Quebec Finally Separates From Canada (On Web)


From Marketing:

“This fall, the domain name .quebec will be available to serve as a URL suffix for websites, making the province the only Canadian jurisdiction with its own signature as an alternative to old standards, like .com and .ca. (…)

In Quebec, the group that pushed for the new domain name says pre-registration for those hoping to buy the .quebec name begins Sept. 2, with the suffixes expected to be available as of Nov. 13. (…)

“We have our own culture, and we have our own way of doing things, and we want to also affirm our presence on the web,” said Michel Philibert, a spokesman for PointQuebec. (…)

The .quebec address is far from alone when it comes to geographic domains. ICANN has also recently authorized suffixes like .vegas, .nyc, .miami and .paris. (…)

He said talks are underway that could eventually see government websites adopt the suffix, a move that could serve as a replacement for the current”

Washington Post Management: “Redskins” Too Offensive For Us … Kinda


From Washington Post:

“THIS PAGE has for many years urged the local football team to change its name. The term “Redskins,” we wrote in 1992, “is really pretty offensive.” The team owner then, Jack Kent Cooke, disagreed, and the owner now, Daniel M. Snyder, disagrees, too. But the matter seems clearer to us now than ever, and while we wait for the National Football League to catch up with thoughtful opinion and common decency, we have decided that, except when it is essential for clarity or effect, we will no longer use the slur ourselves. That’s the standard we apply to all offensive vocabulary, and the team name unquestionably offends not only many Native Americans but many other Americans, too.

We don’t believe that fans who are attached to the name have racist feeling or intent, any more than does Mr. Snyder. But the fact remains: The word is insulting. You would not dream of calling anyone a “redskin” to his or her face. You wouldn’t let your son or daughter use it about a person, even within the privacy of your home. As Post columnist Charles Krauthammer wrote on the opposite page last year, “I wouldn’t want to use a word that defines a people — living or dead, offended or not — in a most demeaning way.”

What we are discussing here is a change only for editorials. Unlike our colleagues who cover sports and other news, we on the editorial board have the luxury of writing about the world as we would like it to be. Nor do we intend to impose our policy on our readers. If you write a letter about football and want to use the team name, we aren’t going to stop you.”


Michael Brown Was Adult Not “Teenager”


Is 18 the new 17¾?

The media, for one reason or another, has been infantilizing Michael Brown, the 18-year-old St. Louis man killed by a police officer last August 9. Many outlets are referring to him as a juvenile rather than as an adult.

Mediaite’s Eddie Scarry first raised the error and the Associated Press ended up changing two of its stories as a result. Not only has AP never justified its original decision … it’s continued the practice. Even Reuters’s doing it.

Some, like the conservative blog Hot Air, suggested that some kind of calculated narrative is at work. However, if that’s the case, it certainly isn’t borne from liberal bias: Fox News has also referred to Brown as an “unarmed black teenager”… a… few times … over.

Given how pervasive the practice is, it’s hard to believe that it’s accidental.

So. Obvious question: why?

I asked AP’s Alan Scher Zagier, Global News’s  Erika Tucker and The Washington Post’s Mark Berman for their take (Tucker, Berman and Zagier have all made the association). Neither has responded yet.

Brown, who, according to his mother, apparently turned 18 and graduated high school almost simultaneously, has been portrayed by family and those who know him as a “kid”. Perhaps the media is simply projecting the image of a young man who was still very close to teen culture. But that would still make little sense. I don’t recall news outlets ever dismissing hard data, such as an age, for softer characteristics like reputation and looks.

Fox News, MSNBC Anchors Get More Than They Bargained For

All of the major networks have deployed their big gun anchors to descend in Ferguson in the flesh … and nothing spells honesty quite as well as a live mic.

But it may be the reporters’ reactions that were an honest window into their respective networks’ culture and stance towards black anger.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, at one point during his coverage, was stoned by some of the protesters. His initial reaction was to back away into a darker, albeit equally unsafe corner, but resumed from his initial position within seconds.

“A few rocks chucked at us, we’re fine, we’re fine, we’re fine…”

As members of the crowd yelled “Tell the true story!” and “Tell them what’s going on!” Hayes responded, in a despaired voice, “We’re trying to…”.

He then began to engage with some of the protesters, on the other side of a fence, who had been ordered by police to disperse.

“What happened down there?” Hayes asked.

A conversation ensued.


Then there was Fox News’ Steve Harrigan’s trip to Black Melanin Rage, USA. Continue reading

Facebook: Users Toaster-Dumb, Don’t Know ‘The Onion’ Satire


From Forbes:

“Founded in 1988, The Onion is a parody news organization that publishes fake articles like “Busch Gardens Unveils New 9,600-Mile-Long Endurance Coaster” and “LensCrafters, Pearle Vision Agree To Prisoner Exchange.” The Onion’s websites hit around 11 million total unique visitors per month and a lot of the traffic is driven by Facebook. Many gullible Facebook users believe that the headlines for these articles are true so the social network company is testing out a ‘[Satire]’ tag in front of links to satirical content.

Facebook said that it is adding the [Satire] tags because of feedback that it received from users wanting a way to “distinguish satirical articles from others.””

Ombudsman: NPR Made “Fundamental Failure”


From NPR:

“The story itself—about the data mining by a small Massachusetts company that purports to show a correlation between the Snowden leaks and cyber-security measures taken by al-Qaida—generated little reaction when it first ran August 1. But since the story was attacked August 12 by Greenwald in The Intercept, an online publication he co-founded, and again on television, scores of listeners have sent emails and tweets angrily turning on NPR and Temple-Raston.

“As a 35-year NPR supporter and member,” wrote Heidi Schlossberg of Littleton, Col, in a typical message, “I am going to cancel my support unless you fire Dina Temple-Raston as well as transparently inform those of us who trusted you who at NPR are the shills for the NSA and our government. . . .I am so disgusted with you I don’t have sufficient adjectives to describe my horror at what you allowed.”

After doing my own research, I strongly agree with the critics that the story committed a fundamental failure in not noting that both the company, Recorded Future, and a second company that aided it, ReversingLabs, have ties to the United States intelligence community. Temple-Raston and her editor, Bruce Auster, agree, too, and say that what happened was an oversight on deadline.

Any of us can make a human error, and I find no intention to deceive, as Greenwald charges with no proof. I also disagree with his contention that the story swallows the government’s case that the Snowden leaks seriously damaged the ability of the United States to monitor al-Qaida communications. Instead, this was a small story on what today is a small historical point; in fact, by the end of the story that small point is largely dismissed by a leading expert as possibly interesting but not terribly relevant.”

Obama and Morgan Freeman Sharing Same Parents’ Loins?


I’ve seen quite a few side-by-side comparisons of Obama throughout the years, but his physical change didn’t strike me until recently, when I caught him on two distinct appearances of This Week. The screenshot on the left is from 2009, the other from 2013.

The speed at which he’s aged really captures the imagination. It’s not just the hair, but it’s also that face of his, which seems to have lost the newborn baby butt smoothness it once enjoyed.

You get the feeling that if he had to serve one more term, it’s not just Morgan Freeman’s freckles they would have shared but the actor’s birth date altogether!