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FIYAH Literary Magazine Calls for ‘African Diaspora’ Speculative Fiction Stories and Poetry - Pays $150/story

The editors of the new speculative fiction magazine FIYAH (est. Sept. 2016) have posted a call for submissions to receive stories and poetry for forthcoming issues.

Published quarterly in digital format, FIYA presents riveting sci-fi/fantasy stories by and about people of the African Diaspora. 

The editors encourage writers and poets to explore intersectional issues of identity, equality, gender, disability, etc., and above all what it means to be human, through the lens of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and related sub-genres.

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(This is a comment on that post about Thomas Jefferson).

Correct me if I’m reading this wrong Ken. Are you saying Jefferson was behaving according to the standards of his time, and that nearly everyone looks bad when viewed through the moral lens of the future?

Should we approach the crimes of history with a kind of jaded moral relativism? Lots of people knew slavery was unconscionable, even back then, just as many of us know to decry police murder, income inequality, exploitation, and prejudice now. Plenty of people back then knew not to have sex with a child. Plenty of people knew that people in bondage couldn’t consent to sex. Thomas Jefferson is not off the hook for his crimes just because they were legal at the time. His actions were not the blithe banal evil of the average indifferent white person of the time. His actions were directly harmful. And he made it clear in his writing that he knew slavery was wrong.

So please, let’s not jump 250 years in the future and judge one another. We can do it right now. The evils of slavery were obvious even back then, as so many ongoing evils of today also are, and nobody complicit in those evils deserves to be off the hook for them.

I mean, I know not everyone is with me on this, but this is what I believe. and it makes me a real delight to be around at Thanksgiving. I don’t let 80 year old racist grandparents off the hook for “being from another time” either. It’s probably 0% productive to criticize those folks, and you’re right, we should critique ourselves and our present faults too, but looking backward and critiquing backward as well is what I honestly believe to be intellectually and morally consistent.

and again, if I’m interpreting this comment wrong, let me know!

Book Review: Her Eternal Moonlight

I was approached recently by the authors of this book to do a review of it, as my podcast & blog are pretty relevant to part of the Sailor Moon experience. Like myself, many of my followers were fans of Sailor Moon since back before the internet was a constant presence in our everyday lives. The idea of a book focused not just on the history of Sailor Moon through the lens of its North American fans, but specifically how it touched the lives of its female fandom sounded quite intriguing. So of course, I jumped on the chance to read this book, and I wanted to share my thoughts with all of you!

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anonymous asked:

Here's the thing. Let's say hypothetically that T&S are really in a relationship. What would happen if they made that public? Ice dance is treated like a soap opera by the media. Every single article going forward would be seen through the lens of "the kids everyone wanted to get together finally grew up and got together." Forget about any focus on their skating. Isn't that the last thing T&S would want? I think everything they want to say about it will probably be shown in the FD.

Anon YES to all of this. Art is a form of expression and TS always say they have great input into their art….all I’m sayiiiiiiiiin **wink**

the-gitz  asked:

While we're on the subject of shipping, I find it kind of frustrating at times when you ship two characters together, and then everyone assumes that 'everything' you draw or write with 'said characters interacting in any way MUST be a shipping one. It's happened to me a good deal of times, whether it's a canon, slash, or straight up crack pairing, with Dave and Chris being the most recent one for me to receive that sort assumption from some others.

Welcome to the wonderful world of shipping, where platonic moments don’t exist and all things must be seen through a romantic lens. Why that is exactly I have no real idea. 

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Cyber Threats Are Growing More and More by the Day

Cyber threats are growing more and more by the day: 97 percent of Fortune 500 companies estimate that they have been breached. Yet 205 days often go by between when a breach occurs and the victim discovers it.

“There are only two types of people and companies: those who have been breached, and those who haven’t realized it,” shared Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Amy Zegart in her recent cybersecurity talk for the 2016 Stanford Executive Program. “The cyber environment is very confusing, we’re told to be afraid all the time.”

How can cyber threats be deterred? Are there any lessons we can learn from U.S. history in navigating these types of attacks? Why can it feel like there is still a shroud of mystery surrounding them?

Zegart sketched out the state of the cyber landscape:

What We Should Know
Looking at cyber security through the lens of U.S. history, it’s clear that this is an unprecedented threat. If you think about the Cold War, noted Zegart, the danger was much more straightforward. Policymakers faced a single advisory – the Soviet Union. They knew who it was, where it was located, and also had a pretty good idea of its intentions and capabilities.

Today’s threat landscape is more crowded and dynamic. “There are rising states, declining states, rogue states, non-state actors, ISIS, and transnational threats like global climate change.” And it’s changing faster than ever before. For example, in 2007 the U.S.’s Threat Assessment did not mention “cyber attacks” even once. In 2009, it appeared extremely far down on the list. Then suddenly in 2012, cyber jumped into the top three threats and has remained there since.

What We Do Know
Cyber threats are different from other national security threats in a few ways.

When it comes to military threats, the countries with the most capabilities to protect their land and sea are the most powerful. But on the cyber side, having the most capabilities can actually make you the most vulnerable. The U.S. has the best cyber resources, but because we rely so much on networks, there is an incredible amount that can be disrupted. Poorer countries that aren’t online very much have less that can be threatened. In this way, the U.S. cyber environment is a source of both strength and vulnerability – and overall complication.

Another element that sets cyber threats apart is that the government can’t go it alone in tackling them. In every other realm, the government is the monopoly provider of protection services – like police are the societal providers of security. The government needs the support of technology leaders, but there is a major trust deficit between the two that is only getting worse.

In addition, the attack surface of cyberspace is huge and only getting bigger; there are now more devices connected to the internet than there are people on the planet. The danger is that every “smart” device is an attack point into your life. “Yet we’d rather be connected than protected,” reminds Zegart, “and that’s why the attack surface expands.” The code in our devices has inherent vulnerabilities, but humans are always the weakest link. Eighty percent of cyber breaches are from stolen passwords.

What We Don’t Know
Zegart examined three common questions about cyber security:

Question #1: What type of cyber attack constitutes a national security level threat in the U.S.?
The short answer is we don’t know yet. “‘Cyber’ and ‘attack’ are problematic words,” shared Zegart. Cyber can mean a wide-ranging spectrum of things that share a common mode of execution on digital networks and systems. By using the word “cyber” we loop together in one category theft of personal information along with espionage and theft of intellectual property. “It’s like saying ‘vehicle-born threats’ for example, and under this category lumping together road rage, carjacking, invasions by tanks, and terrorist attacks by truck bombs,” she explained.

We just don’t have a good lexicon for understanding these threats. Why should we care about the specific words used to describe them? “Because words matter when it comes to government action. The words you use trigger government actions and shape the public’s expectations of what to do.”

Question #2: How serious are teenage hackers?
“We have much less to fear from teens than major other actors,” said Zegart. “We often hear in the news about ‘sophisticated’ cyber attacks that aren’t really that clever, but it was good PR for the victim to say that the perpetrator was ‘an advanced persistent’ threat.” In actuality, the victim likely just didn’t see the threat coming and now can’t get rid of it.  Serious cyber threats come from China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea.

Question #3: Is cyber deterrence possible?
Deterrence means threatening to punish an adversary in order to prevent them from doing something. “In order to deter, you have to know the culprit. Knowing who you’re negotiating with makes all the difference – and it’s getting harder and harder in the cyber world.” Even if you can find out the computer that is responsible for an attack, you then have to get to the person behind it. Speed matters. If you can’t identify the culprit quickly, you can’t punish well. Because of this, deterrence is not a quick fix or a good solution for cyber threats. “We need to start by asking the right questions,” emphasized Zegart.

For more from Amy Zegart, follow her on Twitter: @AmyZegart

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Through the Lens: Mr. T-Michael

Undoubtedly one of the most stylish and influential personalities in the current menswear scene, T-Michael makes an impression wherever he goes.

During a recent visit to Portugal, I got a chance to team up with Filipa Alves for a relaxed photo shoot among friends, featuring the bespoke tailor and Norwegian Rain designer. The unexpected rendezvous resulted in yet another record of his flawless aesthetic.

Keep an eye out for his full collections at Pitti Uomo, Liberty Fairs, Tranoi Homme and Norwegian Rain’s showroom at Rue Charlot, Paris.

Ph: Filipa Alves and Beyond Fabric

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