What is a “bitch”?


Today’s needull looks at the usage of the word “bitch” specially in the current election scenario. Interesting read.

Consider the current presidential race. Writing in the Atlantic about Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Peter Beinart explored the “anxieties that powerful women provoke” and the latent hostility many unenlightened people supposedly feel about the idea of a female president. In Beinart’s telling, Hillary’s candidacy has sparked a “sexist backlash” unlikely to abate if she is elected. His insight came after wandering around the Republican National Convention last summer and seeing merchandise with phrases such as “Life’s a bitch. Don’t vote for one” emblazoned on them, as well as other creative uses of the B-word to describe Hillary. This, in turn, reaffirmed his belief that Hillary’s Nixon-like level of political paranoia is justified. “Growing paranoid is easy, when, because of your gender, people really are out to get you,” he argued.

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Christine Rosen — Commentary

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A Wall of Frost

Today’s needull is the first poem recommendation. Very beautiful.

A Wall of Frost

The Mumbai weather at its sultry worst –

Warm and humid (at 79%),

Even past midnight,

And yet our tears

Instead of rolling down our cheeks,

Freeze to formed a wall of frost between us.

One word,

One word from either one of us,

And it would have shattered the ice

But we did not say anything.

We left,

And I carried the rime home with me,

That now melts and drips

On me, Within me –

Drop-by-drop –

And does not let me sleep.

The blog — Abhishek’s (sub)Conscious

My First Virtual Reality Groping


A very interesting needull. This gives us a glimpse of the future. A future where people would live in virtual reality and laws would be needed to regulate life inside this society.

Remember that little digression I told you about how the hundred foot drop looked so convincing? Yeah. Guess what. The virtual groping feels just as real.Of course, you’re not physically being touched, just like you’re not actually one hundred feet off the ground, but it’s still scary as hell.

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Jordan Belamire — Medium

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How school shootings catch on


An article by Malcolm Gladwell on school shootings.

School shootings are a modern phenomenon. There were scattered instances of gunmen or bombers attacking schools in the years before Barry Loukaitis, but they were lower profile. School shootings mostly involve young white men. And, not surprisingly, given the ready availability of firearms in the United States, the phenomenon is overwhelmingly American. But, beyond those facts, the great puzzle is how little school shooters fit any kind of pattern.

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Malcolm Gladwell

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“Warcraft” which tanked in the US and Europe was very successful in China. Movie viewing habits differ across geographies. Today’s needull looks at some of these.

Warcraft, the American blockbuster chock full of orcs, elves and very large dogs, tanked in Europe as well as the US. But in China it broke records, taking $157m in its opening week (more than “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in its entire China run). That is thanks to a generation of Chinese movie-goers who grew up playing the video games that the film is based on, especially “World of Warcraft”. The massive multiplayer online role-playing game was so popular that internet-addiction camps popped up to “cure” the craze. Fortunately for Hollywood, they didn’t succeed.

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The Economist 1843

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The self-driving car and the future of the self


What do you think about driving your own car? Does it give you a sense of independence and power to reach unknown and untried routes? This needull looks at driving and how self-driven cars might change things.

If I were asked to condense the whole of the present century into one mental picture,” the novelist J. G. Ballard wrote in 1971, “I would pick a familiar everyday sight: a man in a motor car, driving along a concrete highway to some unknown destination. Almost every aspect of modern life is there, both for good and for ill — our sense of speed, drama, and aggression, the worlds of advertising and consumer goods, engineering and mass-manufacture, and the shared experience of moving together through an elaborately signaled landscape.” In other words: Life is a highway. And the highway, Ballard believed, was a bloody, beautiful mess.

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Robert Moor — NYMAG

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Portman, in All Her Glory, Transforms Into Kennedy, in All Her Pain


Natalie Portman plays Jackie Kennedy in the movie “Jackie”. This is more of a preview. The movie and Natalie Portman look good.

Well, I didn’t have the right comeback at the time, which was, obviously: “Don’t be ridiculous, Natalie Portman is the Jewish Jackie Kennedy.” Because at last, here we are, on the cusp of release of the new biopic, Jackie, starring Queen Natalie as the most iconic first lady of all time, living through the aftermath of her husband’s assassination. The first trailer just came out, and let me tell you: It’s got everything. The pink suit. The widow’s black veil. The blood running off her back in the shower. And intoning over it all, Richard Burton’s funereal lament from the end of the Broadway show Camelot, to which the Kennedy administration was famously compared.

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Rachel Shukert — Tablet

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