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The Clinton Years, or the 1990s: Crash Course US History #45

In which John Green teaches you about the United States as it was in the 1990s. You’ll remember from last week that the old-school Republican George H.W. Bush had lost the 1992 presidential election to a young upstart Democrat from Arkansas named Bill Clinton. Clinton was a bit of a dark horse candidate, having survived a sex scandal during the election, but a third party run by Ross Perot split the vote, and Clinton was inaugurated in 1993. John will teach you about Clinton’s foreign policy agenda, which included NATO action in the Balkans and the Oslo Accords between Israel and the PLO. He’ll also cover some of the domestic successes and failures of the Clinton years, including the failed attempt at healthcare reform, the pretty terrible record on GLBTQ issues, Welfare reform, which got mixed reviews, and the happier issues like the huge improvements in the economy. Also computers. Cheap, effective, readily available computers came along in the 1990s and they kind of changed the world, culminating in this video, which is the end of the internet. Until next week.

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CINESTILL 120 ii / Speed Graphic Edition

Proud and happy (being a relative thing in my case) to support, shoot test rolls for, and lend my tonsils to the Indiegogo campaign to bring CineStill – my favorite 35mm hands down – to medium format shooters. The initial goal has almost been reached, but should they surpass it,  and “stretch goals” are met, the opportunity for production of 4x5 CineStill and their 50d stock (my favorite favorite) in the 120 format will open up. You gotta do it. Just do. Gotta do. It.

This batch shot with my Speed Graphic, Aero Ektar lens,  and Graflex “23″ 6x9 back. But still aint no Cinestill 4x5…please do it. If not for you, then for me. I need it. Need is a strong word, but yeah, need, yeah need. 

Crack baby myth goes up in smoke
A Philadelphia study found no gap in health and life outcomes for babies exposed to crack versus ones who weren’t

March 10, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – From the moment she was born, much of the country assumed Jaimee Drakewood was doomed. Her mother had her in the throes of a crack cocaine addiction. She was, as the politicians dubbed it, a crack baby.

“I immediately get defensive,” Drakewood, now 25, says about hearing the term. “It’s another stigma, another box to put me in. It bothers me, because it feels like I already had my life written off before I was able to live it.”

Drakewood was born when the war on drugs was in full swing, and the crack baby was the poster child.

“Go to a neonatal unit, if you can get in, there are between 100 and 200 percent capacity up and down the East Coast, and the reason is crack babies being born,” Independent candidate Ross Perot declared during a presidential debate in 1992. “Baby’s in the hospital 42 days; typical cost to you and me is $125,000. Again and again and again, the mother disappears in three days, and the child becomes a ward of the state because he’s permanently and genetically damaged.”

“Like Mr. Perot,” then Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton intoned, “I have held crack babies in my arms.”

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