August 19, 2014
"I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I just think that there’s nothing more fundamental to our democracy than freedom of the press. We can’t have a democracy without it, and you can’t have freedom of the press without aggressive, investigative reporting. And you can’t have aggressive investigative reporting without the ability to have confidential sources."

James Risen report by Jaisal Noor at The Real News. James Risen and Phil Donahue on Obama’s War on Press Freedoms

August 18, 2014
"The politics of respectability are, at their root, the politics of changing the subject—the last resort for those who can not bear the agony of looking their country in the eye."

Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic. Black People Are Not Ignoring ‘Black On Black’ Crime: The politics of changing the subject

August 14, 2014
A fifth night of tear gas in Ferguson

Brilliant photojournalism by Saint Louis Post-Dispatch photojournalist David Carson.

August 8, 2014
"There is a dramatic disconnect between the way our laws and our leaders condemn leaking in the abstract and the way they condone it in practice."

David E. Pozen at Harvard Law Review. The Leaky Leviathan: Why the Government Condemns and Condones Unlawful Disclosures of Information

August 8, 2014
"The reality is that she’s not a good example for those who want clean narratives. Her case shows the messiness of human trafficking. The way in which commercial exploitation of minors is entwined with other dynamics of poverty and abuse."

danah boyd at apophenia. Why Jane Doe doesn’t get to be a sex trafficking victim

August 1, 2014
Nice People

One of the great pleasures of the Internet is encountering the work of nice people by surprise.

Via post here in my Tumblr from Indian Country Today a link to a story there: “Spirit of a Proud Nation: What We Can Learn from the Lakota” by Ms. Biba S. Kavass showed up and I clicked through to read.

I’m getting ahead of myself, because I didn’t notice who the author was until I was finished reading it. A wonderful piece of writing and especially beautiful in telling something important about Lakota culture through telling a Lakota teaching story.

I was curious whether Ms. Biba S. Kavass, the author of the article, was Native American? I don’t know the answer to that question. While I didn’t ask, what I found out  is that Ms. Biba S. Kavass is one heck of a teacher. And it’s so cool she puts online some of what she does with her students.

One of the best parts of her Teacher’s Web site is she posts her resume on her About page. It’s impressive, but what really caught my attention is the curriculum she has developed. So much thoughtful work is in evidence.

Read Kavass’s article at Indian Country Today. And maybe take a moment to remember there are some great teachers in our communities who deserve appreciation. I was quite delighted to see Ms. Biba S. Kavass’s work today.

July 30, 2014
"Should I start with Wictor’s inability to find, let alone sequence and read the relevant news photos in a logical timeline, instead basing his assumption of foul play (perpetrated spontaneously, by four different photographers and three different news organizations) in a scene he sees coming first that logically happens last?"

Michael Shaw at BagNews NotesDavid Frum Accuses NYT and Reuters of Staging Gaza Hospital Photos (GRAPHIC)

July 28, 2014
"But even accounting for that, I’ve generally found the coverage of this story particularly irritating, with a handful of honorable exceptions. There’s an extra element here, which is making the reporting on this case much, much worse — and that’s the markets. In short, they’re doing the wrong thing."

Felix Salmon at Medium. The #Griefault trade

Why Argentina’s bonds may be worth even more in default

July 22, 2014
Pressing Issues: Tuesday Updates on Gaza-Israel Tragedy

I’m old and I think being on Tumblr helps me notice that. And there really are lots of downsides, feeling crusty and musty. But some older folk have perspective and are usefully reflective. Greg Mitchell is one. If you click the link, you might notice some of his books on the right column. He’s a smart fellow and has a real talent for directing attention to perspectives that increase understanding.

July 21, 2014
Too often I pay attention to the wrong thing

In my feed today there was a clip from a piece from May this year at BBC Africa: Kenya’s hidden sex tourism in Malindi. I used Google to find the article because having seen reporting on this issue previously, I wondered if something had happen, a new development.

The piece is by BBC producer Charlotte Atwood and was billed as an investigative piece. And heavens knows I’m not a qualified press critic, just someone who reads the news. The article disturbed me from a journalistic stand point. 

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