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I think it’s relatively amazing that we are seeing this kind of photo coming from China. I don’t believe we would have a few years ago.
via The New York Times Lens
(credit: Andy Wong/Associated Press  caption: The artist Ai Weiwei, second from left, was stopped by a plainclothes police officer while he argued with another officer outside his home in Beijing. Earlier, the Chinese Authorities had barred Mr. Ai from the courtroom where his lawsuit against tax officials was being heard.)
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I think it’s relatively amazing that we are seeing this kind of photo coming from China. I don’t believe we would have a few years ago.

via The New York Times Lens

(credit: Andy Wong/Associated Press caption: The artist Ai Weiwei, second from left, was stopped by a plainclothes police officer while he argued with another officer outside his home in Beijing. Earlier, the Chinese Authorities had barred Mr. Ai from the courtroom where his lawsuit against tax officials was being heard.)

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Tags #Ai Weiwei    #China    #Culture    #Beijing    #Art    #news    #Photography    #Photojournalism    #Associated Press    #AP Photo   

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Why do we need to make Aung San Suu Kyi cuter and cuddlier? I don’t entirely understand it and can only guess it’s what the media wants to reflect now that she is free (or more free than she was). It’s almost as if her accomplishments aren’t enough (when they are).
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(credit: Ben Stansall/Agence France-Presse—Getty Images  caption: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s opposition movement, received an honorary degree at Oxford University in England. She studied at Oxford in the 1970s.)
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Why do we need to make Aung San Suu Kyi cuter and cuddlier? I don’t entirely understand it and can only guess it’s what the media wants to reflect now that she is free (or more free than she was). It’s almost as if her accomplishments aren’t enough (when they are).

via The New York Times Lens

(credit: Ben Stansall/Agence France-Presse—Getty Images caption: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s opposition movement, received an honorary degree at Oxford University in England. She studied at Oxford in the 1970s.)

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I think this is true and I still don’t understand why corporate interests, which promote right wing causes all over the U.S., still penalize women for having the children they want her to have. 
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I think this is true and I still don’t understand why corporate interests, which promote right wing causes all over the U.S., still penalize women for having the children they want her to have.

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 Two Chinas.
via The Wall Street Journal
(credit: Peter Parks/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images  caption:  FOCUSED: A woman ate breakfast as a window cleaner worked outside on the 23rd floor of a hotel in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, China, Thursday.)
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Two Chinas.

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(credit: Peter Parks/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images caption: FOCUSED: A woman ate breakfast as a window cleaner worked outside on the 23rd floor of a hotel in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, China, Thursday.)

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Tags #China    #Economy    #Ningbo China    #Financial    #World Economy    #News    #Culture    #Photography    #Photojournalism    #Getty Images   

Bag’s Take-Away:
 Obama’s decision last week to cease deportation of young “dreamers” was illustrated around the world with photos of crying and happy undocumented young people. A real visual punch. Forces in opposition to Obama’s decision got a different visual treatment, typified by this spider woman shot of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer wearing what looks like blood on her shirt. 
via The Charlotte Observer
(credit: Matt York/AP caption:  Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R), responds to President Obama’s immigration speech, Friday, June 15, 2012, at the Capitol in Phoenix. Brewer said President Barack Obama represents a “pre-emptive strike” aimed at an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling that could uphold parts of the state’s immigration enforcement law.)
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Obama’s decision last week to cease deportation of young “dreamers” was illustrated around the world with photos of crying and happy undocumented young people. A real visual punch. Forces in opposition to Obama’s decision got a different visual treatment, typified by this spider woman shot of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer wearing what looks like blood on her shirt.

via The Charlotte Observer

(credit: Matt York/AP caption: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R), responds to President Obama’s immigration speech, Friday, June 15, 2012, at the Capitol in Phoenix. Brewer said President Barack Obama represents a “pre-emptive strike” aimed at an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling that could uphold parts of the state’s immigration enforcement law.)

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What they could have said: 
 *Just brown.
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What they could have said:

*Just brown.

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"The last head on the left is George Bush. George Bush’s head appears in a couple of beheading scenes. It’s not a choice, it’s not a political statement. We just had to use whatever head we had around."
That’s what the “showrunners” of Game of Thrones had to say about the fact that one of the heads that appears on a spike in the series is, in fact, a replica of former president George W. Bush. Of course, their too-cute disclaimer begs a question: How is it they happened to have a decapitated version of George W. Bush “hanging around”?
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"The last head on the left is George Bush. George Bush’s head appears in a couple of beheading scenes. It’s not a choice, it’s not a political statement. We just had to use whatever head we had around."

That’s what the “showrunners” of Game of Thrones had to say about the fact that one of the heads that appears on a spike in the series is, in fact, a replica of former president George W. Bush. Of course, their too-cute disclaimer begs a question: How is it they happened to have a decapitated version of George W. Bush “hanging around”?

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Tags #Game of Thrones    #HBO    #George W. Bush    #Television    #News    #Politics    #Culture   

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 Celestial Obama. Reuters photographer Larry Downing captures a new spin on the old “president boards a plane” photograph. 
via Reuters Editor’s Choice
(credit:  Larry Downing/Reuters caption:  President Obama walks up the stairs towards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington before departing for San Francisco, June 6, 2012. The clouds are reflected in the aircraft’s engine cover.)
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Celestial Obama. Reuters photographer Larry Downing captures a new spin on the old “president boards a plane” photograph.

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(credit: Larry Downing/Reuters caption: President Obama walks up the stairs towards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington before departing for San Francisco, June 6, 2012. The clouds are reflected in the aircraft’s engine cover.)

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 I thought this photo of Aung San Suu Kyi talking to a Myanmar Muslim leader had a certain foreboding about it. Then I looked at the hands: his on his heart, hers over it and think there may be hope for stifling religious strife in Myanmar.
via Reuters Editor’s Choice
(credit: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters caption:  Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks to Myanmar Muslims leaders at the National League for Democracy head office in Yangon, Myanmar, June 6, 2012.)
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I thought this photo of Aung San Suu Kyi talking to a Myanmar Muslim leader had a certain foreboding about it. Then I looked at the hands: his on his heart, hers over it and think there may be hope for stifling religious strife in Myanmar.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(credit: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters caption: Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks to Myanmar Muslims leaders at the National League for Democracy head office in Yangon, Myanmar, June 6, 2012.)

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One of the reasons I like the juxtaposition of these two photos is that they show the lasting effect of one prong of Rovian philosophy: co-opting the opponent’s message (the sibling of turning your opponent’s strength against them ). And, in fact, polls show that a significant number of Obama voters and independents supported Walker

Top photo via DayLife, bottom photo via Altoona Herald

(Top photo credit: Getty Images caption: WAUKESHA, WI - JUNE 05: While his family watches from the wings, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker greets supporters at an election-night rally June 5, 2012 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Walker, only the third governor in history to face a recall election, defeated his Democrat contender Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Opponents of Walker forced the recall election after the governor pushed to change the collective bargaining process for public employees in the state. Bottom photo credit: Bill Neibergall/Des Moines Register caption:After he shook hands with members of the audience, President Obama walked to the podium after arriving at the Knapp Learning Center, on Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday night May 24th, 2012.)

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