Links, Notes, Bookmarks & Briefs For October 7, 2015

An open thread and daily notes to myself; feel free to eavesdrop, join in or drop a relevant link in the comments. Updated throughout the day.

Riding the M Train With Patti Smith

Patti Smith and the Beauty of Memory – glowing praise for Patti Smith’s latest book M Train by Ron Jacobs in Counterpunch. I read Just Kids, her memoir of life with best friend Robert Mapplethorpe, three years ago and it’s remained  my favorite non-fiction read from this decade. Looking forward to adding this one to the virtual bedside pile.

MSF Hospital Bombing in Afghanistan

In the Intercept Glenn Greewald monitors The Radically Changing Story of the U.S. Airstrike on Afghan Hospital: From Mistake to Justification. Greenwald concludes the piece with an update from Médecins Sans Frontières, who issued the following statement on Monday (5 Oct):

“Today the US government has admitted that it was their airstrike that hit our hospital in Kunduz and killed 22 patients and MSF staff. Their description of the attack keeps changing—from collateral damage, to a tragic incident, to now attempting to pass responsibility to the Afghanistan government.

The reality is the US dropped those bombs. The US hit a huge hospital full of wounded patients and MSF staff. The US military remains responsible for the targets it hits, even though it is part of a coalition. There can be no justification for this horrible attack. With such constant discrepancies in the US and Afghan accounts of what happened, the need for a full transparent independent investigation is ever more critical.”

— Christopher Stokes, General Director, Médecins Sans Frontières


Borowitz: Americans Opposed to Being Shot Seek Representation in Washington


Leigh McAdam, the blogger behind Hike Bike Travel, has compiled a list of 100 practical travel tips that she’s collected over four decades of travel. Practical and useful.


Texas Mother Outraged Her Son’s Textbook Called Slaves ‘Workers’ And ‘Immigrants’. Can hardly blame her.

And on this day on Piran Café:

2014 – Stolen Phones and Flinging Fish – Blog Report For September 2014
2012 – The 2012 World Half Marathon Championships from Kavarna, Bulgaria – a Report in 27 Images and an Image of a fiery filet of sole from Istanbul
2008 – From the Ljubljana Pic of the Day Project, a sculpture of a couple dancing in the heart of Tivoli Park

  1. As a contributor to Doctors Without Borders I am appalled at the US response. I am hoping there will be an independent international investigation. If not we may wind up with stories like “Its the video” in the Benghazi fiasco.
    Am praying all who died and were injured. Doctors without Borders is an awesome organization

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