15 September 2014 @ 01:56 pm
"Many of us have come to know the tales of Disney's princesses by heart. But put Snow White, Cinderella, Belle and Ariel aside for a moment and consider these characters: A transgender Native American, a tank commander and a Mexican revolutionary. Theirs are not the kind of stories you find in a Disney princess flick, but they're in the spotlight on the blog Rejected Princesses. Each week, former DreamWorks animator Jason Porath adds a new illustration and write-up about a woman who is, as the blog says, 'too awesome, awful or offbeat for kids' movies.'"

13 September 2014 @ 12:30 pm
* To no one's surprise, we are not finding many allies in the Middle East willing to team up to fight ISIS.
* "Of optics and objectivity: how journalism is failing our democracy."
* Jonathan Bernstein gives us five undercovered midterm stories.
* Nate Silver on the hidden leanings behind the polling.
* When the media talks about 'disruptors,' please note they're always white men.

12 September 2014 @ 04:01 pm
* 'Unreality': Putin is demonstrating the power of information warfare for the 21st century.
* John Nichols on why the president should go to Congress for military authorization for his plan to take on ISIS. More from Kevin Drum here.
* The fight over voting rights returns to the courts.
* Over two year later, the Mars rover Curiosity reaches the base of Mount Sharp.

11 September 2014 @ 03:38 pm
Kevin Drum explains why it's a good thing that the president's speech on ISIS was light on details and substance.

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10 September 2014 @ 02:09 pm
* One month later, no justice in Ferguson.
* China is building a network of islands to expand their borders. Really. [Note: link brings up video.]
* "How long before Israel invades Gaza again?"
* Ooh. The power of images in shaping the news.
* Top read: U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III pens a powerful piece on marriage equality.

08 September 2014 @ 01:44 pm
I had no idea how busy Robert Plant has been in the recent past, nor how diverse he's become. Highly cool.

06 September 2014 @ 03:24 pm
* Yes, the White House is on the right track with ISIS.
* Russia ramps up the propaganda machine.
* Good read: on racism and the claim of 'colorblindness.'
* How unions can win the minimum wage fight.
* Fifty years with political cartoonist Pat Oliphant.
* Neat! Mapping the country in NFL fandom.

05 September 2014 @ 02:21 pm
The Dying Russians - a question as to the 'mortality crisis' in Russia leads the writer to questions of history, psychology and culture.

04 September 2014 @ 12:27 pm
* 'Eight facts that explain what’s wrong with American health care.'
* "College has gotten 12 times more expensive in one generation."
* Studying the viral spread of misinformation.
* Clearing up misconceptions in the debate over 'killer robots.'
* Dinosaur Comics passes along five handy panels to get you through life.

03 September 2014 @ 04:09 pm
* "ISIS is a problem that only Iraqis can solve."
* How we're quietly expanding military operations in Africa.
* Russia's food import ban is going about as well as you'd expect.
* Conspiracy theory fuel: unlabelled fake cell phone towers intrercepting calls.