Y, de una manera anecdótica y bastante de moda (los selfies), The Atlantic nos recuerda que hace mas de un siglo existió una “Guerra de Crimea”, en la cual las potencias occidentales se enfrentaron con Rusia por la expansión del Imperio Ruso. Ahora, el plan de Puttin parece ser reeditar ese imperio, partiendo por Crimea.
In Defense of Instagram Selfies from Crimea
The Daily Mail was positively apoplectic. “Shocking pictures show people in Crimea taking SELFIES with Russian masked gunmen as Ukraine teeters on the brink of war,” the British tabloid yelped over the weekend. Did you catch that? SELFIES!
Others were equally astonished. “Welcome to the 21st century, where you take Instagram selfies with the guys invading your country,” a Twitter user marveled.
Putting aside one of the explanations for this stream of selfies—a substantial pro-Moscow, ethnic Russian population on the peninsula—it’s actually quite fitting that amateur and professional photographers are experimenting with new technology this week to document Russia’s occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula. A century and a half ago, Crimea served as the breeding ground for modern war photography.
Read more. [Image: Roger Fenton/anna_yurtaeva]
George Packer: Is Amazon Bad for Books? -
After finishing reading this article I think that:
1) Amazon is a monopoly and is EVIL.
2) The agency model negotiated between Apple and the (then) Big Six was good.
3) (I guess the “Buy buttons” disappeared from George Packer’s books on Amazon after this article reached Bezos’ desk :-P).
p>George Packer: Is Amazon Bad for Books? The New Yorker · by George Packer · February 17, 2014
Sargent’s gesture didn’t seem to matter much to the Amazon executives, who were used to imposing their own terms. Seated at a table in a small conference room, Sargent said that Macmillan wanted to switch to the agency model for e-books, and that if Amazon refused Macmillan would withhold digital editions until seven months after print publication. The discussion was angry and brief. After twenty minutes, Grandinetti escorted Sargent out of the building. The next day, Amazon removed the BUY buttons from Macmillan’s print and digital titles on its site, only to restore them a week later, under heavy criticism. Amazon unwillingly accepted the agency model, and within a couple of months e-books were selling for as much as fourteen dollars and ninety-nine cents.
Tarantino vs. Gawker: When is linking illegal for journalists? -
Tarantino vs. Gawker: When is linking illegal for journalists?
Gawker’s stock in trade is revealing things about celebrities and other public figures that they’d much rather keep private. And as long as what it prints is true, it’s pretty much immune from libel lawsuits.
Not so for copyright infringement, though. And though Gawker isn’t the most sympathetic outlet, a new lawsuit against the site for linking to an infringing copy of an unreleased screenplay should send chills down the spines of every reporter who writes about copyright issues.
A 2007 Rhode Island study looked at 30 men and 30 women who had just had coronary-artery bypass surgery and tracked the medications they were given. The researchers were astonished to find that men got pain medications, while women got sedatives. With chronic pain problems, women’s symptoms are often minimized. —
Judy Foreman, author of A Nation in Pain: Healing our Biggest Health Problem, looks at the prevalence of chronic pain and how we treat it differently in men and women. (via oupacademic)
I’m horrified but not astonished.
Yeah if the researchers were astonished, that… says a lot about them.
This is pretty terrible. I’d love to see it followed up with a larger sample size.(via mostlysignssomeportents)
LEY-20729 ESTABLECE OBLIGACIONES RELATIVAS A LA PROPINA EN RESTAURANTES, BARES, PUBS, CLUBES, DISCOTECAS Y SIMILARES -
"Una ley que establece como obligatorio sugerir que podría ser buena idea entregar una propina"
In Ukraine, We’re Witnessing What Comes After the War on Terror
Maybe this is how the “war on terror” ends.
Since entering his second term, President Obama has signaled his desire to close out a foreign-policy era that he believes has drained America’s economic resources and undermined its democratic ideals. But it hasn’t been easy. Partly, Obama remains wedded to some of the war on terror’s legally dubious tools—especially drone strikes and mass surveillance. And just as importantly, Obama hasn’t had anything to replace the war on terror with. It’s hard to end one foreign-policy era without defining a new one. The post-Cold War age, for instance, dragged on and on until 9/11 suddenly rearranged Americans’ mental map of the world.
Now Russia may have solved Obama’s problem. Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine doesn’t represent as sharp a historical break as 9/11 did, but it does offer the clearest glimpse yet of what the post-war on terror era may look like. To quote Secretary of State John Kerry, what comes after the war on terror is the “19th century.”
Read more. [Image: Reuters/Ina Fassbender]
In Ukraine, We’re Witnessing What Comes After the War on Terror
The Plight of NCIS: TV’s Biggest Drama Gets No Respect
After an Olympics-related hiatus for much of February, most of TV’s biggest hits returned to the schedule with new episodes last week, accompanied by a tsunami of media hype. The Voice, Scandal, Modern Family and The Blacklist was among them, alongside major episodes of shows that had continued airing through the Olympics, including The Bachelor, The Walking Dead and American Idol. Yet as usual, one perpetually overlooked show topped them all last week, with an audience of more than 17 million: NCIS.
Now in its 11th season—its 250th episode airs Tuesday, Mar. 4—the CBS procedural, about a team of special agents (led by Mark Harmon) from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, quietly continues to be one of the biggest shows on TV (second only to The Big Bang Theory, which had 17.73 million viewers last week). Yet it receives only a fraction of the media attention (including magazine covers and talk show appearances) and respect paid to all of those other shows that it soundly trounces, week in and week out.
Read more. [Image: Phil McCarten/Reuters]
NCIS es el segundo programa mas visto en USA y nadie lo pesca en los medios…
Snake eats crocodile in Queensland lake
A snake has eaten a crocodile in an epic duel captured by onlookers at a Queensland lake.
The whopper python took on the croc at Lake Moondarra, near Mount Isa, on Sunday. A Mount Isa woman, Tiffany Corlis, was having breakfast nearby when canoeists racing on the lake alerted her about the endurance battle playing out nearby. Read more
Photograph: Tiffany Corlis/ABC North West Queensland/AAP
Snake eats crocodile
On the use of the term "child abuse" [Trigger warning] -
(See here for context)
The problem with using “child abuse” in place of “child porn” that there is a qualitative difference between “images of the physical, non-sexual abuse of children” and “images of the sexual abuse of children.”
"Child abuse" has a well-understood meaning, and it is not…
On the use of the term “child abuse”