Bird of the Day: Juvenile Somali Ostrich (Awash National Park, Ethiopia)

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Blue Snow, The Battery by George Bellows

my daily art display

A few days ago I featured the art of Samuel Luke Fildes who in his early artistic days was a Social Realist painter.  His paintings and illustrations for The Graphic magazine dwelled on the plight of the poor in his native England and what they had to endure.  Today I am featuring an American artist of around the same era who wanted to paint pictures of real life in New York City.  He is George Wesley Bellows, the American realist painter.

George Bellows was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1882 and after passing through the various school years arrived at Ohio State University at the age of nineteen.  It was here that his sports prowess came to the fore and at one time it was thought that he may take up baseball professionally.  During his time at the university he funded himself by working as a commercial illustrator.  However Bellows…

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Urbex in Berlin

Wild Places

Urbex is the acronym for urban exploration and means the photography of urban decay in lost and wild places like abandoned ruins. Often these buildings are entered illegally. But for some of these places it is possible to get a permission for exploration and photography either by booking an organized tour or by direct contact to the owner. I visited three urbex places near Berlin using the following tour operator: go2know.de.

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False Freedom and Free Will

PERSONOCRATIC SEEDS

L uckily, I live in Canada, a free country. Canadian citizens are guaranteed rights and privileges that the inhabitants of many other countries envy. Yet, with worsening working conditions, increasing taxation, crumbling public services, lowering food quality, and an ever-increasing national debt, my old rose-colored glasses cannot hide the truth anymore. Despite the six million laws regulating Canadians, I have never had fewer rights, and my privileges have never been that expensive to hold on to. Is life in Canada that perfect? Am I as free as I am told?

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FALSE FREEDOM

Napoleon talked about freedom in the following way:

Stupid people, cowardly people, since the continuation of oppression does not give you the necessary energy, since you content yourselves with useless complaints when you could be roaring, since you are millions and you let a dozen children armed with little sticks control you as they wish…

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History Channel Vikings Collectible Cards 1-14

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About Vikings Television Program on the History Channel on Sunday 8/9c.:“The HISTORY® original series Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore—and raid—the distant shores across the ocean. His ambition puts him at odds with local chieftain Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne), who insists on sending his raiders to the impoverished east rather than the uncharted west. When Ragnar teams up with his boat builder friend Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) to craft a new generation of intrepid ships capable of conquering the rough northern seas, the stage is set for conflict.

But for all its warfare and bloodshed, Vikings is also a story of family and brotherhood, capturing the love and affection between Ragnar and his wife, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), a…

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