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NYT Tried to Sell 'Pro-Growth' Candidate, but Brazilians Weren't Buying -
"Neves had promised to name as his finance minister Arminio Fraga, a hedge fund manager and "an unabashed champion of market capitalism and pro-growth government policies." "By any standard, we represent a pro-market, pro-growth approach," Fraga told Stewart, promising that Neves' policies would bring "renewed economic growth." So Brazilians voted to keep economic growth low? Well, even more than with most subjects in the news, international economics seems to be an area where reality is whatever journalists want to say it is. In Latin America in particular, "pro-growth" policies are not necessarily those that in the past have resulted in high growth (FAIR Blog, 1/16/14). Favéla do Prazères, Rio de Janiero (cc photo: Dany13) Investors may have the New York Times' ear, but they don't have as many votes as the favelas, where extreme poverty has decreased by almost two-thirds in recent years. (cc photo: Dany13) Mark Weisbrot, an economist who writes frequently about Latin America, wasn't... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Kill The Messenger: How The Media Destroyed Gary Webb -
"In the mid- to late '80s, a number of reports had surfaced that connected the Contras to the cocaine trade. The first was by Associated Press scribes Brian Barger and Robert Parry, who published a story in December 1985 that begins, "Nicaraguan rebels operating in northern Costa Rica have engaged in cocaine trafficking, in part to help finance their war against Nicaragua's leftist government, according to U.S. investigators and American volunteers who work with the rebels." Only a few outlets followed Barger and Parry's lead, including the San Francisco Examiner and the lefty mag In These Times, which both published similar stories in 1986, and CBS's "West 57th" TV series, which did a segment in 1987. A Nexis search of the year following Barger and Parry's revelation turns up a total of only four stories containing the terms "Contras" and "cocaine" -- one of them a denial of the accusation from a Contra spokesperson. Stories popped up here and there over the next decade, but many of... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
The big papers had been pushing the same line for years. In 1987, New York Times reporter Keith Schneider had flatly dismissed a lawsuit filed by a liberal group charging that the Contras were funding their operations with drug money. "Other investigators, including reporters from major news organizations, have tried without success to find proof of aspects of the case," he writes,... more... - daveeza
Ambient Genius - Brian Eno long piece in The New Yorker -
"The best sonic collision is “High Life” ’s third track, “Time to Waste It,” which pairs voices with a reggae rhythm, quiet and driven only by a trace of percussion. The dangers of British people futzing around with reggae—a clear and present menace, now and forever—are deftly avoided by making everything on the track (except for guitar upstrokes) sound like anything but reggae. Hyde’s processed voice is eerily like Dolly Parton’s, even when it’s massed up high in digital reverb. This is Eno’s comfort zone—elements you’ve heard before, turned over and laid across each other at funny angles, rejecting the standard order yet admitting pleasure. In 1980, Eno produced the Talking Heads’ ”Once in a Lifetime,” one of the songs that I manage to remain intimidated by no matter how often I play it. Like most of “Remain in Light,” the album on which it appears, the track is heavily indebted to the Afrobeat of Fela Kuti, the influential Nigerian bandleader whose music Eno introduced to David... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Key Figures In CIA-Crack Cocaine Scandal Begin To Come Forward -
Key Figures In CIA-Crack Cocaine Scandal Begin To Come Forward
"“In 1984, CIA received allegations that five individuals associated with the Democratic Revolutionary Alliance (ARDE)/Sandino Revolutionary Front (FRS) were engaged in a drug trafficking conspiracy with a known narcotics trafficker, Jorge Morales,” the report found. “CIA broke off contact with ARDE in October 1984, but continued to have contact through 1986-87 with four of the individuals involved with Morales.” It also found that in October 1982, an immigration officer reported that, according to an informant in the Nicaraguan exile community in the Bay Area, “there are indications of links between [a specific U.S.-based religious organization] and two Nicaraguan counter-revolutionary groups. These links involve an exchange in [the United States] of narcotics for arms, which then are shipped to Nicaragua. A meeting on this matter is scheduled to be held in Costa Rica ‘within one month.’ Two names the informant has associated with this matter are Bergman Arguello, a UDN member and... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
The greatest myth about phones is that you are in control | The Verge -
"Congratulations on becoming your phone’s bitch. You either react to notifications immediately, no matter how trifling, or you start to feel irritated when they have to be repeated. On the other hand, how many times has your phone jumped to attention when you called out to it in a hurry? If you’re really lucky, it might recognize an "OK, Google" or "Hey, Siri" command and accidentally reveal its location. Has your phone ever gone to the effort of working overtime when you really needed it? You’re doing all these things to keep it warm and cozy and comforted, and it responds with a cold, digital indifference. What you have is an asymmetric relationship. It’s one thing for phones to be prissy about how you treat them, but they also succeed in controlling how you live as well. Your phone tells you which apps you can have and which ones you can’t. It dictates when you can be connected to the internet and when you can’t. Your phone will only take the photo you want if it gets the light... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
The culture wars are back, and this time, everyone can win - The Washington Post -
"Now we are in the midst of a new culture war, in which fans and creators battle each other and sometimes themselves. It is being waged over whether or not culture is political, and if so, what its politics ought to be and how they might be expressed. That conflict has also diffused beyond the academic, religious and political institutions who were major players in earlier convulsions. Today it is wildly fragmented in a way that suggests vigorous and ongoing debates rather than an easy resolution. The fierce arguments of today often center on whether culture is changing fast enough, and whether change means chucking out old ideas, storytelling tropes and character types. Among the questions at issue: Are enough women, people of color and LGBT people represented on the page and screen and working behind the cameras and monitoring where pop culture gets produced? How much should sports leagues police the private behavior of athletes and team owners? What responsibility do storytellers... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
I'd argue that Inherent Vice isn't successful in conveying the themes and ideas that you bring up (not that that's a good reason not to talk about them). They're present, yes. But what are we meant to think about them? In an effort to bring Thomas Pynchon's novel faithfully to the screen, we end up with all of the text and none of the subtext. And...
Remembering the sad, strange life of writer Roberto Bolaño -
"Bolaño didn’t do well in school, often talking back to teachers and correcting them. His father remembers a teacher calling to say, ‘Your son is right, but tell him not to say so in front of others, because it makes the teacher look ridiculous.’ In Mexico, Bolaño was expelled from school for the same know-it-all attitude that caused him trouble in Chile. Bolaño went on to form a literary group of outsider writers known as the Infrarealists. “What brought us together,” remembers a poet, “was the desire to blow the brains of the official culture.” Bolaño was critical of authors of “beach books”—easy to read and lucrative for publishers, but offering little critical meaning to the reader. His outspokenness bruised the feelings of writers like Isabel Allende. “[Writers] always expect compliments, but Bolaño wasn’t going to go around handing out compliments,” one friend said. Publicly, Bolaño denounced Allende as a “scribbler” and later became famous for declaring, “Don’t be sparing with your flattery of idiots . . . if you don’t want to spend some time in hell.”" - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Culprits of Autism: Toxins, Gut Bacteria, & Vaccines -
Culprits of Autism: Toxins, Gut Bacteria, & Vaccines
"The more we learn about the functions of the human microbiome, the more we come to realize that bacteria may in fact be responsible for a vast majority of human health conditions. As noted in a previous article by Experience L!fe:4 "The idea that we have so many more microbial cells than human cells runs counter to the long-held belief that our health is mostly orchestrated by instructions embedded in our DNA. Scientists worked hard to crack the human genome, but, ultimately, just knowing our genetic codes proved insufficient to actually cure disease. Researchers eventually realized they had to factor in and analyze the human microbiome to get a clearer picture of how health and well-being are maintained." Researchers Reaffirm Link Between Gut Dysfunction and Autism Researchers are now starting to understand how a child's microbiome can play a role, either by exacerbating or even causing autistic symptoms. As noted by Scientific American:5 "Autism is primarily a disorder of the... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Discovery of the Ebola virus: Peter Piot on why we weren’t prepared for the current outbreak. -
Discovery of the Ebola virus: Peter Piot on why we weren’t prepared for the current outbreak.
"Nearly 40 years after the virus was found, are you surprised at how bad the situation is? Yes. This Ebola epidemic has killed more people than all the other epidemics together. It is a perfect storm: a virus hiding in the forest, likely in bats; people who are more exposed to the forest due to deforestation and other factors; no trust in authorities after decades of civil war and a corrupt regime; and a dysfunctional health system. You also have strong beliefs about disease causation, traditional funeral rites that require the family to touch the body, and mistrust in Western medicine. Finally, there is the very slow response—both nationally and by the international community. How was the international response lacking? We were all far too late. Even today with the much enhanced support, we are still running behind the virus. The epidemic is expanding. Every week the number of deaths is greater than the week before. Experimental treatments are now being tested. Why hasn't this... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
In Syria and Iraq, Trying to Protect a Heritage at Risk - -
"The question of what has been destroyed has few complete, sure answers, scholars say. The chaos of war has prevented a full accounting, and the Islamic State often issues false reports to exaggerate its conquests, while other groups may do so to draw international sympathy. But the State Department and officials in the Syrian government are trying to document the damage. And networks of scholars, from the West, Iraq and Syria, have studied satellite photographs and kept in touch with museum curators, archaeologists and others, by unreliable phone lines and email messages. “I find it so upsetting that I don’t always open these because it is too much,” said Sheila R. Canby, curator of the department of Islamic art of the Metropolitan Museum. The lost or damaged artifacts range from early-20th-century minarets to millenniums-old treasures. For many experts, the biggest catastrophe is in Aleppo, an ancient trading terminus and Syria’s largest city. Fire gutted most of the central souk, a... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
A Chronicler of Syria’s Conflict Returns to the Spotlight, Minus a Disguise - -
"In January 2013, in an audacious move, Ms. Saleh began producing her own program, “From the Capital,” right under the noses of the secret police in Damascus, as the program’s title suggested. The show brought together civilian activists for discussions on issues such as sectarian violence and the role of the arts in the uprising. She shot segments from secret locations in Damascus, brazenly going through checkpoints and hiding her wig, scarf and other incriminating items in her handbag, which the police at that time were too polite to search. The 45-minute news talk show was the only one of its kind, before or since. In one episode, four activists can be seen sitting on a sofa in a nondescript apartment. While it was taped during the day, the lighting was kept low and the participants’ faces were covered or blurred. “It was very high risk,” Ms. Saleh said of the chances her interview subjects took. “They knew I cannot help them if anything happens. They knew we did it because we... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
This Crusty Activist Gave Up On Playing By The Rules | PopularResistance.Org -
"Johnson has been arrested seven times, though there’s a gap of several decades in the sequence. The majority of his arrests happened in the mid-’70s, outside of the Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant in Seabrook, New Hampshire. Johnson was a member of a direct-action group called the Clamshell Alliance, and getting arrested was a whole different business then. “I got the shit kicked out of me,” he said. “They had their badge numbers taped over. A lot of white people that doesn’t happen to, but it happened to me.” Support the trial here Get involved here The anti-nuclear movement of the ’70s and ’80s is regarded in some circles as one of the most successful environmental direct-action movements in US history. But Johnson, again, has his doubts. “We still have the Price-Anderson Act, which ensures that we the people pick up their insurance tab. We still have millions in loans for people who want to build them.” Johnson credits the anti-nuclear movement’s effectiveness more to... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Us vs. Them: What’s Wrong With You People? | TechCrunch -
"Or is it the polar opposite: so many people are so ground down by the day-to-day inhuman bureaucratic brutalities of modern life, barely hanging on amid debt and endemic inequality and the jagged wreckage of their broken dreams, that they turn to the Internet as the only outlet for their transferred, repurposed rage, since there’s little-to-nothing they can do about it in meatspace? I realize this sounds paradoxical, but: I suspect it’s some combination of the two. We all want to believe we’re right, and we all need struggle in our lives. What’s more, most people are indeed a member of one or more systematically oppressed or marginalized groups1, and fighting whatever structural persecution your in-groups are subject to seems like a pretty meaningful and important thing to do, right? Absolutely! With you so far. But on some level everyone wants to feel oppressed — it bestows a sense of righteousness, and justifies all their failures — so virtually everyone winds up participating in... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
those dahlias keep on giving -
those dahlias keep on giving
Cowspiracy is a documentary now being screened | MetaFilter -
"The Wildlife News calls the movie a home run. Jayson Lusk argues in The Wall Street Journal that "Cheeseburgers won't melt the polar ice caps." Amanda Ladke, writing for BEEF Daily wrote that ranchers aren't going to like what they see. She argued that the film exaggerates the amount of water used in beef production. Blogger Loghan Call took issue with her points, leading to a back and forth. (And more from BEEF Daily.) The film is likely to garner more debate as it reaches a larger audience, not just between the beef industry and its critics, but among the environmentalists who are the true target of the call to action in the film. Writing for SFWeekly, Tiffany Do offers some criticisms of the tactics used in the film: The between-the-lines thesis of "meat eaters are the enemy" is backed by born-again vegans and former ranchers and farmers. Several clips of poaching and butchering animals reinforce this sentiment. There's even an unflattering shot of a heavy-set woman, a... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
The 100 Best Albums of the 1980s – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. -
"Last year, FACT counted down our 100 favourite albums of the 1990s – a years-in-the-making effort that, we thought, was about as tough as undertakings got. We were wrong. If narrowing the 1990s down to 100 records was a tricky job, doing the same with the 1980s felt like squeezing a horse through a catflap. The birth of hip-hop, US hardcore, techno, house, metal, first wave indie, second wave disco, goth, new wave…it’s a decade which, unsurprisingly, refuses to be pinned down. Still, pints of blood, buckets of sweat and enough tears to fill a bath later, the list is complete – and we’re very proud of the results. Lists, ultimately, tell a story, and we’ve attempted to make ours as comprehensive as possible – one that does its best to reflect the full patchwork of musical activity going on in the period, and brings some forgotten heroes to light in the process. No fast passes or sacred cows, and no obscurities-for-obscurity’s-sake either – every record here is one that has something... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
The Mysterious Ancient Pyramid In Indonesia That Is Rewriting History – Graham Hancock : Conscious Life News -
"But in 2010 geologist Dr Danny Hilman Natawidjaja (who earned his doctorate at Cal Tech) recognized this “hill” as a possible man-made pyramid and began to explore it using ground penetrating radar, seismic tomography, resistivity survey and other remote sensing techniques, as well as some direct excavations and deep core drilling. The results were immediately intriguing (see this article I wrote in January for background: producing evidence of deeply buried man-made chambers and yielding carbon dates going back as far as 26,000 years. This was the last Ice Age when our ancestors are supposed (according to the orthodox archaeological model) to be have been nothing more than primitive hunter gatherers incapable of large-scale construction and engineering feats. Was it possible that geologist Natawidjaja was unearthing the proof of a lost advanced civilization of prehistoric antiquity? Such ideas are heresy to... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
eighties music free downloads, Jandek and Lustmord and Geto Boys, oh my | MetaFilter -
"I usually cringe at sweeping definitive-style lists with music (as we recently discussed on the Blue even!), but this was a treasure, equal parts stuff I'd yet to hear and old less celebrated favorites, without the baggage and useless dross of Rolling Stone-style bombast in the form an eighteenbillionth "we all agree on X and Y Z!" given. To me anyway, less about the lists, more about shakin' your booty at the playlists and taking a walk down memory lane. Fun. posted by ifjuly at 4:42 PM on October 3 [3 favorites] That's an exciting list! Or perhaps I am biased because World of Echo would possibly be my nomination for best album of the eighties. Cannot wait to listen to the stuff I haven't heard. It would be interesting to see a list compiled by women and focusing on work by women - this list reads like my most cerebral music nerd dude friend compiled it (I actually went and checked the byline to make sure he didn't have anything to do with it) and while his taste is awesomely... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Hackers’ Attack Cracked 10 Financial Firms in Major Assault - -
"The breadth of the attacks — and the lack of clarity about whether it was an effort to steal from accounts or to demonstrate that the hackers could penetrate even the best-protected American financial institutions — has left Washington intelligence officials and policy makers far more concerned than they have let on publicly. Some American officials speculate that the breach was intended to send a message to Wall Street and the United States about the vulnerability of the digital network of one of the world’s most important banking institutions. “It could be in retaliation for the sanctions” placed on Russia, one senior official briefed on the intelligence said. “But it could be mixed motives — to steal if they can, or to sell whatever information they could glean.” The JPMorgan hackers burrowed into the digital network of the bank and went down a path that gave them access to information about the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of account holders. They never... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
One Village, 150 Street Artists: A Sleepy Tunisian Town turned Vibrant Open Air Museum | Messy Nessy Chic -
"Everywhere you turn in Er-Riadh, there’s art. It’s everywhere. The ancient village on the Tunisian island of Djerba, has spent the last several months of high summer being slowly transformed from a sleepy, traditional little corner of North Africa that has never heard of street art, into a world stage for one of the most vibrant and ambitious street art projects ever imagined." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Photographer Uses Giant Blackburn Pendulum to Create Abstract Large Format Light Paintings -
Photographer Uses Giant Blackburn Pendulum to Create Abstract Large Format Light Paintings
- The Roman Invasion of Anglesey -
"It has been said to have been one of the bloodiest campaigns undertaken by the Romans in Britain, acknowledging that the purpose of the campaign and its leader - Suetonius Paullinus - were both well matched. In reality there were only ever two ways in which to bring other civilisations under the pax Romana; assimilation within the Roman way – or annihilation. History shows that Roman achievements were won ruthlessly, even to the extent of destroying whole civilisations in the process. Within the oft recalled expression concerning the glories of Rome one must not forget that this same achievement was often won by the Empire flexing its considerable muscle. Initiated by Augustus Caesar, Pax Romana meant, in the most simple of terms, 'Peace of Rome'. Lasting some 200 years in total, it was a time of prosperity allowing law, culture and economic growth to flourish throughout the empire. During this period conflicts with those outside of the empire were both few and far between for, by... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
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