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I don’t really know how to put this in words, but something about these two late October photos in the same Reuters slide show struck me as cementing conceptions of the two candidates for president. Romney alone and waiting, the focus on the man waiting for the verdict. A woman with her back to him, but every other human nearly incorporeal. He’s the only real solid in the photo. A lonely solid. If I could paint, this could be my portrait of him.

In the other photo; Obama is embraced by a man who seems almost humbled by the president’s attention: he’s hugging Obama in an intent if awkward manner, his arm solidly around the president’s waist. His fellow fire fighters smiling at his vulnerability and the interaction. Again, if I could paint, this could be my portrait — not of the president, but of his emotional impact. I don’t know why or how Obama engenders this dynamic, but it is genuine and evident in this photograph.

via Reuters Obama vs. Romney Slide Show

(Top Photo Credit: Bryan Snyder/Reuters caption: Staff members are reflected off the window of the room as Mitt Romney works before a campaign rally in North Canton, Ohio October 26, 2012. Bottom Photo Credit: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters caption: President Obama hugs a fire fighter who offered up a game of basketball during a visit to a fire house in Tampa, Florida October 25, 2012.)

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 Not sure what Gov.Walker’s options were for head coverings — looks like on-the-spot improvising — but give him respect for doing the right thing.
via Reuters Editor’s Choice
(credit: John Gress/Reuters caption:  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker attends a prayer service at the Sikh Temple in Brookfield, Wisconsin August 6, 2012.)
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Not sure what Gov.Walker’s options were for head coverings — looks like on-the-spot improvising — but give him respect for doing the right thing.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(credit: John Gress/Reuters caption: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker attends a prayer service at the Sikh Temple in Brookfield, Wisconsin August 6, 2012.)

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 The only context we know is what is given in the caption. We don’t know if this member of the Afghan National Police was taking a break from a hard day’s work or if reclining and watching others work is a typical stance for this or any Afghan police, but it sure looks like the man is biding time until we leave.
via The Wall Street Journal
(credit: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters caption:  ON A MISSION: A member of the Afghan National Police watched from a roof as U.S. Army soldiers conducted a mission to set up checkpoint in Zahri district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Thursday.)
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The only context we know is what is given in the caption. We don’t know if this member of the Afghan National Police was taking a break from a hard day’s work or if reclining and watching others work is a typical stance for this or any Afghan police, but it sure looks like the man is biding time until we leave.

via The Wall Street Journal

(credit: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters caption: ON A MISSION: A member of the Afghan National Police watched from a roof as U.S. Army soldiers conducted a mission to set up checkpoint in Zahri district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Thursday.)

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War in Afghanistan swinging both ways….out and still in. If you have time for golf, everything must be okay.
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(credit: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters caption:  American soldiers hit golf ball from the roof of a building in Combat Outpost Boston in eastern Afghanistan’s Logar Province.)
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War in Afghanistan swinging both ways….out and still in. If you have time for golf, everything must be okay.

via The New York Times Lens Blog

(credit: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters caption: American soldiers hit golf ball from the roof of a building in Combat Outpost Boston in eastern Afghanistan’s Logar Province.)

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This sort of thing still happens in the U.S. and, indeed, when you see the white participants and the Yankees cap, you think that’s where this brutality happened. It actually occurred in the Ukraine, where a gay person was beaten by thugs after attending a press conference. It is still dangerous to be different anywhere in the world.
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(credit: Anatolii Stepanov/Reuters caption: Unidentified people beat Svyatoslav Sheremet (L, bottom), head of Gay-Forum of Ukraine public organization, in Kiev, Ukraine May 20, 2012. Sheremet was attacked after meeting with members of the media to inform them that a scheduled gay parade was cancelled. The attackers ran off when they realised members of the media were documenting the attack.)
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This sort of thing still happens in the U.S. and, indeed, when you see the white participants and the Yankees cap, you think that’s where this brutality happened. It actually occurred in the Ukraine, where a gay person was beaten by thugs after attending a press conference. It is still dangerous to be different anywhere in the world.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(credit: Anatolii Stepanov/Reuters caption: Unidentified people beat Svyatoslav Sheremet (L, bottom), head of Gay-Forum of Ukraine public organization, in Kiev, Ukraine May 20, 2012. Sheremet was attacked after meeting with members of the media to inform them that a scheduled gay parade was cancelled. The attackers ran off when they realised members of the media were documenting the attack.)

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Pikachu is very disappointed in you. A child’s backpack surveys the scene of his owner’s detention at NATO summit demonstrations in Chicago.
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(credit: Andrees Latif/Reuters caption: A protester lies detained after clashing with police during the start of the NATO Summit in Chicago May 20, 2012. Baton-swinging police officers clashed with anti-war protesters at the start of the NATO summit on Sunday, beating some and dragging others away.)
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Pikachu is very disappointed in you. A child’s backpack surveys the scene of his owner’s detention at NATO summit demonstrations in Chicago.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(credit: Andrees Latif/Reuters caption: A protester lies detained after clashing with police during the start of the NATO Summit in Chicago May 20, 2012. Baton-swinging police officers clashed with anti-war protesters at the start of the NATO summit on Sunday, beating some and dragging others away.)

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A woman’s family transports her body after she leapt to her death in Yangji, China. The woman committed suicide in response to developers demolishing her home to make way for a stadium. 
With any form of capitalism comes the various forms of problems capitalism brings with it. China’s only PR hope is that these problems are solved before the West’s access to social issues in China becomes stronger. 
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(credit: Reuters caption: Xian, center, the husband of Li Jie’e, accompanied by his son Xiyong, right, pushes his wife’s body on a transport stretcher as another relative, left, burns incense in Yangji village on May 10, 2012.)
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A woman’s family transports her body after she leapt to her death in Yangji, China. The woman committed suicide in response to developers demolishing her home to make way for a stadium.

With any form of capitalism comes the various forms of problems capitalism brings with it. China’s only PR hope is that these problems are solved before the West’s access to social issues in China becomes stronger.

via MSNBC PhotoBlog

(credit: Reuters caption: Xian, center, the husband of Li Jie’e, accompanied by his son Xiyong, right, pushes his wife’s body on a transport stretcher as another relative, left, burns incense in Yangji village on May 10, 2012.)

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Syrian demonstrators keeping a low profile? Battle primal at this point? Actually, I don’t imagine this was any thing other than an odd photo.
via Reuters Editor’s Choice
(credit: Ali Jarekji/Reuters caption:  Syrian refugees and local residents take part in a demonstration against Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad, after Friday prayers outside the Syrian embassy in Amman March 30, 2012.) 
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Syrian demonstrators keeping a low profile? Battle primal at this point? Actually, I don’t imagine this was any thing other than an odd photo.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(credit: Ali Jarekji/Reuters caption: Syrian refugees and local residents take part in a demonstration against Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad, after Friday prayers outside the Syrian embassy in Amman March 30, 2012.)

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Not a great PR shot for the U.S. military. 
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( credit:  Erik De Castro/Reuters caption:  Afghan residents sit on the ground near a U.S. Army soldier of PRT Laghman, 1st Battalion, 143 Airborne Infantry securing the perimeter of a government building in Laghman province, Afghanistan March 25, 2012. Dozens of former insurgents and their families took part in a graduation ceremony on Sunday after finishing various livelihood training workshops given to them by Laghman provincial government and the U.S. military.) 
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Not a great PR shot for the U.S. military.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

( credit: Erik De Castro/Reuters caption: Afghan residents sit on the ground near a U.S. Army soldier of PRT Laghman, 1st Battalion, 143 Airborne Infantry securing the perimeter of a government building in Laghman province, Afghanistan March 25, 2012. Dozens of former insurgents and their families took part in a graduation ceremony on Sunday after finishing various livelihood training workshops given to them by Laghman provincial government and the U.S. military.)

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Juxtaposition of the Day

In the U.S. women are spoken down to while, currently, in Myanmar, of all places, they reach across to be heard.

Both photos are interesting for the position of women in the photo….I like the first one especially for that and for the fact the flowered bra (the most feminine aspect outside the women themselves) is at eye level for the men speaking down to them.

The second photo is quite lovely for an expression of power and femininity as Aung San Suu expresses her position on a more equivalent level.

Top Photo: via The New York Times Bottom Photo: via The New York Times Lens Blog

(top photo credit: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Photos caption: Protesters argued with Santorum supporters outside a hotel in Gettysburg, Pa. bottom photo credit: Ye Aung Thu/Agence France-Presse—Getty Images caption: The leader of Myanmar’s democracy movement, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, addressed supporters at a campaign rally on the outskirts of Yangon on Wednesday. Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi is running for a seat in Parliament in elections being held April 1.)

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