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Video: A Master Class in Logo Design From Aaron Draplin

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As a graphic design geek from way back, I thoroughly enjoyed this short documentary about the creative process of a true maestro.

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Most logos aren’t designed in fifteen minutes, but most designers aren’t Aaron Draplin. Aaron’s a Portland fixture by way of the Midwest, the owner of Draplin Design Co., and an advocate of “blue collar” design: design that works. Here he takes our logo design challenge, creating a dozen iterations of a logo for a fictional construction company. Not inspired? Just wait. Watch as he sketches, brings his ideas into Illustrator, and tests and tunes the different iterations. The logos Aaron creates prove design can elevate any company or brand. Along the way, he provides tips for freelancing, finding inspiration, and providing clients context for logos that won’t just live in PDFs.

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Christians More Supportive of Torture Than Non-Religious Americans

Sarah Posner, Religion Dispatches
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This is no surprise to me since the most common question I get from xtians when stating my atheism is “But how do you tell right from wrong without God?” The real difference here is that there isn’t any forgiveness and few if any rationalizations for torture in the atheist viewpoint. At the WaPo link you have to use the “more details” link, and then the drop downs to see each question broken down by religion.

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds that Americans, by a 59-31% margin, believe that CIA “treatment of suspected terrorists” in detention was justified.

Using the Water Cure A plurality deemed that “treatment” to be “torture,” by a 49-38% margin.

Remarkably, the gap between torture supporters and opponents widens between voters who are Christian and those who are not religious. Just 39% of white evangelicals believe the CIA’s treatment of detainees amounted to torture, with 53% of white non-evangelical Protestants and 45% of white Catholics agreeing with that statement. Among the non-religious, though, 72% said the treatment amounted to torture. (The poll did not break down non-Christian religions in the results.)

Sixty nine percent of white evangelicals believe the CIA treatment was justified, compared to just 20% who said it was not. (Those numbers, incidentally, roughly mirror the breakdown of Republican versus Democratic voters among white evangelicals.) A full three-quarters (75%) of white non-evangelical Protestants outnumber the 22% of their brethren in saying CIA treatment was justified. White Catholics believe the treatment was justified by a 66-23% margin.

But a majority of non-religious adults, 53%, believe the CIA actions were not justified, with 41% of the non-religious saying the treatment was justified.

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Friday Night Acoustic Showcase: Trevor Gordon Hall - ‘The Meeting at the Window (For Will Ackerman)’

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Music • Views: 8,186

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Here’s some gorgeous acoustic guitar music with which to chill out after another crazed week of wingnut skullduggery.

“The Meeting at the Window”
From the album entitled “Mind Heart Fingers”
played on a custom Schwartz guitar designed by Sheldon Schwartz

CD & Guitar Tabs available at
trevorgordonhall.com

iTunes: itunes.apple.com

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Full album produced by Grammy winning founder of Windham Hill Records Will
Ackerman and production whiz Tom Eaton at Imaginary Road Studios in
Windham County, VT. Visit: imaginaryroadstudios.com

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Chuck C. Johnson Wrong Again: FBI Conclusively Links N. Korea to Sony Hack

Self-beclowned yet again
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All week long, right wing smear merchant Chuck C. Johnson has been ranting on Twitter about his goofy theory that North Korea had nothing to do with the Sony hack, claiming to have proof from “Sony insiders,” and demanding apologies from anyone who dared to suggest otherwise. A small sample of his dozens of boasting tweets:

Et cetera, et cetera.

If you’ve been following the sad saga of the Ginger Avenger and his long-running habit of shooting himself in the foot, you probably already know where this is headed.

Yes, that’s right — the FBI announced today that they have conclusively linked North Korea to the Sony cyber-attack.

Some of the evidence they cite in their statement:

Technical analysis of the data deletion malware used in this attack revealed links to other malware that the FBI knows North Korean actors previously developed. For example, there were similarities in specific lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods, and compromised networks.

The FBI also observed significant overlap between the infrastructure used in this attack and other malicious cyber activity the U.S. Government has previously linked directly to North Korea. For example, the FBI discovered that several Internet protocol (IP) addresses associated with known North Korean infrastructure communicated with IP addresses that were hardcoded into the data deletion malware used in this attack.

Separately, the tools used in the SPE attack have similarities to a cyber attack in March of last year against South Korean banks and media outlets, which was carried out by North Korea.

Hmmm. Who do we believe? The FBI’s investigators, or Chuck C. Johnson’s “anonymous sources?” It’s a real quandary.

We notice, however, that for every single recent breaking story, Chuck has claimed to have anonymous sources right in the middle of it. A cynical person might begin to suspect he’s just inventing these “sources” to inject himself into the news.

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Michele Bachmann: I Outsmarted Progressives With Evidence-Based Arguments

Bachmann brags
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I can’t help it; when Michele Bachmann boasts about outsmarting liberals with “evidence-based arguments,” I just start to giggle uncontrollably. Every time I watch this clip I crack up.

Wingnuts say the darndest things.

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Fake Outrage Alert: Alan Gross’s Lawyers Have a Photo of Che Guevara! Secret Commies!

Plotting the destruction of all that is good and true
Wingnuts • Views: 18,554

The right wing media is in unison screaming mode again, sliming newly-released American Alan Gross, because of course they are. A photograph of Gross in his lawyers’ Washington DC office after getting out of a Cuban prison shows photographs of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro hanging on the wall.

In the strange paranoid wingnut universe, this is proof that Gross and his lawyers are secret commies dedicated to the destruction of America.

Here’s the photo, posted by New York Times photographer Stephen Crowley:

And here’s a typical right wing reaction:

I don’t know why those pictures are on the wall, but if I had to speculate I’d say it might be because these lawyers were working on getting Alan Gross out of Cuba for the last five years, and hung the pictures as a way to keep the issue front and center.

That’s just a guess, of course. But I’m pretty sure it wasn’t because they’re plotting secret commie plots, and then circulating a photo that exposes them by mistake.

A Beautiful Animated Short Film on a Controversial Subject: “Gentrification”

An animated pastel watercolor vision
Arts • Views: 23,312

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A strange and fascinating animated short film by Alberto Mielgo, for a mid-week weirdness break.

Painted, animated and Directed by Alberto Mielgo
2D animation, Black Inks, Pencil, Watercolors and After Effects
Music: Franz Schubert - String Quintet in C Major, D. 956: ll. Adagio

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