ThinkProgress: Kim Davis Held In Contempt Of Court, Now In U.S. Marshals’ Custody.
“Attorneys representing the same-sex couples in this case reportedly offered a deal, that Judge Bunning agreed to, which would allow Davis to leave jail if she permitted several of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. According to multiple sources on Twitter, however, Davis has refused this deal and elected to remain in jail.”
Civil War Memory: Portrait of J.E.B. Stuart Removed From Courtroom in Virginia.
NPR: Why Are Migrants Surging Into Europe Now?
Guardian.UK: Obama secures Iran victory as 34th senator endorses nuclear deal.
NY Times: Is Ben Carson Really the Anti-Trump?
Good lord. Another hot mess.
Dazed: Taylor Swift catches criticism for ‘colonialist’ new video.
Hypersensitivity over just about everything seems to be the style today. How many similar fashion spreads have been done in the last year?
SF New Mexican: New Mexico court schedules arguments on assisted suicide.
Guernica: Fukushima and Beyond.
“There seems to be no way that deep nuclear disarmament can occur as a result of international diplomacy without a parallel process that involves phasing out the nuclear energy option for all countries.”
Petapixel: When Photography Becomes a Weapon.
“... in the 21st century, photographs of an atrocity don’t wait to give rise to opposing responses. They are created and distributed with an intent to harm and polarize. The weaponization of photography is a partial reflection of a modern culture that is willing to consume and interpret imagery without analysis or concern for who might be victimized by the image.”
Romanesko: ‘The rapacious Ms. Huffington seems to believe that journalism skills are worth not
Guardian.UK: Jeb Bush joins conservatives in call to defund Planned Parenthood.
Yes, this is predictable, given his past. Fan of Crisis Pregnancy Centers. About those. What tends to happen, way too often, is after a young pregnant woman says ‘no’ to abortion, the organization disappears. If women make this choice, it’s support they need, not here-today, gone-tomorrow ideology. These organizations helped women *make* the choice - they have a responsibility to follow through. IMHO.
Yahoo: Less-lethal weapons get new interest amid police shootings.
The Nation: Civilian Toll From the War Against ISIS Is Huge. Why Isn’t the Press Covering It?
“... we have demonstrably shown that there is a major volume of material in the public domain alleging significant civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria. We found that material. We published that material. The material was always there. I guess the question is, why haven’t news organizations gone looking for that?”
Civil War Memory: Sons of Confederate Veterans Kicked Out of Lee Chapel.
Can’t insult someone and then expect them to host you.
Slate: Death with dignity & gay marriage - Liberty arguments support physician-assisted suicide.
“Aja Riggs doesn’t want the state of New Mexico to dictate how she’ll die. Riggs suffers from uterine cancer — currently in remission, but likely to return — and fears it will leave her in excruciating pain during her final days. To avoid so much torment, Riggs wants to be sure her doctor can ease her into death through a painless overdose if she so chooses. But New Mexico law prohibits physician-assisted suicide.” Read more.
The New Yorker: Buckley, Vidal, and the Birth of Buzz.
“Where a debate between two urbane intellectuals ought to have ushered in a golden age of elevated, rational discussion, it instead — due to the personal enmity to which the combatants gave voice — sparked the worst aspects of modern media, a debased version of political talk, the gladiatorial mudslinging that prevails in broadcasting today.”
PS Mag: Border Enforcement Policies Are Backfiring.
“In the two decades preceding the passage of IRCA, as many as 85 percent of undocumented arrivals were offset by departures, according to the authors. Afterwards, the undocumented population in the U.S. steadily climbed, reaching a record 12 million in 2008.” Increased Border Patrol coverage seemed not to decrease entry, but exit.
TG’s Political Wire: Birthright Citizenship Becomes an Issue for Republicans.
Guernica: Just Out of Frame, Alex Carp interviews Sarah Stillman.
“I think I’d been so worried about either scaring them off or making them uncomfortable that I wasn’t respecting the full nature of their experience. I wasn’t fully willing to ask the difficult questions and let the women make choices about what they did and didn’t want to talk about. I was almost preemptively censoring them.” My emphasis; careful there. That’s like taking photos of someone, and dumping all responsibility on their model release. Many can’t foresee what widespread publication may do - but you as the creator do, clearly.
Guardian.UK: Islamic State leader raped Kayla Mueller before she died in captivity, officials say.
I dream of “The Count of Monte Cristo” solution to this.
More info, if you have the stomach for it.
Atlas Obscura: The Real Housewives of Ancient Egypt Had 8-Foot-Long Prenups.
“Egyptian women weren’t the only ones protected by surprisingly progressive legislation. Judging by another document in the Oriental Institute archives, Egypt was also the site of history’s first labor strike.” I’ll bet unions formed right after the largest Pyramids were built ...
The Nation: The Apache vs. Rio Tinto.
“Altaha spoke briefly in Apache before explaining her opposition to the mine, and her fears about the effects a mine would have on the sacred site, the area’s water supply, and on the safety of Apache women.” Wise woman. It’s not just the mine itself, but the consequences of mining. The tailing ponds (Animas River, anyone?), the exploitative labor practices, the increased need for law enforcement, the degradation of infrastructure (roads, water, etc.).
New Yorker: The Chinese Lingerie Vendors of Egypt.
Fascinating look at how cultures coexist.
VF: Hookup-Culture Promotion.
Tinder is tender over this article. Man, dating from my day looks even more passé than Victorian. Today’s internet version, sex is mere hydraulics. [You may quote me, with attribution.]
Metafilter: Several secular Bangladeshi bloggers hacked to death.
Noone should be murdered for a mere opinion. Yet such is history; littered with idealistic corpses. The ‘dangerous gift of eloquence.’ Read “Scaramouche” by Sabatini. I love Dumas, but I love this just as much.