"Don’t wait for permission to make something that’s interesting or amusing to you. Just do it now. Don’t wait. Find a story idea, start making it, give yourself a deadline, show it to people who’ll give you notes to make it better. Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up. Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough."

Ira Glass to Lifehacker. I’m Ira Glass, Host of This American Life, and This Is How I Work.

Quick tip for things to do immediately post-interview:

When I come out of an interview, I jot down the things I remember as being my favorite moments. For an hour-long interview usually it’s just four or five moments, but if out I’m reporting all day, I’ll spend over an hour at night typing out every favorite thing that happened. This is handier than you might think. Often this short list of favorite things will provide the backbone to the structure to my story.

Read through for the gear This American Life uses and its editing process.

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ricardosminaj:

Nicki Minaj speaking the truth on twitter about racism (7/23/14)

ricardosminaj:

Nicki Minaj speaking the truth on twitter about racism (7/23/14)

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fotojournalismus:

Day 10: Israel destroys Gaza’s Wafa hospital as staff evacuates all patientsthree children killed while playing on roof5,000 tonnes of explosives fired at Gaza during Israel’s 10-day assault, UNRWA asked Israel to retract false claims about schoolsIsrael launches Gaza ground operation as death toll passes 240 | July 17, 2014

1. A Palestinian woman cries inside her damaged house which was targeted in an Israeli air strike. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

2. Palestinian children fill bottles and containers with water from a public tap in Rafah. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

3. Belongings are strewn about in a building that police said was damaged by an overnight Israeli air strike in Khan Younis. (Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)

4. A Palestinian girl walks with a toy that she salvaged from debris of the el-Yazje apartment building which was destroyed following an overnight Israeli missile strike. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

5. Children’s shoes are bagged among belongings salvaged from a damaged Palestinian home which police said was targeted in an Israeli air strike. (Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)

6. A Palestinian boy rides his bicycle past a damaged building following an Israeli air strike. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

7. Flares fired by the Israeli military are seen above the northern Gaza Strip. (Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)

8. The father of two boys from the Shaibar family, whom medics said were killed along with a girl from the same extended family by an Israeli air strike after the end of a five-hour humanitarian ceasefire, grieves outside the morgue in Gaza City. (Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)

9. A Palestinian woman reacts inside her damaged house which was targeted in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

10. Smoke from flares rises in the sky in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

(Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4 | Naming the dead)

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"Please stop calling this a nation of immigrants. We are not a nation of immigrants. We are a nation of colonizers, ex-slaves, ghosts of genocide victims, and preferred immigrants."

Maurice Lucas Goes IN (via sonofbaldwin)

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tldrwikipedia:

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class-struggle-anarchism:

Today in anarchist history, July 23rd 1892
Alexander Berkman shoots Henry C Frick twice in the neck, stabs him four times. the bastard survives, Alex goes to jail for 14 years, comes out a better, smarter anarchist.
Alexander Berkman - The ABC of Anarchism, Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist, What Is Communist Anarchism?

class-struggle-anarchism:

Today in anarchist history, July 23rd 1892

Alexander Berkman shoots Henry C Frick twice in the neck, stabs him four times. the bastard survives, Alex goes to jail for 14 years, comes out a better, smarter anarchist.

Alexander Berkman - The ABC of AnarchismPrison Memoirs of an AnarchistWhat Is Communist Anarchism?

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neverforget14:

"Especially for the younger generation, the Internet is not some standalone, separate domain where a few of life’s functions are carried out. It is not merely our post office and our telephone. Rather, it is the epicenter of our world, the place where virtually everything is done. It is where friends are made, where books and films are chosen, where political activism is organized, where the most private data is created and stored. It is where we develop and express our very personality and sense of self.
To turn that network into a system of mass surveillance has implications unlike those of any previous state surveillance programs. All the prior spying systems were by necessity more limited and capable of being evaded. To permit surveillance to take root on the internet would mean subjecting virtually all forms of human interaction, planning, and even thought itself to comprehensive state examination.” - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.6)
"…the government has the capability to activate cell phones and laptops remotely as eavesdropping devices. Powering off the phone or laptop does not defeat the capability: only removing the battery does." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.12)
"The first thing we did was go to a store to buy a laptop that would serve as my "air gapped machine," a computer that has never connected to the internet. It is much more difficult to subject an Internet-free computer to surveillance. To monitor an air gapped computer, an intelligence service such as the NSA would have to engage in far more difficult methods, such as obtaining physical access to the computer and placing a surveillance device on the hard drive. Keeping the computer close at all times helps prevent that type of invasion." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.22)
"The true measurment of a person’s worth isn’t what they say they believe in, but what they do in defense of those beliefs, if you’re not acting on your beliefs, then they probably aren’t real." - Edward Snowden (via, No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald, Pg.45)
"What keeps a person passive and compliant is fear of repercussions, but once you let go of your attachment to things that don’t ultimately matter - money, career, physical safety - you can overcome that fear." - Edward Snowden (via, No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald, Pg.46)
"The entire intelligence community is able to access the information that the NSA collects: it routinely shares its vast trove of data with other agencies, including the FBI and the CIA. One principal purpose of the NSA’s great spree of data collection was precisely to boost the spread of information across the board. Indeed, almost every document pertaining to the various collection programs mentions the inclusion of other intelligence units." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.116)
"Upstream" collection (from fiber-optic cables) and direct collection from the servers of Internet companies (PRISM) account for most of the records gathered by the NSA." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.116)
"The NSA routinely recieves -or intercepts- routers, servers, and other computer network devices being exported from the United States before they are delivered to the international customers. The agency then implants backdoor surveillance tools, repackages the devices with a factory seal, and sends them on." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.148)
"Contrary to the accepted premise - that radical dissent demonstrates a personality disorder - the opposite could be true: in the face of severe injustice, a refusal to dissent is the sign of a character flaw or moral failure." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.228)

neverforget14:

"Especially for the younger generation, the Internet is not some standalone, separate domain where a few of life’s functions are carried out. It is not merely our post office and our telephone. Rather, it is the epicenter of our world, the place where virtually everything is done. It is where friends are made, where books and films are chosen, where political activism is organized, where the most private data is created and stored. It is where we develop and express our very personality and sense of self.

To turn that network into a system of mass surveillance has implications unlike those of any previous state surveillance programs. All the prior spying systems were by necessity more limited and capable of being evaded. To permit surveillance to take root on the internet would mean subjecting virtually all forms of human interaction, planning, and even thought itself to comprehensive state examination.” - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.6)

"…the government has the capability to activate cell phones and laptops remotely as eavesdropping devices. Powering off the phone or laptop does not defeat the capability: only removing the battery does." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.12)

"The first thing we did was go to a store to buy a laptop that would serve as my "air gapped machine," a computer that has never connected to the internet. It is much more difficult to subject an Internet-free computer to surveillance. To monitor an air gapped computer, an intelligence service such as the NSA would have to engage in far more difficult methods, such as obtaining physical access to the computer and placing a surveillance device on the hard drive. Keeping the computer close at all times helps prevent that type of invasion." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.22)

"The true measurment of a person’s worth isn’t what they say they believe in, but what they do in defense of those beliefs, if you’re not acting on your beliefs, then they probably aren’t real." - Edward Snowden (via, No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald, Pg.45)

"What keeps a person passive and compliant is fear of repercussions, but once you let go of your attachment to things that don’t ultimately matter - money, career, physical safety - you can overcome that fear." - Edward Snowden (via, No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald, Pg.46)

"The entire intelligence community is able to access the information that the NSA collects: it routinely shares its vast trove of data with other agencies, including the FBI and the CIA. One principal purpose of the NSA’s great spree of data collection was precisely to boost the spread of information across the board. Indeed, almost every document pertaining to the various collection programs mentions the inclusion of other intelligence units." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.116)

"Upstream" collection (from fiber-optic cables) and direct collection from the servers of Internet companies (PRISM) account for most of the records gathered by the NSA." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.116)

"The NSA routinely recieves -or intercepts- routers, servers, and other computer network devices being exported from the United States before they are delivered to the international customers. The agency then implants backdoor surveillance tools, repackages the devices with a factory seal, and sends them on." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.148)

"Contrary to the accepted premise - that radical dissent demonstrates a personality disorder - the opposite could be true: in the face of severe injustice, a refusal to dissent is the sign of a character flaw or moral failure." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.228)

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industrialcracks:

standwithpalestine:

A beautiful gesture from Lebanon - names of Palestinians killed by Israel in the last two weeks were hung on huge banners in Raouché, Beirut during a demonstration against the latest Zionist assault on Gaza, July 22, 2014. Protesters also threw flowers into the sea. Over 600 people have been killed (as of the morning of July 23, 2014), at least 25% of whom were children.

(Photos: Jamal Saidi / Reuters)

Lebanese know how to do it right. always.

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fotojournalismus:

Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City on July 22, 2014. (Hatem Moussa/AP)

fotojournalismus:

Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City on July 22, 2014. (Hatem Moussa/AP)

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micdotcom:

The crisis in Gaza is so serious, it can be seen from space

International Space Station astronaut Alexander Gerst has posted his “saddest photo yet.” From all the way up in the thermosphere, ISS personnel orbiting 200 miles over the Middle East can see bombs and missiles exploding in Gaza and Israel as the two sides go to war.

Detailed explanation of the photo | Follow micdotcom 

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Colombian Student Faces Prison Charges for Sharing an Academic Article Online 

(Source: antigovernmentextremist)

@21 hours ago with 17 notes
dialecticsof:

Syrian artist Tammam Azzam superimposed Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss” on the facade of a bullet-ridden building in Damascus. The photoshopped image — which some mistook for an actual street-side mural — brought the eye of the art world to the artist’s war-torn home country. “I want to discuss how the whole world could be interested in art and on the other hand, two hundred people are killed every day in Syria. Goya, created a work to immortalize [the] killing of hundreds of innocent Spanish citizens on May 3, 1808…How many May 3rds do we have in Syria today?”

dialecticsof:

Syrian artist Tammam Azzam superimposed Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss” on the facade of a bullet-ridden building in Damascus. The photoshopped image — which some mistook for an actual street-side mural — brought the eye of the art world to the artist’s war-torn home country. “I want to discuss how the whole world could be interested in art and on the other hand, two hundred people are killed every day in Syria. Goya, created a work to immortalize [the] killing of hundreds of innocent Spanish citizens on May 3, 1808…How many May 3rds do we have in Syria today?”

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"A strange delusion possesses the working classes of the nations where capitalist civilization holds its sway. This delusion drags in its train the individual and social woes which for two centuries have tortured sad humanity. This delusion is the love of work, the furious passion for work, pushed even to the exhaustion of the vital force of the individual and his progeny. Instead of opposing this mental
aberration, the priests, the economists and the moralists have cast a sacred halo over work."

Paul Lafargue, The Right To Be Lazy (1883)

(Source: workers-against-work, via becoming-vverevvolf)

@23 hours ago with 70 notes

Windows Without Prison Bars 

"When Paulo Demetrick, a 29-year-old federal prison inmate in Virginia, was asked, “If you could have a window in your cell, what place from your past would it look out to?,” his mind began to race. After 11 years behind bars for robbery, how could he think of just one photograph?

At first, he thought of his childhood, moments with friends and family. But it didn’t feel like enough. He sat in his cell for five days obsessing over the image. In the end, he chose a Bestway supermarket.

“At Bestway I learned to mingle with and learn from people of all walks of life,” he wrote in his request.

When Mr. Demetrick received the image, he was ecstatic. Apart from the store’s name changing from Bestway to Bestworld, the supermarket was exactly how he remembered it. “It has been over a decade and with the D.C. area having so many changes over the years I was glad this supermarket survived,” he said.

The image still hangs on the bulletin board next to his bed.

The photo — a reminder of what was and may still be — was done as part of “Windows From Prison,” a huge initiative that the cultural organizer Mark Strandquist started in 2012. He has posed the same question to hundreds of prisoners who had been convicted as juveniles in the Washington area but were later dispersed to federal prisons nationwide.”

@23 hours ago
#prison #prison industrial complex #prison reform 

Courtesy of Humane Borders
This new map charts migrant deaths along the U.S./Mexico border.  The “death map" charts bodies found along U.S.-Mexico border with the hopes of improving knowledge of border traffic, influencing policy makers and helping humanitarian groups identify where resources should be targeted.
The Arizona OpenGIS Initiative for Deceased Immigrants may begin to reduce the deaths and help families of the missing recover the bones of their members. Aided by an anonymous $175,000 grant, the database based on information from the medical examiner, law enforcement agencies and research by Humane Borders took five years to develop. Advocates hope that by improving knowledge of border traffic they can influence policymakers and help humanitarian groups identify where they should target their resources.For

Courtesy of Humane Borders

This new map charts migrant deaths along the U.S./Mexico border.  The “death map" charts bodies found along U.S.-Mexico border with the hopes of improving knowledge of border traffic, influencing policy makers and helping humanitarian groups identify where resources should be targeted.

The Arizona OpenGIS Initiative for Deceased Immigrants may begin to reduce the deaths and help families of the missing recover the bones of their members. Aided by an anonymous $175,000 grant, the database based on information from the medical examiner, law enforcement agencies and research by Humane Borders took five years to develop. Advocates hope that by improving knowledge of border traffic they can influence policymakers and help humanitarian groups identify where they should target their resources.For

(Source: lawprofessors.typepad.com, via youdontneedtofollowme)

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