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Ars Technica. LIFE MAGAZINE - THE SINS OF THE FATHERS - 905W-000-052. 221Q-278-027 Photograph by Grant Delin "I knew when I met the Damms I would never forget them,"says Mary Ellen Mark, posing for Jesse Damm.


"I did this story to help these children and others like them. " Doing the Right Thing Eight years ago LIFE published a series of wrenching photographs by Mary Ellen Mark of Linda and Dean Damm and their two children--a homeless family in Los Angeles. Our readers rose to the occasion: You sent money, household goods, offers of help. LIFE MAGAZINE - A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF A HOMELESS FAMILY - 905W-000-031. 210K-01X-01X Mary Ellen Mark helps homeless Crissy Damm get ready for school.


Photograph by Jeffrey Chong There are fine pictures in LIFE every month, but we want to call special attention to the contributions of three photographers in this issue. The remarkable range of Mary Ellen Mark has never been more evident. On the cover is her portrait of a provocative Meryl Streep. Inside, Mark's powerful picture essay on a homeless California family is gritty photojournalism at its best. Elizabeth P. APERTURE - MARY ELLEN MARK -904I-000-003. TINY: I've known Mary Ellen for about fourteen years now.


I like taking pictures with her. And she's nice, she's a different type of person-outgoing and free of the world. MH: Do you like looking at the pictures of you and your friends that were first published in her book, Streetwise? TINY: I don't know. I like them, but, that was my life, and I'm more interested ... William Morgan.

Where Have All the Hippies Gone? « The Dabbler. …Long time ago.

Where Have All the Hippies Gone? « The Dabbler

Rita recalls some favourite American Eccentrics… WHERE THE WIND HOWLS. A Walk on the Wild Side: in a new series, Robert Macfarlane, acclaimed author of “The Wild Places”, walks the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland, formed 60m years ago...


“Don’t travel in your walking gear,” David instructed me the day before I flew to Belfast. “Even now, it’s still not quite wise to turn up at the airport with a pair of boots and an English accent.” His worries continued once I’d landed. We drove south towards the Mournes, the small granite mountain group that lies in the south-east of County Down, close to the border with the Republic. David had filled up with petrol before leaving, and picked his roads with care. Khmer Rouge. Adam Yauch and Paul’s Boutique: How dumb court decisions have made it nearly impossible for artists to sample the way the Beastie Boys did.

Frazer Harrison.

Adam Yauch and Paul’s Boutique: How dumb court decisions have made it nearly impossible for artists to sample the way the Beastie Boys did

The death on Friday of Adam Yauch, best known as the Beastie Boys’ MCA, surely sent many of us back to old albums we may not have heard for a while. And anyone who threw on Paul’s Boutique, the Boys’ best album, was surely struck by the sense that they don’t make records like that anymore. That’s not just because tastes and styles have changed. The entire album is based on lavish sampling of other recordings.

“Shake Your Rump,” which leads Slate’s #MCATracks playlist, features samples of 14 songs by 12 separate artists. Perhaps the main reason—and certainly the saddest reason—that it still sounds distinctive is that a rapidly shifting legal and economic landscape made it essentially impossible to repeat. In the late 1980s, sampling occupied a legal gray area. Hip-hop sampling began as a live technique, with DJs working turntables at parties and clubs. Sports and Pop Culture from Bill Simmons and our rotating cast of writers.

Summer Is The Goddamn Worst. The Rust Belt of France: Montpellier. My wife and I have been living in France for the past nine months in a city near the Mediterranean coast.

The Rust Belt of France: Montpellier

But it’s not quite what you think. It’s not Paris, or the French Riviera, or some quaint little town surrounded by vineyards in the countryside. We live in Montpellier, the largest city in France’s poorest region, the Languedoc-Roussillon, which has the highest jobless rate in a country that just hit a twelve-year high for unemployment. In other words, we live in the Rust Belt of France. Before we moved here we had, like most Americans, imagined France to be a place of bustling outdoor cafés, sprawling esplanades, grands chateaux, fois gras, and day-drinking.

But there’s another France down here in the Languedoc-Roussillon that permeates our idyllic France. If you’re able to look past all its problems, though, Montpellier itself is a lovely city — one of the best in the south of France. IASC: The Hedgehog Review - Volume 14, No. 1 (Spring 2012) - Why Google Isn’t Making Us Stupid…or Smart - Chad Wellmon.

The Hedgehog Review: Vol. 14, No. 1 (Spring 2012) Reprinted from The Hedgehog Review 14.1 (Spring 2012).

IASC: The Hedgehog Review - Volume 14, No. 1 (Spring 2012) - Why Google Isn’t Making Us Stupid…or Smart - Chad Wellmon

This essay may not be resold, reprinted, or redistributed for compensation of any kind without prior written permission. Please contact The Hedgehog Review for further details. Last year The Economist published a special report not on the global financial crisis or the polarization of the American electorate, but on the era of big data. Article after article cited one big number after another to bolster the claim that we live in an age of information superabundance. Tehran Politics: Are the Mullahs Losing Their Grip? Behold The Forbidden Flu: A Loom Explainer. Here, for your viewing pleasure, is a very important part of a very special flu virus.

Behold The Forbidden Flu: A Loom Explainer

It may look like an ordinary protein, but in fact it’s been at the center of a blazing debate about whether our increasing power to experiment on life could lead to a disaster. Not that long ago, in fact, a national security advisory board didn’t even want you to see this. So feast your eyes. Writing Worth Reading. Consuming Women. The first lap dancing club in the UK opened in 1995.

Consuming Women

Since then lap dancing has become part of mainstream culture, with the 300+ lap dancing clubs nationwide visited by well-known figures such as Stephen Hawkings and Rihanna. Jennifer Hayashi Danns, 28, worked as a lap dancer for two years whilst studying at university. She spoke to Ian Sinclair about the industry and her new book Stripped: The Bare Reality of Lap Dancing, which she co-authored with Sandrine Leveque from feminist campaigning group OBJECT. What factors have driven the rapid increase in lap dancing clubs in the UK? Many feminist groups believe that the rise in lap dancing clubs is related to a piece of legislation that allowed lap dancing clubs to open under the same licensing regulations as cafes or karaoke bars. The lap dancing industry and parts of the media present lap dancing clubs as harmless, safe, titillating entertainment akin to visiting a nightclub. Tokyo through the letterbox. Reams have been written about the suicide-as-spectacle of novelist Yukio Mishima’s death; less, perhaps, about the cartographies and circumstances of his birth.

He was born Kimitake Hiraoka, on January 14, 1925, the first child of a civil servant, of a family of what would once—then, indeed—have been called “very good stock”, and his wife, of a family of Confucian and Chinese scholars, in Yotsuya, once on the fringe but now already in the heart of a Tokyo that was rapidly expanding and shifting its center of gravity westward, in a district known then as Nagasumi-cho (永住町, “long dwell town”, although he would be gone from the neighborhood by the age of eight) but which was reorganized and renamed Yotsuya 4-chome in a municipal redistricting on April 1, 1943 (one would have thought they would have had better things to do), before being pulverized to smithereens by American air-raids less than two years later. 私の家は殆ど鼻歌まじりと言いたいほどの気楽な速度で、傾斜の上を辷りだした。 坂を下りて来たのは一人の若者だった。 Wang Hui · The Rumour Machine: The Dismissal of Bo Xilai · LRB 10 May 2012.

‘March 14’ used to be shorthand in China for the 2008 unrest in Tibet; now it stands for the 2012 ‘Chongqing incident’. It is unusual for municipal policy to have national impact, and rarer still for the removal of a city leader to become international news. Some observers have argued that the dismissal of Bo Xilai, the party secretary of Chongqing, is the most important political event in China since 1989. Stories began to circulate on 6 February, when Wang Lijun, Chongqing’s police chief, fled to the US consulate in the nearby city of Chengdu. Neither the Chinese nor the American authorities have revealed anything about what followed, the US saying only that Wang had an appointment at the consulate and left the next day of his own accord. Don't Like the Message? Maybe It's the Messenger - Justin Fox. By Justin Fox | 11:29 AM May 4, 2012 We all like to think we can evaluate information and arguments rationally, regardless of where they come from.

But we don’t. As Yale Law School’s Dan Kahan, who has studied this stuff a lot, puts it: People feel that it is safe to consider evidence with an open mind when they know that a knowledgeable member of their cultural community accepts it. Home. Khrushchev in Water Wings: On Mao, Humiliation and the Sino-Soviet Split. Khrushchev and Mao meet in Beijing, July 1958. Khrushchev would find himself less formally dressed at their swimming-pool talks a week later. Project Syndicate - the highest quality op-ed ( opinion-editorial ) articles and commentaries. Investigation, Lawsuit Expose Barbaric Conditions at For-Profit Youth Prison in Mississippi.

Journal home : Nature. Gaseous emissions from dinosaurs may have warmed prehistoric earth. Sauropod dinosaurs could in principle have produced enough of the greenhouse gas methane to warm the climate many millions of years ago, at a time when the Earth was warm and wet. That's according to calculations reported in the May 8th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication.

The hulking sauropods, distinctive for their enormous size and unusually long necks, were widespread about 150 million years ago. As in cows, methane-producing microbes aided the sauropods' digestion by fermenting their plant food. "A simple mathematical model suggests that the microbes living in sauropod dinosaurs may have produced enough methane to have an important effect on the Mesozoic climate," said Dave Wilkinson of Liverpool John Moores University. "Indeed, our calculations suggest that these dinosaurs could have produced more methane than all modern sources—both natural and man-made—put together. " Explore further: 4.9-magnitude earthquake rattles central Idaho.

Centre for Science and Environment. A harried parent called a few weeks ago. She wanted to know if the pollution levels in Delhi were bad and if so how bad. The answer was simple and obvious.