Yes, Charlie’s Angels.
(…And no, I’m not mocking the Iraqi Army or the seriousness of the country’s unraveling or the fact lives are on the line. What I am poking fun at, however, are all the cool and “stage-y” news pictures that end up illustrating a critical story mostly because they’re available. In reality, the training photos of green Iraqi Army recruits in Baghdad circulating right now are as much a performance for international media and thus parodies of themselves. They might fill a news hole because the Iraq war (and the competitive media demand) is raging and it’s too dangerous these days to secure more informative photos or images closer to the battle. They might be the readymade solution, also, to easily filling infotainment slideshows. But there’s a price to paid in terms of real information as Iraq desperately throws Shiite recruits into uniforms and the quality, capacity and demographic integrity of both the military and the government is in serious doubt.)
via: Boston Big Picture: The crisis in Iraq: Thousands train to fight against militant Islamic State in Iraq and Syria
(photo: Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images caption: Newly-recruited Iraqi volunteers in army uniforms attend a training session on June 20, 2014, in the southern city of Basra as thousands of Shiite volunteers join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities. Dozens of Iraqis crowd shops in central Baghdad scouting for military helmets, boots and camouflage uniforms as they prepare to volunteer to fight against a major militant offensive.)
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Yes, Charlie’s Angels.

(…And no, I’m not mocking the Iraqi Army or the seriousness of the country’s unraveling or the fact lives are on the line. What I am poking fun at, however, are all the cool and “stage-y” news pictures that end up illustrating a critical story mostly because they’re available. In reality, the training photos of green Iraqi Army recruits in Baghdad circulating right now are as much a performance for international media and thus parodies of themselves. They might fill a news hole because the Iraq war (and the competitive media demand) is raging and it’s too dangerous these days to secure more informative photos or images closer to the battle. They might be the readymade solution, also, to easily filling infotainment slideshows. But there’s a price to paid in terms of real information as Iraq desperately throws Shiite recruits into uniforms and the quality, capacity and demographic integrity of both the military and the government is in serious doubt.)

via: Boston Big Picture: The crisis in Iraq: Thousands train to fight against militant Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

(photo: Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images caption: Newly-recruited Iraqi volunteers in army uniforms attend a training session on June 20, 2014, in the southern city of Basra as thousands of Shiite volunteers join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities. Dozens of Iraqis crowd shops in central Baghdad scouting for military helmets, boots and camouflage uniforms as they prepare to volunteer to fight against a major militant offensive.)

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As Headlines Mash, War & Sports Mixed Metaphor of the Day
via: Boston Big Picture: The crisis in Iraq: Thousands train to fight against militant Islamic State in Iraq and Syria
(photo: Mohamad Ali Harissi/AFP/Getty Images caption: An Iraqi man who volunteered to join the battle against jihadist-led Sunni militants takes part in a training organized by the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), an Iraqi Shiite political party, on June 18, 2014, in the southern city of Basra. Saudi Arabia warned of the risks of a civil war in Iraq with unpredictable consequences for the region, after Sunni militants seized large areas from Shiite-led government forces.)
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As Headlines Mash, War & Sports Mixed Metaphor of the Day

via: Boston Big Picture: The crisis in Iraq: Thousands train to fight against militant Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

(photo: Mohamad Ali Harissi/AFP/Getty Images caption: An Iraqi man who volunteered to join the battle against jihadist-led Sunni militants takes part in a training organized by the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), an Iraqi Shiite political party, on June 18, 2014, in the southern city of Basra. Saudi Arabia warned of the risks of a civil war in Iraq with unpredictable consequences for the region, after Sunni militants seized large areas from Shiite-led government forces.)

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White House photo of Obama marking Mandela passing a little distant/lonely no? …Likely random but the fist is interesting.
via: White House Photo of the Day
(photo: Pete Souza/White House 
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White House photo of Obama marking Mandela passing a little distant/lonely no? …Likely random but the fist is interesting.

via: White House Photo of the Day

(photo: Pete Souza/White House

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Just another fleeting cringe instant for web advertising (movie ad on top of Middle East distress in creating a “share” link). 

via NYT: Fighting Escalates Between Israel and Hamas

(photo: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

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Just another fleeting cringe instant for web advertising (movie ad on top of Middle East distress in creating a “share” link).

via NYT: Fighting Escalates Between Israel and Hamas

(photo: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

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The still poignant but also familiar photo of the low wage worker sweeping up the campaign venue before or after the hoopla goes down. #TwoAmericas

via: Reuters

(photo: Adrees Latif/Reuters caption: A woman cleans the floor near the stage at McCormick Place, the site for U.S. President Barack Obama’s post election speech, in Chicago, Illinois November 6, 2012. Obama congratulated Republican rival Mitt Romney on Tuesday for running a hard-fought race for the White House and expressed confidence he would win re-election during a stop at a local campaign office to thank volunteers. linked photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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The still poignant but also familiar photo of the low wage worker sweeping up the campaign venue before or after the hoopla goes down. #TwoAmericas

via: Reuters

(photo: Adrees Latif/Reuters caption: A woman cleans the floor near the stage at McCormick Place, the site for U.S. President Barack Obama’s post election speech, in Chicago, Illinois November 6, 2012. Obama congratulated Republican rival Mitt Romney on Tuesday for running a hard-fought race for the White House and expressed confidence he would win re-election during a stop at a local campaign office to thank volunteers. linked photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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So, I’m trying to decide how much this photo is a brilliant slam on the GOP or it’s just a gratuitous bit of sexism. If the target of the piece (and the headline) was the party and its war on women and reproductive rights, that would be one thing. Instead however, the focus is Republican women themselves. That being the case, isn’t the photo just taking the opportunity to cast GOP females, at least the younger set, are just a bunch of air heads looking to go shopping and get their hair done? (…Or perhaps there’s supposed to be a little more subtlety between the dumb blondes and the brunette who’s more dialed in?)

 

via: Republican Women Play Down Social Issues (NYT)


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So, I’m trying to decide how much this photo is a brilliant slam on the GOP or it’s just a gratuitous bit of sexism. If the target of the piece (and the headline) was the party and its war on women and reproductive rights, that would be one thing. Instead however, the focus is Republican women themselves. That being the case, isn’t the photo just taking the opportunity to cast GOP females, at least the younger set, are just a bunch of air heads looking to go shopping and get their hair done? (…Or perhaps there’s supposed to be a little more subtlety between the dumb blondes and the brunette who’s more dialed in?)

via: Republican Women Play Down Social Issues (NYT)

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Every so often, campaign compassion and campaign emotion is interrupted and caused to pale by the deeper and more spontaneous kind.  

The caption:

Stephanie Miller of Sandusky Ohio cries on the shoulder of U.S. President Barack Obama at a campaign event at Washington Park in Sandusky, Ohio July 5, 2012. Miller’s sister died of cancer and said that Obama’s healthcare plan would have given her better treatment options.

(photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters )

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Every so often, campaign compassion and campaign emotion is interrupted and caused to pale by the deeper and more spontaneous kind.

The caption:

Stephanie Miller of Sandusky Ohio cries on the shoulder of U.S. President Barack Obama at a campaign event at Washington Park in Sandusky, Ohio July 5, 2012. Miller’s sister died of cancer and said that Obama’s healthcare plan would have given her better treatment options.

(photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters )

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New variation on Old Glory as common element in US disaster photos.
via: Waldo Canyon Fire - Residents Return To Mountain Shadows | Denver Post Photos, Video. 

(photo: Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post caption: Immanuel Mgana holds his daughter Grace Mgana, 2, as the two survey what is left of their home. The family lost their entire house. Immanuel had been deployed in the army in East Africa and saw the picture by the Denver Post of their home on fire that ran on the front page. He was immediately allowed to come home to his wife and three children. Residents were allowed back today July 1, 2012 into the Mountain Shadows subdivision to visit their homes five days after the Waldo Canyon fire ravaged their neighborhood. Over 340 homes were lost in this subdivision. Many homes were burned to the ground while others, sometimes next door, were left untouched. It was the first opportunity for homeowners to see if their homes were lost or still standing.)

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New variation on Old Glory as common element in US disaster photos.

via: Waldo Canyon Fire - Residents Return To Mountain Shadows | Denver Post Photos, Video.

(photo: Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post caption: Immanuel Mgana holds his daughter Grace Mgana, 2, as the two survey what is left of their home. The family lost their entire house. Immanuel had been deployed in the army in East Africa and saw the picture by the Denver Post of their home on fire that ran on the front page. He was immediately allowed to come home to his wife and three children. Residents were allowed back today July 1, 2012 into the Mountain Shadows subdivision to visit their homes five days after the Waldo Canyon fire ravaged their neighborhood. Over 340 homes were lost in this subdivision. Many homes were burned to the ground while others, sometimes next door, were left untouched. It was the first opportunity for homeowners to see if their homes were lost or still standing.)

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What?? Two breastfeeding covers in a row? 


(photo: Marco Grob for TIME 

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What?? Two breastfeeding covers in a row?

(photo: Marco Grob for TIME

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