Ancient Origins: Photographer captures last traces of the ancient tradition of foot binding.
“Their foot bones would remain broken for years, and were prone to repeatedly re-breaking. Toenails often cut into the sole of the foot leading to infection, and women with bound feet were much more likely to fall and break their hips and other bones. Many women who underwent foot binding were left with lasting disabilities.” The full image gallery is here.
YDR: Skull of Civil War soldier to be auctioned in Hagerstown.
“The human remains were found in 1949 while someone tilled a garden on the Benner Farm in Gettysburg, according to auctioneer Tom Taylor with Estate Auction Company.” Given the history of how the dead were swiftly and carelessly dealt with, this individual should be reinterred with respect. Apparently the Gettysburg National Cemetery is for Union soldiers only; if the skull’s actual political polarity can be determined (and at this far remove, such an effort seems a little silly), he could be reinterred there, or sent to Richmond for a Confederate burial.
KRQE: ABQ woman shot in face while driving.
Good lord. The entry point on the windshield is kinda low to come from a bridge and still hit her in the face, no?
Vox: It’s three times cheaper to give housing to the homeless than to keep them on the streets.
“A new study is out providing support to one of my favorite ideas in public policy — that the best way to deal with the challenge of homelessness is to give homeless people homes to live in.” One of the early popular Almanacs (remember that book craze in the ‘70’s) created an infographic showing that if you took the American defense budget and rerouted it for just one year to housing the homeless, you could give each homeless person a $250,000 house.
ProPublica: Should a Mental Illness Mean You Lose Your Kid?
“After Mindi started arguing, medical staff sent her for a psychological evaluation and notified local child welfare authorities, according to court records.” And, as per usual, everything went downhill from there. An important read.
ArtDaily: Tacoma Art Museum presents a dazzling visual experience of contemporary Native America.
“Tremendous Kickstarter funding, a network of savvy Native American volunteer professionals, artists, and leaders, and a multi-media powerhouse packed in her rolling “war pony” of a car have allowed this artist the independence, access, and apparatus to deliver meaningful photography that stands out in the post-modernist visual scene.” Her blog is currently down. The Kickstarter page is still up. She has an FB page. Indian Country Today has some samples.
Dazed: Google brings you the ‘Edit Yourself’ form.
Guardian.UK: Texas can keep source of execution drugs secret, attorney general says.
My guess? They’ll just reuse fracking chemicals.
The Rumpus: Check Out These Girls ‘Write’ Now.
Title improved. “And don’t miss this year’s Girls Write Now anthology, Breaking Through, with a Foreword from NYC’s First Lady Chirlane McCray, out on June 3.”
CityLab: How Heavy Metal Tracks the Wealth of Nations.
Miami Herald: ‘Happy’ video arrests highlight tensions in Iran.
You do realize, this was sparked by a UN-sponsored day of happiness? The videos are all over Youtube, of varying quality … but all wonderful in their own ways. I sincerely hope these youths are released unharmed.
Vox: The interactive world map of MERS.
I thought about not linking this, but then recalled the increasing inefficacy of antibiotics. Forewarned is forearmed, I suppose.
Vox: Six times victims have received reparations — including four in the US.
I have to admit, Mr Coates’ article turned my thoughts to Native Americans, who also suffered so much for so long … and continue to. For instance, one could mention the early attempts at biological warfare (handing out smallpox-ridden blankets to ‘extirpate the Indian race’) and more. There are many who deserve reparations. I suspect the US would rather not pay out a penny, simply declare ‘moral bankruptcy’ and start from scratch. Yet the first step is recognizing one has a problem, so there’s hope.
Ghost in the Machine: It’s Not Even Past.
DesignYouTrust: Elegant Henna Tattoo Crowns Help Cancer Patients Cope With Their Hair Loss.
Dazed: Chile’s student Robin Hood burns $500m of loan documents.
Roger Black: ‘An issue with management in the newsroom.’
Hmmm. As I recommended when this story broke, stay calm and wait for more information.
nakedcap: The Elderly as a Source of Profit.
#^@%@#%%$. 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.