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Lori Nelson: Are You There, God? It’s Me, Monster.

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Are You There, God? It’s Me, Monster, 2015 Oil on wood with resin finish 20 x 20 in.

Credere Volo (I Want to Believe)

In my current series, Credere Volo (I Want to Believe), the imagery recalls the almost fetishistic religious works from the past of beautiful young children with rapturous gazes in the throes of fervent supplication.

This is the sort art that fascinated me as a Mormon child growing up in a religious -and somewhat artless- household. I would find the reproductions of devotional art and photography in the family Bible and other religious texts, and gaze into them, falling into them hard. Such beauties! These wonderful children were appealing to me for their purity while all the time also being shame-inducing because I knew I would never believe so fully and gorgeously.

Searching, I could not leave them alone. I would return to them over and over, pleasing my parents with an apparent interest in the Word.… Read the rest

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The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust

Screen Shot of black byproduct of rare earth mining pouring into the lake at Baotao. Via BBC.

Screen Shot of black byproduct of rare earth mining pouring into the lake at Baotao. Via BBC.

Tim Maughan via BBC:

Hidden in an unknown corner of Inner Mongolia is a toxic, nightmarish lake created by our thirst for smartphones, consumer gadgets and green tech, discovers Tim Maughan.

From where I’m standing, the city-sized Baogang Steel and Rare Earth complex dominates the horizon, its endless cooling towers and chimneys reaching up into grey, washed-out sky. Between it and me, stretching into the distance, lies an artificial lake filled with a black, barely-liquid, toxic sludge.

Dozens of pipes line the shore, churning out a torrent of thick, black, chemical waste from the refineries that surround the lake. The smell of sulphur and the roar of the pipes invades my senses. It feels like hell on Earth.

Welcome to Baotou, the largest industrial city in Inner Mongolia. I’m here with a group of architects and designers called the Unknown Fields Division, and this is the final stop on a three-week-long journey up the global supply chain, tracing back the route consumer goods take from China to our shops and homes, via container ships and factories.

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Undiscovered Outsider Artist Marian Spore Bush Goes To Auction

The works of Marian Spore Bush (1878-1946) will head to auction at Slotin Folk Art April 25 2015

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Marian was the first female dentist in Bay City, MI. She left her practice and became a self-taught painter in NY in 1920 after the death of her mother. Marian became well-known using a special technique in which she used paint so thick that it seemed as much sculpture as painting. She claimed her large surrealistic works were inspired by long-dead artists who were communicating with her from “beyond the veil.” Her paintings seemed to forecast world events and conditions. In the early 1930s, she began to paint huge stark canvases in black and white, often depicting images of war. Edward Alden Jewell, art critic for the New York Times, said of her 1943 New York exhibition, “All the war paintings are symbolic in nature, if accepted as manifestations of psychic phenomena.” Bush even created an eerie example of this psychic phenomena with a painting entitled “New York City,” which depicts two airplanes and burning buildings amidst the skyscrapers of New York.Read the rest

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Venezuelan Model Wears Corset 23 Hours a Day for Extreme Hourglass Figure

Surreal…

Sumitra via Oddity Central:

In a bid to achieve a tiny waist, 25-year-old Aleira Avendano has been wearing a tight corset 23 hours a day, for the past six years. The result? She literally looks like an hourglass, with 34DD breasts, an enlarged derriere, and a shockingly slim 20-inch waist.

Aleira said that she began ‘waist’ training as a teenager. Her skinny core now attracts attention wherever she goes. “People stop what they’re doing and stare – everywhere I go I get attention,” she said. “People shout at me in the street – they can’t believe that figure is real.”

She does admit that wearing a corset was uncomfortable at first and it took her some time to get used to. But over time she got so used to it that her skin would start to itch when she took it off. And she says that she actually loves wearing it now.

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NYPD caught sanitizing police brutality Wikipedia entries

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rollingrck (CC BY 2.0)

They changed “Garner raised both his arms in the air” to “flailed his arms about.” But don’t worry, the matter is under “internal review.” So justice will be served, right?

David Kravets writes at Ars Techninca:

IP addresses linked to the New York Police Department’s computer network have been used to sanitize Wikipedia entries about cases of police brutality.

This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen nefarious alterations to Wikipedia entries, and it won’t be the last. But the disclosure of NYPD’s entries by Capital New York come as the Justice Department announced a national initiative for “building community trust and justice” with the nation’s policing agencies.

As many as 85 IP addresses connected to 1 Police Plaza altered entries for some of the most high-profile police abuse cases, including those for victims Eric Garner, Sean Bell, and Amadou Diallo,Capital New York said.

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Ted Cruz Wonders Why NASA Scientists Should Study Planet Earth

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Moyan Brenn (CC BY 2.0)

Uhh…

Rebecca Leber via The New Republic:

Ted Cruz’s plan as chair of the Senate Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee is to ensure NASA stays focused on spaceinstead of studying the havoc humans have caused on planet Earth. Space exploration is “what inspires little boys and little girls across this country,” Cruz said at a hearing on NASA’s 2016 federal budget on Thursday, according to National Journal. “I am concerned that NASA in the current environment has lost its full focus on that core mission.”

His enthusiasm for space exploration is really just a lack of enthusiasm for understanding how humans affect the world. He is an outspoken climate change denier, claiming previously that there “has been no recorded warming” in the past 15 years. Cruz’s appointment as chair was almost as controversial as James Inhofe‘s taking over the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, as many expected Cruz would try to undercut NASA’s study of climate change.

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Scientists Reveal Average Penis Size

Sunday Surprise - Male Model GabeIf you think that the scientists who seriously studied average penis size were wasting their time on a frivolous pursuit, consider that our World Penis Size Map is one of the all time most popular posts on disinformation. Yahoo News/AFP reports on the size of the average man’s member (although global variations seem not to have been studied):

What is an “average” size for a penis?

The enduring question now has a scientific answer: 13.12 centimetres (5.16 inches) in length when erect, and 11.66 cm around, according to an analysis of more than 15,000 appendages around the world.

In a flaccid state, it found, the penis of the average Joe is all of 9.16 cm in length and has a girth of 9.31 cm.

The numbers should help “reassure the large majority of men that the size of their penis is in the normal range,” said British researchers who had assembled data from studies where participants had their member measured by a professional.

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Marquis de Sade’s Descendant in Discussion With Victoria’s Secret for “Sade” Lingerie Line

I'd like to offer this up as a working prototype. Nothing says sexy like a portrait of the man who inspired the word "sadism" over the crotch.

I’d like to offer this up as a working prototype.
Nothing says sexy like a portrait of the man who inspired the word “sadism” over the crotch.

Marquis de Sade’s name may be coming to a pair of panties near you! The notorious, libertine author of The 120 Days of Sodom, has a rather ambitious descendant, Hugues de Sade. H. de Sade has created a whole line of products around Marquis and is now in talks with Victoria’s Secret for a potential Sade lingerie line.

via The Smithsonian Mag:

Enthusiasm in France for his notorious 18th-century ancestor is now such that the count has begun his own line of luxury goods, Maison de Sade. He started with Sade wine, from the family’s ancestral region of Provence, with the signature of the marquis on the label. He also offers scented candles and soon plans to add tapenade and meats. “It is quite natural,” Hugues explained.

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Chicago Police Detain Americans at Abuse-Laden ‘Black Site’

Spencer Ackerman writes at the Guardian:

The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.

The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights.

Alleged police practices at Homan Square, according to those familiar with the facility who spoke out to the Guardian after its investigation into Chicago police abuse, include:

  • Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases.
  • Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.
  • Shackling for prolonged periods.
  • Denying attorneys access to the “secure” facility.
  • Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including people as young as 15.
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