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Bag’s Take-Away:Viral UC Davis pepper spray photo. The horror’s in the non-chalance. (Cop 1 & Cop 2.)
(photo: Louise Macabitas)
Bag’s Take-Away:Ben Ali, Muammar and Hosni last October — just ahead of “the Spring.” Should have checked their horoscopes.
(photo: DPA caption: By 2010, Gadhafi was one of the longest-serving despots on the African continent. Here, he is seen with Tunisian ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak in October 2010. Both of them were toppled in mass protests earlier this year.)
In debt to China.
“We could sit here all night long, come to a compromise over raising some taxes, cutting government spending, et cetera, et cetera,” said President Obama. “Or we could just play a kickass game of mahjongg.”
Same restaurant. Same visit. So, who’s using who for their own visual purposes?
(photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images caption: President Obama hugs a woman who’s taking a picture of the embrace during a stop at Ross’ Restaurant in Bettendorf, Iowa, on Tuesday. photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP caption: President Barack Obama holds a sleeping baby boy as he visits Ross’ restaurant in Bettendorf, Iowa, Tuesday, June 28, 2011.)
1. Tarp nation
2. Days of long shadows
3. Doesn’t have to be radiant
A volunteer helped a young boy pick out a shirt Friday from piles donated to the homeless in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
Pro-Assad demonstrators provide classic example why people up-in-arms. Can’t separate the man from the State.
Supporters of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad hold up a national flag with a picture of him, in Damascus on March 25. [Photo: REUTERS]
The latest on Syria:
Syrian authorities confirm the country will revoke its emergency law. Emergency law has been in place since 1963. [AJE]
Sana, Syria’s official news agency, says 12 people have been killed in the town of Latakia in the past two days. [AJE]
President Assad will address the nation ‘very soon’. [France24]
Assad deployed the Syrian army Saturday night for the first time since protests began. [Reuters]
The U.S. will not intervene in Syria, says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. [Bloomberg]
The U.S. should intervene in Syria, says Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT). [The Hill]
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez backed Assad on Saturday, calling him a ‘humanist’. [Haaretz]
Israel believes Iran and Hezbollah are suppressing the protests in Syria. [J Post]
Of course it makes perfect sense the President would visit Rio’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. At the same time, in one holy optic, it’s a not-to-be-missed opportunity to put more distance between Obama and the Muslim rumors.
(caption: U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha (L) and Malia tour Christ the Redeemer Statue on Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro late March 20, 2011. - via Photo from Reuters Pictures)
Marc Sobel writes (sending link to New Yorker photo booth slide show): Don’t know what to make of this one.
The Bag answers: The “cellophane” one? Does it feel sci-fi. Maybe it has a mutated feeling. Is it partly because it’s a woman, btw? Is part of the feeling of it that she’s a woman/solider?
Marc Sobel answers: All I could get was this and the spirit of the Japanese military. but a very ghostly image. I think it’s a man.
(Photo: Adam Dean/Panos. caption: A Japanese Self-Defense Force soldier looks out at the tsunami devastation reflected in the window in Rikuzen-Takaata, Iwate Prefecture, March 15, 2011. Thousands of people died in this small town seventy kilometers northeast of Sendai.)
If this woman tested negative, I didn’t, this emerald-bathed, Tyvek-wrapped nuke crisis shot primed to deliver one big color shock. If the situation in Japan isn’t already weird enough, hold onto your iodine pills. Visual media is a competitive business.
(photo: photo: Asahi Shimbun, via Reuters caption: Medical workers screened a woman for possible radiation exposure in Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Wednesday after she was evacuated from an area within about 12 miles of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. She tested negative.