London Fashion Week: Representation is ‘still a problem’

Strides have been made towards diversity on London’s catwalks but is it enough?
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Late-Night TV Has a Growing Problem: Maybe There’s Too Much of It

Something funny is going on with late-night TV, but it’s not the sort of development that’s going to make anyone laugh. Netflix’s decision to cancel programs led by comics Michelle Wolf and Joel McHale that emulated traditional late-night series, revealed Friday, marks just the most recent move in what might be seen as a scaling […]

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Three out of four women develop thrush at least once and 6% suffer repeatedly, scientists say.
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High five: Houston, you still have no problem

With thoughts of October percolating – and with the Yankees and Red Sox maneuvering – it felt like a good time to ask scouts and executives to rank the top five AL teams.

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GE Still Wrestles With a Big Problem: GE Capital

General Electric continues to work with bankers and advisers to determine the best way to proceed with GE Capital, the lending unit that nearly sank the company in the financial crisis.
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The Problem With Innovation: Big Companies Are Hogging All the Gains

As far back as the industrial revolution, improvements in productivity have traveled swiftly from company to company and industry to industry, an economy-boosting phenomenon called diffusion. Today, there is mounting evidence this engine of growth seems to be misfiring.
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This Designer’s Purses Solve a Major Problem, and Celebs Love It

ESC: Trendsetters at Work, Coral Chung, SenreveA woman that has it all needs a bag that carries it all. That’s where Coral Chung steps in.
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Facebook’s Latest Problem: Tracking Where the Data Went

Facebook’s internal probe into potential misuse of user data is hitting fundamental roadblocks: The company can’t track where much of the data went after it left the platform or determine where it is now.
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Dealing With an Aging Parent’s Alcohol Problem

What a family learned after it had a long-delayed, hard conversation about substance abuse.
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UPS’s $20 Billion Problem: Operations Stuck in the 20th Century

As the package giant tries to satisfy America’s 21st-century shopping-and-shipping mania, it must update a delivery network whose processes sometimes hark to a past era; a $ 20 billion catch-up bill.
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EU lawmakers to Facebook's Zuckerberg: 'We have a big problem here'

EU lawmakers to Facebook's Zuckerberg: 'We have a big problem here'Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized to lawmakers from the European Union in Brussels on Tuesday for its role in election interference, fake news, and Cambridge Analytica data misuse.



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Fashion’s Woman Problem

Why is it that an industry aimed at women and buoyed by female dollars is still run mostly by men? A new study tries to find out.
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Lowe: How big a problem will the Rockets be for Golden State?

Which matchups and maneuvers matter most in Rockets-Warriors? Here are all the little things that will make the biggest difference.
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Critic’s Notebook: Michelle Wolf Did Her Job. It’s the Correspondents’ Dinner That Is the Problem.

Don’t hire a political comic, then renounce her when she does political comedy.
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Big Tech’s accountability-avoidance problem is getting worse

Big Tech’s accountability-avoidance problem is getting worseSilicon Valley needs to learn to hold itself accountable for its failings.



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Your Love of Your Old Smartphone Is a Problem for Apple and Samsung

U.S. consumers are using their old iPhones and Galaxy S’s longer—or buying refurbished models, the way they buy used cars—depressing Apple and Samsung’s new-smartphone sales.
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Essay: Authors of Fiction Confront a Problem: How to Write About Sex

Allan Gurganus, Jennifer Weiner and other writers tell Sarah Lyall how they handle a delicate subject, and what happens when it goes wrong.
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Porzingis can shoot over anyone, and that might be a problem

No one in NBA history has shot with the same height advantage as Kristaps Porzingis. He just hasn’t realized how to unleash that potential yet.
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Can Hollywood Fix Its Harassment Problem While Celebrating Itself?

As allegations of sexual exploitations pile up, the industry has absorbed the critiques and converted them into inspirational messaging and branding exercises.
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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Proud Mary’ has a ‘Proud Mary’ Problem

Movies misuse music all the time. The Taraji P. Henson vehicle “Proud Mary” misuses it hilariously.
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No Shirt, No Problem! Demi Lovato Goes Nude Under Her Suit Jacket at the MTV EMAs

On Sunday, Demi Lovato walked the red carpet at the European Music Awards rocking a daring new fashion trend.

The 25-year-old “Sorry, Not Sorry” singer showed off her fit frame at the annual event by wearing a slightly oversized black-and-white checkered suit jacket and matching pants — with no top underneath. She kept her locks long and straight with a center part.

This new shirtless trend was also seen on Kim Kardashian West just a week ago, when the Keeping Up With the Kardashians attended the LACMA Art + Film Gala sans top.

Lovato is currently in London for the EMAs — which are being hosted by Rita Ora — where she was nominated for “Best Pop” alongside Camila Cabello, Miley Cyrus, Shawn Mendes and Taylor Swift. This was Lovato’s first EMA nomination. Cabello ultimately took home the prize.

RELATED VIDEO: Demi Lovato Shows off Her Toned Frame in Orange One-Piece After Preaching Body Positivity

The singer recently opened up about her ongoing battle with her body image in her YouTube documentary Simply Complicated — which follows Lovato’s ups and downs as well as the making of her latest album, Tell Me You Love Me, over a course of seven months in early 2017.

“Food is still the biggest challenge in my life,” she said, explaining she had recently relapsed and purged.

Added Lovato, “I don’t want to give it the power that it controls my every thought but it’s something that I’m constantly thinking about. Body image, what I wish I could be eating, what I wish I could be eating next, what I wish I didn’t eat, you know it’s just constant. I get envious towards people who don’t struggle with an eating disorder because I think my life would be so much easier.”

“I have been very open and honest with about my struggles so I don’t think it was a huge weight lifted off my shoulders but it’s something I definitely feel relief from,” Lovato told PEOPLE of the therapeutic reflections into her 10 years in the industry. “Being so honest and open and talking about subjects that I never talked about before is a big part of why I feel relieved … I feel like I got to really speak my truth through the documentary and also through the album.”


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Houston, we have a jetpack problem

An astronaut on a spacewalk was forced to return to the International Space Station after mission control decided his jetpack was not safe.
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Does Weinstein scandal mask institutional problem?

Harvey Weinstein has been banned by the Academy and the BFI and suspended from BAFTA – based only on accusations.
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Critic’s Notebook: Harvey Weinstein Is Gone. But Hollywood Still Has a Problem.

Women helped build the movie industry, but it has long been a male-dominated enterprise that systematically treats women — as a class — as inferior.
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Dutch TV Comedy Perfectly Sums Up America’s Gun Problem

Are you or a loved one suffering from “nonsensical rifle addiction?”
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Amazon Has a Luxury Problem

Swatch and other high-end brands are staying away from Amazon’s online marketplace, saying it undermines the strict control that is key to maintaining a sense of exclusivity—and keeping prices high.
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Amazon Has a Luxury Problem

Swatch and other high-end brands are staying away from Amazon’s online marketplace, saying it undermines the strict control that is key to maintaining a sense of exclusivity—and keeping prices high.
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Facebook Is Still In Denial About Its Biggest Problem

Facebook, which went mainstream as a friendly place to swap baby pictures and cat videos, has yet to fully come to terms with what Russian-paid election ads may have done to its brand and reputation.
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Facebook Is Still In Denial About Its Biggest Problem

Facebook, which went mainstream as a friendly place to swap baby pictures and cat videos, has yet to fully come to terms with what Russian-paid election ads may have done to its brand and reputation.
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Mental health: 10 charts on the scale of the problem

Ten charts that show how mental illness affects people in the UK.
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Apple Acknowledges Cellular Connectivity Problem in New Watch

Apple acknowledged problems with cellular connectivity in its newest smartwatch, raising questions about the device’s most significant feature days before it goes on sale in stores in the U.S. and other countries.
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John Oliver Figures Out Trump’s Problem: He’s ‘Out Of His F**king Mind’

The “Last Week Tonight” host tore into the president over his DACA repeal.
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This Wildly Popular Haircut Has a Serious Neo-Nazi Problem

Hipster? Or Hitler?

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The Problem With Electric Cars? Not Enough Chargers

Most owners of electric vehicles charge them overnight at home, but a few companies are looking ahead to an era of rapid adoption—and building a charging-station infrastructure.
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Frank Ocean’s Anti-Discrimination Tee Has a Copyright Problem

His Panorama shirt came from a slogan someone tweeted. Who owns the rights?

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Europe Is Becoming a Bigger Problem for Silicon Valley

Recent decisions against companies including Google and Facebook are highlighting a divide between U.S. and European regulators, who have sought to protect industries and consumers from tech giants’ practices.
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Europe Is Becoming a Bigger Problem for Silicon Valley

Recent decisions against companies including Google and Facebook are highlighting a divide between U.S. and European regulators, who have sought to protect industries and consumers from tech giants’ practices.
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How Tristan Thompson became an enormous ‘problem’ for Cavs opponents

How Tristan Thompson became an enormous ‘problem’ for Cavs opponents
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#FireColbert Demonstrates The Problem With The Internet

The issue with the internet is that there’s just too much of it. For instance, look at the #FireColbert movement that got started on Twitter recently. 

This all happened after Donald Trump insulted Stephen Colbert’s fellow CBS host John Dickerson of “Face the Nation.” During the “Late Show” on Monday, Colbert let loose. 

“When you insult one member of the CBS family, you insult us all. BAZINGA!” said Colbert, before firing off a barrage of insults at the president, one of those being, “The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock holster.”

Insulting Trump is nothing new for Colbert. He does it nightly, and his ratings have improved “bigly” because of it. The problem is he insulted the queer community with that particular comment.

This is 2017. You don’t need to watch Hilary Duff’s old “don’t call stuff gay” PSA to know how wrong and hurtful that is.

(Solid PSA though.)

The joke is seen by many as an offensive misstep by Colbert, and it reportedly inspired the #FireColbert hashtag to start trending on Tuesday. 

We say “reportedly” because now the conversation has become so muddled that even #FireColbert tweeters don’t seem to know what they’re tweeting about. The sad thing is this could’ve been a learning moment for “The Late Show,” but it’s hard to learn anything when people aren’t sure why they’re enraged.

Yes, there are tweets that mention the homophobic connotations of Colbert’s joke: 

But many more don’t seem to be aware of that argument. In fact, scrolling through a search for the hashtag reveals that much of the debate has turned into liberals who are Colbert fans vs. conservatives who aren’t.

Some are tweeting #FireColbert simply for his attack on the president:

Others are tweeting out #FireColbert in support of the host:

Even George Takei, a former “Star Trek” star and a prominent figure in the LGBTQ community, tweeted out #FireColbert, thinking it was from “right wing mushrooms” who want Colbert gone because he made fun of the president, aka the “Troll King.”

He doesn’t mention the homophobic joke at all. 

Like Takei’s ship in many “Star Trek” episodes, it seems the hashtag has lost its way.

Even if the movement was more on topic, as HuffPost Queer Voices Deputy Editor James Michael Nichols points out, Colbert wasn’t the first to make a tasteless joke about Trump and Vladimir Putin having a romantic relationship. This has been going on for a while now.

Tweeting #FireColbert isn’t going to change anything. If you do want to make a difference, take to heart Nichols’ words when he writes, “Our lives are not a punchline.”

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Dodgers ‘baffled’ by star pitcher’s problem (Yahoo Sports)

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Rich Hill’s inspirational comeback and Los Angeles’s World Series hopes continue to be threatened by the most minor of injuries.



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Elon Musk Has an Awkward Problem at Tesla: Employee Parking

With more employees competing for limited spaces, cars are often jammed diagonally in spots, propped up on curbs or left on gravelly medians. Some workers sleep in their cars to save spots.
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Apple’s iPad Problem: The Old Ones Are Just Fine

Apple just released a new iPad to little fanfare. It’s not that it’s bad—it’s just there’s nothing wrong with your old one. And that underscores how the iPad has descended from one of Apple’s most-hyped products to one of its slowest to evolve.
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Here’s The Real Problem With Casually Using The Word ‘Depressed’

We need to change the way we talk about mental health.

People often use words associated with mental illness, like “depressed” or “OCD,” in casual conversation as a way to express annoyance, make a joke or explain their feelings. In truth, this is hugely disrespectful to the one in five American adults who experience a mental health condition in a given year. 

It’s actually demeaning to those with true illnesses that can’t easily stop these behaviors,” Dan Reidenberg, executive director of the suicide awareness organization SAVE, previously told The Huffington Post. “If we trivialize them into something else or we make that become the person’s identity, we have done everyone a disservice.”

Artist Annie Erskine explains it best in these comics for CollegeHumor: The words you say matter when it comes to mental health. Take a look at the illustrations below:

Head over to CollegeHumor to see the rest of this spot-on series. Bottom line? Mental illness isn’t a punchline, it’s a health condition.

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Silicon Valley’s favorite sneaker has a wear-and-tear problem

Silicon Valley’s favorite sneaker has a wear-and-tear problemAllbirds’s Wool Runner sneakers are a hit among tech workers. Walk the streets, halls and open offices of Silicon Valley, and you’ll notice many tech workers wearing them: Allbirds’s Wool Runner sneakers. “Wearing Allbirds is like wearing slippers everywhere,” said one startup founder, who likes the comfort they offer because of the materials used and relative lack of structure.



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Grammy bosses deny having a ‘race problem’

Grammy organisers have apologised for glitches in the ceremony, but denied accusations of racial bias in the awards.
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Beyoncé lost the three major categories for album and song to Adele, who praised “Lemonade” in her own acceptance speech.
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Hot Dots Jr. Beginning Problem Solving Card Set

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This Hot Dots Jr. Beginning Problem Solving Card Set can encourage children learn to think about things in a new way, challenging their brains to make distinctions and engage in critical thinking. The 36 double-sided cards present children with 72, self-paced opportunities to make leaps of thinking and increase their confidence as they use those amazing little minds to figure things out. These sturdy, 4 x 6 inch, colorful and engaging cards store in a handled case for anywhere problem solving. The Hot Dots Jr. Beginning Problem Solving Card Set and be used stand-alone as flash cards or with the Hot Dots Pen (sold separately) which offers immediate, visual cues and audible feedback, using kid-friendly language that celebrates correct answers and gently re-directs incorrect ones. Requires 2 AAA batteries, not included. Ages 3 & amp up. Hot Dots Card Sets provide children with opportunities to learn and grow in confidence as they master new skills and gain new knowledge. Working with children on these Hot Dots Cards also offers opportunities to engage them in conversation and reinforce appropriate interaction skills. Manipulating the Hot Dots pen also provides hand skill practice and the nature of these cards allow children to work independently when they need some constructive alone time. Skill areas: Social Engagement and Interaction Sensory Motor Development Communication Cognition and Problem Solving WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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The Trumps’ Ongoing ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ Problem

They talk a big game, but it’s a whole different story in practice.

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Not at Coachella? No Problem! Watch How You Can Get Three Coachella-Ready Braids Right Now

Brace yourself, Coachella season is upon us. The annual California fest just started, and people are already wearing ‘Chella underwear and styling dreamcatchers in their hair (that would be Vanessa Hudgens). But you don’t have to have fringe shorts or a VIP wristband to get #coachellavibes.

Sometimes all you need is a good braid. That’s why we called upon hair pro Sarah Potempa, a.k.a. Lea Michele and Reese Witherspoon‘s go-to-braid guru and the founder of the Beachwaver, to show us how to style three easy-to-wear Coachella-ready braids. She created a look for every skill level — just watch and learn.

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1. The Dutch Hun Braid
Skill level: Easy
Your go-to half-up topknot is already festival-appropriate, but this easy update will amp up your braid game in just a few minutes.

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2. The Ear Cuff Pigtails
Think of this look—two plaits wrapped around her ears—as the modern pigtails.
Skill level: Medium

3. The Double Fishtail Bun
Brush up on your fishtail skills because this double dutch fishtail look is maxed out Coachella. And don’t forget to get your flower crowns ready — this look is perfect topped with a fresh ring of blooms.
Skill level: Hard

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‘Deadpool’ Isn’t the Only Solution. But ‘Batman v Superman’ Is the Problem.

Superhero movies are filled with self-serious rage and piety. They should lighten up and have some fun.
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Ninety given French problem trial drug

Ninety people took the drug in a clinical trial in France that has left one person brain-dead and another five in hospital, it is revealed.
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The Winter Skin Problem You Might Not Know You Have

There’s skin that gets a bit itchy and uncomfortable come winter. And then there’s a red, itchy, blistered-skin condition official enough to have a Latin name: atopic dermatitis, a.k.a. eczema. If your skin is flaring up, check out dermatologists’ top tips for calming things down.
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Problem Solvers Travel Agent

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The Problem Solvers Travel Agent amplifies your braking power so that you can mix road, mountain and cyclocross brakes and brake levers. Instead of buying new levers or brakes, just install a Travel Agent and you’re good to go. This trick gizmo is made of quality 6061 aluminum and is available with and without a built-in adjustment barrel. It works with cantilever brakes, road dropped handlebars, and Shimano STI and Campagnolo Ergopower levers.
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Goal Setter or Problem Solver?

I know so many people who have hopes, dreams and aspirations yet they are not realized. My life as a pastor, motivational speaker and a writer is devoted to inspiring people to fulfill their dreams. What I have realized is far too many never actually make goals let alone write those goals down. A study of Harvard MBA students found those who had goals earned twice the amount of those without goals. A study at Dominican University in California found those who wrote down their goals had a 42 percent increase on goal achievement. So having goals and writing them down is clearly the pathway to dreams coming true.

Why don’t more people have written goals? It is possible they don’t know how to do it though that seems unlikely for most people. More possible is they don’t want to take the time or put forth the effort to write down their goals. It may seem like too much trouble though the alternative is definitely not acceptable. Most likely they have had previous goals and they have not been achieved. There are many potential reasons for this and the solution lies in understanding how to set goals and see them fulfilled.

The issue may come down to the dichotomy between goal setting and problem solving. Those who are energized by establishing and achieving bold, new directives are goal setters. But if the plans for the future drain you of motivation and you’re more of a here and now person then you are a problem solver.

Goal setters see future possibilities and the big picture. Problem solvers see the present situation and the details. Goal setters look for opportunities, may seem unrealistic and like to head in new directions. Problem solvers focus on roadblocks, may seem pessimistic and like to fulfill present commitments. Goal setters are comfortable with risk, prefer innovation and are energized by change. Problem solvers identify potential problems, prefer proven results and are uncomfortable with change. Goal setters love research, are creative and visionary. Problem solvers love routine, are adaptive and practical.

Identifying which you are is paramount to your success. But whichever you are the fact remains you must have written goals. Whether you like the term goals or prefer to think in terms of solving a problem is irrelevant. Both will arrive at a similar conclusion: results. If it is emotionally satisfying to reach a goal or solve a problem you still end up with progress. You have moved closer to achieving your dreams, hopes and aspirations. You have either removed an obstacle or discovered a new opportunity. Both get you there though by a different route.

Most everyone I know care deeply about their family. Some have resigned from leadership positions, left a job or moved to another part of the country for their family’s best interest. Happy family life doesn’t just happen. There must be goals to make it happy or problems that need to be solved for happiness. If you are a parent what can you do to make your family closer? The goal could be a weekly family night or an annual family vacation. The problem could be solved by eating dinner together five nights a week without television or having a special outing with each individual child. The result will be a happier family whichever path you take.

Finances are important to most people. Being in good financial shape is what many want. Goals can help to bring about financial security or financial problems can get solved. Saving ten percent of your income or having a plan for retirement are specific goals that lead to financial security. Establishing a budget or getting out of debt can right a sinking financial ship. Each approach supplies a secure financial future.

Whether you call it goal to accomplish or a problem to solve writing it down is the crucial step. They must be SMART — specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and timed. What is the specific, tangible outcome you want to be accomplished? What is the definite measurable that it is being accomplished? How do you plan to accomplish it? Can it be reasonably accomplished? What is the time limit for it being accomplished?

A written system is best for monitoring your progress. Using charts or graphs is a great way to do this. Tracking your progress means asking yourself each day, “What can I do to move one step closer to achieving my goal or solving my problem?” Reviewing your progress each week is the only way to ultimately succeed. Goal setting and problem solving will make you a happier, fulfilled and purposeful person. Start today.

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‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ May Be Game Of The Year — But There’s One Big Problem

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Batman attempts to deactivate an exploding collar on Catwoman in “Arkham Knight.”



Months after GamerGate first set video game culture ablaze with unbelievable resistance to the idea of feminist perspectives in the gaming industry, we have a new title that features some of the most compelling female characters in pop culture. “Batman: Arkham Knight,” which came out Tuesday, spotlights Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Oracle and Harley Quinn in major roles. But while these women are often represented as strong, independent and able in other media, their featured roles here often tell a different story: They are damsels in distress.

Many, many people will play this game, if previous entries are any indication. The last main title in the series, which has a couple of spinoffs, sold over 5 million copies. And that aside, “Arkham Knight” is actually an exceptional game taken on its own merits: It is devoted to a cohesive aesthetic and narrative in a way few other games are, the set pieces are compelling and it’s brimming with things to do. One moment you’ll be studying the microscopic details of a crime scene, and five minutes later you’re dodging drone fire in the middle of a populated city street. It all feels crunchy and good.

“Arkham Knight” will likely earn accolades as one of the standout titles of the year — it already holds a 91 on Metacritic — and that is precisely why its sins should not be ignored.

(Note: The text that follows contains some spoilers for the storyline in “Arkham Knight.”)

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Poison Ivy appears in “Arkham Knight” with a barely-there shirt and a mossy crotch.

It’s really no big secret that gaming and tech are male-dominated industries, even if consumers are split basically down the middle in terms of gender. Plenty of people will play “Arkham Knight” and probably ignore its oftentimes troubling presentation of women — perhaps that’s simply because the game is exciting, and as soon as you settle into a moment, something explodes and you’re off to something else.

But others will play the game and feel offended. Or disgusted. Or threatened. Or simply unwelcome. Even if those people were outnumbered 100 to 1 in a population of 5 million customers, it would be worthwhile to examine why and do better next time. Because here’s the trouble with “Arkham Knight”: It is a great game tarnished by its dreadful depictions of certain characters and situations.

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Poison Ivy is held hostage in “Arkham Knight.”

The baseline problem with “Arkham Knight” is that instead of taking opportunities to depict strong women, the game makes them weak. For the most part, the female characters suck.

When you first come upon Poison Ivy early in the story, she has a gun to her head. You rescue her, and then you lock her in the back of the Batmobile and drag her to police headquarters. Later in the game, Batman determines that Ivy can communicate with — literally — a big old tree that could counteract the effects of a chemical weapon that Scarecrow intends to detonate somewhere in Gotham City. So Batman hauls his way back to lockup and drags her back to the Batmobile like she’s a petulant child. Poison Ivy is basically a power-up for the player to collect, like a mushroom in “Super Mario.”

She is barely wearing clothes throughout the entire ordeal.

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“Arkham Knight” recreates a troubling scene from “The Killing Joke” in which Barbara Gordon is shot and paralyzed by the Joker.

Catwoman, often portrayed as Batman’s equal, fares no better. Like Ivy, her storyline begins in custody. Her outfit is unzipped enough to show a massive slice of cleavage. Why? Because Catwoman is “sexy” and it’s apparently hard to portray sexiness without showing boob?

The Riddler has strapped her to a chair, and Batman is called to rescue her. You arrive on the scene and find that there’s an entire ordeal required to free her: Riddler has fitted her with a choker that will explode unless you deactivate a number of locks. The gameplay sometimes has Batman and Catwoman working together — you can switch between them at points — but the pattern almost invariably requires Batman to complete some feat of cunning, force and reflexes while Catwoman bums around in a locked chamber. Her liberation is essentially a prize for you, the player.

Things are absolutely worst for Oracle, a hero in a wheelchair who assists Batman remotely. To detail her storyline would reveal much about the largest plot points in “Arkham Knight,” but things do not go well for her. An incredibly problematic storyline from the comic books is retread in vivid detail: She is abducted and maimed and exists almost entirely in this context to stir angst in the featured male characters. Batman, Robin, Commissioner Gordon and Alfred fret over her like a baby missing from the crib.

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Harley Quinn steps up.

These are not failures from a gameplay perspective. But they are artistic missteps, awful quirks that will make this game — and perhaps all video games by extension — seem incredibly stupid to any critical thinker who may have thought to give “Arkham Knight” a try.

This game does not exist in a vacuum. It arrives at a moment when women are still being shut out of the gaming and tech industries to the point where many are even looking for work elsewhere. It is bizarre that “Arkham Knight” both includes many women and diminishes them so plainly.

All of that said, there are some important caveats. First: Harley Quinn — Joker’s deranged on-again, off-again girlfriend — is actually kind of cool this time around. Her character design in “Arkham City” (NSFW) was incredibly sexualized and seemingly intended purely for the male gaze. (For an interesting discussion of this very topic, listen to episode 58 of the lovely “Isometric” podcast.)

Here, Harley Quinn’s decked out in a pretty serious tutu and barks orders at a bunch of armed dudes. She’s more covered than not. The whole thing struck me as fairly whimsical and a step in the right direction, even if it’s not a perfect representation.

And no one can argue that the comic book source material is free from cheesecake. There are, in fact, many comics featuring these characters that are several orders of magnitude more sexist than “Arkham Knight.” Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn in particular are often exploited for sexy fluff, as this page from “Harley and Ivy #2” shows. It’s by the great Paul Dini and Bruce Timm:

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But there’s a major difference between this comic and something like “Arkham Knight” — something that maybe isn’t so obvious. This Poison Ivy could be appealing to men and women alike. The entire miniseries is devoted to Harley and Ivy wreaking havoc on their own terms — it’s “sexy” more than “sexist.” They actively and successfully strike back against the forces that oppress them. They aren’t seeking the approval of men, and they certainly don’t need a player to rescue them.

And not that we need an eye for an eye, but the two ladies also take a second to objectify some dudes in the third issue:

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It’s ostensibly fun for everyone. And that’s what we could use a little more of in these games.

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The Problem With Having Your Life All Mapped Out

I never imagined that I would be 43 and single.

After all, I had my life all mapped out. I was voted Most Likely to Succeed and Best Hair in my small Minnesota High School; I was going places. I was going to graduate from college with honors, naturally, and get a high-powered, high-paying job, buy a house, meet an exceptional guy by the time I was 25 and get married soon after and have a couple of kids before I turned 30 and started to get old.

Things started out according to plan. I did have good hair. I did graduate from college with honors. did have a decent career run going. I bought my first house at age 24. I did meet an exceptional guy and married him at age 26. I had my son when I was 28, twin girls at 30. But just as I was pulling out of newborn twin haze and getting ready to ease into the-rest-of-my-fabulous-life, the wheels came off (my husband was a cyclist). My marriage imploded, my life fell apart and I was suddenly a single mom at age 32 who hadn’t worked since I got married. I had turned into the woman I made fun of when I was young, single, unencumbered and knew everything.

And while that was not very funny to me at the time, I can see a lot of humor in it now. I have grown up in a million ways and can’t imagine my evolution happening on any other path. It’s amazing what some time (OK, fine, a decade) and a little perspective (and therapy) can do.

I joke with my friends that it’s not freaking funny to be dating, perhaps seen naked for the first time, precisely when the body is starting to shift and melt. When you shift and melt with your longtime love, they knew you back in the day, so they see you through a filter of loving timelessness. Or maybe their eyesight is fading too? They know that your soft tummy and breasts were caused by the stretch of growing their beautiful babies, or the lines by your eyes are the product of shared laughs, vacation sun or squinting together into the future. To be middle-aged and single can be rather awkward, especially if you can’t laugh about it. We want to date men our own age, but they often go for a second round start up, only to wind up in the exact same place a few years later. If we go younger we’re cougars, and if we go older we’re trophies. Everyone judges everyone as hastily as the swipe of a Tinder finger. Book, Cover. I think I already read you. Sometimes married women don’t think about this when they feel restless and unappreciated, curious about the other side.

I call this the Greener Grass phenomenon.

It’s basically the same thing women have done throughout history. Curly-haired girls want straight hair, while straight-locked girls use curlers. Tall girls slouch and short girls wear heels; brunettes bleach their hair and blondes go Goth; flat girls get implants and big ta-tas get reductions; young girls dress too old and middle-aged mamas dress too young; fair-skinned maidens bake in the sun and leather ladies get dermabrasion; smart girls play dumb and dumb girls act smart. We wait and wonder about puberty and later wax everything off and get our tubes tied.

We are in a constant, futile cycle of thinking the grass is always greener.

Some married women complain that their husbands are controlling; they want sex all the time or else they are boring in bed; they don’t help around the house or with the kids; they are married to their jobs or to their cell phones. Married gals get sick of cooking dinner, attending or hosting functions, taking the kids to church alone, being weekend widows to golfers, hunters or workout fanatics or asking a hundred times for something to be done or fixed and finally paying somebody else to do it. They are tired of having to run everything past someone else, as if they were an employee and unable to make plans or find solutions without an approval process.

They wonder what it would be like to feel like “that” again. The rush of emotion, nervousness and excitement that comes with the first blush of love (or lust, really, I mean, c’mon). They miss the way their heart skips a beat when he calls and the miraculous five-pound weight loss from lack of appetite (best diet ever). I contend that it isn’t so much the way a woman feels about a man that creates this much flurry, but more the way a man can make a woman feel about herself. Married women miss this. They often feel unseen.

I think marriage has taken a major hit from technology. Think about it. Years ago, if a man wanted to perv out with porn, he had to drive at night to some godforsaken place near the airport with a neon sign and boarded up windows and creep in there like a cretin. Today, he can just peek over his shoulder to make sure she’s got the kids in the tub and surf the web for any kind of sleaze. It’s totally accessible and seemingly without consequence. The same goes for bored or lonely wives with the advent of Facebook. The last thing a neglected wife needs is to reconnect with her high school flame. Are you kidding me? That is the relational equivalent of throwing a grenade at a gas station. We can send emails, Facebook messages, tweets and texts from the perceived safety of our screen, peeking coyly behind it like a Googling geisha. It seems innocent enough at the time, but whether it’s instant porn or instant messaging, it’s all immediate gratification and it all escalates until it’s not so innocent anymore.

So in classic greener grass mentality, married women miss the rush and single women miss the blah. I miss sleeping like spoons with someone whose arm fits over my waist as comfortably as my blanket. Someone whose sleeping sounds are as familiar to me as the songs on an overplayed CD from my college years. I miss Sunday afternoons and evenings when doing nothing together constitutes a very fine plan. I miss rummaging around for dinner fixings and deciding at the last minute to order takeout instead. I miss the banter over coffee, the crossing paths with a fly by kiss, the bed head hair, the bickering, the person reading over my shoulder, the safe, soft place to lean on the airplane, the dreams and plans. I miss somebody worrying if I’m late. I miss the smell of shaving cream and tiny flecks of hair in the sink. I miss getting bored and trying to spice things up. I miss being a family.

See, dating is nothing like this. Dating is more like frosting with no cupcake.

I can admit that it’s nice sometimes to have cereal for dinner or shave my legs when I feel like it, or discipline or love my children consistently — my way. I can decide how I spend my money, my vacations and my free time. I have a lot of freedom. But I think it’s possible to have that kind of freedom within the confines of relationship, when it’s the right relationship. I used to watch my babysitter plop on the sofa with my kids while they ate pizza and watched Animal Planet as I was about to leave on a date and I’d wish that I could pay my sitter to go on my date instead. I wanted to snuggle and watch TV with my kids while she determined if the guy was a chump or worth missing a night with my peeps. I wonder if there are rates for that sort of thing? Let’s face it, the guy for me would likely rather stay home and eat pizza and watch Animal Planet, too.

It’s ironic that a married woman might sit on her sofa, eating pizza and watching cable with her family and seethe or pine to be doing something else, someplace else, with someone else.

The whole greener grass mentality is loaded and somewhat dangerous. We peek across the fence into each other’s yards and we wonder. We see lush green grass and we are too far away to notice the weeds, or the water bill. Sometimes greener grass is just rye grass; green for a season, then gone.

It’s good to remember that our own gardens are worth tending.

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The Problem With These Forever 21 Shirts

A video on Buzzfeed prompted me to check out Forever21’s website. I am way over the age of being allowed to set foot inside the physical store, but the video gave women’s reactions to some of their graphic t-shirts and I had to know what all the fuss was about.

What I discovered was an array of shirts which seem to be painting young girls as sexualized, uncaring, insensitive and dim-witted buffoons. I am appalled at some of the slogans being marketed towards young women. Below are just a few that turned my WTF meter to 11.

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So, either you can be creative or you can be in love. Really? Turn on the radio, read a poem, watch a movie and it is clearly evident that love can actually propel creativity to new heights. Seriously — what does this mean?

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The subtext being, “But you wouldn’t know that by how I dress.” I guess smart girls can’t wear crop tops. Sorry, ladies who express their personalities through fashion — if you want to be taken seriously, you better don a muumuu.

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This cute script says “Trouble Maker.” Why should young girls ever consider being a troublemaker, let alone advertise it? This is a clear play on teenagers’ need for acceptance and feeling like if they’re the “bad girl,” they’ll be respected or popular.

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Risqué: adjective. “Slightly indecent or liable to shock, especially by being sexually suggestive.” Because that’s a message that should be marketed to young women.

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This one confounds me. Is the wearer saying she’s gross, or that the person reading it is gross? I know this is supposed to be cute or something, but I just don’t get it.

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I believe the defense of this shirt is that the clothing itself is the fancy little number — like the new little black dress or something. But come on. Is anyone going to look at, or buy, the shirt with that intention? Absolutely not.

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“Likes” = love. False love. Ladies should not be told, even inadvertently, that doing things for “likes” is a worthy reason to do things.

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Our teenage years are full of hormone surges and complicated feelings that no amount of shopping can — or should — replace.

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Sexualization and aggression all wrapped up in one black shirt. That’s exactly what I’d want my 15-year-old telling the world.

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Evidently, the way to a teenager’s heart is with a burger and a compliment on her exterior beauty. No need to tell her she’s smart or creative or inspirational. Nope. Just “pretty” with a side of fries will do.

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The pièce de resistance. This was my mantra through my angsty teen years when all I wanted was for someone to tell me they did care about me. Now, young women can just wear this shirt to divert everyone’s attention from the fact they really need someone to listen to them.

I understand these shirts are meant to be cute and trendy, ironic and funny, but they just make me sad that my daughter is growing up in a society where young women’s insecurities are being preyed upon for the all mighty dollar. It’s just wrong and unconscionable and flat-out disturbing. Shame on you, Forever21.

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Azealia Banks’ Emotional Explanation For Her Problem With Iggy Azalea

During an emotional 47-minute interview with Hot 97, Azealia Banks explained her much-publicized problems with Iggy Azalea and the music industry in general with regard to how it treats black recording artists.

“I feel, just like in this country, whenever it comes to our things, like black issues or black politics or black music or whatever, there’s always this undercurrent of kind of like a, ‘Fuck you,'” Banks told Ebro in the Morning hosts Ebro Darden and Peter Rosenberg. “There’s always like a, ‘Fuck y’all, niggas. Y’all don’t really own shit. Y’all don’t have shit.'”

Banks referenced Macklemore winning Best Rap Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards as an example, before taking on Azalea.

“That Iggy Azalea shit isn’t better than any fucking black girl that’s rapping today, you know?” Banks said. “When they give those awards out — because the Grammys are supposed to be accolades of artistic excellence, you know what I mean? Iggy Azalea is not excellent. […] When they give these Grammys out, all it says to white kids is: ‘Oh yeah, you’re great, you’re amazing, you can do whatever you put your mind to.’ And it says to black kids: ‘You don’t have shit. You don’t own shit, not even the shit you created for yourself,’ and it makes me upset.”

Banks, who called Azalea’s attempts to appropriate Nicki Minaj’s success over the past two years a “cultural smudging” (Banks cited how Azalea released a reissue album called “Reclassified,” which was similar in title to Minaj’s album, “Roman Reloaded”), later explained why this is all so important to her.

“Everybody knows that the basis of modern capitalism is slave labor. The selling and trading of these slaves. There are fucking huge corporations that are caking off that slave money and shit like that. So until y’all motherfuckers are ready to talk about what you owe me,” she said while breaking down in tears. “At the very fucking least, you owe me the right to my fucking identity. And to not exploit that shit. That’s all we’re holding on to with hip-hop and rap.”

In response to Banks’ interview, Azalea blasted the rapper on Twitter for being “poisonous,” “miserable” and a “bigot.” (Banks has been criticized in the past for her use of the slur “faggot.”)


Banks perhaps knew she was going to get backlash for her words. “In general, whenever I have to say anything about anything, then it’s like, ‘Oh, here goes this crazy black bitch,'” she said. Watch Banks’ full interview — where she also discusses her issues with T.I. — with Hot 97 below.


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