BBC: Possible Rodin and Degas works found at Gurlitt home.
“Two sculptures, possibly by Auguste Rodin and Edgar Degas, have been discovered in the home of the late art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt.” Good grief, sounds like the man was sitting on his own personal Louvre, and never really bothered to enjoy any of it.
Pacific Standard: California’s Lax Policing of the Fracking Industry.
“The problem is that at least 100 of the state’s aquifers were presumed to be useless for drinking and farming because the water was either of poor quality, or too deep underground to easily access. Years ago, the state exempted them from environmental protection and allowed the oil and gas industry to intentionally pollute them.” !^$%$^@#^%!%$ [Holding my hand to my throat, practically strangling myself, so I don’t start shouting again.] There is no such thing as a useless resource.
NPR: ‘Rocket Girl’ Is A Jetpack-Powered 21st Century Angel.
“It seems DaYoung wasn’t any ordinary teenager in her version of 2013. She was a member of the New York Teen Police Department. Now back in 1986, armed only with her flight gear and some awesome fighting moves, she beats down baddies of all stripes while pursuing her mission to stop the evil mega-corporation Quintum Mechanics.” Sounds like fun.
Vox: Why a federal court just ruled Obamacare subsidies are illegal in 36 states.
“The suit alleges that subsidies should only be available in states that set up their own insurance exchanges, based on the text of the Affordable Care Act. The government can still appeal, but if it ultimately loses the case at the Supreme Court, it’s possible that federal subsidies will no longer be available to help make insurance affordable in over thirty states.” And everything hinges on a single word. Who says proper English isn’t important?
OpenCulture: Wearable Books - Medieval Manuscripts Were Recycled & Turned into Clothes.
Um. Yes. Well. Newspaper and book-paper are pretty good insulators, it turns out. We had a family friend who grew up in Austria post-WWI, and he related how he managed to keep warm in the terrible post-war poverty by lining his clothes with newspaper (and in the process, making me curious about what the Treaty of Versailles wrought that textbooks weren’t telling me). I later tried it myself (what kid wouldn’t?) … and found it worked extremely well. Except for the ink all over your skin.
Collectors Weekly: Caftan Liberation - How an Ancient Fashion Set Modern Women Free.
“It allowed you to wear really comfortable clothing in public, things that you might have reserved for just wearing behind closed doors in your own house. [snip] It was teasing the boundaries around your domestic space, like what you’re wearing at home versus what you’re wearing out. It had an ambiguous sexuality to it. It both freed the body and emphasized the body, while still remaining somewhat dignified.” Better than having to look at folks in sweats and house slippers at WalMart.
Guardian.UK: Fracking firm ‘underplayed’ heavy lorries needed for Sussex drilling.
Of course they underplayed. All the fracking companies try make the business of fracking sound like a cakewalk. The traffic is significant, the noise is significant … the wear on public roadways is more than significant. You’re talking transporting millions of gallons of water via truck. Water is what, 8.3x pounds a gallon, sans additives? You can see why frackers inject the excess into the ground after fracking is over. They certainly don’t want to have to transport, store, clean or remediate all the liquid they use. Taxpayers will have to handle the freshly lubricated geologic faults.
FirstLook: NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children.
We live in an age where personal branding may limit your ability to report.
Google+: End of the nymwars?
The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Emily Parker.
In specific, about her book on international bloggers, Now I Know Who My Comrades Are. On my list.
The Atlantic: The Weeping Time.
“When Thomson recounts the auction, he holds nothing back. By its very nature, the sale of human beings is a disgraceful affair and he describes the slave speculators as a motley lot, poking and prodding the ‘chattel,’ pinching their muscles and checking the insides of their mouths like livestock, all while joking and making lurid comments at some of the female slaves.” And much worse.
Dissent: Prison to Table - The Other Side of the Whole Foods Experience.
“It’s not clear what shocked people most about the report in Fortune that Whole Foods Market sells goat cheese and tilapia prepared with prison labor — the horrendous exploitation of prisoners for a base rate less than one-tenth of Whole Foods’ starting wage, or the fact that even after paying prisoner-workers sixty cents an hour, that tiny wheel of goat cheese still costs upward of seven dollars. Whichever reason it was, for many the story disturbed the experience that Whole Foods carefully cultivates for its customers.”
Metafilter: Tsilhquot’in victory in the Supreme Court.
“The recognition of aboriginal title rings in a new era, after years of frustration over treaty negotiations …” So, we’re returning the Black Hills when?
LiveScience: Imperiled Amazon Indians Make 1st Contact with Outsiders.
Denver Post: Colorado claims contraceptive program caused big drop in teen birth rates.
“A state health initiative to reduce teen birth rates by providing more than 30,000 contraceptive devices at low or no cost has led to a 40 percent drop in five years, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday.”
VQR: Losing Sparta.
BusinessWeek: Hospitals Are Mining Patients’ Credit Card Data to Predict Who Will Get Sick.
“Imagine getting a call from your doctor if you let your gym membership lapse, make a habit of buying candy bars at the checkout counter, or begin shopping at plus-size clothing stores.” Using big data to apply health care more efficiently. I’ll stay out of the privacy implications.
The Atlantic: Corporations, Still Not People.
NY Times: A Grieving Father Pulls a Thread That Unravels BNP’s Illegal Deals.
Guardian.UK: Besieged by the rising tides of climate change, Kiribati buys land in Fiji.
“Within a few decades, small islands in the Pacific and Indian oceans risk being extensively or even completely submerged. In places the sea level is rising by 1.2cm a year, four times faster than the global average.”
Guardian.UK: Facebook emotion study breached ethical guidelines, researchers say.