Hyperallergic: Photog Files $1 Billion Suit Against Getty for Licensing Her Public Domain Images.
“In December, documentary photographer Carol Highsmith received a letter from Getty Images accusing her of copyright infringement for featuring one of her own photographs on her own website. It demanded payment of $120. This was how Highsmith came to learn that stock photo agencies Getty and Alamy had been sending similar threat letters and charging fees to users of her images, which she had donated to the Library of Congress for use by the general public at no charge.” This is why I never listed anything on Flickr as Creative Commons. You ever see my photos used, let me know. I give personal permission, not blanket permission.
NY Times: Defeat of ISIS Could Send ‘Terrorist Diaspora’ to West, F.B.I. Chief Says.
I think he’s wrong. The larger danger to me is ‘self-radicalization by internet.’ Mentally unstable, economically challenged youth are particularly vulnerable. It’s a huge problem, IMHO. ISIS could simply transfer itself to a virtual construct. I only hope someone in the FBI (and other security services) is thinking about it. I hope Anonymous is considering a response as well.
NY Times: Donald Trump Encourages Russia to Find Hillary Clinton’s Missing Emails.
“This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent. This has gone from being a mattter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.” Agreed. So far out of line.
Were the DNC emails ‘tampered with’?
This is the original article for this rumor, being widely misinterpreted. Scroll down to paragraph beginning “The metadata in the leaked documents ...” and read from there (if you want to cut to the chase on this subject).
Money quote: “Although so far the actual content of the leaked documents appears not to have been tampered with, manipulation would fit an established pattern of operational behaviour in other contexts, such as troll farms or planting fake media stories.”
The media is presenting this all over the ideological map. Beware what/who you believe on this one.
Guardian.UK: Harrison Ford could have died in Star Wars set incident, court hears.
Han Solo’s tough. Plane/helicopter crashes, having the Millenium Falcon door dropped on him, he prevails.
Guardian.UK: ‘Excessive arrest’ of minorities – not police violence – explain deaths.
Apparently it isn’t about race, because it’s about race ... ?
The Atlantic: How Women Are Harassed Out of Science.
Zero tolerance for such harassment.
Colossal: Street Artist Paints Over Ugly Graffiti to Make it Legible.
NPR: Taking The Long View, Is The World Getting More Or Less Violent?
FYI. A little old, but worth the late link.
26NBC: Court says ‘upskirting’ is legal in Georgia.
BBC: Nice attack - Prosecutor says suspect had accomplices.
Premeditated. Not good. I wouldn’t participate in public crowd events for a good while.
Gawker: Video Shows Unarmed Black Man Pleading With Arms Raised Before Getting Shot by Police.
Mashable: Birkenstock will pull its shoes from Amazon over counterfeit sellers.
Counterfeits have become a HUGE issue for sellers using Amazon. Huge. Buyer beware. At least there’s a return policy.
Albuquerque Journal: Man with BB gun, scope won’t face charges, police say.
PS Mag: How the Recent Shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge Will Impact Law and Order Policing.
Vanity Fair: The Civil War that Could Doom the N.R.A.
Ripe for a new organization to disrupt, no?
Cyclingnews: Armstrong a ‘doper, dealer and liar’ says US federal government.
Nothing quite like a government sponsor scorned. Henry Tudor would have his head by now.
Guardian.UK: Was Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrong to weigh in on Donald Trump?
If I were a journalist, I would have vetted this carefully and advised her not to. A Justice should remain publicly uncommitted, above the fray. Private convo, fine. News interview, no.
Political Wire: Republicans Request Perjury Investigation of Clinton.
Worked out so well last time, right? When will these idiots learn?
BBC: Baton Rouge killing: Black Lives Matter protest photo hailed as ‘legendary’.
SF New Mexican: Photographer reaches $50K settlement over state police stop.
“Pierre-Louis — who is 6-foot-2, African-American and now in his 50s — was pulled over and ordered to kneel while handcuffed on the pavement. The suspect who had allegedly pointed a gun at another man was later described by the victim as a 5-foot-2 Hispanic man in his 20s.”
SF New Mexican: Albuquerque police receive directive after Dallas shootings.
Two-up ... and nervous, methinks. Be nice, everyone.
c|net: Dallas shooter killed by bomb-equipped robot in first for law enforcement.
“While it does appear to be the first time a police robot has killed anyone in the United States, robots have been used for other nonlethal offensive actions in recent years. In 2014, for example, Albuquerque Police used a robot to deploy ‘chemical munitions’ into a motel room where a suspect was holed up to force the suspect to surrender.” Albuquerque. Sort of expected. I should think they’d consider drone + flashbangs as a nonlethal solution, too. The deterrent for lawless behavior is dialing way up, and virtually noone’s talking about it.
NY Times: How America Heals After Dallas.
There have to be solutions other than ‘put three in the center of body mass’. How we’ve gotten to this point, I can’t fathom. Police training is clearly inadequate, civilian response unpredictable. I myself only recently learned (the hard way) that we’re supposed to keep our two hands on the steering wheel until the officer taps on the window. How I missed this all these years, bespeaks how others behave in unpredictable (to law enforcement) ways. Take your hands off the wheel, the officer will put their hands on their weapon. Given the last couple of days, you really, REALLY don’t want that.
Dissent: How the British Far Right Went Mainstream.
Saved for later reading; I can’t vouch for the opinions.