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Millions of Flickr images were sucked into a database called MegaFace. Now some of those ...Read More
"If we want to understand our history, rather than just congratulate ourselves about it, we have to abandon the prevailing, comforting narrative of progress that carefully extrudes those moments that do not fit with America’s national image as a self-correcting liberal democracy."
"Sarah Reeves sat on her couch in Eugene, Oregon, staring at her laptop screen in furious disbelief. She was reading the website of a government agency, where her mother appeared to have posted a comment weighing in on a bitter policy battle for control of the internet. Something was very For a start, Annie Reeves, who loved to lead children’s sing-alongs at the Alaska Zoo, had never followed wonky policy debates. She barely knew her way around the web, let alone held strident views on how it should be regulated — and, according to her daughter, she definitely didn’t post ...Read More
A hotter, more extreme climate can mean more profits in cooling homes, managing scarce water, building seawalls against rising water levels, and coaxing food crops to grow in drier, less fertile soil. Disgusting.
This is from a year ago, but still very relevant. This quote in particular made me consider the toxic aspects of identity politics in a new light: "What can we do about identity politics? ...Read More
Is it a race or is China waiting to see Libra succeeded on a mass scale? Only time will tell. " China has long sought to unseat the dollar as the world's top currency with the yuan, also known as the renminbi. " - Likely they are trying to ...Read More
Warren Kanders Resigns From Whitney Museum Board After Months of Controversy and Protest. It will likely have an effect on the vetting system for trustees on board museums in the future. In case you haven't followed the story, eight artists removed their work from the Whitney Biennial because Kanders ...Read More
"The laws purport to only criminalize violence and property damage in service of pipeline safety, but critics say their greater intent appears to be to deter nonviolent civil disobedience by framing it as potentially violent in itself."
Wow - Talk about rallying together for a common cause! “It shows how important ending endless war is if they’re willing to put aside their differences and get together on this project. We are going to challenge the basis of American foreign policy in a way that has not been done in at least the last quarter-century.”
"It’s no coincidence that US military emissions tend to be overlooked in climate change studies. It’s very difficult to get consistent data from the Pentagon and across US government departments. In fact, the United States insisted on an exemption for reporting military emissions in the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. This loophole "Our study shows that action on climate change demands shuttering vast sections of the military machine. There are few activities on Earth as environmentally catastrophic as waging war. Significant reductions to the Pentagon’s budget and shrinking its capacity to wage war would cause a huge drop in demand from the ...Read More
Trying to get the military to limit carbon emissions seems like a Sisyphean task... Thanks to @crocodiletears for surfacing this article in the comment section of this post about the US military's role in pollution: https://relevant.community/relevant/post/5d11e7ba31ff840017691126
From Gilets Jaunes, to yesterday's Vetements *Ne Tirez Pas DON'T SHOOT* shirt, to military chest rigs, fashion is now using its role as a medium for political signaling to explore the possibility of near-term urban warfare, even if just in the space of distant irony or fetishization.