Shep Smith, observing that: “Politics is weird. And creepy. And now I know lacks even the loosest attachment to anything like reality.”
I just want to present a Tumbie while holding a Koala Bear.
We tried to make a Tumbie Award for Amy Poehler — can you do better? Show us!! Tag it #tumbie.
For decades, teachers, managers and parents have assumed that the performance of students and employees fits what’s known as the bell curve — in most activities, we expect a few people to be very good, a few people to be very bad and most people to be average.
The bell curve powerfully shapes how we think of human performance: If lots of students or employees happen to show up as extreme outliers — they’re either very good or very bad — we assume they must represent a skewed sample, because only a few people in a truly random sample are supposed to be outliers.
New research suggests, however, that rather than describe how humans perform, the bell curve may actually be constraining how people perform. Minus such constraints, a new paper argues, lots of people are actually outliers. -Shankar Vedantam
Forty years ago, only one in three American workers a woman. Today, it’s one in two. What jobs did all those women get? And how did gender breakdowns change by industry? -Lam Thuy Vo
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Credit: Lam Thuy Vo / NPR)
May the Fourth be With You, Internet. (Happy International Star Wars Day!)
Related: George Lucas on Fresh Air
Hopscotch (by Stéfan)
The rapper from Odd Future, whose disappearance became a pop music mystery, speaks out on where he went: Coral Reef Academy, a therapeutic retreat for at-risk boys in Vaitele, outside of the Samoan capital of Apia:
As Odd Future became more popular, though, his absence was harder to ignore. While Ms. Harris remained largely silent, ‘Free Earl’ became a slogan, a hashtag, a mantra. Odd Future fans began to see her as an antagonist. At one point a threatening note was left on her door.
‘I could have never imagined in my wildest dreams that this decision to send him away to a school that had the kind of support for his emotional well-being that he needed would turn into a story about locking him away,’ she said. To explain her son’s absence, she added, ‘I would’ve had to have talked about his personal life in a way that I think would’ve been really unfair.’
|—||Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager at Obama for America, listing options for sharing a campaign video. (via officialssay)|