social networks and compassion, dusty road spring wall, “So What”

I have a terrible case of writer’s block. I had lot of work to do the pass couple of days and I think it caught up with me. The possible good news is that for those who like like visuals and good sounds, there will be more than average.

Are Social Networking Site Users Compassionate?

A new study from Pew, based upon a large national survey, found that people reported a lot more cruelty and the absence of kindness that many would expect. This implies that social networking sites (SNS) could use a lot more compassion.

Among adults, 85% say that their experience on the sites is that people are mostly kind. Fewer teens said the same, only 69%.  More, social networking sites contributed to real life problems: including arguments and physical fights with friends, family members, teachers, or co-workers.  In all categories, teens were about twice as likely to report that SNS got them into trouble:

The family fights angle reminded me of the guy who shot his daughter’s laptop because she wrote some profane stuff about him on the net after a fight. Most of what I have heard about it came from the morning news and watching the video like everyone else. Maybe some other blogger took note, but many of the media commentators seemed to have missed the most obvious motivation for this “tough” guy’s behavior. He shot that laptop because his daughter said mean things that hurt his feelings. Lesson American parents: hurt feelings? Shoot something.

I think the title on that Pew post is a little pumped up. At least from my perspective. I would have thought they would find a little more rude or aggressive behavior.

dusty spring road wallpaper

Frank VanderSloot The Loony Bigot Billionaire Bankrolling Mitt Romney. One of the Right’s favorite attacks is to say that non-conservatives want to make the U.S. like Europe. Than along comes conservatives like Mittens, his pal VanderSloot, Newt and Rick Santorum who want to turn the U.S. into Europe. Only not modern Europe, but 16th century Europe where those with money and power ruled.

The city of the future from the April 1934 edition of Popular Science Monthly. From this story,

As New York City’s buildings sprouted toward the heavens in the late 19th and early 20th century, there was a concern that people on the ground would be deprived of sunlight. The buildings were blocking out the sun for those on the ground and it looked like a problem that was only going to get worse.

The April, 1934 issue of Popular Science Monthly ran this illustration by B. G. Seielstad, which shows the city of the future as it was imagined by British writer R. H. Wilenski.

american bicycles by snell circa late 1890s. seems like an appeal to snobbery. the gentleman in black tie and spats cycling, while the envious walk.

A New Trove From an Old American Master  – A find of previously unpublished photos by Edward Steichen.

If conservatives are genuinely concerned about unemployment how come they have made so many people unemployed – House GOP’s “Job Creating” Spending Cuts Destroyed 370,000 Jobs.

frosty lake dock wallpaper

Robert Purvis, With the Option to Pass for White, He Chose the Black Struggle. Purvis was half white and half Moor-Jewish. While attending a meeting of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society where someone referred to Thomas Jefferson as “a good anti-slavery man”, Purvis was not one to hold back on his opinion of one of the Founders:

Mr. Chairman, I am astonished at the audacity of the gentleman from Long Island in claiming Thomas Jefferson to be an anti-slavery man. Sir, Thomas Jefferson was a slaveholder and I hold all slaveholders to be tyrants and robbers. It is said that Thomas Jefferson sold his own daughter. This if true proves him to have been a scoundrel as well as a tyrant!

Sir I am free to confess that I have no veneration for the founders of this government. I do not share with others in their veneration for the “Father of our country.” General Washington was a slaveholder. General Washington as President of the United States signed the Fugitive Slave bill. General Washington tried, under that bill, to recover a poor woman flying through perils and toils (thereby showing a truer courage than ever he did) that she might escape the yoke of slavery on his plantation.

When a man professing to be an Abolitionist has the — has the — Sir, I don’t want to say audacity, but I can’t think of any other word — to come here and hold up a slaveholder as a good antislavery man, I forget all my resolutions to be guarded and speak with a vehemence which I afterwards regret.

More human wormholes, “he had  slipped from Eiseley’s brain onto a page, then to a book, then to many books, then to my mind and now into yours”

The kind of music that Charles Osgood would play on Sunday morning. Miles Davis – So What [HD]

From one of the best and most important jazz albums ever made, 1959’s Kind of Blue