There weren’t a lot of people online in the early 1990s. Mark Kelly, keyboard player for the English band Marillion, early internet adopter and self-titled "co-inventor of crowdfunding," was an exception. One night after a concert someone handed him a stack of papers—printouts from an email list of Marillion fans. Kelly went home, cranked up his modem, and subscribed. What he found surprised him. The list, founded by a Dutch fan, had about a thousand fans. And though the band's primary market was the United Kingdom, the list was multinational. Most subscribers were in the United States. Marillion had never even toured the United States. Kelly spent the first couple of years reading without posting, watching the discussion in secret. But the internet is the internet, and finally, someone said something so wrong that Kelly couldn’t stop himself from jumping in to correct him. His cover was blown. Immediately North Americans asked why they didn’t tour in America. … [Read more...] about Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet
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Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader On Leadership by Jena McGregor May 23 at 7:04 AM Email the author This year's headline-grabbing commencement speeches have been high on thinly veiled critiques of the Trump administration and big on dire warnings about the state of American democracy. Former secretary of state Rex Tillerson cautioned graduates at Virginia Military Institute about the end of American democracy if Americans don't “confront the crisis of ethics and integrity in our society and among our leaders.” Michael Bloomberg talked at Rice University of the threat from “our own … [Read more...] about The best career advice from this year’s graduation speeches
DECATUR, Ill. — Destiny Doud thought she had just 48 hours to be a mother.Like most of the hundreds of pregnant women who give birth while serving time each year, Doud was slated to give up her newborn to a relative just days after the baby was born last May.Doud recalled hugging Jaelynn close at the hospital, waiving off nurses’ offers to take the girl to the nursery. She wanted every minute to hold her daughter ahead of that wrenching separation.But just before handing off the baby to her own father, Doud learned she had qualified for a radical alternative. She could raise Jaelynn behind bars.On June 2, 2017, Doud cradled her newborn as she passed through a chain-link fence topped with razor wire, through heavy steel doors to a cell outfitted with a crib. A sign on the door reads: “Doud: Y21214 Baby: Jaelynn.”The Decatur Correctional Center is the only home the girl with wispy blonde hair and ice-blue eyes has known in her 11 months.Prison nursery … [Read more...] about Prisons are allowing mothers to raise their babies behind bars. But is the radical experiment in parenting and punishment a good idea?
Tonight we are going to take you into the wild with a remarkable photographer who's spent his life on the trail of elusive and endangered animals. His name is Tom Mangelsen, and at 72 he still travels to remote and inhospitable places. What he brings back are some of the most spectacular pictures of wild animals you'll ever see. On most mornings for nearly 50 years, this is what Tom Mangelsen has done. He's ventured into the wilderness, camera in hand. Last September, in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, he waited in an early autumn snowfall for his subject to appear. As is often the case, it took quite a while. Anderson Cooper: Over the course of your lifetime, the amount of time that you've spent waiting is, incalculable, I mean, sure. Tom Mangelsen: Stupid. Anderson Cooper: (LAUGH) Stupid? Tom Mangelsen: Yeah. Anderson Cooper: Have you learned anything with all that waiting? Tom Mangelsen: You wait long enough, it does pay off. For Mangelsen, it usually does… Whether it's … [Read more...] about Into the wild with Thomas D. Mangelsen
At the age of just 12, Sarah Wilson was made to have sex with multiple men a night while authorities“barely batted an eyelid”, the Rotherham grooming victim has revealed in memoirs of her ordeal. The now 23-year-old, and whose sister Laura was murdered at the hands of an ‘Asian’ boyfriend in 2010, says she was “just one of dozens of girls” in the town who were “exploited and viewed as white trash”.“Girls like me — and our families — were crying out for help, but no one listened,” she said. “Politicians were worried that addressing the issue of grooming by British Pakistani men would ‘give oxygen’ to racism.” The abuse of young, mostly white, girls by older Pakistani men was so widespread in the scandal-hit south Yorkshire town, Wilson told the Mail on Sunday, that she “had no idea” she was a victim of grooming.“Brainwashed” to believe it was normal to be made to have … [Read more...] about Concerned About ‘Giving Oxygen to Racists’, MPs ‘Ignored Our Cries for Help’: Rotherham Victim