May 15th, 2007

Chris Keeley

a manifestation of an attitude in which Mr. Wolfowitz saw himself as the outsider to whom the establ

a manifestation of an attitude in which Mr. Wolfowitz saw himself as the outsider to whom the established rules and standards did not apply.”

Bank’s Report Says Wolfowitz Violated Ethics

WASHINGTON, May 14 — A World Bank committee charged Monday that Paul D. Wolfowitz violated ethical and governance rules as bank president by showing favoritism to his companion in 2005. In response, the Bush administration mounted a last-ditch global campaign to save Mr. Wolfowitz from being ousted from office.

On a day of rapid developments that intensified the furor over Mr. Wolfowitz at the bank, in the Bush administration and at government ministries around the world, the special committee that has investigated his conduct in the last month issued a scathing set of conclusions that seemed certain to hasten a decision on Mr. Wolfowitz’s fate.

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Chris Keeley

New, searchable index of more than 5,000 vintage LA news photos

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New, searchable index of more than 5,000 vintage LA news photos


UCLA just launched a profoundly awesome historical archive of news photographs from the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily News.

Of the 5,124 images in this database, the oldest is from 1914. One fun way to search is typing in a year, say "1921" or "1928," and browse by date.

 

I spent about 4 hours straight on Friday poring through by keyword, related themes, and date, and found the two images you see in this post.

Photo above: the first generation of Trekkies, a bunch of Caltech students, protest the rumored cancellation of Star Trek at NBC's studios. I love how that one guy's sign says, "IT IS TOTALLY ILLOGICAL TO CANCEL STAR TREK."

These, dear BoingBoing reader, are our ancestors.

Photo at bottom: "Research assistant in automobile simulator during drug and alcohol experiment at Southern California Research Institute, 1977."

Try keyword-searching by "prohibition", or "zoot suit riot," for incredible images from specific political eras. For instance, "draft" will yield images related to Vietnam, but also protests from 1948.

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Chris Keeley

Peter Hujar’s picture of a clown smoking a cigarette.

Peter Hujar’s picture of a clown smoking a cigarette. 



Making the Scene: The Midtown Y Photography Gallery, 1972-1996” was organized by Stephen C. Pinson, the library’s curator of photography. Its more than 160 photographs track the fortunes of the gallery, which was founded in a corridor of the Emanu-El Midtown Y.M.-Y.W.H.A. by the photographer Larry Siegel, with the help of the financier and philanthropist Robert Menschel
Chris Keeley

Paul Kennedy, "Embassies for Sale"--IHT 5/14/07

Embassies for sale
By Paul Kennedy Tribune Media Services
Monday, May 14, 2007




Beginning in the 15th century, as the great historian Garrett Mattingly told us in his book "Renaissance Diplomacy," it became the habit of governments to send a permanent mission an ambassador to countries with which they had peaceful relations. In turn, those countries would send their own permanent mission to the Court of St. James in London, or to the Sublime Porte in Constantinople, or wherever. Thus was born the modern system of international diplomacy.


Ambassadors provide the oil that greases the often cranky relationships between proud nation states. Their task is to explain their own country's position to the other government, and in turn to explain the latter's position to their masters at home. This is never an easy task, and many an ambassador has been accused by jingoists at home of selling his country short and of failing to use sufficiently strong language.
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