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Olga Shvartsur (aka “Olechka“) has created “Grumpy Cat Tastes the Rainbow,” a watercolor and acrylic painting of the popular internet feline Grumpy Cat. She seems to be unhappily tolerating a mouthful of Skittles. Prints, iPhone cases, pillows, apparel and more are available to purchase online at Society6.
“I tasted the rainbow once. It was horrible.”
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The artwork is not at all intended to make light of these conditions but instead is intended to give these intangible mental illnesses some substance and make them appear more beatable as physical entities.
You can find the rest of the series at Allen’s blog. The creator also has plans to expand the series to encompass more mental illnesses.
images via Toby Allen
Hey, don’t be an asshole! When you reblog a piece of art and write “ugh I can’t believe this idiot, I hate this so much,” the person who made it sees that. Would you enjoy waking up to that every day? I don’t think so.
Be nice! It’s underrated!
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A SWAT team spent ten hours raiding a small organic farm called The Garden of Eden in Arlington, Texas last month. They expected to find a few marijuana plants. They didn't. What they found instead: 17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, 14 tomatillo plants, native grasses and sunflowers.
Even if they had found marijuana, would that justify holding terrified residents of the farm at gun point for at least half an hour? Would it justify using weapons created for overseas combat theatres?
Would it justify treating people in this country like wartime enemies?
So how did we get here? How have our domestic police forces gotten to the point where a 10-hour raid of an organic farm is seen by officers as a justified – even routine – part of the War on Drugs? In the 1960s, some police departments developed SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams – elite teams of officers trained to use military tactics and weapons – for use in very rare, high risk situations like those involving riots or hostages. But, as nationwide fervor for fighting the War on Drugs took hold in the 1980s, police departments began to expand their use of SWAT – no longer used only in exceptional circumstances, militarized police began to be a routine fixture in everyday drug law enforcement. This trend continued into the 1990s, as SWAT teams became ever more common across America and a staple law enforcement tool used in ordinary police work. In the name of fighting the drug war, police departments nationwide have stockpiled wartime tools for use on our own soil – and that's how we've gotten to the ludicrous extreme of treating organic farmers like wartime enemies.
How have domestic law enforcement agencies gotten access to all of this military weaponry? Billions of dollars' worth of military weapons and equipment is available to local police departments through grant programs administered by federal agencies such as the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security. This mission creep is a problem– the tools and tactics used in combat theaters abroad are being turned on our communities at home.
We launched our 25-state investigation into the militarization of police in March because little is known about the unnecessary excesses of the War on Drugs, including the impact of excessively militarized policing on people, families, and communities. Too little is known about how much military equipment law enforcement agencies have, why they have it, and how they are using it.
What we do know is that the American people have a right to know about their police department's military equipment and how it is being used. By providing police with weapons and tactics made for war, we run the risk of encouraging the police to act as though they are at war with the very communities that they are supposed to be protecting and serving. But that's not all. Militarizing the police can also undermine public safety. Law enforcement works when the people trust the police; would you trust a police officer driving a tank through your town? Why should we trust SWAT officers who raid the Garden of Eden, holding people at gunpoint, based on unfounded rumors of a few marijuana plants?
For more on the ACLU's 25-state investigation into the militarization of America's police, click here.
Beef, Its [Not] Whats For Dinner: Chinese Suppliers Found To Be Selling Pork Saturated in Chemicals As Beef
We have previously seen stories of fake eggs, the sale of rat meat and other disturbing accounts from China’s food supply system. Accordingly, this story is not quite as shocking as it probably should be. Chinese officials in Xi’an, Shaanxi province have seized over 20,000 kg of fake beef made from pork and treated with chemicals to be sold for human consumption.
The pork was saturated with chemicals like paraffin wax and industrial salts.
To make matters worse, Xi’an has a large Muslim community and may have been eating the adulterated pork under the belief that it was halal beef.
Here's our favorite mortician, Caitlin Doughty, hanging out with the simply sickening Laganja Estranja and talking death, Bette Midler, hooker makeup and what music they'd like to have played at their funerals.
About halfway through what is already a delightful video of TWO otters lounging on a stump, one of those otters (the more gifted one, obviously) begins to juggle a rock, “juggle,” in this context, meaning of course to roll lazily across one’s fuzzy belly. Still though! Otters are alarmingly dexterous. They should clearly be in charge of all the things. Bow to your otter overlords
You're out on a date. You're hoping to impress your companion and come off as a worldly gentleman or gentlewoman, but the bar menu is chock-full of alien ingredients. Your choice is simple: Get the one with fernet.
For a second, I was stunned that a flying broom can lift a human into the air. Then I realized how silly I am. And then I secretly wished it were true that people could fly on brooms. Then I swore that some angles of the video looked real. And then I realized that it's just a super slick RC plane created to look like a man flying on a broom. Still. I want to believe that people can fly.
The greatest poet of them all.
On Tuesday, Playboy got major press and for the first time in awhile, it wasn't because they were selling off parts of their company or moving their headquarters from Chicago to Los Angeles or going private, things that would all individually spell trouble for legacy organization, but when pushed together look downright worrisome. They got press – good press! – because their brand, which has become synonymous with doing things to women looked like it was focused on doing things for women.
Question: What do you get when you mix a cappella, sock puppets, string theory and Queen? Answer: The geekiest (and astonishingly good, musically speaking) cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody" EVAR. Easily the greatest physics-themed cover of the classic we've ever heard. Seriously. The thing's a masterpiece.
Judging children under the age of 16 on their physical appearance in so-called “beauty contests” is now a criminal offence in France, the French Senate ruled on Tuesday night. The new law forms part of the new “equality bill” presented to the French Senate on Monday by France’s Minister for Women’s Rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, which also included legislation to tackle unequal pay, domestic violence and to encourage fathers to take parental leave. One of the less publicized clauses in the bill however touched on beauty contests, which have a proud tradition in France but are not to everyone's liking, especially these involving young teenage girls, known as "mini miss" competitions. Tough sanctions will now be handed out to anyone flouting the law. Under the new law, organizers of pageants under the age of 16 may now face up to two years in prison if they fail to comply with the ban and a fine of up to €30,000 ($40,000)The new legislation was spurred, in part, by a photo spread in the French issue of Vogue, which featured a heavily made-up ten year-old girl.
The most recent entrant in New York's supertall sweepstakes comes from SHoP Architects and JDS Development Group, which announced a plan to build a 1,350-foot skyscraper at 107 West 57th earlier this month. Though it’ll only be the second tallest building in the city (and the fourth in the country), it distinguishes itself in another way. It's only 40 feet wide: While for a townhouse that might not be all that remarkable, it’s unheard of for a supertall skyscraper. The reason most supertalls have wider bases is to support the lateral force of wind and seismic movement on its upper floors. Though SHoP was unable to comment on the structural design of the tower when we contacted them, it’s bound to be pretty unique. And because each floor is only 40 feet across, each unit will take up an entire level of the building. In other words, it’ll be an entire skyscraper of luxury penthouses.One hundred feet higher than the roof of the Empire State and forty feet wide. Will they have to nail everything down in their apartments?
reports a sway of "three feet, four inches from center" at the Sky Pod observation deck level at 1467 feet.
PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: I wrote about the 96-story 432 Park tower back in March.
UPDATE: Here's a groovy 360 degree view from the top of One57. Click and hold for the image to rotate.
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A creepy and anonymous clown has been terrifying residents of Northampton England by standing around on street corners and staring at passers-by. The clown, who bears a striking resemblance to Pennywise from the Stephen King-inspired 1990 horror film, IT, first appeared on Friday 13th and was spotted again over the weekend.According to the Northampton Herald and Post the red haired, white faced clown has appeared in several locations in the Abington and Kingsley areas of the town.
He is also sometimes seen carrying a clown teddy.The newspaper also reports that the clown knocked on someone’s door and offered to paint their window sills despite having no painting equipment.The newspaper reported: “He doesn’t juggle. He doesn’t twist balloons into animal shapes. He just stares.”The creepy jester even has his own Facebook page featuring a picture of the murderous clown Pennywise.
The sightings of the clown have prompted the Twitter hashtag #northamptonclown which is being used to speculate on reasons for the clown’s appearance - with some suggesting it could be part of publicity stunt.An irrational fear of clowns has come to be known as as coulrophobia. The prefix “coulro” comes from the ancient Greek word for “one who walks on stilts.”Symptoms include feelings of dread, increased heartbeat, sweating, nausea and anger.A University of Sheffield study from 2008 found that out of 250 children aged four to 16 images of a clown were widely disliked. The researchers said clowns were “universally disliked by children” and that “some found them quite frightening and unknowable.”Perhaps the most famous killer clown was the child murdering monster Pennywise from the 1990 television movie IT. However the killer clown has been a regular feature of several horror films including Clownhouse, Mr Jingles and 2004’s In Fear of Clowns.
The genre also includes the 1988 classic ‘Killer Klowns from Outer Space’, which had the tagline: “In Space No One Can Eat Ice Cream”.
In 1981, NYPD Sgt. Charles H. Cochrane, pictured here, shocked colleagues when he stood up at a City Council meeting and testified in support of New York City’s gay rights bill. Cochrane, a 14-year veteran assigned to the Manhattan South Task Force, not only confessed to being gay, but he did so with pride.
“I am very proud of being a New York City policeman,” he said during testimony. “And I’m equally proud of being gay.”
He then went on to testify that, contrary to popular belief, gays were “not cruel, wicked, cursed, sick, or possessed by demons.”
Cochrane’s testimony came just minutes after Pat Burns, then the first vice president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, had argued against the bill by saying he knew of no gay police officers.
Now, more than 30 years later, a group of gay NYPD police officers are hoping to honor Cochrane by naming a street named after him.
The proposal to re-name a small block in Greenwich Village to Sgt. Charles H. Cochrane Way was addressed by Manhattan’s Community Board 2 yesterday. If it passes, it will give recognition to a man who stood up for what he believed in during a time when there weren’t many openly gay police officers.
In the year following his testimony, Cochrane went on to help form the Gay Officers Action League (GOAL), paving the way for scores of similar groups in other cities and states.
“It was a moment that changed the country,’’ Det. Carl Locke, the current GOAL president, told New York Daily News earlier this week. “This meant something. It’s a moment that should be remembered and it should be memorialized.”
The Greenwich Village block was picked because it’s the home of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, where Cochrane and a dozen other gay members of the NYPD first met to discuss forming GOAL. At the time, they were met with some hostility. Cochrane reported receiving a phone call at his home telephone number in which someone threatened to “bomb the faggots.” As a result, extra patrols from the 6th Precinct were told to watch the house of worship.
Cochrane died of cancer in 2008. He was 64 years old. In an interview before his death, he said he was thrilled so many other gays and lesbians were able to come out of the closet as a result of GOAL.
“The bigots had to retreat to the closet,” he said, “and that was very satisfying.”
If the City Council votes in favor of the proposal, there will be a Sgt. Charles H. Cochrane Way in the very neighborhood that started the gay rights movement. Manhattan’s Community Board 2 says a final vote is expected next Tuesday.
Photo credit: New York Daily News.
Imma stab you if you TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT ONE MORE TIME!
Police in South Carolina arrested a North Charleston woman Monday night after she allegedly stabbed her roommate multiple times for refusing to stop playing music by the classic rock band The Eagles.
Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits is a dark fantasy classic. But nobody would fund his movie about time-traveling robbers, and George Harrison had to mortgage his office to get the film made. That's just one of the secrets of Time Bandits in this exclusive excerpt from the book Very Naughty Boys: The Amazing Story of HandMade Films.
One of the more obscure institutions to emerge from Edward Snowden’s NSA campaign is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (also known as the FISA court) which, operating in total secrecy, reviews and approves countless secret government orders to monitor and record the communications of Americans — often in tandem with publicly-traded telecommunications firms like AT&T and Verizon. Now that we know the extent to which the FISA courts rulings govern the behavior of telecommunications behemoths, we took a look at the extent to which the court's judges are personally invested in those very same behemoths. The answer is a lot.
Surprise: inflation is still really, really low. The Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers rose only 1.5 percent over the last year, well below the 2.5 percent upper limit that the Federal Reserve has effectively set. Core inflation — that is, excluding food and energy, whose prices tend to be highly variable — rose 1.8 percent. But the picture gets less boring, if not less dispiriting, if you look at specific items. By looking at the detailed CPI numbers, and drilling down to the lowest level of data provided, you'll find that prices have risen the most in the past year in these 10 areas:
Sorry, coat-wearing women and fans of potatoes and tomatoes. It's been a tough year for you. Chicken and bacon aficionados are having a rough go of it, as well. Newspaper and magazine prices are increasing, but we trust you'll buy them, anyway. Or at least hope you do. Please buy them anyway.
So that's what's gotten more expensive. What's gotten cheaper?Televisions and computers -- no surprise -- just keep getting cheaper. It's important to note here that the CPI does something called "hedonic quality adjustment," which heavily affects their measurements of TV prices. If the average price of a TV hasn't dropped any lower, but the quality of the average TV (as measured by definition, size, slimness, weight, speaker fidelity, etc.) has improved, then the hedonic quality adjustment process makes that show up as a price reduction in the CPI. Same thing for computers. Moore's law predicts that the number of transistors that can be cheaply placed on integrated circuits will double about every two years, and, so far, that's held up. But because the cost of placing the circuits doesn't increase, that amounts to a huge, regular reduction in the hedonic quality-adjusted price of computers.
But nerds and TV snobs aren't the only winners here. Brick Tamland and others who love lamps can now love lamps at a lower price. Photographers, and coffee fans (especially coffee fans who take it with sugar or Splenda), make out pretty well, too.
In 1941, as the British War Office searched for ways to help Allied prisoners escape from German POW camps, it found an unlikely partner: John Waddington Ltd., the U.K. licensee for Monopoly. “Games and pastimes” was an approved category of item to be included in care packages sent to captured soldiers, so Waddington’s set about creating special sets to be sent to the camps.
Under the paper surface of each doctored board was a map printed on durable silk showing “escape routes from the particular prison to which each game was sent,” Waddington’s chairman Victor Watson told the Associated Press in 1985. “Into the other side of the board was inserted a tiny compass and several fine-quality files.” Real French, German, and Italian currency was hidden in the stacks of Monopoly money.
MI-9, the intelligence division charged with helping POWs escape, smuggled the games into prison camps, where prisoners would remove the aids and then destroy the sets in order to prevent their captors from divining the scheme.
“It is not known how many airmen escaped thanks to these Monopoly games,” writes Philip Orbanes in The Game Makers, his 2004 history of Parker Brothers, “but 35,000 POWs did break out of prison camps and reach partisans who helped them to safety.”