Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Black Ribbon Day



"This year’s Black Ribbon Day (#BlackRibbonDay2017) will be the 78th year anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the secret protocol between Hitler and Stalin that divided Eastern Europe between the two totalitarian regimes of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union." Black Ribbon Day 2017 - Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

Image: memoryandconscience.eu

Edited to add: "The European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism, known as the Black Ribbon Day in some countries,[1] which is observed on 23 August, is the international remembrance day for victims of totalitarian ideologies, specifically totalitarian communist regimes, Stalinism, Nazism and fascism." The European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism - Wikipedia



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Friday, August 18, 2017

SNL Weekend Update: Tina Fey on Protesting After Charlottesville

Weekend Update: Tina Fey on Protesting After Charlottesville - SNL

Tina Fey reacts to the events of Charlottesville and offers a plan for how to deal with future Alt-Right protests. Posted by Saturday Night Live on YouTube on Aug 17, 2017

Added at 12:55 PM: Do not attend a hate rally.

Find another outlet for anger and frustration and for people’s desire to do something. Hold a unity rally or parade to draw media attention away from hate. Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide - Southern Poverty Law Center splcenter.org August 14, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Canadian roots of white supremacist Richard Spencer

"“I hope that one day all Europeans can be united. That we could revive something like the Roman Empire. (...) The Canadian roots of white supremacist Richard Spencer - Avery Haines writes about meeting the white supremacist making headlines today—and his disturbing dream for a 'white state' - Nov 25, 2016 By Avery Haines, macleans.ca

Sunday, August 06, 2017

An Imagined Date Between Two Straight Men

An Imagined Date Between Two Straight Men Rebecca Caplan Shea Strauss December 13, 2016 The New Yorker

Friday, August 04, 2017

Max Park | How The Rubik's Cube Changed His Life



Max Park | How The Rubik's Cube Changed His Life

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From Autism Speaks: "Max Park is a 15 year old on the autism spectrum who just became the 2017 Rubik's Cube World Champion. Max is a speedcuber, a person who competes in cubing competitions by solving a Rubik's Cube and other twisty puzzles in record time. His best time in this year's competition was an astonishing 5.87 seconds. Watch his inspiring journey to becoming the 2017 world champion (...)": Teen with autism is 2017 Rubik's Cube World Champion - autismspeaks.org

Thursday, August 03, 2017

A Vatican Shot Across the Bow for Hard-Line U.S. Catholics

Of course Pope Francis is blaming sola scriptura, which the hardest-lining Catholics blame Judeo-Christianity for, for the zealotry among members of his own Church he's pointing out. But maybe both sides, the Protestants and Catholics who merged as the Christian Right, are equally to blame for emulating past popes like Ratzinger who are every bit the unforgiving hard liners as the Christian Right are on abortion. Via NYT: "“American Catholicism, he argued, echoing the article’s thesis, “has become different than mainstream European Catholicism and mainstream Latin American Catholicism,” and has fallen “into the hands of the religious right.”" Read: A Vatican Shot Across the Bow for Hard-Line U.S. Catholics by Jason Horowitz, August 2, 2017 The New York Times

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bath & Body Works Tahiti Island Dream




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Bath & Body Works Tahiti Island Dream is described as a combination of Fresh Coconut Water, Sparkling Mandarin, Kiwi Blossom, Lush Frangipani, Tahitian Vanilla Musk, but I mostly smell a cornucopia of tropical melons and kiwi within a vanilla-based powdery fruity floral. It's not heavy (for comparison, A Thousand Wishes is incredibly so), but it has some sweetness and body to it. I get some woodsiness towards the finish. It's a bit aqueous and sporty, too, striking all the right notes from sunny and warm to refreshingly cool.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

New York Crossings Project


New York Crossings Project - Published on Oct 5, 2016 by NYGovCuomo on You Tube


October 5, 2016, New York City - Governor Cuomo announced a transformational plan to reimagine New York's crossings for the 21st century. The plan will institute state-of-the-art automatic tolling at all MTA bridges and tunnels – reducing traffic congestion and decreasing emissions to improve the overall travel experience for millions of residents and visitors in New York State. (Video credit: Campbell Ewald, Versus, Ned Kahn, Grimshaw Architects, L'Observatoire International)

Colorful Lights Are Turning Skyscrapers Into Tacky Billboards - As LED technology makes it cheaper to illuminate buildings, cities are becoming experimental spaces for an ancient form of visual communication—and not always for the better. By Adrienne LaFrance Jan 25, 2016 The Atlantic 

Cuomo Unveils Plan to Transform City Bridges with Lighting Displays by Jose Martinez, October 5, 2016 NY1

"The Cuomo administration said the $216 million figure was just a placeholder — and that, though lights will be gracing MTA bridges, the MTA won’t pick up the bill.

"“The funding of these lights are not an MTA issue,” Lhota told the Daily News.

"Cuomo spokeswoman Dani Lever said, “The mayor should know the facts before speaking. The MTA will not pay for the Harbor of Lights proposal — period.” 

"“It is an economic development and energy-efficiency proposal that would be paid for by” Empire State Development and the New York Power Authority." Cuomo, de Blasio spar over fancy MTA bridge lights by Jillian Jorgensen NEW YORK DAILY NEWS July 20, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

Another day, another derailment in NYC subway




New Yorkers are living a Summer of Hell, a real life Atlas Shrugged moment as the privately owned MTA demands funding from NYC before they can stop playing Russian roulette with our lives. Which is better in the long run: private or public ownership, and who's responsible for the operation and maintenance of a private entity that isn't legally bound to serve the public? Don't let this turn into another Flint, Michigan. Another day, another derailment in NYC subway by Associated Press, Jul 2017

Here's the century-old technology delaying the New York City subway every day

Here's the century-old technology delaying the New York City subway every day by Graham Rapier Jun 20, 2017 Business Insider