Nieman Journalism Lab: Getty Images blows the web’s mind by setting 35 million photos free.
“Getty Images (or third parties acting on its behalf) may collect data related to use of the Embedded Viewer and embedded Getty Images Content, and reserves the right to place advertisements in the Embedded Viewer or otherwise monetize its use without any compensation to you.” Their emphasis. I wonder what the photogs think. I’m sure we’ll hear, shortly.
NY Times: When May I Shoot a Student?
Mixing guns and young men’s first experiences away from home is a supremely bad idea. The anarchy and idiocy I experienced in my first years in college remain a mental trauma.
SF Gate: Police - Abused 4-month-old New Mexico girl dies.
“… on charges of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm and aggravated criminal sexual penetration.” I’m usually not fond of the death penalty, but in cases like this … I can’t help but prefer it.
Consumerist: DropBox Jumps On Forced Arbitration Bandwagon, But Offers Online Opt-Out.
“Thank you Dropbox for unburdening consumers of their statutory right to seek legal redress in a court of law! It’s like you read our minds. We’d all much rather be heard by a paid arbitrator in a process that is heavily unbalanced in favor of businesses.”
The Art Newspaper: Great Pyramid of Giza vandalised.
WaPo: ‘Shaken baby syndrome’ and the flawed science in our criminal courts.
NY Times: Photographers Band Together to Protect Work in ‘Fair Use’ Cases.
First image, I don’t agree. Second, where they paint over the actual photograph, I do.
The Dish: National Review Is To The Right Of The Kansas GOP.
Never enter the precincts expecting reason.
ProPublica: How Dark Money Flows Through the Koch Network
ArtDaily: Jesse James, Butch Cassidy & Billy The Kid ride together again.
The typography is surprisingly staid.
BBC: Belgium’s parliament votes through child euthanasia.
The moral/ethical ramifications are staggering.
SF New Mexican: Road test shows Lamy stretch may not be built to carry oil tankers.
It was just repaved late last summer, which I thought was mighty suspicious given the timing of the announcement of this oil concept. However, a fresh coat of asphalt will not remedy the rolling, less-than-stellar underlayment. The tarmac they covered over was well and deeply potholed. If they say it will handle heavy trucks, they’re out of their minds.
Jon Lovett tweeting on the Allen/Farrow case.
Interesting. From one of the reports: “The Yale team used psychologists on Allen’s payroll to make mental health conclusions.”
Later: Chicago Now, Separating the art from the artist. I’d like to pose a question, albeit admittedly extreme. Can you separate the art from the politician? It’s a fair question. More importantly … should you separate these components of a personality? Raises the whole issue of moral relativism, a subject not unfamiliar to Allen fans.
The Economist: Italian justice - Untimely. [On the Kercher case.]
Sounds like a mess.
MediaMatters: Conservative Media Attacks ABC News Over Kids And Guns Broadcast.
“You can’t educate curiosity out of a child.” Best quote of the article. And, as I keep harping on … kids will, in the absence of direct experience, believe what they see on television. Even over what a trusted parent says. Trigger locks and gun safes. May not like ‘em, but if you’ve got kids, you’d better use ‘em.
Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel: Stolen Stradivarius violin recovered, sources say.
Strad thefts fascinate me. Why anyone would be so idiotic as to even try.
Dave’s Blog: Verizon using recent Net Neutrality victory to wage war against Netflix.
Hyperallergic: Are Art Professionals Afraid of Fair Use?
“Visual art professionals are not making use of fair use, a new report issued by the College Art Association (CAA) says, in large part because they’re concerned about the repercussions of not obtaining copyright permissions.” Damned straight.
NY Times, 1993 Archive: Allen Loses to Farrow in Bitter Custody Battle.
This was buried in a comment thread from a day or two ago, I thought it important enough to echo here as a FPP. Please read this. As you work through the article, you’ll find Justice Wilk a commonsense, pragmatic soul. Direct quote: “Justice Wilk said it was unlikely that Mr. Allen could be prosecuted for sexual abuse based on the evidence. But while a team of experts concluded that Dylan was not abused, the judge said he found the evidence inconclusive.” My italics. That study is being quoted and requoted as being a conclusive finding. Wilk did not believe so. And, the judge knows there are worse abuses than physical. This article mitigates directly against the ‘neurotic Mia’ meme that is currently circulating.
No dogs in this race; just pointing out this justice is the only one to have weighed all the evidence, without bias. Apologies to Twitter folk for suffering through this twice. I have somewhat different audiences between the two.
Guardian.UK: Native American groups request federal inquiry into adoption services.
“Although these civil rights violations are well-known and commonplace, they continue to go unchecked and unexamined.” They even get portrayed in TV shows, and *still* nothing happens.
NY Times: An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow.
“These things happened so often, so routinely, so skillfully hidden from a mother that would have protected me had she known, that I thought it was normal.” That sentence, by itself, proves to me the truth of her story. It always ‘seems normal’ … all the while feeling soul-grindingly evil … but everyone else turns a blind eye, everyone finds excuses to ignore it. Why ‘normal’? Because a child has *nothing* to compare the behavior to.
Guardian.UK: Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito lose Meredith Kercher murder appeal.
“As is standard practice in Italy, the Florence court gave no explanation for its verdict and now has up to 90 days to publish its reasoning.” Might as well shut up and wait, people.
Guardian.UK: San Francisco officials contradict coroner on Asiana crash victim’s death.
“The city also said that NTSB investigators found she had not buckled her seatbelt for the landing, based on interviews with survivors and an inspection that found her seatbelt attached and unbuckled.” This seatbelt BS comes across as a blatant attempt to blame the victim. Pretty low, IMHO.
The Guardian: The return of the firing squad? US states reconsider execution methods.
Credit Slips: Debt Collection Industry Poised for Changes.
Badly in need of better regulation.