Getty Images photographer Scott Olson was arrested Monday night during protests in Ferguson.
Olson has been in Ferguson since early last week, and has taken some of the most memorable pictures of what has happened there since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a police officer on Aug. 9.
Here are the most striking photos of Olson’s coverage from Ferguson.
Tumblr to scan your images for #brands
If you’re the sort of person who’s constantly posting photos containing #brands on social media, you might want to be aware that Tumblr wants to track you. Companies attempting to understand customer sentiment for their #brand is nothing new, but a new deal between Tumblr and Ditto Labs will go deeper by analyzing photos posted to to the blog network instead of just text. As Mashable reports, the scans won’t be used to present you with advertising “right now.” Instead, Ditto and Tumblr will be collecting information for these #brands to help their companies learn how people feel about them.
In what world and in whose mind could it ever be permissible for an unarmed teenager to be shot twice in the head by a police officer? Those are rhetorical questions because the answers are so painfully, tragically obvious and monumentally depressing, and the circumstances are nothing new. And the stories are rolling in again tonight of police gassing children, of reporters being threatened, and on and on and on.
If you think there’s nothing to this situation, that the people of Ferguson are overreacting, that the response by police isn’t the highest order of oppression and racial violence, that Michael Brown was a “thug,” that Darren Wilson behaved legally and reasonably, or that this shooting was anything other than murder in cold blood, I’m gonna need you to unfollow me and then fuck right off the face of the earth.
In which Vox brings the pain on the fact that the current US airstrikes against ISIS are in part to destroy hundreds of millions of dollars worth of American-made military equipment seized by ISIS after it was abandoned by the fleeing Iraqi army.
The article is chock full of other uplifting passages, such as:
It keeps going: the US is intervening on behalf of Iraqi Kurds, our ally, because their military has old Russian-made weapons, whereas ISIS, which is America’s enemy, has higher-quality American weapons. “[Kurdish forces] are literally outgunned by an ISIS that is fighting with hundreds of millions of dollars of U.S. military equipment seized from the Iraqi Army who abandoned it,” Ali Khedery, a former American official in Iraq, told the New York Times.
More: One reason that ISIS has been so successful at conquering northern Iraq is that it has a huge base of operations in Syria, where it had exploited the civil war to overtake huge swathes of Syrian territory. One reason that ISIS was so successful in Syria is that the US refused to arm moderate Syrian rebels, for fear that the weapons would fall into ISIS’s hands. So that made it easier for ISIS to overpower the under-funded moderate rebels, and now ISIS has seized, in Iraq, much better versions of the weapons that we were so worried they might acquire in Syria. So now we’re bombing the guns that we didn’t mean to give ISIS because we didn’t give guns to their enemies because then ISIS might get guns.
On last night’s "Daily Show", Jon Stewart welcomed some very special guests: the Wu-Tang Clan. Like, all of them. Ghostface Killah, RZA, Raekwon, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna, Method Man, U-God, and Masta Killa performed “Ron O’Neal”, the new single from their forthcoming album A Better Tomorrow (which is apparently coming in November). They closed the show with “Triumph”.