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The War Photography of Tim Hetherington

We ran across this photo by Tim Hetherington over two months ago. We didn’t have the heart to close the tab on it.

Hetherington was a war photographer who died 20th April 2011 covering the conflict in Libya.

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Listen: Girl On Guy’s, Aisha Tyler, Talks to Army Corporal Jeremy Keuhl

We were unsure how to focus on Veteran’s Day 2011 until we cycled into Aisha Tyler’s November 10th upload of her podcast Girl on Guy. In this episode she talks to Army Corporal Jeremy Kuehl.

Listen via the embed below.

in honor of veteran’s day, i sat down with a young veteran and wounded warrior, army corporal jeremy kuehl, to talk not just about his sacrifice, but his life, his dreams, how he got here, and where he’s going. it’s a great conversation, honest, funny, unvarnished and real. i hope it makes the meaning of the overseas conflict a bit more personal for you, and I hope you enjoy it.

Look Closer
Jeremy Kuehl photoblog
The Wounded Warriors Project
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The Future: ‘Condition One’ May Revolutionize Photo/Video Journalism, Reporting, & the Documentary/Indie Film Trade

What is it: Condition One is an iPad app that will be newly launched by the time you read this post. What we’ve learned from the trailer(listed below) is that you turn your iPad into a portable video camera. When viewing what you have filmed, you can swipe to see different angles during playback. From what we can tell Condition One personalizes the viewing experience through portable film making. It’s as if you have become the intrepid reporter behind enemy lines seeking out the story within. It blends photo journalism and reporting in interesting ways. That’s how we see it anyway. One top of all that, it’s free!

This app has quickly become the second reason we’d spend money on an iPad.

Official sites

The Condition ONE app gives users the ability to look in any direction while viewing footage. By pivoting and tilting the iPad, one literally manipulates the corresponding field of view. The highly sensitive motion controls produce the illusion of looking through a window into another reality, giving a visceral sense of ‘being there’.

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RESTREPO Director Tim Hetherington and Photographer Chris Hondros Killed in Libya

Hetherington was with a group of photo journalists who were all injured in the attack, including Getty Images photographer Chris Hondros, whose wounds are said to be “grave.”

Above is an ABC news video about the tragedy with a trailer to RESTREPO included.

We’ve not seen RESTREPO yet. A good friend and Iraq veteran has insisted that it should be at the top of our to-watch list.

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Saturday Afternoon Documentary: “The Sal Giunta Story”

It’s been a long while since we’ve posted on the war. It has been a conscious choice. Some observations we keep in the private notes. After reading the Yahoo article on Sal Giunta the other day, we decided this is something in which more people should be aware.

“I’m not at peace with that at all,” Giunta said. “And coming and talking about it and people wanting to shake my hand because of it, it hurts me, because it’s not what I want. And to be with so many people doing so much stuff and then to be singled out–and put forward. I mean, everyone did something.

Read: the full article.

Video report:

Medal of Honor ceremony:

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Good Morning, Veterans

Washington DC: Vietnam Veteran's Memorial - The Three Soldiers

Washington DC: Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial – The Three Soldiers via wallyg

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WikiLeaks Video Exposes “Collateral Murder” in 2007 Iraq

It took a while for it to happen but CNN finally picked up the WikiLeaks story posted by Huffington Post hours ago.

Calling it a case of “collateral murder,” the WikiLeaks Web site today released harrowing until-now secret video of a U.S. Army Apache helicopter in Baghdad in 2007 repeatedly opening fire on a group of men that included a Reuters photographer and his driver — and then on a van that stopped to rescue one of the wounded men.

None of the members of the group were taking hostile action, contrary to the Pentagon’s initial cover story; they were milling about on a street corner. One man was evidently carrying a gun, though that was and is hardly an uncommon occurrence in Baghdad.

Links inside article quotes lead to full story and video.

The helicopter crew, which was patrolling an area that had been the scene of fierce fighting that morning, said they spotted weapons on members of the first group — although the video shows one gun, at most. The crew also mistook a telephoto lens for a rocket-propelled grenade.

The shooting, which killed Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and driver Saeed Chmagh, 40, took place on July 12, 2007, in a southeastern neighborhood of Baghdad.

The next day, the New York Times reported the military’s official cover story:

UPDATE: Last night, April 12th, Stephen Colbert interviewed WikiLeaks Julian Assange and it was genius. It’s difficult for us to know where to place the business of WikiLeaks. This interview with Assange only confused the matter more. Assange’s admitted emotional manipulation of the leak in question does not sit well with us at all. When the pure journalist emerged from the depths of the Colbert satire-brain our respect for the knife-edge dance Colbert does four nights a week grew considerably. We have a lot to learn before hitting his level of genius.

Here’s the interview in question.

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Scientists Help Blind Man See with Tongue, Cunning Linguist Joke Gets Extra Level

Lance Corporal Craig Lundberg, 24, can read words, make out shapes and walk without assistance thanks to a device developed in the United States which could revolutionize life for other blind people.


It converts images into electrical pulses which are sent to the tongue, where they cause a tingling sensation.

The different strength of the tingles can be interpreted so the user can mentally visualise their surroundings and navigate around objects.

(via discovery)

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NASA’s Puffin = An Electric Power-Suit with Propellers

NASA Puffinmasters will go 'Wheee!'

In principle, the Puffin can cruise at 240 kilometers per hour and dash at more than 480 kph. It has no flight ceiling—it is not air-breathing like gas engines are, and thus is not limited by thin air—so it could go up to about 9,150 meters before its energy runs low enough to drive it to descend. With current state-of-the-art batteries, it has a range of just 80 kilometers if cruising, “but many researchers are proposing a tripling of current battery energy densities in the next five to seven years, so we could see a range of 240 to 320 kilometers by 2017,” says researcher Mark Moore, an aerospace engineer at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

It’s not a jet pack but that will do, NASA.

That will do.

Video under the jump.
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Iraqi Insurgents + Weaponized Hallucinogens = Isane Shit!

This has to be the most bizarre twist in the WMD saga yet. Insurgents in Iraq could very well have chemical weapons. And they may be using them – on themselves.

The story starts over a year ago with a Marine blogger in Iraq. On June 2nd 2004 “The Green Side” – we’ll get back to the signficance of this source later – describes suicidal attacks by insurgents in Fallujah: “We could not understand why they kept coming but they did.” The reason, it turned out, was drugs: “…these ‘holy warriors’ are taking drugs to get high before attacks. It true, as we pushed into the town in April many Marines came across drug paraphernalia (mostly heroin). Recently, we have gotten evidence of them using another drug BZ that makes them high and very aggressive.”

BZ is not your typical substance of abuse. It’s a hallucinogenic chemical weapon. This weird concept originated in the 1950’s when “better living through chemistry” was a slogan to live by and warfare without blood was the goal. As the Washington Star noted in 1965:

New chemical weapons that win by creating confusion rather than death and destruction have proved so successful that they have been quietly added to the Army’s arsenal. The latest and best, a gas called BZ by the Army, put a number of soldier guinea pigs out of action during field tests at a Utah Army base last November, and did it without harming a man.”

More info on the superhallucinogen BZ. Also an idea that it was used in Viet Nam.

Also info on the MK-Ultra events that happened in 1950s America.

(via warren ellis)

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