Religious Right talk show host Kevin Swanson railed against the Disney film Frozen on Wednesday, accusing Disney of using the movie to turn children gay.
Swanson told cohost Steve Vaughn that Satan is using the movie “to indoctrinate my 5-year-old to be a lesbian.”- See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/swanson-disneys-frozen-satanic-push-turn-kids-gay#sthash.Bho9CiIn.dpuf
As a script-reading friend of mine is fond of quoting,
Correcting Internet DisInformation: The American Space Pen / The Russian Pencil
thank you for this.
And then from his initial investment of >$1,000,000, the Fisher Pen Co. was able to make a lot of money and grow the overall size of the U.S. economy and create lots of jobs.
So essentially a story that is supposed to be about government inefficiency turns out to be a story about how the U.S. government worked with a private company to make space travel safer while also stimulating economic growth.
The moral of the story is not that the Soviet Union was more efficient. The moral of the story is that by failing to allow private investment in innovation, the Soviet Union was doomed.
Incidentally, Paul Fisher, who invented the Fisher space pen, was a fascinating guy. He had this plan to eliminate income and property taxes with a progressive asset tax and even ran for President. And the Fisher Space Pen Co. is still a going concern, still employing people, and still generating a return on Fisher’s million-dollar investment.
Artist Rebecca Jewell uses a painstaking process involving a photo-plate, ink, an etching press and ethically-sourced feathers to create these beautiful and incredibly delicate works of art. Her creations are inspired by the native birds and feather artifacts that she first encountered living in New Guinea for a year in 1982. It was there that she learned how important both the birds and their feathers are to the native people and saw the amazing headdresses that they made.
"Of the pieces she says: ‘Over the past years I have drawn and painted feathers and birds, and explored how they have been used to enhance and decorate humans. I am also aware of the plight and precarious status of many species, which I wanted to represent in the delicacy of the image on the feather.’"
Rebecca is now an artist in residence at the British Museum, Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas where she “creates work that explores the shared histories between people that create certain artifacts, the explorers, anthropologists and travelers who obtain them, and the museums that house them.”
Visit Rebecca Jewell’s website to check out lots more of her amazing artwork.
the woman looks dangerous; wild,
but maura can't bring herself to look away
What better way is there to celebrate our birthday than with this stunning Blu-ray Disc? Arthur Hiller’s deft and delightful anti-war satire The Americanization of Emily (1964) continues to charm the pants off audiences a half century after its original release. The American Film Institute selected this classic as one of the most important American films ever made thanks to director Hiller’s stewardship, a wise and witty script by Paddy Chayefsky, crisp B&W camerawork from Philip Lathrop, magical music from Johnny Mandel and a sparkling cast headed by James Garner and Julie Andrews that includes Melvyn Douglas, James Coburn, Keenan Wynn and William Windom. And hats off to producer Martin Ransohoff! In the film, Garner plays Lt. Cmdr. Charles Edward Madison, the best dogbody the services have ever known. Whatever supplies and sumptuaries are desired by his commanding officer, Admiral Jessup (Douglas), Madison has the guile to get ‘em. But when his irresistible charm comes up against the immovable beauty of British war widow Emily Barham and the sparks start to scorch, Charlie, a devoted pacifist, is given a true suicide mission - filming the first serviceman that will die on the beaches of Normandy - and to make sure it’s a Navyman!
Philip Roth on his life as a writer.
To do the best we can with what we have, isn’t that the meaning of life?(via explore-blog)
It’s been 28 years since the meltdown of reactor number four in Ukraine’s Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, an unprecedented manmade disaster that affected much of Europe. Radiation levels are still sky high, but with a Geiger counter and the right permits, visitors can safely enter the 18-mile Zone of Exclusion on guided day-tours. What you’ll encounter is straight out of a horror movie.
This is Hungerford, a large female snowy owl. Last summer she was just a hatchling — a gray ball of fuzz in the middle of the Arctic tundra. In the fall, newly equipped with adult plumage, she flew thousands of miles south until she reached the coast of Maryland. And this winter, she became an important part of an unprecedented research project.
Snowy owls are among the largest birds in North America, but scientists know very little about their behavior. The owls spend most of their days far from humans, hunting rodents and birds in the flat expanses of the Arctic Circle. In the winter, the owls move south, but they don’t usually reach the United States. Most years, only a few are spotted in the northernmost states — a rare treat for birders. But this winter was different.
Photo Credits: Meredith Rizzo/NPR and Courtesy of Jean-François Therrien
Photography by Olivier Boëls (Brasilia, Brazil); Easter Island, Chile
Galaxy Type by Romain Roger
Although they have been knocking around for a while, I’ve only just discovered this series called “Galaxy Type Posters”, in which designer Romain Roger gets under the skin (quite literally) of various fonts with intricate deconstructions. Shown here are posters representing Clarendon, Avant Garde, Bauer Bodoni, Bello, Fette Fraktur and Helvetica.