Quickies

Quickies: Uber’s Sexual Harassment Issue and Women in Tech; the 16-year-old Girl Who Took Down Milo; and Flint’s Water Three Years Later

  • Will Uber’s Very Public Sexual Harassment Debacle Actually Change Things For Women in Tech? – “I’m not a damn psychic. And how could we have written a piece on women’s experiences in the industry in 2013 that seems unchanged from then until now? And how could we have written about how frustrated we were that we were stuck at the storytelling phase of things in 2015, that people still weren’t believing women and moving into doing something about it? Are we really still pretending that Uber’s engineering department diversity (3% women) doesn’t have anything to do with this treatment of women? Are we really still pretending that this is only a problem for Uber, a company that’s easy to hate due to its treatment of workers, its dismissal of safety issues, its strike-breaking tendencies and, yes, the fighting nature of its CEO.”
  • When High-Class Ladies Wore Masks That Made It Impossible to Speak – “The implication of such coloring was that one must work outside, and thus, quite possibly be poor (cue gasps and swooning faints). So to make sure they didn’t get burned, some 16th-century ladies wore face masks called visards (or vizards) that covered their delicate visages. Unfortunately, the masks also made it so they couldn’t speak. And, look as if they belonged to an evil cult.”
  • Meet the 16-year-old Canadian girl who took down Milo Yiannopoulos – “The story of Milo Yiannopoulos’s fall from conservative grace ended when a conservative blog posted video footage of him making comments that seemed to rationalize pedophilia. But it started when a 16-year-old high school student in Canada decided Yiannopoulos was embraced much too closely by mainstream conservatives.” From Amy.
  • Vitamin IVs promise to erase jet lag and clear your mind. Where’s the evidence? – “The infusion treatments can be traced back to an intravenous supplement known as the Myers’ cocktail, a slurry of magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, and other products developed decades ago by a Baltimore physician. There is a published review on the use of Myers’ cocktail — but it’s just a collection of anecdotal evidence. The author, Dr. Alan Gaby, has long promoted the use of intravenous vitamins for a wide range of clinical conditions.”
  • Worse Than Tuskegee – “Seventy years ago, American researchers infected Guatemalans with syphilis and gonorrhea, then left without treating them. Their families are still waiting for help.”
  • It’s been almost three years since Flint’s water crisis began. What have we learned? – “For anyone concerned about lead pipes in their city or home, Edwards says to check online for tips on identifying pipe materials. ‘The one thing you can be sure of if you have a lead pipe coming into your house, you have a very significant health risk,’ he says.”

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3 Comments

  1. February 27, 2017 at 4:56 pm —

    Uber’s also a new form of scab labor. (Funny how a lot of these “innovations” are just techified versions of ideas from the Gilded Age.)

  2. February 28, 2017 at 6:25 pm —

    So Milo’s NAMBLA-worthy drivelling was out on the open web, less than a year ago? And might as well have been a State Secret except that one person vaguely remembered it?

    Still, its staggering that of all the toxic, loathsome things he’s said, THIS would be the one that somehow lost him is ‘cred’ as a ‘twue conservative.’

    • March 1, 2017 at 12:27 pm —

      Someone really should write an article on right-wing millennials. It seems to me they’re in a bit of a civil war, and Earring Magic Ken’s support for pedophilia is just the latest flashpoint. (Seriously, Google Earring Magic Ken, the resemblance is uncanny.)

      Why don’t we have enough unity to win an election? Because some people have decided to adopt Little Milo’s tactics.

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