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At Vice, Cutting-Edge Media and Allegations of Old-School Sexual Harassment

In a statement provided to The Times, Mr. Smith and another co-founder, Suroosh Alvi, said “from the top down, we have failed as a company to create a safe and inclusive workplace where everyone, especially women, can feel respected and thrive.”They said that a “boys club” culture at Vice had “fostered inappropriate behavior that permeated throughout the company.” The company distributed a longer version of the statement to its employees on Saturday.Continue reading the main storyThe company said it has been taking steps to transform itself in recent months as the national debate over sexual harassment reshapes workplaces, and as it became aware that The Times and other news outlets were working on articles about the experiences of women at Vice.Vice has formed a Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board, which includes the feminist icon Gloria Steinem and is led by the lawyer Roberta Kaplan; hired a new head of human resources; and terminated three employees for what it called behavior inconsistent with its values. […]

Forced Searches of Phones and Laptops at U.S. Border Are Illegal, Lawsuit Claims

David Lapan, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, said he could not comment on pending litigation but that “we absolutely believe the searches are lawful.”In March, Joseph B. Maher, the acting general counsel for the agency, defended the practice in a USA Today opinion piece.“These electronic media searches have produced information used to combat terrorism, violations of export controls, and convictions for child pornography, intellectual property rights violations and visa fraud,” he wrote. “This authority is critical to our mission, and Customs exercises it judiciously.”While police officers on the street cannot compel you to hand over your phone without probable cause, border agents can search and confiscate digital devices as easily as they can your luggage. Courts have long held that customs officials have an interest in enforcing immigration laws and keeping contraband out.But at least one major judicial case has acknowledged that cellphones are not the same as suitcases. […]

Happy 150th birthday, Frank Lloyd Wright

Many (including the man himself) consider him to be America’s greatest architect. […]

Sacrifice – Carolyn Arnold

Sacrifice A Madison Knight Novel Carolyn Arnold Genre: Police Procedural Publish Date: August 2, 2013 Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc. Seller: Smashwords When the son of business tycoon Marcus Randall, washes up on the shore of the Bradshaw River, Detective Madison Knight must sacrifice everything—including her career—to find justice for the "perfect murder". With Marcus Randall already on the radar of the Secret Service for fraud and counterfeiting, the investigation sheds new light and they require the full co-operation of the Stiles PD. But with power and money to back him, Marcus has a reach that extends right inside the police department. If Madison's going to find out the truth, she'll have to sort through the lies and balance diplomacy with politics. POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT.TM “I continue to be surprised at her incredible attention to detail in the "cop" world. Starting with the interpersonal relationships between partners, then dealing with the public and media and Police Departments Administrative bungling. Arnold masterfully portrays how more often than not solving a case in the real world is an incredible act of determination and stubbornness on the part of the detectives. Although Knight is a fictional character, the situations portrayed in "Sacrifice" are painfully real. Arnold then turns her critical eye to the evidence. The techniques and markers mentioned in the novel are also true to life. The constitutional issues of plain view, and fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine all are well addressed and accurately dealt with. I continue to be pleasantly amazed at her attention to detail.” Zach Fortier, Police Officer (Ret.) Colorado, United States “Usually it’s hard for me to read cop books without picking them apart, but I read the entire Madison Knight series and I loved them all! The way Carolyn wrote Madison describes me and the way I work and even my personal life to a t.” Deputy Rebecca Hendrix, LeFlore County Sheriff’s Department Poteau, Oklahoma “I tend to shy away from Police Procedural novels because I get angry and frustrated at the lack understanding by many authors…I was extremely impressed by the amount of research she must have done.” Stacy Eaton, Police Investigator and Certified Crime Scene Investigator Pennsylvania, United States […]

Quite possibly the most appropriate (& beautiful) bike hanger yet

The Bike Hanger 2.0 offers a stylish stowage solution when in use, and doubles as a unique piece of decor when it’s not. […]

Cipher – Aileen Erin

Cipher Aileen Erin Genre: Dystopian Publish Date: October 14, 2014 Publisher: Ink Monster, LLC Seller: INscribe Digital Alone and on the run, Cipher doesn't talk about her secrets, her powers, or the people chasing her. She can’t let anyone get that close. At least, she shouldn’t. Knight is working undercover for the bad guys. He’s done things that have marked his soul, but it’ll all be worth it if he can save the girl who means everything to him—the girl who saved his life by putting herself in danger. It’s been twelve years, but Knight knows she’s still alive, and he’s made it his mission to find her and keep her safe. When Knight finally catches up to Cipher, electricity sparks. He’s crazy gorgeous, stupid brilliant, and begging to lift the burden from Cipher’s shoulders. Can she really trust him with her secrets? With her life? She doesn’t have long to decide, because Knight isn’t the only who’s been looking for her. Now Cipher can’t run without leaving him behind. What good is being together if they’re both dead? To save Knight, Cipher will finally stop running…one way or another. […]

Does Your Dog Have a 6th Sense, an Internal Compass?

( Photo by Tischman Pets) If you’ve ever been lost on a trail while in the company of a directionally-savvy dog, then you’ll have no trouble believing what science is calling a breakthrough discovery: dogs and other mammals may possess a “compass” in their eyes. Earlier this year, researchers gathered at the Max Planck Institute in Germany to study the eyes of 90 mammals in the hope of finding a light-sensitive molecule called cryptochrome 1a. In migratory birds, these molecules are found in the blue cone receptors in the eye. Cryptochrome helps birds – as well as other migratory mammals and insects – orient themselves and navigate, by tracing the Earth’s magnetic fields. The scientists’ discovery was surprising: many of the carnivorous mammals they studied – including dogs, certain primates, and bears – did in fact possess the cryptochrome 1a molecule. Other animals, like cats, did not. Stories of dogs trekking hundreds, even thousands of miles to find their way home abound on the Internet. Dog lovers routinely report that their dogs can tell time better than an iWatch. And then there’s a 2013 defecation study which showed that dogs consistently poop (and pee) on a north-to-south axis. Can dogs actually sense the Earth’s magnetic field? Clearly, there are clues. You’ve seen Earth’s magnetic field in action: it guides itty-bitty sea turtles as they march from beach to ocean to start their 8,000 mile migratory cruise around the globe, as well as Monarch butterflies that fly across two countries to reach breeding grounds in Central Mexico. Bats, foxes, pigeons and even bacteria are also able to use our planet’s magnetic field to navigate their world. But dogs? What possible need could this extrasensory perception serve? It’s not like our pets need to migrate long distances to find food or comfort. Many modern dogs live a pampered existence, watching the world from behind windows or fences without a want or a need. But consider life before all of our modern conveniences, back in a time when your dog’s natural instincts played a big role in our daily functioning. Retrievers magically found downed game for us to eat, herders mystically gathered our large flocks, and sledding dogs mushed steadily through dangerous terrain to take us where we needed to go. Perhaps our dogs actually saw magnetic lines stretching before them to guide the way! At this point, the study only hypothesizes that dogs and other mammals possess a sixth sense for magnetic fields, but it would come as no real surprise that dogs, often celebrated for their tracking abilities, might actually have a built-in compass to help steer them on their way. And for any fan of Eric Knight’s Lassie Come Home or Sheila Burnford’s The Incredible Journey, it’s heartening to know that these dog heroes’ long journeys home were indeed possible. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]