The Smithian

Jul 10

'A powerful government workers' union will end its support for the United Negro College Fund after the group accepted $25 million from the conservative powerhouse Koch brothers and the college fund's president appeared at a Koch event. In a letter made public Thursday, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said it will no longer partner with or raise funds for the fund, known for its iconic motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”'

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“Nothing has taken place down there [at the border] that I’m not intimately aware of…this is not theater.” —

President Obama 

in Dallas yesterday, when asked about visiting the borderlands.

…during a hastily arranged news conference…where he began a two-day visit to the state for Democratic fundraising and an economic event.

he also said

he’s “not interested in photo ops” and challenged Congress to give him new authority to respond to the situation.

'…Al Jazeera America does not have a content problem or a brand problem. Al Jazeera America has a distribution problem.'

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marxsound said: i*m a little new to tumblr, did you write the july 4th post about music? well written and makes me think thanks

post was written by Mr. Lefsetz

Jul 09

the project i’m working on with my husband is called HRDCVR.
thanks to our kickstarter backers, in addition to creating a soul-crushingly brilliant hardcover culture magazine for the new every1, we’re offering four virtual-ish fellowships. we’re taking apps now for two of them: the above, in writing & research, and there’s one for social media as well. coming soon: one in design, and one in content leadership.
please see this page for fellowship and other opportunities. 
also: here’s the hrdcvrlife tumblr.

the project i’m working on with my husband is called HRDCVR.

thanks to our kickstarter backers, in addition to creating a soul-crushingly brilliant hardcover culture magazine for the new every1, we’re offering four virtual-ish fellowships. we’re taking apps now for two of them: the above, in writing & research, and there’s one for social media as well. coming soon: one in design, and one in content leadership.

please see this page for fellowship and other opportunities.

also: here’s the hrdcvrlife tumblr.

Jul 07

[look of the hour]

[look of the hour]

(Source: madamgyoza, via featyagirl)

Jul 04

'In 2013, of the 30,000 students that took U.S. high school Advanced Placement computer science exam, less than 20% were female, eight percent were Hispanic, and three percent were black. No female, black or Hispanic students took the exam in Mississippi or Montana. The poorest communities, often the most diverse, have the most limited access to technology. According to a Pew Internet study, just three percent of teachers of the poorest classrooms feel that their students have access to the digital tools they need at home.'

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celebsoninstagram:

Kelly Rowland: “#WCW…..I know it’s Fri.” (http://instagram.com/p/qCzKIxP-ZM/)

[meaningful glance]

celebsoninstagram:

Kelly Rowland: “#WCW…..I know it’s Fri.” (http://instagram.com/p/qCzKIxP-ZM/)

[meaningful glance]


“The problem is that only recently has France begun to talk about the role of colonial troops…”

“The problem is that only recently has France begun to talk about the role of colonial troops…”

'But there must be people out there who believe the music is enough. Certainly the audience feels this way. They’re hungry for authentic. What’s No. 1 rolls off their shoulders, what speaks to their souls is FOREVER!'

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cinderellahope:

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John on the set of Grease, 1978.

[meaningful glance] x2

cinderellahope:

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John on the set of Grease, 1978.

[meaningful glance] x2

(via nearlyvintage)

[look of the hour]

[look of the hour]

[video]


….on course to become the bestselling album of the year.

….on course to become the bestselling album of the year.

'If I had to ask any of my heterosexual friends in an opposite sex marriage, which of their fundamental rights they would be willing to put to a vote, I think that would be a very difficult question to answer, if not impossible…If you ask the same people which of their fundamental rights with respect to their spouse or even their children they would be willing to put to a popular vote on the 50-50 chance they could lose…I think that's an impossible question.'

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