Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Ray
Firefly fading fast,
wondering how long, your light will last.
Trying to signal to those nearby,
but no response, you don’t know why.
Sending your light all around,
only darkness, is what you’ve found.
Now your light, slowly fades,
as you dim out to the shades.
Suddenly, a greater glow,
and at last you finally know.
You are more, than meets the eye,
tranquil lights, that touch the sky.
27feb14 gsk ‘For my Mother, Jean’
One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.
Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in the English-speaking “Five Eyes” alliance. Today, we at the Intercept are publishing another new JTRIG document, in full, entitled “The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations.”
By publishing these stories one by one, our NBC reporting highlighted some of the key, discrete revelations: the monitoring of YouTube and Blogger, the targeting of Anonymous with the very same DDoS attacks they accuse “hacktivists” of using, the use of “honey traps” (luring people into compromising situations using sex) and destructive viruses. But, here, I want to focus and elaborate on the overarching point revealed by all of these documents: namely, that these agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself.
(Source: The Future Journalism Project)
Prison in Norway.
Home Away from Home
Every 10 to 12 cells share a kitchen and living room, where prisoners prepare their evening meals and relax after a day of work. None of the windows at Halden have bars. Photo taken 2010.
There’s also a recording studio with a professional mixing board. In-house music teachers — who refer to the inmates as “pupils,” never “prisoners” — work with their charges on piano, guitar, bongos and more. Three members of Halden’s security-guard chorus recently competed on Norway’s version of American Idol. They hope to produce the prison’s first musical — starring inmates — later this year. Photo taken 2010.
oliviabeanlove reblogged this from you and added:
rollership said: That’s a really good idea! and don’t forget people still go to jail there for victim-less crimes. In the united states that is 80%
- Norway Has Some Of The Lowest Murder Rates In The World: In 2009, Norway had .6 intentional homicides per 100,000 people. In the same year, the United States had 5 murders per 100,000 people, meaning that the U.S. proportionally has 8 times as many homicides.
- Norway’s Incarceration Rate Is A Fraction Of That Of The United States:71 out of every 100,000 Norwegian citizens is incarcerated. In the United States, 743 out of every 100,000 citizens was incarcerated in 2009. The U.S. has the world’s highest incarceration rate.
- Norway’s Prisoner Recidivism Rate Is Much Lower Than The United States’: The recidivism rate for prisoners in Norway is around 20 percent. Meanwhile, it’s estimated that 67 percent of America’s prisoners are re-arrested and 52 percent are re-incarcerated.
The rain pours down,
heavy and hard.
Your body slowly becomes numb,
as the cold water saturates your clothes.
The rain mixes with the tears
that are streaming down your face.
The wind begins to blow,
causing the rain to pour sideways,
hitting you in the face.
You feel a demented comfort,
pretending the sky is crying for you,
that someone is mourning your sadness,
but you know it’s not true.
The rain brings a psychotic high to your sadness,
which only makes the wounds deepen
and the blood run faster.
Erik Johansson. Impressive photo-manipulation.
Oooh, I’ve only seen a few of these.
I will forever reblog this beautiful shit
He’s one of my favorite artists :)