“Don’t Give It to a Russian” sex embargo takes guerrilla boycotting to the next level

Sanctions just got real. Ukrainian women are urging others to “fight the enemy by whatever means” by boycotting sex with Russian citizens. Global Voices reports: “This week, a creative boycott began in Ukraine that is drawing the attention of Russian Internet users. Ukrainian women are organizing a new campaign called “Don’t give it to a Russian”—a sex…

Bitcoin demographics: on politics and privilege

This just in: Libertarians and “unbanked” peoples love Bitcoin like whoa. An interesting look at who’s using the open source P2P money: “…there’s a fair amount of privilege built directly into the currency: In order to buy the sometimes wildly expensive currency, Bitcoin users need to be wealthy. And they can afford to put their…

Need to illustrate the “Lean In” fairy tale? Getty has you covered.

Getty Images recently released the “Lean In Collection” and it’s revealing in more ways than one. A fascinating critique, via The Toast : “The photographs have been carefully curated to give lie to the brand’s consumer-driven philosophies. They exist ready to be downloaded to illustrate stories about female entrepreneurs who are “bold,” “visionary,” corporate success stories.…

Why everyone should care about mathematical literacy

I really enjoyed this excellent profile in Mother Jones on Edward Frenkel and his crusade to promote mathematical literacy. Before college, I hated math like it was my job. Probably because my K-12 exposure was limited to a life-sucking traditional pedagogy: mastering principles via boring, obnoxiously repetitious, and seemingly irrelevant rote memorization and application of equations because testing. Frenkel gets…

Can you make it on Wall Street without turning into a rapacious dementor?

Next up on my reading list: Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits. Kevin Roose, whose  last book recounted his life undercover at  Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University (LOVE THAT BOOK), now reports on the lives of newly-minted Ivy League graduates/wannabe 1-percenters. Via NPR: “In Young Money, Kevin Roose poses many important questions about the…