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Surreal Photos of A Frozen Venice

Art director Robert Jahns has created a series of surrealistic photos of Venice by combining photos of Italy by Luis Manuel Osorio Fernando with photos of frozen lakes in Russia by Daniel Kordan. Robert Jahns wanted to show how the Venice Canal would look like if it was frozen by the winter.

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Striped icebergs are quite a view. They can form a couple different ways. Blue stripes occur when layers of ice melt and refreeze so fast that no bubbles — which scatter light to give icebergs their white appearance — are created. If the water that freezes is rich in algae, the bands may appear green. Black, brown, and yellow striations are created by sediments picked up by a glacier as it runs down a mountain into the ocean.

Lesley Evans Ogden pedalled across cities on two continents.  This is what she found:
The search for the world’s most bike-friendly metropolis (by Lesley Evans Ogden for The Guardian)

     The drastically different design and policy approaches taken by large cities in Europe and North America provide some stark comparisons on cycling safety, equity and its impact on public health. To weigh up the risks and benefits of city cycling, and explore what can be learned where public health, urban design and transport engineering meet, I did what I had to do: I hopped on a bike.

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Lesley Evans Ogden pedalled across cities on two continents.  This is what she found:

The search for the world’s most bike-friendly metropolis (by Lesley Evans Ogden for The Guardian)

     The drastically different design and policy approaches taken by large cities in Europe and North America provide some stark comparisons on cycling safety, equity and its impact on public health. To weigh up the risks and benefits of city cycling, and explore what can be learned where public health, urban design and transport engineering meet, I did what I had to do: I hopped on a bike.

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A thought from Franklin Delano Roosevelt  — “Government organised by money is just as dangerous as government organised by mob.”  FDR would have been dismissed as a “commie” by today’s Yanks.

A thought from Franklin Delano Roosevelt  — “Government organised by money is just as dangerous as government organised by mob.”  FDR would have been dismissed as a “commie” by today’s Yanks.

A thought from George Monbiot — “If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.”

A thought from George Monbiot — “If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.”

A thought from James Dean — “There is no way to be truly great in this world. We are all impaled on the crook of conditioning.”

A thought from James Dean — “There is no way to be truly great in this world. We are all impaled on the crook of conditioning.”

That someone called the cops on Jesus is an appropriate metaphor for what’s wrong with Western Culture —
Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community (by John Burnett)

     The bronze statue was purchased for $22,000 as a memorial for a parishioner, Kate McIntyre, who loved public art. 
The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench, huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured — only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.     The rector of this liberal, inclusive church is the Reverend David Buck, a 65-year-old Baptist-turned-Episcopalian who seems not at all averse to the controversy, the double takes and the discussion the statue has provoked.     “It gives authenticity to our church,” he says. “This is a relatively affluent church, to be honest, and we need to be reminded ourselves that our faith expresses itself in active concern for the marginalized of society.”     The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn’t.     “One woman from the neighbourhood actually called police the first time she drove by,” says David Boraks, editor of DavidsonNews.Net. “She thought it was an actual homeless person.”     That’s right. Somebody called the cops on Jesus.

Photo:  David Buck sitting next to Jesus The Homeless, a statue by Canadian Timothy Schmalz, in front of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson, N.C., U.S.A. (photo for N.P.R. by John Burnett).

That someone called the cops on Jesus is an appropriate metaphor for what’s wrong with Western Culture —

Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community (by John Burnett)

     The bronze statue was purchased for $22,000 as a memorial for a parishioner, Kate McIntyre, who loved public art.

The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench, huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured — only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.

     The rector of this liberal, inclusive church is the Reverend David Buck, a 65-year-old Baptist-turned-Episcopalian who seems not at all averse to the controversy, the double takes and the discussion the statue has provoked.

     “It gives authenticity to our church,” he says. “This is a relatively affluent church, to be honest, and we need to be reminded ourselves that our faith expresses itself in active concern for the marginalized of society.”

     The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn’t.

     “One woman from the neighbourhood actually called police the first time she drove by,” says David Boraks, editor of DavidsonNews.Net. “She thought it was an actual homeless person.”

     That’s right. Somebody called the cops on Jesus.

Photo:  David Buck sitting next to Jesus The Homeless, a statue by Canadian Timothy Schmalz, in front of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson, N.C., U.S.A. (photo for N.P.R. by John Burnett).

Warren Buffet now has academic backup from researchers at the International Monetary Fund.
Research paper debunks theory that taxing rich people slows overall growth: 

     A new paper by researchers at the International Monetary Fund appears to debunk a tenet of conservative economic ideology — that taxing the rich to give to the poor is bad for the economy.  The paper by IMF researchers Jonathan Ostry, Andrew Berg and Charalambos Tsangarides concludes … that redistributing wealth, largely through taxation, does not significantly impact growth unless the intervention is extreme.  
     “We find that higher inequality seems to lower growth. Redistribution, in contrast, has a tiny and statistically insignificant (slightly negative) effect,” the paper states.  “This implies that, rather than a trade-off, the average result across the sample is a win-win situation, in which redistribution has an overall pro-growth effect.”  

Read the full article from The Canadian Press here.

Warren Buffet now has academic backup from researchers at the International Monetary Fund.

Research paper debunks theory that taxing rich people slows overall growth

     A new paper by researchers at the International Monetary Fund appears to debunk a tenet of conservative economic ideology — that taxing the rich to give to the poor is bad for the economy.  The paper by IMF researchers Jonathan Ostry, Andrew Berg and Charalambos Tsangarides concludes … that redistributing wealth, largely through taxation, does not significantly impact growth unless the intervention is extreme. 

     “We find that higher inequality seems to lower growth. Redistribution, in contrast, has a tiny and statistically insignificant (slightly negative) effect,” the paper states.  “This implies that, rather than a trade-off, the average result across the sample is a win-win situation, in which redistribution has an overall pro-growth effect.”  

Read the full article from The Canadian Press here.

Is it political if I tell you that if we burn coal, you’re going to warm the atmosphere? Or is that a statement of fact that you’ve made political? It’s a scientific statement. The fact that there are elements of society that have made it political, that’s a whole other thing. — Neil deGrasse Tyson (via alwaysmoneyinthebnanastand)
Having been raised Christian, I was taught that that was in fact what he did — which is why it looks awkward for Americans to defend both their religion and their behaviour. 

Having been raised Christian, I was taught that that was in fact what he did — which is why it looks awkward for Americans to defend both their religion and their behaviour.