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A bittersweet farewell to print; a difficult preference for me to justify due to papers media’s environmental costs. Also, a fond farewell to my last post in my July residency. It’s been wonderful and intense and it’s made me, a New York Times subscriber whose day could not start properly without a paper on the […]

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Ruling Upholds Gene Patent in Cancer Test From today’s New York Times Business section: “In a closely watched case, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday that genes can be patented…Critics say it is unethical to patent something that is part of the human body or the natural world. Some also say that the cost […]

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Who is Nafissatou Diallo Really? Today the New York Times ran an article about the maid in the Strauss-Kahn case deciding to go public with her identity and show her face in order to defend herself against claims (made most prominently by The New York Post) that she is a prostitute and perhaps try the […]

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House Republicans Try to Roll Back Environmental Rules From today’s New York Times Science Section: “With the nation’s attention diverted by the drama over the debt ceiling, Republicans in the House of Representatives are loading up an appropriations bill with 39 ways — and counting — to significantly curtail environmental regulation.” List to Date: Blocks […]

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Early Media Prophet Is Now Getting His Due From today’s New York Times Art Section: “Last week events in Europe, Washington and three Canadian cities honored the centennial of the birth of the man who is now widely credited as the world’s first media theorist and who introduced ideas like “the medium is the message” […]

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After Long Wait, Same-Sex Couples Marry in New York I think given the joy and festivity of the occasion I can be forgiven to celebrate the moment by creating some absolutely non-ironic clip-art style disco graphics. This day, long overdue, screams for bling. Tweet

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Amy Winehouse, British Soul Singer With a Troubled Life, Dies at 27 Subtitled: Through the Looking Glass Tweet

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At Least 80 Dead in Norway Shooting I started to build up the mass of an abstract representation of the island Utoya by painting over stencils of silhouettes of small bodies. The repetition became extreme and my hand got tired. I began to wonder how tired the trigger finger of the man who murdered over […]

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Under Fire, PMS-Related Milk Campaign Shut Down Early Today the New York Times reports that an ill-advised advertising campaign for milk was shut down early due to public outcry over what many see as the campaign’s misogynistic subtext. The advertising firm that launched the print ads and the associated website (all of the people interviewed […]

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Social media history becomes a new job hurdle From an article in today’s New York Times: “Possible employers may look at everything you’ve said or done online in the past seven years” Tweet

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Panel Recommends Mandatory Coverage for Contraception From the front page of today’s New York Times: “A leading medical advisory panel recommended on Tuesday that all insurers be required to cover contraceptives for women free of charge as one of several preventive services under the new health care law…But the recommendations immediately reignited debate over the […]

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The Hated and the Hater, Both Touched by Crime Today the New York Times interviewed Rais Bhuiyan, a Muslim man born in Pakistan who was the sole survivor of three men shot in a hate crime against perpetrated against Arabic-looking men by a man in Dallas who claims he was seeking retribution for 9/11. Mr. […]

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Today The Wall Street Journal caused quite an outcry with its editorial entitled News and Its Critics, an missive that stood in stark contrast to the advertisements that News Corp ran three days ago in most of the top UK papers which apologized for the hacking scandal and seemed to show at least properly calibrated […]

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Our poor, young, beloved cat Ollie suddenly became critically ill this weekend and was rushed to the vet with a fever over 106 degrees. We were told that usually means seizures, probable death, and at the very least lasting brain damage. He was loaded up with fluids, antibiotics, and steroids and after much agonizing we […]

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Sony Forced to Remove Illegal Sidewalk Ads (again). Yesterday’s New York Times reports that New York City has issued a reprimand for just under 10 illegal sidewalk ads. Letters are sent to businesses who use these guerilla advertising techniques requesting that all illegal decals, stencils, and other items be removed from city owned property, and […]

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A visual tally of all of the photographs of subjects deemed important enough to make it into today’s New York Times A section. Concept: Max Whitney. Layout/design: Max Whitney and Beth Whitney. Men- 73 Women-16 Baboons-2 Dog-1 Gas Jockey-1 Car-1 Children-3 Dying Trees-2 Website-1 Ghoul-1 Paintings of Important Men-2 Statement about the work from Max […]

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Utility Shelves Ambitious Plan to Limit Carbon Tweet

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G.O.P. Bid to Void Light Bulb Law Fails The incredible struggle for the freedom to waste as much energy as possible hit a roadblock today. The New York Times reported that a Republican bid to overturn lightbulb efficiency regulations that were signed into law in 2007 by then President George W. Bush as part of […]

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In Midwest, Flutters May Be Far Fewer In Midwest, Flutters May Be Far Fewer Today the New York Times cites a study by the journal Insect Conservation and Diversity that finds the Monarch butterfly population is dwindling, due in no small part to crops having been genetically engineered to withstand being sprayed with Monsato’s Roundup […]

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I spent today pondering how different my news consumption is depending on whether I’m flipping through the newspaper or browsing the same media source online. Paging through the traditional paper source means being exposed to articles and headlines I might not otherwise see if I’m clicking through webpages intent on hunting down specific information or […]

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News of the World printed their final edition today Tweet

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sub-Saharan Africa is not on track to meet the poverty-reduction target “Using the latest poverty data available, the report says, sub-Saharan Africa is not on track to meet the poverty-reduction target. In 2005, 51 per cent of its population lived in extreme poverty (living on less than $1.25 a day), down only seven points from […]

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“The cost is borne not just by taxpayers, but in the erosion of faith people have in those who protect and serve” Stories about steroid abuse and doping filled the pages of the national and local newspapers today. Between the Roger Clemens trial and coverage of the Tour de France most of the articles were […]

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News of The World Phone Hacking Scandal Given the Big News of the (Print) World, I decided to make a dot drawing of the puppet-master Rupert Murdoch in the WSJ hedcut style. News Corp stock shot up after the announcement that News of the World was shutting its doors this weekend. No doubt The Sun […]

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Firing Up Tobacco Sales-Without the Smoke “As cigarette smoking continues to decline in the U.S., Reynolds American Inc. Chief Executive Daniel Delen wants Americans to consider new ways to consume tobacco.” Tweet

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My 17 year old sister Alicia and I are holed up in a Ramada Inn today and I’ve surrounded her with a mountain of the newspapers I’ve been hoarding over the past few days. She gets most of her news online, but the print articles she’s been most interested in following are about the battle […]

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Today was the Fourth of July so I decided to restrict my paint palette to red white and blue. Given the recent and continuing military actions the United States has been involved in, I decided to mix the three colors into a purplish bruise. The fireworks imagery came from advertisements in The Portland Press Herald, […]

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Inspired by a New York Times photo by Nadia Shira Cohen The United States boat The Audacity of Hope, docked in Athens on Friday, tried to sail to Gaza as part of a protest flotilla. Greece turned the boat back. Greece Jails U.S. Captain in Gaza Flotilla A judge contended that the boat, The Audacity […]

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It’s July and I’m on a train heading toward a very short stay at a beach house in Maine for a family celebration. The environmental disasters of late, coupled with the inevitable increasing temperatures on the East Coast make me think the days of idyllic summers on the water are numbered. I wish I were […]

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The police and demonstrators clashed Wednesday in Athens during protests against austerity measures passed by Parliament. Markets rallied globally, but John Kolesidis’s front page photograph reminded me of tragic open water rescues, where rescuer and victim, in their panicked states, pull one another under the water and both perish. Government officials who are locked in […]

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