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Mar 02, 2010

From the Land of the Poppies

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Because American troops don't trust the Afghan police farther than they can throw them (1, 2, 3) and because the Afghan cops are notorious for drug abuse and other nefarious behavior, I found this photo almost hilarious. It's part of a propaganda photo-op showing US soldiers teaching Afghan police (no, not how to shoot up, but) how to administer EMT techniques.

It's a shame Afghanistan has to compete so hard with other disasters like the Haiti and Chile earthquakes because the surge pictures get better every day.

(photo: Majid Saeedi/Getty Images. caption: U.S. Army soldiers lead a medical training exercise for Afghan National Police (ANP) officers March 2, 2010 in Herat, Afghanistan. The ANP force currently has about 94,000 members and is under a complete rehabilitation by U.S. and NATO military. )

On the Ground in Chile: A Civilian's View

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It's curious to see where the public goes in documenting the massive earthquake in Chile -- in contrast to the newswire's narrow preoccupation with damage, looting, security, damage, security and damage. A friend of BNN, Peter Hollander, writes of this reader-contributed photo to the NYT:

Liberty, freedom, destruction, gender, sex, aggression ("The Scream"), petrol... could go on and on. The End Times must be nigh.

Reader photos from Chile/NYT

(photo: Claudia Retamal via NYT. Talca, Chile)

Sen. Bunning's Three Strikes: Party of "No," Privilege and Mean

There are several frames in the Bunning FU/"the hell with unemployment benefits" video that set back the GOP weeks, if not months.


1. Sorry -- private club.

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Mar 01, 2010

Cracking Up

Giant Iceberg Headed for Trouble

The consequences of the Copenhagen climate talks going to pieces? Be afraid. Be very afraid.

(photo: Neal Young, Commonwealth of Australia via National Geographic)

Reuters Calling People Crooks Over ... Toilet Paper??

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First NOLA, then Haiti, now Chile. What I want to know is....

How many times must we suffer through this same kind of character assassination by the media in criminalizing behavior that, under catastrophic circumstances, is normal and expectable.  If this photograph showed Chilean citizens running from a store with boxes of brand new large screen TV's -- especially given widespread power outages -- that'd be one thing. But really!

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Feb 28, 2010

Afghanistan: Passing Snapshot of a Down and Dirty War

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What is wrong with the Afghan coverage this week -- if you're trying to make sense of the pictures -- is 1.) fragmentation and 2.) inanity.

While the media sphere is giving inordinate attention to the triumphant images of US troops clearing out Marjah in Helmand Province, the news wires also document a pounding theTaliban delivered to tourist hotels in Kabul. When you net it out, the surge starts to look more like whack-a-mole.

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Feb 27, 2010

Where Scott Brown is Coming From...

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I give up. From the bedtime prayers of the Circulation Manager? From an editor yet to be convinced the Tea Party is a movement?

By the way, notice how the moderate is framed as mostly monochrome in spite of GOP red all around. This GQ-style cover also makes me wonder how much Brown can successfully repel right wing pressure and carve out a more middle-ground, independent role just by virtue of his sex appeal.

NYT profile here .

(photo: Michele Asselin for The New York Times)

Feb 26, 2010

Blind Faith

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I was interested in this shot of Simon Brown who, according to the AP caption, was blinded by sniper fire while serving in Basra, Iraq, in 2006.

It seems to me Simon was blinded earlier than that, though, entrusting his welfare to the British state in the name of a threat that was, and ultimately proved, invisible.

(photo: Peter Byrne/A.P. caption: Simon Brown, 31, who was blinded by sniper fire whilst serving in Basra, Iraq, in 2006, wears a Union flag in his left eye socket during a visit by Britain's Prince William to St Dunstan's, a specialist centre for blind ex-Servicemen and women, in Llandudno, North Wales, Monday Feb. 22, 2010.)

Feb 25, 2010

To Your Health

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Obama offered his customary across-the-aisle gestures after marching up to the Blair House without a winter coat. Boehner was ready with his familiar prop, the foot-high stack of health care legislation documents, supposedly demonstrating the Dem plan is "too complicated." The over-caffeinated McCain had his Irish up.

With the sound off, the overly-hyped health care talking point summit only demonstrated that the Repubs, realizing the Prez has been scoring points off their hostility and oppositionality, learned to mostly confine the snickering to the breaks.

(photo: Shawn Thew/Getty Images. caption: U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) (L) talks with U.S. Republican Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) before a bipartisan meeting to discuss health reform legislation with congressional members at the Blair House as Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary, listens February 25, 2010 in Washington, DC. Obama hosted the televised meeting to discuss the health care legislation before the congress.)

Feb 24, 2010

Between Main Street and the Beltway

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