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    ^ only viewable in USA
    I'm like my avatar .................. a local ruin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetmike View Post
    ^ only viewable in USA
    That is strange. Well there is one that I could not even post the image for because the guy has a full sized sex organ tattooed onto the side of his face. I can't imagine what drives one to such. How can anyone like that face the public, their boss (where in the world do they work), a prospective date (she must be similarly adorned?), etc.
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    For 2nd time in 2 days, a student is shot by an officer in a Wisconsin school

    If I was that student, I’d stay away for a couple of weeks. Twice is more than enough!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    That is strange. Well there is one that I could not even post the image for because the guy has a full sized sex organ tattooed onto the side of his face. I can't imagine what drives one to such. How can anyone like that face the public, their boss (where in the world do they work), a prospective date (she must be similarly adorned?), etc.
    http://www.sickchirpse.com/vladimir-franz/
    this guy was our candidate for president a couple of years ago. According to the rules, there are 3 ways to become a candidate - a political party nominates you, you gather some prescribed amount of senators to support you, or you gather some 300K signatures from people (in a country of 10 milion). He looks bizarre, but he would have been better than the Russian troll we have there now.

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    Further tales from “He’s got WAY too much money”:

    “An Italian artist duct-taped a banana to a gallery wall in Miami as part of the Art Basel festival — and it sold for $120,000. Actually, he’s sold two editions already.

    “It’s unclear how often the banana will be replaced, as it will probably turn black and begin to spoil in about a week. The gallery expects to throw out the one currently on view at the end of the week, unless the collector wants to keep it.”

    Pictures included in the story!


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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Further tales from “He’s got WAY too much money”:

    “An Italian artist duct-taped a banana to a gallery wall in Miami as part of the Art Basel festival — and it sold for $120,000. Actually, he’s sold two editions already.

    “It’s unclear how often the banana will be replaced, as it will probably turn black and begin to spoil in about a week. The gallery expects to throw out the one currently on view at the end of the week, unless the collector wants to keep it.”

    Pictures included in the story!
    How absolutely spot-on is "The Emperor's New Clothes?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Further tales from “He’s got WAY too much money”:

    “An Italian artist duct-taped a banana to a gallery wall in Miami as part of the Art Basel festival — and it sold for $120,000. Actually, he’s sold two editions already.

    “It’s unclear how often the banana will be replaced, as it will probably turn black and begin to spoil in about a week. The gallery expects to throw out the one currently on view at the end of the week, unless the collector wants to keep it.”

    Pictures included in the story!
    I recall many, many, many, many decades ago, in high school, seeing an "enrichment" film in which there was the following quote (obviously from no one special): "Whatever an artist spits is art (I suspect the original may not have been exactly "spits")." So, all you lumpen non-artists out there, give it up.

    However, I am offering an unprecedented opportunity for you to get in on the ground floor of an artistic revolution that will change the world - my Conceptual Sculptures Collection. I have transcended the use of ordinary materials; my creations exist solely as metaphysical conceptions in my mind. Prices start at $50,000. Call for details - just don't use a...phone (shudder).

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Further tales from “He’s got WAY too much money”:

    “An Italian artist duct-taped a banana to a gallery wall in Miami as part of the Art Basel festival — and it sold for $120,000. Actually, he’s sold two editions already.

    “It’s unclear how often the banana will be replaced, as it will probably turn black and begin to spoil in about a week. The gallery expects to throw out the one currently on view at the end of the week, unless the collector wants to keep it.”

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    Someone ate a $120,000 banana that an artist had taped to a wall

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    Eleven minutes before eruption of White Island volcano, New Zealand. Insets show tourists walking on crater rim:




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    ...documentary based on the book by Professor Martin Jarvis which seeks to prove through forensic document examination that Anna Magdalena Bach was, in fact, the composer of the six cello suites and a number of other works attributed to her husband. Modern science techniques prove she was a composer and not a copyist, as previously thought.

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    Patients die as lawyers attack Lahore hospital:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-50757383

    I'm a lawyer and find this appalling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christabel View Post
    All the boys are out at the hugely dangerous NZ volcano, as we speak, retrieving the bodies. Where are the females on this mission? I think we deserve to be told.
    I was completely unaware of world "volcano tours" until this disaster. I knew that tourists were mucking around Kilauea and Mauna Loa in Hawaii; but I thought this was a peculiarly American (U.S.) stupidity. I have an aversion to going anywhere near lava. I am sickened about White Island.


    https://www.volcanoadventures.com/to...cano-tour.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by geralmar View Post
    I was completely unaware of world "volcano tours" until this disaster. I knew that tourists were mucking around Kilauea and Mauna Loa in Hawaii; but I thought this was a peculiarly American (U.S.) stupidity. I have an aversion to going anywhere near lava. I am sickened about White Island.


    https://www.volcanoadventures.com/to...cano-tour.html
    These people died literally for nothing!! Road accidents are needless deaths too, but at least we all HAVE to travel by car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christabel View Post
    These people died literally for nothing!! Road accidents are needless deaths too, but at least we all HAVE to travel by car.
    why are you so sure? You think it is easy to predict the eruptions with 100% accuracy? I doubt it. I visited some active volanoes in Indonesia (Bromo caldera, Mount Rinjani, the famous sulphur mines) where we had to wear gas masks to get close to the crater or to the bubbling mud. Sometimes it just erupts without much warning and kills people that are nearby. It is an unfortunate accident, but why to blame somebody without having any proof that they did anything wrong? Or are you like the stupid italian authorities who wanted to jail the geologists who failed to predict an earthquake?
    https://www.theguardian.com/science/...ter-earthquake

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    Coincidentally, I got this recently in an email;

    Maybe, perversely, we should be grateful that high school prepares us for this life. The isolation, the shame, the aggression from those years—all of it readies us to cope. But one also has to wonder whether high school is to blame; whether the worst of adult America looks like high school because it’s populated by people who went to high school in America. We’re recapitulating the ugly folkways of this institution, and reacting with the same reflexes, because that’s where we were trapped, and shaped, and misshaped, during some of our most vulnerable years.
    High school itself does something to us, is the point. We bear its stripes.
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