links for 2011-06-14

  • But could Goldberg have made his point without the slang? My money's on "yes."–AJP "This is psychologically fascinating: The mind of Fox Business host Eric Bolling, when confronted with images of President Obama meeting with Gabon's president, Ali Bongo, instantly recalls other black people who have met with President Obama, and comes to the conclusion that Obama feels deep love for black 'hoodlums.'"
  • "The creator of an iPhone app used to manipulate and add effects to photos is under fire for using a racial slur in the name of a special effect.

    "The app, called 'Picture Effect Magic,' is available in a free and paid version in the Apple App Store. The latest version is 1.8 and has a post date of June 10, 2011.

    "In the list of possible photo effects is one called, '54 N****r-brown.' In selecting this effect, it makes the image a brownish tint. In the list, it is near other similar effects that make the image purple, blue or warm."

  • "In a 1981 book, “The Mismeasure of Man,” the paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould asserted that Morton, believing that brain size was a measure of intelligence, had subconsciously manipulated the brain volumes of European, Asian and African skulls to favor his bias that Europeans had larger brains and Africans smaller ones.

    "But now physical anthropologists at the University of Pennsylvania, which owns Morton’s collection, have remeasured the skulls, and in an article that does little to burnish Dr. Gould’s reputation as a scholar, they conclude that almost every detail of his analysis is wrong."

  • "In an "Apology to Readers" posted on June 12 from his vacation in Istanbul, MacMaster writes, "While the narrative voice may have been fictional, the facts on this blog are true and not misleading as to the situation on the ground."

    He explains that as a white guy with an Anglo name, people wouldn't take him seriously in online discussion groups. So he made up Amina and her countless fictional experiences in Syria and America."

  • Anonymous

    Yow! My deepest apologies for posting that link re: Gay Girl in Damacus post and for the hurt it caused.  A thorough-reading fail on my part…

  • Anonymous

    Came here to say this! That guy is the author of “Liberal Fascism”, which is all about how American liberals are actually the real Nazis. Total joke.