Gay and straight men’s visages may differ in form, researchers say; cops in New Mexico have taken to administering anal exams for minor traffic breaches; meanwhile, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would divest European governments of any power to defend their citizens from big business. These discoveries and more below.
On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.
Fail to Use a Turn Signal? Anal Exam (Video)
A second driver says the cops in the same town as before stopped him for failing to use his turn signal, and he ended up getting an x-ray of his stomach and multiple anal exams at the same hospital that violated the previous driver.
Liberman: Israel’s ‘Bad Cop’ Returns
Akiva Eldar’s acquaintances in the Palestinian Authority’s public relations department in Ramallah shed no tears Nov. 6 when they heard about the court’s decision to acquit former Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.
Mondragón And The System Problem
As America moves more deeply into its growing systemic crisis, it is becoming increasingly important for activists and theorists to distinguish clearly between important projects and “institutional elements,” on the one hand, and systemic change and systemic design, on the other.