Vice: The Town Making the Horrifying Discovery That It’s Built Out of Jewish Tombstones.
“Fifteen hundred headstones have been found in Brest over the past six years, with the rate of discovery escalating since work on the supermarket began.” Remnants of Nazi and Russian attention in WWII.
Oct 15/WaPo: Dr Richard Besser on the risk of catching Ebola.
In all the media hype over the nurse in Maine, I thought what my former PHS classmate had to say on the subject was timely: “You are putting yourself in much greater danger if you don’t get a flu shot than if you talk to someone from West Africa.” Read the entire piece.
Vox: GamerGate’s scary plan to wipe Gawker Media from the face of the Earth.
“On some fundamental level, GamerGate is driven by the thought that games publications shouldn’t just have ethical standards but should never publish an opinion the movement disagrees with ever.” If so, Joseph Goebbels smiles in pride.
Youtube: 10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman.
Excellent use of hidden video to illuminate a problem men only theoretically understand. Face it - we men would be in someone’s face after the third catcall, or filing harrassment suits. Walking through your office and having someone say “Oh, you got an ass on you” or “Shake it, baby” on a regular basis would probably break your composure quite effectively.
Later: Apparently this video is attracting rape threats. What’s happened to America, and ‘our’ internet?
BadassDigest: Film Crit Hulk Smash - ON DESPAIR, GAMERGATE AND QUITTING THE HULK.
I picture Hulk sitting by the fireside, with half-glasses and a smoking jacket.
NY Times: South African Prosecutors Say They’ll Appeal Pistorius Conviction and Sentence.
I’m still not buying the burglar theory. I suspect the prosecution simply couldn’t construct, from available evidence, a convincing enough alternate scenario in the time they had. In a private two-person relationship, the trail is thin on the ground.
If I were a young lady, I would never ever date a prominent sports star. The odds are against you.
NY Times: Nurse Held in Ebola Quarantine Will Be Allowed to Go Home, Christie Says.
One has to ask, why is the CDC not involved, getting this poor lady out of the clutches of Christie?
Again, only the tip of the iceberg of how inhumane officials can get. In the meantime, if you’re flying back from Africa ... don’t land in Newark.
Vox: Renee Zellweger’s new look reveals the pernicious demands we make of all women.
Age and a blepharoplasty. I’ve had ‘squinty eyes’ since childhood, taken the teasing, the terrible nicknames. Now that I’m 55, if my upper eyelid/brow sag gets any worse, I’ll need to follow Renee’s lead. I would trade a bit of character to be able to a) see better and b) not to have to hike my eyebrows up to my hairline to seem happy and/or not asleep. My fear is a plastic surgeon would make me look permanently frightened to death.
Damn the slings and arrows, Renee. I understand completely. Perhaps only another person with the ‘squints’ can.
The Rumpus: A Girl And Her Car.
Hmmm. In the wake of the current video game-vs-women controversies, this is no longer as cool and pragmatic as it sounds. More like Neanderthal-era culture needs to be chucked in the dustbin.
SF New Mexican: Santa Fe police recruit FedEx, UPS drivers to help fight crime.
Vox: In the 1970s, women were making big gains in computer science. Then they fell behind.
“What happened in the mid-1980s? You should listen to the podcast for the full story, but the short answer is that as computers first moved into the home, they were mostly seen as toys — and those toys were marketed to boys and men.” There’s got to be something else at work here. Home computers can’t be the only reason. The Macintosh became big right around that time, and nearly every graphic design station was being jockeyed by a very capable woman. And the phalanxes of word processing folks in the office ... mostly women. This just sounds like an offkey tuning fork, this claim. Too pat. Something more complex was going on.
BookForum: Innovators Abroad.
“... technological development is also a human story — one that involves politics, war, culture, discrimination, social upheaval, and a great deal of human exploitation thousands of miles down the production line, in Congo’s coltan mines and Shenzhen’s brutal factories.”
ArtDaily: Rothschild pistols seized by the Nazis in 1939 and stored in a salt mine during WWII for s
As gorgeous a set of flintlocks as I’ve ever seen ... at least, from the top view. Silver’s not a very good structural component for a firearm, so I assume it’s mostly decoration. But what decoration.
Joss Stone Feat. Jeff Beck – No Man’s Land: Green Fields of France.
Video. In remembrance of those lost in WWI. Can purchase the single November 2.
An electric car for wheelchair-bound folks. Pretty neat.
WaPo: The government wants to study ‘social pollution’ on Twitter.
“Hmm. A government-funded initiative is going to ‘assist in the preservation of open debate’ by monitoring social media for ‘subversive propaganda’ and combating what it considers to be ‘the diffusion of false and misleading ideas’? The concept seems to have come straight out of a George Orwell novel.”
Historiann: Death threats plus liberal gun laws = no feminist speech allowed.
“Because of the historic association of gun ownership with men, especially white men, in states like Utah and Colorado they now have the power to shut down women speakers whose ideas they dislike, especially feminist women.” Are they acting out what they’ve learned from their favorite electronic pastimes (disturbing enough), or are they cold-bloodedly attempting to quash the ‘bug’ in their virtual perception of reality?
LRB: Adam Shatz reviews ‘Congo’ by David Van Reybrouck.
Dazed: Glastonbury bans sale of Native American headdresses.
Appropriate. Those who make and wear tattoos know not to copy ‘real’ Maori Ta Moko designs out of respect; the Maori consider this a form of ‘identity theft’, because the patterns are family-based. Why should a similar respect not be extended to Native Americans? Remember how much Christians love Serrano’s “Piss Christ.”
Kickstarter: anonabox - a Tor hardware router.
Mashable: Should the West Negotiate With ISIS?
“While ISIS’s extreme ideology and brutal tactics obviously pose problems for its legitimacy among the population it now rules, it has taken many steps to try to win local people’s hearts and minds and to build local alliances. It has set up local governing structures, a tax system, a judicial system and formed an education policy.” This same thing could be said of the Nazis before Hitler won the Chancellorship.
NPR: Firestone Did What Governments Have Not: Stopped Ebola In Its Tracks.
“Dr. Flannery of the CDC says a key reason for Firestone’s success is the close monitoring of people who have potentially been exposed to the virus — and the moving of anyone who has had contact with an Ebola patient into voluntary quarantine.” Money and procedure.
Salon: Fracking company teams with Susan G. Komen, introduces pink drill bits “for the cure&rd
Truly bizarre. Ammonia, benzine, toluene, diesel are all so very beneficial for cancer sufferers. I remind those who say fracking fluids will not surface in our lifetimes because they’re deposited under ‘impermeable rock layers’, that Los Alamos National Labs is experiencing this exact scenario - chemicals injected that were not supposed to surface for hundreds of years are appearing in ever-greater concentrations in local wells.
WorldCarFans: The average Bugatti owner has 84 cars, 3 jets and one yacht.
How the 1% of the 1% live.
CJR: Reporters struggle to stay safe covering Ebola.
“Really, if you’re going anywhere that requires personal protective equipment, you need to be under the supervision of someone who knows what he or she is doing. Proper removal requires about 20 sequential steps, with spraying and hand washing throughout.” In which we may see the act of feeding the 24/7 cable news behemoth is a suicide that involuntarily takes others along for the ride. Freelance journalists are free to go just about anywhere; the question is, should they? In this case, their barebones modus operandi and ill-preparedness can kill innocents.