Our Canadian Astronauts
Twelve people have been recruited by the Canadian Space Agency (or the National Research Council before us) over three different astronaut recruitment campaigns (1983, 1992 and 2009).
As shown in the image above, eight CSA astronauts have flown in space on 16 missions (our current astronauts, Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques, are also listed but have yet to fly). Quebec business man Guy Laliberté visited the International Space Station as a private explorer in 2009.
More on the history of the Canadian astronaut corps: http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronauts/history_astro.asp
Image credit: CSA
In 1974 Fresh Air music critic Milo Miles went to a Grateful Dead concert in athletic field house at the University of Montana, a venue that presented some acoustic challenges. The solution? The enormous Wall of Sound. You can now hear the set on a new live album, Dave’s Picks Volume 9:
"At every other arena show I had heard, the only decent-sounding place to be was right in front of the stage. Awed by the Wall of Sound I walked all around the Harry Adams Field house and it was like Jerry Garcia was picking guitar right next to me. There have been complaints that the Wall of Sound slighted vocals or had distinct tinniness. None of that is evident in the gorgeous sound mix of Dave’s Picks Volume 9. It was particularly satisfying to confirm that the version of the then-unreleased “U.S. Blues” was as fresh and forceful as I long remembered.”
photo of the Wall of Sound via Dead.net
Dog Whistle Alert! On Wednesday 12 March 2014, Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) appeared on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio program and linked poverty to “this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.” Ryan is using a form of coded political speech to communicate ideas while maintaining plausible deniability: “inner cities” is code for “African American” and “culture,” especially when tied to “generations … not even thinking about working,” implies inherent and unchangeable behavior. This dog whistle—with no reference to race on one level but playing up race on another—seeks to convince voters that the biggest dangers in their lives are poor minorities and the liberal government that panders to them, rather than concentrated wealth and the power it exerts through politicians like Ryan over the government and the marketplace.
Ian Haney López is the author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class. He will periodically share Dog Whistle Alerts on our Tumblr, drawing attention to political dog whistles and revealing their hidden elements. Have you seen or heard a dog whistle? Tag it with “Dog Whistle Alert”.
Image credit: Wisconsin Congresman and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan. 9 November 2012. Photo by monkeyz_uncle. CC BY 2.0 via djbrandt Flickr.
Is war a game, and can design change the playing field? Illustrator Christoph Niemann explores this concept via GIFs for MoMA’s Design and Violence blog.
[Christoph Niemann (German, b. 1970). War by Extracurricular Means. Animation.]
TURKEY DEMONSTRATIONS AND WATER CANNONS: rkish riot police fired tear gas on March 11 at protesters massed outside a hospital after the death of a teenage boy wounded during anti-government protests last year and left comatose. Berkin Elvan, 15, who has been in a coma since June 2013 after being struck in the head by a gas canister during a police crackdown on protesters, died on March 11, his family announced via Twitter.
GURCAN OZTURK/AFP/Getty Images (Top two photos) , BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images,
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured the Sarychev volcano in action on January 30th 2014.
Image credit: NASA