Bag’s Take-Away:
The great and powerful Oz. (The visual joke is on these citizens, though. They’re supporters.) 
via:Reuters Editor’s Choice (May 7)
(photo: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters caption: Supporters of Prime Minister and President-elect Vladimir Putin wave flags during a supporters rally in central Moscow May 6, 2012. Russian riot police beat protesters with batons and hauled away dozens on Sunday after skirmishes broke out at a demonstration in Moscow against Vladimir Putin on the eve of his return to the presidency. )
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The great and powerful Oz. (The visual joke is on these citizens, though. They’re supporters.)

via:Reuters Editor’s Choice (May 7)

(photo: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters caption: Supporters of Prime Minister and President-elect Vladimir Putin wave flags during a supporters rally in central Moscow May 6, 2012. Russian riot police beat protesters with batons and hauled away dozens on Sunday after skirmishes broke out at a demonstration in Moscow against Vladimir Putin on the eve of his return to the presidency. )

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Because I am partisan, I should be upset at photos like those in the Gitta Seiler’s photo essay “Girls in Trouble”. The two above come from the “Aborted” section and take a particular and close look at two young women in an abortion clinic for underage girls in St. Petersburg. One communicates the carelessness and narcissism of one girl in the clinic: she slouches on a bed applying make-up to her admittedly beautiful face. Her dress is stylish. Just another day for her.

The second photo again captures youth but underlines youth’s inherent vulnerability as a more matronly, thicker woman leads a young girl wearing only her shirt with her rear exposed to the world. These careless and too-young women appear to be in abortion mill. But that’s just American-speak. I look at them closely and feel glad neither of them are forced to be mothers at a young age. That’s flip-side-of-the-coin American speak and, if anything, it tells you how loaded these images are for nearly anyone in our country.

via The New Yorker Photobooth

(credit: Gitta Seiler Shared caption: Abortion clinic for underage women, St. Petersburg, 2000)

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I’d like to imagine this photo was taken immediately after the two men discovered their private remarks were broadcast to the room. 
via  DayLife
( credit:  AP Photo caption:  U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev stand together at the end of a bilateral meeting at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March 26, 2012.) 
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I’d like to imagine this photo was taken immediately after the two men discovered their private remarks were broadcast to the room.

via DayLife

( credit: AP Photo caption: U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev stand together at the end of a bilateral meeting at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March 26, 2012.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
 It’s not the camera that’s disturbing, it’s the nonchalant acceptance of the camera. Love the exit sign. 
via The New York Times
(photo credit:  Ilya Naymushin/Reuters  caption: The voting results from the village of Sliznevo, in southern Siberia, were held up to an observation camera to be recorded.) 
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Bag’s Take-Away:

It’s not the camera that’s disturbing, it’s the nonchalant acceptance of the camera. Love the exit sign.

via The New York Times

(photo credit: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters caption: The voting results from the village of Sliznevo, in southern Siberia, were held up to an observation camera to be recorded.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
They overcame Communism, but if Capitalism and unchecked corporate greed ends up screwing things up that much worse, this monument will not be remembered as silly, just prophetic.
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Bag’s Take-Away:

They overcame Communism, but if Capitalism and unchecked corporate greed ends up screwing things up that much worse, this monument will not be remembered as silly, just prophetic.

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