know you support our right to come together for a fair workplace.

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Jason Tate on 06/04/14 - 11:27 AM
I just wanted to take a moment to remember all of the men and women who fought and died in the armed forces.
Jason Tate on 05/26/14 - 11:10 AM
Things are not looking good on the net neutrality front. According to several sources the FCC is set to propose new net neutrality rules "that would allow broadband providers to charge companies a premium for access to their fastest lanes." Or, as Tim Wu in The New Yorker so eloquently put it: "It threatens to make the Internet just like everything else in American society: unequal in a way that deeply threatens our long-term prosperity."
Jason Tate on 04/24/14 - 02:14 PM
A new study has found that when reviewers were told the author of a legal brief was black they consistently rated the piece lower in quality and identified more errors than its identical counterpart. Evan Soltas, writing for Vox, has more:
Arin N. Revees, the president of Nextions and the author of the study, argues that the implicit racism happened because reviewers take the racial information she provided as a cue for how they should judge the work. When the author is supposed to be white, reviewers excused errors as out of haste or inexperience. They commented that the author "has potential" and was "generally a good writer but needs to work on" some skills. When the author is...
Jason Tate on 04/23/14 - 07:17 AM
Bloomberg is reporting that the NSA not only knew about the Heartbleed bug, but that they exploited it for at least two years. This is my reminder to you that you should be using unique passwords with all your online accounts (I recommend a password manager like 1Password).
The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said. The NSA’s decision to keep the bug secret in pursuit of national security interests threatens to renew the rancorous debate over the role of the government’s...
Jason Tate on 04/11/14 - 02:58 PM
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