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"Words like ‘freedom,’ ‘justice,’ and ‘democracy’ are not common concepts; on the contrary, they are rare. People are not born knowing what these are. It takes enormous and, above all, individual effort to arrive at the respect for other people that these words imply."

James Baldwin

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Carnivorous family. This place gets it.

Carnivorous family. This place gets it.

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Lissie channels Stevie Nicks in this wonderful cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way”.

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girl from Nantucket
just your being here creates
an Irish haiku


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"The court striking down that mandate is a dramatic blow to the president."


CNN reporter John King who, along with Fox News, gave new meaning this week to the phrase “breaking” news. Fortunately, shortly after breaking it, they fixed it.

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Cannot stop smiling…

Cannot stop smiling…

(via afternoonsnoozebutton)

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How many problems can you find in this picture?

From the Boston Globe:

"The presumptive Republican presidential candidate’s campaign reported Tuesday afternoon there would be no meeting with Trump this week. Minutes later, the Trump representative confirmed the event, which is expected to bring at least 50 people paying $50,000 each to the home of stock investor Martin Zweig in Manhattan’s Pierre Hotel."

Zweig’s home, by the way, is a penthouse apartment he bought in 1999 for $20 million.

So, how many problems did you find?

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THE KISSStanislav Libenský & Jaroslava Brychtova
Cast glass
H 6” W 6” D 3”

THE KISS
Stanislav Libenský & Jaroslava Brychtova
Cast glass
H 6” W 6” D 3”

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Fiona Apple is back with her first new album in 7 years. Here’s the first official video.

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The neural network taught itself to recognize cats…

There Google scientists created one of the largest neural networks for machine learning by connecting 16,000 computer processors, which they turned loose on the Internet to learn on its own.

Presented with 10 million digital images found in YouTube videos, what did Google’s brain do? What millions of humans do with YouTube: looked for cats.

from the New York Times (http://nyti.ms/MRiigb)

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lazy Sunday strikes
and though it seems unlikely
there was no haiku


(Submitted on Monday morning.)

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"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts - for support rather than for illumination."

Andrew Lang

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Peggy Jo Hilburn won this year’s Iron Fuser with the above work!  You can see all the entries and winners on the Iron Fuser website.

Peggy Jo Hilburn won this year’s Iron Fuser with the above work! You can see all the entries and winners on the Iron Fuser website.

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"Why are you guys so anti-dictators? Imagine if America was a dictatorship. You could let 1 percent of the people have all the nation’s wealth. You could help your rich friends get richer by cutting their taxes and bailing them out when they gamble and lose. You could ignore the needs of the poor for health care and education. Your media would appear free, but would secretly be controlled by one person and his family. You could wiretap phones. You could torture foreign prisoners. You could have rigged elections. You could lie about why you go to war. You could fill your prisons with one particular racial group and no one would complain. You could use the media to scare the people into supporting policies that are against their interests."

— Sacha Baron Cohen, in his film The Dictator

What a shame that such passages of brilliance are wasted in a movie that seems to find so much humor in so many rape jokes.

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Tiki Cup (2012) / Paul Tarlow  /  Kilnformed glass  /  6” w x 6” d x 7” t 

Fused glass has many wonderful characteristics - but the delicacy often seen in blown glass is usually not one of them.  With its thin walls and vibrant, gradient colors, this work is meant to be an exception.

Tiki Cup (2012) / Paul Tarlow / Kilnformed glass / 6” w x 6” d x 7” t

Fused glass has many wonderful characteristics - but the delicacy often seen in blown glass is usually not one of them. With its thin walls and vibrant, gradient colors, this work is meant to be an exception.