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Vox: An expert thinks Obama’s “arm the rebels” strategy in Syria could be a disaster.

It’s called the Afghan model because we debuted it in its fullest in Afghanistan 2001, but it’s just the idea that Western air power, coupled with limited special operations forces on the ground, working in conjunction with local allies, can be a way to sort of cheaply, and with less human cost to us, achieve a limited political objective.”  And that’s worked out so well over the years.

10/02/14 • 10:14 AM • Human RightsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Ghost in the Machine: Then the Rich Got Richer.

@%#%%@%$%$^@

10/01/14 • 03:27 PM • HistoryHome & LivingHuman RightsPolitics • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Lower IQ in Children Linked to Chemical in Water.

*Ahem.* Guess what’s been showing up in the wells around Los Alamos ... ?  Do check out the Los Alamos Study Group’s page - they do amazing work.

09/30/14 • 09:43 AM • EnvironmentalHuman RightsNaturePoliticsSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Bicycling Mag: The $134 Miracle Bike.

Should probably have solid tires. For comparable ‘improvement in lives’, dig around and see what bicycles did for women in the late 1800’s. One could, squinting a bit hard, credit bicycles with the suffragette movement.

09/22/14 • 04:13 PM • DesignHistoryHuman RightsPhysical Fitness • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Gawker: Iranians Sentenced to Six Months, 91 Lashes for Dancing to “Happy”.

Can we talk about implementing a worldwide “Prime Directive” now? Between IS and this. Those who want to go back in time and be medieval, well ... they can be medieval. Noone in the modern world does business with them. No arms. No supplies of food. No internet. No health advances. You break with the modern world, the modern world cuts you off until you choose to rejoin it. Enjoy the dentists.

09/18/14 • 06:28 PM • HistoryHuman RightsLawPoliticsReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

LRB: Andrew O’Hagan reviews ‘No Place to Hide’ by Glenn Greenwald.

A very good read. Very long, but do take the time.

09/17/14 • 10:45 AM • HistoryHuman RightsLawPoliticsSecurity • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Paris Review: Writing Advice from D. H. Lawrence at 21.

Things which are obvious are worth no more than a mention. If you cannot tell people of something they have not seen, or have not thought, it is hardly worthwhile to write at all. Try and study people, and the living soul which is the essence of mankind. If you have externals, they must represent something.

09/12/14 • 09:38 AM • ArtsBooksHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Annals of Family Medicine: The Cost of My Mother’s Cardiac Care in the US and India.

Noted.

09/11/14 • 12:30 PM • EconomicsHealthHome & LivingHuman RightsTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Testing Males and Females in Every Medical Experiment Is a Bad Idea. [Men ONLY?!!!]

“In their Nature commentary, the nih officials argue that scientists exclude females by ‘convention’ or to avoid variability caused by hormonal cycles in females.” Um ... ladies, what do you think about this? This sounds as bad as taking an adult dose and reducing it by weight proportion for children, rather than separate studies (children are *not* ‘small adults’).

09/11/14 • 10:31 AM • HealthHuman RightsScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Is It O.K. to Kill Cyclists?

... there is something undeniably screwy about a justice system that makes it de facto legal to kill people, even when it is clearly your fault, as long you’re driving a car and the victim is on a bike and you’re not obviously drunk and don’t flee the scene

09/10/14 • 04:19 PM • Human RightsLawPhysical Fitness • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF Gate: Macworld kills print edition amid layoffs at IDG.

A lot of good journalists got laid off.  I suppose we’ll be treated to even more ‘autoplay’ videos now.  I suspect this is another feed destined to be culled ...

09/10/14 • 03:51 PM • AppleHuman RightsNews • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

HyperAllergic: British Museum Wants Someone to Update Its Website for Free.

“It is also, according to a current online listing, seeking free help on its website and other “products” from experienced coders in the guise, naturally, of an unpaid internship or ‘student placement’ with its ‘Digital Team.’”  Not as egregious as some others. No laundry list of JS tech to know.

09/09/14 • 09:47 AM • ArtsDesignHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: We Now Have the Cure for Hepatitis C, but Can We Afford It?

Treatment for one hepatitis C patient now can take up a huge portion of a small business’s budget for drug spending.

09/04/14 • 01:54 PM • EconomicsHealthHome & LivingHuman RightsScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Photogrammar.

Photogrammar is a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United State’s Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI).” Oh, my.  Check out Santa Fe - some looks remarkably the same, but most quite different. We were a dusty little backwater!

09/02/14 • 10:04 AM • ArtsHistoryHuman RightsPhotography • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Federalist: Feminism or Sexism?

See, this is how the restrictive modern radio/music format and the narrowminded moneymaking music outfits limit young folk to blind consumption. The media’s textual orgasms over these performances are creepy and revisionist.

Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman” dominated the charts in late ‘72, became the Equal Rights Amendment anthem [The amendment passed both houses of Congress that year, and moved to the State legislatures for approval], and won the Grammy. Her speech, where she thanked God ... “SHE made it possible” ... resonated in culture for years afterwards. Heard it on the radio lately? Nope. Unknown now, among young people. Arguably bigger than Beyonce at the time and with huge impact on the cultural and political landscape.

Beyonce adopts “Feminist” as a marketing tactic, not as an actual philosophy. Pole dancers in the background? This is the old patriarchal “even if they haven’t got power, women run the world through controlling men’s sexual desire” routine, repackaged as something admirable. There were elderly Congressmen spouting this on Capitol Hill, once upon a time, with a whole lot less subtlety. Women of the time threw it back with beautiful invective, followed by “male chauvinist pig!” And a bit of creative oinking.

You’re being played, fans. Post-ERA, pre-AIDS, with birth control pills freely available ... sexual liberation was well-practiced throughout the ‘70’s. Better than today in some ways. This is not something Beyonce has suddenly gifted the world with.

And the whole Sofia Vergara thing is just not funny.

Stars of the past lived feminism, maintained a largely consistent message throughout those tumultuous years - years when it was threatening to a career to do so. Today, it’s all artless performance to a crowd of young people who will seemingly accept anything with special effects accompaniment.

[As an aside, whenever I think of that song, that era, I can’t help but hear Bella Abzug in my head. Walk the walk instead of just talking the talk, Queen Bey, and I’ll listen.]

08/29/14 • 10:33 AM • EntertainmentHistoryHuman RightsWeblogs • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Salon: Why female writers get trolled the most.

“The study does note that men still receive the highest proportion of abusive tweets overall — but they’re also primarily the ones disseminating hatred.

08/28/14 • 10:34 AM • Human RightsInternetSocial Media • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Quartz: Archeologists are scrambling to excavate a 2,600 year old city before it becomes a Chinese c

Said it just recently, I’ll say it again. It’s a wonder we have any visible remnants of history at all these days.

08/28/14 • 10:32 AM • HistoryHuman RightsPoliticsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Bible History Daily: Severed Hands - Trophies of War in New Kingdom Egypt.

A narrative found in the tomb of Ahmose, son of Ibana, at Elkab describes how after each battle against the Hyksos at Avaris and Sharuhen, the soldier presented an enemy hand as a trophy and was given as a reward the “gold of valor.” Among additional evidence from the New Kingdom are representations depicting severed right hands being counted and put into a heap.

08/27/14 • 03:09 PM • HistoryHuman RightsTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Dazed: Grimes turns down her Ice Bucket Challenge nomination.

Last Friday, Pamela Anderson declined her Ice Bucket Challenge nomination on the grounds that the ALS Association has a poor record of testing on animals. Over the weekend, Grimes has followed suit and turned down Canadian DJ Richie Hawtin’s nom, announcing that she’d be happy to give the money to a charity – just not the ALS organisation that kickstarted the charity challenge.

08/26/14 • 11:23 AM • GeneralHealthHuman RightsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Dazed: No ice? Gaza is doing the Rubble Bucket Challenge.

If you haven’t got ice ...

08/26/14 • 11:22 AM • Human RightsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

TechDirt: Why Do Police In Suburban St. Louis Have More Powerful Weapons Than Marines In Afghanistan

What we’re seeing here is a gaggle of cops wearing more elite killing gear than your average squad leader leading a foot patrol through the most hostile sands or hills of Afghanistan. They are equipped with Kevlar helmets, assault-friendly gas masks, combat gloves and knee pads (all four of them), woodland Marine Pattern utility trousers, tactical body armor vests, about 120 to 180 rounds for each shooter, semiautomatic pistols attached to their thighs, disposable handcuff restraints hanging from their vests, close-quarter-battle receivers for their M4 carbine rifles and Advanced Combat Optical Gunsights. In other words, they’re itching for a fight.” Carry lethal weapons that you train with frequently, build skills, never get to actually use them as trained ... the itch gets overwhelming.

08/21/14 • 10:58 AM • Human RightsLawPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ProPublica: What to Look For In Dueling Autopsies of Michael Brown.

Hmmm. There’s an elephant in the room here, to me. Police today are trained to shoot at center of mass, not extremities. Sans other evidence, the head shots in particular sound punitive.

08/18/14 • 03:50 PM • Human RightsLawPolitics • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: Just Kill All of the Comments Already.

Our problem was a different one: We primarily deal with science and research, and know that comments can change the perception readers have of not just the stories themselves, but the facts and figures covered in the stories that often shouldn’t be open to interpretation.”  If you don’t actively engage your commenters, I see how this can be true. I feel having a comment system requires active participation by the blog- or site-owner. It’s not a set-it-up-and-let-it-run device.

08/18/14 • 10:28 AM • Human RightsInternetWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Collectors Weekly: What America Can Learn From Berlin’s Struggle to Face Its Violent Past.

Imagine if a network of chains were embedded into the streets surrounding the White House and U.S. Capitol as a monument to the slaves that worked on these buildings, or if every major American city maintained one block of open space as tribute to the native people whose land we forcibly took from them. Could Americans finally come to terms with our forebears’ tragic mistakes by following Berlin’s lead?” Much food for thought here.

08/16/14 • 02:29 PM • HistoryHuman RightsTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Dazed: Palestinians tweet tear gas tips to Ferguson residents.

This is ineffably sad.

08/15/14 • 11:48 AM • Home & LivingHuman RightsLawPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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