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Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Rulings on Scribd

Today, mere blocks away from Scribd headquarters, the celebration was already beginning in the shadows of the beautifully gilded San Francisco City Hall.

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down two landmark rulings with major implications in the fight for equality among same-sex couples.

Just in time for the city’s 43rd annual Pride Celebration and parade this weekend, where the party has already received an early start.

The party began shortly after today's landmark Supreme Court rulings and soon, revelers were taking to the streets in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood. [Photo Credit: Lacy Atkins, The Chronicle]

The party began shortly after today’s landmark Supreme Court rulings and soon, revelers were taking to the streets in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood. [Photo Credit: Lacy Atkins, The Chronicle]

As we fired up our Scribd account this morning, our reading feed was populated with users and publishers who uploaded decisions, opinions and rulings related to both of these cases from the likes of KQED, The Dallas Morning NewsWashington Post, and the Statesman Journal.

It’s clear to see that a wide variety of journalists and news organizations rely on Scribd to share their source material and often choose us as a platform to publish and widely-distribute source material that helps aid in their published work.

Below, you will find two of the major rulings regarding both of today’s decisions handed down in Washington D.C.

By 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Proposition 8. Read the court’s decision from Hollingsworth v. Perry. In the decision, the court remanded the case back to the Ninth Circuit Court with instructions to dismiss the appeal.

Read the complete decision:

Also, by 5-4 vote, U.S. Supreme Court struck down DOMA allowing same-sex couples  federal benefits. The high court’s ruling in U.S. v. Windsor, the so-called “DOMA” case, found it unconstitutional on the basis of discrimination.

Read the ruling of U.S. v. Windsor:

Government Makeover: Designer Reimagines, Revitalizes PRISM Deck

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Last week, the Washington Post and The Guardian broke news about government surveillance through the now-infamous PRISM program. Problem was, the National Security Agency slides were awful. Thankfully, a Scribd publisher improved them. Voila! Check out the newly designed NSA PRISM deck!

You can also read the entire new deck and see the older version embedded below:

The Week That Was on Scribd

Welcome to Friday. But, before we can get to the weekend, it’s time to relive the week that was.

Grab yourself a donut and enjoy the best Scribd had to offer.

Publishers We Discovered:

Milkweed Editions

Screen Shot 2013-06-07 at 4.44.09 PMMilkweed Editions is an independent book publisher. Our mission is to identify, nurture and publish transformative literature, and build an engaged community around it. As a nonprofit organization, Milkweed Editions depends on the generosity of institutions and individuals, in addition to revenue generated by sales of the books we publish. In an increasingly consolidated book business, this support allows us to select and publish books on the basis of their literary quality and potential.

Cureus

Screen Shot 2013-06-07 at 4.13.18 PMThe medical journal world is stuck in a 200-year-old medical paradigm. Scribd publisher, Cureus, is attempting to change that by eliminating procedures and political bias in their breakthrough medical and science reportage.

Activ8Social

Screen Shot 2013-06-07 at 4.57.08 PMActiv8Social is a creative digital agency that builds engaging fan experiences to foster loyalty. They publish really fantastic infographics about a variety of subjects.

 

Small Beer Press

Screen Shot 2013-06-07 at 4.25.20 PMSmall Beer Press is a publisher of fantasy and literary fiction, based in Northampton, Massachusetts. It was founded by Gavin Grant and Kelly Link in 2000 and publishes novels, collections, and anthologies.

 

What We Read This Week:

Move Fast. Break Things.
This California Coastal Commission report documents widespread and umpermitted development in a grove of redwoods in Big Sur, Calif., by Napster co-founder and early Facebook investor, Sean Parker. The development was related to his nuptials as Parker wed singer Alexandra Lenas in an elaborate $10 million ceremony complete with a set full of artificial ruins and rock walls reminiscent of a Hollywood Film. Parker has agreed to a $2.5 million settlement.

 

The Big Picture: Issue 20
Ahead of the print edition which will be available to pick up from outlets worldwide from the end of May, you can now download issue 20 of The Big Picture to enjoy on any manner of screenbased gizmo. The Summer 2013 issue’s theme is ‘Escape’ as we turn a searchlight on a varied selection of movies that all feature escapes – physical, emotional and spiritual – as their driving narrative force.

The Race Against History
May 4th marks the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby, but it also marks the 35th year since the last Triple Crown champion. When Affirmed won the crown in 1978, few people could have guessed how long we would have to wait for the next Triple Crown winner. While horses have come close in recent years, none have come close to replicating the winning form of Affirmed or Secretariat, perhaps the most famous horse of all time. Activ8Social takes a closer look at the Triple Crown with “A Race Against History”

Remembering D-Day
Never in history had two major military factions – the American and British, combined for such a massive mission. It was the largest full-scale amphibious assault in history comprised of aerial, nautical and land support. And thanks to some lucky breaks and bad weather, the invasion was a success at allowing troops to pour into France and deep into enemy territory.
This is one of our favorite selections from the curated collection of D-Day books we published yesterday.

A Look to the Week Ahead:

Next week, the annual WWDC rolls into San Francisco. For those of you attending, be sure to make the ten minute pilgrimage to Scribd HQ for our third annual WWDC party. There will be go-karts. Bungee runs. Beer. Booze. And lots of Scrazy shenanigans. You don’t want to miss out. For more information, click on the flyer and also be sure to rsvp on our Facebook page and share the awesomeness with your friends!

Honoring & Remembering the D-Day Anniversary

It’s one of the most penultimate moments in American military history.

Never in history had two major military factions – the American and British, combined for such a massive mission. It was the largest full-scale amphibious assault in history comprised of aerial, nautical and land support. And thanks to some lucky breaks and bad weather, the invasion was a success at allowing troops to pour into France and deep into enemy territory.

Sixty-nine years ago today, 160,000 troops landed ashore on a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified coastline of Normandy, France. Supported by more than 13,000 aircraft, paratroopers and 5,000 ships, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower famously delivered this inspiring message to American forces prior to their historic beach-landing:

“But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!”

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The harrowing, heroic and unimaginable scenes that transpired that day tilted the tide of the Allied forces in the European Theatre.

They’ve been immortalized in photographs and on celluloid for Hollywood and in countless documentaries and historical recreations.

We’ve curated an immense collection of the best books and documents that tell the many stories of the courageous soldiers who landed on the beaches and infiltrated France and Europe in the goals of eradicating Hitler’s tyranny. Here are some of our favorites:

Tom Brokaw’s The Greatest Generation
Tom Brokaw first began to appreciate fully all we owed the World War II generation while he was covering the fortieth and fiftieth anniversaries of D-Day for NBC News. “When I wrote in The Greatest Generation about the men and women who came out of the Depression, who won great victories and made lasting sacrifices in World War II and then returned home to begin building the world we have today–the people I called the Greatest Generation –it was my way of saying thank you. I felt that this tribute was long overdue, but I was not prepared for the avalanche of letters and responses touched off by that book. Members of that generation were, characteristically, grateful for the attention and modest about their own lives as they shared more remarkable stories about their experiences in the Depression and during the war years. Their children and grandchildren were eager to share the lessons and insights they gained from the stories they heard about the lives of a generation now passing on too swiftly. They wanted to say thank you in their own way. I had wanted to write a book about America, and now America was writing back.”

D-Day With the Screaming Eagles
Gerald J. Higgins, major general, U.S. Army (ret.), from the ForewordIn the predawn darkness of D-Day, an elite fighting force struck the first blows against Hitler’s Fortress Europe. Braving a hail of enemy gunfire and mortars, bold invaders from the sky descended into the hedgerow country and swarmed the meadows of Normandy. Some would live, some would die, but all would fight with the guts and determination that made them the most famous U.S. Army division in World War II: the 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles.”George Koskimaki was part of the 101st Airborne’s daring parachute landing into occupied France that day. Now, drawing on more than five hundred firsthand accounts–including the never-before-published experiences of the trailblazing pathfinders and glider men–Koskimaki re-creates those critical hours in all their ferocity and terror. Told by those who ultimately prevailed–ordinary Americans who faced an extraordinary challenge–D-Day with the Screaming Eagles is the real history of that climactic struggle beyond the beachhead.

Flying Colt
The Diary and History 456TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP (HEAVY)15TH AIR Force ROBERT S. CAPPS, Colonel, USAF, RetiredThe famous “Battle of Britain” prevented the German invasion of England in 1940, because the Royal Air Force dominated skies over Britain. Nazi Germany was attempting to prevent the invasion of Europe (D-Day) by dominating skies over Europe, as the 456th Bomb Group arrived in Italy during January 1944. This was less than five months before the planned Allied invasion of Europe, ordered for early June, 1944. Germany dominated the skies!This book gives a detailed history how the 456th Bomb Group of B-24 Liberators helped gain air superiority in Europe, making D-Day possible, on time. During this great four month battle, the 456th Bombardment Group lost almost one-third of its aircraft.Written by Dr. Robert Capps a Group pilot during this period.

Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies
In his celebrated bestsellers Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat, Ben Macintyre told the dazzling true stories of a remarkable WWII double agent and of how the Allies employed a corpse to fool the Nazis and assure a decisive victory. In Double Cross, Macintyre returns with the untold story of the grand final deception of the war and of the extraordinary spies who achieved it. On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties. D-Day was a stunning military accomplishment, but it was also a masterpiece of trickery. Operation Fortitude, which protected and enabled the invasion, and the Double Cross system, which specialized in turning German spies into double agents, deceived the Nazis into believing that the Allies would attack at Calais and Norway rather than Normandy. It was the most sophisticated and successful deception operation ever carried out, ensuring that Hitler kept an entire army awaiting a fake invasion, saving thousands of lives, and securing an Allied victory at the most critical juncture in the war. The story of D-Day has been told from the point of view of the soldiers who fought in it, the tacticians who planned it, and the generals who led it. But this epic event in world history has never before been told from the perspectives of the key individuals in the Double Cross System. These include its director (a brilliant, urbane intelligence officer), a colorful assortment of MI5 handlers (as well as their counterparts in Nazi intelligence), and the five spies who formed Double Cross’s nucleus: a dashing Serbian playboy, a Polish fighter-pilot, a bisexual Peruvian party girl, a deeply eccentric Spaniard with a diploma in chicken farming and a volatile Frenchwoman, whose obsessive love for her pet dog very nearly wrecked the entire plan. The D-Day spies were, without question, one of the oddest military units ever assembled, and their success depended on the delicate, dubious relationship between spy and spymaster, both German and British. Their enterprise was saved from catastrophe by a shadowy sixth spy whose heroic sacrifice is revealed here for the first time. With the same depth of research, eye for the absurd and masterful storytelling that have made Ben Macintyre an international bestseller, Double Cross is a captivating narrative of the spies who wove a web so intricate it ensnared Hitler’s army and carried thousands of D-Day troops across the Channel in safety.

Tales From the Front Line: D – Day
This is the chronicle of the build-up and aftermath of the most decisive battle of World War II, told through the tales of the participants who recorded their experiences in letters or diaries, or recounted them after the event. Part of a new series featuring fascinating insights into the greatest conflicts in history. Jonathan Bastable has skillfully woven disparate tales from generals and frontline soldiers, statesmen and civilians, into a compelling narrative of one of the key events in the twentieth century.

Buzz Aldrin: Astronaut, American Hero & Sci-Fi Author

Nineteen minutes after Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface, Buzz Aldrin emerged.

The year was 1969.

Photograph of Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module Pilot, during Apollo 11 Extra-vehicular Activity on the Moon, 07/20/1969. [Photo Source: Prologue Magazine Scribd Profile]

Photograph of Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module Pilot, during Apollo 11 Extra-vehicular Activity on the Moon, 07/20/1969. [Photo Source: Prologue Magazine Scribd Profile]

Armstrong cemented himself as an American hero for being the first to plant his shoes onto the Moon because he was positioned closer to the exit while Aldrin piloted the lunar module. Aldrin joined him shortly after and actually shattered the record for longest time outside of a space vehicle known as, extra-vehicular activity.

After Aldrin and Armstrong broke history, Aldrin retired from the NASA program two years later, but always reflective of the things he had seen in space.

Aldrin had built up an immense base of knowledge ranging from the hours of training, flight and eventual space exploration. In 1996, he joined forces with Nebula and Hugo Award—nominated, John Barnes, to author a science fiction novel.

Encounter with Tiber uses Aldrin’s real life adventures and experiences to craft the captivating and gripping story of life beyond Earth.

Aldrin has long been fascinated with science fiction. “We knew how to get to the Moon and back. And we had a pretty good idea how to get to Mars and back. But we sure didn’t have any idea how to go from one star to another, except by reading science fiction,” says Buzz Aldrin.

This week, Open Road Media has published the ebook on Scribd.

Join Aldrin as he talks about the book’s inspiration as well as why he loves science fiction. Below the clip, read and purchase your own copy of Encounter with Tiber. You can also follow Buzz Aldrin’s profile on Scribd!

The 2013 State of the World’s Children UNICEF Report

See the child before the disability.

That is the request of UNICEF’s flagship report – The State of the World’s Children, released this morning on Scribd.

The cover of the 2013 Children With Disabilities Report

The cover of the 2013 Children With Disabilities Report

The 2013 report focuses on children with disabilities, the most marginalized in the world, and aims to focus on helping them lead meaningful lives free of stigma and discrimination.

“They have dreams, they have the drive to fulfill those abilities, and given a fair chance, they contribute to the vitality of their families and their communities,” said Abid Aslam, Editor of this year’s report.

The report challenges political motivation to ratify International treaties and make a commitment that support and services are intended to help these children succeed and thrive. Globally, one-third of the world’s nations have failed to do so.

Not only does giving these children a fair chance help them individually, but it also helps further familial and society as a whole.

“When you see the disability before the child, it is not only wrong for the child, but it deprives society of all that child has to offer,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “Their loss is society’s loss; their gain is society’s gain.”

You can read the entire report on Scribd here – or read the embedded version, below. Please feel free to share this report with your social communities and friends.

Mary Meeker’s 2013 Internet Trends Report

A slide from the annual Internet Trends Report. Look how far we've come!

A slide from the annual Internet Trends Report. Look how far we’ve come!

Each year, we eagerly anticipate the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Internet Trends Report from Mary Meeker.

Today, at the D11 Conference, Meeker noted the world now has 2.4 billion internet users alongside explosive growth in mobile.

While mobile continues to expand at an incredibly rapid pace, there still remains a huge untapped opportunity within mobile advertising. The report also looks at the shifting landscape of our online lives, and discovers that the new world is incredibly social and full of rich, shareable content that include an array of audio, photos and video.

One of the best parts of this annual report is that we get to look ahead. And while many trends follow pre-deteremined cycles, Meeker notes that there is already early signs of successful growth around the concept of ‘wearables.’

Many of us have seen or heard about Google Glass. But, there is also rapid development around other devices that can be worn for helping gauge fitness, health, sleep patterns. This has led to an emergence of connected automobiles, drones and other new and emerging platforms.

Check out the full report on Scribd or embedded below:

How’s it Made?

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Do you ever wonder? What makes that tree so high, or how a large ship travels through the ocean?

Origins of Form is about the shape of things. What limits the height of a tree? Why is a large ship or office building more efficient than a small one? What is the similarity between a human rib cage and an airplane or a bison and a cantilevered bridge? How might we plan for things to improve as they are used instead of wearing out?

Origins of Form by Christopher Williams, tackles the concept of how form literally shapes the things on Earth. Williams has chosen eight criteria that constitute the major influences on three-dimensional form. These criteria comprise the eight chapters of the book: each looks at form from entirely different viewpoints. The products of both nature and man are examined and compared.This book will make readers—especially those who design and build—aware of their physical environment and how to break away from previously held assumptions and indifference about the ways forms in our human environment have evolved. It shows better ways to do things.

Williams’ practical, no-nonsense approach and his exquisite drawings, done especially for this particular publication, provide a clear understanding of what can and cannot be; how big or small an object should be, of what material it will be made, how its function will relate to its design, how its use will change it, and what laws will influence its development.

The facts and information were gathered from many sources: the areas of mechanics, structure, and materials; geology, biology, anthropology, paleobiology, morphology and others. These are standard facts in these areas of specialization, but they are also essential to the designer’s overall knowledge and understanding of form. The result is an invaluable work for students, designers, architects, and planners, and an informed introduction to a fascinating subject for laymen.

Read an excerpt on Scribd or below, from one of our favorite publishers, Rowman Littlefield:

Resources After Oklahoma Tornado Tragedy

Yesterday, the nation watched in horror as a 2-mile-wide tornado struck the city of Moore, a major metropolitan area just outside of Oklahoma City, Okla.

Various covers depict this morning's headlines related to the deadly twister that destroyed much of Moore, Okla.

Various covers depict this morning’s headlines related to the deadly twister that destroyed much of Moore, Okla.

The twister destroyed more than 28-square miles of Moore, and has been preliminarily classified as an EF4 with sustained winds of 200 mph. Judging by the photos and videos coming in, it looks like it will surpass the destruction caused by a May 3, 1999 tornado that hit the same area and is long-considered to be the worst in history. Astoundingly, this was the third-major tornado to hit the city of Moore in the past 15 years.

We dug through some documents, publications and resources within the Scribd library that may help put some of yesterday’s horrific news in perspective, along with some further resources about the nature and science of tornadoes and climate study. We also highly encourage you to follow the American Red Cross on Scribd, as they have a ton of fantastic resources about how we can all strive to be better prepared before, during and in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Classifying Tornadoes
The storm that hit Moore, Okla. in 1999 was rated an F5 – the most powerful storm in a category that goes from F0 through F5. Initially developed by Tetsuya Fujita at the University of Chicago in 1971, this scale was the first true method to rate the speed and classify tornadoes. It was retroactively appended to all tornadoes going back to 1950, which leaves a relatively shallow history of tornadic rankings. One of the worst outside the May, 1999 storms, was a tornado that hit Flint on June 8, 1953, killing 116. Only recently was it surpassed by the Joplin, MO. tornado that killed 162 in 2011. Currently, the deadliest comes prior to the implementation and classification available in the Fujita Scale, which struck March 18, 1925, killed 695 people in Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. As a country, tornado awareness and preparedness has come very far, helping save thousands of lives.

In 2007, the Fujita Scale was updated to more accurately match wind speeds to the severity of damage caused by the tornado and also improve damage surveying in the wake of a twister. This document helps understand the major ways a tornado is classified in the new scale.

Scribd Publisher: National Press Foundation

Lightning Does Strikes Twice
The odds that two tornadoes would have struck Moore, Okla. in the past ten years are astronomic. The fact that two, incredibly powerful tornadoes would track roughly the same path are even higher. That is essentially what happened. All three of the tornadoes that hit Moore in the past 15 years were within the same vicinity. The two extremely powerful twisters — in 1999, and the one yesterday, both tracked eerily close together, destroying a majority of Moore in both instances. In 1999, 65 people were killed and 300 mph winds destroyed more than 8,000 structures. Until today, that twister was considered one of the deadliest and most costly, at $1 billion in damages.

The National Press Foundation published this study that looks at the May 3, 1999 tornado from a historical perspective and charts the number of deaths and analyzes what that means for preparedness and the type of facilities we have at our disposal to escape to in the time of a storm. For example, 11 of the deaths from the May 1999 tornado were in mobile homes. The study looks at the increasing trend of Americans living in mobile homes and the impact that could have on future tornadoes, especially in regions ill-equipped for basements, such as Oklahoma. There, homes are mostly built on slabs.

Scribd Publisher: National Press Foundation

Climate & Tornadoes
Read the first chapter from S.C. Pryor’s book Climate Change in the Midwest. The research presented in this volume focuses on identifying and quantifying the major vulnerabilities to climate change in the Midwestern United States and has implications on the strength and types of storms that impacted Okla.

Scribd Publisher: Indiana University Press

Upper Midwest Twisters
Sitting outside of ‘Tornado Alley,’ the Upper Midwest is also known for its share of violent storms and destructive tornadoes. The Wisconsin Tornado Atlas gives historical charts, maps and tables that document historical tornado occurrence in the state starting in 1950.

This research paper also helps understand a hazard model for predicting tornado frequency in the United States using the Monte Carlo Method.

Scribd Welcomes E-Reads: Grand Master of Sci-Fi

For lovers of sci-fi, fantasy and historical fiction, Scribd just hit the mother lode.

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This week, E-Reads has joined Scribd, and they bring a ton of fantastic content specialized around romance novels, sci-fi, fantasy, and difficult to source, out-of-print books.

For sci-fi in particular, we are super excited about Brian W. Aldiss, named Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America and an author with over 50 years of experience. Aldiss was inducted into the Sci-Fi & Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2004. Check out his Nebula award-winning Forgotten Life.

We also have featured Aldiss’ Helliconia series – an epic chronicle that details the rise and eventual fall of a thousand year-old civilization as it marches through a long progressio of seasons — each of which lasts for centuries. Originally published starting in 1928, the trilogy begins with Helliconia Spring (published in 1982), Helliconia Summer (1983) and Helliconia Winter (1985).

Here is a look at one of the original covers when it was published:

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Start where it all began by reading Helliconia Spring.