Petapixel: When Photography Becomes a Weapon.
“... in the 21st century, photographs of an atrocity don’t wait to give rise to opposing responses. They are created and distributed with an intent to harm and polarize. The weaponization of photography is a partial reflection of a modern culture that is willing to consume and interpret imagery without analysis or concern for who might be victimized by the image.”
Romanesko: ‘The rapacious Ms. Huffington seems to believe that journalism skills are worth not
Guardian.UK: Jeb Bush joins conservatives in call to defund Planned Parenthood.
Yes, this is predictable, given his past. Fan of Crisis Pregnancy Centers. About those. What tends to happen, way too often, is after a young pregnant woman says ‘no’ to abortion, the organization disappears. If women make this choice, it’s support they need, not here-today, gone-tomorrow ideology. These organizations helped women *make* the choice - they have a responsibility to follow through. IMHO.
Yahoo: Less-lethal weapons get new interest amid police shootings.
The Nation: Civilian Toll From the War Against ISIS Is Huge. Why Isn’t the Press Covering It?
“... we have demonstrably shown that there is a major volume of material in the public domain alleging significant civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria. We found that material. We published that material. The material was always there. I guess the question is, why haven’t news organizations gone looking for that?”
Civil War Memory: Sons of Confederate Veterans Kicked Out of Lee Chapel.
Can’t insult someone and then expect them to host you.
Slate: Death with dignity & gay marriage - Liberty arguments support physician-assisted suicide.
“Aja Riggs doesn’t want the state of New Mexico to dictate how she’ll die. Riggs suffers from uterine cancer — currently in remission, but likely to return — and fears it will leave her in excruciating pain during her final days. To avoid so much torment, Riggs wants to be sure her doctor can ease her into death through a painless overdose if she so chooses. But New Mexico law prohibits physician-assisted suicide.” Read more.
The New Yorker: Buckley, Vidal, and the Birth of Buzz.
“Where a debate between two urbane intellectuals ought to have ushered in a golden age of elevated, rational discussion, it instead — due to the personal enmity to which the combatants gave voice — sparked the worst aspects of modern media, a debased version of political talk, the gladiatorial mudslinging that prevails in broadcasting today.”
PS Mag: Border Enforcement Policies Are Backfiring.
“In the two decades preceding the passage of IRCA, as many as 85 percent of undocumented arrivals were offset by departures, according to the authors. Afterwards, the undocumented population in the U.S. steadily climbed, reaching a record 12 million in 2008.” Increased Border Patrol coverage seemed not to decrease entry, but exit.
TG’s Political Wire: Birthright Citizenship Becomes an Issue for Republicans.
Guernica: Just Out of Frame, Alex Carp interviews Sarah Stillman.
“I think I’d been so worried about either scaring them off or making them uncomfortable that I wasn’t respecting the full nature of their experience. I wasn’t fully willing to ask the difficult questions and let the women make choices about what they did and didn’t want to talk about. I was almost preemptively censoring them.” My emphasis; careful there. That’s like taking photos of someone, and dumping all responsibility on their model release. Many can’t foresee what widespread publication may do - but you as the creator do, clearly.
Guardian.UK: Islamic State leader raped Kayla Mueller before she died in captivity, officials say.
I dream of “The Count of Monte Cristo” solution to this.
More info, if you have the stomach for it.
Atlas Obscura: The Real Housewives of Ancient Egypt Had 8-Foot-Long Prenups.
“Egyptian women weren’t the only ones protected by surprisingly progressive legislation. Judging by another document in the Oriental Institute archives, Egypt was also the site of history’s first labor strike.” I’ll bet unions formed right after the largest Pyramids were built ...
The Nation: The Apache vs. Rio Tinto.
“Altaha spoke briefly in Apache before explaining her opposition to the mine, and her fears about the effects a mine would have on the sacred site, the area’s water supply, and on the safety of Apache women.” Wise woman. It’s not just the mine itself, but the consequences of mining. The tailing ponds (Animas River, anyone?), the exploitative labor practices, the increased need for law enforcement, the degradation of infrastructure (roads, water, etc.).
New Yorker: The Chinese Lingerie Vendors of Egypt.
Fascinating look at how cultures coexist.
VF: Hookup-Culture Promotion.
Tinder is tender over this article. Man, dating from my day looks even more passé than Victorian. Today’s internet version, sex is mere hydraulics. [You may quote me, with attribution.]
Metafilter: Several secular Bangladeshi bloggers hacked to death.
Noone should be murdered for a mere opinion. Yet such is history; littered with idealistic corpses. The ‘dangerous gift of eloquence.’ Read “Scaramouche” by Sabatini. I love Dumas, but I love this just as much.
Dazed: Why are photographers so obsessed with youth?
Well, perhaps because we have all been young. Bigger audience. Not everyone’s survived to old age.
Vox: IUDs are now just as popular as condoms among young adult women.
Smart. And BCPs can cause significant hormonal changes - for some this is beneficial, for others, a nightmare. IUDs are on the pro-lifers hit list - many feel they’re abortion devices.
New Republic: National Review’s Bad Conscience.
“... William F. Buckley Sr., was an anti-Semite and fascist sympathizer who tried his best to pass along his ideas to his large brood. In 1937, four of the Buckley kids burned a cross outside a Jewish resort. The eleven-year-old William Buckley Jr. didn’t participate in the cross burning but only because he was deemed too young to participate and by his own account ‘wept tears of frustration’ at being left out of the hate crime.” It is, of course, generally agreed that “Nazism” and “Fascism” are far right philosophies. It is nonsense to accuse someone of being Left *and* fascist.
Guardian.UK: Revised AP history standards will push ‘American exceptionalism’.
“Many of the comments we have heard about the framework reflect either a misunderstanding of US history or a very limited faith in history teachers’ command of their subject matter.” I wonder if they still include discussion of the 1836 Gag Rule. Or Sand Creek. After all, they’re part of our ... *ahem* ... national heritage. We learn more from mistakes, right ... ?
Facebook/Janis Ian: Thank you all for the response to my “Cosby memory”....
“‘Well, no one else on TV is willing to have you on. Not out there, anyway.’ Why? I wondered. And was told that Cosby, seeing me asleep in the chaperone’s lap, had made it his business to ‘warn’ other shows that I wasn’t ‘suitable family entertainment’, was probably a lesbian, and shouldn’t be on television.”
Guardian.UK: In US, 8 million baby boomers go hungry amid health and economic challenges.
“Increasing chronic disease and disability in baby boomers can have consequences beyond poor health and higher medical bills. [snip] Disability can lead to unemployment and lower income, and lower income can lead to having less money for essentials such as food.” OK, candidates. Ball’s in your court.
The Toast: Visible Faith - On Grad School and Ageism.
“... I was surprised by the degree to which the more mature male professors seemed unnerved by my presence, and they became the main source of my day-to-day anxiety. One of them, a jeans-wearing survivor of the pseudo-hippie revival of the ’80s, once announced to our class that Thomas Hardy only began writing poetry after he reached his sixties. ‘Just when the brain is atrophying for most people,’ he said, staring at me, ‘the man became a world-class poet. Imagine! You’ve got to be some kind of brilliant to defy those odds.’” The more fool he.
SciAm: What You Don’t Understand about Suicide Attacks.
“Until suicide attackers are widely seen for the desperate, traumatized, and mentally ill people they really are—instead of ‘psychologically normal’ altruists—America will continue to suffer Islamic mass shooters who seek glory and heavenly rewards through death.” Yes, but there will always be depressed, isolated, vulnerable people. You will never cure those maladies in any effective manner. I hate to pick on the internet, but getting radicalizing texts and videos is exponentially easier today than in the recent past. We are seeing this result: a sick mind can be turned in days, instead of years.
I think of going to the library in my high school years, trying to find a copy of ‘Mein Kampf’ just to *look* at it. Not even cracking it. I think every librarian tailed me as I went into the aisle to view the single copy (I’d asked at the desk). I wouldn’t doubt they called my parents, even.