Tuesday, May 01, 2018

The Prodigal Tongue: Ottoman and Train Penetrates Turkey

K-n-o-w.” I love it because “no” is co-present. The auditory effect occurs simultaneously. “Know” contains the present moment and its own negation. What you can’t know now is also present in the way you sound it in English. Dickinson once said in a letter, “Don’t you know that ‘No’ is the wildest word we consign to Language?”

Iconic female archetypes remade as 21st-century women.
↩︎ It's Nice That Algorithms and the end of taste. Taste is a moral capacity, an ability to recognize truth and beauty. It was once a human quality. Now it's a digital product In code 11111110111 we trust 

The Last Of Istanbul’s Public Scribes

The arzuhalciler, petition writers or public scribes who set up shop in the streets, go back to the early years of the Ottoman Empire, composing and writing legal documents for citizens to submit to courts and government offices. There are still a very few of them left (despite the efforts of Turkey’s legal profession to get rid of them), and reporter Joshua Allen meets two of them.

‘Weird Catholic Twitter’ offers a reminder of Catholic complexity
Rome before trains in the era of Pope Gregory XVI. (Credit: Stock image.)
Cardinal George Pell has pledged to defend the remaining charges against him after a Melbourne magistrate dropped one-half of ...

Nextgov - April 25, 2018
Out of 50 top government information technology contractors, 49 aren’t completely securing their email systems against spoofing and phishing attacks, according to a study released Wednesday. Only one of those contractors, Engility, is rejecting spam and phishing emails that use its domains entirely. Another, Tetra Tech, is warning recipients those emails are questionable and possibly sending them to spam or quarantine folders, according to research from the Global Cyber Alliance, a cybersecurity advocacy organization. Because contractors exchange frequent emails with federal employees, the lack of protection for contractor emails makes government more vulnerable to phishing attacks from nation-state and criminal hackers.

Status threat, not economic hardship, explains the 2016 presidential vote. Diana C. Mutz. PNAS April 23, 2018. 201718155; published ahead of print April 23, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1718155115. Edited by Jennifer A. Richeson, Yale University, New Haven, CT, and approved March 26, 2018 (received for review October 16, 2017)
“Support for Donald J. Trump in the 2016 election was widely attributed to citizens who were “left behind” economically. These claims were based on the strong cross-sectional relationship between Trump support and lacking a college education.

Kendrick Lamar became the first rapper to win a Pulitzer for his album DAMN., and we can’t help but cheer for the amazing journalists like Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah(who won for this piece) and the reporters who helped bring down Harvey Weinstein.
PICTURE THE CAREFREE SWAGGER of a teenage white boy, shirtless and smooth, swinging himself into a pristine tree-lined body of water from a rope as if there were no history, no context, no world. Instead, simply the body and the self it manages, flying gracefully with no net, nothing to carry that body to safety but its own faith that nothing will squash it down. 

How a Genealogy Site Led to the Front Door of the Golden State Killer Suspect New York Times

Man swallowed by gap in escalators at Turkish train station

Why were we at war with Turkey?


Centennial Park: a dramatic past and present


News release: “Data-Smart City Solutions, a program of Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, today launched a searchable public database comprising cutting-edge examples of public sector data use. The “Solutions Search” indexes interactive maps and visualizations, spanning civic issue areas such as transportation, public health, and housing, that are helping data innovators more accurately understand and illustrate challenges, leading to optimized solutions. The new user-friendly public database includes 200 data-driven models for civic technologists, community organizations, and government employees. “By showcasing successful data-driven initiatives from across the country, we have the opportunity to help city leaders learn from each other and avoid reinventing the wheel,” noted Stephen Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and faculty director of the Innovations in Government Program at the Ash Center, who also leads the Civic Analytics Network, a national network of municipal chief data officers. This new Harvard database spans city, county, state, and federal levels, and features a wide variety of interventions and initiatives, including maps, data visualizations, and dashboards. Examples include the California Report Card and GradeDC.gov, dashboards that measure community health – and run on citizen input, allowing residents to rank various city services and agencies. Users can also find Redlining Louisville: The History of Race, Class, and Real Estate, a visualization that explores the impact of disinvestment in Louisville neighborhoods…”

WHCA RECAP: Let's get this over with. First, here's Michelle Wolf's speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner, annotated. Wolf dished on both Republicans and Democrats — and the media, telling them Trump “has helped you sell your papers and your books and your TV. You helped create this monster and now you are profiting from him.” Others said the whole idea of cozying up to the people you cover in an administration that is encouraging America to distrust the media is repulsive. Asked CJR's Kyle Pope: "Can we finally all agree to put an end to this thing?”

TRUMP, OF COURSE: The president, who staged a rally in Michigan rather than attend, called the WHCA "an embarrassment."  Margaret Talev, the WCHA president, criticized comedian Michelle Wolf's monologue as "not in the spirit" of unity. Molly Roberts wrote in the Post that Wolf "got it just right."

PURGE: The political site RedState, which had gained attention for its independence among conservative media, has fired most of its staff, including all writers who had criticized President Trump. "Those insufficiently loyal to the President were fired," RedState founder and former editor Erick Erickson wrote. He offered to take fired staffers in on stipends at his current site, Maven.net, which he describes as focused “on a resurgent conservatism not tied to cults of personality.”

Amazon has denied allegations it penalises staff for toilet breaks or absence due to illness, after an author who worked undercover as an Amazon warehouse picker claimed UK workers "peed in bottles" for fear of taking breaks

“Hollywood is corrupting the language,” sniffed the Telegraph. But British culture doesn't need saving from the Americans. English is thriving, and all the better for its new  imports  

The artist the public loved and the critics loved to hate. Who but Leonard Bernstein would begin a New York Philharmonic performance by singing the Kinks? Kinky Martians  

The field of complexity science tackles questions like: Why are there 10,000 species of birds, but only 5,000 species of mammals? A key insight: Scale matters Size Matters 

CASHING IN ON INSTAGRAM: Real people turning over their account to bots for dollars. BuzzFeed’s Alex Kantrowitz has the scoop

LIVING WITH GRAMPS: Multigenerational families living together is on the rise, with more than 1 in 5 Americans doing so. That’s among seven recent demographic findings put together by Pew Research. By Anthony Cilluffo and D’Vera Cohn, who has the great twitter handle @allthingscensus 

Reflections on Trying to Get Published: Writer Thomas Swick recalls his path to publication that included several rejection letters, and worse, silence.

A Guide to Lending Books to Friends: Librarians from around the U.S. offer tips on how to keep your friends, and your books, close

We sparkled like mica in granite

Maybe because I feel twenty again, maybe because I'm in love, maybe because we are old, maybe because I hear music ringing, I'm so happy to have discovered this poem.

It's not that the old are wise
But that we thirst for the wisdom

we had at twenty
when we understood everything

when our brains bubbled
with tingling insights

percolating up from
our brilliant genitals

when our music rang like a global siege
shooting down all the lies in the world

oh then we knew the truth
then we sparkled like mica in granite

and now we stand on the shore
of an ocean that rises and rises

but is too salt to drink

— Alicia Ostriker
Our brilliant genitals! We're sparkling!