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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Tags #Iraq    #Iraq war    #media    #photography    #photojournalism    #Baghdad    #Iraq army    #news   

Bag’s Take-Away:
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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Bag’s Take-Away:

I suppose there is another table, unseen to us, that says ‘uomini’, but I find it odd that Italians separate the vote — and least, in their list keeping — between men and women. Am I translating that wrong or do we have a great photo of the plasticized Berlusconi walking away from ‘women’ (donne) to cast his vote? 

via: Charlotte Observer


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I suppose there is another table, unseen to us, that says ‘uomini’, but I find it odd that Italians separate the vote — and least, in their list keeping — between men and women. Am I translating that wrong or do we have a great photo of the plasticized Berlusconi walking away from ‘women’ (donne) to cast his vote?

via: Charlotte Observer

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Well, it was hardly avoidable, especially as TV zoomed in closer on the pair. In the background of the Obama - Romney White House pic, the boxing gloves stand out at the not-so-vanishing point like an alarm. It wouldn’t have anything to do with Obama coming out swinging after Nov 7, would it? On the table, by the way, is the white turkey chili that was on the menu. Serving (a) white turkey, get it?? And then another nice touch: in the Today piece there is actually quote from the Majority Leader (and former boxer) about the photo. Reid said he liked it.

(photo: Pete Souza/White House caption: President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talk in the Oval Office following their lunch, Nov. 29, 2012.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Embarrassment of riches.

via:Wall Street Journal Photos of the Day 11/28/12

(photo: Getty Images caption: STATE BANQUET: Queen Elizabeth II delivered a speech during a state banquet for Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait in Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, Tuesday. The Amir of Kuwait is conducting a three-day state visit to the U.K.)

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Embarrassment of riches.

via:Wall Street Journal Photos of the Day 11/28/12

(photo: Getty Images caption: STATE BANQUET: Queen Elizabeth II delivered a speech during a state banquet for Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait in Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, Tuesday. The Amir of Kuwait is conducting a three-day state visit to the U.K.)

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It’s interesting to me how the poor were effectively absent during the campaign but they are somehow showing up today in so many voting slideshows, this man at the Los Angeles Mission. Example of representative government — or media wall paper?
(photo: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters caption: David Klaz stands in line to vote during the U.S. presidential election at Los Angeles Mission’s Anne Douglas Center in Los Angeles, California November 6, 2012.)
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It’s interesting to me how the poor were effectively absent during the campaign but they are somehow showing up today in so many voting slideshows, this man at the Los Angeles Mission. Example of representative government — or media wall paper?

(photo: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters caption: David Klaz stands in line to vote during the U.S. presidential election at Los Angeles Mission’s Anne Douglas Center in Los Angeles, California November 6, 2012.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

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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Bag’s Election Day Take-Away:

One of the more poignant pics of the day (and a large focus of media coverage): voting in Queens by flashlight.

via:MSNBC

(photo: Jason Decrow / AP caption: Election workers help a voter, right, finalize his affidavit ballot at a consolidated polling station for residents of the Rockaways on Election Day, on Tuesday, in the Queens borough of New York.)

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Bag’s Election Day Take-Away:

One of the more poignant pics of the day (and a large focus of media coverage): voting in Queens by flashlight.

via:MSNBC

(photo: Jason Decrow / AP caption: Election workers help a voter, right, finalize his affidavit ballot at a consolidated polling station for residents of the Rockaways on Election Day, on Tuesday, in the Queens borough of New York.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

In terms of the longer term status of NY, one of the most incisive Sandy photos I’ve seen. 


via:Sacramento Bee photoblog

(photo: Craig Ruttle/AP caption: Joseph Leader, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Vice President and Chief Maintenance Officer, shines a flashlight on standing water inside the South Ferry 1 train station in New York, N.Y., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The floodwaters that poured into New York’s deepest subway tunnels may pose the biggest obstacle to the city’s recovery from the worst natural disaster in the transit system’s 108-year history.)

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In terms of the longer term status of NY, one of the most incisive Sandy photos I’ve seen.

via:Sacramento Bee photoblog

(photo: Craig Ruttle/AP caption: Joseph Leader, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Vice President and Chief Maintenance Officer, shines a flashlight on standing water inside the South Ferry 1 train station in New York, N.Y., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The floodwaters that poured into New York’s deepest subway tunnels may pose the biggest obstacle to the city’s recovery from the worst natural disaster in the transit system’s 108-year history.)

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Born in the USA: Pic of Obama w Bruce on election eve has decide Guthrie feel to it. 

via:Reuters Election Gallery


(photo: Jason Reed/Reuters caption: U.S. President Barack Obama is introduced by musician Bruce Springsteen during an election campaign rally in Madison, Wisconsin, November 5, 2012. )

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Born in the USA: Pic of Obama w Bruce on election eve has decide Guthrie feel to it.

via:Reuters Election Gallery

(photo: Jason Reed/Reuters caption: U.S. President Barack Obama is introduced by musician Bruce Springsteen during an election campaign rally in Madison, Wisconsin, November 5, 2012. )

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