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July 25, 2014
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  • Executions should be by firing squad, federal appeals court judge says – LA Times
     
    “Old age, not execution, is the most serious risk factor for inmates at the San Quentin death row,” he wrote. In calling for firing squads, Kozinski said, “Eight or 10 large-caliber rifle bullets fired at close range can inflict massive damage, causing instant death every time.” He said the public should not shield itself “from the reality we are shedding human blood.” “If we as a society cannot stomach the splatter from an execution carried out by a firing squad, then we shouldn’t be carrying out executions at all.” c/o daring fireball
  • Who Really Created Batman? A DC Comics Historian Weighs In On The Controversy
     
    Korté, a 20-year DC Comics veteran, explains the sequence of events that lead to the creation and development of Batman. “After Superman debuted in 1938 and became an instant hit, DC editor Vince Sullivan asked Bob Kane to come up with a superhero, which he did with Batman,” he adds. “During that process, he went to a friend, Bill Finger, who gave him some tips on costume adjustments. For example, Bob initially drew bat wings on Batman. Bill suggested a scalloped cape. After Batman became a hit in May, 1939, Bob brought in more people throughout the year.”

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July 24, 2014
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  • Guy Walks Into a Bar – The New Yorker
    c/o @Jam_sponge
  • Mouin Rabbani · Israel mows the lawn
     
    At this point Netanyahu seized on the 12 June disappearance of three young Israelis in the West Bank like a drowning man thrown a lifebelt. Despite clear evidence presented to him by the Israeli security forces that the three teenagers were already dead, and no evidence to date that Hamas was involved, he held Hamas directly responsible and launched a ‘hostage rescue operation’ throughout the West Bank. It was really an organised military rampage. It included the killing of at least six Palestinians, none of whom was accused of involvement in the disappearances; mass arrests, including the arrest of Hamas parliamentarians and the re-arrest of detainees released in 2011; the demolition of a number of houses and the looting of others; and a variety of other depredations of the kind Israel’s finest have honed to perfection during decades of occupation. Netanyahu whipped up a demagogic firestorm against the Palestinians, and the subsequent abduction and burning alive of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem cannot and should not be separated from this incitement.

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July 19, 2014
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  • Netanyahu finally speaks his mind | The Times of Israel
     
    [Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] made explicitly clear that he could never, ever, countenance a fully sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank. He indicated that he sees Israel standing almost alone on the frontlines against vicious Islamic radicalism, while the rest of the as-yet free world does its best not to notice the march of extremism. And he more than intimated that he considers the current American, John Kerry-led diplomatic team to be, let’s be polite, naive.

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July 14, 2014
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  • Aerosmith made more money from video games than from any one of its own albums
     
    According to Activision chief Bobby Kotick circa 2008, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith “generated far more in revenues than any Aerosmith album ever has.” The game in question has sold over four million copies to date, droves more than most album sales in the modern market … headlining bands have always depended on the power of their brand to move merchandise and T-shirts as much as their albums.

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July 13, 2014
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  • Aerosmith made more money from video games than from any one of its own albums
     
    According to Activision chief Bobby Kotick circa 2008, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith “generated far more in revenues than any Aerosmith album ever has.” The game in question has sold over four million copies to date, droves more than most album sales in the modern market … headlining bands have always depended on the power of their brand to move merchandise and T-shirts as much as their albums.
  • Selenium With Node.js and Mocha: Automated Testing With JavaScript
  • It's Not Me It's You: Why So Many Artists Want To Break-Up with Major Labels
     
    MIA threatened to leak Matangi and have a whole new record to release by the time Interscope pulled their finger out. Angel Haze went one step further – in December she tweeted “fuck you” to Island/Republic records and leaked her debut album Dirty Gold. Azealia Banks has “literally begged” to be dropped from Universal because they “don’t even know what they’re listening to or for”, and Sky Ferreira recently revealed that her time at EMI – where she recorded three albums, none of which were released – was characterised by “55-year-old guys telling me what people my age wanted to hear.”

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July 12, 2014
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  • America Fails the 'Rule of Law' Test – Conor Friedersdorf
     
    “From the perspective of many around the world, the U.S. appears to claim, in effect, the legal right to kill any person it determines is a member of al-Qaida or its associated forces, in any state on Earth, at any time, based on secret criteria and secret evidence, evaluated in a secret process by unknown and largely anonymous individuals—with no public disclosure of which organizations are considered ‘associated forces,’ no means for anyone outside that secret process to raise questions about the criteria or validity of the evidence, and no means for anyone outside that process to identify or remedy mistakes or abuses.”

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