September 5, 2012
bookstacks:


“Libraries really are wonderful. They’re better than bookshops, even. I mean bookshops make a profit on selling you books, but libraries just sit there lending you books quietly out of the goodness of their hearts.”  ― Jo Walton,  Among Others

Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closests companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled—and her twin sister dead.
Winner of the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel.
Among Others - Jo Walton (Link to Catalog) (Goodreads)

bookstacks:

“Libraries really are wonderful. They’re better than bookshops, even. I mean bookshops make a profit on selling you books, but libraries just sit there lending you books quietly out of the goodness of their hearts.”
Jo Walton, Among Others

Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closests companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled—and her twin sister dead.

Winner of the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Among Others - Jo Walton (Link to Catalog) (Goodreads)

September 5, 2012
thepeoplesrecord:

Lincoln cop convicted of kicking handcuffed woman in head resigns from police force
A Lincoln police officer convicted earlier this year of felony battery for kicking a handcuffed woman in the head outside the Twin River Casino has resigned from the department.
The Providence Journal reports that the Lincoln town administrator said the town had accepted an “unconditional and irrevocable” resignation from Officer Edward Krawetz (KRA’-witz).
Krawetz, who was on an unpaid suspension, had been fighting to keep his job, but decided to drop his effort to remain on the force.
A state judge convicted Krawetz in January of felony battery with a dangerous weapon for kicking Donna Levesque, of Uxbridge, Mass., outside the casino. The encounter was caught on surveillance video.
In March, Krawetz was given a 10-year suspended sentence with probation.
Source

thepeoplesrecord:

Lincoln cop convicted of kicking handcuffed woman in head resigns from police force

A Lincoln police officer convicted earlier this year of felony battery for kicking a handcuffed woman in the head outside the Twin River Casino has resigned from the department.

The Providence Journal reports that the Lincoln town administrator said the town had accepted an “unconditional and irrevocable” resignation from Officer Edward Krawetz (KRA’-witz).

Krawetz, who was on an unpaid suspension, had been fighting to keep his job, but decided to drop his effort to remain on the force.

A state judge convicted Krawetz in January of felony battery with a dangerous weapon for kicking Donna Levesque, of Uxbridge, Mass., outside the casino. The encounter was caught on surveillance video.

In March, Krawetz was given a 10-year suspended sentence with probation.

Source

(via adventuresarefree)

September 5, 2012

edna-musgraves:

thehellofitall:

“GQ neatly demonstrate their differing ways of valuing men and women. Spot the odd one out in these covers.”

Of course. Of course.

This couldn’t be more obvious.

(via iam-a-master-hunter-deactivated)

September 5, 2012
p20110815

I.

Vibrancy is a euphemism for disorder

We imagine our cities to be vibrant

When what we mean is that they are disorderly

II.

Doesn’t shoegazing imply gazing at one’s own shoes?

I spend my train commute examining the shoes of others.

Feet, too.  And not passively either.

No, I inquire to myself — but never aloud —

why this one chose to wear those shoes with that outfit

Or why someone’s ugly toes are adorned with conspicuous paint.

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September 5, 2012
[HTMLGIANT] We Need to Talk About Batman

I know that this Bat is supposed to wow me, but, truthfully, it horrifies me. Becausewhat the hell is that—”tight-geometry urban pacification”? And what third world country is that intended for? Or might the thing have domestic applications? … Might I suggest that the Defense Department is already wrong enough hands? And might I also suggest that street criminals, terrorists, and deranged everyday citizens can get their hands on terrible weapons largely because the United States loves to flood the world with cheap arms? (Or am I overstepping my bounds?)

September 5, 2012
When the Bosphorus Dries Up - Orhan Pamuk

I am speaking now of the new neighborhoods that will take root on this muddy wasteland that we once knew as the Bosphorus, even as city councilors rush here and there waving penalty notices: I speak of shantytowns and shacks, bars, nightclubs, and amusement arcades, of rusty horsedrawn Lunaparks, of brothels, mosques, and dervish lodges, of nests where Marxist splinter groups go to hatch their young and rogue plastics factories turn out nylon stockings for the black market.

September 5, 2012
[The Atlantic] The Economics of Magazines and Diversity

Now take that thin profile and put it under severe economic duress. It was always a privileged life to be able to support oneself writing for magazines. Now it is an almost unheard of life. (Observe the medium through which I am speaking to you right now.) Even in the halcyon days of Gay Talese, I would bet that many of the writers supplemented their income by doing something else. So while it is true that there are few black magazine writers, or Latino magazine writers, or women magazine writers, or Asian-American magazine writers, it’s also true that, at this point in history, there are very few people, in general, doing this sort of work.

August 31, 2012
The Real Reason Big Brother’s Still Spying on New York City’s Muslims

Pay no attention to the white guys amassing weapons and ammo and, occasionally, spree shooting. 

But more than a week after the acknowledgement, the city seems as convinced as ever that public safety relies on police regularly watching and documenting the movements, religious practices, conversations, name changes and student activities of New York’s Muslim communities. As the deposition made absolutely clear, the NYPD continues to operate within the confines of a belief that Muslims, by virtue of being Muslim, are prone to acts of terrorist violence and must be watched at all times.

Michael Price is legal counsel with the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Project. He says the radicalization report is the intellectual foundation for what the demographics unit does. “The theory is that all Muslims are terrorists and if they’re not now they will be; if you just hang out in the places that Muslims are, you will unveil terrorist plots.”

August 31, 2012
[Jacobin] Gimme the Loot

Pirate ships were different – they were under democratic worker control. Captains weren’t absolute rulers, but elected leaders who commanded only during battle. Day-to-day operations were handled democratically by the entire crew. Loot was divided equally and immediately, and pirates ate – and drank – better than their law-abiding contemporaries. This was the major reason pirates were feared: it was easy to convince exploited sailors to join up with them. And join up they did.

And

…there is nothing inevitable about the emergence of anticapitalist politics, in piracy or anywhere else. But anything that strikes terror into the hearts of the rich and powerful should be welcomed aboard with full honors.

August 31, 2012
Pentagon threatens Seal over Osama bin Laden killing book

I’d hate to be the prosecutor here.

The Pentagon’s top attorney also warns it is considering legal options against anyone “acting in concert” with the author to publish the book.

The letter identifies two separate non-disclosure agreements the Seal signed with the navy that legally committed him to never divulge official secrets. “You are in material breach and violation of the non-disclosure agreements you signed,” said the letter by Jeh Johnson, the Pentagon’s general counsel.

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