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What the Net Neutrality Repeal Means for Us

In a decision dreaded by advocates of a free and open Internet, the Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to overturn regulations mandating net neutrality. The move represented a major victory for Ajit Pai, the former Jeff Sessions staffer and Verizon lawyer who was appointed chairman of the FCC by President Donald Trump, and has long crusaded against what he calls "heavy-handed" regulation of the telecommunications industry. RelatedNet Neutrality: How a Repeal Could Kill the Careers of Indie Musicians Regulated Internet access would restrict artists like Cory Branan from disseminating their music – and fans from discovering it The decision is likely to have major ramifications for consumers, online businesses and Internet service providers (ISPs). The existing regulations, put into place by Pai's predecessor Tom Wheeler in 2015, codified longstanding Internet practice by explicitly requiring ISPs to treat all Internet traffic equally. In contrast to a cable provid..

CEOs Are Going to Art School to Think More Creatively

One of two initiatives of focus is the Institute for Design and Public Policy (IDPP). Originally conceived in collaboration with the U.S. State Department, the program offers immersive, five-day workshops on the RISD campus for cohorts of 20 to 25 professionals. During these cooperative and collaborative experiences, participants are taught fundamentals of human-centered design and design processes, and then apply them to case studies of salient, contemporary public policy issues, like “The Democratization of Energy.” The workshops run through bespoke exercises that see participants work in small groups (armed with plenty of colorful Post-Its) to apply design principles like Network Mapping, Propositional Thinking, and Problem Framing to real-world problems. Participants are primed to feel comfortable with uncertainty and to experiment freely. IDPP participants have included government officials from Rhode Island, the U.S. State Department, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human ..

Sony Co-Producing Pablo Trapero's 'La Quietud' as First-Ever Argentine Feature

12:26 PM PST 12/14/2017 by Scott Roxborough The thriller, starring Berenice Bejo, Martina Gusman and Edgar Ramirez, is Trapero's follow-up to his critically acclaimed 'El Clan,' which was a box-office hit in Argentina. Sony Pictures International Productions (SPIP), the local-language production arm of Sony Pictures, has come on board La Quietud, the new feature from El Clan director Pablo Trapero, as its first-ever Argentine co-production. Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute the film in the U.S. as well as Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Chile, and will take TV rights for the title across Latin America. Wild Bunch will handle international sales. In the intimate thriller, Martina Gusman (Lion’s Den) and Berenice Bejo (The Artist) star as two sisters who try to achieve closure on their common troubled past. Edgar Ramirez (Gold) co-stars. Trapero’s Matanza Cine shingle is co-producing La Quietud together with Argentine's Telefe and SPIP. Trapero&#..

Historical archaeology: Speaking truth to long-lived cultural narratives

Written history doesn’t always get it right.“What written history tends to tell us is the narrative about what was supposed to happen,” Audrey Horning says. And the gulf between what was supposed to happen and what actually happened can be particularly wide when the topic is the early days of colonial development. Horning is a historical archaeologist, and in fact was recently named to the Board of Directors for the Society for Historical Archaeology. She is one of a group of scholar-scientists that use multiple sources — written history, remembered history and material culture — to work toward assembling a more accurate picture of the past. Horning is a 1989 graduate of William & Mary and left a faculty position at Queen’s University, Belfast in 2016 to serve as Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at her alma mater. She is one of a very small number of historical archaeologists to work with the two great English colonial adventures of the early 17th century — the..

Harvey Weinstein Sexual Assault Allegations are Fair Game for LAPD

Harvey WeinsteinSexual Assault ComplaintsAll Fair Game with LAPD 12/14/2017 11:17 AM PST EXCLUSIVE Harvey Weinstein accusers are getting the full attention of the LAPD ... even if the alleged sexual misconduct occurred outside the city of L.A. or is outside the statute of limitations ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ. Our sources say the Sexual Assault Section of the Robbery/Homicide Unit, which is investigating all of the recent sexual assault cases, is taking a full report on every complaint. If the alleged misconduct occurred outside the LAPD's jurisdiction, the Department is writing a full report and sending it to the appropriate agency. In Weinstein's case, we're told such reports have been written and forwarded to the police in New York City and London. We're told all complaints that involve alleged acts within the jurisdiction of LAPD are being forwarded to the L.A. County DA. As for allegations that cannot be prosecuted because of the statute of limitatio..

A trailer imagines Star Wars if George Lucas had used the original concept art

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the ninth feature film in the Star Wars universe, debuts in theaters this weekend. It, along with all the other sequels and prequels, multiple TV series, video games, stacks of novels, and myriad Star Wars toys and pieces of miscellany, were the result of the surprise success of the 1977 original film, which has retroactively been retitled A New Hope. Lucas worked for years on the concepts and the universe of Star Wars, drafting and re-drafting his first script multiple times. In 1975, Lucas met with the artist and designer Ralph McQuarrie, asking him to create concept art for his film. His drawings helped Lucas get funding from 20th Century Fox to film Star Wars, and McQuarrie’s work helped solidify the look and feel of Lucas’ universe, designing key characters including Chewbacca, C-3PO, and Darth Vader. But McQuarrie’s earliest sketches, along with Lucas’ earlier drafts of his script, paint a very different world than the one that debuted on the silver scr..

Hollywood celebrities star in Christmas show for Planned Parenthood

Katie Yoder OpinionAbortionThu Dec 14, 2017 - 4:17 pm EST Katie Yoder abortion , mandy moore , planned parenthood December 14, 2017 (Newsbusters) – It’s called ironic. Big name celebrities are preparing to celebrate Baby Jesus’ birth by fundraising for America’s largest producer of aborted babies. On Saturday, musician Tony Thaxton began advertising his second annual Feliz Navipod’s Feliz Navidad Variety Show “benefiting Planned Parenthood.” Based on a podcast Thaxton hosts with Todd Cooper, the show will be held in Los Angeles on Dec. 18. Tickets are going for $15. Monday. 12/18 Raising money for PLANNED PARENTHOOD. Come see @TheMandyMoore@ColinHanks @nickthune @roryscovel @Apey @SullivanTweet @danielvankirk Taylor Goldsmith of @dawestheband Don't Stop or We'll Die @paulrust @michaelcassady — TNY THXTN (@tonythaxton) December 9, 2017 “Things kind of suck right now. So, let’s try and make them not suck,” the show description ..

Vic and Bob, interview: 'What do modern comedians do? Do they just tell long,...

Vic and Bob are bringing their Big Night Out back to the BBC. The Christmas special, which will be followed by a four-part series, includes a jaunty song about trousers, a skit on First Dates, a punch-up, Ed Sheeran, some “observation comedy” and a baker from Wisconsin selling “perfuffle” cakes. You should see the stuff that didn’t make the edit, says Vic. “There were some spectacular moments, like when we tried to get a horse on the stage.” A horse? “We wanted to look under it and see what was going on,” says Bob, casually. “But the horse was a bit frisky. He wouldn’t go on.” He gestures at the BBC Comedy offices opposite. “You’d think there’d be someone out there who deals with horses.” “We’ll say, ‘what shall we write a song about? Blackberries? Chinese parrots?’ Then Jim says ‘trousers’ and we both laugh our heads off” It is 30 years – or thereabouts – since Vic Reeves (real name Jim Moir) and Bob Mortimer teamed up, so when the BBC asked them for a one-off special, they decided to..

Murphy: Meat and Masculinity

Just about the hottest topic in the news right now is the seemingly unending string of allegations of sexual misconduct among prominent men in the media, in politics, and in entertainment. Not a day goes by that somebody we once admired gets accused of conduct toward women that ranges from unacceptable to downright criminal. Thus, it’s no surprise that a feminist professor is getting a lot of attention for her theory that the way to overturn patriarchy, the (alleged) source of all this bad behavior by men, is to go vegetarian. You read that right. According to Anne DeLessio-Parson, a Penn State University sociology professor, eating meat is a form of what she called “hegemonic masculinity.” Her article, titled “Doing vegetarianism to destabilize the meat-masculinity nexus,” was published in Gender, Place, and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography. DeLessio-Parson’s thesis is that a meat-heavy food culture contributes to the problem of sexual harassment, and thus vegetarianism can be..

Drabu, Tassaduq visit JK heritage pavilion in Delhi

‘We have to take advantage of all credible forums to rediscover our historical linkages’ New Delhi: Minister for Finance, Dr Haseeb Drabu and Tassaduq Mufti, Coordinator, J&K Chief Minister’s Grievance today visited the Heritage Exhibition organized by the Department of Archeology, Archives & Museums, J&K Govt on the sidelines of the 19th General Assembly of ICOMOS at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road here. It is for the first time that ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments and Sites) General Assembly is being held in India. The objective of the event was to provide an opportunity to promote international cooperation for creating a robust ecosystem for heritage conservation. Dr Drabu visited various stalls established by the Department of Archeology, Archives & Museums and expressed satisfaction over showcasing of the heritage and archaeological treasure of the state at the international level through ICOMOS. He said such initiatives would go a long way in rediscovering J&K’s tr..

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