Heroine Overdose: The mediated missions of stiletto spy school

HeroineOverdose-TheB-WordLike many women, I have often longed for the power to avert the unwanted male gaze—for the proverbial cloak of invisibility, allowing me to avoid unsolicited comments from strangers while buying groceries, or catcalls when walking home at night. Since invisibility technology is still in the works, though, I’ve resorted to other solutions: poring over statistics to avoid becoming one, learning conflict-avoidance strategies, biking and driving rather than walking, living in the safest neighborhoods I can afford, and taking self-defense classes.

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7 Genius Hacks Saving Lives in the World’s Poorest Places

Embrace warmer infant insideFrom Johannesburg to Pittsburgh, great ideas for helping those in need keep coming.

Critical Warmth for Premature Infants
Newborns have a hard time regulating their body temperature, and those born prematurely lack body fat, putting them at increased risk of hypothermia.

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Checking in With Gina McCarthy, Obama’s Environmental Watchdog


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We last spoke with Gina McCarthy, the administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in November 2013. Since then, the EPA has been getting hit hard from all sides in issues ranging from fracking to power plant pollution, as environmentalists press for stricter regulations while interest groups seek to curtail them.

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Fair Trade & Equal Exchange

fair-trade-and-equal-exchangeSo there I was, standing in the rain in Chicago. The year was 1999, and I was at yet another protest. This one was in front of Starbucks.

We were demanding that they start carrying Fair Trade coffee. Starbucks had hired some guy in a suit to deal with us. Suit immediately swooped in after our spokesperson was whisked away by television reporters.

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Leaked! Ultimate Women Challenge Disaster: Filming Plagued by Lack of Food, Funds & Training

scream_3Some behind-the-scene information from the set of Ultimate Women Challenge has emerged, and it ain’t pretty. The show was marketed as a women’s MMA-based reality show along the lines of the Ultimate Fighter, but has gained notoriety for allegedly withholding payment from both the talent and the crew. And it gets worse. Sources close to MMA HQ reveal what really took place during the filming of the show, which makes it sound more like a hostage situation than an MMA-based reality television show. Here’s some of the highlights as revealed by multiple people.

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