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Link Roundup: November 28, 2015

Links, links, links! Not enough to be worth categorizing this time, so have at ‘em: * [Stubborn pay gap for women persists worldwide](http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/business/gender-equality-workplace-1.3326221) -- It's closing, but still very slowly. * [Why Marissa Mayer is too hot to be Yahoo!'s CEO: The case against hiring women](https://medium.com/absurdist/why-marissa-mayer-is-too-hot-be-yahoo-s-ceo-the-case-against-hiring-women-6202dfed82d0#.9czmzdjd7) -- Related to the above; otherwise well-meaning people still have deeply sexist ideas about women in the workplace, including the pervasive idea that women who are "too hot" are distracting to their male coworkers--and it's the men whose needs should be considered first, apparently.

The Best Black Friday Deals

What’s this? A deceptive headline? I blame Vice. In the earlier epochs of history, we find almost everywhere a complicated arrangement of society into various orders, a manifold gradation of social rank. In ancient Rome we have patricians, knights, plebeians, slaves; in the Middle Ages, feudal lords, vassals, guild-masters, journeymen, apprentices, serfs; in almost all of these classes, again, subordinate gradations. The modern bourgeois society that has sprouted from the ruins of feudal society has not done away with class antagonisms.

Men's Rights Activists are the Worst

We Hunted the Mammoth is a blog that comments on online misogyny. This is a pool both wide and deep, so I’m sure they will have reliable material for years to come. Note: This post will have some upsetting quotes from (and links to) misogynists. Be warned. Case in point: Scott Adams, of Dilbert fame, had some pretty sexist things to say recently (not a new characteristic, for those keeping track), and when WHTM wrote some commentary about it, he sicced his fans on them.

Belligerence Toward Russia Won't Help Anything

Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet. Per the link above, the US is publicly defending Turkey. I can understand that, since they are a NATO ally. I have seen others (mostly online commentators, to be fair) applaud Turkey for giving Putin a bloody nose. Of course, this is childish and does nothing to ease the situation in the Middle East. On top of that, antagonizing Russia in general is a bad idea if there is any desire to curb ISIS’ growth and influence.

Donald Trump Fine with His Supporters Assaulting BLM Activists

Around the time Black Lives Matter protesters disrupted a Bernie Sanders appearance, commentary came from some circles as to why BLM wasn’t protesting at right-wing events, such as Donald Trump’s speeches. Never mind that liberal politicians don’t always serve the interests of black people in this country, at least they are ostensibly sympathetic to issues faced by black Americans, which makes them a good audience to address, unlike Republicans who are actively hostile.

Lazy Sunday

This is probably going to be the laziest post ever on this blog since I only have a few minutes to do it. As I mentioned previously, with many things I have going on during the holiday season, I’m not going to have as much time to post detailed articles. But I do still plan to post daily, so keep your eyes peeled! I expect things to return to what passes for “normal” on this blog early next year.

Link Roundup: November 21, 2015

It’s Saturday, so that means another batch of links. No special theme today, just odds and ends. There is a sizable section of links related to terrorism, ISIS, etc. though. Technology * [Facebook is making your breakup a lot easier](http://nypost.com/2015/11/19/facebook-is-making-your-breakup-a-lot-easier/?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPFacebook&utm_medium=SocialFlow) -- New Facebook features make managing interactions with your exes a little less painful. Video Games * [Steam's Autumn and Holiday sales will ditch daily deals and flash sales](http://www.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

So far this year, there have been at least 22 transgender people murdered in the US. Given that such numbers are gleaned from news sources–as far as I know, there is no coordinated national-level tracking–the real number is almost certainly higher. Of the 22 known for certain, 19 were people of color. Today is a day for remembering trans victims of violence. Transgender issues rarely get serious attention in the US.

Paris Response: American vs. European Media

After the shooting and bomb attacks that occurred in Paris last Friday, the American media landscape tackled themes that have been familiar since right after our 9⁄11 attacks. “Terrorists have struck! Where are they coming from? How do we stop them? Aren’t you terrified?” But the responses provided by European news outlets are of a different character entirely. TIME’s website published a brief piece laughably titled “Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Paris Attackers.