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.
Guardian.UK: Peru now has a ‘licence to kill’ environmental protestors.
ArtDaily: Native American masks sold in Paris at Auction house Eve despite protests from the US emba
The AV Club: Facebook tinkered with users’ feeds for a massive psychology experiment.
The New Yorker: Should Auschwitz Be a Site for Selfies?.
Dazed: What’s behind India’s tide of sexual violence.
“Of course, while television is introducing a normalcy to sex, it has also furiously perpetuated the objectification of women, feeding the voyeuristic desires of millions who are sexually frustrated and lonely. [snip] Yet, what happens when reality strikes? Unfathomable rage.” Those who say media (tv, video games, etc.) are benign, need to read this.
The Economist: Daily chart - The goodness of nations.
“And the “peace and security” area is flawed: it penalises countries involved in armed conflicts abroad or that sell arms. Couldn’t one argue that this fosters a stable world?” Um … time for a chart that plots arms sales recipients to armed conflicts, methinks.
ThinkProgress: Tokyo Assemblywoman Interrupted By Sexist Jeers While Advocating For More Support.
“The assemblywoman, Ayaka Shiomura, was questioning officials about their plans to help working mothers when cries of ‘Why don’t you get married?’ and ‘Are you not able to have a baby?’ could be heard from seats held by members of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).” I find myself doing a quick check to recall in which century we currently live.
Vox: The theft of Native Americans’ land, in one animated map.
Since the concept of reparations has been broached … one should understand why “reparations have never figured prominently into American Indian calls for justice”.
Chicago Trib: Washington Redskins trademark canceled by U.S. Patent Office.
Would you complain about a team calling themselves any other racial epithet? Of course you would. There’s a simple fix, just switch epithets: The Washington Rednecks. There’s even an anthem available. Or does that hurt someone’s feelings? Think about it.
ProPublica: All the Things Hillary Clinton’s Book Doesn’t Say About Iraq.
Later: GiTM, Same Old Hillary. I hear ya, man.
The New Yorker: Ida Lupino’s Prescient “Outrage”.
“It’s a haunting, infuriating movie—and it’s not available on DVD or, to the best of my knowledge, on streaming services. Lupino is among the greats, and her directorial career is sadly under the radar. A boxed set of her six films for The Filmakers would be essential.”