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‘They’re killing us’: world’s most endangered tribe cries for help | World news | The Observer

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Logging companies keen to exploit Brazil’s rainforest have been accused by human rights organisations of using gunmen to wipe out the Awá, a tribe of just 355. Survival International, with backing from Colin Firth, is campaigning to stop what a judge referred to as ‘genocide’

via ‘They’re killing us’: world’s most endangered tribe cries for help | World news | The Observer.

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Written by edparnell

April 22, 2012 at 6:46 am

Posted in Crime, Money

With These Pictures, You Don’t Need to See the Face to Get the Idea | DayRiffer

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In almost every famous photographic portrait, there’s a face. Seems obvious, right? The eyes are the windows of the soul, after all.

Every now and then, though, the essence of the person – at least the essence of the person in that moment – is captured without showing his or her face.

It’s happened in painting and sculpture; just think of Rodin’s “The Kiss.”

Some famous and faceless photographs that are anything but faceless:

via With These Pictures, You Don’t Need to See the Face to Get the Idea | DayRiffer.

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April 22, 2012 at 12:22 am

Posted in Art

Political cartoons don’t deserve a Pulitzer Prize. Give one for infographics instead. – Slate Magazine

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When I heard that Politico won its first Pulitzer Prize this week, I assumed that the site had been recognized for the way it tirelessly handicaps the state of play in Washington. But rather than honor one of Politico’s scoop-hungry stars, the Pulitzer committee recognized a guy I’d never heard of: Matt Wuerker, its editorial cartoonist.

I rarely look at political cartoons, so it was quite possible that I was missing out on a groundbreaking genius of the form. Not so. Judging by his hits, Wuerker isn’t a bad cartoonist, but he’s hardly an innovative one. His work is typical of every old-timey Thomas Nast spot you remember from your high-school history textbook. In Wuerker’s drawings, the government is an ailing Uncle Sam or a sinking ship (helpfully labeled “USA”), Washington is a circus, and there are lots of elephants and donkeys.

Wuerker is neither subversive nor an extremist. He seems to target Republicans more often than he does Democrats, but he mainly favors a clichéd, pox-on-both-your-houses approach. This excruciatingly punny panel, published during last summer’s budget crisis, illustrates Wuerker’s overriding argument: Washington is broken! (Who knew?)

via Political cartoons don’t deserve a Pulitzer Prize. Give one for infographics instead. – Slate Magazine.

Written by edparnell

April 22, 2012 at 12:21 am

Posted in Art, Sad, Satire

Android Is Suddenly In A Lot Of Trouble – Business Insider

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The mobile story for 2011 was the rise of Android.

It looks like the mobile story for 2012 is not going to be so good for Android. It appears as though the operating system is in choppy waters, and is suddenly facing a lot of trouble.

We’re going to lay out all the small and big problems we’re seeing for Android in this post.

Let’s start with the number one news story of the year: Facebook buying Instagram for $1 billion. This is bad news for Android, because it shows that a developer can build a massively successfully product that the world goes crazy for without even using Android.

You could argue that Instagram wouldn’t have sold for $1 billion if it hadn’t gone to Android and seen an immediate spike in activations. But, the truth of the matter is that Instagram was fielding offers from Facebook before it was on Android, and it could have raised a round at $500 million without Android.

This sends a clear message to developers: Build on iOS first, Android second.

via Android Is Suddenly In A Lot Of Trouble – Business Insider.

Written by edparnell

April 22, 2012 at 12:15 am

Posted in Tech

SOPA mutates into much worse CISPA, the latest threat to internet free speech – Project Nsearch

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Just because SOPA and PIPA, the infamous internet “kill switch” bills, are largely dead does not mean the threat to internet free speech has become any less serious. TheCyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act(CISPA), also known as H.R. 3523, is the latest mutation of these internet censorship and spying bills to hit the U.S. Congress — and unless the American people speak up now to stop it, CISPA could lead to far worse repercussions for online free speech than SOPA or PIPA ever would have.

CNET, the popular technology news website that was among many others who spoke up against SOPA and PIPA earlier in the year, is also one of many now sounding the alarm about CISPA, which was authored by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.). Though the bill’s promoters are marketing it as being nothing like SOPA or PIPA, CISPA is exactly like those bills, except worse.

What CISPA will do, if passed, is remove all the legal barriers that currently stop internet service providers, government agencies, and others from arbitrarily spying on internet users. In the name of “cybersecurity,” a term that is undefined in the bill, CISPA will essentially allow internet users to be surveilled by the government without probable cause or a search warrant, which is a clear violation of users’ constitutional civil liberties.

Additionally, it will allow websites like Google, Facebook, and Twitter to intercept emails, text messages, and other private information that might be considered a threat to “cybersecurity.” The government can then demand access to this information, even if it has nothing to do with copyright infringement, which is one of the excuses being used for why such a bill is needed in the first place.

via SOPA mutates into much worse CISPA, the latest threat to internet free speech – Project Nsearch.

Written by edparnell

April 22, 2012 at 12:08 am

Posted in News

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