[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
BEARS HAVE ORAL SEX
— Kate Darling (@grok_) June 16, 2014
#biggest news this week
New Snowden Revelations on NSA Spying in Germany – “An analysis of secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden demonstrates that the NSA is more active in Germany than anywhere else in Europe — and that data collected here may have helped kill suspected terrorists.”
Musicless Musicvideo / DAVID BOWIE & MICK JAGGER – Dancing in the streets – Utter blah, but funny.
Spectacle and Counter-Spectacle – “I am torn by this World Cup emotionally, politically and visually. For three days the soccer has been electric. Brazil scores an own goal and steals a nervy victory; the Dutch humiliate Spain; Costa Rica turns the odds over; Colombians fill the stadium in Belo Horizonte. But we all know, more completely than ever, that the stage has been assembled at an unreasonable cost and in a deeply dysfunctional manner.”
The True Cost of Hidden Money – “Mr. Zucman estimates — conservatively, in his view — that $7.6 trillion — 8 percent of the world’s personal financial wealth — is stashed in tax havens. If all of this illegally hidden money were properly recorded and taxed, global tax revenues would grow by more than $200 billion a year, he believes.”
Susan Sontag in a bear suit is probably more incriminating than Susan Sontag’s FBI file – “It appears however, that the Bureau was seriously grasping at straws in trying to assess her threat to national security. A New York intellectual protesting the war in the 1960s?”
Suicide warnings increase suicide attempts, study shows – “The result of this warning, after it was picked up by the media, was a drop in antidepressant use among teens and an increase in suicide attempts”
Rio de Janeiro: a story of occupations and evictions – “The Homeless Worker Movement occupied a building in Rio, helping to shelter thousands — but in the run-up to the World Cup they were violently evicted.”
How to Anonymize Everything You Do Online – “Tor is awesome and can make you anonymous. But if your endpoint gets compromised, your anonymity is compromised too,” he says. “If you really need to be anonymous, you also need to be really secure.” *drumroll And Scoble throws a tantrum.
Robert Scoble “so tired of the privacy advocates” – “Now, yes, it’s understandable why a wealthy white fellow–one famous for attention-seeking stunts such as promoting Google Glass while his hands are otherwise occupied in the shower–doesn’t understand why some people want to remain private, even if it costs them the ability to see life-improving Facebook advertisements. There is no-one more desperate to be less obscure than Robert Scoble.” What a douche. Literally.
You Still Haven’t Found It – “instead of merely reissuing the U2 record itself, Negativland presents, for free digital download, the original un-mixed studio multi-track tape for re-mixing, re-purposing and re-inventing in whichever way the listener may choose. Negativland encourages the re-contextualization of this seminal work for whatever reason, whatsoever.”
Pixel perfect: the story of eBoy – “Of course there are some more pixel wizards, and there had been before eBoy. But eBoy developed that discipline to perfection.”
HOMELESSFONTS – “A collection of typefaces based on the handwriting of homeless”
We Skyped with Genesis P-Orridge About Their First Retrospective – “In the art world, sentimentality and intimacy and the emotive side of lives are considered very uncool. There’s nervousness around intimacy.”
How Brazil’s World Cup has sold its people short in the Amazon – “Far from the madding Fifa crowds in the jungle outside Manaus the locals are despondent – they have an expensive stadium they don’t need but haven’t been invited to their own World Cup”
How Do People Not Believe in Climate Change, and How Can I Become One of Them? – “Co-host of Fox News’ The Five Eric Bolling recently said that on Earth Day he purposely “cranks up the air conditioning and opens all the windows” in his house, just to spite the environmentalists.”
#Grieving – “NPR’s Scott Simon on why we live-tweet our personal tragedies”
Activists Are Planting Weed in Public All over the UK – “The most recent action to come out of the UKCSC camp is an initiative called Feed the Birds, which basically involves people up and down the country planting cannabis seeds in public places in the hope that it will open a dialogue about Britain’s current marijuana laws.”
‘Selling Out’ Is Meaningless – “It makes me grouchy when adults gripe about teens’ practice without taking into account all of the ways in which we’ve forced them into the corners that they’re trying to navigate. There’s good reason to be critical of how commercialized American society has become, but I don’t think that we should place the blame on the backs of teenagers who are just trying to find their way. If we don’t like what we see when we watch teenagers, it’s time to look in the mirror. We’ve created this commercially oriented society. Teens are just trying to figure out how to live in it.”
HUNGER KING – The line starts here. – “HUNGER KING shows how inequally people are treated in Hungary, and not only in Hungary. A fast food restaurant HUNGER KING fights against the anti-homeless acts of the Hungarian government. JOIN THIS FIGHT!”
antonio scarponi combines urban farming with industrial rooftops – “architect antonio scarponi has noticed that large, flat, homogeneous, and unused mechanical rooftops offer great possibilities to install urban farms and provide food within the city.”