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The oldest known photograph of a person, 1838 – a Parisian getting his shoes shined. It was taken in the middle of a busy street, but because the exposure time was over 10 minutes, the moving traffic wasn’t captured. Because the man stood still long enough to have his boots polished, he was captured in the daguerreotype. 


Life-wisdom, captured visually.

(via explore-blog)


“I need feminism because you can’t say vagina in the statehouse, but a 12-year-old boy thought it was okay to tell me ‘I want that pussy’ on the street.”

Nuns kicking ass, in full habit. 


Jan. 20, 1994: “Time Out From a Higher Calling,” read a title on this photograph alongside a story about a group of East Harlem nuns originally from France. Sister Marie Chantal, leaping, and Sister Marie Francesca worked out at the Tae Kwon Do Academy at 828 Ninth Avenue. “The fact that we know tae kwon do doesn’t change anything,” Mother Marie Martha, the group’s mother superior told David Gonzalez, the reporter. “It’s just a sport.”Photo: Jack Manning/The New York Times


No. 21 / Matt Chase


‘Bald Solman’ wishes you a great weekend.

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The ONA Issues Tumblr is your platform to define and explore the pressing issues in digital media and get a better fix on how they impact your work. Here are the top five posts from last week.

  • A recently released study from the Pew Research Center shows that for every $1…
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The President’s 2011 Tax Return

Elizabeth Shell highlighted some of the interesting bits in our second-annual infographic of the first family’s tax return. Here is 2010’s.

(via huffingtonpost)

US exceptionalism at play here: we’re in the ‘elite’ group of 20 countries that were still executing their citizens in 2011. 


The Death Penalty Around the World

Via the Guardian:

Methods of execution included beheading, electrocution, hanging, lethal injection and various kinds of shooting (by firing squad, and at close range to the heart or the head). No stonings were recorded in 2011, but public executions were known to have been carried out in Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Somalia.

The data comes from Amnesty International and is available for download at the Guardian. Amnesty’s 2011 Death Penalty Report is here.

Well put.


Republicans have morality upside down. Santorum, Gingrich, and even Romney are barnstorming across the land condemning gay marriage, abortion, out-of-wedlock births, access to contraception, and the wall separating church and state.

But America’s problem isn’t a breakdown in private morality….


Pew Study: Young Adults OK with Moving Back Home

Returning to the nest with mom and dad after college and even into the thirties is becoming increasingly more common, but also less stigmatized. Young adults who live with their folks are cheerful, upbeat even, about their choice. They even help out around the house.


Paul Solman: What would I be saying if I were wearing these?

Neil Blumenthal, co-founder, Warby Parker: These? You might be saying that you’re a hipster from Williamsburg.

All in a day’s work for economics correspondent Paul Solman, who reports on benefit corporations, or companies with a conscience, here.

Getting all those $1s must have taken some serious time…..


“You’re looking at all this money and you’re thinking ‘Wow, this is for one semester of school,” the out-of-state student told a Colorado news station about toting the cash to the bursar’s office in a duffel bag.

I love it. The cost of education is getting out of hand, especially considering the fact that there’s a lot of unemployed people out there with degrees. This is a great way to raise awareness.

Click here to read the full article.


“Messengers are big fixie aficionados, but more and more fixed-gear bikes are being ridden by nonmessengers, most conspicuously the kind of younger people to whom the term “hipster” applies and who emanate from certain neighborhoods in Brooklyn.”

- New York Times, 2007

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