Thomas L. Friedman tells us who he’s not going to vote for in the next election: 9/11 Is Over.
Friedman is talking about a president who will heal us and get us focused on our core values. Great, we need that. But, so many of our core values have been compromised by Bush and Cheney that rather than just moving on as if nothing happened I think we have to acknowledge what’s happened during their term.
Impeach Bush/Cheney, try them as war criminals and acknowledge and then clean up the messes they’ve made. If we don’t make right the bad we’ve done in the world it will matter little who our next president is.
Sidney Blumenthal has an incredible piece in Salon on the Dan Rather/CBS lawsuit: Dan Rather stands by his story.
Rather could have simply allowed the statute of limitations to run out, lived off his millions, and faded away. But the incident ate at him. On one level, the Bush National Guard story is about Bush and the National Guard. On another, of course, it is about Rather’s reputation. But on yet another it is about CBS’s overwhelming desire to please the Bush White House and censor itself. The White House campaign against Rather has been so successful that many in the national press corps behave as though in mouthing its talking points they are demonstrating their own independent thought.
This lawsuit has the potential to shine a bright light on how CBS and other news organizations have been systematically intimidated by the Bush administration, both the meddling but also the corporate support in suppressing information that might hurt Bush. I hope Rather kicks their butts, they desserve it.
Irene Suchocki has a collection of absolutely stunning photographic work. It is some of the most painterly photography and post processing I’ve seen and I love it. Lots of Chinese watercolor influence down to the chop on some of the images.
[via Michaela Guerin Hackner]
Apple posted a QuickTime movie describing the iPhone Update: September ’07.
I don’t own an iPhone (yet) and custom ringtones aren’t something that excites me but the part of this video that shows a custom ringtone being built in iTunes is fantastic. What a well designed feature.
Warren, Connecticut. Before we shot the sunrise we shot the moon set this morning. Amazing how much light a full moon will toss on clouds.
Warren, Connecticut. A friend and I decided to get up at 4 am this morning to catch the sun coming up on the Shepaug river valley. Tough to get up that early but morning light is really worth the effort and it was great to watch the world come alive and attempt to record a bit of it with our cameras.
I was watching an amazing video of Saul Griffith, a recent MacArthur grant recipient doing a talk at the TED conference and realized that there must be a collection of these videos somewhere.
Here it is: Ted Talks.
Great stuff, really great. About as close as us mere mortals will ever come to seeing what happens at the remarkable TED conference.