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Eye Candy for Today: Gussow’s Old Man’s Treasure

Old Man’s Treasure (Das Katzchen), Karl Gussow On Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Awwwwww… Gussow was criticized at times for being sentimental. Well, yes, but… look at that wonderfull brushwork, the controlled color, nuanced values and wonderful attention to texture and detail — right […]

Under the Gun

Police sharpshooter in Ferguson, with his gun aimed in the direction of protestors. By Jamelle Bouie via Wikimedia Commons Through the narrative that Michael Brown and his ilk—my ilk—deserve to die, even if there’s only a perceptionShow More Summary

Young, British, and Living With HIV

[body_image width='700' height='465' path='images/content-images/2014/11/23/' crop='images/content-images-crops/2014/11/23/' filename='young-and-living-with-hiv-body-image-1416754800.jpg' id='6053'] Image ?via Wikimedia Commons This post originally appeared in VICE UK? "I remember not getting out of bed other than to use the loo. Show More Summary

Female Monks Challenge Buddhism’s Misogynistic Tendencies 

Dhammananda. Picture by Gakuro via Wikimedia commons Many in the Thai state, clergy, and mainstream population are in a tizzy over one woman named Dhammananda. As a Bhikkuni, a Theravada Buddhist nun, she’s raised hackles for much of the past decade by attempting to reestablish the Bhikkuni lineage in Thailand. Show More Summary

Discussion Section: Let's Discuss Control Rooms as 'Highly Charged Mythic Spaces'

The Mission Operations Control Room in NASA's Mission Control Center during the Apollo Soyuz docking in 1975. Photo via Wikimedia Commons Because it's Friday and YOLO and the Europeans landed on a comet last week, let's all take a trip...

There’s No Reason for Any Nation Not to Vaccinate its Feral Dogs

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons In comparison to other looming global problems, most people might not see rabies as rating particularly high on the list of health-related issues in need of address. It’s a disease that feels relegated to some distant backwater or far off past. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Van Dyck’s Samson and Delilah

Samson and Delilah, Anton van Dyck On Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Van Dyck’s dramatic tableau shows the influence of Titian, and Van Dyck’s teacher, Rubens.

Now You Can Study at the World’s Oldest University

Ruins of ancient Nalanda University. Photo by Bpilgrim/Wikimedia Commons Back in September, a cadre of prominent Indians, including Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen, trouped down to Rajgir, Bihar, to mark the opening of a new university. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Lofty Mount Lu, by Shen Zhou

Lofty Mount Lu, Shen Zhou On Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, Original is in the National Palace Museum. Ink on paper, 76 x 36 inches (194 x 98 cm). According to the accompanying description on GAP, the artist painted this to mark the 70th birthday of his teacher, in a compositional approach […]

J. Edgar Hoover’s ‘Suicide Letter’ to Martin Luther King Jr. Is Even Worse Than We Knew

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This 1964 photo of Martin Luther King Jr. was taken by a New York World-Telegram & Sun photographer. Wikimedia Commons Half a century ago, F.B.I. chief J. Edgar Hoover had what he clearly considered to be a big problem in the form of civil rights galvanizer Martin Luther King Jr. Show More Summary

A Tale of Two GMO Transplant Techniques

Photo by Lindsay Eyink/Wikimedia Commons Ever since scientists announced they could place functional foreign genes into plant cells some 30 years ago, people have been arguing about the pros and cons of genetically modified crops. On one hand, GM crops produce larger, heartier yields, and could help solve the world’s food shortage problem. Show More Summary

Do Not Ever Shoot A Handgun This Way

From Wikimedia Commons: Standing sideways, saucer and cup style.  What on earth are they teaching Navy recruits?

Go to Church...or Else

"Go to church..." by The Pug Father - Flickr: Go to church.... Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons. I love this picture, as it captures something important about how children are indoctrinated into evangelical fundamentalist Christianity in the United States. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Clarkson Stanfield’s Mount St Michael

Mount St Michael, Cornwall, Clarkson Stanfield On Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the National Gallery of Victoria. Stanfield drew on his eight years as a sailor, and his extensive experience as gallery a scenery painter for a London theatre, to create this monumental painting, over 80 feet wide by […]

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Against Marriage Equality

The decision is the first from a federal appeals court to rule in support of state same-sex marriage bans since the Supreme Court's decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013. Image: Wikimedia Commons The post Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Against Marriage Equality appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Kansas Republicans Hold Both Governor’s Office and U.S. Senate Seat

Kansas re-elected both Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and GOP Sen. Pat Roberts, despite predictions that both could lose in a backlash against the state’s extreme conservative and anti-choice policies. Image: Wikimedia Commons The post Kansas Republicans Hold Both Governor’s Office and U.S. Senate Seat appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Gov. Scott Walker Wins Re-Election in Wisconsin

Though Walker has managed to convince voters he deserves another term, his election is a blow to reproductive rights advocates in the state and around the country. Image: Wikimedia Commons The post Gov. Scott Walker Wins Re-Election in Wisconsin appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Reproductive Rights Advocate Jeanne Shaheen Re-Elected to U.S. Senate in New Hampshire

Shaheen, the current U.S. senator from New Hampshire, has prioritized women’s rights, LGBT equality, and health-care access priorities in throughout her campaign. Image: Wikimedia Commons The post Reproductive Rights Advocate Jeanne Shaheen Re-Elected to U.S. Senate in New Hampshire appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Eye Candy for Today: Roslin’s Lady with the Veil

The Lady with the Veil, Alexander Roslin Zoomable image on Google Art Project, downloadable high resolution file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Nationalmuseum Sweden. Roslin, a Swedish Rococo portrait painter who spent much of his career in France, used his wife, pastel painter Marie-Suzanne Giroust, as his model for this enigmatic and alluringly […]

Rethinking the Red Gold Rush

Photo by Peter Southwood/Wikimedia Commons In Morocco, where red seaweed is harvested off the coast of the port city of El Jadida, it is referred to as “red gold”—red seaweed is a 31-million-Euro industry in the North African country. Show More Summary

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