Monday, April 07, 2014

Resources for April 6, 2014

"Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability." IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) (2014)

Ludwig, Mike. "FCC Votes To Curb Media Consolidation in Local TV Markets." Truthout (April 1, 2014)

Miller, Greg, Adam Goldman and Ellen Nakashima. "CIA misled on interrogation program, Senate report says." Washington Post (March 31, 2014)

Correia, David. "APD Riot Troops, Mounted Units, Tanks and Military-Style Tactical Units in Albuquerque." La Jicarita (March 31, 2014)

"Should GM Get the Death Penalty for 57 Cent Premeditated Murder? Truthout (April 3, 2014)

Potter, Will. "Animal Rights Activist Sentenced to 30 Months in Jail for Having Bolt Cutters in His Car." Vice (April 3, 2014)

." Mullins, Paul. "The Peep Show of Death: Televising Human Remains." Archaeology and Material Culture (March 28, 2014)

Dialogic Cinephilia: Resources for April 5, 2014

Merriam-Webster's Word-of-the-Day

debunk \dee-BUNK\

verb: to expose the sham or falseness of

At the premiere of their new movie, the actor and actress addressed the media to debunk the rumor that they were dating.

If you guessed that "debunk" has something to do with "bunk," meaning "nonsense," you're correct. We started using "bunk" at the beginning of the 20th century. (It derived, via "bunkum," from a remark made by a congressman from Buncombe county, North Carolina.) A little less than 25 years later, "debunk" was first used in print for the act of taking the "bunk" out of something. There are plenty of synonyms for "debunk," including "disprove," "rebut," "refute," and the somewhat rarer "confute." Even "falsify" can mean "prove something false," in addition to "make something false." "Debunk" itself often suggests that something is not merely untrue, but also a sham; one can simply disprove a myth, but if it is "debunked," the implication is that it was a grossly exaggerated or foolish claim.

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