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Guest Post: Voice Coach to the (female political) stars
Posted by Heebie-Geebie on 09.27.16

Nick S quotes:

Jahnke teaches multiple skills that serve different purposes: a low pitch and slow rate of speech for moments when you want to be calm and composed; a high pitch, used sporadically, to show "excitement and enthusiasm."
"I can show you endless clips of men being . . . grrr," Jahnke says as she pulls her face into a grimace and wags her finger. "They just look authoritative. A woman does that and she is shrill, angry."
Remember during the Republican primaries when Donald Trump questioned whether anyone would vote for someone with Carly Fiorina's face? At the GOP debate that followed his comment, Fiorina was asked to respond. According to Jahnke, her delivery was textbook.
"She's calm; she's acutely aware of the split screen," Jahnke says. "Notice how slowly she spoke--if she's angry, she might speak more quickly and her pitch will rise. So she's very in control of her speaking tone. Donald can do whatever he wants, but she has to not show emotion. Because the moment she becomes wild or angry, she loses." (Frank Sadler, Fiorina's campaign manager, tells me she didn't train herself during the race, though as a former CEO of Hewlett Packard, she might have received prior training. "Working in tech, she's dealt with men like that her whole life," Sadler says.)

Heebie's take: I did wonder if Donald forgot or didn't know about the split screen last night.

Just for funsies, here's Clinton in a PSA from 1992 on health care:

She did fine, there, but of course that's not a live debate so this isn't a meaningful contrast. Just a fun one.

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Commuter Notes
Posted by Ogged on 09.27.16

A few times a month, I drive to work, and with Waze, it's never the same route. Yes, save me that minute, and show me the city! Speaking of which, this amused me.


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Guest Post - Chain Stores
Posted by Heebie-Geebie on 09.26.16

Trivers writes: This, from Bloomberg, is an interesting and somewhat depressing look at commercial real estate -- specifically the factors that make it hard for cities to develop or retain any amount of culture. The gist of it is that landlords banks lending to developers are generally happier to have boring old mayonnaise corporate clients than local businesses as tenants because of the lower level of risk associated with the corporations. This translates into relatively lower rents for big businesses and smaller, local players getting priced out of the market.

Given the understandable forces at play, I wonder how some towns do manage to confront this stuff. It seems that a general drive in the community to support local businesses might not be enough, since an equivalent small business has to out-perform a larger one on profit margins to compete for the same space. Does it make sense for cities to resort to outright protectionism? It seems like if there's a strong sense of community and solidarity in a town, this might be possible to sell, but protectionism could too easily turn into favoritism for certain local players at the expense of others. This is the sort of thing people often hate about city governments. I wonder if it's the price that has to be paid for keeping small businesses around.

Heebie's take: (Unsurprisingly) I am intensely interested in this specific topic and would love any specific resources on what works. I understand that Austin offers tax breaks to business owners who reside inside the city, but I don't know if it works well or not.

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Posted by Heebie-Geebie on 09.25.16

I'm so fucking nervous for this debate.

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Never Forget
Posted by Ogged on 09.25.16

Middle-East in a nutshell right here.

Iran's Supreme Leader chief of staff to the grand Mufti of Saudi: we don't forget that you are the sons of Hind bint Utbah and Abu Jahl

— Rohollah Faghihi (@FaghihiRohollah) September 25, 2016

@FaghihiRohollah Hind was the woman who cut out the heart of Prophet Muhammad's uncle and ate it

— Rohollah Faghihi (@FaghihiRohollah) September 25, 2016
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