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Eye Candy for Today: Meléndez still life with apples

Still Life with Apples, Grapes, Melons, Bread, Jug and Bottle, Luis Meléndez Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Museu Nacional D’Arte De Catalunya. Here is another beautiful still life by 17th century Spanish master Luis Egidio Meléndez. I’m particularly fascinated in this arrangement […]

Eye Candy for Today: Frederic Leighton’s Winding the Skein

Winding the Skein, Lord Frederic Leighton Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Art Gallery of New South Wales. I think the Google Art Project version — and the downloadable version of that file on Wikimedia Commons — are too warm and saturated. The […]

Who Was Still Alive When You Were Born?

Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons, The Old Guitarist, 1903-1904, by Pablo Picasso What famous person was still alive when you were born? And what historical period do we connect them to? And how far back in history can you go? I was born on December 22, 1964, in the small Central Valley town of Tulare, California. Show More Summary

Not All Trump Supporters Are Racist

By Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Since the 2016 U.S. presidential election, anyone using social media has almost certainly been bombarded with the tribalistic message that everyone who voted for Donald Trump is a racist, misogynistic, xenophobe. Show More Summary

Horror as Oregon Man Disintegrates in Scalding Yellowstone Hot Spring

photo: wikimedia commons (a Yellowstone hot spring) Horror as Oregon Man Disintegrates in Scalding Yellowstone Hot Spring Oregonian Colin Scott’s body disintegrated in a scalding Yellowstone... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Is Bannon the Worst Thing About Trump?

By Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons I am not sure I understand why many in the mainstream news media seem to have decided that Donald Trump's unusual approach to the transition is such a big story. I mean, one cannot...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Dürer’s Large Piece of Turf

The Large Piece of Turf, Albrecht Dürer Watercolor and gouache on paper mounted to board, roughly 16 x 12 inches (41 x 31 cm). Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Albertina, Vienna. For its small size and unassuming subject, this painting ranks among […]

Complex Problems Rarely Have Simple Solutions

By Nuggetkiwi [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Whenever something awful happens (e.g., a mass shooting, a Catholic priest molesting countless children, the election of Donald Trump), we seek explanations. This is natural. Unfortunately,...Show More Summary

The Double-Edged Sword of Armenia's New Nuclear-Capable Missiles

Image: Russian Iskander missiles on the 9P78-1 Transporter erector launcher at the Victory Day Parade rehearsal in Moscow in 2010. (Author: A. Savin / CC BY-SA 3.0 Wikimedia Commons) As someone who loves Armenia, my first response to...Show More Summary

Brexit 2: Electric Boogaloo

By Gage Skidmore (Donald Trump) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons If you went to sleep at a decent hour last night, you might just be waking up to the news that Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States. Seriously. Show More Summary

In Another Stressed-Filled Game, Seahawks Beat Bills, Shave More Time Off My Life

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In Another Stressed-Filled Game, Seahawks Beat Bills, Shave More Time Off My Life by Spike Friedman Jimmy Graham is awesome By Mike Morris (Flickr) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons The...Show More Summary

Early November Catholic News Update

By Cameltrader (Own work) [GFDL], CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons It seems like the Catholic Church has been making news lately. Here are some of the highlights from late October through early November in case you missed them: Pope...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Jean-Etienne Liotard’s Chocolate Girl

The Chocolate Girl, Jean-Etienne Liotard Pastel on parchment, roughly 20 x 32 inches (52 x 82 cm). Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden. This is the most famous of 18th century Swiss artist Jean-Etienne Liotard’s beautiful pastel portraits and genre […]

The Fall of Rome, the End of Fighting Sports

Clash between Byzantines and Arabs at the Battle of Lalakaon (Wikimedia Commons) This article is the beginning of a series on Europe’s Medieval martial arts guilds, known as the “Masters of Defence.” The Middle Ages in Europe are often described as dark times in which there was a dearth of philosophy, of learning, of general culture. Show More Summary

Fallacy-Checking The Presidential Debate

Caption: Image of Trump and Clinton (Wikimedia Commons) This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to refine and reach their goals by providing research-based content to help improve thinking, feeling, and behavior patterns. Written by Dr. Show More Summary

New Regulations Essentially Ban MMA in France

Image via Wikimedia Commons Mixed Martial Arts has effectively been banned in France. In a report released yesterday titled, "Decree relating to technical regulations and security for public combat sport events,” the French Sports Ministry...Show More Summary

Mud Matters: Lowly Soft Sediments Are Essential for Productive Fisheries

Photo credits (clockwise from left): Kim Hansen via Wikimedia Commons, Pieter v Marion via photopin, New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via Wikimedia Commons, Dunnock_D via photopin All too often, people regard muddy and sandy areas of the seafloor as ecological deserts: barren, featureless, devoid of life and readily exploitable. Show More Summary

How Did Tom Hayden Affect You?

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Tom Hayden addresses an anti-war demonstration during the 2004 Democratic National Convention. (Wikimedia Commons) The world has lost prominent left-wing activist, author and lawmaker Tom Hayden, who died Sunday in Santa Monica, Calif., from complications from a stroke. Show More Summary

Q&A: It’s Not the Cost of College -- It’s the Price

Matthew Sobocinski/Wikimedia Commons This election season Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders aimed to galvanize millennial voters by raising the issue of college debt. In a new book, Paying the Price:...Show More Summary

7 Terrifying Stories from Notorious American Asylums by Harry Parsons

Danvers State Hospital – Period Photograph Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Sadly, dignified and effective treatment for the mentally ill hasn’t always been the American standard. In fact, many insane asylums were notorious for subjecting patients to procedures that would today be considered sketchy and unethical, at best. Show More Summary

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