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The Hacked Sony E-Mails Are A Distraction From The Larger Issues, And It’s Wrong To Use E-Mails Stolen From Anyone, Ever

I don’t take George Clooney that seriously, most of the time, but his interview with Deadline spoke to a lot of things I’ve been reflecting on about my job lately. In it, Clooney spoke about a petition of support he tried to circulate after Sony was attacked by what the FBI has now concluded were, in fact, North Korean hackers. The petition read:

“On November 24 of this year, Sony Pictures was notified that it was the victim of a cyber attack, the effects of which is the most chilling and devastating of any cyber attack in the history of our country. Personal information including Social Security numbers, email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers and the full texts of emails of tens of thousands of Sony employees was leaked online in an effort to scare and terrorize these workers. The hackers have made both demands and threats. The demand that Sony halt the release of its upcoming comedy The Interview, a satirical film about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Their threats vary from personal—you better behave wisely—to threatening physical harm—not only you but your family is in danger. North Korea has not claimed credit for the attack but has praised the act, calling it a righteous deed and promising merciless measures if the film is released. Meanwhile the hackers insist in their statement that what they’ve done so far is only a small part of our further plan. This is not just an attack on Sony. It involves every studio, every network, every business and every individual in this country. That is why we fully support Sony’s decision not to submit to these hackers’ demands. We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty. We hope these hackers are brought to justice but until they are, we will not stand in fear. We will stand together.”

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2014 Was The Year Of Outrage

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  • Check out Slate’s comprehensive interactive calendar of everything that has outraged us this year, day-by-day. [Slate]
  • Sony CEO Michael Lynton apologized for claiming in a hacked e-mail that alcohol is to blame for sexual assault and that assault rates haven’t increased (they have). [Daily Dot]
  • An Uber driver has been accused of kidnapping and raping a rider in Boston. [Boston Globe]
  • A South Carolina judge decided, 70 years after the fact, to clear the name of Black 14-year-old George Stinney Jr., who was executed in 1944 for a murder without even being granted an appeal. [The State] Keep reading »

Elle Magazine Promotes “North Korea Chic” As Hot Fall Trend

Elle magazine includes "North Korea Chic" as fashion trend

For the most part, Elle‘s list of “top fashion trends” for this autumn reads like any other: nautical, punk, pastels, Victorian, and Wednesday Addams are all fairly standard fodder for style inspiration. But one of these things is not like the others, and that thing would be “North Korea Chic,” which creative director Joe Zee is attempting to laud as “the next big thing.” Keep reading »

These Are Your Haircut Options In North Korea

Remember that time you accidentally became a huge fan of Skrillex and decided to shave off the hair on one side of your head? Yeah, well, if you lived in North Korea, you could get in major trouble — and not just with your parents who “just don’t understand” your love of Dubstep.

State actors in North Korea’s capital of Pyongyang have distributed photo cards offering state-approved hairstyle options. We are particularly fond of numbers 6, 8 and 16. Keep reading »

International Fashplomacy: Noko Jeans From North Korea

These days, starting a denim line seems just about as formulaic as making a Duncan Hines cake: get some organic cotton, mix in a celeb name, slap on a pricey label, and voilà! That’s not quite the case with Jacob Åström, Tor Rauden Källstigen and Jakob Ohlsson, who decided to go the hard way by starting their jeans line in the least likely of all places—North Korea. According to Fashion Week Daily, the three Swedes “stumbled upon North Korea’s new website, which called for new businesses from battleship building to potato farming.” Random! And yet completely cool that a fashion label would want to really think outside the box and draw inspiration from somewhere totally new. Here’s how they pulled it off. Keep reading »

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