Writing emails for job applications makes me realize how awkward I am.
The Salvation Army was used repeatedly by factory owners to try to make the factory workers docile by promising them a better place in Heaven if they accepted their lot on Earth.
Half of the IWW’s songbook was songs that took the music of the Salvation Army and replaced it with union lyrics.
Nothing like seeing a photo of yourself from behind and realizing you’re going bald.
From Madiha Tahir’s ‘Louder than Bombs’ about drones in Pakistan
On this day, 52 years ago, Frantz Fanon passed away. A psychiatrist, Pan-Africanist, writer, and revolutionary, he was born in Martinique in 1925. In 1952 he published “Black Skin, White Masks,” which exposed the negative effects of colonization on the mental state of subjugated people. As a psychiatrist in Algeria, he joined the FLN (National Liberation Front), which waged a war of independence against France. In 1961, Fanon published The Wretched of the Earth, a book on decolonization that has remained a classic and has influenced revolutionaries the world over, including Malcolm X, the Black Panthers, Che Guevara, and Steve Biko, founder of the Black Consciousness movement. Fanon died in Maryland, where he had sought treatment for leukemia, and was buried in Algeria.
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Queer books out in December 2013. Know any others?
[Image description: ten book covers, including Ascension: A Tangled Axon Novel by Jacqueline Koyanagi, Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran by Afsaneh Najmabadi, After Queer Theory: The Limits of Sexual Politics by James Penney, Sex, or the Unbearable by Lauren Berlant and Lee Edelman, Teddy Ferrara: A Play by Christopher Shinn, Love Burns Bright: A Lifetime of Lesbian Romance edited by Radclyffe, Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims by Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle, Laughing Down the Moon by Eva Indigo, The Queer Turn in Feminism: Identities, Sexualities and the Theater of Gender by Anne Emmanuelle Berger, and Transforming Citizenships: Transgender Articulations of the Law by Isaac West.]
When I saw the headline about Larry Sanders in a fight, I thought it referred to the Garry Shandling character.
The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — in ways that would have been previously unimaginable.
The records feed a vast database that stores information about the locations of at least hundreds of millions of devices, according to the officials and the documents, which were provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. New projects created to analyze that data have provided the intelligence community with what amounts to a mass surveillance tool.
In scale, scope and potential impact on privacy, the efforts to collect and analyze location data may be unsurpassed among the NSA surveillance programs that have been disclosed since June. Analysts can find cellphones anywhere in the world, retrace their movements and expose hidden relationships among individuals using them.
CO-TRAVELER and related tools require the methodical collection and storage of location data on what amounts to a planetary scale. The government is tracking people from afar into confidential business meetings or personal visits to medical facilities, hotel rooms, private homes and other traditionally protected spaces.
“One of the key components of location data, and why it’s so sensitive, is that the laws of physics don’t let you keep it private,” said Chris Soghoian, principal technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union. People who value their privacy can encrypt their e-mails and disguise their online identities, but “the only way to hide your location is to disconnect from our modern communication system and live in a cave.”"
5 billion records a day and unsurprisingly, the cell phone carries are heavily implicated in this.