Photography – Pictures of the Year winners gallery

Artist – Jude Buffum, does hilarious art with classic 8-bit videogame imagery

Yahoo war reporter Kevin Sites is now in Chechnya

Q&A with Kevin Sites

WFMU – Compilation of the month: Shut up and Play (mp3’s of inane between-song banter). Featuring Slayer, Mercyful Fate, and the infamous Venom in Cleveland tracks

WFMU – And if you liked those, in this post are a few Paul Stanley from KISS clips

KSL – Family resolution causes concern in Kanab

Iraq – Toll in Iraq’s deadly surge: 1,300

CIA – Pillar to press: don’t get fooled again

NYT – More tin than gold for Olympic spots

NYT – poor and muslim? jewish? soup kitchen is not for you

Artist – Megan Whitmarsh (especially look at the embroidery)

Photography – Anti-racist demonstration in Paris, by Gueorgui Pinkhassov

Wired – Scenes from the MySpace backlash

NYT – Another White House briefing, another day of mutual mistrust

NYT – Dungeon masters in cyberspace, D&D MMORPG

NYT – Army to pay Halliburton unit most costs disputed by audit

NYT – Chaos in Iraq sends shock waves across Middle East

NYT – Cyberthieves silently copy as you type

NYT – Presidential passage through India, quickly

Photos – Antonin Kratochvil’s Troubles in the Niger Delta

PDN – Photo groups lobby to protect copyright orphans

PDN – From darkroom to classroom

BBC – Al Qaeda attack on Saudi oil facility

Balkans, BBC – 10,000 SRS members hold pro-Mladic rally in Belgrade

National Review – William F. Buckley Jr. on Iraq

NYT – US supbpoenas 2 Dow writers, then backs off

NYT – Taking spying to a higher level

NYT – Armed group shuts down part of Nigeria’s oil output

NYT – Arabs tell Rice violence like Iraq’s could spread

I met photographer David Leeson a few years ago when we were speaking at the same photojournalism workshop in Omaha. It was like finding a long lost brother, so many things did we have in common. We shared the same obsessive compulsive immersive behaviors, the inability to stop or slow down, and as the conversation flowed over a couple of days we weren’t ever filling each other in on anything we didn’t already know about. Since then, Leeson went on to win a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the invasion of Iraq. We haven’t spoken since Omaha.

Here’s the interview: Fayrouz in Beaumont

From the New York Times:

Years after 2 Afghans died, abuse case falters

“The President of the United States doesn’t know what the rules are! The secretary of defense doesn’t know what the rules are. But the government expects this Pfc. to know what the rules are?”

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Gallery of winning images from the most prestigious photojournalism competition in the world. A must-see.

Artist – Alex Gross

Bruce Sterling on the Sony rootkit scandal

World’s smallest videogames (playable on web)

Pancake Mountain coming to DVD – children’s show featuring appearances by Henry Rollins, Anti-Flag, etc.

Anti-Authority Section:

Pillar’s critique is one of the most severe indictments of White House actions by a former Bush official

Vice President Cheney authorized Libby to leak classified information

NYT:

White House knew of Levee’s Failure on Night of Storm
Ex-Cheney Aide testified leak was ordered

Drug runners gun down journalists in Mexico

Arrested Development, “should have been popular”

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