10 Beautiful Books for Creative Thinkers

Originally posted on Flavorwire:

Whether you’ve been bursting with big ideas you don’t know what to do with or you’re feeling a creative slump, take heed. Here are ten beautifully designed books for visual learners, creative thinkers, and arty types who need a kick in the pants to get motivated and express themselves to the fullest.

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‘Selma’ director says dashcam video of #SandraBrand arrest was altered; Authorities investigating; Update: Technical issue, not edited?

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Ava DuVernay, director of the 2014 film “Selma,” thinks someone has altered the dashboard video of the arrest of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African American woman who allegedly committed suicide in a Texas jail after being arrested during a traffic stop on July 10. She tweeted last night:

The Los Angeles Times analyzed the video and found discrepancies as well:

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Of affluent rats and man

Originally posted on Alfred E. Baldacchino's Blog:


Monday, 25th May, 2015

Of affluent rats and man

Alfred E. Baldacchino

I was still in my early teens. Television was still black and white. But I still clearly remember a documentary based on Konrad Lorenz’s studies on animal behaviour.

konrad-lorenz-1Konrad Lorenz

Konrad Lorenz (7 November 1903 – 27 February 1989) hailed from Austria.  Besides being a zoologist and ornithologist he was also an ethologist. He is best known as one of the founders of modern ethology – the study of animal behaviour.  In 1973 he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Nikolaas Tinbergen and Karl von Frisch.

The documentary was based on the behaviour of a number of rats confined in a large circular cage built with interconnecting radial divisions. It housed a rat society living under affluent conditions, but in a limited space.

rat-overpopulation-1An over populated rat society

The availability of food contributed to an…

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Rep. Clyburn: How to Take Down the South Carolina Confederate Battle Flag Once and for All

Originally posted on TIME:

If you’re going to honor a flag, you should know what it represents.

The flag currently flying on the South Carolina statehouse grounds is not, as many believe, the flag of the Confederate States of America. At various times there were three different flags of the Confederate states, but the one in front of South Carolina’s State Capitol was never one of them. It’s actually the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia‎. Not many, if any, South Carolinians fought under that flag. Those Virginians who did obeyed General Robert E. Lee’s request to furl the flag when the war ended. The Commonwealth of Virginia does not fly it today.

An elongated version of that flag, the Confederate Navy Jack—also known as the “Tennessee flag”—became the rallying symbol of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a founder and first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. After relative obscurity, it was…

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The Meaning of the Flags Worn by the Suspected Charleston Killer

Originally posted on TIME:

A profile photo taken from a Facebook page thought to belong to the FBI’s now-captured suspect the killing of nine people at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, offers the strongest clue yet as to what might have been his motivation. The photo, thought to be of Dylann Storm Roof, shows a young man wearing a black fleece jacket. Affixed to the right breast are two flags, one for apartheid-era South Africa, and another for the former colony of Rhodesia, which is now known as Zimbabwe.

The short-lived state of Rhodesia, which was never recognized internationally, is closely identified with white supremacy. It was born in 1965 when the predominantly white government of what was then known as the British colony of South Rhodesia refused to transition to black majority rule on the eve of independence. Instead, the government issued its own declaration of independence, raised its own flag…

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Warrants issued for people who cheered at Senatobia graduation

Originally posted on WREG.com:

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SENATOBIA, Miss. — “My 18-year-old daughter, Lanarcia Walker, graduated from Senatobia High,” Linda Walker said.

The pomp and circumstance did not last long for some Mississippi families.

“He said ‘you did it baby’, waived his towel and went out the door,” Walker explained.

“When she went across the stage I just called her name out. ‘Lakaydra’. Just like that,” Ursula Miller said she shouted about her niece.

Miller and Henry Walker were two of the four people asked to leave Senatobia High School’s graduation ceremony for cheering.

Police at Northwest Mississippi Community College, where the high school ceremony was held, said the superintendent asked the crowd not to scream and to hold their applause until the end.

Otherwise, they would be asked to leave.

However, that wasn’t the end of it.

“A week or two later, I was served with some papers,” Miller explained.

The papers threatened…

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Racism and Religious Affects

Originally posted on Duke University Press Log:

The recent shooting of two gunmen at the Muhammad Art Exhibit in Texas has brought Pamela Geller, a blogger known for her vitriolic attitude toward Muslims, and her anti-Muslim advocacy group Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) into the media spotlight.

imgresIn his forthcoming book, Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power, Donovan O. Schaefer considers the connection between the SIOA, racism, and religious affects. Here are his insights, from chapter 5 of the book:

“In the summer of 2012, anti-Muslim advocacy group Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) posted ads on the New York and Chicago subway systems with the following text:

“In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”

The first sentence is a paraphrase of a remark by Ayn Rand—the hero of SIOA’s founder, a blogger and activist named Pamela Geller—commenting on the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. Rand in her lectures frequently drew on an…

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Marvel’s Kevin Feige Said Goodbye To David Letterman In A Very Special Way

Originally posted on UPROXX:

Consider yourself officially made, Dave. Marvel Studios president and super-producer Kevin Feige used his third tweet ever (the other seven are retweets) to thank current Late Show and former Late Night host David Letterman for his 33 years of broadcast magic. Specifically, he shared the cover of Avengers issue #239 with Black Widow, Hawkeye, Black Panther, Beast, and the mostly-forgotten Wonder Man in 1984.

But that was just Letterman’s first appearance in the Marvel universe. He also popped up (in various ways) in issues of Amazing Spider-ManWest Coast Avengers, Iron Man, and others.

(Via Kevin Feige)

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Amazon Prime Now Adds 1-Hour Delivery From Local Stores In NYC

Originally posted on Consumerist:

(protohiro) (protohiro) Because walking outside and going a few blocks to pick up some bread and milk is just too much work sometimes, Amazon is adding one-hour delivery from certain local stores — but only in New York City’s Manhattan borough for now, with plans to expand to other locations that offer Prime Now eventually.

Starting today, the Prime Now service will bring deliveries in an hour from a select few stores — D’Agostino grocery stores, Gourmet Garage and Billy’s Bakery — Amazon announced in a press release, only in certain Manhattan neighborhoods at first, with more stores and more locations added in the coming weeks.

Next in Manhattan will be Italian marketplace Eataly and Westside Market.

“We are launching delivery from local stores through Prime Now in Manhattan today and will add local stores in other cities where we offer Prime Now soon,” Amazon says, with deliveries arriving…

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Israeli Occupation Court Approves Ethnic Cleansing Of Bedouin Lands

Originally posted on Occupied: Headlines From Palestine:

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli Supreme court on Tuesday turned down an appeal by the descendants of Sheikh Suleiman Muhammad al-Ukbi against a decision by the central court of Beersheba three years ago.

The court in 2012 refused a request to register 1,000 dunams (250 acres) of land in the villages of al-Araqib and Shariaa in northern Negev to their names as heirs of the original owner Sheikh al-Ukbi. The Supreme Court also decided that the land should be registered under the name of Israeli development authority.”The issue of Bedouin tribal rights to ownership of lands in the Negev is very important and an acceptable solution to both sides should be reached as soon as possible,” the court decision read. The court argued that during the era of the Ottoman Empire and the British Mandate, “rights were not granted to lands located far from populated areas.”For their part…

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