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Smiling black woman next to Corbett on his website was Photoshopped
It’s no secret that things haven’t always gone smoothly for Gov. Corbett in his effort to woo minority voters in Pennsylvania. Most famously, the one-term GOP governor — who’s in the fight of his life for re-election — last year told editors of Philadelphia-based Al Dia at a roundtable that he didn’t have any Latinos in his cabinet, adding: “If you can find us one, please let us know.”
Now, according to a report going viral tonight on social media, Corbett’s re-election campaign found an African-American woman to stand next to the governor on his website photos.
Not an actual woman. According to Buzzfeed, the black woman who gazes at Corbett was Photoshopped from a stock picture.
Kodachrome, naturally. Many, many more at link.
I regularly visit the shorpy.com in order to get inspired by the colors of Kodachrome photo film. This website is quite famous and contains a lot of archived photographs, I am sure many of you already know it. My wish was to make a personal selection of photographs I particularly like, in good quality. I hope that you will appreciate them as well. All the pictures have been taken during 1940-1943. Now just look at them and get inspired.
1. “Where’s Adolf?”
May 1942. Langley Field, Virginia. YB-17 bombardment squadron. “Hitler would like this man to go home and forget about the war. A good American non-com at the side machine gun of a huge YB-17 bomber is a man who knows his business and works hard at it.” 4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.
October 1942. “Testing electric wiring at Douglas Aircraft Company. Long Beach, California.” 4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.
This is a short (under two minute) video of Natalie teaching a technique for “Athole Brose,” in Cape Breton style.
When a society accepts the practices, methods, and measures of the 20th century to conceive the 21st century, failure is inevitable. In order to consider new ideas, you have to be willing to let go of ones that no longer serve you.
The challenge, though, is not how to throw away the Old to embrace the New. That would be folly; the efficiency of the 20th century is what allows (most of) us have clean water and plenty of relatively inexpensive food to eat and so on. Plus, let’s not forget that “new” ideologies can be misleading. I’m reminded of Enron’s “new metrics” once touted by big-name thinkers as reflecting the future of management. Only later did we all collectively learn it reflected criminal accounting practices. So “new” is not the end-all. Unlike the medicine in your bathroom drawer, ideas don’t come with pre-printed expiration dates. There are no clear signs for which ones to toss and when. The challenge is in knowing how to evaluate and build new ideas into reality.
And when management thinkers are confined together in our own enclosures - not cages, but conferences - we seem to do little more than pull on each other’s tails. We find flaws in each other’s arguments (and surely there are many, for they are nascent ideas). We largely advocate for our own idea and ours alone, because we want so desperately for it to be seen. And we show why any New Idea doesn’t prove out, often without sharing our fundamental assumptions. And like the monkeys, we find ways of signaling: “That’s not the way we do things around here.”
Estonia has invited people to register as e-residents - a step towards a world where a person’s identity online matters just as much as their identity offline
ESTONIA flung open its digital borders last week. The eastern European country invited anyone, anywhere, to open a bank account or start a business. By the end of the year, anyone with an internet connection will be able to live their financial life in Estonia, all without being physically present.
Such e-residency, as it is known, is a step towards a world where a person’s online identity matters just as much as their offline identity; where the location of data, rather than documents, is more important.
“This is the beginning of the erosion of the classic nation state hegemony,” says John Clippinger, a digital identity researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “It’s going to get whittled away from the margins.”
Unborn babies can sow the seeds for rheumatoid arthritis in their mothers - and the dads might be to blame.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, meaning the body’s immune system turns on itself. In this case, it causes painful, swollen joints. Women are three times as likely to develop the condition as men, and seem to be especially vulnerable soon after pregnancy.
A mother exchanges cells with the fetus while it is in the womb. “For most women, shortly after you give birth, the fetal cells clear up,” says Giovanna Cruz, an epidemiologist at the University of California at Berkeley. “But in a subset of women they actually persist for decades.” In these women, the fetal cells are effectively incorporated into their bodies, a process known as microchimerism.
Women who develop autoimmune diseases seem to have a higher incidence of microchimerism than other women. Two small studies have shown that mothers who genetically have a low risk of developing arthritis but go on to develop the disease are more likely to show microchimerism. What’s more this stowaway DNA contained high-risk genes for rheumatoid arthritis. But these studies didn’t look directly at the genes of the father or the child.
#576: When Women Stopped Coding
Sat 18 October, 2014
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When we slip into sleep and embark on a subconscious journey through our dreams, what exactly is our brain up to at that point? Theoretical physicist, best-selling author, and all around cool guy Michio Kaku returns to Big Think to discuss the science of dreaming, as well as everything Freud got right about our subconscious:
Kaku’s most recent best-seller, The Future of the Mind, places its focus on how science explores consciousness. In the interview above, he begins with a discussion of Freud, who Kaku believes may not have been “totally wrong”:
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
I’m going to side with Jonathan Zittrain on this one. I think that Ajit Pai, an FCC employee who wrote this op ed, is waxing hyperbolic against research and funding that is direly needed.
While the right and the left fringes will automatically make this an outrage of the day, the research is significant, is beneficial, and if we want the internet to stay healthy and useful it’s also well needed.
The average consumer of online news, tweets, and videos doesn’t have time to research origin, amount of artifice, intent, authority, and locale of every item they come across the way us news junkies do. So if we don’t want the entire internet to become consumed in robot tweet campaigns, artificial organizations and causes, pseudo authority, and political product placements, we have to develop some tools to detect when that happens, whether it’s originating offshore, or from our own left, right, or radical but somewhat unwholesome extreme far fringes.
The best recent example of this is #gamergate, a tweet campaign turned viciously misogynist and entirely contrived and orchestrated in IRQ by a handful of bchan miscreants. So if we don’t want the worst amongst us to drive the conversation on every issue, we had better be able to suss out and tag the robo campaigns at minimum.
The Truthy team says this research could be used to “mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate.”
Hmm. A government-funded initiative is going to “assist in the preservation of open debate” by monitoring social media for “subversive propaganda” and combating what it considers to be “the diffusion of false and misleading ideas”? The concept seems to have come straight out of a George Orwell novel.
The NSF has already poured nearly $1 million into Truthy. To what end? Why is the federal government spending so much money on the study of your Twitter habits?
Some possible hints as to Truthy’s real motives emerge in a 2012 paper by the project’s leaders, in which they wrote ominously of a “highly-active, densely-interconnected constituency of right-leaning users using [Twitter] to further their political views.”