Roger Black: ‘An issue with management in the newsroom.’
Hmmm. As I recommended when this story broke, stay calm and wait for more information.
nakedcap: The Elderly as a Source of Profit.
#^@%@#%%$. Assisted suicide needs to be a national option. I’d never want myself or anyone I cared for to suffer this nightmare.
The Atlantic: Why the Official Explanation of MH370’s Demise Doesn’t Hold Up.
Now I can reveal my bet. I think it will be found within a couple hundred miles of the last official radar location along its intended course. Occam’s Razor. Never liked the ‘turn south/silent running’ theory, but I didn’t want to bait the CNN-conspiracy faithful.
Vox: The second largest ethnic group in every state, in one map.
“New Mexico, Hawaii, and DC are the only states (or quasi-states, in DC’s case) where non-Hispanic whites form the second largest group; Hawaii is plurality Asian-American, New Mexico is plurality Hispanic …” As I keep saying, it was an education for a white boy from back East to realize that out here, America is not ‘Pilgrim Protestant’ but Spanish Conquistador and Catholic. The history here deserves much more respect than it gets nationwide.
[Meanwhile the Native Americans, sigh, roll their eyes, sit back and say … “Johnny-come-latelies” …]
TechDirt: DOJ Says Americans Have No 4th Amendment Protections ...
… When They Communicate With Foreigners. It says, quite clearly, that because foreigners have no 4th Amendment protections it means that any Americans lose their 4th Amendment protections when communicating with foreigners. They’re using a very twisted understanding of the (already troubling) third party doctrine to do this.”
The Economist: French defence sales - Mistral blows.
“The mighty Mistral-class vessels, 199m long, are not gunships. But their capacity to carry and land hundreds of soldiers and over a dozen armoured tanks and amphibious craft, as well as to transport some 16 helicopters, greatly enhances power projection.” Which raises the question, since we are the largest exporter of arms … who are we selling to?
The Atlantic: The Military Wants To Teach Robots Right From Wrong.
“One of the arguments for [moral] robots is that they may be even better than humans in picking a moral course of action because they may consider more courses of action.” Hmmm. Terminators, Manhunters, Transformers …
Columbia Journalism Review: Jill Abramson is out at The New York Times.
All speculation. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from all the years of blogging, it’s appropriate on stories like this to refrain from commenting until reasonable facts emerge.
OilPrice: Coal - The World’s Deadliest Source Of Energy.
“Still, some estimates are that global mining accidents kill around 12,000 people per year. And that only quantifies the direct deaths caused by coal extraction, not the deaths caused by its combustion.” One might say the deaths are mine, all mine.
ProPublica: Why Don’t We Know How Many People Are Shot Each Year in America?
Junkculture: Artist Uses Mud and Dirt to Create Sprawling Paintings on School Walls in India.
“Using different types of local mud, dirt and dust, Japanese artist Yusuke Asai created an immersive mural that covered the walls and ceiling of a school classroom in a remote village in India.” Click through - you have to see it.
Gizmodo: Should Your Driverless Car Kill You to Save Two Other People?
I’ve got the answer. Ejection seats. Shades of James Bond.
Perhaps the computers could be programmed to give us a choice. If it were my life against a young family with children, I’d choose the young family. Surely software could give us a ‘check box’ to select. Then again, someone will likely label them ‘death panels’ …
ReadWrite: Surprise! Your Personal Data Is Not So Personal.
“In fact, while it’s long been a truism that if you’re not paying for a product, you are the product, it’s increasingly the case that your data is someone else’s property even when you are paying. But shouldn’t payment give us the option of privacy?” My italics.
SciAm: Does Rice Farming Lead to Collectivist Thinking?
Spend a great deal of your time bending over, knee-deep in smelly fertile muck, you might think collectively as well.
New Yorker: Vivian Maier and the Problem of Difficult Women.
“… Maier’s story is titillating precisely because of how it deviates from the familiar narratives about artistic aspiration. They can’t understand why she never put aside her profession for her passion. People who never saw her without a Rolleiflex around her neck express bewilderment that they were in the company of a great talent. (‘She was a nanny, for God’s sakes.’)” The perpetually misleading ‘they’. To be most accurate, it’s “we”. None of us can fathom her, because she doesn’t fit into our notions of what it is to be a surpassingly excellent street photographer. I say: drag those stereotypes out of the closet, switch on the strobes, and make ‘em dance.
MessyNessyChic: The Congo Airport Playground.
I’d have given an eyetooth to play on plane wrecks as a kid.
ShortFormBlog: The deadly, lingering toll of illnesses caused by Ground Zero.
60 vs. 71. Read, and you’ll understand.
NY Times: A Sherpa’s Final Moments.
Mashable: Soccer Team Hires First Female Coach in French History.
“Her appointment is a major breakthrough in a sport where coaching is dominated by men. Not only has Costa become the first female coach in French professional soccer, but, according to Eurosport, she is the first women to be hired as head coach of a team in the top two divisions of Europe’s top five leagues.” Ms Costa, kickin’ it.
ArtDaily: Remains of 9/11 victims to be moved to ground zero.
“Human remains should not be a marketing tool for a $24 admission to that museum, it is a disgrace, it’s a sacrilege.” If I’d died there, I certainly wouldn’t want to be stuffed in a dark basement under a pay-for museum surrounded by the maudlin crashing noise of water falling (to keep the event fresh in memory). I’d want to be far away, under peaceful grass. IMHO.
GlobalPost: German recluse leaves Nazi-era art hoard to Swiss museum.
“Holzinger said that a Munich court would still have to rule on whether the will was valid. ‘If it is found that the Bern museum is the rightful heir, and the museum accepts this inheritance – a key condition – then the museum will have to contend from that moment with all legal issues including the question of restitution of looted art.’” Already messy, it’s going to get messier.
Telegraph.UK: Why Hillary Clinton needs Monica Lewinsky more than ever.
NakedCap: Americans Raid 401(k)s, Replacing Home Equity Withdrawals.
“Admittedly, a Bloomberg graphic shows that the amount of penalties was slightly lower in 2011 than 2010. But the fact that it’s higher than the levels seen during the financial crisis years shows that economic stress is still high.”
ForeignPolicy: How Putin Is Reinventing Warfare.
“As the Kremlin faces down the West, it is indeed gambling that old alliances like the EU and NATO mean less in the 21st century than the new commercial ties it has established with nominally ‘Western’ companies, such as BP, Exxon, Mercedes, and BASF.” Turning point, historically. Eyes open?
In These Times: Fracking’s Harm Extends Beyond Polling Places.
“Indeed, no matter where you are reading this column, there are examples of real-life catastrophes with real-life ramifications being treated by political elites as just more ‘grenades’ in their self-serving political wars.”