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February 1, 2013
interweber:

brianfeldman:

this is real

oh

On December 21, 1991, “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye To Yesterday” hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. On December 25, 1991, the Soviet Union was dissolved. Coincidence? We think not.

interweber:

brianfeldman:

this is real

oh

On December 21, 1991, “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye To Yesterday” hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. On December 25, 1991, the Soviet Union was dissolved. Coincidence? We think not.

22:06 // 1 year ago
February 6, 2012

Looking deeper into an old-school photo-manipulation mystery

Tonight, spurred by a tweet I was sending along, I took a second look at AP for more details on this 1991 photo, wrongly claimed to be from over the weekend and later debunked as Photoshopped. There were some questions as to why a photo of this nature would be manipulated, and I think I have an answer. I went back to the link I posted yesterday and noticed the AP link was now broken. Weird, I thought — it worked fine yesterday. So then, I did a fresh search and found this photo, which is nearly the same as the one In Focus ran in December. I did a compare and contrast and noticed a red blotch that wasn’t there before. And a different date on the photo — March 19, 1991, not March 10. I compared it with the photo from In Focus, and there was some definite photo manipulation going on — see the bottom four images. However, I can firmly say that the AP photo I downloaded on Sunday did not have this blotch — so The Atlantic is in the clear, this is all AP. The photo that was manipulated appears to have been removed from the archives and replaced with one that hasn’t. In the end, it’s not full deception, but an attempt at cleaning up imperfection. — Ernie @ SFB

23:30 // 2 years ago
February 5, 2012
13:17 // 2 years ago

Oh, and also, the 1991 Russia photo is Photoshopped

Our reader squashed threw this in a reply to that fake Russia crowd post, confirming that the picture is in fact Photoshopped:

Looked at the big version of the photo myself and confirmed this using pixel matching. Will send a note to Alan Taylor of the Atlantic about this photo. EDIT: Here’s the original photo on AP.

0:02 // 2 years ago
August 18, 2011
What people recognize is that there’s a fear that the United States is in an unstoppable decline. They see the rise of China, the rise of India, the rise of the Soviet Union and our loss militarily going forward.
Michele Bachmann • In a radio interview. Anyone fearing the rise of the Soviet Union can rest easy, as the country hasn’t existed since its collapse twenty years ago. Bachmann has previously claimed that America’s founding fathers “worked tirelessly" to end slavery, and that the Revolutionary War started in New Hampshire. Are we unfairly picking on a popular candidate for making a few innocent gaffes? Or is Bachmann’s tenuous grasp on history a legitimate concern for a candidate seeking the presidency? source (viafollow)
22:15 // 3 years ago
January 25, 2011
21:29 // 3 years ago
November 4, 2010

Who needs Photoshop? Not the Soviets. Years before Photoshop became the photo-editing software du jour, they already had some fairly advanced photo-retouching technology. Sure, the tools were a little big and clunky, but clearly they were ultra-effective. If only they had kept at it a little longer; we might all be speaking Russian at the moment. source

10:25 // 3 years ago