GOOD

Iran Unveils Silly Flying Boats. Be Scared? Amused?

The Iranian government unveiled a new flying boat, the Bavar-2, on Tuesday, making it even harder to take Ahmadinejad seriously. Video inside.


The Iranian government unveiled a new flying boat, dubbed the Bavar-2, on Tuesday. Each "is armed with a machine gun and carries surveillance cameras."

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PYY8VC2Po4


The Economist's Democracy in America blog explains the significance:

This new development changes the entire military calculus. An Iranian flying boat carrying a concealed "A-Bomb" could fly overland across the Arabian desert, refuel at the French Levantine port of Beyrouth, refuel again at Smyrna, refuel again at Trieste, refuel again at Barcelona, cross Fascist Spain to refeul at Bilbao, refuel at Cork in neutral Ireland, and cross the Atlantic to refuel at a secret base hidden in the rocky coast of Canada manned by Fascist-sympathising Quebecois, whence it might be well within range of Boston Harbour—all in less than the time it takes to travel from London to Constantinople via Orient Express.

\n

Over at the National Post, Matt Gurney says they "must be taken seriously," but it's hard.

Articles
via Barry Schapiro / Twitter

The phrase "stay in your lane" is usually lobbed at celebrities who talk about politics on Twitter by people who disagree with them. People in the sports world will often get a "stick to sports" when they try to have an opinion that lies outside of the field of play.

Keep Reading
Culture

The Free the Nipple movement is trying to remove the stigma on women's breasts by making it culturally acceptable and legal for women to go topless in public. But it turns out, Free the Nipple might be fighting on the wrong front and should be focusing on freeing the nipple in a place you'd never expect. Your own home.

A woman in Utah is facing criminal charges for not wearing a shirt in her house, with prosecutors arguing that women's chests are culturally considered lewd.

Keep Reading

In August, the Recording Academy hired their first female CEO, Deborah Dugan. Ten days before the Grammys, Dugan was placed on administrative leave for misconduct allegations after a female employee said Dugan was "abusive" and created a "toxic and intolerable" work environment. However, Dugan says she was actually removed from her position for complaining to human resources about sexual harassment, pay disparities, and conflicts of interest in the award show's nomination process.

Just five days before the Grammys, Dugan filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and her claims are many. Dugan says she was paid less than former CEO Neil Portnow. In 2018, Portnow received criticism for saying women need to "step up" when only two female acts won Grammys. Portnow decided to not renew his contract shortly after. Dugan says she was also asked to hire Portnow as a consultant for $750,000 a year, which she refused to do.

Keep Reading