FEMA leaves many Sandy victims languishing - U.S. News
Despite assessments like Casale's, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, widely vilified for its response after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, has mostly avoided a similar public relations disaster in the wake of Sandy. FEMA officials say that’s at least partly due to the Rapid Repairs program, aimed at getting victims back home quickly so they can focus on rebuilding.

The program, which provides free utility repairs and replacement equipment like water heaters and boilers to qualified homeowners, has restored services to more than 11,800 residences in New York City, officials say. Work is under way on about 1,900 more dwellings.

Two neighboring New York counties and two New Jersey communities are also running the same program, which they call STEP (Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power).
sandy  network-politics 
4 hours ago
[Harper's Index] | May 2014 | Harper's Magazine
Percentage change in the Facebook activity of a newly single person on the day he or she is dumped : +225
14 hours ago
I’m angry because I’m afraid. | Ellen's Blog
Every time I tweet gender, I go back through to make sure all the people who are “important” to me still follow me. (Hint: people with power over me. Heads of Product at interesting companies. VCs. I’m not too afraid that my friends are going to stop following me.)
gender  tech 
19 hours ago
Trapped in the wrong body | a gentleman and a scholar
Because I am trapped in the wrong body – constantly, consistently – but by society, not nature. It’s being looked at and appraised by eyes that consider me solely through the light of their own experience. It’s being physically examined by doctors who map the meanings of their labels onto me without my consent. It’s acquaintances, colleagues, strangers, carving me up and dividing me out and presenting myself back to myself as lacking, and in need of their interpretation. This is how I’m not trans enough. This is how I’ll never be masculine enough. This - my voice – is too feminine – these – my eyes, my lips, my chin – can only ever be those of a woman.
gender  trans 
19 hours ago
Female in Gaza - NYTimes.com
At night the drones lull you to sleep. If you stand on the beach and look north you can see lights coming from land that you will never be able to touch. Demarcation and surveillance define your existence. Families are tight, and watchful. In a place as small as Gaza it is impossible to be truly free, many women say.

All eyes and everyone you know is monitoring you — your brothers, cousins and neighbors. “I wish I could leave, even for one day, so I can go to a place where no one knows me,” whispered Doaa Abu Abdo, a 27-year-old production assistant.
israel  surveillance 
2 days ago
The Henry James of Harlem: James Baldwin's struggles | Books | theguardian.com
"Shakespeare, Bach, Rembrandt, to the stones of Paris, to the cathedral of Chartres, and to the Empire State Building... These were not really my creations; they did not contain my history; I might search in vain for ever for any reflection of myself. I was an interloper; this was not my heritage. At the same time I had no other heritage which I could possibly hope to use - I had certainly been unfitted for the jungle and the tribe. I would have to appropriate those white centuries, I would have to make them mine."
2 days ago
Daniel Bejar - "Operation Guest (Pool #1)"
In December 2011 I learned from a Google Alert that the Mexican
Government had disrupted a plot they dubbed "Operation Guest" to smuggle
Saadi Gaddafi, the son of the late Col. Muammar Gaddafi, from Niger, Africa
to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, MX under the assumed name Daniel Bejar
Hanan. Investigators also discovered false passports and birth certificates
with the surname Bejar for Saadi, his wife, and two children. Saadi was to
assume the name Daniel Bejar Hanan; coincidentally my name is Daniel
Bejar, and we also share a similar likeness.
identity  google  names  artist 
2 days ago
The FULL Explanation as to WHY Lying Addicts Lie : Compulsive Lying Forum - Psych forums
That said, lying addicts in recovery have found that once they stop lying and are asked what they want to do, they are often unable to say. Having spent all their lives doing what everyone else wanted them to do and being whoever everyone else wanted them to be, they had no idea what their desires, likes and dislikes even are.
2 days ago
College students protest debt on Trillion Dollar Day | Reuters
the image of the kids with what they owe around their necks
debt  students 
3 days ago
My wife was murdered by a 'monster' – but most perpetrators of violence are normal men | Tom Meagher | Comment is free | theguardian.com
What would make this tragedy even more tragic would be if we were to separate what happened to Jill from cases of violence against women where the victim knew, had a sexual past with, talked to the perpetrator in a bar, or went home with him. It would be tragic if we did not recognise that Bayley’s previous crimes were against prostitutes, and that the social normalisation of violence against a woman of a certain profession and our inability to deal with or talk about these issues, socially and legally, resulted in untold horror for those victims, and led to the brutal murder of my wife.
rape  sexism  power 
3 days ago
John Hulsey
Then, sinister events start to occur. A constable arrives, delivering a 72-hour eviction notice. Someone hurls a pile of bank documents into the air. A woman watches as a moving crew forcibly evicts her from her home.

72 Hours is an ongoing series of site-specific interventions that combines video projection with direct action to address the lived experience of foreclosure.
foreclosure  activism  art 
3 days ago
A Way of Tracking Deer Helps the Police Follow Their Prey in the Subway - NYTimes.com
For a foot of copper, which can weight eight pounds, the thieves can get upward of $24, the police said.
3 days ago
Why the “carry letter”? | In Transit: Embodied Differences
A “carry letter” serves to protect a transgender person from harassment by any individual or entity, especially airport security, government agencies, law enforcement officers — anywhere IDs may be required and where a mismatch between the ID and the person would raise an eyebrow. The letter is usually written by a clinical psychologist.

Luckily, I have never been harassed and never had to use the letter, but in an ideal world no one should have to feel dehumanized by having to carry such a permit simply to live. No one should live in fear.

Usually, this kind of letter has language to explain the condition and what gender transition entails.
trans  documentation  identity  papernet 
4 days ago
Attacking the Stream | Dissent Magazine
Does it matter that our spaces of communication are operated by mega-corporations and tracked constantly by the government? It may seem naive to talk about tech after 2013 without talking about the NSA. But for those of us in marginalized communities, surveillance is a part of life that we have long been accustomed to. We know we are being watched and measured. Unlike many who bemoan a more innocent era of tech, we have come to accept those conditions because they were practiced on us first. So rather than falling into a fight or flight mentality, we find the cracks in the infrastructure and break through them.
race  surveillance 
5 days ago
Chelsea Manning’s New Lawyers Will Challenge ‘Frightening’ Espionage Act Charges on Appeal | The Dissenter
Hollander drew attention to the over-classification of what the government calls “national security information,” even noting that at Guantanamo Bay prisoners’ “thoughts, perceptions and observations” (including of their own torture) have been classified by the governmen

“This kind of over-classification is wrong. It’s illegal. It’s a violation of the executive order that creates classified information. The government cannot classify information solely to prevent embarrassment to itself. That’s right in the executive order and that’s exactly what it is doing more and more.”
overclassification  manning  gitmo 
7 days ago
Taiwan’s Sunflower Protests: A Q&A with Shelley Rigger | Dissent Magazine
I think it’s extraordinary that this is still going on, and it illustrates the degree to which Taiwanese politicians give deference to student movements. Students are a privileged group in politics—they are assumed to be pure, not motivated by personal gain or ambition. The fact that this crisis has dragged on three weeks might be surprising to people in other countries, where protesters routinely get hauled away after a few hours, but in Taiwan, even people who don’t agree with their goals can admire their conviction..Taiwan is not that different from other postindustrial democracies. It is suffering from widening income inequality, slow growth, wage stagnation, unemployment, inflated housing prices—all the problems we see in the United States, Europe, Japan. The difference is that it’s very easy for Taiwanese to view these problems as consequences of their dependence on the Chinese economy.
taiwan  activism  china 
8 days ago
Inquirer's Saffron, critic of the built environment, wins Pulitzer
Saffron's "Changing Skyline" column has been a popular feature in The Inquirer since 1999. Pushing beyond the usual boundaries of architectural criticism, her columns focus on the buildings and public spaces that Philadelphians encounter in their daily lives.
architecture  writers 
8 days ago
Google, once disdainful of lobbying, now a master of Washington influence - The Washington Post
What the guests had not been told was that the day-long academic conference was in large part the work of Google, which maneuvered behind the scenes with GMU’s Law & Economics Center to put on the event. At the time, the company was under FTC investigation over concerns about the dominance of its famed search engine, a case that threatened Google’s core business.
google  institutions  politics  sponsorship 
8 days ago
Did NSA-Style Snooping Blind the FBI to Boston's Bombers? | Vocativ
Millions of people are listed in government databases as potential terrorist threats,” says Crockford. “The FBI has the legal authority to approach anyone for an interview, at any time. Tamerlan’s case confirms what we have long suspected: The databases are so large that they are practically useless. When everyone is a suspect, no one is a suspect.”

“The FBI, originally, was an investigative agency,”
fbi  surveillance  too-much-hay 
8 days ago
The Call of Things: Jane Bennett Talks About Hoarders at the Vera List Center - WNYC
Her talk examined the idea that hoarders (as portrayed on the A&E reality show “Hoarders”) might be viewed not within the framework of socio-pathology, but as “people who are preternaturally attuned to things.” From this platform, Bennett went on to examine and classify the intrinsic power of inanimate objects, while avoiding the idea of animism.
objects  materiality 
8 days ago
Jane Bennett - Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things
In Vibrant Matter the political theorist Jane Bennett, renowned for her work on nature, ethics, and affect, shifts her focus from the human experience of things to things themselves. Bennett argues that political theory needs to do a better job of recognizing the active participation of nonhuman forces in events. Toward that end, she theorizes a “vital materiality” that runs through and across bodies, both human and nonhuman. Bennett explores how political analyses of public events might change were we to acknowledge that agency always emerges as the effect of ad hoc configurations of human and nonhuman forces. She suggests that recognizing that agency is distributed this way, and is not solely the province of humans, might spur the cultivation of a more responsible, ecologically sound politics: a politics less devoted to blaming and condemning individuals than to discerning the web of forces affecting situations and events.
8 days ago
Britain didn't understand the enemy in Helmand - Telegraph
According to the “insurgency narrative” widely espoused by Western governments, a legitimate Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA), which is recognised and supported by the international community, is violently opposed by a movement of insurgents, called the Taliban, who have sanctuary in Quetta, Pakistan...Today, much of the violence is mischaracterised as “Taliban” insurgent violence, when in fact it is not linked to the Taliban or the GIRoA, but is driven by local dynamics between groups and individuals on the ground
strategy  Afghanistan  pakistan  uk 
9 days ago
Bruce Schneier on Surveillance at Source Boston keynote | Threatpost | The first stop for security news
“Surveillance is the business model of the Internet,” Schneier said. “We build systems that spy on people in exchange for services.”
9 days ago
Hackers Lurking in Vents and Soda Machines - NYTimes.com
Unable to breach the computer network at a big oil company, hackers infected with malware the online menu of a Chinese restaurant that was popular with employees. When the workers browsed the menu, they inadvertently downloaded code that gave the attackers a foothold in the business’s vast computer network.
security  countermeasures 
9 days ago
That’s exactly what we wanted — for Asian American feminists, womxn of color, and typically oppressed voices to seize the opportunity to tell their own stories and be their own heroes. But still, as someone who was part of it from the beginning and facilitated the conversation and did my best to push for it to trend, the following erasure of my contributions hurt. I think that now is a good time as any to talk about the aftermath and media circus following #NYAS.
9 days ago
Frieze Magazine | Archive | Iconoclash
Laric believes – like Price, and as Marcel Broodthaers is quoted as saying at the beginning of the ‘Dispersion’ essay – that ‘artistic activity occurs, first of all, in the field of distribution’...The paradoxes of collective authorship also draw Laric toward religious objects, as well as memes, whose communal authors are anonymous: both are acheiropoieta, or ‘made without hands’, as Laric points out, using the theological term for icons which are said to have originated without human intervention. ‘Long before the hammer strikes them, religious images are already self-defacing,’ wrote art historian Joseph Koerner, who also provided Laric with the words for the sweeping iconoclastic scene with which the 2010 Versions film begins.
art  images  artist  internet 
11 days ago
Before the Holocaust: Nixon's War
Yet despite the months of airstrikes, the bombings did little to curb NVA activities. On the contrary, communist forces crept further and further into Cambodia. The US bombers followed suit. Significant populations of Cambodian peasants were now at risk, though no one knows how many of them were killed during the campaign. And the Khmer Rouge, previously a weak guerrilla force run by disenfranchised leftist politicians, grew in the wake of the bombings, as each attack on Cambodian land legitimized their virulent hatred of Sihanouk. They would still need more fighters and weapons if they ever wanted to rule Cambodia, but at least the bombings reinforced the Khmer Rouge's taste for violence. The war in Cambodia was escalating, spiraling out of control. Sihanouk, whose greatest evidence of his mandate from heaven was that he had kept his people out of the war, no longer had the right to that claim. His days were numbered.
vietnam  cambodia 
11 days ago
Cosmetic eye surgery costs only $3 in North Korea, but it’s punished with forced labor
Plastic surgery is illegal there, considered an ideologically subversive form of individual and class self-expression. But it's still highly sought-after and, Yoon says, costs the equivalent of just $2 to $3. That's no small sum in North Korea, one of the world's poorest countries, but it's still remarkably cheap...Anyone suspected of having artificially widened her eyelids would be made to do punitive labor, to "donate" costly building materials such as concrete or at the very least to write a formal apology,
harrison-bergerson  north-korea 
11 days ago
Masanjia Labor Camp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Falun Gong and members of underground Christian churches made up the bulk of the inmates; there were also prostitutes, drug addicts, and petitioners who had been more persistent than was tolerable to local authorities. Former inmates described forced labor and abuse with recalcitrant Falun Gong members targeted for extensive and sustained abuse.
torture  china 
11 days ago
Twitter / JamesDresnok: Although imported cell phones ...
Although imported cell phones are not permitted in DPRK, iPads are unofficially permitted, even if they use cellular technology!
11 days ago
American Jihadist Who Fought in Syria Dies of an Overdose in Arizona - The Daily Beast
“If this guy’s telling the truth, there’s an interesting question as to why we’re prosecuting him. He seems to be fighting on the U.S. side, but with the wrong people.”
syria  military  terrorism 
11 days ago
No, Kim Jong Un probably didn’t feed his uncle to 120 hungry dogs
A friend who's covered North Korea for several years and has visited the country, Isaac Stone Fish, now of Foreign Policy, once joked to me that as an American journalist you can write almost anything you want about North Korea and people will just accept it. Call it the Stone Fish Theory of North Korea coverage. We know so little about what really happens inside the country, and especially inside the leader's head, that very little is disprovable. But the things we do know are often so bizarre that just about anything can seem possible.
fake  traffic  internet-of-dreams  media  north-korea 
11 days ago
Twitter / dennisrodman: I'm calling on the Supreme ...
I'm calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea or as I call him "Kim", to do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose.
13 days ago
Today Breaking NEWS - YouTube
like that weird cartoon service

13 days ago
Call climate change what it is: violence | Rebecca Solnit | Comment is free | theguardian.com
The message is that ordinary people will behave badly in an era of intensified climate change.

All this makes sense, unless you go back to the premise and note that climate change is itself violence. Extreme, horrific, longterm, widespread violence.
climate-change  environment  violence 
13 days ago
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