"The arrival of global brands such as the Mail and the Guardian in Australia has coincided with the shrinking of local newspaper companies News Corp Australia and Fairfax Media, which have shed thousands of jobs between them in the past few years as circulation of the print editions drops."
“I was on a panel in Washington DC with a young Yemeni activist, and she asked why it was that white men always had to make sense of these stories for the world in order for anyone to pay attention to them. I agree with that critique, and I don’t feel completely comfortable with my role in this film.”—Jeremy Scahill: the man exposing the US Dirty War
" As a senior executive with one of the charities says: ”I wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, worried that one day we may have to face a royal commission and have to answer for the conditions under which these people were treated and which we didn’t have the guts to challenge the government on.” "
Apparently, it took the preponderance of closed-circuit television cameras for some men to feel the intensity of the gaze that women have almost always been under … It took Facebook. It took geo-location. That spirit of performativity you have about your citizenship now? That sense that someone’s peering over your shoulder, watching everything you do and say and think and choose? That feeling of being observed? It’s not a new facet of life in the 21st century. It’s what it feels like for a girl.
<p><blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p>Vaclav Havel on the late Lou Reed: why do you think we called it the Velvet Revolution? <a href=”http://t.co/GDe2EUfj0x”>http://t.co/GDe2EUfj0x</a></p>&mdash; Anne Applebaum (@anneapplebaum) <a href=”https://twitter.com/anneapplebaum/statuses/394593185282162688”>October 27, 2013</a></blockquote><br/>
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But while Reed’s fans may have upended popular rock music over the past few decades, his greatest impact may have been with an act that sold even fewer records than he did: The Plastic People of the Universe, a Cold War-era Czech act that briefly flourished before being prosecuted and harassed by the country’s Communist Party government.
That prosecution, in turn, helped push Vaclav Havel to write the Charter 77, a demand for human rights that became an international cause celbre. The uprising that helped overthrow the regime, in turn, took its name from Reed’s old band: The Velvet Revolution. Havel spoke during the revolution about Reed’s influence on him, and appeared with him after he had become the Czech president.
… Reed remarked on his increasing frailty. “How could time go that quickly? It never ceases to amaze me,” he said. “The other day I was 19, I could fall down and get back up. Now if I fall down you are talking about nine months of physical therapy. Make sure you take your vitamins.”
" Millions of Americans don’t use the internet at all. Some don’t have access because of poverty, geography, or age. But some just never logged on. This week, Alex goes on a quest to find a unicorn — someone who lives a life just like his, but entirely without internet."
" He said asthma sufferers, young children, people with cardiovascular disease and the elderly should stay indoors and not open windows while smoke was visible.
Even those who are otherwise fit and healthy could be adversely affected by high pollution levels, he said.
“When you can see or smell the smoke you shouldn’t jog or exercise outside.” “