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In the News 29.10.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


In the News 29.10.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets



1. Watch: Woman harassed more than 100 times walking in NYC

“A woman is verbally harassed, stalked and catcalled more than 100 times in one day while walking around in New York City in a video that has gone viral.The video, produced by Hollaback!, an organization dedicated to ending street harassment, was posted Tuesday and has amassed more than 6.5 million views in a day, as of Wednesday afternoon.”

Read the rest of this article at USA Today



2. The Ebola Wars

“The virus is extremely infectious. Experiments suggest that if one particle of Ebola enters a person’s bloodstream it can cause a fatal infection. This may explain why many of the medical workers who came down with Ebola couldn’t remember making any mistakes that might have exposed them. One common route of entry is thought to be the wet membrane on the inner surface of the eyelid, which a person might touch with a contaminated fingertip. The virus is believed to be transmitted, in particular, through contact with sweat and blood, which contain high concentrations of Ebola particles. People with Ebola sweat profusely, and in some instances they have internal hemorrhages, along with effusions of vomit and diarrhea containing blood.”

Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker



3. The Surveillance State and You

“George Orwell’s 1984 opens with Winston Smith carving out a pocket of privacy by crouching in a corner of his apartment where the telescreen—and thus Big Brother—can’t see and writing a diary entry. These days, that Stalin-inspired nightmare seems quaint.”

Read the rest of this article at Vice



4. The Great Paper Caper

“Drawing on cautionary news reports of failed counterfeiters, Frank sketched out a set of best-practice guidelines for his new concern. First, “don’t ever try to pass the money yourself. You want to be as far away as possible from where the money’s being spent.” Second, “don’t sell your stuff to anyone who’s going to be passing it locally. I knew from the beginning, I needed to sell my bills to Europe or Asia.” Third, resist the temptation to print big bills. “Do twenties. It’s stupid to try to pass hundred-dollar bills anymore. People look at them all day long, hold it up to the light and everything. Nobody looks twice at a twenty.”

Read the rest of this article at GQ



5. In the Shadow of Gentrification

“A discussion of gentrification is raw. It strikes an intimate chord, slicing into long-term community ties and financial pressures around where to live. It also has a slippery quality. Scholars disagree on a definition. Without a clear focus, fatalistic anger and nostalgia obscure essential questions like: What is gentrification, exactly? Are there different forms of it? And can anything be done about it? Yet with accelerating gentrification affecting many aspects of New York City life from the availability of affordable housing to neighborhood diversity—and, according to some, even jury composition,1—we need a practical discussion uniting personal and local perspectives.”

Read the rest of this article at The Brooklyn Rail


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