This week Americans were treated to the eighth GOP candidate debate, a mix of ego, argument and patriotic huff-puffery that may have caused some viewers to think they accidentally switched prescriptions with Mugatu. For those who saw the foreign policy segment and were wishing somehow this was all an elaborate fiction, Netflix offered a few moments of solace. That’s when House of Cards‘ President Frank Underwood launched his own campaign under the entirely appropriate banner of FU2016. Onward! advertisement Care Norway “Dear Daddy” What: A PSA from Care Norway uses a sobering letter from an unborn daughter to her dad that traces offensive but seemingly harmless behavior to heartbreaking conclusions.Who: Care Norway, SchjaervenWhy We Care: Statistics are one thing, and we have those–35% of women worldwide will experience physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives. But this short film puts a very personal message behind some of the root … [Read more...] about Homer Simpson’s YouTube Ad, Abby Wambach’s Gatorade Goodbye: Top 5 Ads Of The Week
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Every time a new rejection letter appeared in Emily May’s mailbox, she tried her hardest not to take it personally. She’d been convinced the cause she was rallying for–fighting street harassment–was sure to get support. Of the eight foundations and two fellowships she’d applied to, something would come through. But it didn’t. And more rejection only followed. advertisement advertisement May had been street harassed since the age of 18 and knew countless women who’d been catcalled, followed, subjected to masturbating strangers. But as each form letter rolled in, not only rejecting May’s proposal for funding, but often pointing out that street harassment was in fact not a real issue–May felt increasingly more resolute. “The rejections were even more important an indicator of what we were trying to do,” she says. “I felt strongly that it was time to get people to pay attention to this issue.” And she … [Read more...] about How The Founder of Hollaback! Made a Career Out of Fighting Street Harassment
Peter Landesman is used to tackling tough subjects. The former New York Times Magazine journalist has written about everything from Russian arms traffickers to genocide in Rwanda. So perhaps it’s not surprising that he sounds non-plussed when he talks about doling out some harsh blows to the NFL in his new film, Concussion. Based on a true story, the film stars Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist who first diagnoses C.T.E., a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head blows, in 2005. Omalu discovered several cases of C.T.E.-amongst former NFL players whom he performed autopsies on, a number of whom had ended their lives in suicide. He, and the film, attack the NFL for initially denying any connection between C.T.E. and football players, and trying to discredit Omalu’s findings. advertisement advertisement “[NFL commissioner] Roger Goodell doesn’t really worry me that much,” say Landesman, who wrote and directed the … [Read more...] about How Writer/Director Peter Landesman Took on the NFL With ‘Concussion’
Around 3:15 p.m. yesterday, a building in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood exploded and caught fire, injuring 19 people–three critically. As of this writing, at least two people are reported missing. advertisement advertisement The blast, apparently “caused by plumbing and gas work being done” in the neighborhood, according to the New York Times, shook nearby restaurants, drew crowds of people into the streets, and sent up a thick gray smoke plume that could be seen across the city. As often happens now, witnesses tweeted and Instagrammed photos and videos of the scene. But for the first time, people also flocked to two brand-new live-streaming apps: the month-old Meerkat and the then-hours-old Periscope. Live-streaming video has suddenly gotten easier than ever before–and as is the case every time social media takes a leap forward, a host of practical and ethical questions about using technology during times of tragedy have presented … [Read more...] about Is It Wrong To Watch?
Amol AgrawalThe Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) has long been a pioneer of many things in central banking. The RBNZ pioneered the practice of inflation targeting 30 years ago in 1989 which soon became a gold standard for central banking worldwide. After the 2008 crisis, it continued to be a pioneer in both monetary policy and financial stability.The RBNZ has made another recent change which is interesting and worth exploring for other central banks.Close Till November 2018, the RBNZ senior management comprised one governor, one Deputy Governor (in charge of financial stability) and two assistant governors — one responsible for economics and the head of operations. On November 2, 2018, the central bank reorganised itself and this led to number of assistant governors increasing from two to five. The new functions given to the three new AGs were: governance, strategy and corporate relations; people and culture and chief financial officer. related news RBI supersedes … [Read more...] about Banking | Should RBI have a Deputy Governor based outside Mumbai?