All Further Articles for 2012-11-30

Friday, November 30, 2012
Good Cop, Bad Cop: Buy 'Em Boots, Move 'Em On
So this happened. Larry DePrimo, a young NYPD cop, saw a barefoot homeless guy on a cold night in Times Square, felt bad, bought him boots, had his picture taken, and saw it go viral on the NYPD's Facebook page, prompting much awww-isn't-that-nice press for a department that can use it. To be clear: DePrimo seems like a swell guy, who did a swell thing, and bravo to him. The NYPD is another, more complicated story. The police "shouldn't just be good to one of us. They need to be good to us all." - Vernon, a homeless man.
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On Hearts and Minds
In the wake of the U.N. vote giving Palestine observer state status - 138-9, with only Israel, Canada, the U.S. and a handful of others voting no - debate rages as to what the vote does or doesn't mean. But many argue that, even if largely symbolic, the vote could ultimately signal vital change for Palestinians. For now, it may be enough to simply savor the triumphant photos of Palestinians celebrating a too-rare victory. From one observer: "When did hearts and minds become insignificant?"
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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Chasing Ice, Changing Lives
When photographer James Balog and a small team embarked on a multi-year “Extreme Ice Survey” to document glaciers in remote regions of the world, he found what he describes as “decrepit old men falling into the earth and dying” - glaciers as old as 30,000 years old breaking open and disappearing in seconds. His new documentary, "Chasing Ice," is said to offer undeniable, devastating evidence of the effects of climate change: See a Fox News/O'Reilly-loving, former climate change denier in tears at what she's learned.
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