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Via [personal profile] andrewducker:

How India influenced the English language:
“Shawl enters English in the 18th and 19th Century because it becomes a desirable luxury garment for women in high society – if you had a brother working for the East India Company, you would want him to send you a beautifully embroidered shawl. Patchouli is linked to shawls because the perfume was used to deter moths while shawls were being transported and as a result this heady, heavy perfume became popular in Britain”....But patchouli soon lost its aspirational edge. “As the 19th Century moves on, patchouli becomes associated with racy, decadent French women and prostitutes. So patchouli goes from something royalty might wear into being beyond the pale, and then in the 1960s it becomes associated with the hippie movement.”
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150619-how-india-changed-english

Robot sewing machines could take over the jobs of garment workers.
People who sew garments tend to be mistreated and paid poorly.
When are we going to set up guaranteed incomes so this sort of thing stops being a problem?
Also will the robots be able to customize fit better? Or will they be worse at it?
(Erm, as is probably obvious, the last two items in that list are mine, not The Economist's.)
http://www.economist.com/news/technology-quarterly/21651925-robotic-sewing-machine-could-throw-garment-workers-low-cost-countries-out

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Via [personal profile] umadoshi:

Woman of color creates app that makes it easier for organizations to donate surplus food to homeless people. So far it is active in San Francisco only.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/young-woman-develops-phone-app-to-feed-almost-600000-homeless-people-in-san-francisco-10348579.html

The graduating class of the Rhode Island School of Design was fortunate enough to have John Waters speak at its commencement. (I read the highlights but didn't watch the video.)
http://www.fastcodesign.com/3047929/director-john-waters-on-how-to-live-a-creative-disruptive-life

Society's ills illustrated by statistics about why cats are surrendered to shelters. ("the majority of these cats arrived for reasons related to poverty")
http://www.masslive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2015/05/leslie_harris_1.html

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