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Abercrombie & Fitch, which doesn't make its womenswear above large, or pants above a size ten, has been accused of purposefully excluding plus-sized customers.
Robin Lewis, co-author of The New Rules of Retail, told Business Insider the retailer's CEO, Mike Jeffries, 'doesn't want larger people shopping in his store, he wants thin and beautiful people.
'He doesn't want his core customers to see people who aren't as hot as them wearing his clothing,' Mr Lewis added. 'People who wear his clothing should feel like they're one of the "cool kids."'
Calling all thin people: Abercrombie & Fitch, which only employs 'good looking people' and doesn't make women's sizes above large, has been accused of purposefully excluding plus-sized customers
While Abercrombie & Fitch offers men's sizes in XXL, Mr Lewis believes this is to appeal to muscular football players and wrestlers.
Mr Jeffries told Salon in a 2006 interview: 'That’s why we hire good-looking people in our stores. Because good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people. We don’t market to anyone other than that.'
In 2004, the company was sued for giving positions to white applicants, to the exclusion of minorities; and in June 2009, British student Riam Dean, who was born without a left forearm, won approximately $12,000 in an employment tribunal.
Managers at Abercrombie & Fitch's London store had forced her to work in the stock room, out of sight of customers.
And last year, it emerged staff were forced to carry out military-style exercises while at work, in order to maintain the 'thin and beautiful' aesthetic they had been hired for.
According to a company email, male employees at the retailer's Milan flagship had to carry out ten push-ups, while women who failed to measure up were given ten squats.
Despite the risk of alienating potential customers (both H&M and American Eagle offer XXL sizes for men and women, and use models larger than size 12 in advertising campaigns), Mr Jeffries sees it as good branding to exclude particular shoppers.
'In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids,' he explained candidly.
'We go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.'
He argues that ostracizing some customers, by using sex and six-packs to sell clothes, leaves his loyal customers wanting more.
'Those companies that are in trouble are trying to target everybody: young, old, fat, skinny. But then you become totally vanilla. You don’t alienate anybody, but you don’t excite anybody, either,' he said.
But it might be time to change this dated business model. Plus-size, generally referring to U.S. 14 and above, makes up 67per cent of America's purchasing population.
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April 30, 2013:
The World Wide Web turns 20 today. In one more year it can have a drink. Until then, let’s raise a toast to Tim Berners-Lee, who in 1989 developed the technology that enabled collaboration between scientists around the world. One April 30, 1993, the European science agency CERN, where Berners-Lee worked, made the first web browser public domain. “I was lucky enough to invent the Web at the time when the Internet already existed,” said Berners-Lee. The first website is still online. The Internet, a network of interconnected computing devices, was first created with financing by the U.S. government.
A government panel is encouraging Facebook and Google to intercept online communications in real time, reports The Washington Post. A government task force proposes fining the Internet giants that fail to heed wiretap orders. Both companies have been “resistant” to providing the info, the article says, probably because it would add massive cost to their operations. The fines would start at “tens of thousands” of dollars and double daily after 90 days. Smaller companies, for some reason, are exempt from the fines.
You think the weather in Georgia can be bad? NASA recently released images of a “hurricane” on Saturn that has an eye (1,250 miles across) larger than the Earth’s biggest storms (Sandy was about 1,000 miles in diameter). Winds from the “Red Rose” of Saturn reach speeds of 330 miles per hour, four times faster than most Earthly hurricanes, says NASA. Unlike storms here, the one on Saturn does not move — it has been hovering over the planet’s north pole for years, scientists believe.
The first private, rocket-powered spaceship took flight Monday. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo fired its engines during a test flight in California’s Mojave Air and Spaceport. The ship, carried aloft by an airplane, fired its engines for 16 seconds and reached an altitude of 56,000 feet and a speed of 761 mph (Mach 1.2) before safely landing. It was the vehicle’s first self-powered flight. Virgin Galactic’s goal is to carry space tourists to the edge of space for $200,000.
A key, but allegedly dead, witness in a 20-year-old Georgia murder case is alive and well say the cops who arrested him for child molestation. Dale Lee Higgenbottom, who was 15 years old when baby Christopher Breazeale was killed in 1992, was allegedly romantically involved with the child’s mom, reports the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Prosecutors said they dropped the murder case against accused baby killer Dale Lee Higgenbottom because the father of the baby, Hugh Lonnie Breazeale, was dead. The district attorney said he never asked for a death certificate confirming the death of Breazeale, arrested Thursday in Catoosa County after three underage girls said he had molested them.
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When the New Year brought in the year 2013, our planet Earth was very close to its perihelion – its closest point to the sun for the year. In 2013, Earth comes closest to the sun on Wednesday, January 2 at 5 hours Universal Time (UT). Translating UT to Central Time in the United Sates, perihelion happens last this evening, on Tuesday, January 1, at 11:00 p.m. CST.
The word “perihelion” is from the Greek words peri meaning near, and helios meaning sun.
Earth is closest to the sun every year in early January, when it’s winter for the Northern Hemisphere. We’re farthest away from the sun in early July, during our Northern Hemisphere summer. So you can see that Earth’s distance from the sun isn’t what causes the seasons. On Earth, it’s mostly the tilt of our world’s axis that creates winter and summer. In winter, your part of Earth is tilted away from the sun. In summer, your part of Earth is tilted toward the sun. The day of maximum tilt toward or away from the sun is the December or June solstice.
Are the December solstice and January perihelion related?
Earth is about 5 million kilometers – or 3 million miles – closer to the sun in early January than it will be in early July. That’s not a huge change in distance. It’s not enough of a change to cause the seasons on Earth.
Though not responsible for the seasons, Earth’s closest and farthest points to the sun do affect the lengths of the seasons. When the Earth comes closest to the sun for the year, as now, our world is moving fastest in orbit around the sun. Earth is rushing along now at 30.3 kilometers per second (almost 19 miles per second) – moving about a kilometer per second faster than when Earth is farthest from the sun in early July. Thus the Northern Hemisphere winter (Southern Hemisphere summer) is the shortest season as Earth rushes from the winter solstice in December to the March equinox.
Latest sunrises also in early January for mid-northern latitudes
In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer season (June solstice to September equinox) lasts nearly 5 days longer than our winter season. And, of course, the corresponding seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are opposite. Southern Hemisphere winter is nearly 5 days longer than Southern Hemisphere summer.
It’s all due to the shape of Earth’s orbit. The shape is an ellipse, like a circle someone sat down on and squashed. The elliptical shape of Earth’s orbit causes the variation in the length of the seasons – and brings our closest point to the sun, in 2013 on January 2, at 5:00 Universal Time.
http://blog.trafficshaper.com/wordpress-content/uploads/2011/01/Perihelion2011.jpgWhen the New Year brought in the year 2013, our planet Earth was very close to its... more
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has apparently made a discovery "for the history books," but we'll have to wait a few weeks to find out what the new Red Planet find may be, media reports suggest.
The discovery was made by Curiosity's Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, NPR reported Tuesday. SAM is the rover's onboard chemistry lab, and it's capable of identifying organic compounds — the carbon-containing building blocks of life as we know it.
SAM apparently spotted something interesting in a soil sample Curiosity's huge robotic arm delivered to the instrument recently.
"This data is gonna be one for the history books," Curiosity chief scientist John Grotzinger, of Caltech in Pasadena, told NPR. "It's looking really good."
Grotzinger said the rover team won't be ready to announce just what SAM found for several weeks yet, NPR reported. The scientists want to check and double-check the results, to make sure they're for real.
The $2.5 billion Curiosity rover landed inside Mars' huge Gale Crater on Aug. 5, kicking off a two-year mission to determine if Mars has ever been capable of supporting microbial life. The car-size robot carries 10 different instruments to aid in its quest, but SAM is the rover's heart, taking up more than half of its science payload by weight.
In addition to analyzing soil samples, SAM also takes the measure of Red Planet air. Many scientists are keen to see if Curiosity detects any methane, which is produced by many lifeforms here on Earth.
A SAM analysis of Curiosity's first few sniffs found no definitive trace of the gas in the Martian atmosphere, but the rover will keep looking.
Curiosity began driving again Friday after spending six weeks testing its soil-scooping gear at a site called "Rocknest." The rover will soon try out its rock-boring drill for the first time on the Red Planet, scientists have said.
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A fifth moon orbiting the dwarf planet Pluto has turned up in new Hubble Space Telescope images. Planetary scientists say the newfound moon serves as yet another reminder of how little we really know about this remote, chaotic world.
"Every time we look harder, we find new stuff," said Alan Stern, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo., and a member of the moon's discovery team. In recent decades, he and his colleagues have identified signs of an atmosphere on the dwarf planet, as well as polar caps, a high albedo (highly reflective surface), and of course, a growing collection of moons.
But in-depth investigation of Pluto has proven tremendously difficult from 3 billion miles away. The best images we have of the icy world come from the Hubble Telescope, but to the untrained eye, they're not much to behold. At a slim 1,429 miles wide — roughly the distance from Maine to the tip of Florida — Pluto will likely remain a dim blur until NASA's New Horizons spacecraft arrives there in July 2015.
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For one thing, the dwarf planet could possess a set of everyone's favorite cosmic accessories. "It's a very distinct possibility and the theoretical arguments are very strong that Pluto has rings that come and go with time," Stern told Life's Little Mysteries.
Space rocks and other debris litter the Kuiper belt, where Pluto resides, and they probably pepper the icy world and its moons. "The moons are being hit all the time, and the ejecta [collision debris] escapes, making a ring," Stern said. "And then radiation and gravity depletes the ring through erosion."
Computer models of this cycle suggest that all the dwarf planet's rings sometimes get eroded before a new one forms. "When you model that on a computer there is randomness to [the spacing of the collision events], and so the rings come and go according to these models," he said.
Beneath those fleeting rings, and beneath Pluto's thin, nitrogen-rich atmosphere, it's anyone's guess how the surface will appear when viewed up close. In Hubble images, the dwarf planet's mottled façade varies between extremes of charcoal black, dark orange and white. What materials compose these assorted regions? And do they give rise to cold-liquid-spewing cryovolcanoes or geysers? The surface's geochemistry might even hint at a giant underground ocean. [The True Stories of 5 Mystery Planets]
More data is also needed to clarify how Pluto wound up in its frigid Kuiper belt domain. Astronomers think it and its neighbors formed from the same disk of material around the sun that coalesced into the other major bodies in the solar system. But at some point early on, a planetary collision probably sent Pluto ricocheting far beyond the rest, forever to carry the mark of this fateful encounter in the form of its strange, oval path around the sun, which lies off the plane of the other planetary orbits.
Considering all the mysteries that remain, Pluto's newfound moon almost definitely won't be the last of its surprises. "When New Horizons gets there, I think it's going to knock our socks off," Stern said. "It's going to be a whole new world."
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