RT: Massive protests in Turkey after student murdered & burnt in attempted rape.
“... the driver of the minibus attempted to rape Aslan, and stabbed her to death after she resisted with pepper spray. He then sought the help of his father and a friend to get rid of the body, which they burnt.” Ladies, *incapacitate* your attackers. Make sure he can’t get up while you get away.
Yahoo News: Police in Washington state fatally shoot man who threw rocks at them.
As I’ve mentioned, disproportionate response.
Hellemanworld: Is it a blessing to be poor?
“According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), it would only take US$30 billion a year to launch the necessary agricultural programs to completely solve global food insecurity. Severe hunger afflicts 862 million people each year; only $30 billion could save them. Although that sounds like a lot of money, in 2008 the US bailed out Wall Street for more than 23 times that amount!” My italic emphasis. Been thinking about poverty today. Much food for thought in this article from 2012. Ignore the religious bent (if it bothers you), and concentrate on the numbers quoted. I particularly like the point that ‘poverty is the absence of choice.’
Telegraph.UK: Travel as a solo woman - 10 lessons for the intrepid.
“In many traditional cultures having your own wheels elevates you to ‘male’ status which equals instant respect – but be prepared to have conversations about brake pads and carburettors in a foreign language ...”
Yahoo/AP Exclusive: IS militants drawing steady stream of recruits.
“U.S. officials fear that some of the foreign fighters will return undetected to their homes in Europe or the U.S. to mount terrorist attacks.” That’s going to sell a lot of concealed-carry permits, you watch.
Slate/Inside Higher Ed: Marquette tries to fire tenured professor over blog post.
If blogs are dead and have no value, then what is this blog post doing?
BuzzFeed: Nancy Reagan Turned Down Rock Hudson’s Plea For Help Nine Weeks Before He Died.
“... it took the administration’s own surgeon general, Dr. C. Everett Koop, issuing his groundbreaking ‘Surgeon General’s Report on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome’ — without giving advance notice to the White House — and the Senate pressing for a presidential commission on AIDS for the White House to take steps toward action.” Koop was no fool; gagged by the Reagan White House, he routed around them. Read here.
TechDirt: CIA’s Hayden - Sept. 11th Gave Me Permission To Reinterpret The 4th Amendment.
Reminds me of my conversation with a surgeon on break. Went something like this:
Surgeon: “So, why don’t you climb on a gurney, and let us open you up and take a look around?”
Me: “What? I’ve only got a sinus infection.”
Surgeon: “Everyone’s got something wrong with them. You just have to dig deep enough.”
Needless to say, I got out of there quick. I think you’re all subtle enough to understand why I shared it.
Youtube: Auschwitz 70 - Drone shows Nazi concentration camp.
The only visual I’ve ever seen that really effectively illustrates the size of the place. Show this to any crazy deniers you come across. I detect a significant similarity to the buildings around Oak Ridge, TN during the Manhattan Project. Both: Industrial extinction.
GlobalPost: Here’s what moviegoers in Baghdad think of ‘American Sniper’.
“F*ck, shoot him! He has an IED, don’t wait for permission!!” One moviegoer. I deign to wonder how representative that actually is.
ProPublica: U.S. Acknowledges Conviction of David Hicks, Guantanamo Detainee, Should Not Stand.
An odd duck, this one. Read the entire thing.
RAWStory: Sarah Culhane is white. Michael Brown is dead.
Boy, does that smell to high heaven. The young lady’s charges being dropped, that is. My former hometown is now tres affluent, lightyears beyond the working-class majority it formerly was. The modest home I grew up in sells for over a million now.
Politico: The Hunting of Billie Holiday.
Horrific. A must-read.
Vox: Queen Elizabeth II once terrorized King Abdullah — by driving him around.
LOVE that story. Love.
ArtDaily: British Library launches online collection of over 280 Holocaust survivors’ testimonies.
NY Times: Prison Beard Ban Violates Muslim Religious Rights, Supreme Court Rules.
And now I wonder what Fox News thinks of the Supremes after that decision.
On MLK day, there’s always subtle pressure ...
... to come up with some anecdote, some uniquely rare observation about Mr King to boost one’s own brand/credibility. I’ll just say, once again, I’m terribly sad he was assassinated, and that the world lost his voice forever. And quietly point you to a list of past and current civil rights activists, and urge you to take a listen.
AP/Bigstory: Pope’s climate-change stand deepens conservatives’ distrust.
“What they’re worried about is the solution. [snip] Climate change is the ultimate collective-action problem. It’s going to require local, state and national policy change, and it’s going to require international cooperation, which means the United Nations.”
Random Thought: Could any male actor have a successful career ...
... without picking up a weapon in any of their movie roles?
The Fully Intended: Photoshop your personality.
Mollie ponders Photoshop. I fear that auto-retouching will become a default, rather than a backlash against retouching. Even photojournalists have the habit of photographing really hideous places and making them look aesthetically gorgeous, often totally obviating the need for aid. I argue with myself about this ... what do we say when we beautifully render something tragic? I lean towards a more ‘real’ interpretation, when facing the challenge. Everyone loves a pretty Santa Fe photo, but Santa Fe is also grit and dirt, heat and prickly cactus, crumbling adobe, unstuccoed cinder block walls, dying cottonwoods ...
Dazed: Miami police use mugshots of black teens for target practice.
Yep, signs of a post-racial society. *NOT.*
Time: How Religion Can Move Us to Do Terrible Things.
“Them.” When we stop them-ing, we’ll have a civilization worthy of the name.
Here’s a thought. Post-Ferguson, post-NYC, what of ‘cop shows’?
Hollywood has to find another theme for cheap-to-film predictable evening entertainment. Zombies?
AskReddit: What do insanely poor people buy, that ordinary people know nothing about?
This should be read by every politician.
The Economist: Security - Return of the hired gun.
“The author fears that the world is entering an era of ‘neomedievalism’ in which the state loses its monopoly of legal force and instead other wealthy groups or individuals fund private military adventures.” Hah. Justified. If The Economist can bandy “neomedievalism” around, then I’m allowed to as well. Screwed-up times. Previously.