Kendrick Lamar’s Ode To Stretch Marks Is Great. The Reactions Are Even Better.

Twitter is losing it over Kendrick Lamar's ode to stretch marks

  • But while the video itself caused a commotion, some of its lyrics had followers even more excited. 
    Lamar, who’s been cheered for praising women in song, prompted a massive pop culture moment with his celebration of natural beauty and stretch marks over airbrushed perfection: 
    I’m so fucking sick and tired of the PhotoshopShow me something natural like afro on Richard PryorShow me something natural like ass with some stretch marks.
  • (@zza__) March 31, 2017

    the body positive images in Kendrick new video tho #behumble #KingKendrick— the myth (@ThatsJeanDeaux) March 30, 2017

    So stretch marks in for the ’17 @kendricklamar ?!

  •— roseanne bars (@rose_ettastone) March 30, 2017

    Kendrick Lamar requests that his girl has stretch marks in his new song and I genuinely feel quite moved— Darcy (@darcykdixon) March 30, 2017

    @kendricklamar got me considering wearing my stretch marks out at work today!

  • Ayyyye “Be Humble” Kendrick Lamar— MrsKTPerry ✊🏾 (@MrsKTPerry) March 31, 2017

    Kendrick Lamar changed the GAME talking about stretch marks in HUMBLE.

  • — Kayleigh (@Missy_Kayleigh) March 31, 2017

    Didn’t realize how much I wanted to see an ass like mine represented until I saw that ass w/ stretch marks in Kendrick’s video #Humble 🙌🏾😭— Bob The Drag Queen (@suzie_melonz) March 30, 2017

“I genuinely feel quite moved.”
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Blockchain and benefits

  • That is because the trial involves the payment of benefits and could conceivably involve very sensitive data being made public – or at least that’s the concern of some critics.
  • Earlier this year the government’s chief scientific advisor Mark Walport wrote a report on blockchain – or distributed ledger technology – which was enthusiastic about its potential to produce “disruptive innovations that could transform the delivery of public and private services and enhance productivity through a wide range of applications.”
  • He recommended that the government should back trials of the technology while also looking carefully at the security and privacy implications of using it.
  • He also has a theory that the trial – though billed as a way for claimants to manage their money better – could also be “a potentially efficient way for DWP to restrict, audit and control exactly what each benefits payment is actually spent on, without the government being perceived as a big brother”.
  • “This trial is designed to explore how distributed ledger technology could help support financial inclusion and offer budgeting help, and it does not place any restrictions or limits on what a claimant can spend their welfare payments on, nor tracks how they spend them.”

The UK government faces controversy over an app that tracks how benefit claimants spend their money.
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Is Bitcoin the Next Gold Standard?  @AdamDaviesAltus

  • Think of gold, diamonds and currency notes.
  • True, bitcoin has a reputation to deal with – after all it is the currency of the Dark Web and the criminal underground.
  • But, it is also rumoured that the 500 euro note was created to compete against the dollar in the underground cash economy.
  • If you want a currency to be taken seriously, then it needs to compete in the ‘hard cash’ economy – and that means the wealthiest individuals and the criminal economy – those with cash to stash.
  • From dark net to clear net

    With the international underground economy becoming digitised and the inherent security of bitcoin, perhaps its future glitters more than gold, and in a world where there is talk of another economic shock on the horizon and rumours that there is more paper-gold than real gold will the next rush to safe harbour currency investments see cash rich individuals bolt from bullion and dash to bitcoin?

For something to have value its supply must be limited and it must be difficult to forge. Think of gold, diamonds and currency notes. All these things have value because the supply is controlled and they are hard to come by.
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Coffee cup fee could cut use by 300 million, study suggests

  • Charging coffee drinkers for their disposable cups could cut their use by up to 300 million a year in the UK, according to new research.
  • Academics at Cardiff University tested a series of measures to tackle coffee cup waste and encourage the use of reusable cups.
  • Prof Poortinga found that the provision of free reusable alternatives combined with environmental messaging and a charge on disposable cups increased the use of reusable cups in one cafe from 5.1% to 17.4%.
  • “Our results show that, on average, the use of reusable coffee cups could be increased by up to 12.5% with a combination of measures,” Prof Poortinga said.
  • The most notable finding was that, while a charge on disposable cups increased the use of reusable coffee cups, a discount on reusable coffee cups had no impact on their usage.

Charges and other measures could drastically cut the 2.5bn disposable coffee cups used, study finds.
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The promise of the blockchain: The trust machine

  • To understand the power of blockchain systems, and the things they can do, it is important to distinguish between three things that are commonly muddled up, namely the bitcoin currency, the specific blockchain that underpins it and the idea of blockchains in general.
  • Bitcoin’s blockchain ledger prevents double-spending and keeps track of transactions continuously.
  • Dozens of startups now hope to capitalise on the blockchain technology, either by doing clever things with the bitcoin blockchain or by creating new blockchains of their own (see article ).
  • These new blockchains need not work in exactly the way that bitcoin’s does.
  • New chains on the block

    The spread of blockchains is bad for anyone in the “trust business”—the centralised institutions and bureaucracies, such as banks, clearing houses and government authorities that are deemed sufficiently trustworthy to handle transactions.

BITCOIN has a bad reputation. The decentralised digital cryptocurrency, powered by a vast computer network, is notorious for the wild fluctuations in its value, the zeal of its supporters and its degenerate uses, such as extortion, buying drugs and hiring hitmen in the online bazaars of the “dark net”.
This is unfair.
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