links for 2010-07-14

  • “[T]he British consulate informed the team that it would only issue visas to the team upon receiving written assurance from the United States government that the Iroquois had been granted clearance to travel on their own documents and would be allowed back into the United States. Neither the State Department nor the Department of Homeland Security would offer any such promise.

    “’Lacrosse is our game — we are the originators, we invented the game, there are 60 countries that play our game,’ said Denise Waterman, a member of the team’s board of directors. ‘And now we can’t go to a tournament that’s honoring our game? It’s almost unbelievable that this is happening.’”

  • “My new friend Kraig H. sent along an interesting photo project, called Lugar Común (Common Place), designed to disrupt our acceptance of established social hierarchies. The photographers, Justine Graham and Ruby Rumié, took pictures of 50 pairs of women — maids and their employers — located in Argentina, Chile, and Colombia.

    “To disrupt the hierarchy inherent in their relationship, Graham and Rumié had them dressed alike, without accessories, and sitting in identical poses.   By doing so, they allowed both women to ‘…look at the camera with the same pride, with the same openness.’

    “The viewer is not told which woman is which.”

  • “The Negro Leagues take the baseball field again on Thursday as the Postal Service honors the organizations that gave black players a chance to show their talents before the major leagues were integrated.

    “A pair of 44-cent commemorative stamps will be dedicated in ceremonies at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo.”

  • “The group interviewed 68 tobacco farm employees in one district of Kazakhstan during the harvest last fall, identifying them only by their first names and initials.

    “All, including the children, were migrant laborers from neighboring Central Asian countries, mostly from impoverished Kyrgyzstan. The report also documented violations of basic farm safety rules, like laborers wearing open-toed shoes while working with sharp hoes.”

  • “The download is designed to promote Vaseline’s range of skin-lightening creams for men, a huge and fast-growing market driven by fashion and a cultural preference for fairer skin.

    “The widget promises to ‘Transform Your Face On Facebook With Vaseline Men’ in a campaign fronted by Bollywood actor Shahid Kapur, who is depicted with his face divided into dark and fair halves.”

  • Under the bill, it would be illegal for anyone to cover their faces in public places like streets, parks, public transport or shops.

    Fines of 150 euros will be imposed on those caught wearing the veil once a six month grace period to allow time to educate Muslim women about the ban has elapsed.

    Men who force their wives or daughters to cover themselves face stiffer penalties of up to 30,000 euros and a one-year jail term.

  • “First, I was shocked to learn that Louis C.K. is not Louis Anderson (I had been confusing the two).

    “Secondly, Louis is funny, has a cinematic eye, and above all discusses race. Plenty of people do this, a good number of comedians as well, but Louis C.K. differs in an important way.

    “He looks like an everyday working class white American, and appearances matter.
 He is balding, red headed, and overweight. He jokes about his disgusting body and poor eating habits. About being a single father and his lack of a sex life. He could be the construction worker on the corner or the drunk guy in the South Boston bar.

    “He could even be Joe the Plumber himself.

    “He looks like a man usually associated with a certain insensitivity when regarding race, gender, or sexuality.”