Socialist - The New ‘S’ Word…
(John characterizing Roger Ailes)
Did I ever tell you that I, Roger Ales, plan to undermine the role of an independent press by constantly whining that any reportage that deviates from a staunch conservative narrative is biased - while - at the same time,
filling the editorial vacuum that that creates by building a conservative propaganda juggernaut in the guise of a news organization.
And then he said..i think he said…hold on..oh,
I’m gunna call the organization Fox News, and its tag line will be, you’re gunna love this -
a fanatically micromanaged media fiefdom where my own far right agenda and personal sense of victom-hood drive every aspect of the operation
John Stewart - The Daily Show May 29, 2012
The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see.
- James Baldwin (via rjpesquire)
"In my opinion the best humor is that which combines hilarity with spot on observations about reality." - Ethan Fedida (CBS News)
If you had to guess the scene in this photo, what would your answer be? A group of friends prepping lunch? Maybe a local cooking class?
If you guessed prison, then you guessed correctly.
Above, inmates at the upscale Halden Fengsel prison in Halden, Norway prepare food in a common room meant to be a meeting place for prisoners and guards.
From photographer Alex Masi’s Halden photo project:
Individual cells come with an en-suite bathroom, a flat-screen TV and various comforts. They measure 12 square meters and are divided up into units (10 to 12) which share a living room and kitchen, similarly to a students’ dormitory.
The windows are not fitted with bars, but thick glass is used instead.
The prison - the second-largest in Norway - costs 165m Euro and accommodates 248 male inmates. Some 760,000 Euro were spent just on artworks, some of which commissioned to Norway’s most renowned street artist, Dolk.
The inmates can attend a vast range of formative courses at a official high school located inside the prison. Subjects can include languages, IT, science, catering, music, (there is even a professional sound studio) art and handicraft and several sports.
Interestingly, statistics show that in Norway only 20% of inmates (1 in 5) commit another crime and return to prison within two years of their release.
Read more on the Halden prison at Foreign Policy. [Photo: Alex Masi]
We’re doing it wrong. (Source)
A C program is like a fast dance on a newly waxed dance floor by people carrying razors.
- Waldi Ravens
Pencil Shaving Portraits of the Day: UK-based artist Kyle Bean (previously, and) employs a strong waste not, want not ethic, turning pencil shavings into portraits for the contributors page of Wallpaper*’s 2011 Handmade issue.
Her dream left her, skittering behind a closing door. It had been a good dream, warm and close, and she minded. She fought the waking.
- The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve
Called “the biggest Ponzi scheme ever” yet evaluations surpassing $15Bln, Groupon has a fundamentally flawed business model. First, customers have no loyalty to their services. There are no costs or incentives against switching services and membership is free. Transactions are individual, as there is no subscription or steady fee for their service. Also, the discounts offered are largely objective as this isn’t a service where essential goods and services can be searched for.
Most importantly however, there are no barriers to entry in the niche Groupon has its market cap. There are many start up services nibbling away at user base, and each subsequent service dilutes the same feeble service being provided by Groupon. Aside from the large sentiment of Groupon simply recycling merchant investment revenue, Groupon perhaps made a big mistake turning down Google’s offer of $5.3Bln.
The American History of Natural History commissioned this film as part of their exhibition “Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe,” and it features the world’s most complete four-dimensional map of the Universe – AMNH’s Digital Universe Atlas. We start at the Himalayas, the highest point on planet earth, and pull back through space and time to the very edge of what’s known of existence.
Without hyperbole, this 6 minute video comprises a whole species’ entire scientific understanding of its place in the universe. If that doesn’t give you chills, then you might be a Time Lord after all.