PS Mag: They Steal Babies, Don’t They?
“Children were being shipped quickly into international adoption, being made available as young as a few days or months — which meant that there had been no effort whatsoever to help out the birth family, and no effort to place the child with extended family or community. Money, in other words, was distorting the system, vacuuming children out of Ethiopia for profit.” My italic emphasis. I call that kidnapping, at the very least.
NY Daily News: Bill Cosby paid off women says ex-NBC employee.
He’s finished. The handlers have started talking. I was going to post yesterday that this was too large of an operation to be a one-person deal. It needed coordination ... booking flights, renting cars, maintaining security. Many are complicit.
BBC: Pilgrims flock to Goa to see Saint Francis Xavier remains.
CJR: Texas reporters fight for access to fracking facts.
Let some sun shine in. To me, this policy bespeaks a great deal of fear.
the interpreter: ISIS beheadings are a grotesque media strategy
“None of these actions are designed to dissuade Western military intervention in Iraq or Syria, or even to goad the West into becoming decisively committed on the ground, because ISIS understands this is unlikely to occur. Rather, it has a much more short-term aim: to get ISIS’s military and political setbacks out of the media cycle and replace them with bloody imagery that demonstrates ISIS is still a force.” It is very unsettling to see social media and personal branding strategies used for these purposes.
Youtube: Introducing Lantern: One Device = Free Data Forever.
Vox: Everything you need to know about the Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations.
Perhaps an update to the statute of limitations is in order? Since noone successfully prosecuted, and the incidents are far out of the range of court redress, it is conceivable Cosby could sue for defamation (libel and slander both). It would be grotesque to do so ...
Later: The Dish, What to think of Bill Cosby?
Roads & Kingdoms: An Indian at Auschwitz.
WaPo: German town plays prank on neo-Nazis.
This was a brilliant solution. Like a moral Möbius strip; the more you walk, the less you actually accomplish.
BreakingViews: Good news for guns is bad for gunmakers.
No fear, no gun sales. Gun manufacturers are facing large inventories and larger debts. There are already right-wingers spreading the idea that the reason IS is so successful is that Americans don’t own more guns. Stick that in your personal Enigma machine and try to parse it - I can’t.
BBC: Topless sunbather photographed by estate agent drone.
“Mandy Lingard, who was sunbathing in her back garden wearing just a thong, said she realised only when she saw an advertising board near her home.” Would turn into a liability or harrassment suit in the US. Wait for it.
Guardian.UK: Why must the ‘best new writers’ always be under 40?
Youtube:Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It’s Christmas? (2014).
Not as overwrought [in the archaic meaning] as previous versions.
NY Times: A Review of ‘From Heart to Hand: African-American Quilts’ at the Montclair Art
Lovely, warm ways of recycling existing fabric.
The Atlantic: The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia.
“Glimpses of lucidity like that make the relatives of people with dementia yearn for an environment built around life rather than death. Hogewey hasn’t found a cure for dementia, but it’s found a path that’s changing ideas of how to treat those who can no longer take care of themselves.” We in American can look at this and sigh, because profit-motive and fear of ‘creeping socialism’ will never allow it to even get off the ground. Only the 1%; they may see and emulate for themselves.
Outside Online: Alberta’s Tar Sands and the High Cost of Oil.
“‘Industry is industry,’ he said. It exists for one purpose—profit — and pushes relentlessly toward that goal. If people want to control industry, they should elect government officials committed to strict regulation.”
TechDirt: Selling Fear - The First US School Installs A Shooting Detection System.
ReadWrite: K5, The Autonomous Security Robot, Is Now On The Beat.
CJR: Why ISIS coverage sounds familiar.
“Complete with lessons from previous conflicts, including new data-driven research on how the bombings of civilian areas during the Vietnam war ‘systematically shifted control in favor of the Viet Cong insurgents,’ the toolkit’s mission was clear: Let’s not repeat the mistakes of the past.”
Slate: Death with dignity is a gift to the family.
The New Inquiry: The Ladies Vanish.
“Much like the man who jams a chess grandmaster into a dark cage in order to be celebrated for “inventing” the cage, Amazon has built a massive network of casualized internet laborers whose hidden work helps programmers and technological innovators appear brilliant.” The new sweatshops.
Politico: The Police Are Still Out of Control - Frank Serpico.
“In the NYPD, it used to be you’d fire two shots and then you would assess the situation. You didn’t go off like a madman and empty your magazine and reload. Today it seems these police officers just empty their guns and automatic weapons without thinking, in acts of callousness or racism. They act like they’re in shooting galleries.”
A Continuous Lean.: The Unconventional Waltzing Matilda.
“Mike Balitsaris of Waltzing Matilda used to buy toilet factories, but now he’s busy eyeing shoe factories. He’s journeyed from rust belt factories to a Nebraska mine to a Cupertino boardroom to a former shoe factory in Maine, but his goal has always remained the same. Baltisaris sees the potential for creating great things, and creating them right here in America, with all that he does.” Refreshing.
The Dish: The SJWs Now Get To Police Speech On Twitter.
Shades of Bella Abzug. Language matters.
Archaeology News Network: In Flanders fields, the largest ever WWI excavation.
Digging up Flanders fields? I’m not sure they shouldn’t just let it all lie. I suppose if farmers are getting injured, the bomb disposal units are needed at the very least. But don’t photographs communicate enough, along with the reams of personal diaries and official reports? Torn on this one.