Esquire ties one of the darkest stories it has ever written, a tale about an unknown man who jumped from the North Tower of the World Trade Center 13 years ago, with another story of weighty importance—the murders of James Foley and Steven Sotloff by Islamic State. Its goal—to create something positive from both experiences through a paywall, all proceeds from which will go to a scholarship in Foley’s name.
Tom Junod’s “The Falling Man” has been read by nearly 20 million people since we first published it in September 2003. It’s the story behind a single image from September 11th that struck such a raw and terrifying nerve that it was almost immediately banished from public view. It came immediately to mind when photos and video of James Foley’s beheading by ISIS began circling the globe, followed two weeks later by the devastating video of Steven Sotloff’s murder. We wondered whether there was something we could do to honor their courage as journalists. And that’s when we came back to those 20 million readers.
We’ve teamed up with Creatavist and Tinypass on a fundraiser to sell a re-issue of “The Falling Man,” with a new introduction about James Foley. All revenue will go to the James Foley Scholarship Fund at Marquette University’s Diederich College of Communication. Our audacious goal is to raise $200,000, enough to cover a full four-year scholarship. We may fail miserably, or we might surprise ourselves. Either way, we hope you’ll help.
For those who don’t have $3.99 to offer, the paywall is optional.
“You are not safe. You need to get out of where you are as soon as possible before these people harm you. Thank you for inventing Bitcoin.”—Someone appears to have hacked Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto’s account on the PHP Foundation website, leading to a cryptic message claiming that the anonymous enigma has been doxxed. (Nakamoto first posted his idea for Bitcoin on the site back in 2009, then disappeared shortly thereafter.) Clearly, Leah McGrath Goodman did it.
The Justice Department intends to launch a civil rights investigation of the entire Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department, according to administration officials.
An announcement of the investigation is planned for Thursday.
With the help of the FBI, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has been investigating last month’s fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, who was wounded several times by a Ferguson police officer. The shooting touched off several days of sometimes violent protest.
But this new investigation would be much broader, looking at the conduct of the entire Ferguson Police Department over the past several years.
The Justice Department will also look at the practices of the county police department, but that will be a more cooperative investigation, an administration official said.
The wide scope of this investigation is a big deal.
“As soon I started to move it, she just full force, blasted the seat back, right on the laptop, almost shattered the screen. My laptop came flying onto my lap.”—James Beach, the man who used the “Knee Defender” on a reclining airline passenger and caused a plane to divert its flight path, tells his side of the story.
The militant group released a gruesome new video on Tuesday
This comes a week after Steven Sotloff’s mom pleaded with Islamic State to let her son go. Just awful. Don’t post it. Don’t even look at it. Don’t give them what they want. And don’t buy the New York Post or Daily News tomorrow.
$1.4Mthe size of the sign-on bonus Eric Cantor received for joining a Wall Street bank after resigning from Congress. It’s part of a $3.4 million compensation deal with the investment bank Moelis. Cantor, the former House Majority Leader, left his post after losing a primary earlier this year. Nice cushion. source
If your iPhone 5 has a sucky battery, this is why:
Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently. The affected iPhone 5 devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number range.
If your iPhone 5 is experiencing these symptoms and meets the eligibility requirements noted below, Apple will replace your iPhone 5 battery, free of charge.
My iPhone 5, as it turns out, has a sucky battery. So this excites me.
This morning, The New York Times published a piece declaring Ferguson shooting victim Mike Brown to be “no angel.”
Keep that in mind when you’re reading this Washington Post piece, which points out that Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, had been on a police force so tarnished by racism allegations—not unlike the ones already facing Ferguson’s police force—that it had to disband.
The small city of Jennings, Mo., had a police department so troubled, and with so much tension between white officers and black residents, that the city council finally decided to disband it. Everyone in the Jennings police department was fired. New officers were brought in to create a credible department from scratch.
That was three years ago. One of the officers who worked in that department, and lost his job along with everyone else, was a young man named Darren Wilson.
“She got a free drink from the previous customer. She was happy about that. But she didn’t want to pay for the next patron.”—A Florida Starbucks manager, on the woman who decided to break a 10-hour-long string of paying it forward, by choosing not to pay for the drink of the person behind her. Enjoy your free coffee, lady.
“So ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and for what they do every single day. ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt. They may claim out of expediency that they are at war with the United States or the West, but the fact is they terrorize their neighbors and offer them nothing but an endless slavery to their empty vision, and the collapse of any definition of civilized behavior.
And people like this ultimately fail. They fail, because the future is won by those who build and not destroy and the world is shaped by people like Jim Foley, and the overwhelming majority of humanity who are appalled by those who killed him.”—From Obama’s statement on the killing of James Foley.
For a start, this kind of reporting doesn’t obey any of the four golden rules of attention-seeking: novelty, controversy, celebrity and sex. Another way of putting it is: they’re boring, written by boring people and they cover boring subjects.
Let’s be honest: this stuff is written for other journalists. If you’ve signed up to a life of crafting explainer tabs for Vox, or landed a gig at the Guardian writing for its datablog, good for you. But know that your work will only ever be read by dorks.
Look at the three big explainer sites. Vox, FiveThirtyEight, The Upshot. What do they all have in common? All of them originate from one side of the divide. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying they’re bad because they’re liberal. I’m just saying they have editorial priorities that ignore 50 per cent of the population. You know, the “ordinary” people, who don’t stay up until 2.00 a.m. rage-commenting on Jezebel.
So-called “actually” journalism doesn’t speak to these people because it doesn’t use the language of emotion or common sense, as most of us do in most of our lives.
At least, unlike Milo Yiannopoulos (the author of this piece), Vox, FiveThirtyEight, and The Upshot pay their writers.
… I got an extremely racist message in my inbox, saying some things about the Ferguson situation that I’d never like to repeat nor give credit to. (I’m sure the message on the Tumblr staff blog yesterday made me a little bit of a target for such messages. It happens.)
Situations like this, along with the Trayvon Martin shooting, have a tendency to bring both the best and worst out of people. It shows how far we have to come as a culture, even as things seem closer than ever. I don’t want to make a big deal out of this stuff, but it really bothered me to see how someone’s ideology made them so blind that they had to use the words they did to describe this situation and their feelings on it.
I guess my wish is that people look beyond their laptop, their apartment, and their own lives and think about what it’s like in someone else’s shoes. That’s what this whole situation is about in so many ways, big and small. Too few people do it. All they see is their own perspective, and that perspective too often is poisonous.
This morning, the Washington Post described the situation in Ferguson as reaching a “turning point.” Who knows if it is? It could go on for weeks, and it might just. Whatever is next, I hope that people consider what we’ve learned about society from this story so far, and see opportunities to change things, not cause more vitriol.
Sometimes it’s hard to see the positive in the ugly. But I hope that Ferguson shows that there’s still room to shine a light on the ugly and call it out for what it is—and then show that we can beat it with our spotlight.
Violence continues to erupt in Ferguson, Mo., more than a week after the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by policeman Darren Wilson. The 18-year-old’s family demands justice be brought to their son with the arrest of the six-year veteran officer. Protesters have clashed with authorities as control over security shifted from local police to St. Louis County officers to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Gov. Jay Nixon has since called in the Missouri National Guard. And the Brown family continues to prepare for the teenager’s funeral arrangements amid completion of three separate autopsies.
Slate highlights the financial dynamics that led to the insane police situation in Ferguson:
When you split a metro area into dozens of tiny local governments (St. Louis County, to be clear, doesn’t include the actual city of St. Louis, which spun off from it in the 19th century), they tend to duplicate each others’ services, which is of course extremely expensive. But raising taxes so that each tiny borough can afford its own police and fire department is a nonstarter, since wealthy residents can always just move one town over. End result: You have police departments that self-fund by handing out tickets. And thanks to the delightful racial dynamics of U.S. law enforcement, black residents are disproportionately stopped and accosted, even though police in Ferguson are less likely to find contraband when they search black drivers than when they search whites.
In other words, Ferguson’s police department financially buoys itself by treating its residents like crap.
“If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”—National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden • Discussing the video purportedly showing photojournalist James Foley being killed at the hands of ISIS, reported as retaliation for U.S. airstrikes on Iraq. Though it’s not confirmed, Foley has been missing for nearly two years, reportedly kidnapped while on the ground in Syria. Our policy on the video follows perzadook's: We ain't linking to it.
Your coverage of Ferguson has been so useful and great and I just want to thank you for spending the time to compile all the tweets and information that you've shared because it's been a wonderful and much appreciated resource.
I really appreciate you saying that. I’m exhausted.
County-level data showing military equipment given to state and local law enforcement agencies through the Defense Department’s 1033 program. The data was received from the Defense Department in May 2014 as an Excel file, and includes transfers since 2006.
Want to know if your county has a crap-ton of military surplus gear? Check out this FOIA-extracted database on Github.
“The haptic and tactile feedback of a Kindle does not provide the same support for mental reconstruction of a story as a print pocket book does.”—Researchers at Norway’s Stavanger University say that you’re less likely to remember stuff reading it from a Kindle than you are a book, and the fact that you don’t have to turn the page may be part of the reason.
7.8Mthe number of tweets referencing the Ferguson shooting and aftermath, according to Twitter statistics reported to the Wall Street Journal. At its peak, more than 4,400 tweets were posted per minute. source