"Privacy advocates are expected to propose the creation of a do-not-track list, a sort of internet version of the Do Not Call Registry, at a news conference tomorrow.
In addition to the list, the proposal calls for a requirement that advertisers, as part of their online ads, instantaneously disclose details of what they intend to track. According to a media alert announcing the news conference, the groups behind the proposal include the Center for Democracy and Technology, Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of America and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, among others." ... "Typically, advertisers and online media sellers use web cookies to track and maintain information about online consumers. A cookie might be used to figure out what's in a user's shopping cart on a retail website or to record a user's login for a particular site so that user doesn't have to re-enter a login name and password every time they revisit the site. Cookies can also be used to track surfing behavior and offer up ads based on a user's surfing history."
So I was down in DC this past weekend and happened to run into a well-connected media person, who told me flatly, unequivocally that "everyone knows" The LA Times was sitting on a story, all wrapped up and ready to go about what is a potentially devastating sexual scandal involving a leading Presidential candidate. "Everyone knows" meaning everyone in the DC mainstream media political reporting world. "Sitting on it" because the paper couldn’t decide the complex ethics of whether and when to run it. The way I heard it they’d had it for a while but don’t know what to do. The person who told me )not an LAT person) knows I write and didn’t say "don’t write about this".
Distinguishing Association from Causation:A Background for Journalists
"The purpose of this report is to provide insight into how to use the methods of science itself to help distinguish association from causation. The report will address such questions as
What kinds of studies provide evidence for causation?
What criteria can be used to assess whether an association is causal?
What kinds of factors other than a causal relationship might be responsible for an association between an exposure and a health effect?
To address these complex issues, it is necessary to understand the different types of studies that may link a factor with a health effect and the methods, such as statistical analysis and peer review, that scientists use to judge the validity of a new research finding."
Salto readers should be familiar with the adage about skirt length and the economy. Now, this little monster finds the connection dubious but has been happy with the tendency for ladies to show more leg over the last decade. However, a dangerous countercurrent has infiltrated women's fashion completely mooting the titillative effects of high hemlines. Hipsters are currently dealing with the popularity of the hippy aesthetic and long for the "barely there" outfits from the electroclash days. This is a subject for drab rags like Vice. The corrective fashion I refer to is the "dress over jeans" style. This was a popular fad for early 90s Sub Pop girls who have since gone through ringers and grad school and settled on J Crew. However, the style is being copped more generally these days, even percolating up to A-listers.
There are two big issues with this style. First, it's completely unappealing. There is nothing worse that than seeing a dress, and having your eyes wander down only to be presented with a pair of pantsed legs than bare skin. In terms of sexual efficiency, this is clearly a losing battle too because one of the brilliant features of the dress is the ease of entry, allowing quick and undetectable intercourse.
The second issue with "dress over jeans" is aesthetic. There is a wine glass motif suggested by dresses. A woman's upper body becomes an exquisite bowl supported gracefully by her legs as stems. Pulling on a pair of jeans is equivalent to putting a beer cozy over a wine glass.
The third issue with "dress over jeans" deals with personality. Throwing jeans over your legs suggests that you are hiding something about your legs and you're too insecure to show them off. This is almost certainly untrue but likely to be an interpretation of the style.
Don't get me wrong. Jeans and pants alone are great. However, the combination with dresses bites.
I'll throw the same criticism at "skirt over leggings". I've actually seen this puled off well though. Usually if the leggings stop before the shoes or if there are socks/boots worn up to the calves.
And "short-shorts over leggings" is just wrong.
Now, I've heard the year-round dress argument; ie, "'dress over jeans' allows a woman to wear dresses in the fall and winter". I don't buy this because part of the changing of seasons is the changing of women's fashion. There's plenty of great winter fashion. Seeing women in dresses is a lovely sign of spring.
But I could be way wrong on this. Could someone—preferably a lady—please explain this to me in comments.
Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld fled France today fearing arrest over charges of "ordering and authorizing" torture of detainees at both the American-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the US military’s detainment facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, unconfirmed reports coming from Paris suggest.
US embassy officials whisked Rumsfeld away yesterday from a breakfast meeting in Paris organized by the Foreign Policy magazine after human rights groups filed a criminal complaint against the man who spearheaded President George W. Bush's "war on terror" for six years.
Under international law, authorities in France are obliged to open an investigation when a complaint is made while the alleged torturer is on French soil.
According to activists in France, who greeted Rumsfeld shouting "murderer" and "war criminal" at the breakfast meeting venue, US embassy officials remained tight-lipped about the former defense secretary's whereabouts citing "security reasons."
Anti-torture protesters in France believe that the defense secretary fled over the open border to Germany, where a war crimes case against Rumsfeld was dismissed by a federal court. But activist point out that under the Schengen agreement that ended border checkpoints across a large part of the European Union, French law enforcement agents are allowed to cross the border into Germany in pursuit of a fleeing fugitive.
"Rumsfeld must be feeling how Saddam Hussein felt when US forces were hunting him down," activist Tanguy Richard said. "He may never end up being hanged like his old friend, but he must learn that in the civilized world, war crime doesn’t pay."
I have a feeling that there's not a lot of European travel in store for the Bush junta after they leave office.
British talk-face Jonathan Ross gives tribute to reclusive genius Steve Ditko. (Part 1/Part 2)
Apparently, if you show up at his office, he'll chat with you about creating Spider-Man, and then give you a stack of old comics. It probably helps if you are a famous British presenter accompanied by Neil Gaiman. Otherwise I wouldn't try it, lest he go Mr. A on your ass.
When I say on the air, and I've said it a lot lately, that we need to come together and we need to get back into the center, we're being pushed on to the edges -- I want you to understand, that is not on policies. I don't mean that we come in the center on policies. We come to the center on principles. We come back to the center of the melting pot, that we're all one America, that just because I disagree with you doesn't mean you hate America, and I love America. We all love America. We just disagree on how we should function, what we should do, big government, small government. It doesn't mean you hate America. I think there is a handful of people who hate America. Unfortunately for them, a lot of them are losing their homes in a forest fire today.
CALIFORNIA: 500,000 evacuees: - No riots. - No looting. - No shootings. - No mass desertion by local law enforcement. - No cannibalism (hat tip - Huffington Post) - Calm, orderly, polite evacuation centers. - Well organized, efficient State emergency response. - Calm, cool Governor acting like a leader.
NEW ORLEANS: - Hell.
But I'm sure these are all wonderful people and "real" Americans.
Officials were left worried that the fires could march toward more populated areas along the Pacific Ocean.
“As long as the east wind continues to blow, that is the direction things are going,” said Roxanne Provaznik, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “There are a lot of homes on that coastal community, so there is so much potential injury.”
We know it because we feel it. The baby frets. The maid sulks....The heat was surreal. The sky had a yellow cast, the kind of light sometimes called "earthquake weather." My only neighbor would not come out of her house for days....In Los Angeles some teachers do not attempt to conduct formal classes during a Santa Ana, because the children become unmanageable.
....It is hard for people who have not lived in Los Angeles to realize how radically the Santa Ana figures in the local imagination....Los Angeles weather is the weather of catastrophe, of apocalypse, and, just as the reliably long and bitter winters of New England determine the way life is lived there, so the violence and the unpredictability of the Santa Ana affect the entire quality of life in Los Angeles, accentuate its impermanence, its unreliability. The winds shows us how close to the edge we are.
There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.
Fall events can bring hot weather as well as strong winds. Most high temperature records in coastal California have occurred during a hot Santa Ana. Legend and lore have sprung from these uncomfortable conditions. Early Mexican residents called them los vientos del diablo - the devil winds. It is a strange time for residents near the coast because their mild climate turns into the Sahara for a time. Fires increase, crime seems to go up, and numerous health conditions worsen, such as allergies. Some claim earthquakes are more likely during this “earthquake weather.” Like the time during a full moon, it just seems that more weird things happen.
San Diego County authorities warned more than 250,000 households to evacuate today as wildfires raged across Southern California for another day, destroying hundreds of structures, clogging highways and sending smoke and ash over a wide area.
MORE: "The Toronto Globe and Mail called it “the biggest outing in the entertainment industry since Ellen DeGeneres.” A British newspaper put a twist on the simile, estimating that “there could hardly have been a bigger sensation if Russell Crowe, Rod Stewart or Sven-Goran Eriksson had come out.”"
The sequence begins with both cabinet doors closed. The magician waves his fan and turns to the right as the door of the magic cabinet opens to reveal his assistant standing in the narrow enclosure, blinking and flourshing her fan. He turns to the left as the door to the dice cabinet opens and, with the gong-hammer, he points into the empty interior. The magic cabinet door opens once again to disclose the assistant still inside, the magician points to the left and the right with hammer and fan, and then turns and to the left and, after several passes, beats the gong, upon which the dice cabinet door opens to reveal his assistant sitting inside. She flourishes her fan and nods while the door to the now empty magic cabinet opens. Both doors close, and the magician turns to the center to survey his audience, raising the hammer and fan together with equilibrium as both doors open simultaneously to reveal that his assistant has completely disappeared. As he lowers his arms, the doors close and the magician nods his head at the completion of his trick. The disclosure of each cabinet is accompanied by an electric light that illuminates its interior at suitable moments in the sequence. The slow rotation of the large-diameter wooden cams results in a complete revolution once every three minutes, making this one of the most complex early 20th century magician automata to have been recorded.
Andy Milonakis, who I know is some sort of comedian, says this:
How do you feel about New York compared to LA? Overall, I think New York is much more fun, because of the million things to do all the time, never closes. Real people who don't have one-track minds. It's not like the whole fucking place is a popularity contest. When I go to these douchey clubs-- because I do go to the douchey clubs sometimes, I'm not going to try-- it's really like a fucking middle school, it's so immature how much of a popularity contest it is.
If you're in Hollywood in the mix of hot nights out-- I was thinking about how fake girls were. I made a point in a douchey club to look around and listen to girls talk and see if I could find one real person that's not completely wack. And I'm not even basing it on looks. They could be good looking, they could not be good looking, they could be average. And after scooping out the whole place, every single girl in the place seemed like a complete fake moron.
What sort of stuff were they talking about that gave them away? This girl came up to me and started to talk to me, but acted like I was lucky to talk to her. And I'm like, "You're the one fucking coming up to me, don't act all arrogant." Because she came up to me and started to talk to me and started judging people and pointing out people, like, "Ugh. How can she wear that? What is that? Is that even a dress?" And I'm looking at her, and flat out was like, "Are you out of your mind? Are you here to talk about people and how they look? You sound so retarded." And she didn't like that at all, because I don't think a lot of people call that out. They just drink Grey Goose and talk about how wonderful they are and hot they are.
Divey LA is much more fun than rich LA. This is probably true everywhere, however.
No matter what you do in L.A., your behavior is appropriate for the city. Los Angeles has no assumed correct mode of use. You can have fake breasts and drive a Ford Mustang – or you can grow a beard, weigh 300 pounds, and read Christian science fiction novels. Either way, you're fine: that's just how it works. You can watch Cops all day or you can be a porn star or you can be a Caltech physicist. You can listen to Carcass – or you can listen to Pat Robertson. Or both.
That's how we dooz it.
L.A. is the apocalypse: it's you and a bunch of parking lots. No one's going to save you; no one's looking out for you. It's the only city I know where that's the explicit premise of living there – that's the deal you make when you move to L.A.
The city, ironically, is emotionally authentic.
I've tried (probably unsuccessfully) to explain to others how unmasked ambition and obvious arrogance is a little refreshing.
Continuous tooth generation in mouse is induced by activated epithelial Wnt/beta-catenin signaling
"The single replacement from milk teeth to permanent teeth makes mammalian teeth different from teeth of most nonmammalian vertebrates and other epithelial organs such as hair and feathers, whose continuous replacement has been linked to Wnt signaling. Here we show that mouse tooth buds expressing stabilized beta-catenin in epithelium give rise to dozens of teeth. The molar crowns, however, are typically simplified unicusped cones. We demonstrate that the supernumerary teeth develop by a renewal process where new signaling centers, the enamel knots, bud off from the existing dental epithelium. The basic aspects of the unlocked tooth renewal can be reproduced with a computer model on tooth development by increasing the intrinsic level of activator production, supporting the role of beta-catenin pathway as an upstream activator of enamel knot formation. These results may implicate Wnt signaling in tooth renewal, a capacity that was all but lost when mammals evolved progressively more complicated tooth shapes."
"My forecast is that around 2050, the state of Massachusetts will be the first jurisdiction to legalize marriages with robots," artificial intelligence researcher David Levy at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands told LiveScience.
What's annoying is that Brooks doesn't really make any strong claim why this is all happening. I agree it's a pretty dramatic shift -- so what's the cause?
This is just wank:
Through their work, you can see the spirit of fluidity that now characterizes this stage. Young people grow up in tightly structured childhoods, Wuthnow observes, but then graduate into a world characterized by uncertainty, diversity, searching and tinkering. Old success recipes don’t apply, new norms have not been established and everything seems to give way to a less permanent version of itself.
The U.S. workforce grew at a rate of 30% in the 1970s, and at 12% in the 1990s through the present. But it's expected to slow to about 3% and to level off by 2010.
By 2010, the number of workers aged 35 to 44--or those typically moving into upper management--will decline by 19%; the number of workers aged 45 to 54 will increase 21%; and the number of workers aged 55 to 64 will increase 52%.
Follow the money. It's probably more complex than just that, but I imagine that one enormous reason for the changing of norms about what's expected of people in their twenties is that they just don't become embedded in organizations and companies like they used to - because there was little room for that to happen.
If that's true, I would expect this "odyssey phase" to be a short-term trend, fizzling out in the next ten or twenty years as the workforce opens up and people feel like they're valued by orgs and companies.
Also, it seems that there isn't much of an "odyssey" thing going in on the tech sector and Silicon Valley. I just never got that feeling, culturally, about the people I knew who worked there. Maybe these new companies didn't face the glut of embedded boomers that came in the 70s-90s -- that's why they're different.
Thanks, boomers. You fucks.*
*My parents are nice.
MORE: Dad adds this to the conversation:
I agree, boomers are a big factor. Also, changes in the nature of the economy, company consolidation, expectations of post-boomers, becoming a service economy, international outsourcing and other effects of globalization, immigration, life-cycle maturity of the society, individual wealth consolidation, lack of significant follow-up wars similar to WWII and Vietnam, society choices, political choices, and who knows what else. Boomers are taking jobs and they created the jobs and economy of which they are a part, so it is difficult to parse the negative from the positive. It is their life cycle.
OBITUARY: Athanasia "Ethel" Eliopoulos, 94, died Friday, October 5, 2007, at D'Youville Manor. Ethel was born on Feb. 10, 1913, in Lowell, Mass., the daughter of the late Elias and Eleni (Mangiavas) Eliopoulos. [...]
With her passing, Ethel's final wish was ultimately granted when she did not have to see Hillary Clinton become president. [...]
What kind of people put that shit in their loved ones' obituaries?
Gore could match George Bernard Shaw, who to date is the only person to win both a Nobel Prize and an Oscar [The Nobel for literature, the Oscar for the screenplay of Pygmalion] - Though unlike Gore, Shaw never won an Emmy.