Here is new York by E.B.White

A poem compresses much in a small space and adds music, this heightening it meaning. The city is like poetry it compress all life, all races and breeds into a small island and adds music and the accompaniment of internal engines.
– E.B. White on NYC

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This Is What Success Looks Like?

The message is that “important” women don’t take maternity leave, and it makes the rest of us feeling guilty when we do…or worse, perhaps – it makes us feel unimportant by comparison. It tells us that leave (we fought for this, remember?) is not a necessity.

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Source : Tech Crunch

Special offer our readers 1500 year for life

Once again, if you’re a rugged individualist, or organization averse, let us emphasize that you don’t have to be a member of a union to benefit. For example, taking a look at one business, “for a 10% increase in local union densities in the supermarket industry it is estimated that the wages of union employees in that labor market will increase by 5.3% and by 1.2% for nonunion.” So if you’re not in a union, but union membership rises, especially if it’s in a profession like your own, yours will likely rise, too.

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Source : The Nation

Why Are So Many Americans Single? : The New Yorker

Most people who were brought up in the past half century have been taught to live this way, by their own rules, building the world they want. That belief—Klinenberg calls it “the cult of the individual”—may be the closest thing American culture has to a common ideal, and it’s the premise on which a lot of single people base their lives. If you’re ambitious and you’ve had to navigate a tough job market, alone can seem the best way to approach adulthood.

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Source : The New Yorker

 

War On Words: NYC Dept. Of Education Wants 50 ‘Forbidden’ Words Banned From Standardized Tests « CBS New York

The word “dinosaur” made the hit list because dinosaurs suggest evolution which creationists might not like, WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond reported. “Halloween” is targeted because it suggests paganism; a “birthday” might not be happy to all because it isn’t celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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Source : CBS local

 

The unintended consequences of Nick Kristof’s anti-sex trafficking crusade | Aziza Ahmed | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

We must interrogate when advocacy puts lives at risk and shuts down HIV services for the most marginalized. Kristof has become the pied piper of anti-sex trafficking efforts for many well-meaning people and organizations in North America and beyond. To follow without question is dangerous.

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Source : The Guardian

This pampered private school elite can only lead to US decline | Naomi Wolf | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

Many educators in these schools complain that parents’ – and, increasingly, students’ – attitude to educators is that they are consuming a costly luxury product, and that the teachers work for them; rather than serving as authority figures to the kids, educators at such schools complain that wealthy US parents increasingly expect “service” and “deliverables” from teachers, so won’t brook a poor grade or evaluation, or a difficult experience for their child.

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Source : The Guardian

Income Inequality Is Real, It’s Global, and It’s Worst in the U.S.

Foreign 1 percenters are certainly not dense. They would be delighted to collect the type of capital gains that their American counterparts do. It’s just that the rules in their countries don’t allow it.

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Source : The Atlantic

What Facebook and Twitter Mean for News

Over all, just 9% of Americans very often follow news recommendations from Facebook or from Twitter on any of the three digital devices (computers, smartphones or tablets). That compares with more than a third, 36%, who very often go directly to news organizations on one of their devices, 32% who get news from search very often, and 29%

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Source : State of the Media

 

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