Archive for the ‘videos’ Category

Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans

August 22, 2017

“Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans/With Illicit Help From Your Friends,” a Sgt. Pepper/Star Wars mashup by Palette-Swap Ninja (Daniel Edward Amrich & Jude Aaron Kelley). you can download the entire album here. Don’t bother with downloads if YouTube has taken down the video above, since that will mean Sony and Lucasfilm don’t see “fan art” as “fair use” parody.

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Removing Confederate Monuments

August 18, 2017

“I didn’t start the problems with race in this country, but I did force the people of New Orleans to confront them,” reflects Mayor Mitch Landrieu. 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival.

The monuments:

More:

‘The Confederacy lost and we’re better for it’: New Orleans mayor,” USA Today

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Border Patrol Hiring Surge

August 17, 2017

President Trump plans to hire and train 5,000 more Border Patrol agents, 500 in the next year. There’s even a mobile app to recruit them. What could possibly go wrong? John Oliver explains.

More:

“Trump’s plan for Border Patrol, ICE hiring surges face timing, security obstacles,” Caroline Kelly Todd J. Gillman, Dallas Morning News

“The Border Patrol’s Corruption Problem,” Jeremy Raff, The Atlantic

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Science Is a Fundamental Part of America

August 3, 2017

Neil deGrasse Tyson:

“How did America rise up from a backwoods country to be one of the greatest nations the world has ever known? We pioneered industries. And all this required the greatest innovations in science and technology in the world. And so, science is a fundamental part of the country that we are. But in this, the 21st century, when it comes time to make decisions about science, it seems to me people have lost the ability to judge what is true and what is not, what is reliable what is not reliable, what should you believe what you do not believe. And when you have people who don’t know much about science standing in denial of it and rising to power, that is a recipe for the complete dismantling of our informed democracy.”

 StarTalk Radio

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Le Vent Nous Portera

July 23, 2017

“Le Vent Nous Portera (The Wind Will Carry Us),” by Noir Désir, 2001. Video by Alexandre Courtes and Jacques Veneruso, featuring actor Rebecca Hampton.

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Polarity

July 22, 2017

“Polarity,” by Seventeen Evergreen (Caleb Pate and Nephi Evans). Music video by Terri Timely (Ian Kibbey and Corey Creasey).

Seventeen Evergreen website

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Thinking About Climate Change

July 19, 2017

The University of California’s Dr. M. Sanjayan explains why humans are so bad at thinking about climate change. A Vox video.

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Synesthesia

July 9, 2017

“Synesthesia,” a 2009 short film by Terri Timley (Ian Kibbey and Corey Creasey).

syn·es·the·sia syn·aes·the·sia (sĭn’ĭs-thē’zhə) n. 1)A condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another, as when the hearing of a sound produces the visualization of a color. 2) A sensation felt in one part of the body as a result of stimulus applied to another, as in referred pain. 3) The description of one kind of sense impression by using words that normally describe another.
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‘Guess My Country’

June 27, 2017

‘Guess my country,’ a video by Mai Noman for the BBC.

Read more here.

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An Algorithm Could End Gerrymandering

June 26, 2017

We know gerrymandering is a problem. The Supreme Court has long recognized the potential for abuse in legislative redistricting. But what is an objective measure to rule of fairness? Wendy Tam Cho of the University of Illinois proposes a “Computational Method for Identifying Extreme Redistricting Plans.” You can read Professor Cho’s complete paper here.

What’s your state’s redistricting law? Find out here.

Related:

“Why the Supreme Court’s decision to review Wisconsin’s gerrymandering is such a big deal,” Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post

“Gerrymandering Case Echoes in Inkblot-Like Districts Across the U.S.,” Michael Cooper, New York Times

“Where Gerrymandering Is Containing City Power,” Brentin Mock, CityLab

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