April 17, 2014
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

SMASHING CRAYONS, HERE TO-DAY

Here’s Angelo Mozilo of Country Financial as a cake. See what happens when he meets regulator John Reich (HIS PAL!) who is a soft piece of chocolate in my new video: Financial Fondue, for Slate.com.

Here’s what happens when working in new media; in this case, with meat. The brave piece of cheese was originally supposed to be the topping for a cheeseburger. I thought the softest cheese would be a piece of Edam, which I scupted and painted.  The top of the burger never got hot enough to bother the cheese in any significant way.  The bottom of the burger started to burn while the cheese stubbornly kept looking at me like this.  Finally I opted for Velveeta and mac (which, as we all know, is something that never fails).

Tim Hetherington, Chris Hondros

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Capa once said if your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.  He also said, yeah, I have a zoom . . . it’s called feet.

For photojournalists it’s a miracle that they can make it out of levels of danger incomprehensible to the rest of us.  Until they don’t. But that is what they are covering. It is a choice they make, but an essential one.  We wouldn’t know the war without them . . . and not be able to fight as effectively for peace.

These two gentlemen died yesterday, the victim of indiscriminate bombing by Qaddafi forces in Libya. Here’s the them and a level of bravery known only to the soldiers they cover.

Here’s an appreciation in Democracy Now.  And then below Tim’s great film Restrepo.

Their work remains, undimmed, lighting the way for lovers of peace and visual communication.


New Tea of the Day

Poll: 70 percent of “TeaParty supporters” oppose Medicare cuts: http://slate.me/eQQbEw

 

SALEH PLAYS DRESS-UP

In today’s NY Times: an encouraging story about courage. The women of Yemen take it to Saleh, and to the streets:

SANA, Yemen — President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s suggestion that antigovernment protesters in the capital were in violation of Islamic law because women were allowed to mix with men stirred a women’s rights march in the capital on Saturday, as thousands of women in this staunchly conservative country made Mr. Saleh an object of public derision.
Mr. Saleh’s comments on Friday, in which he called on the antigovernment protesters at Sana University “to prevent the mixing on University Avenue, which is not approved by Islam,” seemed only to further embolden female protesters in Yemen, where virtually all women are covered in black head to toe, including a niqab, or face veil.
“The reason why people are upset is that you cannot talk about women’s honor here,” said Atiaf Alwazir, a Yemeni woman raised in the United States who is now a youth organizer. “That is really a big shame. It’s a black shame. It shames the tribe, the husband, the brother, the whole family.”

This week’s episode of Smashing Crayons for Slate: Life of Saleh.

THE 3 STOOGES MEET DIABLO CANYON

For the latest installment of Smashing Crayons for Slate I investigate the people behind the amazing Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.  The shocking results HERE: DIABLO CANYON FOR DUMMIES