Money tends to resolve things.
To our dear House Republican tea baggers - you lost the country $20 billion over the shutdown shenanigans. So now you lose, you get nothing. The country deserves better than your lunacy.
(Originally seen on The Daily Show)
I think items C & D are just incredible. Can’t wait to see these at the VMAs.
Quick little production on a flight home.
Source: SoundCloud / StreetMass
Just funny because of how true it is.
Key takeaway - Learn how to think, learn how to pay attention. Otherwise, the default is going to be over run with frustration, negative assumptions, and anxiety about others. Set your own defaults.
This video just screams Chicago.
Why settle for less when the world offers you more.
The Submarines - Submarine Symphonika
Oddly enough, kind of on Weiner’s side on this one. Not a Weiner supporter but empathize with his rationale.
Anthony Weiner gets into an argument outside a Jewish deli: You don’t get much more New Yorker than this.
One hundred years ago, when the United States faced a choice to become involved with a human rights crisis in territory now divided into Syria, Turkey, and Armenia, we chose to stay out. After ethnic Armenians were massacred by the Ottomans during World War I, President Wilson urged Congress to help the remaining population establish a country of their own. But, claiming that the American public wouldn’t support such an intervention, Congress said no.
Spooky, isn’t it?
On the night of April 24, 1915, Ottoman soldiers arrested more than 200 ethnic Armenian leaders and intellectuals in the empire’s capital city, Constantinople. The men were later executed at a prison in inner Anatolia, which is part of modern-day Turkey. Over the next seven years, an estimated 1.5 million Armenians died during death marches through the Syrian desert, mass executions, and epidemics at the open-air camps where they were held, many of which were located in what is now called Syria.
Read more. [Image: Library of Congress]
What do we do about Syria? Keep in mind, whatever we do or do not do will stay with us and will be studied by our children.
Syria attack that killed hundreds would be worst use of nerve gas since Saddam Hussein
The bodies of scores of children, apparently gassed in the night, lie motionless on the floor. Some appear to be dead, others have oxygen masks attached to their tiny faces.
A doctor raises the eyelids of one girl, showing the pinprick pupils that are the tell-tale sign of nerve gas poisoning.
The latest massacre of the innocents in Syria’s civil war took place in the early hours of yesterday morning. If the evidence of the video footage that emerged soon afterwards is to be believed, the victims were not shot or bludgeoned, but silently poisoned by chemical weapons.
The footage purports to show the aftermath of a series of attacks in the eastern suburbs of Damascus that claimed hundreds of lives. In the past, the evidence suggested that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime used chemical weapons on a relatively small scale, killing between 100 and 150 people – according to the US assessment – in a long series of attacks.
Yesterday’s incidents appear very different. Even on the lowest estimate of 400 to 500 dead, they would amount to the worst use of nerve gas since Saddam Hussein killed 5,000 Kurds in the town of Halabja 25 years ago. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
What are we doing to each other?
The Syrian government gassed its own people - again. You see the picture below? That’s a young baby there. If that does not rock you then you probably are not a parent or a human yet.
The Guardian's editor, Alan Rusbridger, revealed last night that the UK government forced the paper to destroy computer equipment.
Lately major Western governments are looking more and more like the music industry did in the late 1990s and early 2000s with the proliferation of online music: 1.) shallow understanding of how information freely flows (in this story the UK gov thinks by destroying hard drives they have prevented the leak of classified info), 2.) menacing a handful of “users” thinking that will stop the problem, and 3.) an inability to grasp that the cat is out of the bag, and any attempt to screen/process all digital info is impossible.
In this instance the UK Government is Warner Music Group.
I do not condone or like what Snowden did (I actually think it is cowardice to seek refuge from a country - Russia - that routinely violates the freedoms Snowden claims to cherish), but the circumstances and surveillance tools created by the US, UK (certainly more to come)…are even more troubling.
During one of these meetings I asked directly whether the government would move to close down the Guardian’s reporting through a legal route – by going to court to force the surrender of the material on which we were working. The official confirmed that, in the absence of handover or destruction, this was indeed the government’s intention. Prior restraint, near impossible in the US, was now explicitly and imminently on the table in the UK. But my experience over WikiLeaks – the thumb drive and the first amendment – had already prepared me for this moment. I explained to the man from Whitehall about the nature of international collaborations and the way in which, these days, media organisations could take advantage of the most permissive legal environments. Bluntly, we did not have to do our reporting from London. Already most of the NSA stories were being reported and edited out of New York. And had it occurred to him that Greenwald lived in Brazil?
The man was unmoved. And so one of the more bizarre moments in the Guardian’s long history occurred – with two GCHQ security experts overseeing the destruction of hard drives in the Guardian’s basement just to make sure there was nothing in the mangled bits of metal which could possibly be of any interest to passing Chinese agents. “We can call off the black helicopters,” joked one as we swept up the remains of a MacBook Pro.
Whitehall was satisfied, but it felt like a peculiarly pointless piece of symbolism that understood nothing about the digital age. We will continue to do patient, painstaking reporting on the Snowden documents, we just won’t do it in London. The seizure of Miranda’s laptop, phones, hard drives and camera will similarly have no effect on Greenwald’s work.
Messed up. And indefensible.
“The Innovation of Loneliness”
I just kept nodding my head. Worth the time to view.
- we use technology to replace human connection
- we portray who we want to be, instead of who we are on social media
- we are failing at meaningfully engaging and strengthening our social fabric