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Shackleton’s Expedition to Antarctica on The Endurance: The photographic journey of one of the greatest survival stories ever told, 1914-1917

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In August 1914, explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. The expedition was an attempt to make the first land crossing of the Antarctic continent. After Roald Amundsen’s South Pole expedition in 1911, this crossing remained, in Shackleton’s words, the […]
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Back when it was normal to advertise cocaine gadgets in magazines, 1970-1980

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These vintage ads for cocaine and cocaine paraphernalia show how crazy and disturbing the 1970s were. It was a time when it was normal to see advertisements offering all kinds of coke equipment such as a spray to ease irritated nostrils, products to keep the powder dry and free of clumps, ivory snorting straws, gold-plated […]
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Flattening hills to build Seattle, 1905-1930

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Starting in 1897 and continuing through 1930, the hilly topography of central Seattle was radically altered by a series of regrades, in what might have been the largest such alteration of urban terrain at the time. The regrading strategy was adopted for one main reason—economics. The idea was that reshaping the land would open up […]
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fxer
33 days ago
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Damn this is cool (and tragic) as hell, never knew this history
Bend, Oregon
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Old color images of Petra and southern Jordan, 1900-1940

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Tucked away among the canyons and mountainous terrain in southern Jordan, the city of Petra has stood for well over 2,500 years. In that time, Petra has gone from an early settlement to a crucial and wealthy trading hub in the region, and then to a forgotten and abandoned city, hidden from the eyes of […]
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#ACAB

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The cops want to kill you with their guns and fists and they also want to kill you by giving you COVID. At least in Portland, looks like that’s good enough to get them an exemption from the vaccine mandate.

Portland city officials may need to backtrack on an order issued last week that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk losing their jobs.

Officials said they’re considering tweaking the rule to exempt one bureau: the city’s police force.

The city attorney’s office advised city staff on Tuesday that the order requiring Portland’s police force to be vaccinated was now legally dubious due to new guidance from the Oregon Health Authority.

Under Oregon law, local municipalities can only issue vaccine mandates for firefighters and police officers if there is already a federal or state rule in place that requires it, per an email from deputy city attorney Heidi Brown. The city believed that requirement came on August 19 when Gov. Kate Brown issued a vaccination mandate for the state’s healthcare workers. The city felt the Governor’s definition of health care workers was broad enough to cover police officers, who receive some medical training. The city attorney’s office advised the city to move forward with a citywide vaccination mandate that included police.

But new guidance related to the Governor’s vaccine mandate, delivered to the city late Friday, said that police officers were most likely exempt from the state’s vaccine mandate. That guidance said law enforcement was “probably not” subject to the governor’s orders as providing medical care was “likely not a fundamental part of their job.”

The updated guidance has forced the city of Portland to reconsider its own mandate.

“There is no regulation requiring vaccination for police officers, and without this, the City cannot require police be vaccinated,” Brown wrote in an email.

The rule change would come after fierce backlash against the mandate from the city’s police union, which warned such a requirement would lead to mass resignations within an already short-staffed force. Willamette Week reported that the police union’s lead attorney had argued to the city that officers were opposed “so deeply” that they would leave the force before getting a vaccine. According to PPB spokesperson Teri Wallo-Strauss, the bureau has had 145 sworn bureau members leave since July of 2020.

I feel like a good rule of thumb is that if a cop won’t get a vaccine so he or she doesn’t kill people, they are not cut out to be a cop and so good riddance. If that means a shortage of cops in Portland for awhile, well, maybe fewer Black people will die. Even if you are among those who find abolishing the police an outrage, I don’t see why one would opposed just letting the worst cops walk. And I’d bet anything there’s a good correlation between cops who won’t get the vaccine and cops who get a little excited at the prospect of using their guns.

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Apple’s Burned Trust

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John Siracusa, on Twitter:

Sure, your “reader” app can include one (1) approved link to your website … but will you be allowed to have any text near that link explaining why someone might want to tap on it, or is that still forbidden? This is where we are, mentally, when considering App Store rules in 2021.

I heard from one reader in the racket wondering if Apple is going to require these apps to also offer Apple’s IAP to be allowed to include a link to a website. I have another friend, who works on a popular subscription app that does use IAP, now who’s wondering if they’re going to be allowed to have a link to their website now, and doubting it.

That’s how much trust Apple has burned.

The spirit of Apple’s settlement with the Japan Fair Trade Commission is clear: these “reader” apps are going to be permitted to link users to their websites for signing up and buying media like e-books, movies, and music. Within that spirit, of course they’re going to be allowed to have text explaining this, and of course they’re not going to be required to also offer Apple’s IAP for these same purchases.

But very reasonable, smart people are genuinely skeptical that Apple is going to adhere to the spirit of this settlement.

Call me a fool, but I think Apple is going to follow through and do the right thing by these apps. There are a lot of negative adjectives that I’d apply to Apple regarding the App Store. Greedy, inconsistent, frustrating, shortsighted, capricious, officious, technically illiterate. Did I say greedy? But one thing Apple is not and never has been is devious. Apple does not play tricks. And the JFTC would not take kindly to tricks.

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AaronPresley
87 days ago
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> Call me a fool, but I think Apple is going to follow through and do the right thing by these apps.

What have they done lately to earn this assumption, beyond leading Gruber around on a leash for years?
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mxm23
87 days ago
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You’re an idiot.
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