Now, it might seem, is the golden age of female agency—a newly empowered era for women, or something approaching it, a time when cheeky porn stars taunt presidents on Twitter, fed-up movie actresses tell what producers did to them in hotel rooms and restaurant basements, and serial abusers suffer, at long last, some consequences for their acts. Somewhere, as I write this, a once-obscure psychologist named Christine Blasey Ford is asserting her right to tell her story in her own time in her own way—bartering with U.S. senators, staffers and lawyers about exactly how she will testify to her allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party when she was 15 and he was 17, a charge Kavanaugh denies. Amid the controversy over Ford’s much-anticipated public appearance tentatively set for this coming week, the precedent often invoked is the moment, almost exactly 27 years ago, when a little-known law professor named Anita … [Read more...] about I Rewatched Anita Hill’s Testimony. So Much Has Changed. So Much Hasn’t.
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Fall is nearly here and as we slowly slide into Halloween season, you may as well start on your horror binge. Amazon Prime picked up a few good horror films including The Amityville Horror, Pumpkinhead and Jigsaw. Or, if you'd prefer to watch something a little less scary, there's Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. A few classics are popping up this month, including Chinatown and Blazing Saddles. Though if you're like me and would rather watch some fun, terrible movies on Prime, we have you covered. King Lear, starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, will also drop this month, though the date hasn't been announced yet. Check out the full list below:Available on Amazon Prime, September 2018September TBDKing Lear, Season 1 (Prime Original series)September 1Asylum, Season 1The Blue Rose, Season 1The Broker's Man, Seasons 1-2The Field of Blood, Seasons 1-2Golden, Season 1The Kevin Bishop Show, Season 2London Irish, Season 1The Palace, Season 1Parents, Season 1Rocket's … [Read more...] about New movies and shows coming to Amazon in September
Fresh from church on a cool, overcast Sunday morning in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, Alex Glover slides onto the plastic bench of a McDonald’s booth. He rummages through his knapsack, then pulls out a plastic sandwich bag full of white powder. “I hope we don’t get arrested,” he says. “Someone might get the wrong idea.” Glover is a recently retired geologist who has spent decades hunting for valuable minerals in the hillsides and hollows of the Appalachian Mountains that surround this tiny town. He is a small, rounded man with little oval glasses, a neat white mustache, and matching hair clamped under a Jeep baseball cap. He speaks with a medium‑strength drawl that emphasizes the first syllable and stretches some vowels, such that we’re drinking CAWWfee as he explains why this remote area is so tremendously important to the rest of the world. Spruce Pine is not a wealthy place. Its downtown consists of a somnambulant train station across … [Read more...] about The Ultra-Pure, Super-Secret Sand That Makes Your Phone Possible
If you recently purchased some new speakers – or bought speakers years ago and haven't quite figured out what to do with them – we've got good news: Setting up your new audio furniture isn't nearly as hard as it used to be. In fact, it's really easy.Of course, this wasn't always the case. At one point in time, an entire industry of independent audio retailers did a brisk business of not only selling speakers, but expertly setting them up, too. Setting up sound systems can be tricky because speakers come in different shapes, sizes and configurations. You could buy a stereo setup, with or without a receiver. You might buy a subwoofer. Or you opted for a single powerful speaker or soundbar that takes up less room, yet packs a mighty punch. No matter what system you're trying to set up, though, we're glad you came to us for help. While we have plenty of ideas on how to set up a system for ourselves we've instead turned to the engineers and experts at different audio … [Read more...] about How to set up your speakers, according to professionals
This month marks 10 years since Apple launched the first iPhone, a device that would fundamentally transform how we interact with technology, culture, and each other. Ahead of that anniversary, Motherboard editor Brian Merchant embarked on an investigation to uncover the iPhone’s untold origin. The One Device: The secret history of the iPhone, out on June 20th, traces that journey from Kenyan mines to Chinese factories all the way to One Infinite Loop. The following excerpt has been lightly condensed and edited. If you worked at Apple in the mid-2000s, you might have noticed a strange phenomenon afoot: people were disappearing. It happened slowly at first. One day there’d be an empty chair where a star engineer used to sit. A key member of the team, gone. Nobody could tell you exactly where they went. “I had been hearing rumblings about, well, it was unclear what was being built, but it was clear that a lot of the best engineers from the best teams had been slurped … [Read more...] about The secret origin story of the iPhone