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Palace: Aquino ‘partly to blame’ for culture of impunity

donvy: Filipino people ‘largely to blame’ for all past and present elected officials’ culture of impunity.

Palace: Aquino ‘partly to blame’ for culture of impunity | Inquirer News

Palace: Aquino ‘partly to blame’ for culture of impunity | Inquirer Newshttp://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1016034/palace-aquino-partly-to-blame-for-culture-of-impunityFormer President Benigno Aquino III is partly to blame for the culture of impunity in the country because he failed to do enough to address incidents of media killings during his term.

How Hurricane Harvey Became So Destructive

How Hurricane Harvey Became So Destructive - The New York Times

How Hurricane Harvey Became So Destructive – The New York Timeshttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/28/climate/how-hurricane-harvey-became-so-destructive.html?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethitsScientists say warm waters and stagnant winds in the upper atmosphere built a monster of a storm. Whether climate change is to blame is less clear.

Duterte campaign shirt a sad souvenir for Mandaluyong family

Let us establish causality: our politicians are not the problem – although it’s all too easy to blame them for our misery. They are merely the manifestation of a much bigger, fundamental problem we have created ourselves: being the uninformed citizenry that elected them to power.* -donvy

Duterte campaign shirt a sad souvenir for Mandaluyong family | Inquirer News

Duterte campaign shirt a sad souvenir for Mandaluyong family | Inquirer Newshttp://newsinfo.inquirer.net/910274/duterte-campaign-shirt-a-sad-souvenir-for-mandaluyong-family?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1498937429In his own little way, Frederick Jucal helped Rodrigo Duterte win the presidency, campaigning for the then Davao City mayor by wearing a T-shirt that bears his candidate’s portrait. One year later, the shirt serves as a sad memento from Frederick, whom his family now count as one of the victims of the bloody drug war unleashed by Duterte upon coming to power.
*Standard disclaimer: I prefer to speak with the people but I personally did not vote for “the one who must not be named.”

Pirate Bay Founder Launches Anonymous Domain Registration Service

Pirate Bay Founder Launches Anonymous Domain Registration Service - TorrentFreak

Pirate Bay Founder Launches Anonymous Domain Registration Service – TorrentFreakhttps://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-founder-launches-anonymous-domain-registration-service-170419/Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde has a new privacy-oriented startup. Today he launches the domain registration service Njalla, which offers site owners full anonymity, shielding them from the prying eyes of outsiders. “Think of us as your friendly drunk (but responsibly so) straw person that takes the blame for your expressions.”

Award-winning animation ‘Simorgh’ claims numerous awards and high praise from all over the world

by Christian Puno @ designfaves.com

The choreographical piece Simorgh is Iranian-born Meghdad Asadi Lari‘s own elucidation of a customary Sufi ballad. The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar is an extensive and praised ballad written in Persian exploring the delicacy of self-esteem. Every bird speaks to a human blame, for example, self-image, covetousness, excellence and power. The birds must cross seven valleys to achieve the residence of the unbelievable Simorgh bird, whom they trust will be their leader.

Meghdad’s animated adaptation incorporates the peacock, which symbolizes the fallen soul in partnership with Satan, the songbird symbolizing the lover, and the parrot looking for the wellspring of eternity, not God. As the enlivened story depends on writing, Meghdad devoted all the visuals – the fowls and their surroundings – to Iranian culture, art and history. It’s been broadly perceived at a universal level, winning a few global film and movement honors at 60 film celebrations, including the Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco, Plum Tuckered Film Festival, and the International Gold Panda Awards for Students.

How Barack Obama paved the way for Donald Trump

Don’t blame it all on racism. During the financial crash Obama sided with the bankers, not people losing their homes – making Trump’s victory possible

by Gary Younge @ theguardian.com

To celebrate its 225th anniversary, the US Mint and Treasury last week unveiled plans to issue a 24-carat commemorative coin depicting Lady Liberty as an African-American woman. With full lips and braided hair tied back in a bun, her gold-embossed profile is framed by the words “LIBERTY” above and “In God We Trust” below. “As we as a nation continue to evolve,” said Elisa Basnight, the Mint’s chief of staff, “so does Liberty’s representation.”

Sadly, the representation is evolving far faster than the nation. The coin is worth $100 (£80); in 2010 the median net wealth for women of colour was calculated at just $5. Black women now earn 65 cents for every $1 made by a white man – the same gap as 20 years ago. So the Treasury has produced a coin in these women’s image that most cannot afford – because the economy is producing low-wage jobs that leave them with liberty without equality.

In the Wake of Digital Tribalism, Institutions Are More and More Useless

by Michael Marinaccio @ the-politic.com

by Michael Marinaccio @ the-politic.com

There’s plenty of blame to go around, but the list of actors has to start with Facebook. And for all its wonders — reaching nearly 2 billion people each month, driving more traffic and attention to news than anything else on earth — it’s also become a single point of failure for civic information.