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.
POPTech: Anil Dash, Holding to Account [Vimeo link].
The Nation: People Voted for Republicans Last Night—That Doesn’t Mean They Like Them.
“Perhaps the stupidest thing that Democrats could do now is to respond to last night’s beating by tacking right. If they don’t, there could be a miniscule silver lining. At the moment, conservatives are ebullient, which means they’re likely to overplay their hand.” Ack. I heard the word ‘mandate’. Grab me a barf bag, quick.
ArtDaily: Outrage over theft of Dachau concentration camp gate with chilling inscription.
HyperAllergic: The First Shrine of Its Kind in Iraq Is Destroyed.
When does the ‘potential Holocaust’ trigger for ethnic and cultural cleansing go off? Who is buying oil and gas from them, financing this? Turkey?! Have you learned nothing of history? Watch your borders. You’re next.
PDN Pulse/PhotoPlus Expo 2014: Gerd Ludwig’s Tips on Shooting in Low Light.
“One of the first things Ludwig shared was that he had never had an image published in National Geographic that was shot at a speed higher than ISO 500.” Even more important quote, though: “When shooting underprivileged victims ... [snip] ... you have to realize that when you point the camera at them, you temporarily increase their pain.” Would that everyone understood that last.
Guardian.UK: Photographer criticised by indigenous people and Survival International.
When the indigenous have a voice (thanks to modern tech), all the photos (and photographers) of their culture get harshly judged. Travel photography no longer exists in a vacuum. The exposure can make even famed photogs’ images look like the equivalent of the Wal-Mart butt-crack snapshooters; just as exploitative, and just as misleading.
[Caveat: I know nothing of this book or this project, so I will not judge it. I’m merely using it as a lever for a larger opinion. I’ve been pondering the bigger issues of old-fashioned National Geo travel photography for a while now.]
YahooNews: S.Leone Ebola outbreak ‘catastrophic’ - aid group MSF.
“You have one nurse for 10,000 people and then you lose 10, 11, 12 nurses. How is the health system going to work?” And America is freaking out over an asymptomatic nurse ...
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.”