Monthly Archives: April 2014

Yanukovych on Display. Really, Really on Display.

Deposed Ukrainian President, Victor Yanukovych’s art reveals that his favorite subject was — unsurprisingly — himself. Although he never got a George W. Bush original, disappointingly.

Warning: photoset includes a pretty disturbing nude portrait. Just remember: it’s cold in Ukraine.

h/t Katya Kumkova

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Disparate Forces Align Over Affordable Rents

A profile of Crown Heights Tenant Union.
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Tuckered out at the cherry blossom festival.


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What botched executions tell us about the death penalty – The Boston Globe

There are many reasons why the death penalty is wrong. One of them is that it is cruel and unusual punishment. Our latest innovation, lethal injection, aspires to the patina of a medical procedure, but doctors and nurses are prohibited from participating because it violates their respective professional codes of ethics, so non-medical personnel must administer the drugs. The drugs in the cocktail are manufactured for entirely other uses, which is why European manufacturers stopped importing drugs to the US. Killing by the state is not clinical or precise.

“We examined every execution from 1890 to 2010 and found that no technology has been able to ensure that capital punishment would not, on occasion, become either a gruesome spectacle of suffering or a messy display of incompetence.”

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