October marks three decades since Anita Hill testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee that Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her when he was her boss at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
A Supreme Court nominee, the conservative Thomas was confirmed by a thin margin of 52-48. Hill was pilloried.
Hill isn’t merely a symbol, though. Rather than receding from view following her wrenching testimony before the all-White, all-male Senate Judiciary Committee, she charted a more activist course. Over the past 30 years, she’s embraced a role as an outspoken advocate for women’s rights and gender equality, especially for Black women.
Hill’s new book — her third — is by turns diaristic and scholarly, as the Brandeis University professor marshals elements of both memoir and academic analysis to underscore the urgency of rooting out gender-based violence. And she does all this with prose that’s at once sophisticated and blunt.
“When I first spoke publicly about my experience of being sexually harassed, at 35 years old, I was young and patient,” she writes. “Thirty years later, I make no claim to youth. And when it comes to ending violence and the inequality that it spawns, I am no longer patient.”
I recently talked with Hill about “Believing,” the variety of forces that protect men such as the R&B singer R. Kelly and ignore the claims of Black girls and women, and the deep sense of hope she finds in her mother’s legacy.
The following conversation has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
What has the social climate of the past several years — the high-profile police killings of Black Americans, the testimony that Christine Blasey Ford gave during Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, the #MeToo Movement — revealed about the structural forces that affect racial and gender equality?
It’s revealed that these forces have been there — in some instances under the surface, and in other instances they surfaced but weren’t widely broadcast. In terms of race, we’ve seen over-policing incidents, incidents where Black men and women were killed by police or while in police custody. That’s the sort of racism that we’ve seen, that’s been a more obvious problem.
In terms of gender, we’ve learned over the past few years that rampant and egregious sexual misconduct — and that’s probably not even a strong enough term — has been occurring in various sectors. The #MeToo revelations pointed to behavior that was going on that was violent, that was typically directed at women but also at men. In the book, I talk about how to really get your mind around how pervasive the problem is, you have to look at the statistics and not at individual instances of misogyny and violence.
I think that it’s a combination. For years nothing was done because he’s a very powerful individual in the music industry. I think that part of the dismissiveness in terms of attitudes toward his prosecution has been because they’re women of color who’ve been complaining. We know that when people look at who has credibility to talk about sexual misconduct, they look at it through an intense gender lens. And women of color are viewed through both a gender and a racial lens.
So, those two things intersecting or combining make it harder for Black women to be heard. This situation is associated with the whole concept of the perfect victim. And Black women are rarely viewed as the perfect victim. In fact, we know that there is no perfect victim. It’s a myth we create to excuse doing nothing about the problem.
How do we combat gender-based discrimination and violence in a way that also addresses race?
You have to do both. I don’t think that you can separate the two when you’re talking about the experiences of racial minorities who are also female or transgender or nonbinary or even male in some instances. You’ve got to take into account both elements. People have been talking about being anti-racist. You have to be not only anti-racist but also deliberately anti-sexist if you’re going to eliminate gender-based violence in the Black community.
At your core, you’re a very hopeful person. How do you keep that feeling?
Because I’ve seen change in my lifetime. But I don’t even look at my lifetime as a measure of change. My mother was born in 1911, and she died at 91 years old. What I like to think about — maybe it’s a way of not getting discouraged — is the change she was able to witness in her life, the change she was able to share with her children, who’ve had opportunities she never had. Especially her daughters, who were able to make some choices that were different from the choices she had.
She did farm work all her life. She had to leave school in the sixth grade. She had 13 children. She was happy as a mother and as a woman, but she came into a world that was very different from the world she left. I mark our progress by the change that occurred during her long life. So, I’ve seen the change. That’s why I’m hopeful that we can continue it — if we commit to it. Change happened in her lifetime because people committed to it.
The title of my book is “Believing.” That’s because I believe that change is possible, and I believe that we deserve more. I believe that women should expect to have more from our system than what we’re getting right now. So, the book is a conversation about our society’s journey, but it’s also about my journey, because I had to really grow to understand that the problem is bigger than me in 1991. It’s bigger than the issue of sexual harassment. It’s bigger than the hearings. I had to grow in terms of my understanding and knowledge of other experiences with sexual misconduct and gender violence.
Kryptowährungen gibt es seit 2009, mit dem Debüt der ersten Kryptowährung, Bitcoin.
Seitdem sind Tausende von Kryptowährungen verfügbar geworden,
und das Investieren ist mehr Mainstream geworden – wie auch Jobs in Krypto.
Insider untersuchte etwa 300 Stellenausschreibungen für Krypto-Jobs und fand heraus,
dass man in diesem Bereich zwischen 60.000 und 400.000 Dollar verdienen kann.
Besuchen Sie die Homepage von Business Insider für weitere Berichte.
Ähnlich wie die Währungen selbst, wachsen auch die Jobs in der Krypto-Welt.
Eine Analyse der Jobsuchmaschine Monster ergab,
dass Stellenausschreibungen mit den Begriffen “Kryptowährung”, “Blockchain” oder “Bitcoin”
von 2017 bis 2018 um fast 200 % zunahmen.
LinkedIn nannte Blockchain im Jahr 2020 als die von Unternehmen am meisten gewünschte Fähigkeit bei der Suche nach neuen Bewerbern.
Kryptowährungen gibt es schon seit 2009, als Bitcoin eingeführt wurde.
Seitdem ist die Kryptowelt explodiert. Inzwischen gibt es Tausende von Kryptowährungen, und Produkte,
die diese Kryptowährungen unterstützen – Wallets, Handelsplattformen und so weiter – sind für jeden,
der sich für die dezentrale Investition interessiert, leicht zugänglich.
Unter Verwendung von Daten des US Office of Foreign Labor Certification hat Insider die Gehälter untersucht,
um zu verstehen, wie viel Mitarbeiter im Krypto-Universum verdienen können.
Die Analyse umfasste fast 300 Visumsanträge sowohl für Krypto-fokussierte Jobs
bei großen Unternehmen wie Facebook und Forbes als auch für Krypto-fokussierte Unternehmen
wie Coinbase. Es ist erwähnenswert, dass die H-1(B)-Daten nur Gehaltsinformationen liefern
und andere Arten von Vergütungen und Leistungen, die Mitarbeiter in ihren Rollen erhalten können,
wie Boni, Leistungsprämien oder Zusatzleistungen, nicht enthalten.
Lassen Sie uns in die Arten von Jobs in der Kryptowährungsindustrie eintauchen, wie viel sie zahlen und wer derzeit einstellt.
Es gibt viele offene Stellen bei Firmen, die sich nur auf Kryptowährungen konzentrieren,
wie Coinbase. Glassdoor/Coinbase Sie haben typischerweise zwei Optionen, wenn Sie mit Krypto arbeiten möchten:
Sie können einen technischen Job bekommen, der mit Kryptowährung und Blockchain arbeitet,
oder Sie können eine allgemeinere Rolle bei einem Kryptowährungs-Unternehmen bekommen.
Fachleute in Bereichen wie Personalwesen, Projektmanagement oder Management
können bei Unternehmen arbeiten, die alle Geschäftsmodelle haben,
die um Kryptowährungs-Speicherung, Investitionen, Beratung oder Kauf aufgebaut sind.
Das Unternehmen mit der höchsten Anzahl von H-1(B)-Visa war Coinbase,
das hauptsächlich Ingenieure einstellte, aber auch Datenwissenschaftler, Personalvermittler und Betriebsmitarbeiter,
die die ausländischen Arbeitervisa verwendeten.
Hier sind ein paar Beispiele der Positionen, die Coinbase einstellte, und wie viel dafür bezahlt wurde:
Backend Engineer: $160,000
Business Analytics Associate: $148,500
Business Development Associate: $140,000
Data Scientist: $160,000
Operations Recruiting Manager: $125,100 – $135,000
Senior Engineering Manager: $260,000
Senior Recruiter: $155,015
Je nach Job enthielten die Anträge für Blockchain-Positionen Gehälter von rund $60,000 bis fast $200,000.
Der Getreide-Preisindex der FAO, der Ernährungs- und Landwirtschaftsorganisation der Vereinten Nationen, hat im Januar erneut zugelegt, zum siebten Mal in Folge. Dafür verantwortlich ist vor allem der Mais, der jetzt sogar 42 Prozent teurer ist als im Vorjahresmonat und damit den höchsten Preis seit fast acht Jahren erreicht hat. Die Hauptgründe dafür sind aus Sicht der FAO die großen Maisankäufe durch China, die schlechteren Ernten in den USA und ein vorübergehender Exportstopp in Argentinien.
Auch die Weizenpreise sind gestiegen, hauptsächlich wegen der höheren Nachfrage und einer geplanten Exportsteuer in Russland, das als größter Weizenexporteur gilt. Der Preisanstieg betrifft auch Zucker und Pflanzenöl. Er hat nicht ausschließlich, aber auch damit zu tun, dass viele Länder in der Pandemie sich wie Ameisen (oder auch: wie Toilettenpapierjäger) verhalten und ihre Vorräte aufstocken.
Das Brot ist vorerst gerettet
Die gute Nachricht ist, dass die deutschen Konsumentinnen und Konsumenten keine böse Überraschung beim Bäcker erwartet. Die Getreidekosten fallen beim Endpreis des Brotes nur marginal ins Gewicht: Laut dem Deutschen Bauernverband entfallen bei einem Brötchen weniger als sieben Prozent des Preises auf den Getreideanteil, deutlich mehr bezahlt man etwa für die Lohnkosten. Armin Juncker, Hauptgeschäftsführer des Verbandes Deutscher Großbäckereien, sieht deshalb keinen Grund zur Unruhe: “Rechnerisch hat ein Anstieg des Getreidepreises natürlich Einfluss auf die Produktionskosten”, sagt er. Das bedeute aber nicht, dass die Bäckereien sich sofort für Preiserhöhungen entscheiden – schließlich sei der Getreidemarkt sehr volatil.
Auch der Bäckerverband, der die Handwerksbäcker vertritt, hat in den vergangenen Monaten keine Preiserhöhungen aufgrund der Getreidekosten bemerkt. “Die steigenden Energiekosten sind für Kleinbäcker deutlich problematischer”, sagt eine Sprecherin. Das Brot ist also gerettet, die Deutschen können ruhig schlafen – während auf der Welt gleichzeitig immer mehr Menschen auf Ernährungsprogramme angewiesen sind.
Cyber is one of the most dynamic risks out there. It’s constantly evolving thanks to the digitization and globalization of business, and the reliance of humans on technology to carry out routine tasks. There’s greater connectivity than ever before due to the rapid development of the Internet of Things and the human desire for real-time service, whether that’s internet shopping at the click of a button or controlling your office thermostat from your smartphone so that it’s the perfect temperature for when you arrive at work.
There’s a whole hoard of emerging cyber risks impacting companies in the US and around the world, some of which are people-driven and others that are more dynamic in nature. Common people-driven exposures include: social engineering, where a cybercriminal impersonates another individual to trick someone into transferring money to the wrong account; and physical damage, such as intellectual property destruction and crypto jacking.
The more dynamic risks revolve around company systems, networks and their supply chains. If a company is reliant on a vendor, and that third party’s systems go down, how will that affect their supply chain, or vice versa? Furthermore, if that vendor’s systems are infected with malware, will that malware creep into your company’s systems? These issues are amplified tenfold if the vendor is a large cloud provider.
“Outage of one [of the top four cloud] providers for three to six days could cost up to $19 billion in economic damages, according to statistics provided by AIR Worldwide,” said Steve Whelan, director of management/professional liability product development at ISO, a Verisk business and provider of advanced tools and analytics for the property/casualty insurance industry.
“Another interesting statistic is the top four cloud providers account for about 61% of market share. The risk facing underwriters here is they’re unable to get complete information on cloud providers used by an organization, and oftentimes, they’re unable to find out … which cloud service providers companies are using, as a percentage, more than others. Cloud outages present a risk for an individual business, and more significantly on an aggregate basis. Imagine if one of these four large cloud providers is completely shut down, and how many organizations rely on that cloud service provider without a backup. This could have multiple impacts on an aggregated basis across multiple businesses in the insurance field.”
Two of the other most prevalent dynamic cyber risks include data breaches and ransomware. Both exposures have dominated headlines in recent years thanks to the dramatic increase in the frequency and severity of incidents. Approximately 60% of global businesses have reported at least one data breach in their history, with 30% reporting their breach in 2019, making it the worst year on record for data breaches. The trends in ransomware are no less gloomy. Ransomware attacks against US businesses in 2019 grew 41% to over 205,000 organizations, and, at the same time, payment requests have shot up from the four or five figure range to six figures and beyond.
“This leads us to talk about the challenges in underwriting cyber, facing all these emerging risks, and assessing what these risks mean,” said Whelan. “What we’re finding in speaking with the insurance community is that many underwriters are getting incomplete underwriting information, the applications that they’re getting are not being filled out, or they’re not being filled out with the correct information. There’s minimal real-time security data available to them, there’s a lack of insurance underwriting specific risk analytics, there are underwriting workflow gaps, and there are rapidly evolving threats, such as the coronavirus, that they need to adjust to in the underwriting process.
“Several weeks ago, coronavirus would have never been thought of as a cyber risk, but it is today. There are organizations that are having people work off site rather than coming into the office, so there’s a threat facing these organizations now with people using unsecured servers. [Also] there’s a lot of email phishing that’s taking place with subject lines like ‘Coronavirus update,’ where they’re trying to lure people into an email that may be infected with malicious software.”
The trick to cyber insurance underwriting is digging down as deep as possible into a prospect’s security systems and protocols, according to Whelan, using both internal and external intelligence to gather as much information about an organization, their cyber hygiene, and their cyber posture. That includes looking into an organization’s primary domain, while also analyzing their site encryption, email security, connectivity, and their geolocation.
“Real-time security data and up to date information is difficult for an underwriter to obtain, and, even if they get it, interpreting that information and what it means for underwriting a risk is extremely difficult,” Whelan remarked. “What Verisk has done, which we think is one of the innovative proprietary parts of the Verisk Cyber Underwriting Report, is that the team is scrubbing through all of our data and information to make sure that we’re matching a company to their proper domain. It sounds like an easy task, but it isn’t – the reason being that there a lot of data sets out in the marketplace by third party vendors that list a company and a domain, and it’s not necessarily the right domain for that company.
“If we can find a domain and match it to a company, then we are able to access that domain and can watch traffic through that domain to identify their service providers, their cyber posture, their patching cadence, their cloud service providers, and which cloud service providers they’re using as a percentage more than others. We can compile all this information and run that algorithm through a data set to make an analysis of that company’s risks.”
Mixkit is a website that offers hundreds of free music files and videos that you can download to use in your multimedia projects. The
licensing terms for assets on Mixkit are clear. You can download videos and audio files from Mixkit to re-use and remix. You don’t have to credit Mixkit, but they will appreciate it if you do.
To find videos and music tracks on Mixkit you can search by keyword, click on the content tags, or simply browse through the galleries. The videos that you find on Mixkit could be described as b-roll footage. In other words, you’re not going to find videos from your favorite television shows or YouTube channels. Similarly, the music on Mixkit is largely instrumental music.
Applications for Education
Mixkit could be a good resource to bookmark and share with your students when they need music or videos to use in their own video projects, podcasts, or other multimedia presentations. If you’re worried about your students wasting time browsing through the Mixkit galleries, create a shared Google Drive folder that you add a collection of Mixkit files to for your students to use.
These clothes hanging in a way that looks FAR MORE nefarious than it actually is:
This hairclip that looks ready to jump out at you with its eight ~legs~:
And this shadow of what’s not a spider, but may as well be:
This creepy AF figure that’s definitely a backpack and not a demon shadow despite the way it looks:
This friend’s reflection that has a ghostly appearance:
These poorly placed boots that scared the person who actually left them there:
This image of someone’s mother and, not a demon in red, but just some laundry:
This balloon that gave its owner a near heart attack every time they woke up:
This comforter tossed onto a chair that now looks straight out of a horror film:
This coat rack that’s apparently not a demon waiting to take your soul:
This sunset that looks like a demonic rising in an apartment:
This ball of fluff that isn’t actually a spider, even though it looks a heck of a lot like one:
This cat who is — THANK GOD — totally fine, just lying out on some dried paint splatter:
This unfortunately placed shoe and roll of paper that are DEAD funny:
These pillows and blanket tangled up like they’re a creeper lying in someone else’s bed:
This pair of hip waders that scared someone’s wife when they went to go in the basement:
And finally, this image that made someone think they were in The Republic of Gilead for a sec there:
Confusion began swirling when people noticed Cristina Szeifert’s paint palette never changed color.
A Romanian influencer, model, and artist is responding to critics who are accusing her of being a “fake” painter and staging photos that claim to show her painting.
Specifically, they are wondering why the paint palette in the Instagrams never changes from post to post.
Cristina Szeifert describes herself as a “psychologist, artist, entrepreneur [and] health and life coach” on Instagram.
She told BuzzFeed News there is nothing deceptive about the photos she shares to her more than 33,000 followers. She maintains she’s created “almost every painting” posted to her account.
However, she claims she poses with her finished work afterward for Instagram photos when she looks spiffed up, because her “image is very important.”
“I have on my phone videos from almost every painting I did,” said Szeifert, responding directly to critics. “I am a model, artist, psychologist, and a public person so my image is very important — of course I don’t picture myself with dirty clothes.”
The self-described multitalented artist believes the people doubting her are jealous.
“Painting for me is a passion and I don’t do it for money. I [post] pictures because I enjoy it,” said Szeifert. “I can see that some people are jealous finding little things on my pictures that [they] are criticizing … This situation is ridiculous.”
On a Reddit thread posted on Monday and rising quickly in popularity, people are accusing her of being a “fake” painter, and poking holes in her technique.
“A real artist wouldn’t use that palette,” one user wrote.
“She’s holding the palette the wrong way around,” another added.
“Who wears nice clothes when painting?” one person noted.
Others are taking general issue with how unrealistically she’s representing the process and craft of painting to her many followers.
Szeifert told BuzzFeed News the unchanging palette she’s holding in her many Instagrams is a “symbol of art,” and not always representative of how she’s creating her art.
“I paint with different things; sometimes I use the palette and sometimes I don’t. The pictures are done after the painting is complete and I was using the palette in my hand as a symbol of art.”
Szeifert added that she often pours her paint, or will use watercolors. She simply prefers posing for photos with a wooden paint palette when she feels presentable enough, and with “a nice outfit and makeup” on.
She provided BuzzFeed News with a series of Boomerang clips purporting to show her in action applying paint to her works.
She then provided images of her workstation of paints and messes. “You can imagine why I don’t post it like this,” she said.
She’s also asking people to leave her, and her manicured Instagrams, alone.
“I have a diploma as [an] international artist. I graduated from art school in Timisoara, Romania. After that, I [attended] university for psychology. I don’t do painting as a main job as I have several businesses and painting is and will remain forever my passion,” she said.
“I don’t understand exactly why it became such a huge subject [of] a girl that’s following her dreams and showing others that.”
Apple, the $801 billion electronics giant, is reportedly initiating major changes in its executive team by altering roles and establishing new strategies.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the move is a response to the lackluster sales figures of the iPhone in key markets including China.
Last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook released a public letter to investors describing the company’s struggle in China, mainly attributing it to geopolitical risks including the trade war with the U.S.
Some analysts stated that the lower-than-expected sales of the company’s flagship product were largely triggered by the plateauing smartphone technology development.
Smartphones have become exceedingly sophisticated in the last few years and as such, fewer users now feel less compelled to pay a hefty price to acquire new models.
Apple Figured Out the Problem But its Solution is Questionable
Former employees of Apple have reportedly said that CEO Tim Cook has been expecting smartphone technology development to plateau since more than nine years ago.
Apple analyst and Loup Ventures managing partner Gene Munster told WSJ that Apple is preparing for the next growth phase of the company after the era of the iPhone.
“This is a sign the company is trying to get the formula right for the next decade. Technology is evolving, and they need to continue to tweak their structure to be sure they’re on the right curve,” Munster said.
To penetrate into highly competitive markets like China with the iPhone, Apple has had two choices: lower the pricing of its iPhone to compete against alternatives like Huawei or adapt to the Chinese market and undergo significant changes.
Neither has been a viable option for Apple which prioritizes branding, technological development, and premium models.
As former Apple retail executive Carl Smit said last month:
They’re not adapting quick enough. These apps and systems are how people communicate in China, and if you don’t have seamless integration, the Chinese manufactures have an edge.
The solution Apple has come up with to set up the company for the next decade is its services business.
The Apple App Store, iTunes, and Apple Pay are solid, widely utilized, and competitive platforms used by hundreds of millions of users.
By 2020, Morgan Stanley expects its services business to reach $50 billion in sales, which could replace iPhone sales as the company’s main revenue driver, which is what Apple would want in the long-term.
The hurdle Apple has to go through in the upcoming years is the exponentially growing user bases of competing platforms in the likes of Spotify and Netflix that dominate the streaming business.
Apple is planning to spend over $1 billion on original shows by featuring actresses like Reese Witherspoon to bump up its streaming venture.
But, 9 out of 10 consumers in the U.S. already utilize Netflix for streaming and strong alternatives such as Amazon Prime Video and Disney’s new streaming business are on the way up.
Jonathan Pirc, Founder and Managing Partner of Lab42, told Forbes:
On average, consumers use between two and three streaming services, and one of them is almost always Netflix. Even with multiple streaming services available, Netflix has clearly staked out the dominant position, with nearly 9 out of 10 American streamers using Netflix.
Even when consumers use a variety of streaming services, Netflix remains the most popular. It’s a testament to not only being one of the first to market, but also their innovation and investment in original content.
Apple Has a Strong Chance
Apple has the platforms, applications, tools, resources, and a loyal consumer-base to expand its services business and compete against dominant forces like Spotify, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video.
But, some of the concerns from analysts stem from the thought that the company may have started a little too late.