the street; if he’s not able to procure a bed at the chaotic, prison-like local shelter, he’s apt to be sleeping in a cardboard box or, if he’s lucky, the basement of an apartment building he’s snuck into. He spends his days shuffling around the city, occasionally panhandling for change. A winter coat he’s picked up from a church is pawned for money for a bottle. When you pass someone like George on the street, you’re likely to look away. Most people wouldn’t stop to take note of the desperation in his eyes, or the damage done to a once-handsome man whose face has weathered the elements in the worst way.
And, if you’re like a good deal of New Yorkers, you probably wouldn’t have noticed that the homeless man in question was Richard Gere.
“People actively avoided me,” the 65-year-old actor continues. “It wasn’t that folks didn’t notice me; they could see someone asking for change from two blocks away. It was that they saw the embodiment of failure — and failure is something that people fear will suck them in. If it’s not a fear of the vortex of failure, it’s the overwhelming sense of guilt: ‘Oh, I don’t want to feel bad about not giving this guy money, I don’t want to give him money at all, how much money can I give him where it doesn’t hurt me but I feel like a do-gooder?’ All these conflicting feelings, just because I’m standing in Astor Place going like this.” Gere mimes rattling a cup. ” ‘Spare change, can you help me out?’ That was it. And I had an idea of what that experience might be like intellectually, but from the emotional perspective of being the person that people cross the street from…it’s an entirely different thing.”
My first attempt at a page - so here we go:
The article is a little long but well worth while. I found it to be nicely balanced with interesting excerpts from supporters as well as detractors.
Barbara Lee was the lone dissenter in the post-9/11 vote authorizing military force. Many called her a traitor. But her constituents shared her concerns—and history has vindicated them.
Courtesy of rawstory.com
In an interview on his Wednesday radio show, Hannity pointed out that he had been sickened when he first watch video of Rice punching his then-fiancée an in elevator because she could have died when she fell and hit her head.
“We know how domestic violence abuse victims react sometimes,” Hannity noted. “And they have a hard time getting away from the people that are victimizing them and abusing them.”
Delgado argued, however, that Janay Rice did not consider herself a victim, “and some might even say, watching that video, Ray Rice is the bigger victim of domestic violence here.”
She added that liberals were “patronizing” Janay Rice by calling her a victim. “We know the truth, though, because we’ve got the video tape,” Hannity observed. “But you said he’s a victim because why? Because she slapped him and spit on him?”
“He absolutely is!” Delgado replied. “And some might say I’m defending Ray Rice here. Maybe I am, but if you watch the video, the video actually makes him look better than he did before. She repeatedly attacked him. He’s a victim — flat-out fact — of domestic violence. Only after she’s hit him several times and spit on him does he finally hit back. “And she happens because of that blow to knock herself out on the railing,” she continued. “That was an unintended consequence, I’m sure.”
My full reaction to this ‘unusual’ take on the Ray Rice case would probably trigger a cardiac event among the most open-minded of censors. If ever there was an item worthy of a “WTF” page category…
This may have already been name-checked on these pages, but I’m posting it because I just got another chain email alleging that Obama and The EEbil Gummint is out to get us all, being helped by their sinister white lab-coated fellow travelers in universities.
Truthy started as a project to track how the web spreads rumors and disinformation (something of a favorite pasttime in these here parts, I have noticed), but by the time it filtered its way through the Wingnuttosphere and reached Fox, it had turned into the Thought Police targeting poor besieged conservatives. And no doubt, laying plans for their annual War On Christmas.
“The headlines are saying something that is completely false and fabricated,” Menczer said. “We are not defining hate speech. We are not tracking people. We don’t have a database.”
None of those facts stopped readers from spreading the story. The Free Beacon’s article was shared about 4,000 times on Twitter and 10,000 times on Facebook, according to Muck Rack analytics. It was crossposted on foxnews.com the next day, garnering an additional 2,000 shares on Twitter and 15,000 shares on Facebook. And it was quickly picked up by a handful of other prominent right-wing websites, becoming fodder for paranoia-inducing analyses by The Week, Reason, and breitbart.com. “Other blogs twisted the meme and mutated the meme until it became completely outlandish,” Menczer said. “I don’t think there’s anything we can say to change that.”
Only problem is that even the arch-conservative Wall St. Journal noted that Truthy has been in existence for years. But Fox, Breitbart, et al. don’t let the truth stand in the way of a good, ratings-grabbing freakout. And they, of course, use it the same way they use anything - as a cudgel by which to bash around government in general and Obama in particular.
Well, at least the researchers at IU have some new source material to study from the inside.
I came of age in Fairbanks, Alaska, where signage, infographics, and semiotics where minimal so please forgive my fascination for things like subway sign standards books and reflective raised pavement markers.
The manual will be printed using high-quality scans of the ring-binder original. Although the reprint will have a sewn binding, it will remain faithful to its single-sided page format. It will include an introduction by Vignelli’s protégé and Pentagram partner, Michael Bierut, and an essay from New York magazine’s Christopher Bonanos.
Reed emphasized that the manual is meant to be read as much as seen. He pointed to a passage on letter spacing that demonstrates how Vignelli and Noorda expected serious attention to every detail: “A modular system has been devised, which offers consistent spacing for letters and words for the three sizes of type. This unit system must be scrupulously adhered to at all times as this will preclude any inconsistency, regardless of where or when any given sign is being manufactured.”
Reed pointed out that “the vernacular that’s written into the guidelines is different than the subway language itself, but there’s harmony between the two. Unimark had clear and intentional conclusions about directional instructions for the passenger, and in order for that language to work, the guidelines had to be written with confidence, clarity, and conviction.”
An astounding 72 percent of Americans say they are unhappy with Republicans in Congress, according to a recent poll.
President Barack Obama and the Democrats fared a bit better. The poll, conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News and released last week, found that only 54 percent and 61 percent said they disapprove of Obama and Democrats respectively.
Republicans’ approval rating has been terrible for years, and Congress as a whole is almost universally disliked.
The findings may not have a strong bearing on the GOP’s midterm elections chances. Recent polls show the Republicans have an edge in both the Senate and the House.
I think Jimmah summed up the reasons for voting Yes quite well, here:
I’m voting “Yes” to Scottish independence.
We’ve had enough of being told that we aren’t strong enough, smart enough or well-connected enough to stand on our own. Enough of being told that we need to have our goverment decided for us by a mass of reactionary Daily Mail readers in England, whose politics and interests are not our own.
Enough also, of putting our faith in the prospect of Labour regaining power - under the influence of the aforemention ‘megablob’ of Conservative/UKIP nutjobs in England they have become nothing more than a lite version of the Conservatives, abandoning the working class and even incorporating some of UKIPS anti-immigration hysterics.
Over the last seven years or so, Alex Salmonds SNP government has, using the limited devolved powers available to it, protected Scotland from some of the excesses of Tory austerity - for example, we do not have to pay medical prescription charges and our students do not have to pay the massive increase in tuition fees (300%!) that students in the rest of the UK do. But we still have to pay the hated ‘bedroom tax’ that the Tories brought in to economically cleanse the poor from anywhere that’s remotely nice to live in, and the NHS and the rest of the welfare state is being dismantled as fast as the the Tories nasty greedy little fingers can manage.
The only real way to save our way of life is to disconnect ourselves once and for all from this madness that WE NEVER VOTE FOR and create a new country of our own design, one that speaks to our values and represents our interests.
On the 18th september, I hope that the majority of the people of Scotland will not be swayed by the grotesquely skewed bias of the press (not ONE national daily newspaper published in Scotland supports the YES vote) and will have the courage to shrug off (and indeed put an end to, at least in it’s present form) the ugly undemocratic mess that ‘Great Britain’ has become.
Read more at littlegreenfootballs.com
There are many reasons for a scot to be for independence, but I recognise that Americans and others might not be aware of the issues informing the debate. I recommend this piece from Yes Scotland with its breakdown of the rationale for undecideds— it’s a good overview of the general issues.
I would normally at this point post a similar piece from the No campaign, but there ARE NONE— and polls have shown that the more someone knows about the issues, the more likely they are to vote yes. So the No campaigners are highly invested in quashing all discussion; that’s just how they roll.
Cheers folks. Remember, Aye or Die! :-0
Also revealed: The backlash effect - Wingnuts double down on the myth even after the real truth is revealed.
Gardner comes off, in this instance, as reminiscent of GOP pollster Neil Newhouse. While working for Mitt Romney in 2012, Newhouse infamously declared, “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.” Gardner’s cavalier response, like Newhouse’s brazen statement, raises the fear that despite a voluminous growth of fact-checking in the past half decade, there’s really nothing the media can do to keep politicians honest. But is that really true?
Not according to Dartmouth political scientist Brendan Nyhan, who has focused much of his research on employing the tools of social science to figure out why fact-checking so often fails, and what can be done to make it work better. The cynical view on fact-checking is “too negative,” argues Nyhan on the latest installment of the Inquiring Minds podcast. “I think you have to think about what politics might look like without those fact-checkers, and I think it would look worse.”