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Posted by Caron Lindsay

Happily, it doesn’t matter that I had to be in 3 other places at the time when Nick Clegg’s only fringe meeting appearance in Bournemouth, because those nice people at Prospect magazine have only gone and put it on You Tube.

Enjoy.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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Geeks of Color V: Getting in the Door
October 06, 2017, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
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#GeeksofColorNYCC

Geeks of Color is the premiere NYCC panel on diverse career-building in comics, book publishing, gaming, animation, and film/TV. Learn the business from award-winning children’s author Dr. Tony Medina (I Am Alfonso Jones), Eisner & Harvey Award-nominated artist Ethan Young, Cerece Rennie Murphy (founder, Narazu.com) gamer podcaster/author Michael F. Haspil (Graveyard Shift), video game designer/activist Shawn Alexander Allen (Rockstar Games; Nuchallenger).

FACEBOOK LINK
https://www.facebook.com/events/119381288764182/

ADD TO YOUR NYCC CALENDAR: http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/en/Sessions/48671/Geeks-of-Color-5th-Edition-Getting-in-the-Door

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PANELIST BIOS

SHAWN ALEXANDER ALLEN makes (often political) art in the way of games (both digital and non), photography, poetry, and dystopian fiction. A 9 year veteran of the gaming industry, he has worked at Rockstar Games, ESI Design and is currently at MLB.com in a producer role for Gaming & VR content. Shawn is also co-organizer of the Game Devs of Color Expo, the first game conference in Harlem at the Schomburg.

MICHAEL F. HASPIL is a fantasy, science fiction, and horror writer. TOR published his debut novel, Graveyard Shift. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, worked for NASA, and has a M.S. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota. He is a co-host on The Long War, the premiere podcast covering Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 tabletop game. He has contributed strategy and advice columns to the Bell of Lost Souls and SpikeyBitz.com, the two most popular websites for tabletop wargames.

DR. TONY MEDINA is the author of six beloved books for young readers, as well as multiple volumes of poetry for adults. A Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and a professor of creative writing at Howard University, Dr. Medina is a two-time winner of the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People. His newest book, I Am Alfonso Jones, is the first YA graphic novel about the Black Lives Matter movement.

National bestselling and award-winning author CERECE RENNIE MURPHY is the author of six books. In 2016, Mrs. Murphy launched NARAZU.com, an online platform designed to help avid sci-fi fans find the BEST indie sci-fi and comic culture content on the planet. To date, NARAZU has built a community of over 20,000 sci-fi and comic enthusiasts.

ETHAN YOUNG is an Eisner and Harvey nominated comic book writer/artist based in Ithaca, NY, with roots in NYC. He started his career with the self-published autobio comic, Tails, which won the 2007 Independent Book Award for Best Graphic Novel. Ethan is best known for Nanjing: The Burning City from Dark Horse Books, which won the 2016 Reuben Award for Best Graphic Novel (along with Eisner and Harvey nominations). Other works include The Battles of Bridget Lee (a sci-fi allegory of Mulan) and contributing to the Eisner winning anthology, Comic Book Tattoo: Stories Inspired by Tori Amos. In addition to comic work, Ethan has also worked in animation as a storyboard artist for The Centsables on Fox Business Channel, and as a Character Designer for Major Lazer on FXX.

 


Women of Color Break Out the Books: Professionals in the Biz
October 07, 2017, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
1A05
#WoCinPublishing

The face of publishing is changing, with professional women of color being more of a force than ever. But what is it really like working in publishing? A fresh take on becoming successful that’s more than leaning in, but also branching out. Featuring professionals from the industry’s top houses, including author K. Arsenault Rivera, senior book designer Regina Flath, video game editor Jes Negrón & senior marketing manager Ebony LaDelle.

FACEBOOK LINK
https://www.facebook.com/events/1526906254051670/

ADD TO YOUR NYCC CALENDAR
http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/en/Sessions/48717/Women-of-Color-Break-Out-the-Books-Professionals-in-the-Biz

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PANELIST BIOS:

MODERATOR: Science fiction & fantasy editor DIANA M. PHO (Tor Books) has curated and moderated the Geeks of Color panel at New York Comic Con for the last four years. Her NYCC panels have been featured on CBS’s Inside Edition, MSN.com, and Ebony Magazine. She has been interviewed about fandom for many media outlets, including BBC America, the Travel Channel, HGTV, and the Science Channel; the websites Airship Ambassador, Racialicious, and NerdCaliber. Authors she works with at Tor include George R. R. Martin, Robert Jordan, A.J. Hartley, and Lara Elena Donnelly.

K ARSENAULT RIVERA was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. She moved to Brooklyn as a toddler and has been complaining about the heat ever since. She’s been writing as long as she can remember—from looseleaf fanfiction passed around her fifth grade class to fifty page character backstories. She writes her stories to combine her experiences as a queer woman of color with her passion for the high fantasy genre. All of her work features women loving women who take control of their own destinies. These days those stories have evolved into whole books. Her debut novel, THE TIGER’S DAUGHTER, will be released on October 3rd.

REGINA FLATH is the senior designer at Random House Children’s Books and the designer of several NYTBS books, including WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI, SUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, and many others. Most recently she designed the backlist repackages and new front list covers for Tamora Pierce. She has been in publishing design since 2009. Regina is hapa (half Filipino, half American). When she’s not designing books, she can be found doing aerial arts, fiber arts. . . all the arts. She is a friend to imaginary creatures everywhere. Visit her online at reginaflath.com and most everywhere @reginaflath.

JES NEGRON has been working in media for over five years, first with books and most recently in video games. As a literary agent, she scoped out talent and managed her authors’ careers, working with projects ranging from kids’ picture books to adult epics. When she moved to video game publishing, she had the pleasure of working as an editor for the most popular PC game in the world, for which she was involved with regional publishing operations and content creation. Some of her projects over the years have included script writing, producing animations, and writing for a mobile application.

A huge proponent of diversity in media, Jes has pushed for more inclusive representation in both the books she looked to represent and the video game characters she had a hand in marketing. In the past, she’s volunteered with writing workshops to introduce local teens to the world of character design and she also runs CritsForGood, an inbox open to writers of color for free feedback on their queries.

EBONY LADELLE currently works as a Senior Marketing Manager at HarperCollins. Before HarperCollins, Ebony worked as a marketing manager at Simon & Schuster, where she had the pleasure to work with authors such as Shonda Rhimes, Mary Higgins Clark, and Jessica Knoll and also acquired her first book. MUSLIM GIRL by Amani Al-khatahtbeh published with rave reviews, including a New York Times Book Review. In her previous roles, Ebony has also worked on campaigns for Atul Gawande, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Andy Cohen. She holds a BA in Journalism from Howard University and received her MS in Publishing from Pace University in 2009. You can follow her on Twitter @coloringbooks.


Let’s Talk About Our Problematic Faves: Marginalized Fans & the Media
October 07, 2017, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
1B03
#OurProblematicFaves

Queer & POC industry insiders on critiquing the media they love (or don’t). Where does the convo go when identities intersect? We tackle hard questions on whitewashing, queer-baiting & appropriation. Featuring geek media critic Mark Oshiro, author Karuna Riazi (The Gauntlet), children’s TV writer Terence Taylor (PBS, Nickelodeon, Disney), game creator Shoshana Kessock (Phoenix Outlaw Productions), and author Lara Elena Donnelly (Amberlough).

FACEBOOK LINK
https://www.facebook.com/events/629314007457440/

ADD TO YOUR NYCC CALENDAR:
http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/en/Sessions/48727/Lets-Talk-About-Our-Problematic-Faves-Marginalized-Fans-the-Media

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PANELISTS BIOS

LARA ELENA DONNELLY is the author of the critically-acclaimed gay glam spy thriller Amerlough from Tor Books. She is a graduate of the Clarion and Alpha workshops, and now acts as on-site staff and publicity coordinator for the latter. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in or are forthcoming from Strange Horizons, Mythic Delirium, Escape Pod, and Nightmare. While her physical form resides in Harlem, you can find her online atlaradonnelly.com or on various forms of social media as @larazontally.

SHOSHANA KESSOCK is a disabled veteran writer and creator in the gaming community, and a contributing writer to several websites including The Mary Sue, Tor.com, Geek Initiative, and Ology.com. Her professional gaming experiences include being a LARP designer for Phoenix Outlaw Productions, Organizer and Designer, for Battlestar Galactica: Tales of the Rising Star and Writer and Organizer, The Dresden Files LARP. She is also a new comic book creator working on a comic called Nowhere Girls, which is focused largely on having an intersectional cast of young women at the center of its adventures.

MARK OSHIRO is the Hugo-nominated writer of the online Mark Does Stuff universe, where he analyzes book and television series unspoiled, largely in the SF/F genres. He was the nonfiction editor of Queers Destroy Science Fiction! and the co-editor of Speculative Fiction 2015. His first novel, a YA sci-fi book set in a pre-dystopian world, is being edited, and his life goal is to pet every dog in the world.

KARUNA RIAZI is a twenty-something Muslim American blogger and YA author. She is the creator of the viral feminist hashtag #YesAllWomen, as well as #NotYourStockMuslim and #OwnYourOwn. Her writing has been featured on The Toast, Brown Girl Magazine and the forthcoming YA feminism anthology, “Here We Are: Feminism For the Real World” (Algonquin, 2017). Her debut novel The gauntlet, was published by Salaam Reads in March 2017.

TERENCE TAYLOR (terencetaylor.com) is an award-winning children’s television writer whose work has appeared on PBS, Nickelodeon, and Disney, among many others. Terence is also author of the first two books of his Vampire Testaments trilogy, Bite Marks (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2009), and Blood Pressure (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2010) and has returned to work on the conclusion of his trilogy, Past Life. Find Terence on Twitter @vamptestaments or walking his neighbor’s black Labrador mix along the banks of the Gowanus Canal and surrounding environs.


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Posted by Nick Douglas on Offspring, shared by Nick Douglas to Lifehacker

The typical American grade-school schedule is mixed up in the middle, according to a 2011 study recently resurfaced on Reddit. While most schools (over 95% as of 2006) hold lunch before recess, a nutritional study in Utah found that when recess was moved before lunch, grade-school students ate 54% more fruits and…

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Posted by Nick Douglas on Offspring, shared by Nick Douglas to Lifehacker

The typical American grade-school schedule is mixed up in the middle, according to a 2011 study recently resurfaced on Reddit. While most schools (over 95% as of 2006) hold lunch before recess, a nutritional study in Utah found that when recess was moved before lunch, grade-school students ate 54% more fruits and…

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Posted by Jillian Lucas on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister to Lifehacker

Zappos is basically a one-stop shoe destination already, but right now, they’re having an actual sale, marking down thousands of sandals for the end of the season. Heels, flats, thong, slides, all kinds of styles from brands like Tevas, Nike, Birkenstock, Sam Edelman, Keen, and more. Stock up for next season while you…

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Posted by Will Stroude

Strictly Come Dancing is ready to unleash its star-studded line-up of celebs on the dancefloor this weekend, but as far as we’re concerned, the real display has already taken place over on Instagram.

Two of the show’s most popular dancers, Gorka Márquez and Giovanni Pernice, left fans in no doubt as to the shape the show’s pros are in after sharing a shirtless selfie from a locker room on Friday (September 21).

Sharing the revealing snap on Instagram, 27-year-old Gorka – who has also stripped off for a stunning new shoot in Attitude’s October issue – wrote: “Feeling ready for first show of @bbcstrictly  What do you think?”

What we think, Gorka, is that Alexandra Burke and Debbie McGee are a pair of lucky bitches.

And just case you hadn’t discovered them already, Gorka and Giovanni’s Instagram feeds are the perfect pick-me-up when the nights begin to draw in.

Lovely time in Ibiza/Formentera .. now time to do some work !! Next stop Scotland #danceislife

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The best time ever!!! Dubai ❤️

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Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 6.25pm on BBC One.

Check out Gorka’s new shoot in the October issue of Attitude. Buy in printsubscribe or download.

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Posted by Attitude Magazine

The Ellen DeGeneres show has featured numerous political guest stars including Barack Obama, wife Michelle Obama as well as Hillary Clinton.

However, DeGeneres, who recently scared American Horror Story’s Sarah Paulson to death on the daytime talkshow, has revealed there’s one celebrity she forbids inviting to appear: Donald Trump.

Speaking to former Fox News host Megyn Kelly, the comedian explained that she has to “admire” the guest when inviting them onto her show.

“For me to have someone on the show, I have to at least admire them in some way. And I can’t have someone that I feel is not only dangerous for the country, and for me personally as a gay woman, but to the world.

“He’s dividing all of us. I just don’t want him on the show.”

The star also believes that Trump already gets enough attention, saying: “He is who he is and he has enough attention. He has his Twitter account and he has ways to get his message across.”

She added: “There is nothing I’m going to say to him that’s going to change him, and I don’t want to give him a platform, because it validates him.”

In the same interview, Megyn Kelly also revealed that Trump was the reason she left Fox News: “Donald Trump has a way of clarifying one’s life choices. That was true in my case too.

“Just as I was sort of wondering if this is where I wanted to be and how I wanted to live, the universe came and shone a light and it was clear to me what I wanted to do.”

You can watch Ellen’s interview with Kelly below:

Words by Fabio Crispim

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Sep. 22nd, 2017 07:58 am
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Air temperature 49 F, dew point 44, scattered clouds, wind north about 10 mph. We're still trying to fill in Jose's low pressure.

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Once again, Bill Gates has bemoaned the creation of the ctrl-alt-del shortcut. Talking at Bloomberg Global Business Forum, Gates reiterates that he wishes IBM had created a dedicated button for the feature. We're republishing this piece from 2013, because we still think that Gates' telling of the story is a little misleading; for IBM it was a feature, not a flaw, that ctrl-alt-del requires two hands, and if Microsoft really wanted a single button ctrl-alt-del for Windows NT, it was Microsoft, not IBM, with the market dominance to achieve that.

Speaking at Harvard earlier this month, Bill Gates was asked why you have to press ctrl-alt-del before you can enter your password and log in to Windows. After explaining the security rationale, Gates then said that it was a "mistake" and that it was due to IBM refusing to add a single button to take the place of the three finger salute.

It's a nice story, but it doesn't really add up.

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Posted by Jillian Lucas on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister to Lifehacker

Zappos is basically a one-stop shoe destination already, but right now, they’re having an actual sale, marking down thousands of sandals for the end of the season. Heels, flats, thong, slides, all kinds of styles from brands like Tevas, Nike, Birkenstock, Sam Edelman, Keen, and more. Stock up for next season while you…

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GLOW!

Sep. 22nd, 2017 07:35 am
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Thirty second post since I *should* be getting ready for work, but....GLOW is AMAZING.

The premise of the show is that Ruth (Alison Brie) is a down on her luck actress who decides to audition for a professional wrestling show. The whole show is based on the real life Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. I used to watch a fair amount of wrestling as a kid, and I just finished that epic length Superbat wrestling AU, so I was in the mood for more wrestling stuff and GLOW just fell into my lap.

(disclaimer: yes, actual 1980s GLOW is pure sexploitation, and the video I linked has many cringey scenes)

I binge watched the first five episodes after going to RH services with Mr. Merisunshine yesterday. And it is just, everything I want from a comedy? It's this hilarious sendup of all the terrible problems that were very obvious with the real GLOW.  The characters know the whole show is ridiculous but they are making the best of it since they need the job for whatever reason. All the jokes make it very clear to the audience that they do not at all approve of the thing going on. There is even a really great scene that goes something along the lines of:

person a: this is a terrible stereotype!
person b: that's the joke though, it's funny!
person a: but will the audience know it's a joke?

I loved that part so much! This is where a lot of shows fail in my opinion (looking at you, Kimmy Schmidt and Mindy Project) and instead of poking fun at racism/sexism they are just...bad.  

But anyway, serious stuff aside, it's just such a charming cast. So many funny women of different ethnicities and personalities.I care about all of their storylines. It is probably the first and only tv show to have a serious otherkin character, and not only that, she is set up to be empathetic! It's just really sweet and sensitively done, and also there is a lot of spandex and great music and people throwing each other around. 

GLOW! It's on Netflix! Go watch!
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Posted by Lord William Wallace

At the consultation meeting the Lords Party held at our Bournemouth conference, the strongest plea that came from round the table discussing Brexit was for more information on what is happening.  We will take that back to the wider parliamentary party and our small and overworked group of researchers, and see what more we can do.  There are some really good papers from Nick Clegg’s advisory group on the party’s web site, which explore the underlying issues; but the politics of the negotiations are moving and changing almost every week, and I guess that campaigners want usable material to respond to that.  So meanwhile, here are some initial suggestions on how best to play the issues in different places.

The most important shift in the Brexit debate over the summer has been from general principle to detail, as negotiations get under way, and as the deadline of March 2019 begins to loom.  Boris Johnson’s Telegraph article was a denial of where we are – sweeping aside the difficult questions about HOW we manage a mutually-advantageous relationship with the EU after we leave, to argue that those who say Britain will suffer if we don’t get an agreement are talking the country down, and that a close external association with the EU will make the UK ‘a vassal state’, in ‘a national humiliation.’  This, we must all repeat vigorously, is Brexit denial, like climate change denial: refusing to admit the detailed evidence that there are problems to resolve.  The detail matters, we must insist against the ideological sceptics: crashing out without a deal will cause chaos in the UK economy, cost jobs, and endanger standards.

Let’s take the issue of border controls. 2.6 million trucks pass through Dover every year, five times as many as when the Single Market started in 1992.  They spend an average of 2 minutes each passing the border.  If this extended to 20 minutes each (the fastest one estimate suggests they could be cleared outside the customs union), the queues would soon stretch along the M20, supermarket shelves would empty (1/3 of our food is imported from the EU) and assembly lines would grind to a halt (Honda’s Swindon plant alone depends on 350 truck-loads of components a day coming through Dover). Revenue and Customs are trying to introduce a new computer system, but that may not have the capacity to cope with the number of transactions required outside the customs union, and in any case may well not be ready by March 2019.  Estimates of additional customs staff needed by then are in the thousands; but recruitment has not yet begun.  And Boris doesn’t think we need a transition arrangement after that date?

Now translate that into local campaigning; there’s local information to be found from companies and the media.  TheTimes reports that 180,000 British businesses export only to EU markets, so at present don’t have to bother with customs declarations and controls.  Find some of these in your area, and ask them if they have yet calculated the additional costs they will face – in 18 months time, if negotiations break down.  Highlight specific interests in your area that are caught up with a continuing easy flow of goods and people, and discover how they will be hit.  I wrote on Brexit for the Yorkshire Post the other week, focussing on the negative impact on the Humber ports, the loss of protected designation in export markets for products like Wensleydale cheese, and the heavy dependence of the region’s food and agriculture industries on exports to the continent. Other regions will have different interests and examples to quote, including the many component manufacturers feeding into pan-European supply chains.  My impression is that local businesses and trade associations are now becoming  really anxious about the potential ‘cliff edge’ of a breakdown in negotiations as we approach the March 2019 deadline, and frustrated with the government’s incoherence.  One industry representative has just complained to me that when she spells out the practical problems that leaving the customs union presents to her large company’s operations and its complex supply chain. ‘Conservative MPs’ eyes just seem to glaze over’.

Or take another issue: regulation of blood supplies, which are traded internationally, and at present regulated by an EU Agency which the UK will be leaving.  Before these regulations were tightened, the UK imported blood plasma from commercial sources in the US which were contaminated with Hepatitis C and, in some batches, also HIV, infecting thousands of British haemophiliacs and others (google ‘Contaminated Blood Scandal).  A return to looser regulation and commercial supplies will threaten a repeat.

Boris Johnson’s article concludes, after all its bluster about national self-confidence and British greatness, by calling for ‘simplifying regulation and cutting taxes’.  That is the agenda of right-wing Brexiteers: it means lower standards and deteriorating public services.  We should throw that at every Brexiteer we argue with: is that the sort of country we want to go back to?  The Daily Mail is still trying to make fun of health and safety standards after the Grenfell Tower fire, which vividly showed what happens when safety is subordinated to saving money.  Mark Littlewood, director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, argued in The Times recently that post-Brexit Britain has much to learn from Jersey’s economic model: low tax, strong financial services, minimum regulation.   A shrunken state, with an unbalanced economy…  (And of course John McDonnell and left-wing Brexiteers want socialism in one country, the model that President Mitterand unsuccessfully tried in France 40 years ago.)  Behind Boris’s bluster is an odd combination of nationalism and free market capitalism.  Issue by issue, we have to keep pointing out that unregulated markets are for Panama and the Cayman Islands; and we have to challenge their sweeping arguments in one economic sector after another, and in detail.

* Lord Wallace of Saltaire is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords.

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