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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July 20, 2014
"Israel is not in any way responsible for injury or damage that may occur as a result of field reporting."

Peter Beaumont The Guardian’s reporter in Gaza:

Message to journalists in Gaza from the Israeli Government Press Office which I reproduce without comment 

Subject: GPO Advisory to Journalists Covering Operation Protective Edge from the Gaza Strip

GPO Advisory to Journalists Covering Operation Protective Edge from the Gaza Strip
(Communicated by the GPO)

July 10, 2014

One thing that all journalists could and should do is just to ask some really basic questions up front from anyone who’s presenting themselves as an expert.

That is to say “what’s your PHD in?” “What have you published on this particular topic under discussion right now?” “Are you receiving funds from a third party with a vested interest?


Naomi Oreske at Transition Culture.  Naomi Oreskes on the roots of climate change denial

Merchants of Doubt

June 29, 2014
"The problem now is government has more PR people and public relations firms than journalists. And we actually have 1/3 fewer professional reporters. That’s a really rotten combination there. No wonder we’re easily bamboozled."

Charles Lewis at Moyers & Company. The Lies That Lead to War

June 16, 2014
"Not all schlock is terrible; only some is transcendent. For me, the great stuff is defined by an alchemical blend of beauty and brazenness — ideally, by vast quantities of both."

Jody Rosen at Vulture. In Defense of Schlock Music: Why Journey, Billy Joel, and Lionel Richie Are Better Than You Think

June 16, 2014
Wherein I Make a Muddle

I’m old enough that pre-Internet memories are still vivid. The Internet is strange and wonderful and raises a host of new issues, challenges, problems and dilemmas. I don’t have much of a clue. And really part of it is we’re all sort of stumbling around trying to figure out and to invent and create.

I want to mash together some links. I’ll probably make a muddle.

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