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Female Entrepreneurship Is More Popular In Developing World: Study

Female Entrepreneurship Is More Popular In Developing World: Study | woman | Scoop.it
Women in less developed economies are more likely to start or maintain a business venture than those living in developed countries, according to the 2010 Women's Report released Wednesday by the Global ...
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What's the Deal With the Women's Equality Party?

What's the Deal With the Women's Equality Party? | woman | Scoop.it

It’s pretty easy to feel demoralized about the state of women’s rights these days. Between #GamerGate, the Ray Rice incident, a persistent gender pay gap (77 cents for every dollar), and the Hobby Lobby decision, 2014 has not exactly been kind to the gender equality movement. It’s more vital than ever for supporters of equal rights to ensure that elected officials understand the importance of advocating for, and responding to, the needs of women. This is true especially in New York, where the pay gap persists and we have the power to do something about it.

Thanks to the brand new Women’s Equality Party, there is a structure now in place for New Yorkers to take action and take charge. I sat down with former NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a supporter of the initiative, to get a better idea of what the Women’s Equality Party is all about and where it’s headed.

What is the goal of the Women’s Equality Party?
The goal of the Women’s Equality Party first and foremost is to elect pro-women’s equality officials this year in Albany. At every level — governor, state representatives, state senators, and state assemblymen– we need to have pro-women elected officials. The goal is to make sure we pass the women’s equality agenda as soon as possible. Right now, we need to get 50,000 New Yorkers to vote the Women’s Equality Party line on Election Day to establish WEP as a party — all of these things are wrapped up together.

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Isis releases first video showing the stoning of woman accused of committing adultery as her father shouts 'don't call me Dad'

Isis releases first video showing the stoning of woman accused of committing adultery as her father shouts 'don't call me Dad' | woman | Scoop.it

Amnesty International says apparent murder is 'yet another example of the disgusting depravity of Isis'.

 

Isis have released a video appearing to show a young woman being stoned to death in the presence of her father, who refuses to forgive her alleged crimes.
The execution, which was released in the early hours of Tuesday night by Isis, who also call themselves the Islamic State, took place in Hama, Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, but the date of the stoning cannot be confirmed.

In the video the militants press the father to forgive his daughter, accused of committing adultery, before she is stoned to death - in order to set an example.

“This punishment right now, is a result of your action you chose. No one forced you, therefore you need to accept God’s law, and to accept and submit to God. Islam is submitting to the will God,” one of the militants says to the girl.

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ASIANS IN COMICS: Long Beach Comic Con 2014

ASIANS IN COMICS: Long Beach Comic Con 2014 | woman | Scoop.it
 
 
To my right, Harley Quinn was posing for a picture with Deadpool and Groot. To my left, Chewbaca and a female Loki were casually sipping coffee together.
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Elon Musk on Tesla's Auto Pilot and Legal Liability

Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc., discusses Tesla's "auto-pilot" feature, autonomous driving, government regulations, and legal liability with...
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Argentina and Wall Street's Vulture Funds: "Economic Terrorism" and the Western Financial System

Argentina and Wall Street's Vulture Funds: "Economic Terrorism" and the Western Financial System | woman | Scoop.it

“Today you pretend making a coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), but in fact you’re their allies,” Those are the frank words by Cristina Fernandez Kirchner, the Argentinian President, spoken in a calm and secure voice at the UN General Assembly last Friday, 3 October 2014.

Similarly, she referred to the western financial system as economic terrorism, as in vultures – the vulture funds that thanks to New York judge Griesa have put Argentina – a solvent country, willing and capable of paying their debt, in default. He ruled that the vulture funds, Griesa’s clients and paymasters, needed to be paid in full, i.e. 100%, equal to US$ 1.5 billion, when close to 93% of all creditors agreed on a restructured reimbursement rate of about 20%.

Without any international right to interfere in the affairs of a sovereign country, Griesa would allow the vultures reaping in a profit margin well in excess of 1,000%. — Paul Singer, king of the ‘vulture capitalists’, knows no merci. He is in bed with Wall Street and Griesa – and with whomever other financial hooligans who share his greedy endeavors. Greed is their prayer. It’s knocked around the world. Exploits poor nations, makes them poorer, and keeps them dependent on the powers of money, being well aware that the poor are too weak to defend themselves.

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Germany Considers Remedies for Slowing Growth

Germany Considers Remedies for Slowing Growth | woman | Scoop.it

BERLIN — Mounting signs of economic stagnation in Germany and elsewhere in Europe are prompting a debate within the German government about how it might support growth without diluting its insistence on fiscal rectitude.

German officials have begun discussions about business-friendly measures and a limited boost to public spending to help spur consumer demand and company investments. But the possible moves fall far short of demands for a major increase in German public investment that other European capitals, the European...

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We Need More Women In Politics

We Need More Women In Politics | woman | Scoop.it

But not more female politicians like Kathleen Casey

I have long-held that we need more women in politics and asked why women don’t vote for their own gender.

However, if women in politics are going to be just like the good-old-boys when elected, falling into the trap of power and entitlement then why bother.

There have been many example of female politicians who have been models of democratic representation like Marion Reid who was an MLA, Speaker and Lieutenant Governor of great reputation.

This week The P.E.I. Coalition for Women in Government began promoting Casey as a model for women in politics. Women urged to run in municipal election

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Tibetan Monks Create Wildly Intricate Sand Painting In Meditative Masterpiece

Tibetan Monks Create Wildly Intricate Sand Painting In Meditative Masterpiece | woman | Scoop.it

The mandala is a spiritual symbol that represents the universe. Literally translating to "center and its surroundings," mandalas always contain a center point and a circle, surrounded by some sort of symmetrical design. 

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Doc: Spanish woman touched face with Ebola glove

Sierra Leone burial teams have gone back to work one day after organizing a strike over pay and abandoning the dead bodies of Ebola victims in the capital.

The economic impact of the Ebola epidemic could reach $32.6 billion by the end of next year if the disease ravaging Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone spreads to neighboring countries in West Africa, the World Bank Group said Wednesday.

In neighboring Liberia, however, health workers said Wednesday they planned to strike if their demands for more money and safety equipment were not met by the end of the week.

The expressions of frustration by beleaguered West African health workers came as Spanish officials investigated whether a nursing assistant infected with Ebola got the deadly disease by touching her face with tainted protective gloves. The case of Teresa Romero is the first known incident of someone contracting the disease outside the West African outbreak zone.

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Case Of Muslim Woman Denied Job At Abercrombie & Fitch To Go Before Supreme Court

Case Of Muslim Woman Denied Job At Abercrombie & Fitch To Go Before Supreme Court | woman | Scoop.it

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday said it would consider whether a Muslim woman denied a job at an Abercrombie & Fitch Co clothing store because she wears a head scarf was required to specifically request a religious accommodation.

The nine justices agreed to hear an appeal filed in the closely watched case by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency that sued the company on behalf of Samantha Elauf. She was denied a sales job at an Abercrombie Kids store in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2008.

Elauf, who was 17 at the time, was wearing a head scarf – or hijab – at the job interview but did not specifically say that, as a Muslim, she wanted the company to give her a religious accommodation. The company denied Elauf the job on the grounds that wearing the scarf violated its "look policy" for members of the sales staff.

A federal district judge ruled in favor of Elauf and the government, but in an October 2013 ruling the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that Elauf was required to ask for an accommodation.

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Women in business: Do More Bars

Women in business: Do More Bars | woman | Scoop.it

Do More Bars’ mission: “To create a great tasting, wholesome, gluten-free snack.”

“Man, Mom, these things rock!” a preteen Mikayla exclaimed when her mother first handed over a healthy treat. Tammy Woods’ gluten-free cereal bars were originally intended merely as snacks for her daughter, but Mikayla’s encouragement (“People would buy these!”) got Tammy thinking about the business potential.

In the early 2000s, Tammy pulled her daughter out of public school, due in part to dyslexia issues. “I felt like I was losing her,” Tammy recalls, “not just reading-wise but self-esteem-wise.” Committed to home-schooling Mikayla, the concerned mother found a job that would accommodate the new arrangement.

By the time she obtained her real estate license, however, the housing market had crashed. Suddenly, Mikayla’s compliments assumed a new significance, and Tammy decided to go commercial with Do More Bars.

“She was my inspiration for creating it and taking it to market,” the proud mother says. Starting out in convenience stores and other test locations, the cereal bars soon found their way into larger outlets such as the French Broad Food Co-op, Ingles and the UNC Asheville campus. And it wasn’t long before Mikayla was recruited by her mother into the business. At age 12, Mikayla began negotiating her own compensation and took on a more consistent role in production.

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Here's What 2.7 Billion Social Shares Say About Online Publishing

Here's What 2.7 Billion Social Shares Say About Online Publishing | woman | Scoop.it

Facebook, inarguably the largest of the networks, did secure 81.9% of all the shares in this study – more than four times that of all the other networks combined. LinkedIn, the second largest network according to a recent study by Pew Research Institute, had the fewest shares with only 2.2%. But the smallest network, Twitter, saw nearly four times as many shares with 8.6% of the total share count.
The differences between the networks didn’t stop with their size and propensity to provoke sharing. In addition to the volume of content spread by each audience, we also found some compelling data on content types that are more popular on each network.

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The Eloquent Woman: Famous Speech Friday: Indra Nooyi's "middle finger" speech

The Eloquent Woman: Famous Speech Friday: Indra Nooyi's "middle finger" speech | woman | Scoop.it

Nooyi, president and CFO of PepsiCo at the time, spoke at the Columbia University Business School graduation on the topic of global business. She was an inspired choice: born in India, in charge of PepsiCo's international strategy for nearly a decade, and consistently ranked among Forbes' most powerful women in business. And she employed an inspired analogy in her talk, using the hand and its fingers to talk about perceptions of the United States in the world marketplace.
Commencement speakers get a thumbs-up or thumbs-down depending on how well they can make a hidebound ceremony seem fresh and memorable. Indra Nooyi got a definite thumbs-down from some quarters when she offered up a 2005 commencement speech that included a starring role for, ahem, the middle finger.

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What Happened to All the Women in Computer Science?

What Happened to All the Women in Computer Science? | woman | Scoop.it

The low numbers of female computer science majors may have roots in the mid-1980s and the rise of personal computers.

n 1833, seventeen-year-old Ada Lovelace met Charles Babbage at a party, where the mathematician introduced the young woman to his clockwork calculating machine. In Babbage's words, Lovelace was able to grasp "the most abstract of Science...with a force which few masculine intellects could have exerted over it." Working with Babbage and his machine earned her a spot in computing history—as the first computer programmer.

But in the years since Lovelace and other pioneering programmer women did their work, the gender imbalance in computer science has become wide: The National Center for Education Statistics reports that women made up just 18 percent of undergraduate computer science majors in 2010-2011.

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War with Isis: Why should anyone have faith in the left if it continues to sit on the fence when it comes to supporting the Kurds?

War with Isis: Why should anyone have faith in the left if it continues to sit on the fence when it comes to supporting the Kurds? | woman | Scoop.it

The struggle of the Kurdish people against Isis in northern Syria and Iraq has all the trappings of a left-wing cause celebre. Here is a relatively secular and embattled minority fighting against a religious movement backed by oil money which seeks, among other things, to reduce a large number of people to chattel slavery.

Writing about the sheer irrationality of Nazism in the 1930s, Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky noted that “Today…there lives alongside the twentieth century the tenth or thirteenth”. Today in the Middle East a concerted attempt is being made to turn the clock back to the seventh century; an attempt which has so far been thwarted by one of the few forces in the region that is prepared to embrace the twenty-first.

I am talking of course about the Kurds. In a part of the world where ‘radicalism’ too often means antisemitism and the subordination of women, the Kurdish people in northern Iraq and Syria have spent recent years dispelling the orientalist notion that the people of the Middle East are ‘unsuited’ to things like democracy, secularism and women’s rights.

In northern Syria, in territories which have long been abandoned by the ultra-violent Assad regime, the Kurds have been busy establishing grassroots democratic assemblies which extend right down to neighbourhood level. The latter have already passed a ‘social agreement’ which guarantees free education, healthcare, housing and an end to discrimination against women. Defending these are the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPD), around 30 per cent of which are women. All-woman fighting units are also common in the battle against the Islamic State.

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Body found might be missing actress Misty Upham

Body found might be missing actress Misty Upham | woman | Scoop.it

Police in the Seattle suburb of Auburn said Thursday that they believe they have found the body of missing actress Misty Upham, known for her roles in “August: Osage County,” “Frozen River” and “Django Unchained.”

A woman’s body was found in a ravine near the White River around 1 p.m. Thursday, police spokesman Steve Stocker said. Items with Upham’s name on them were found nearby.

Officials were waiting for the medical examiner to make a positive identification and determine the cause of death, Stocker said.

A family friend found the body while a group of friends and family were searching in the area.

The 32-year-old Native American actress was reported missing by her family Oct. 6, a day after they told police she was suicidal.

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Social Media Giants Fail in Response to Online Abuse

Social Media Giants Fail in Response to Online Abuse | woman | Scoop.it

Three of the world's leading social networks -- Facebook, Twitter and YouTube -- are woefully lacking in their response to online abuse, harassment and violence against women, according to a new report card from the Association for Progressive Communications' Take Back the Tech campaign.

After commissioning research into the corporate policies of these companies, the group gave Twitter and YouTube a failing grade while Facebook received a D+ overall. All three received an F for their "absolute failure to take any visible action" on a public commitment to human rights standards.

All three companies were graded on five additional factors including the following:

Transparency around reporting and redress -- Facebook: C; Twitter and YouTube: D
Simplified and easily accessible reporting mechanisms -- C grades for all three
Responsiveness to needs of non-US/European women -- F for all three
Engagement with stakeholder groups -- Facebook: B; Twitter: C; YouTube: F
Proactive steps to eradicate violence against women -- Facebook: C; Twitter and YouTube: F

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Microsoft CEO Says Women Shouldn’t Ask for Raises, Will Instead Magically Receive Them via ‘Karma’

Microsoft CEO Says Women Shouldn’t Ask for Raises, Will Instead Magically Receive Them via ‘Karma’ | woman | Scoop.it

While being interviewed onstage at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said women should stay mute on the subject of their paychecks.

Ladies, take note: A male leader of one of the most prominent tech companies in America would prefer that you hold your tongue about your paycheck.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said as much to an audience of women in the tech industry Thursday afternoon, ReadWrite reports. He made the remarks while being interviewed onstage at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

“For women who aren’t comfortable asking for a raise, what’s your advice for them?” Maria Klawe, a computer scientist who is a member of Microsoft’s board of directors, asked.

“It’s not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise,” he told Klawe (who, presumably, was screaming inside). He went on to further imply that there was an incalculable je ne sais quoi about a woman who never asks for what she truly wants.

 

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Germany: Knife-Wielding Isis Supporters Attack Kurdish Kobani Protests in Hamburg and Celle

Germany: Knife-Wielding Isis Supporters Attack Kurdish Kobani Protests in Hamburg  and Celle | woman | Scoop.it

Anti-Isis (Islamic State) protests organised by Kurdish nationals in a number of German cities have erupted into violent clashes, with radical Muslims armed with knives and brass-knuckles.

The demonstrations in the city of Hamburg and the town of Celle deteriorated into violence, forcing German police to request reinforcements to restore order. 

The clashes occurred on Tuesday after 80 Kurdish protesters occupied Hamburg's main train stationfor an hour before leaving voluntarily, according to local police.

Approximately 500 Kurdish demonstrators marched through Hamburg, causing damage to a number of cars and Turkish snack bars. Fourteen Kurdish protesters were arrested.

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Uk among lowest for female judges

Uk among lowest for female judges | woman | Scoop.it

UK judicial systems have some of the lowest proportion of females among professional judges in Europe, one of the continent's leading human rights organisation has said.
England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are at the bottom of a list of European nations in terms of female representation in the judiciary, along with Azerbaijan, Armenia and Ireland, the Council of Europe (CoE) said in its annual report on the efficiency and quality of justice in 45 European countries.
Some 25.2% of judges in England and Wales in 2012 were women, while 22.2% and 21.6% were female in Northern Ireland and Scotland respectively. Only Azerbaijan had lower female representation than Scotland at 10.5%. Armenia had 21.9% female judges.

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AFRICA: Forum Calls For More Women Participation In Peace Building

AFRICA: Forum Calls For More Women Participation In Peace Building | woman | Scoop.it

Source: The New Times
Governments and institutions must involve women in conflict prevention and post-conflict reconstruction, participants at a Gender Pre-forum that opened in Kigali yesterday have said.

The African Union, which is at the forefront of organising the Gender Pre forum, seeks a holistic understanding of vulnerabilities and challenges women face in conflict situations along with their role in building democratic governance and peace on the continent.

Dr Aisha Laraba Abdullahi
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dr Aisha Laraba Abdullahi, the AU commissioner for political affairs, said the Gender Pre- forum is dedicated to examining trends, challenges and opportunities for the effective participation of women in democratisation and peace building in Africa.

"While we concede that gender is not only about women, we made a strategic choice to focus on women and girls at this forum, given the specific and particular vulnerabilities and issues faced by women in conflict situations, democratic governance and peace building," Dr Abdullahi said.

"It's also in recognition of the fact that women suffer the most in times of conflict and yet remain relegated at the periphery of initiatives aimed at building peace and democratic governance."

She said the choice of Rwanda as venue for the forum was because the country has ensured active participation at all levels of women in peace building, leadership and development.

Lamin Manneh, the UN resident coordinator, said Rwanda offers a good example in fighting violence and the empowerment of women and girls.

"We commend AU for taking the continental lead in silencing guns. In many countries, women still need to be empowered to actively participate in governance and peace building in their countries and communities," Manneh said.

Call for action to silence guns

The outcomes of the Pre-forum will feed into discussions of the high level dialogue that will take place in Dakar, Senegal, at the end of the month.

"Considering the urgent need to silence the guns across Africa, it is a call for action for the armed groups to lay down their weapons and participate actively in the development of their nations," Manneh said.

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Female Board Membership Rises in Europe as Top Spots Remain Male

Female Board Membership Rises in Europe as Top Spots Remain Male | woman | Scoop.it

Female board membership at Europe’s biggest companies has more than doubled in a decade, approaching the level in the U.S., even as women represent just 5.4 percent of directors who wield executive power.
Women held 20.3 percent of board directorships at European businesses valued at more than 4 billion euros ($5 billion), compared with 15.6 percent two years ago and just 8 percent in 2004, London-based Egon Zehnder said today. The consulting firm studied more than 350 companies in 17 European countries.

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I Don't Know How To Tell You About Hyperemesis Gravidarum

I Don't Know How To Tell You About Hyperemesis Gravidarum | woman | Scoop.it

With the announcement that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant and experiencing Hyperemesis Gravidarum once again, the questions have started rolling in: Lots of women deal with morning sickness in pregnancy, why does Kate get all this attention for being sick? But this isn't just morning sickness; it's morning sickness with a chip on it's shoulder and a tendency to be an overachiever. It's the Hunger Games of morning sickness, except your fiercest rival lives inside your body and is what you are defending the most. Hyperemesis Gravidarum, Latin for "lots of puking in pregnancy," isn't something to be fought with ginger ale and crackers; it can be lethal. I don't know how to tell you why this matters to me or what HG is like. Though I'm used to being able to express myself fairly well via the written word, for some reason, I just can't find the words. The truth is, I just don't know how. There's too much and it is still so hard to talk about.

I don't know how to explain the way HG robs everything wonderful, everything beautiful from pregnancy.

I don't know how to tell you that though I wanted every one of my babies, I never wanted to be pregnant.

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The Daily Startup: Digital Media Veterans Launch BRaVe Ventures

The Daily Startup: Digital Media Veterans Launch BRaVe Ventures | woman | Scoop.it

Three media and entertainment veterans have launched BRaVe Ventures, a new enterprise aimed at identifying new technologies that are changing how people consume digital media. The firm was co-founded by Jesse Redniss, a former USA Network executive; David Beck, an executive at Spanish-language station Univision; and Gary Vaynerchuk, a prolific angel investor with early-stage bets on Twitter, Tumblr, Uber and other startups who recently launched his $25 million VaynerRSE fund for seed investing. “The entire ecosystem is in flux,” said Mr. Redniss. “Content consumption is changing, and today it’s a whole new paradigm.”

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The Woman Who Walked 10000 Miles (No Exaggeration) in Three Years

The Woman Who Walked 10000 Miles (No Exaggeration) in Three Years | woman | Scoop.it

 

A hundred years ago, when Robert Falcon Scott set out for Antarctica on his Terra Nova expedition, his two primary goals were scientific discovery and reaching the geographic South Pole. Arguably, though, Scott was really chasing what contemporary observers call a sufferfest. He set himself up for trouble: Scott brought Manchurian and Siberian ponies that quickly fell through the snow and ice; he planned, in part, for his crew to “man-haul,” meaning that the men would pull sleds full of gear, instead of relying on dogs. Even when Scott’s men faltered, they continued collecting specimens, including rocks. The expedition ended terribly; everybody who made the push to the pole died. Miserable, starving and frostbitten, one of Scott’s last four men killed himself by walking into a blizzard without even bothering to put on his boots.
In the taxonomy of travelers, the word “explorer” suggests a morally superior pioneer, a man or woman who braves the battle against nature to discover new terrain, expanding our species’ understanding of the world. “Adventurer,” by contrast, implies a self-indulgent adrenaline junkie, who scares loved ones by courting puerile risk. The former, obviously, is the far better title, but it’s tough to claim these days. The world is Google-mapped. Reaching the actual virgin territory of space or the deep ocean requires resources that few possess. In short, the noble fig leaf of terra incognita has fallen away and laid bare the peripatetic, outsize bravado of Scott’s kindred spirits. The resulting itineraries are pretty strange. We now have guys like Felix Baumgartner sky-diving from a balloon-borne capsule at 128,100 feet.

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