Posts Tagged 'killed'

Bin Laden Dead

Osama bin Laden is dead, and from the looks of this roundup of the newspapers today, everyone is pumped. You gotta love the enthusiasm and crassness of the tabloids: “We Got the Bastard!” and “Rot In Hell!”

When reports said he was hiding out in a $1 million compound in a modern Pakistani suburb, this is not what I pictured. A million dollars, and they didn’t even have a phone or internet connection? I guess it all went to the 18-foot walls.

It was a good idea to have the special forces kill him directly — what must that have felt like? — instead of flattening him with a bomb. But still, I need some proof. (This photo of a dead bin Laden has proven to be a fake.) Remember when  Saddam Hussein’s sons were killed in 2003 there was much disbelief and skepticism from the Muslim world. I’d be shocked if the same thing didn’t happen here.

Photography Link Roundup

• During the period of 1935-1944, the Farm Security Administration undertook a photo project to document American life. The book Killed compiles 157 rejected photos by FSA director Roy Stryker, photos that didn’t meet his exacting standards. The above video, “Punctured,” put together by William E. Jones, is a sampling of some of the castoffs that were marked by a hole punch.

• Mick Rock — “the man who shot the seventies,” i.e., Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Queen, and just about everyone else — talks about his new book. See Rolling Stone’s slideshow here. [Bloomberg News]

• Forty years later, John Filo remembers the Kent State riots and the circumstances behind his Pulitzer Prize-winning photo, one of the most iconic images of the era. [Neon Tommy]

• Photoshop wiz Danil Polevoy drops modern-day pop culture icons into old photos, creating incongruous images like half Storm Trooper/half vintage military officer. [Design You Trust, via Boing Boing]

• Sit down at your own risk: a photo gallery of the 50 Scariest Santas. [UGO]

52 Journalists Died At Work This Year

The International Press Institute has released some sobering numbers: In 2010 so far, 52 journalists have died while on the job or targeted because of their job. And while you’d think the Middle East would lead the list because of the various wars, it’s actually at the bottom, with only two deaths.

The fatalities list is as follows:
– The Americas: 20
– Asia: 18
– Africa: 8
– Middle East: 2
– Europe: 2

“Journalists continue to systematically lose their lives to conflict, militants, paid thugs, governments, drug dealers, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous security officers, and others,” the group’s interim director, Alison Bethel McKenzie said.”

Article from AP

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