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Original Navajo Blanket Worth Fortune


      This is a good news story. A feel good story. An "I'm in a rut and I just happen to be watching TV (Antiques Roadshow) and it changed my life story". It has cultural value. It has value as art. And it has historical value.

      I will not bore you with a lengthy introduction other than to ask "what would you do if you found out the generations old hand-me-down blanket in the closet could possibly be worth more than a million dollars?".

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          This is a little out of date (but only in calender days)

          The masculine dominance that we all have to put up with is still an overbearing force... A nicely written piece by Drew Brown.

          Donald Trump is a real man. He's a hard man with hard-bodied women and a hard-nosed drive for success. The Donald crushes the hands of lesser men in his extremely powerful and definitely not-small mitts. He pulls them into his orbit like a magnificent star, pulling their arm out of their sockets, breathing an ancient silent message down their necks: I am the boss. I am your boss. You will bend to me as all men must bend to me, one of the giants whose blood alone turns the wheel of history to crush lesser creatures beneath us.

          This is a handshake buried under the weight of its own meaninglessness, a black hole of metacommentary in a world where sense sloshes chaotically across a flat surface of signifiers unmoored from any attachment to truth or reason or even an orderly presentation of images. Donald Trump's handshake is a signed statement on the failure of language here at the end of the world.


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          Things That Make You Go Hmmmm?


              The Polish medal for couples who have made it to 50 years of marriage has a higher rank than the medal for deployment to Afghanistan.

              Most Americans aren't aware of blackcurrant flavour (one of the most popular soft drink and confection flavours in the world) due to a ban on the plant in the 1900s because of its role in spreading disease among white pines, a principle industry of the growing American republic.

              Genghis Khan was a Tengrist, but was religiously tolerant and interested in learning philosophical and moral lessons from other religions. He consulted Buddhist monks, Muslims, Christian missionaries, and the Taoist monk Qiu Chuji.

              In 1795, nearly one sixth of the entire U.S. federal budget was sent to Algeria as a ransom for 115 American sailors captured by pirates.

              The Cocaine Bear who was found dead in the woods after eating 76 pounds ($15 million worth) of cocaine

              In the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, a central African country entered as Northern Rhodesia and left as Zambia becoming the first country to change its name and flag during the games.

              Baby porcupines are called porcupettes.

              opie Birthday candles can be traced back to the ancient Greeks

              If your brain was cut down the middle the two halves would function independently, almost like another person is sharing your body.

              Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church subscribed to a Calvinist doctrine known as "equal ultimacy," which holds that there is no free will and that God deliberately causes some people to be righteous and others to be wicked.

              The US government has paid out 7 billion dollars in settlements to people poisoned by the US nuclear industry

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              Da Vinci Portrait Of Christ Sells For Record $450.3 Million In New York


                  Not bad, was this the second coming? ;-)

                  The most expensive painting ever sold..

                  The painting, only recently rediscovered, was the last da Vinci left in private hands and fetched more than four times Christie‘s’ pre-sale estimate of about $100 million.

                  It beat a record set in May 2015 by Pablo Picasso’s “Les Femmes D‘Alger,” which sold for $179.4 million, and constituted more than half the sale’s total of $785.9 million, which came in well above the roughly $450 million pre-sale estimate.

                  “Salvator Mundi” (Savior of the World) was purchased by an unidentified buyer bidding via telephone after a protracted contest of nearly 20 minutes at the New York auction house.



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                      "In this time of darkness, largely caused by a Donald Trump shaped shadow, flickers of light are important."

                      "It’s been a year since the momentous 2016 election and the anointing of a new White House resident, so it’s as good a time as ever to visit the slew of anti-Trump art that’s cropped up in cities, giving those who didn’t vote for our current president a dose of solidarity."

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                      Check out these pictures of anti-Trump street art in this essay by Todd Van Luling. This is a fascinating work in progress.

                      The street artists know that "clever street art won't last forever, but neither will the Presidency of Donald Trump"

                      A Guide To The Anti-Trump Art You Can See In New York Right Now

                      Todd Van Luling

                      In this time of darkness, largely caused by a Donald Trump–shaped shadow, flickers of light are important. If only we knew where to find them.

                      It’s been a year since the momentous 2016 election and the anointing of a new White House resident. We figured it’s as good a time as ever to revisit the slew of anti-Trump art that’s cropped up in New York City, giving those who didn’t vote for our current president a dose of solidarity. What follows here is a guide for the angry-but-still-adventurous in NYC who are willing to trek through the city’s boroughs for an in-person glimpse at protest art.


                      Then there is THIS catalog of creative street art pictures by Lee Moran, showing street art in other countries as well as America.

                      Thumb through these pictures of street art. "From England and Australia to New York and Los Angeles, the writing is on the wall."

                      A Tremendous Roundup Of Street Art Ridiculing Donald Trump

                      By Lee Moran

                      Street artists have a lot to say about President Donald Trump ― little of it flattering.

                      Works criticizing the former reality TV personality began appearing on walls around the world soon after he launched his bid for the presidency in June 2015.

                      Now that the man is actually in the White House, there’s been a renewed explosion of anti-Trump murals, stencils and posters.

                      . . . we’ve rounded up some of the most notable pieces so far ― and we expect to add to this collection over the coming months and years.


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                      Good Sàmhain


                          Imagine, if there were a law that required, "Good Sàmhain," on Halloween instead of Trick or Treat out of respect for the true meaning of the holiday?

                          Never mind...

                          Isn't it odd that many cultures celebrate on the possibility of the line thinning between the dead and the living on this day?

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                          Fats Domino, Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Has Died At Age 89


                              "Fats Domino, the amiable rock 'n' roll pioneer whose steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music while honoring the traditions of the Crescent City, died Tuesday. He was 89.

                              "Mark Bone, chief investigator with the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, coroner's office, said Domino died of natural causes at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.

                              "In appearance, he was no Elvis Presley. He stood 5-feet-5 and weighed more than 200 pounds, with a wide, boyish smile and a haircut as flat as an album cover. But Domino sold more than 110 million records, with hits including "Blueberry Hill," ''Ain't It a Shame" and other standards of rock 'n' roll.

                              "He was one of the first 10 honorees named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Rolling Stone Record Guide likened him to Benjamin Franklin, the beloved old man of a revolutionary movement.

                              "His dynamic performance style and warm vocals drew crowds for five decades. One of his show-stopping stunts was playing the piano while standing, throwing his body against it with the beat of the music and bumping the grand piano across the stage.

                              "Domino's 1956 version of "Blueberry Hill" was selected for the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry of historic sound recordings worthy of preservation. The preservation board noted that Domino insisted on performing the song despite his producer's doubts, adding that Domino's "New Orleans roots are evident in the Creole inflected cadences that add richness and depth to the performance.""


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