My partner Miles O'Brien will be appearing on tonight's PBS NewsHour to talk about the accident that led to the loss of his left arm, while on a reporting trip in the Philippines. Miles is the science correspondent for NewsHour, and had just completed a reporting trip in Japan to cover the Fukushima nuclear crisis. His arm was amputated on February 14.
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Philip Bump at The Wire looks into
the possible copyright law interpretations surrounding the famous Ellen DeGeneres Oscar selfie. Ellen gave it away to the AP. But "does Ellen have the right to give it away? Who owns that picture?"
"Facebook, one of the primary backers of the Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring affordable Internet access to the 5 billion people in the world who still lack connectivity, is in talks with a company that could help further that agenda." TechCrunch repots Facebook will buy Titan Aerospace
, makers of near-orbital, solar-powered drones that can fly up to five years without having to land. "According to a source with access to information about the deal, the price for this acquisition is $60 million."
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is trying to please a conservative local faction opposed to homosexuality, but risks alienating Western aid donors. Photo: Reuters, February 22, 2014.
"The mouth is made for eating and kissing, and gay oral sex will give you worms."
President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda today gave a detailed explanation of why he believed homosexuals should be jailed for life.
"These mercenary homosexual prostitutes have to be punished," he said. "Just like those who are recruiting them."
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Reuters: "Netflix has agreed to pay one of the largest broadband providers in the United States Comcast Corp for faster speeds, throwing open the possibility that more content companies will have to shell out for better service. Comcast and Netflix made the joint announcement on Sunday, marking the first time that Netflix is paying for faster speeds in the U.S. after customers complained about slow service." Terms of the deal remain undisclosed. The news comes as US regulators wrestle with Net Neutrality, and is a perfect example of why it matters. More: "Netflix to pay Comcast for faster speeds [Reuters]
I've been enjoying the HBO series "True Detective," which our reviewer Kevin McFarland has been recapping each Sunday night. But I also enjoyed Emily Nussbaum's essay in the New Yorker on the show's "shallow deep talk," exploring how the program's female characters are portrayed through a male gaze, and how other crime shows have avoided this.
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"On Saturday, I drove three and a half hours with Firedoglake editor-in-chief Jane Hamsher from Washington, DC, to the federal correctional institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania, to visit former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou."— Kevin Gosztola writes about a day
with one of America's most prominent convicted whistleblowers. — Xeni
What I imagine Wolf Blitzer's facial expression was the first time he read the words "Pussy Riot" off the teleprompter.
The outlaw Russian activist organization Pussy Riot reportedly chose their name as a clever troll: one of the group's members said she thought it'd be a way to provide a little fun for English-speakers who followed their story. And she was right. Every time I see CNN's Wolf Blitzer say "Pussy Riot," or hear a dry NPR anchor's voice intone those two words, I think I'm going to die laughing. Pussy Riot finally managed to do what generations of feminists before them could not: they normalized the word "pussy."
But I asked Twitter to help me come up with some more "polite" synonyms for news anchors who still wince when they have to say the p-word on-air. Here's the list, some of which are my own, some of which others must take blame for.
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Joe Menn at Reuters
: "A major flaw in Apple Inc software for mobile devices could allow hackers to intercept email and other communications that are meant to be encrypted, the company said on Friday, and experts said Mac computers were even more exposed." There's an OS update.
How bad is it?
"It's as bad as you could imagine, that's all I can say," said Johns Hopkins University cryptography professor Matthew Green.
"Ghosting," by Andrew O’Hagan
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, 2011. Toby Melville/Reuters
, is a most interesting personal profile of the Wikileaks founder by a writer in the most interesting position of having ghostwritten Assange's autobiography
. Assange later disavowed the project, telling publisher Canongate "All memoir is prostitution," and sought to have his contract canceled and the book killed. It was published
From O'Hagan's account of their first meeting, in which they discussed the sort of book Assange originally wished to write--part memoir, part manifesto:
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In the Boing Boing Flickr Pool, BB reader Willis the Wonderer shares this photograph of a kitty cat outside Al Jazeera's offices in Doha, Qatr.
"Makes it Rain." 6x6". GR2: Nathan Ota - Scrambled Eggs and a Side of Collectables.
of Giant Robot
says, "This Saturday, at Giant Robot 2
we are proud to have Nathan Ota in the house. He's quite an incredible artist in high demand. His paintings are amazing and detailed. He's as nice and humble as can be. He'll also be showing some figures, a sneaker, book, print and more! Do take a look at his works
. Here's the event page on Facebook
Show runs through March 12, 2014. A few more images below, and lots more here.
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The Washington Post got their hands on a leaked copy of the USPS stamp plans for the next few years. Steve Jobs is getting his own stamp in 2015.
He's in good company: Elvis Presley, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Harvey Milk, Johnny Carson, and Charlie Brown's Peanuts gang will be honored, too.
Here's the full list.
Arguments broke out in the Ukrainian Parliament on Friday. Maks Levin/Reuters
Ukraine president President Viktor Yanukovych signed a deal with opposition leaders today committing to early elections and reducing some of the president's authority. Russia has not endorsed the deal, and many protesters want Yanukovych to resign. Andrew Kramer and Andrew Higgins, reporting in the New York Times
In a further sign of the president’s diminished influence, Parliament voted to allow the release of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who has been imprisoned for more than two years. In a 310-to-54 vote that is veto-proof, lawmakers decriminalized the actions for which she was incarcerated.
Related Boing Boing posts today:
• Conservative western bloggers: Ukraine strongman's pay-for-play useful idiots
• I am a Ukrainian: powerful, viral video about Euromaidan
• Scenes from a hotel near #Euromaidan
Despite strong opposition from the Chinese government, Barack Obama will meet with the Dalai Lama today at the White House. NYT:
The Chinese government considers the Tibetan spiritual leader a separatist, and bans open displays of his photograph in Tibet. In an article published in November, the top Communist Party official in Tibet signaled how China was planning to clamp down on the Dalai Lama’s ability to get his message out.
“Strike hard against the reactionary propaganda,” Chen Quanguo, the party chief in Tibet, wrote in the party journal Qiushi. He said the government would confiscate illegal satellite dishes, heighten monitoring of online content and take other measures to prevent the dissemination of the Dalai Lama’s message in areas with Tibetan populations so that “the voice and image of the enemy forces and the Dalai clique are neither seen nor heard.”
Update, 10am PT
: The meeting happened
. It was closed to photographers, and the Dalai Lama departed without speaking to reporters.