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An official excerpt from today's State Department press conference about Andrew WK's Middle East party mission

  • Q: And then secondly -- and this is a really kind of bizarre -- there's an entertainer who goes by the name of Andrew W.K. who says that he has been named or appointed by the State Department to be a cultural ambassador to appear at some event in Bahrain. Do you know anything about this?
  • MS. NULAND: And here I thought we were going to get through this whole briefing without that point coming up.
  • Q: Oh, you do -- you do. Is it -- is it true? You have something?
  • MS. NULAND: I do have a little something on this. So we had a Bahraini entity that approached the embassy about co-sponsoring a visit by this guy, who I take it is pretty popular there in Bahrain. That was initially approved, and then when more senior management at the embassy took a look at this, the conclusion was that this was not an appropriate use of U.S. government funds.
  • Q: Is that -- is that -- did -- would they -- the government would have paid for his trip over there had it -- (inaudible) --
  • MS. NULAND: I don't know what the details of our sponsorship were -- (inaudible) --
  • Q: Can you explain why it was -- was it -- I mean, his -- (chuckles) -- that the -- was it -- was the -- it was decided that it was inappropriate to send someone over there to Bahrain to represent the United States whose hits include, you know, "Party 'Til You Puke" and things like that? (Laughter.) Is that -- is that why it was -- is that why it was decided it was inappropriate?
  • MS. NULAND: Thank you for sharing that. I think --
  • Q: No, is that -- is that why?
  • MS. NULAND: I think the conclusion was when they looked at the body of his work that we didn't need to be part of this invitation. I'll leave --
  • Q: (Inaudible) -- and just hold on -- just to make clear, it was -- the invitation was actually never extended to him?
  • MS. NULAND: Frankly, I don't have the details. There may have been some preliminary conversations with him. But he is not going to be going to Bahrain on the U.S. government's dime.
  • Q: All right.
fotojournalismus:

Congolese flees the eastern Congolese town of Sake, 27km west of Goma on Nov. 23 2012. Thousands fled the M23 controlled town as platoons of rebels were making their way across the hills from Sake to the next major town of Minova, where the Congolese army was believed to be regrouping. The militants seeking to overthrow the government vowed to push forward despite mounting international pressure. Fearing more fighting, thousands of people, clutching children and belongings, were on the move around the lake on Friday, trudging along the road towards Goma from Sake.
[Credit : Jerome Delay/AP]

fotojournalismus:

Congolese flees the eastern Congolese town of Sake, 27km west of Goma on Nov. 23 2012. Thousands fled the M23 controlled town as platoons of rebels were making their way across the hills from Sake to the next major town of Minova, where the Congolese army was believed to be regrouping. The militants seeking to overthrow the government vowed to push forward despite mounting international pressure. Fearing more fighting, thousands of people, clutching children and belongings, were on the move around the lake on Friday, trudging along the road towards Goma from Sake.

[Credit : Jerome Delay/AP]

You can be Cautious or you can be Creative (but there’s no such thing as a Cautious Creative). George Lois. More wisdom on creativity from the legendary ad man and art director here. (via explore-blog)

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stop-motion video from the zolas

pbsthisdayinhistory:

Coming Sunday on PBS: The Dust Bowl

THE DUST BOWL, a film by Ken Burns, chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the “Great Plow-Up,” followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.

The U.S. government sent some talented photographers to capture America during the 30s. Learn more about them and their iconic images that brought the Dust Bowl home to everyone. View the photos: http://to.pbs.org/QN2oIT

Premieres November 18 and 19, 2012 8:00–10:00 p.m. ET on PBS

Watch the Preview: http://to.pbs.org/T6SXDz


futurejournalismproject:

Mozilla Releases Popcorn Maker

Via Journalism.co.uk:

Mozilla has released Popcorn Maker 1.0, which allows journalists to create web-native video that includes real-time tweets, Google maps, images and more.

Popcorn Maker allows users to drag and drop video from YouTube or Vimeo or audio from SoundCloud and then add other other elements such as images, tweets and links to content on the web. For example, tweets that include a hashtag can be added and will be automatically updated with new tweets containing that hashtag after the video is published.

For those with coding skills, there is a Javascript library called Popcorn.js, which was launched at last year’s MozFest.

After watching the videos and poking around a bit, Popcorn Maker feels like Storify but with a video wrapper.

Visit the site to how it’s been used. For example, this story on New York’s Stop and Frisk laws; this neighborhood tour that mashes up Google Maps and Wikipedia; or this remix of a TED Talk. 

So … DIY “pop-up video” for 2012?

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Inflatable, robotic elephant … via The Atlantic

theatlantic:

In Focus: Diwali: The Festival of Lights

Today marks the start of the five-day festival of Diwali, celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs around the world. During Diwali, originally a harvest festival, lamps are lit to celebrate the triumph of good over evil, fireworks are set off to drive away evil spirits, and prayers for prosperity are offered to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Collected here are images of this year’s festival, as celebrants color their world, give prayers, and wish each other a happy Diwali.

Read more. [Images: AP, Getty, Reuters]