The Burns Archive
is a collection of over 700,000 historical photographs that document disturbing
subject matter: obsolete medical practices and experiments, death, disease, disasters, crime, revolutions, riots and war. Newsweek posted a select gallery
this past October, as well as a video interview and walk-through
with curator and collector Dr. Stanley B. Burns, a New York opthalmologist. (Via) (Content at links may be disturbing to some.) [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Apr 26, 2011 -
Everybody knows TVTropes
is the best and most time
way to learn about the clichés and archetypes that permeate modern media. But dear reader, there is so much more
. Enter Useful Notes
. Originally created as a place for tropers to pool factual information as a writing aid, the subsite has quietly grown into a small wiki of its own -- a compendium of crowdsourced wisdom on a staggering array of topics, all written in the site's signature brand of lighthearted snark. Though it reads like an irreverent and informal Wikipedia, its articles act as genuinely useful primers to complex and obscure topics alike, all in service of the project's five goals: "To debunk common media stereotypes; to help you understand some media better; to educate, inform and sometimes entertain; to promote peace and understanding (maybe); and... to facilitate world domination." Sounds about right. Click inside for bountiful highlights... if you dare. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Dec 26, 2010 -
“They are brands that may not be considered cool by the often elitist and self-absorbed standards of New York media,” she said. She had taken a car from Manhattan that morning, and wore a pink wool shirt-dress, patent leather Manolo Blahnik heels, and diamond hoop earrings.
Reader's Digest jumps the shark
posted by squalor
on Jun 19, 2009 -
Faith In America
asks a simple question: Is using religious teachings to deny equal rights to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people any less wrong than using religious teaching to discriminate against people of color, against equality for women or against people of different cultures wanting to marry? (check their ad campaign
too--some great ones) Meanwhile, clueless elected officials like Barack Obama
continue to buy into the GOP lies that all people with faith are conservatives/Republicans, and that Democrats are hostile to people with religious beliefs.
posted by amberglow
on Jun 28, 2006 -
has been called the Clear Channel of the low power FM's. One of the many broadcasting arms of Calvary Chapel.
It owns and operates over 400 stations. Apparently its board, consisting of two members, is about to self destruct.
But the story doesn't end there. Its president is being accused of sexual harassment
and is also being accused of defaulting on a million dollar loan.
The loan came from Calvary Chapel founder and Pastor, Chuck Smith
, who has a history
with the guy. CSN's president wants the board dissolved but that could be a problem. By some accounts,
next in line to head the board is one Pastor Skip Heltzig, who seems to be involved in a bit of a scandal of his own.
Church defenders say the troubles are private matters, critics
say the movement has a history of covering things
up. (Some links are .pdf)
posted by wyldeboi
on Mar 7, 2006 -
Spengler of the Asia Times.
Right-headed, wrong-headed, at times off-headed, but always interesting. You can spend a lot of time wading through the archives. The fellow, anonymous for whatever reason, has written on US/China trade
, Ratzinger as a dark age theologian
, the American empire
, how Europe might be re-Christianized
, US vs Islam
, religion vs philosphy
, Tolkien vs Wagner
, internet stocks
, and anti-semitism
. A bit of something for everyone.
Also runs a lively little forum
posted by IndigoJones
on May 14, 2005 -
With The Evangelical Air Force.
's influence was best summarized by its new CEO, Frank Wright, who, in describing a recent lobbying excursion to Capitol Hill, said, "We got into rooms we've never been in before. We got down on the floor of the Senate and prayed over Hillary Clinton's desk." I think this is quite funny, not tragic. There's an interview with the author over here
posted by gsb
on Mar 11, 2005 -
Religion, Government, and Media
When all three are combined, as in Saudi Arabia, you get interesting newspaper articles. It would seem very strange to have a mainstream paper such as the New York Times having a section like this.
posted by LinemanBear
on Feb 12, 2002 -
National Review Cans Columnist Ann Coulter
as a contributing editor after her call to "invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity." For a person who makes a living out of being as obnoxious, partisan and mean as she can be will this do anything but put her in the spotlight and help her career? The way she has slammed the National Review
since her axing seems to indicate this will be the case. And she's already blaming the "liberal" media and the "anti-Christian bigots."
posted by terrapin
on Oct 2, 2001 -