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Recently, 2 western journalists died, via a indiscriminate bombing, near Homs, Syria.  Both Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik were determined, from reports, of believing in their work and necessity. Many of us can understand their zeal and passion for the work, which would be invaluable addition to the public records.

Remi Ochlik is a photojournalist. His work is very very good. Here’s a sample of his recent portfolio. Times Blog here has done a salute to his work.

See the portfolio HERE.  I tip my hat, as well.

photo by Remi Ochlik (via Lightbox.Time.Com / Polaris)

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According to the International News Safety Institute, there have been a total of 80 journalists who have died in covering the war in Iraq, including 56 Iraqi journalists.

“Every single civilian death in this war is to be mourned, but a free press is critical for a free and fearless society. Hopes of a new democracy rising from the ashes of post-Saddam Iraq are being buried alongside these brave reporters,” said INSI Director Rodney Pinder.

The others who’d died originated from:  Algeria, Argentina (2), Australia (2), Britain (3), Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan (2), Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Poland, Spain (2), Ukraine and the United States (4).

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Most recently 2 journalists died in Syria‘s ever escalating violence.

American journalist Marie Colvin, and French photojournalist Remi Ochlik died in a shelling of their media compound located inside Homs. Colvin is a veteran war correspondent

Colvin was 55.

Ochlik was 30.

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[GRAPHIC VIDEO] Marie Colvin’s last report.

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[GRAPHIC VIDEO] Seems to be actual video account from denouncer of violence in Homs. In the background looks to be the bodies of Colvin and Ochlik. However, unconfirmed.

Reminder again of how dangerous and uncompromising war coverage can be. Unfortunately, she herself became part of the “murders”, as she put it, today.

We’re a wacky species, sometimes.

But in the name of commerce and the capitalistic way, the human race invents products to solve problems. And sometimes, the application just doesn’t fit where it should be.

LYSOL

Yes. You know that product. The product advertised and used by the public for home cleaning and sanitizing (and to make wood furnishing shiny and bright) was used in a very “sensitive area”. Can you believe it was marketed as women’s cleansing product to prevent and cure vaginal infections? Wow.

BUBBLE WRAP

Yep. It’s not only for moving and then rewarding yourself with some cacophonic bubble burstings. The original use of bubble wrap was for sound absorption in houses and rooms.  It was even marketed to the chic as Actual wall paper for their homes.

Now we are addicted to popping. Forget about the walls, we’ve got iPhone App games!

PLAY-DOH

You know, when you have walls, you need to clean them. And the first thing we all think of to clean them with would be?  Yes. Play-Doh, that chemically pungent clay-like greasy mess of a toy, for the tots in all of us, used to be marketed as a cleaner.

Imagine in our modern times, a company doing this and then marketing to children, without change in chemical properties?

Well, glad Play-Doh was invented in the 1930’s, eh?

CORK SCREW

Ah. What would we do with out cork screws to open our bottle of $14 wines with. Then in our attempt quickly get off target and break off the cork, half still being stuck in the bottle. Oh, cork screw, how we love thee.

But our modern day enemy mini, had a more noble and grand responsibility:  Bullet Remover.

Not from bodies, but the bullets that became stuck in the actual gun. I guess the guns back then were pretty bad.

Well, cheers! But we like opening without a cork screw, better.

WD-40

The original name for WD-40 was “Water Dispersement, 40th attempt”. Has a nice twang to it, don’t it? But seriously, the scientists who invented this product was on a mission to prevent metals from rusting. Because rusting is not good on Missiles. Yep, they were working on preventing the premature destruction of missiles built to protect this land. They succeeded for sure.

But it had must more used in the home, as we know. Now, we all use it to unscrew that thing-of-a-bob, and unhinge that chimmy-changa, from that wacka-mole that just broke the entrence key.

2,000 + uses and counting.

Source:  Cracked.Com

How heavy is the Internet?

I mean, how heavy is, collectively, ALL of the information chugging around WITHIN the Internet?

Five hundred pounds (LBS)? Or maybe, one Trillion tons?

Nope.

Watch the vid below and see the explanation.  It’s mind blowing, in a good way.

Source:  vsauce (YouTube)

 

As always, it is a segment described and defined by marketers pushing and tearing into our everyday egos, nurturing purchase movements and erotic zones. Touching, caressing, titillating, beckoning- exciting our everyday senses for that impulse buy.

Lifestyle is a powerful branding environment. Once established, it sucks out other extraneous competitive distractions, concentrating and forcefully disembowling the notion of what “we stand for” means.

Stripped of that original notion; stripped of that original intent- life becomes simple, simpler, simplest – with that lifestyle brand, on the shoulder, or on the back, or dangling on the neck.

Nothing else matters any longer. Nothing else (no other equal or greater brand) is significant enough.

We head forth, with headstrong notions, noting every pulse of brand solitude and convinced of truth. Foreboding and flooding waves of amplitude- washing and cleaning and intoxicating the senses- numb with fear and numb with exultant triumph. That brand is it. That brand is now the lifestyle.

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Head Phones represent one of the cornerstones of coolness and lifestyle correctness.

These new brands focused on the market that was so popular with the first Sony Walkman– the early tweens to early 30 year old demographic. These headphones are ultra modern in design, livery, marketing, and all connected with “cool” music categories like hip-hop, new jazz, and rap, etc.

The success is in the number of competitors whom flooded the market for that share of the pie.

Some good stuff, I say. At least in a competitive sense.

Here is a list of them. Shop away!

  • Beats                    Founded 2008       HQ Newburyport, MA (USA)
  • Skullcandy            Founded 2003       HQ Park City, UT (USA)
  • Frends                  Founded 2010       HQ Encinitas, CA (USA)
  • AiAiAi                     Founded 2006       HQ Copenhagan (Denmark)
  • House of Marley     Founded 2011      HQ Scottsdale, AZ (USA)
  • Eskuche                Founded 2008       HQ Los Angeles, CA (USA)
  • WeSC                   Founded 1999        HQ Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Urbanears             Founded 2008        HQ Stockholm (Sweden)

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo.

Music: Jan Jelinek | Do Dekor, faitiche back2001

w+p by Jan Jelinek, published by scape Publishing / Universal
janjelinek.com   faitiche.de

Image Courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory,
NASA Johnson Space Center, The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth
eol.jsc.nasa.gov

Editing: Michael König   koenigm.com

Shooting locations in order of appearance:

1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
6. Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
7. Halfway around the World
8. Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
9. Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
10. Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
11. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
13. Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
14. Views of the Mideast at Night
15. Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
18. Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night

Apple will be seeking an exclusive streaming rights agreement with the Premier League, the cream of the crop of British Football.

The battle for the billion-pound project will be joined. The contenders which Apple will be competing against will be SKY, ESPN, and Al Jezeera.

The legacy distribution partner is SKY (a Rupert Murdoch company). It has had a strong hold on the contract with the Premier League ever since the leagues’ formation in 1992.

Apple’s possible gain is adding premier content which is planning for its Apple TV services focused on the UK market.

Intriguing and interesting.

A morsel of truth, for future strategies perhaps for the US market, doesn’t it?

It’s that time. This happens every other year, it seems.

Meryl Streep has a new movie out. It’s named “The Iron Lady“, a history churning, “makes me feel triumphant”, dark-ish, “go get ’em” of a movie, being displayed through out these United States.

The Iron Lady movie poster.

Meryl Streep again is out to recreate another of one of western history’s most vitriolic and at the same time triumphant, example of a leader, Margaret Thatcher (Prime Minister of UK from 1979-1990).  The movie takes place in the years drawn out by the Cold War and militaristic bureaucratic ideologies splattered on the walls of all major governments world wide, as a back drop. It journals the road Thatcher took, to popularity, power, and influence.

It’s secure that Streep (the consumate Oscar winner and actress steeped in worldly respect from the public and within) will again seek out a leaping forward performance, possibly trouncing other Oscar competitors in her wake.

As a comparison, below are 2 vids. One of the movie trailer, and one of the Real “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher in Parliamentary action.

Do believe, Meryl Streep does it again. Her accent and study of Thatcher’s manerisms is outstanding. Her make up crew has out done themselves with the mouth implants as well.

But there’s more.  

Can you believe, she’s a fashion muse at the moment. The fashion world is using her as a signal of fashion faction.

Model Ikeliene Stange in Peter Jensen Resort 2012; Meryl Streep with Woody Allen in Manhattan (via Racked.Com & La Garconne Blog)

January 2012 issue with Meryl Streep on Cover. Oldest model on cover ever for Vogue. (via RadarOnline.Com)

Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) was on the cover of Vogue (January issue), as the magazine’s oldest cover woman ever (she’s 62).

And how did she become a muse? Well, Danish designer Peter Jensen said so of his work on this season’s work for La Garconne, that’s how. His inspiration was rubbed out from the appearance of the movie star back in her “Kramer vs. Kramer” movie era.

The apparel will be available in only 12 select location in the US for retail purchase, including La Garconne, Opening Ceremony, and Ten Over Six.

The Star:               Meryl Streep

The Designer:        Peter Jensen

Shop:                   La Garconne, Opening Ceremony, Ten Over Six

Sources:               Racked.Com, La Garconne Blog, RadarOnline.Com

A young girl passes the body of a man assassinated in Cucuta, Colombia. The city has suffered a wave of killings at the hands of the United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (AUC), a right-wing paramilitary group. The killings continue even months after the AUC supposedly disarmed in the Cucuta region as part of peace negotiations with the Colombian government. 9 March 2005. © Stephen Ferry (via WPP)

Stephen Ferry Artist Statement (via National Geographic):

Since the late 1980s, he has covered major historical processes and events, such as the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, the rise of radical Islam in Northern Africa, the destruction of rain forests in Brazil and the United States, and the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on New York City, along with stories in nearly every Latin American country.

He is currently focused on documenting, over a period of years, Colombia‘s ongoing civil war. His work there is supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism, the Knight International Press Fellowship, and the Alicia Patterson Fellowship.

Recognized as a distinguished teacher of documentary photography, Ferry is on the faculty of the Fundación para un Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (founded by Gabriel García Márquez in 1995 in Cartagena, Colombia) and of the International Center of Photography in New York. In 2005, he received the prestigious Howard Chapnick Grant and a National Geographic Expeditions Council grant to help a group of indigenous leaders from Colombia use photography in defense of their land.

He is a winner of the First Bill Hetherington Grant from WPP & HRW.

Stephen Ferry was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

VIOLENTOLOGY:

This video shows a presentation of the Violentology project as a potential model of grassroots journalism and an alternative to commercial media. In Spanish. Held at the TEDxCeiba x=independently organized TED event, July 31, 2011, at the Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá:

The Tim Hetherington Grant is a joint initiative of World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch, and is supported by Tim’s parents. The grant is intended to support a photographer in completing an existing project on a human rights theme. The application process was open to all professional photographers who have participated in a World Press Photo competition between 2008 and 2011.

(RICHEST) Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) worth nearly $450Million (Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP)

We all have an inkling on how the Congress is seated by powerful and rich persons of society.

But did we “really” know how rich some of the members of Congress were?

Don’t get me wrong. Being wealthy by way of having successful companies, utilizing their inherited funds, and or just having married well, is just fine. Kudos to all.

The reality is, that when a person is well to do, there is more time to think about other issues in life, other than just getting by and trying to find something to eat everyday (true from Ben Franklin, to now). After all, that is the luxury or the award for having worked hard and amounting the wealth.

Sometimes we all have to realize and award persons who’d ran for office, the benefit of the doubt that they are (with their well earned wealth in bank) in the most sincerest forms, going to Washington DC to represent and help the average persons of the US.

The world isn’t straight cut. It’s alway a balancing act. There’s more gray, than we want.

In any case, this was news from July of 2011, but it’s just fun to find out what they are proported to be worth. Just like we love finding out about Justin Bieber‘s girlfriend troubles or what not.

GO HERE for Washington Post  STORY LINK

(POOREST) 1. Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) net worth of - $4.7Million (Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP)

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