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.”
New Yorker: Telling African-American History Through Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations.
ShortFormBlog: This drug cures most cases of hepatitis C, but there’s a problem.
FrancisWade: Agent Orange 40 Years On - Heartbreaking Photos inside Vietnam Orphanages.
“I think there’s a lack of understanding about how damaging the effects of Agent Orange continue to be. Remember that the spraying of the dioxin stopped more than 40 years ago, so you’d think it was confined to history, but that’s not the case at all—thousands of children are being born each year with severe deformities that are likely linked to ongoing Agent Orange contamination of the soil and water.”
ProPublica: In Fracking Fight, a Worry About How Best to Measure Health Threats.
Of note. UK, pay attention.
NY Times: National Geographic Channel Pulls ‘Nazi War Diggers’ Series.
Nat’l Geo joins SciAm in my ‘formerly rock-solid authority, but now suspect’ pile.
Guardian.UK: Albuquerque police-shootings protest turns into ‘mayhem’.
ArtDaily: German recluse ready to return Nazi-looted art; Matisse’s “Sitting Woman” 1st.
The Economist: Drone journalism - Eyes in the skies.
“In the past few months drones shot the most revealing footage of the protests that toppled Viktor Yanukovych, its corrupt president. They have also offered a bird’s-eye view of civil conflict in Thailand, Venezuela and elsewhere. They let journalists capture scenes that previously would have put their lives in danger, and made it harder for governments to lie.” When they start flying over private property and shooting what they find … that’s when the #%@$@ is going to hit the fan.
The New Yorker: The Right’s New ‘Welfare Queens” - The Middle Class.
“The idea that the main cause of inequality is Americans who choose not to work because it’s more attractive to live off the government could only occur to someone who has spent his career inside Washington think tanks and the White House.”
ArtDaily: Four Crimean museums fear loss of hundreds of precious ancient treasures.
“Now curators in both Amsterdam and Crimea have been left wringing their hands over the political dilemma facing them: do the artefacts go to Kiev or Moscow once the exhibition ends?”