The Rumpus: A Girl And Her Car.
Hmmm. In the wake of the current video game-vs-women controversies, this is no longer as cool and pragmatic as it sounds. More like Neanderthal-era culture needs to be chucked in the dustbin.
SF New Mexican: Santa Fe police recruit FedEx, UPS drivers to help fight crime.
Vox: In the 1970s, women were making big gains in computer science. Then they fell behind.
“What happened in the mid-1980s? You should listen to the podcast for the full story, but the short answer is that as computers first moved into the home, they were mostly seen as toys — and those toys were marketed to boys and men.” There’s got to be something else at work here. Home computers can’t be the only reason. The Macintosh became big right around that time, and nearly every graphic design station was being jockeyed by a very capable woman. And the phalanxes of word processing folks in the office ... mostly women. This just sounds like an offkey tuning fork, this claim. Too pat. Something more complex was going on.
BookForum: Innovators Abroad.
“... technological development is also a human story — one that involves politics, war, culture, discrimination, social upheaval, and a great deal of human exploitation thousands of miles down the production line, in Congo’s coltan mines and Shenzhen’s brutal factories.”
ArtDaily: Rothschild pistols seized by the Nazis in 1939 and stored in a salt mine during WWII for s
As gorgeous a set of flintlocks as I’ve ever seen ... at least, from the top view. Silver’s not a very good structural component for a firearm, so I assume it’s mostly decoration. But what decoration.
Joss Stone Feat. Jeff Beck – No Man’s Land: Green Fields of France.
Video. In remembrance of those lost in WWI. Can purchase the single November 2.
An electric car for wheelchair-bound folks. Pretty neat.
WaPo: The government wants to study ‘social pollution’ on Twitter.
“Hmm. A government-funded initiative is going to ‘assist in the preservation of open debate’ by monitoring social media for ‘subversive propaganda’ and combating what it considers to be ‘the diffusion of false and misleading ideas’? The concept seems to have come straight out of a George Orwell novel.”
Historiann: Death threats plus liberal gun laws = no feminist speech allowed.
“Because of the historic association of gun ownership with men, especially white men, in states like Utah and Colorado they now have the power to shut down women speakers whose ideas they dislike, especially feminist women.” Are they acting out what they’ve learned from their favorite electronic pastimes (disturbing enough), or are they cold-bloodedly attempting to quash the ‘bug’ in their virtual perception of reality?
LRB: Adam Shatz reviews ‘Congo’ by David Van Reybrouck.
Dazed: Glastonbury bans sale of Native American headdresses.
Appropriate. Those who make and wear tattoos know not to copy ‘real’ Maori Ta Moko designs out of respect; the Maori consider this a form of ‘identity theft’, because the patterns are family-based. Why should a similar respect not be extended to Native Americans? Remember how much Christians love Serrano’s “Piss Christ.”
Kickstarter: anonabox - a Tor hardware router.
Mashable: Should the West Negotiate With ISIS?
“While ISIS’s extreme ideology and brutal tactics obviously pose problems for its legitimacy among the population it now rules, it has taken many steps to try to win local people’s hearts and minds and to build local alliances. It has set up local governing structures, a tax system, a judicial system and formed an education policy.” This same thing could be said of the Nazis before Hitler won the Chancellorship.
NPR: Firestone Did What Governments Have Not: Stopped Ebola In Its Tracks.
“Dr. Flannery of the CDC says a key reason for Firestone’s success is the close monitoring of people who have potentially been exposed to the virus — and the moving of anyone who has had contact with an Ebola patient into voluntary quarantine.” Money and procedure.
Salon: Fracking company teams with Susan G. Komen, introduces pink drill bits “for the cure&rd
Truly bizarre. Ammonia, benzine, toluene, diesel are all so very beneficial for cancer sufferers. I remind those who say fracking fluids will not surface in our lifetimes because they’re deposited under ‘impermeable rock layers’, that Los Alamos National Labs is experiencing this exact scenario - chemicals injected that were not supposed to surface for hundreds of years are appearing in ever-greater concentrations in local wells.
WorldCarFans: The average Bugatti owner has 84 cars, 3 jets and one yacht.
How the 1% of the 1% live.
CJR: Reporters struggle to stay safe covering Ebola.
“Really, if you’re going anywhere that requires personal protective equipment, you need to be under the supervision of someone who knows what he or she is doing. Proper removal requires about 20 sequential steps, with spraying and hand washing throughout.” In which we may see the act of feeding the 24/7 cable news behemoth is a suicide that involuntarily takes others along for the ride. Freelance journalists are free to go just about anywhere; the question is, should they? In this case, their barebones modus operandi and ill-preparedness can kill innocents.
Dazed: Jennifer Lawrence blasts nude photo hack as ‘sex crime’.
“Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. [snip] It does not mean that it comes with the territory. [snip] It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world.”
The Digital Reader: Adobe is Spying on Users, Collecting Data on Their eBook Libraries.
“Adobe isn’t just tracking what users are doing in DE4; this app was also scanning my computer, gathering the metadata from all of the ebooks sitting on my hard disk, and uploading that data to Adobe’s servers. In. Plain. Text.”
Later: It seems Ars Technica has confirmed most of this.
Guardian.UK: Ban on uranium mining at Grand Canyon upheld by Arizona court.
A welcome bit of common sense.
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.
Ghost in the Machine: Then the Rich Got Richer.
SciAm: Lower IQ in Children Linked to Chemical in Water.
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.
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.