“John Oliver says we still don’t have enough paid leave for moms”.

“ As Oliver says in the segment, the U.S. and Papua New Guinea are the only countries in the world that don’t mandate paid maternity leave. Although we do have 12 weeks of unpaid leave under federal law, the law only covers about 40% of working moms. That leaves the majority of working moms to piece together the time off they need, or give up pay for days they miss, or even lose their jobs. Although a few states have passed legislation to help moms by expanding maternity leave, we’re still nowhere near getting a federal mandate. “

AFT Quality of Work Life Survey 2015

After concerns of stress on the job were reported to the Badass Teachers Association, a survey on well-being, working conditions and stressors for educators was designed by a group of teachers who are members of the American Federation of Teachers or BATs, and it was reviewed and refined by a workplace stress expert and a professional pollster. Circulated via email and social media, the survey was posted online on April 21 and closed on May 1. The first of its kind, the 80-question survey was filled out by more than 30,000 educators.

The need for women behind the camera isn’t mere tokenism; the sex of the director makes a difference in who is shown on camera and how. According to one study, only 28 percent of speaking characters were female in films with exclusively male directors and writers. The presence of at least one female director and/or writer made that figure jump to 37 percent. The numbers are even starker when it comes to the sex of protagonists. Of movies with a female director or writer, 39 percent of the protagonists were female. When the director and writers were exclusively male, just 4 percent of protagonists were women.
—  Melissa Silverstein in her op-ed for The Washington Post 

Women are shut out of directing roles, and it’s hurting movies

The ADL GLOBAL 100: 1.09 billion people harbor anti-Semitic attitudes

Between July 2013 and February 2014, the Anti-Defamation League surveyed the general public in over 100 countries around the world.

The Index Score represents the percentage of adults in a country who answered “probably true” to a majority of the anti-Semitic stereotypes tested. 

The survey consists of 11 anti-Semitic stereotypes:

  1. Jews are more loyal to Israel than to [this country/to the countries they live in]
  2. Jews have too much power in the business world 
  3. Jews have too much power in international financial markets 
  4. Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust 
  5. Jews don’t care what happens to anyone but their own kind 
  6. Jews have too much control over global affairs 
  7. Jews have too much control over the United States government
  8. Jews think they are better than other people 
  9. Jews have too much control over the global media 
  10. Jews are responsible for most of the world’s wars 
  11. People hate Jews because of the way Jews behave 

The data is a result of 53,100 total interviews among citizens aged 18 and over, across 101 countries and the West Bank & Gaza.

Within each country, the data was weighted to be reflective of the national population on a number of demographic measures, including age, gender, religion, urban/rural location, ethnicity, and language spoken.

A.C.L.U., Citing Bias Against Women, Wants Inquiry Into Hollywood’s Hiring Practices

Grumblings that Hollywood is a man’s world have percolated for decades and are borne out in studies that show how few women are hired to direct top-grossing films: only 4 percent over the last dozen years. Now this apparent truism is being challenged as a violation of civil rights.

On Tuesday the American Civil Liberties Union will ask state and federal agencies to investigate the hiring practices of Hollywood’s major studios, networks and talent agencies, and possibly bring charges against them, for what the organization described as rampant and intentional gender discrimination in recruiting and hiring female directors.

Hi there, folks! Here’s the first of my maps about the results of tonight’s show. More will be forthcoming when the full breakdown is available to me (and when I’m less knackered.) It seems that jurors may well have taken away a win for Italy. Looking at the split results, juries often heavily down-rated Italy whilst the televoters from Reykjavik to Moscow chose it as their favourite song.

Here’s a map showing the most popular song amongst the public, as determined by the televote only. Sweden would only have won three 12 points in the old 100% televoting system, the same amount as Albania. Neither Sweden nor Italy was whom I hoped would win, but I can’t help but feel bad for Il Volo. According to a friend of mine and fellow statistician, Italy won the televoting with 366 points, following by Russia with 286 points, and Sweden with 279 points. If the public vote had remained 100% determinatory of who wins ESC, we could have instead been heading to Italy for the first time since 1991.

Pitch Perfect 2 directed by Elizabeth Banks joins the elite list of films directed by women to have a #1 opening weekend. The last film to hold that distinction was 50 Shades of Grey in February. Before that you have to look all the way back to 2008, when Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight topped the box office, for a film directed by a woman that opened at #1.

Incidentally if estimates hold Banks will also hold the record as the woman with the second highest box office opening weekend narrowly beating out Catherine Hardwicke for Twilight.

Xavi (899) is one game away from his 900th official game at senior level for club & country

900th game against Juventus in the Champions League Final fighting for the Treble. It can’t get any better than that!

Season 14/15: Player Statistics | Marco Reus
Bundesliga: 20 games played, 7 goals scored, assists, 223 minute per goal, 50% shot accuracy, 49 chances created
Champions League: 4 games played, 3 goals scored, 1 assist, 113 minute per goal, 57% shot accuracy, 4 chances created
DFB-Pokal: 4 games played, goal scored, 263 minute per goal
Total: 28 games played, 11 goals scored, 6 assists, 197 minute per goal.


Since the debut of live NXT specials on February 27, 2014 with ArRIVAL, Champions are 11-5-1 in Title defenses, with Takeover: Unstoppable being the first where no Titles changed hands. The Ascension, Charlotte, Adrian Neville and Blake & Murphy currently stand as competitors to have successfully defend their Championships at multiple events, with all having done so twice. Paige and Sasha Banks have both retained the NXT Women’s Championsip once, matching The Lucha Dragons who defeated The Vaudevillains at Takeover: R Evolution to keep their NXT Tag Team Title. Kevin Owens walked out of his match with Sami Zayn at Takeover: Unstoppable with his NXT Championship, but only after the chaotic battle was ruled a No Contest.

Xavi Hernandez is officially the most successful Spanish club footballer of all time, winning 24 trophies in total with FC Barcelona 

  • 8 League titles 
  • 3 Copa del Reys
  • 6 Supercopa de Españas
  • 3 Champions Leagues (can be 4 next Saturday)
  • 2 European Super Cups
  • 2 World Cups for clubs