Fascinating series on the history of jazz.
Fascinating series on the history of jazz.
How to save a chunk of our lives--A directory to bypass automated phone menus and speak to a human.
What do you dream about? Enter the theme and the site will create a dream.
What a hoot.
Great way to screw with the cat. Click on a type of bird and you can play its song/call. My cat ran to the window with the duck's quack, looked up for the owl and osprey, and "found" the dove's sound in the computer speaker.
From the page: Beck Blames One Of Fox News' Largest Shareholders, Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, For 9/11
Glenn Beck and his employer On his television program this afternoon, Glenn Beck declared that Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the largest stockholder of Fox News outside of the Rupert Murdoch family, "flew Ã¢â,¬ÂŠ the plane into the trade centers." Beck started his rant as a defense of Israel's actions against the aid flotilla to Gaza, but eventually began hypothesizing about if a similar flotilla was sent to Manhattan by Saudi Arabia. Beck said this had already happened essentially, when Prince Alwaleed offered $10 million dollars to then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
Beck repeatedly burst into moral outrage, demanding why people are held "to a different standard" and why the media refused to be "consistent" with its reporting. Of course, during his monologue, Beck never mentioned that the very Saudi Prince Beck accused of being behind the 9/11 attacks is a close friend of his own boss, Rupert Murdoch, or that Beck's employment at Fox News is financed by that same Prince. Without a tinge of irony in his voice, Beck implored his listeners not to trust any offering of money from Prince Alwaleed, despite the fact his own salary depends on him:
From the page: Conservative Activists Rebel Against Fox News: Saudi Ownership Is Really Dangerous For America'
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin TalalSaudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal owns a 7 percent stake in News Corp the parent company of Fox News making him the largest shareholder outside the family of News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch. Alwaleed has grown close with the Murdoch enterprise, recently endorsing James Murdoch to succeed his father and creating a content-sharing agreement with Fox News for his own media conglomerate, Rotana.
Last weekend, at the right-wing Constitutional Coalition's annual conference in St. Louis, Joseph Farah, publisher of the far right WorldNetDaily, blasted Fox News for its relationship with Alwaleed. Farah noted correctly that Alwaleed had boasted in the past about forcing Fox News to change its content relating to its coverage of riots in Paris, and warned that such foreign ownership of American media is "really dangerous." ThinkProgress was at the speech and observed attendees of the conference murmuring and shaking their heads in disapproval:
Perplexing Intelligence of the Chimpanzee--A bit superficial but still interesting.
Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed.
Dettmer manipulates the pages and spines to form the shape of his sculptures. He also folds, bends, rolls, and stacks multiple books to create completely original sculptural forms.
Another dip into the pondering pool.
"Joshua Klein: The amazing intelligence of crows"
Another outstanding video from TED. Funny, fascinating and surprising.
Get Out: A Bizarre French Animation with a Twist
This French animated film may seem frightening, but hang in there for the surprise ending.
Orange Striped Cloth
Red Chair, Night
Only days after birth, babies have a bawl with language. Newborn babies cry in melodic patterns that they have heard in adult's conversations" even while in the womb, say medical anthropologist Kathleen Wermke of the University of Wﾃsrzburg in Germany, and her colleagues.
By 2 to 5 days of age, infants cries bear the tuneful signature of their parents native tongue, a sign that language learning has already commenced, the researchers report in a paper published online November 5 in Current Biology.
Fluent speakers use melodic patterns and pitch shifts to imbue words and phrases with emotional meaning. Changes in pitch and rhythm, for example, can indicate anger. During the last few months of fetal life, babies can hear what their mothers or other nearby adults are saying, providing exposure to melodies peculiar to a specific language, Wermke says. Newborns then re-create those familiar patterns in at least some of their cries, she proposes.
"These days, confide to someone that you are in despair and he or she will likely suggest that you seek out professional help for your depression. While despair used to be classified as one of the seven deadly sins, it has now been medicalized and folded into the concept of clinical depression. If Kierkegaard were on Facebook or could post a You Tube video, he would certainly complain that we, who have listened to Prozac, have become deaf to the ancient distinction between psychological and spiritual disorders, between depression and despair."
"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," the committee said in its citation. 'His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population."