If you’re squeamish, don’t look down.
House is leaning right
The Brookings Institution calls the last session of the House of Representatives the most conservative in more than 60 years. House Republicans are getting more conservative than House Democrats are getting liberal, according to the annual report.
Not a place for politics, or ratings
Preliminary ratings for the Zimmerman verdict give Fox News 3,682,000 total viewers; CNN 3,407,000; and MSNBC 1,298,000. MSNBC abandoned its wall-to-wall political coverage because of its ratings slide during the Zimmerman trial.
Call him mister
It’s not exactly scientific, but an Australian says he has proof gender matters in the workplace.
Kim O’Grady, a management consultant in Perth, says he couldn’t get a job until he added one word to his resume: Mr.
O’Grady’s Tumblr blog post on his job hunt in the 1990s has gone viral.
“The sad reality is this shows we all know how real and invasive sexism is. We all know that sexism unnecessarily impacts negatively on women’s lives and men benefit from that,” O’Grady says in a follow-up post.
“Many of the editors and anchors in Al Jazeera Arabic are de facto Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers,” a Dubai-based researcher specializing in Arab media tells Sultan al-Qassemi in an essay for Foreign Policy. “This has been reflected in the channel’s pro-Islamist coverage over the past two years, relying heavily on a combination of incitement, bloody scenes, and Islamic preachers and media commentators,” Fadi Salem says.
Al-Qassemi, the Dubai columnist whom Time magazine praised for his tweets of the first Egyptian revolution, ridicules the pan-Arab satellite channel for its “biased coverage,” saying “Qatar, Al Jazeera’s home country and financial patron, gave billions of dollars in aid to Morsy’s government in the past year and has been accused of supporting regional Islamist movements, much to the chagrin of neighboring Arab states.”
Meanwhile, Al Jazeera America is in dress rehearsals in New York City for its debut on August 20, when it will beam into 49 million homes in place of Current, the channel started and sold by Al Gore. Media watchers are questioning how American Al Jazeera America will be, New York magazine reports.
Glenn Greenwald, in his latest Guardian column, cites an internal Al Jazeera email to show that the channel is experiencing growing pains. In the missive, a prominent Al Jazeera host chides executives for efforts veer away from traditional Al Jazeera content to “appease” the American audience. For his part, Greenwald, confessor and confidant to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, says he’d hate to see Al Jazeera America drained “of its vibrancy and edginess” and turned into an “imitation of CNN.”
– M.S. Scully
As they say, “The revolution was tweeted.”
In 2009, Twitter became such a key tool for young Iranians protesting the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that the State Department asked the micro-blogging site to postpone scheduled maintenance to allow demonstrators to keep organizing street rallies.
Likewise, it’s hard to imagine the Arab Spring blooming so quickly without Twitter. It continues to be a virtual bullhorn for protesters. This week, tweets have been taking jabs at Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the subject of protests since last Friday. “There is now a menace which is called Twitter,” Erdogan complained in an interview, according to France 24. “The best examples of lies can be found there.”
It’s not the first time that a government has been outraged by tweets. Germany and France asked Twitter to block neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic tweets within their countries.
According to a document leaked to the Post, the National Security Agency and FBI collect the information “directly from the servers of these U.S. Service Providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.”
Twitter, it turns out, did not comply.
$20 million: The annual cost of PRISM.
$8 billion: The estimated annual budget of the NSA.
77,000: The number of intelligence reports that have cited PRISM.
1,477: The number of times data obtained via PRISM has been cited in the president’s daily intelligence briefing.
248 percent: The increase in 2012 in the number of Skype communications intercepted via PRISM
131 percent: The increase in 2012 in PRISM requests for Facebook data.
63 percent: The increase in 2012 in PRISM requests for Google data.
9: The number of tech companies whose servers NSA has access to via PRISM.
6: The number of years PRISM has been in operation.
2: The number of presidential administrations PRISM has operated under.
1 in 7: The proportion of NSA intelligence reports using raw material from PRISM.
0: The number of times Twitter has agreed to participate in PRISM.
Already counting the days before your next three-day weekend? While you’re plotting your escape, you can take seemingly limitless virtual road trips thanks to GeoGuessr, the latest, greatest time-waster on the Internet.
A mash-up of Google street views and The Dish’s View From Your Window, GeoGuessr teases you with idyllic seashores, winding forest roads and desolate, dry landscapes that look more Martian than terrestrial. (That’s the Outback, not a crater on the Red Planet.) Continue reading
If you lived through the Vietnam War and wore an MIA/POW bracelet — stamped with a name and the date he went missing — the story sounded too good to be true. It also had a twisted logic. Continue reading
Forget about weapons of mass destruction, what about weapons of media destruction.
With one tweet — Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured — the group that calls itself the Syrian Electronic Army sent the Dow into a nose dive last week. Continue reading
Eight years ago, the elevation of the German cardinal, Joseph Ratzinger, to the papacy was met with derision by both serious and frivolous British papers. “God’s Rottweiler,” blared the front page of the Daily Telegraph. It’s not often that the liberal Guardian falls into line with the sassy but conservative Sun, but on Pope Benedict they agreed: “From Hitler youth to the Vatican,” said The Guardian. “From Hitler Youth to… Papa Ratzi,” screamed The Sun.
Newspaper editors reflect their environment and know their readers. In 2005, the blitzed British had a knee-jerk — i.e., a Basil-Fawlty-like goose-step — reaction to a German pope.
Maybe it’s impossible to make fun of Francis, the Argentine Jesuit who passed on the perks that came with being a cardinal — the chauffeur-driven car, the palace, the chef. Continue reading