One of America’s Most Famous Architects Was a Nazi Propagandist

Philip Johnson.2002.FILARDOThat would be Philip Johnson, who once said “[t]he people with money to build today are corporations – they are our popes and Medicis.” Matt Novak details Johnson’s fascist beliefs, his Nazi sympathizing and hatred for Jews, whom he described as “a different breed of humanity, flitting about like locusts,” at Gizmodo:

American architect Philip Johnson designed some of the most iconic buildings of the 20th century. Johnson, who died in 2005, has long been hailed as one of the greats. But there’s one fact about the man that many people in the architecture community don’t like to talk about: Johnson was a fascist who openly supported Adolf Hitler and the Nazis for nearly a decade.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World’s Fair opening, so special attention is being paid to one of Johnson’s most beloved buildings: the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows.

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Phone Calls Force Police Department to Drop Charges

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In this video Carlos Miller of Photography is Not a Crime tells an interesting story about being threatened by the Boston Police Department. Carlos was being threatened with felony witness intimidation for posting a the Police Department’s public phone number. The PINAC readership decided to relentlessly call the Boston PD until all charges against the journalist were dropped. Stand up to government bullies and together we have the power.… Read the rest

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Artificial Intelligence and Surveillance Will Inevitably Connect

Pic: Quevaal (CC)

Pic: Quevaal (CC)

 The Atlantic‘s Alexis C. Madrigal has assembled five links that indicate artificial intelligence and surveillance will evolve hand in hand.

1. Surveillance by artificial intelligence… how else did we think law enforcement would process all that video footage?

“Artificial intelligence is already in use across surveillance networks around the world. At high security sites like prisons, nuclear facilities or government agencies, it’s commonplace for security systems to set up a number of rules-based alerts for their video analytics. So if an object on the screen (a person, or a car, for instance) crosses a designated part of the scene, an alert is passed on to the human operator. The operator surveys the footage, and works out if further action needs to be taken… BRS Labs’ AISight is different because it doesn’t rely on a human programmer to tell it what behaviour is suspicious. It learns that all by itself.”

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Charming Vintage Soviet Animation of Ray Bradbury Stories

Via Open Culture:

Sergei Bondarchuk directed an 8-hour film adaptation of War and Peace (1966-67), which ended up winning an Oscar for Best Foreign Picture. When he was in Los Angeles as a guest of honor at a party, Hollywood royalty like John Wayne, John Ford, Billy Wilder lined up to meet the Russian filmmaker. But the only person that Bondarchuk was truly excited to meet was Ray Bradbury. Bondarchuk introduced the author to the crowd of bemused A-listers as “your greatest genius, your greatest writer!”

Ray Bradbury spent a lifetime crafting stories about robots, Martians, space travel and nuclear doom and, in the process, turned the formerly disreputable genre of Sci-Fi/Fantasy into something respectable. He influenced legions of writers and filmmakers on both sides of the Atlantic from Stephen King to Neil Gaiman to Francois Truffaut, who adapted his most famous novel, Fahrenheit 451, into a movie.

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Making the Rounds With Your Friendly Neighborhood Drug Dealer

PIC: DEA (PD)

PIC: DEA (PD)

The Atlantic’s Roy Klabin accompanies drug dealer Carlo on his rounds. (A drug dealer is a person in your neighborhood… in your neighborhood…)

Via The Atlantic:

During the evenings I spent accompanying Carlo on his rounds, I learned that his customer base included people of all walks of life. Within one four-hour period, I saw Carlo cater to NYU students, lawyers, artists, bankers, and a college professor—all ordering drugs to their apartments as casually as if it were Chinese food.

“This isn’t something I can do forever,” Carlo told me. “People always get caught. Someone gets jealous, your phone gets tapped, someone snitches, or you get stupid and sell something in the wrong place.” As we spoke, his phone vibrated constantly; he responded to each text, scheduling his evening ahead.

Carlo has been dealing for almost 15 years. He sells marijuana, cocaine, ketamine, and magic mushrooms, but his most-prized asset is his connection to a Canadian MDMA distributor.

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Sri Lanka Deports Tourist Over Buddha Tattoo

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PIC: DOD (PD)

A British tourist got into a little hot water with Sri Lankan authorities over her Buddha tattoo:

Via The Independent:

A British tourist is to be deported from Sri Lanka, after she was arrested at Bandaranaike International Airport in the capital Colombo for having a tattoo of Buddha on her arm.

Naomi Michelle Coleman had arrived at the airport from India, and was detained when the tattoo of a Buddha seated on a lotus flower was spotted on her right arm, according to Sri Lankan police officials.

After her arrest Coleman, appeared before a magistrate who ordered her deportation, which will take place “very soon…tomorrow or the day after tomorrow,” a police spokesman said.

He added that the 37-year-old was arrested for “hurting others’ religious feelings”.

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Earth Liberation Front Activist Sentenced to Read Malcom Gladwell Book In Prison

Pic: Rebecca Rubin (PD)

Pic: Rebecca Rubin (PD)

Eco-activist/terrorist/[your preference here] Rebecca Rubin has been sentenced to five years in prison for her role in a series of firebombings. It’s the minimum sentence under federal guidelines, but don’t think Rebecca got off that easy: She’ll have to read David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell:

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.

Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland’s Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms—all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.

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NSA Targeted Barack Obama Before He Became A Senator

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In this video Luke Rudkowski speaks with NSA Whistleblower Russ Tice. Is Barack Obama being blackmailed? WeAreChange learns that Barack Obama was targeted & heavily spied on before he even became a Senator. Russ Tice discusses the fact that journalists have been compromising whistleblowers. Russ Tice was once ridiculed and mocked for revealing NSA mass surveillance program, thanks to Edward Snowden, Tice now gets the last laugh.… Read the rest

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