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Oldest Olympic Medalist Ever Was—What Else?—a Shooter

Photo by Wikimedia Commons Olympian Oscar Swahn The Olympics used to be a very different deal. As late as 684 B.C., they were a one-day event. You’d pile the wife and kids in a wagon with some pomegranates and olives and go watch guys...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: George Roth Landscape

View in the Bentheim Forest, George Andries Roth Link is to original in the Rijksmusem, which has both zoomable and downloadable versions (with free Rijksstudio account); additional downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons. In this wonderful 19th century landscape, a shaft of late afternoon light slices through a break in a German forest, illuminating some objects, […]

Massive Whitefish Kill Causes Montana FWP to Close the Yellowstone River

Photo by Wikimedia Commons The Yellowstone River running through Paradise Valley in southwestern Montana. An unprecedented fish kill has prompted Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to close the fishing season, and all other water recreation,...Show More Summary

Slow progress on Zika vaccine development – and at the expense of Ebola funding?

The Zika Virus – Image by David Goodwill (RCSB Molecule of the Month 197, June 2016) [CC BY 4.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons A recent PBS Newshour story highlights just some of the challenges in getting a vaccine for Zika tested and out on the market. The article confirms that about 30 vaccines are being developed […]

Eye Candy for Today: Greuze’s Broken Vessel

The Broken Vessel (La Cruche cassée), Jean-Baptiste Greuze Link is to downloadble large file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Louvre. Though the actual meaning is open to interpretation, the general assumption is that the allegorical subject suggested by the gathered flower petals and broken vase is one of lost innocence and defloration. Greuze […]

I Love You, Amy Schumer, But You're Wrong

6 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Megan Burbank Amy Schumer has made feminism part of her public persona. So why is she blocking feminists on Twitter? Ms. magazine via Wikimedia Commons Nothing reveals the jerks among us like high-profile allegations of gendered violence. Show More Summary

Comments of the Week: Monsters, Inc.

last weekNews : Truthdig

Wikimedia Commons From the costly—in many senses of that word—spectacle that is the Rio Olympics to the political and economic chaos unleashed by the notorious Powell memo, the Truthdig comment boards were host to a virtual phantasmagoria...Show More Summary

Hunter S. Thompson’s Widow Returns Stolen Antlers to Hemingway's Home

Photo by Wikimedia Commons Ernest Hemingway circa 1950. (Courtesy of John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.) In 1964, Hunter S. Thompson traveled to Ernest Hemingway's home in Ketchum, Idaho, to write an essay titled...Show More Summary

Let Us Welcome Our New Hillary Clinton Style Instagram Overlords

by Megan Burbank Hillary Clinton's white pantsuit at the Democratic National Convention: a sartorial nod to the Suffragettes? Ali Shaker/VOA via Wikimedia Commons While I am generally not in favor of flagrantly deconstructing femaleShow More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Osman Bey still life

Flowers in a White Vase, Osman Hamdi Bey Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Sak?p Sabanc? Museum. European-trained Turkish painter Osman Hamdi Bey — who was active in the late 19th and early 20th century — gives us a delicately realized still life […]

The Poem 'O Madonna' And The Painting 'Madonna And Lourdes' To Celebrate Madonna's 58th Birthday

Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons, Madonna and Lourdes, acrylic 18 x 24, 2012, Peter Reynosa Madonna turns 58 this August 16, 2016. And to celebrate this event I put up a mother and daughter painting I did of her and her daughter Lourdes Leon in 2012 called Madonna and Lourdes. Show More Summary

Boy Crazy: Why Older Loon Ladies Chase Young Studs

Image by John Picken/Wikimedia Commons When aging male Common Loons begin to lose their mojo or die off, females are still...

Comments of the Week: Getting Down to Business

2 weeks agoNews : Truthdig

BU Rob 13 / Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA) The national mood is charged with tension and anticipation, and this latest roundup of notable and quotable comments certainly picked up on it. But instead of just analyzing what’s...Show More Summary

A How-To (and Why) Guide for Writing in a Retro Layout

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

80s nostalgia is everywhere, it seems, but there's a solid reason to capture its essence in your writing environment. Column by Christopher Shultz Photo: Wtshymanski / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain Remember how computer screens looked...Show More Summary

Why life expectancy for black men fell following the infamous Tuskegee experiment

Unidentified subject, onlookers and Dr. Walter Edmondson taking a blood test (NARA, Atlanta, GA) Photo via Wikimedia Commons, originally from National Archives Each month, the NBER Digest summarizes several recent NBER working papers. Show More Summary

The Attacks on Jill Stein

Jill Stein by Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons Some supporters of Hillary Clinton are becoming nervous about the number of liberal voters who are not interested in supporting their preferred candidate and are instead looking to third party options. Show More Summary

9 Sightseeing Spots in Yokosuka

(?? from Wikimedia commons) The city of Yokosuka Japan is most known for its Japanese and American Navy bases. The culture has been crossed and mixed and reflects in its food, atmosphere, and shopping. The US navy base opens to the public every year for Yokosuka Friendship Day in order to demonstrate the strong relationship between Japan and the US. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Albert Bierstadt genre painting

Roman Fish Market. Arch of Octavius, Albert Bierstadt Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the de Young Museum. Though known primarily for his dramatic landscapes of the American west, 19th century painter Albert Bierstadt also painted other subjects, particularly early in his career. Here […]

Eye Candy for Today: Meléndez still life with plums

Still life with plums, figs, bread, keg, jug and other containers, Luis Egidio Meléndez Link is to a downloadable high-resolution image on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Museo del Prado. This is another entrancing and deceptively simple still life by the 18th century Spanish master. I have said that my favorite still life painter […]

Democratic Convention Live Blog, Day 2: Whither the DNC?

4 weeks agoNews : Truthdig

WP:NFCC#4 / Wikimedia Commons After Monday’s tumultuous and charged launch in Philadelphia, the second day of the Democratic National Convention began with more than a few hefty questions still unanswered. LOOK: A Lens on the Democratic...Show More Summary

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