Conservative media: “Where are the Muslim leaders” who are condemning the Islamic State?
I had been on the ground helping Al Jazeera America cover the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Mo., since this all started last week. After what I saw last night, I will not be returning. The behavior and number of journalists there is so appalling, that I cannot in good conscience continue to be a part of the spectacle.
Things I’ve seen:
-Cameramen yelling at residents in public meetings for standing in way of their cameras
-Cameramen yelling at community leaders for stepping away from podium microphones to better talk to residents
-TV crews making small talk and laughing at the spot where Mike Brown was killed, as residents prayed, mourned
-A TV crew of a to-be-left-unnamed major cable network taking pieces out of a Ferguson business retaining wall to weigh down their tent
-Another major TV network renting out a gated parking lot for their one camera, not letting people in. Safely reporting the news on the other side of a tall fence.
-Journalists making the story about them
-National news correspondents glossing over the context and depth of this story, focusing instead on the sexy images of tear gas, rubber bullets, etc.
-One reporter who, last night, said he came to Ferguson as a “networking opportunity.” He later asked me to take a picture of him with Anderson Cooper.
One anecdote that stands out: as the TV cameras were doing their live shots in front of the one burnt-out building in the three-block stretch of “Ground Zero,” around the corner was a community food/goods drive. I heard one resident say: “Where are the cameras? I’m going to go see if I can find some people to film this.”
Last night a frustrated resident confronted me when he saw my camera: “Yall are down here photographing US, but who gets paid?!”
I Thought it was funny how big these two were getting lately in the fan art department. Ive seen a couple pieces of them together but I wanted to do one up that could have been a cover for a book of them together. I think it would be a fun read.
I’ll be at Rose City Comicon in Portland Oregon September 20-21 with @jeffrey cruz in artist alley. This here is gonna be one of the new prints I’ll have available this year at RCCC. hope to see you there!
Will be uploading more soon.
Solar energy that doesn’t block the view
A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”
I don’t care if you don’t even read comic books. Ms. Marvel is worth going to a shop or downloading Comixology and buying and reading anyway.
And if you do read comics, it’s pretty much a guaranteed dose of joy once a month, which is refreshing in a sea of grit and darkness.
Two ways of dealing with tear gas grenades from comrades in Turkey: Either submerge them in water. Make sure you can close off the container cause the gas will still spread for a while. Or throw them in the fire so the gas burns off before it can spread.
OMFG these garbage ass people though
Ugghhh, poor Mark… first he got shot down for supporting Gaza and now for supporting Ferguson… I’m behind you Bruce… I mean, Hulk… I mean Mark!
Well that’s my day made..!
I’m a daily visitor of io9.com. Imagine my surprise when I see my “Let’s Go Exploring!" piece got a post on that site! Granted, it was part of a list of other Rocket & Groot themed fanart. And all the other artworks look so good I’m almost embarrassed to show mine!
But the icing & caramel drizzle on top would be down at the comments section (screen capped & posted above). To see people appreciating your work is really something. And that last comment by Monzano? I am so drawing that after this!
Plug: This piece is available as print, t-shirt, and stuff at my Society6 page! ;)
Latest positive news out of Ferguson. Community coming together.
Here in East Jerusalem there have been weekly kidnapping attempts of Palestinian children by Israeli settlers since June. Most notably in the towns of Beit Hanina and Shu’fat where last month a Palestinian kid, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was kidnapped and burned alive by Israeli terrorists. Every week…
Notice something in common in these photos?
It’s not what you think
I gave it away in the third pic
That’s right! None of these cops are wearing badges or name tags! I wonder why… seems like it’d be important to wear those, since it’s even illegal not to in other states…
This is actually illegal in all states. A police officer must be marked as such with name and badge at all times unless their jurisdiction states otherwise (such as an undercover officer), and even when not wearing a badge, the officer must have the badge accessible at all times and must show the badge in order to make an arrest. Name tags are not required as long as a badge is available because the badge has the officer number on it.
This has really been bothering me. The police in Ferguson are breaking the law by concealing their identities. Everyone knows this, it’s been going on for ten days, and it appears that nobody is doing anything about it.
The police are clearly and systematically violating the first amendment rights of the press, and they are getting away with it. This has been happening for days, and nobody appears to be doing anything about it.
A police officer pointed a rifle at a journalist and told him to fuck off *while he was being filmed, so he’s easily identifiable by his superiors*, and that police officer still has a job.
I know that not all cops are bad (or even most cops), but there are clearly bad cops in Ferguson, and they’re acting with complete impunity. I don’t understand why those cops aren’t being taken off the scene, and why a higher (possibly federal) authority isn’t coming in to address these things.