Saturday, July 4, 2015

Oxi or Nai

Patrick Chappatte 

If Greeks vote "Yes" to the deal with creditors - pension cuts, VAT rises and all - just maybe the European Central Bank (ECB), whose governing council meets on Monday morning, will lift the ceiling a fraction on the provision of Emergency Liquidity Assistance (ELA). That might not permit banks to start operating as normal with immediate effect. But it could allow the 60-euro daily ceiling on withdrawals to be raised a bit, and the total freeze on transfers abroad to be eased somewhat. And that might allow the Greek economy to be taken out of the deep freeze it has been in since banks were ordered to more-or-less close last Monday. But if Greeks vote "No", as the government wishes them to do, there would be zero chance of the ECB turning on the ELA tap again.
BBC Economics editor Robert Peston

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French Bulldog outed by Bull Mastiff



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Walter and Max

Max’s role is the little annoying brother.

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ISS in front of the moon

An Australian photographer managed to capture an incredible image of the International Space Station in front of the moon.

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From England With Love

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Why the American dream is shaped like a hot dog

Nathan Handwerker’s story began like many tales about the American dream. Working in a restaurant owned by Coney Island’s Charles Feltman, often credited as the inventor of the hot dog, he dreamed of a better life. To save money, Handwerker slept on the restaurant’s kitchen floor and ate free hot dogs. After a year, he quit working for Feltman and opened his own hot dog stand on Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, mere blocks away from his former employer’s own hot dog establishment. With his wife Ida's secret spice recipe, Handwerker sold his dogs for five cents, half the price of Feltman’s. But business still struggled. So, he did what any good entrepreneur would do—he pulled off a publicity stunt.
It was Independence Day 1916, and Handwerker was working at his hot dog stand when he overheard a conversation nearby. “The story that I have heard forever is that there were four immigrants arguing over who was the most American on the Fourth of July,” says Richard Shea, the President of Major League Eating. So, Handwerker challenged the four men to a contest.
“Nathan said, ‘I’ll tell ya, whoever can eat the most of my hot dogs is the most American,” explains Shea. The men took Handwerker up on the offer. Irish immigrant James Mullen won the race by downing 13 hot dogs in 12 minutes, thus proving his patriotism. The Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest was born.
Ninety-nine years later, the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest may be the largest publicity stunt in the world, with over 35,000 people flocking to Coney Island and millions watching at home on ESPN every July 4.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Weekend plans

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Is the worrying and ruminating mind a more intelligent mind?

Previous research has shown that anxiety and depression symptoms are negatively associated with measures of intelligence. However, this research has often not taken state distress and test anxiety into account, and recent findings indicate possible positive relationships between generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), worry, and intelligence. continue reading

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Faith in Humanity : Restored


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Again we try, again we failed.


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After Divorce

Rafael Mantesso got a divorce, so it ended up that his wife got all the furniture, and he got the house and Jimmy.
 Mantesso had a lot of blank wall space to fill…hence these artistic flights of fancy with Jimmy.

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Kitten And Owlet Become Best Friends And Nap Buddies

Fuku the owlet and Marimo the kitten are an adorable pair of best friends that love to hang out, play together and nap at their home in Hukulou coffee shop in Osaka, Japan.
The cafe occasionally gets other owl visitors as well, and it also sells fun owl-themed crafts and good, but it looks like these two are the stars of the show.

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The Four Seasons sculptures by Philip Haas



Artist and filmmaker Philip Haas has taken 16th century paintings and brought them into modern day in the form of larger than life sculptures. Haas has created four busts of the paintings titled The Four Seasons by Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The original paintings portray four busts cleverly formed from fruits, vegetables, and flora that represent each of the four seasons. The piece Autumn appropriately displays lush fruit making up the person’s plump cheeks, while Winter is revealed through bare twigs for hair and lumpy roots for the face. Haas’s sculptures are enormous and spectacular replicas of these paintings, down to every last plant that makes up the face of each character. The paintings as well as the sculptures portray and compare the never-ending cycle of life and unavoidable aging of humans in a beautiful and fascinating way.

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Lesson, Dariusz Klimczak

Dariusz Klimczak’s passion is photography. For 25 years he has been capturing surreal images from behind his camera lens, then manipulating them digitally to evoke new feelings and inspiration within his viewers.
From flying hippopotamuses to elegant elephants, Dariusz artworks are not bound to any particular artistic movement or theme; rather, universal symbolism and visual anecdotes distinguish his style.

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Old swimming pool


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Wes Anderson & Yasujiro Ozu

At first blush, Yasujiro Ozu and Wes Anderson would seem to be miles apart. Ozu is the “most Japanese” of all directors. His films are small, quiet, finely calibrated works that document the slow reordering of the family unit in the face of Japan’s rapid modernization. Anderson’s movies are twee and whimsical, filled with wry humor and a shocking amount of violence against dogs.

 Yet video essayist Anna Catley in her piece Wes Anderson & Yasujiro Ozu: A Visual Essay makes a pretty compelling case that these two auteurs are more similar than you might think.

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Orangutan in the Rain


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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Crow Rides On The Back Of An Eagle

Phoo Chan, a talented California-based bird photographer whose photos have been featured by National Geographic, has captured an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime series of photos of a crow landing and riding on the back of a bald eagle mid-flight.

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I be-leaf in you


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Lost Mind

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