Buenos Aires? Yuck. Glad I went UK IRL.
Buenos Aires? Yuck. Glad I went UK IRL.
Nope. UK all the way.
I’m glad a range of bodies were included, but couldn’t at least one petite girl have made the cut? Felt like a lot of overemphasis on heavy/thick girls, possibly for PC reasons.
This could have been interesting if the author hadn’t become obsessed with weight less than an hour into the challenge. Worrying about 2 pounds over 3 days is absurd. Most people’s weight fluctuates that much over the course of a day. If you’d said 10+ that could have been a bit funny, but this just came across as obsessive and sad.
The headline caught my attention. Too bad it led to a video. Could someone do us a solid and put a transcript in the comments?
LinkedIn didn’t want to do this because it could start to erode the value of its real profit center - charging recruiters for premium access to directly contact anyone. If LinkedIn users could make it so that only their IRL colleagues & contacts could ever find them, LinkedIn wouldn’t have anything left to sell.
As a professional recruiter for the past 6 years, I think this is generally strong with one big exception: don’t make a “jazzy” resume unless you are (a) applying for a design job and (b) you yourself are a really talented designer and have made said resume yourself. Most attempts at this kind of resume fall flat and just make your resume look fluffy. Stick to one page, and use the Harvard Business School format. You can Google it.
FYI it’s actually Christ Church, Oxford (no ‘s’ at the end of “Christ”) http://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/
Cakes, I appreciate your response and would urge you to continue thinking about your view on the purpose of the prison system. The key question is this: should prison exist purely for the purposes of punishment (getting retribution on behalf of victims) or should prison also serve a rehabilitative purpose? (trying to prepare prisoners for productive lives upon release). If you truly believe the former, then there’s really no need for any sort of human rights at all. Go ahead and make them hopeless dungeons. However, if prisons are also supposed to prepare prisoners to be ready for law-abiding lives upon release (which is my view), then we can’t put prisoners in a position where they are cut off from their support networks. And as the article illustrates, not every prison family is as lucky as mine - for many, even a couple calls per month at $15 per simply isn’t achievable. I don’t think prisons should have all the amenities of home, but regular contact with loved ones does feel like a basic human right to me. Neither the article nor my initial response covered this, but another key piece of info that’s relevant here is that many times prisoners find themselves at facilities that are very far from home (in the federal system, potentially across the country). This means that while in-person visiting hours are technically “free,” many low-income families can’t afford the time or gas to get there. It’s also worth noting that most visiting hours in any given week take place during the traditional work day (with some limited hours on weekends), whereas call hours are often available to prisoners later in the evening (when their families are done with work). Phone calls are thus oftentimes the only realistic way for prisoners to have contact with their families, which I do think makes calls less of a luxury and more of a necessary right. Again, I don’t think prisons should be cushy, but accessible phone calls seem really important if we believe that someone who has completed a prison sentence should be able to fully re-join society. The FCC ruling appears to be real progress on this issue (it will make a meaningful difference for my family - and an enormous difference for lower-income families). At a minimum I hope you now would agree that this ruling and its attendant issues are worth covering in an article on Buzzfeed.
First of all, Justine, I am so grateful for this article. This is something I’ve been dealing with for a few years now, but because I was raised middle-class (as are most of my friends) having a parent in prison really isn’t something I can talk about. Thank you for raising awareness about this. (TL;DR - I have personal experience with the prison phone system and felt compelled to respond to Cakes. My dad is a prisoner, the calls are horrifically expensive, and making them cheaper is a wise social investment worthy of broad support). Cakes, I’d like to respond because before my dad was arrested I probably would have written a response just like you did. I was raised with a lot of support & guidance about right and wrong, as well as a lot of opportunities both educationally & socially. Literally no one in my immediate or extended network had ever had an interaction with the prison system, so I assumed that “those people” who ended up there deserved whatever happened to them. How could anyone remotely decent possibly find themselves in prison, I thought. And why should we law-abiding folk bother to make their lives any better. Both my parents went to college. My dad coached my little league team and my mom volunteered with the PTA. Life was grand. Flash forward to my mid-20s, and my father’s small business failed. Our home was in foreclosure (not blaming any banks here, this was straight up poor financial management), and he made the terrible decision to rob banks. He got caught, and was sentenced to almost 20 years in prison. Watching my father go through the system that I had thought was just for “those people” was brutal, terrifying, and humiliating. That said, he did what he did and got what he deserved. My mom decided not to divorce him, forgave him, and my family and I reconciled ourselves to going at least the next 15 years without him being physically with us (assuming he can get parole). What we didn’t realize was that to stay in touch with him would cost a fortune. We were all furious with him in our own way but none of us wanted to completely write off our dad. My mom had to move back into her parents’ house and it was on my brother and I to foot the bill for any phone calls my dad made to my mom (her parents, while they were still lucid before succumbing to Alzheimer’s, had no intention of forgiving him and wanted nothing to do with supporting him in any way. Which is of course their prerogative). We set up a basic $50/month plan to allow her to receive phone calls and get basic internet service from her bedroom. Our first phone bill was close to $300. At $15 per phone call, my dad making one call even just every other day was unsustainably expensive. My brother and I did what we could for the first 6-12 months while he needed to talk with my mom about his case before it was resolved, but we couldn’t keep that up. We now have it down to about one call a week, which is manageable, but we also have to accept that because our mom is the only one who takes his calls he only gets to talk with someone outside the prison system for a total of 60 minutes per month. And I know that makes us an awfully lucky prison family to be able to support a phone bill that still hovers around $100 per month. My dad committed crimes that require punishment. Families of prisoners get their own punishment, too, which is that prison changes people. My dad’s personality and ability to carry a conversation has already changed a lot for the worse and he’s only 1/3 done. If my dad wasn’t able to talk with my mom at least a few times a month, I know he’d be unrecognizable by his release date. If we actually believe that people can fully pay off their debt to society and should be able to reintegrate after their release (as I do), then we need to figure out how to allow prisoners to maintain a reasonable amount of contact with anyone on the outside who is still willing to love and support them - and who can remind them there are people waiting to help them find enough purpose in life to avoid repeating the terrible choices that landed them there (and inflicted harm on others) in the first place.
Who made it back from Mordor with pics 3 & 4?
If you’re going to cry racism on this one, it’s against black men rather than black women. The whole piece is a scathing indictment of Chris Brown as an unrepentant woman-beating asshole, not about Rihanna as a helpless victim. And even in that case you’d still be wrong - the only thesis in this piece is that Chris Brown is an unrepentant woman-beating asshole.
Also, it would appear that The Onion has in fact responded to BuzzFeed’s request: http://www.theonion.com/articles/buzzfeed-writer-resigns-in-disgrace-after-plagiari,32616/
Can this please become a competition amongst actors for the best dramatic reading of this amazing material? Would love to see what Jane Lynch, Rebel Wilson, Jeremy Piven (duh), and/or Betty White (PLEASE!) could do with this.
It’s neither parody nor absurdly juvenile. He raps about utensils and “cooking” because he’s in the meth trade (or at least is familiar with it.)
Black Lively? Seriously? Come on, get it together.
“Found a guy who taped it *on* his VCR.” Or “with,” or “using,” plenty of choices. I know it’s Friday, but it can be better than this, right?
Should be “He is buried *in* Park Cemetery in Fairmount.” Sorry, but when these things are wrong I end up reading them in a cartoonish Russian accent. James deserves better than that.
Chart 1 looks like a penis.
This could have been a clever ad for real sugar in favor of Splenda, but alas.
This may have been intended as humor, but regardless, the faux-self-deprecating (in fact self-aggrandizing) cataloguing of hipster privilege in Brooklyn is icky. And is actually getting pretty boring to read in every other post on BF.
It’s because runway fashion isn’t about the women, it’s about the clothes. A waifish frame allows the clothes to hang the way the designer wants them to, especially for couture collections. It’s also cheaper, since couture fabrics are expensive - cheaper to make a size 0 dress than a size 12.
“bottom or a volcano or something.” On the art school post it was “You school…” above the first picture. Get it together, copy editors.
Need tighter copy editing on this one.
Why do you guys always black out the names of folks who screw up like this? Public shaming might be the only cure at this point.
Don’t get too excited - rumor here in Boston is that he’s demurring on the Senate in favor of a run for Governor. Which is where he could actually do more damage.