The morning coffee forgives your debt

Here I am, thinking that the Morning Coffee is something that I don’t do anymore, and then this pops up:

And now it’s back.

Whatever you might think of the whole Occupy Wall Street movement, what they’re up to now is incredibly awesome. They have started something that they are calling The Rolling Jubilee. Far better than the Jubilee we saw in London this year, the idea is that they raise money, use that money to buy debt, and then forgive that debt.

It’s a brilliant (and simple) idea. Debt can be bought for pennies on the dollar, making every donation received go a long, long way.

For those of you looking for (free) further education, Stanford is offering an introductory course on Cryptography online. For free. I would be doing this if I thought I could find the free 5-7 hours a week to complete the coursework. Plus an extra 5-7 hours in the next week, to make up for the fact that it started a week ago.

Coffee image is of a mug on sale from Diesel Sweeties.
The astronaut in the Apple store is a photo by James Nord.
Webcomic is Cautionary Tales, by Bill Taylor.

The morning coffee and the censored documentary

I find myself quite shocked by this story about CNN International refusing to air its own award-winning documentary about Bahrain’s human rights abuses.

Not because CNN would censor this on behest of the Bahrain government, or the entire ridiculous run-around involved, in which they claim not to be doing so, when the mere fact that the award-winning documentary that was already paid for never got air time shows otherwise.

No, it is because of the sheer stupidity.

After this:

The CNN crew itself was violently detained by regime agents

… their reporter, Amber Lyon, reacted like this:

[Lyon] resolved to expose just how abusive and thuggish the regime had become in attempting to snuff out the burgeoning democracy movement, along with any negative coverage of the government.

So, when Lyon started wondering publicly about why her documentary was not being aired, this happened:

a representative of CNN’s business affairs office called Lyon’s acting agent, George Arquilla of Octagon Entertainment, and threatened that her severance payments and insurance benefits would be immediately terminated if she ever again spoke publicly about this matter, or spoke negatively about CNN.

… and I have to think that everybody who works in business affairs at CNN should be fired for sheer stupidity. (Others, obviously, should be fired for moral bankruptcy.) Threatening a reporter who risked her life to get a story out that you might cut off her benefits if she spoke about it in public?

That sounds like exactly the sort of thing that would make her keep speaking about it in public.

The rest of the story meets my sad and sorry expectations for what passes for journalism these days. Real journalists are censored, fired, and otherwise suppressed in favour of well-financed PR campaigns.

It was the idiocy I didn’t see coming.

Image via Everelle. Credited there to Martha Stewart.
Webcomic is The Rut.

The morning coffee and the Dark Knight

Here at the Big Bad Blog, we hear that there’s some movie out about a knight dressed in black, and a man dressed as a bat.

We figured that it was time to cash in.

And if that sexy batgirl whets your appetite, there’s more over at Suicide Girls.

Top image by Nathan Davis. Available on T-Shirts and Hoodies.
Second image from unknown source. Found at Sober in a Nightclub.
Final image is Suicide Girl Radeo, photographed by Jessytai. I think. Found at BoingBoing.

The morning coffee and the relative baseball

What’s this? A morning coffee?

Did you think we were gone? Can’t blame you. But we’re back, at least for today. (No promises for tomorrow.) Many things that used to be coffee-worthy are now found at our Tumblr thingy, or Pinterest, or on Twitter. But not today.

Today, we want to make sure that everybody who reads the Big Bad Blog is aware of the new blog from XKCD author Randall Munroe: what-if.

In his first article, Munroe explores what would happen if a baseball were thrown near the speed of light. The results are awesome, in the usual XKCD awesome kind of way. You should go read it. Now. What are you waiting for?

A comic?

Fine.

Photo of a stabbed balloon by Peter Schafrick. Found at Illusion Scene 360.
Webcomic is Abstruse Goose.