TechDirt: Russia Orders Bloggers To ‘Register’; Outlaws Anonymous Blogging.
“The law introduces a new term: ‘Internet user called blogger.’ Bloggers will be obliged to declare their family name and initials and e-mail address. Those authors whose personal website or page in social networks has 3,000 visitors or more a day must have themselves registered on a special list and abide by restrictions applicable to the mass media.”
The Fully Intended: “Feminism” is just a phase I’m going through.
Mollie Semple writes another great one.
StarTrib: Report cites poor management, eroding safety for nuke dump radiation release.
Color me unsurprised.
PacificStandard: What Life Is Like When Having Your Period Means You Are Shunned.
Helping break these taboos would be more rewarding than the usual ‘Eat-Pray-Love’ self-discovery tourism.
Foreign Policy: Did Robert Capa Fake ‘Falling Soldier’?
“What really happened on that hillside? Capa himself maintained almost total silence about it ...” That particular image has always bothered me, since the first Time-Life photo books I received as a kid (remember that book club in the early ‘70’s, book-a-month or something?). His clothes. They’re too pristine for having been in a trench. No dirt, no wrinkles. Looks like he just stood for inspection. And the pose. As I thought about it at the time, when I’m hit by something (someone throws something at me), I curl around the impact. Was this guy shot in the back? Surprised I can still dredge up those early thoughts. But that pic *did* stick out like a sore thumb.
DailyMash.UK: Women now doing lots of pointless bloke crap.
“Professor Brubaker added that many women were choosing to remain single rather than have relationships with men with crap hobbies, and so were having to take up trainspotting, martial arts and collecting beer glasses themselves.” My amused emphasis.
ProPublica: Meet the Doctor Who Gave $1M of His Own Money to Keep His Gun Research Going.
“I did a gun show study. When I started crunching numbers on gun show sales, and looking at the surveys, I came to realize — as interesting as this is, gun shows themselves are not a big part of the problem. I felt obligated to add this into my report.” Unexpurgated scientific study will out.
Dissent Magazine: Phyllis Schlafly - Still Wrong (and Mean) After All These Years.
Why is she still a subject? I thought we’d moved beyond the 50’s beehive-hairdo historical revisionists (‘submit to your husbands, slam those ‘mothers little helpers’). I suppose this means the old GOP still wants some PR traction.
Related: “Supersisters” feminist trading cards of the ‘70s. Great.
iainclaridge.net: Woman on a scooter, 1916.
Messy Nessy Chic: Victorian Prudes and their Bizarre Beachside Bathing Machines.
We should all chip in to get one of these for the next Miley Cyrus video.
Mail.com: Bosnians see victims excavated from mass grave.
Western Digs: Infamous Mass Grave of Young Women in Ancient City Also Holds Men.
“As the largest display of ritual killing found anywhere north of Mexico, the cluster of Cahokia mass graves — known as Mound 72 — has been one of the most studied features in the country.” We US folks tend to think of this kind of ceremonial sacrifice as happening south of the border.
Guardian.UK: The 1% wants to ban sleeping in cars – because it hurts their ‘quality of life’.
“It is easy to be opposed to inequality in the abstract. So why are Los Angeles and Palo Alto spending virtually none of their budgets on efforts to provide housing for the very poor and homeless? When the most obvious evidence of inequality parks on their street, it appears, even liberals would rather just call the police.”
Dissent: From the War on Poverty to the War on the Poor.
“The United States Census reported in September 2012 that 47.1 million people, or 15.1 percent of the population, now live in poverty—the highest number in fifty-two years, up from 11.7 percent of the population in 2000. Half of these individuals are children and nearly 60 percent of poor adults are women. Almost half of this group has family incomes below 50 percent of the official poverty level, or $22,113 for a family of four. That is only 30 percent of the average family income, while the 1962 poverty line was 50 percent of the average income.”
SF New Mexican: Patients hit with fees amid health care consolidation.
Representatives of several of the state agencies that were contacted said consumers would be best served by asking whether out-of-pocket hospital-based service charges apply under their insurance plans before setting an appointment at a specialty clinic. Caveat emptor, never moreso than with health care.
n+1: What Happened to Canada?
“What is happening in Canada is part of a much larger trend: the formidable disciplinary forces of late capitalism are exerting themselves everywhere, including in other western democracies, where governments are scaling back social programs while lavishing tax concessions and subsidies on industry. The European Union and the United States are similarly absorbing market shocks on behalf of business while allowing downturns to undermine the poor and working class.” Been wondering what the blazes is going on North of the border. Via wood s lot.
NY Times: Taking on Art Looters on Twitter.
“Last summer at Dahshur, a site near the Giza pyramids, where armed tomb raiders were burrowing for treasure, Dr. Hanna’s tweets about the pillage drew archaeologists and local residents to the site in protest. Those social media efforts, amplified by global news coverage, prompted the government to put soldiers in place for security.” A positive use of social media.
ArtDaily: Germany lifts confiscation order on Nazi-era art hoard after more than two years.
“Gurlitt had said in a media interview earlier this year that he had no intention of giving artworks to potential claimants. But the elderly recluse, who is suffering from a number of health problems, has subsequently taken on a new team of advisors and appears keen to burnish his personal legacy.” We’ll have to wait and see; given his history, I am not hopeful.
A 2,438 mile long road trip along the US/Mexico border. Thought-provoking and well done.
Pew: U.S. doesn’t rank high in religious diversity.
Hmmm, I’d like to see it plotted against other stats, like violence, etc.
rc3.org: Relationship advice from Malcolm X.
“What occurred to me after I let the post sit on my brain for awhile was how broadly applicable Malcolm X’s quote is; not only to other social issues but in my personal life as well. For example, women in the technology industry owe men no gratitude for any progress that has been made on the gender inequalities, because the ledger is still far from balanced.”
Much later: Courtesy of Humans of New York, a very good snippet to understand the issue more completely.
NPR: ‘In Paradise,’ Matthiessen Considers Our Capacity For Cruelty.
“How has civilization — so called — come this far and people are still designing tools to kill each other? For no other purpose than killing. Why are we doing it? Why are we doing it?”
Later: In a strange synchronicity, it seems Peter Matthiessen passed away today. His books always energize me; indeed, I took In The Spirit of Crazy Horse on my honeymoon, and was so irascible after reading, my new wife made me Fedex it back home from Hawaii. RIP, good sir.
Even later: NY Times, Peter Matthiessen’s Homegoing.
naked cap: Young Owners of Low-Budget GM Cars Weren’t Worth Saving.
“Guess what their ‘affordable’ workaround was? Are you ready for this? GM distributed a ‘service bulletin’ to its dealers suggesting they tell customers to remove heavy items from their key rings.”