FishbowlNY: The Economist Gets a Proper Canadian Rebuke.
“Vienna, Vancouver and Geneva always seemed to do well. Pleasant cities, yes, but mind-numbingly boring. What right-minded person would rank Vienna a better city than Rio, or Vancouver preferable to Paris?” Ooooh, them’s fightin’ words. I know a couple o’ folks who’ll take umbrage ...
Yahoo: Actor Sam Shepard arrested for drunken driving in Santa Fe.
I have to say, some joints mix powerful drinks. There’s a particular place I’ve gone to, where a single margarita successfully socked me between the eyes and rendered me unable to walk. [I’ve not returned. And no, I didn’t drive.]
Vox Media Acquires Re/code Owner Revere Digital.
NY Times: In Flight.
OK. The animations are just childish ... did we really need them? Why not use real video, if you feel the article needs that kind of embellishment?
BBC: Obama restricts ‘military’ gear going to police.
Militarization of police has not made us safer. From my reading, available statistics post-9/11 show very little improvement in murder rates, and surprising increases in drug offenses. CJR needs to pull some stats and do an in-depth report.
Tangential: Why did police forces stick with revolvers for so long? Glock showed up in the US in 1988. Anyone my age will remember the fits over “plastic guns” ... the biggest complainers (law enforcement) became the biggest purchasers, ironically.
CJR: The media’s reaction to Seymour Hersh’s bin Laden scoop has been disgraceful.
“Barrels of ink have been spilled ripping apart Hersh’s character, while barely any follow-up reporting has been done to corroborate or refute his claims — even though there’s no doubt that the Obama administration has repeatedly misinformed and misled the public about the incident. Even less attention has been paid to the little follow-up reporting that we did get, which revealed that the CIA likely lied about its role in finding bin Laden, which it used to justify torture to the public.”
FishbowlNY: NY Times Relaunches Free, New Look NYT Now.
Trying it out again. Verdict shortly.
Guardian.UK: ‘Texas Ranger’ Chuck Norris warns of government plot to take over state.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ... butofcourse we in America will take the word of an actor over any other person in authority. If y’all in Texas are looking for political asylum rather than insane asylum, I believe New Mexico may be able to accomodate you. Then again, we have Carly Fiorina coming by. And we’re supposed to have nefarious internment camps ready in the southern portion of the state [look up “internment camps new mexico” on Google; I refuse to link ‘em]. Teh batshit crazy seems inescapable.
America, what the hell happened?
Yow, the home page for Atlantic ...
The Atlantic went full-on responsive, I suppose, sometime in past months. I’m SO GLAD I read it through RSS. My fingers would die of scrolling. The cacophany of images and text may be great for smartphones, but on desktop I can’t parse it to find linkable stories. I find it overloads my brainpan.
BBC: Nepal earthquake, ‘Worst-affected’ village of Langtang.
Wiped out by landslide and avalanche. The video is harrowing.
CNN: When you’re the only white person in the room.
From last year. I’m reminded - by the pious outcries from many who are distant from the conflicts - of an Omaha [native] saying: “It is easy to be brave from a distance.” I think we need to do a whole lot less talking, and do a whole lot more listening. And reading. Try these: one, two, three. Extend that with a search on “Baltimore Slums”.
Later: And this kind of crap is not helpful.
NJ.com: Landslide along Delaware River forces evacuation of 2 Florence homes.
Some are inaccurately labelling this a ‘sinkhole’ for sensationalist purposes. This article gives you better info.
FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance.
I love that Fishbowl scans and posts leading NYC paper front pages. So simple, so useful. In one scroll, you can decide what’s important (or more importantly, what’s NOT important). Big thanks, FishbowlNY.
Mashable: Marine Corps helicopter makes emergency landing on beach.
But that’s good. That’s great. That’s the way it’s supposed to work. Low oil pressure means potential imminent engine failure ... the pilot got it on the ground safely, no panicked unpowered autorotation landing, no casualties, no injuries. Good job, Marines.
HistoryToday: Monetising the Past - Medieval Marginalia and Social Media.
“Perhaps the success of these accounts would be lessened if a tweet were busied with shelfmarks, dates and sources, but wouldn’t it be nice if these huge audiences had the choice between investigating them further or not, and if libraries and archives received due credit for making this wealth of material available.” I recognize a fellow Utopian. Alas, we’ll have to wait for more than just more capable software; we must await a sea-change in attitudes. Attribute, dammit.
Guardian.UK: Republicans line up the standard anti-Clinton attacks. Will any of them work?
So far, sounds like the throw-crap-at-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks strategy. A whole lot of baggage to work through. Again. I try to imagine her overtopping it all, but just can’t see it. The Bloomberg poll, mentioned within, is interesting. All of Hillary’s boosters tend to quote ‘unbeatable approval numbers’ ... this poll indicates she has significant disapproval numbers as well. More Democratic primary candidates please.
Related: Gender may matter. Mischiefs of Faction: “At the very least, we should be open to the notion that male and female candidates are not treated the same and there is a very real possibility that sexism plays a role in determining election outcomes.”
The Atlantic: The Trouble With Unpublishing the News.
This article reminds me of two things that are circling around my cranium, especially since running across ‘pro blog’ sites recommending bloggers rewrite their archives:
First. I think one of the most important projects anyone could set up, would be a website archive-watch; one that checks for changes in published articles after the publish date. You can’t ‘vanish’ an article in a printed publication, but you *can* on a newspaper’s website. Having a system that continuously monitors canary-in-a-coalmine articles for alterations could be useful.
Second. Others in the past declared weblogs are *not* journalism. Yet we regularly see bloggers who cover journalist beats seeking protection of ‘amateur weblogging’ one second, only in the next second declaring themselves deserving of ‘journalist’ protections. A physicist (for example) who weblogs can’t duck the fact s/he’s a physicist. Their pronouncements get held to a professional standard. Should journalists be able to duck responsibility and cry “weblogger!”? We readers merely ask for some consistent integrity.
CJR: Is the Times’ coverage of the super-rich alienating millennials?
“This propensity for tone-deaf stories about people of vast wealth may pose a problem for the Times as it seeks to expand its digital domain. The coverage sends the wrong message for a newspaper that must attract younger readers and reinforce the unique quality of its brand for the digital future.” This emphasis on attracting a ‘youth’ audience gets me. Seen the stats lately? From my reading, the only demographic that will be increasing consumer spending in the next ten years is 55-65. Not to say that writing for the 1% is a terribly good idea. But let’s get real. Millenials aren’t big consumers. Yet.
CJR: Rolling Stone’s investigation - ‘A failure that was avoidable’.
Freelance fact-checking. Do we really need to know anything else? The editors should have doubled down on whatever problems the fact-checkers raised, instead of waving them away. There weren’t just things slipping through the cracks; important details got bodily chucked into veritable canyons and ignored.
Later: Note, I’m not down on freelancers per se. My experience is simply that when news and other print organizations dump their onstaff editors and other experts out on the streets, firms expect freelance personnel will bring comparable results. I don’t think they do, in that particular case. A freelancer (not unlike myself) is working against either a bid or an hourly rate, with the hiring firm setting limits. If the firm is bargain-basementing the fact-checking costs through freelancers, limiting their hours via budget, I say the system is rigged to suffer slip-through-the-cracks disease.
Capital NY: Times plans to make NYT Now mobile app free.
“Times executives therefore decided NYT Now could attract more readers—and potentially more revenue—as a free, ad-supported offering, particularly readers in their ‘20s and ‘30s who already make up the bulk of the app’s user-base, according to the Times.”
New Economic Perspectives: We Send Teachers to Prison for Rigging the Numbers, Why Not Bankers?
“Wow, a newspaper did a series of articles, and documented a scandal built on deceit. Imagine if the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal were to do an ‘unsparing’ investigation into banking fraud – and into Attorney General Eric Holder’s refusal to prosecute. What if they actually looked at culpability in the C-suites?” Hear, hear.
WBUR: With Typewriters And Rotary Phones, Tech Firm Goes Analog For April Fools’.
Al Jazeera: Why Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Converted to Islam.
“... the more I studied history, the more disillusioned I became with the role of Christianity in subjugating my people. I knew, of course, that the Second Vatican Council in 1965 declared slavery an ‘infamy’ that dishonored God and was a poison to society. But for me, it was too little, too late. The failure of the church to use its might and influence to stop slavery and instead to justify it as somehow connected to original sin made me angry.” A really fascinating look at Kareem’s choices; context to history. Via Dan Hartung on FB.
Mashable: Belle Gibson built a career on curing cancer — but did she have it?
How many people do we read, every day, who are also obscuring the truth?
NY Times: Germanwings Co-Pilot, Andreas Lubitz, Deliberately Crashed Plane, Prosecutor Says.
I join with the rest of the world, in being horrified.