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  • How White Nationalists Learned To Love Donald Trump - POLITICO Magazine
    "The embrace of Donald Trump by America’s white nationalists has been one of the most surprising and unsettling threads in the 2016 campaign. The celebrity New York developer has been endorsed by the nation’s most prominent neo-Nazis, as well as both current and former Klansmen. He is supported online by a legion of racist and anti-Semitic trolls, who push his campaign’s message and viciously attack journalists and politicians they see as hostile to Trump. Whether deliberately or not, the candidate, his son Donald Jr. and his surrogates have circulated white nationalist messages and imagery online. The Republican National Committee even displayed a white nationalist’s tweet during the GOP convention."
  • 8 Ways Comic Book Legend Jack Kirby Fought Fascism
    "Jack Kirby—co-creator of the Marvel Universe and big chunks of DC’s—remains one of the most influential writer/artists in the history of comics. Many of Kirby’s works involve the fight against fascism, embodied in characters such as Doctor Doom and the Red Skull. This wasn’t just an imaginary battle for Kirby, who killed Nazis in World War II and was ready to throw down with any fascists he encountered stateside."
  • Who has fanned the flames of fascism? Our politicians and newspapers | Owen Jones | Opinion | The Guardian
    "And then the media report on the frothing racist and fascists of Charlottesville – and Britain, for that matter – like David Attenborough in a nature programme. Where did they come from? The truth is their hatred and bile are legitimised and echoed by media moguls and mainstream politicians alike. In this country, the rightwing Brexiteers portrayed immigrants as a morass of potential criminals, terrorists, rapists and murderers; in the aftermath of their repellent campaign, they portray critics and progressives as enemies of the people and saboteurs who need to be crushed. Yes, racists and fascists are enabled and empowered by elites on both sides of the Atlantic; and yes, not just by their hatred, but by an economic order that generates needless misery and insecurity, which the bigoted can exploit."
  • The far right has declared cultural war – we have to stop them now
    "All over the world, liberal, progressive people are confronted by plebeian movements that want to roll back the social changes of the past 50 years. The response has been to look for economic grievances that can be assuaged, or to seek protection via the law and the constitution and – at a granular level – ignore the mindless venting against migrants, black people and Muslims by relatives, taxi drivers or the bloke on the bar stool next to us. We should have stopped this long ago."
  • Campaign launched to save South London's 'stretcher fences' once used to carry wounded civilians in the Blitz | London Evening Standard
    "A campaign has been launched to protect metal fences in south London made from WW2 stretchers once used to carry thousands of wounded civilians in the Blitz. The so-called ‘stretcher fences’ can be found on estates in Peckham, Brixton, Deptford, Oval and East London."
  • It's Nice That | Chris Shepherd’s new animation celebrates playwright Joe Orton with star studded line up
    "Renowned animator and director Chris Shepherd has released a new short in tribute to English playwright Joe Orton, on the 50th anniversary of his death. Yours Faithfully, Edna Welthorpe (Mrs) animates complaint letters the playwright wrote wreaking “havoc on the unsuspecting”, under his female pseudonym Edna. Joe’s pseudonym would complain about the smallest of things, using the letters as an opportunity to play pranks or even complain about his own plays."
  • Three deaths now linked to Virginia white nationalist rally, say police | National Post
    "CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally Saturday in a Virginia college town, killing one person, hurting at least two dozen more and ratcheting up tension in an increasingly violent confrontation."
  • Energy bills: End of ‘green crap’? - ECIU
    "A third factor is the changing nature of the energy system. Something like a million UK roofs have solar panels now – and a lot of those roofs will shelter readers of the Daily Mail, given the good investment solar panels represent for retirees. The writing is on the wall; whereas once the Big Six were absolutely necessary for national well-being, they soon won’t be."
  • Laurie Anderson on what might happen.
    "The world may end. You’re right. But that’s not a reason to be scared. None of us know what will happen. Don’t spend time worrying about it. Make the most beautiful thing you can. Try to do that every day. That’s it. You know? What are you working for, posterity? We don’t know if there is any posterity."
  • Here’s one of the best interviews I’ve heard Christopher Nolan give about his thoughts on film, digital and VFX
    "The best analogy I can make is about visual effects. When you watch a film from 20 years ago, and the visual effects are unconvincing, and sometimes laughable, and that’s to do with our changing perceptions over time. The eye is very sophisticated, it’s much more sophisticated than people who give it credit for, people in the engineering sphere and looking at this technology. There’s a lot going on that is poorly understood, and the audience is not capable of articulating, nor should they be asked to."
  • What the Blog by @susannahbreslin
    "Maybe that's where blogging is. A few of us have hunkered down to wait out the storm. We watched from the sidelines when the clowns showed up and hijacked the show. As the masses move on to the next hot thing, we are finding there is a little elbow room in blogging again, and we are stretching ourselves -- tentatively, at first, to see if these muscles of ours still work -- and we are trying to figure out what it is we have to say. I'm still here. I know you are, too. I am setting out on a journey that is the unfolding story of my life. Will you come with me?"
  • Notebook of Leonardo da Vinci ('The Codex Arundel')
    "A collection of papers written in Italian by Leonardo da Vinci (b. 1452, d. 1519), in his characteristic left-handed mirror-writing (reading from right to left), including diagrams, drawings and brief texts, covering a broad range of topics in science and art, as well as personal notes. The core of the notebook is a collection of materials that Leonardo describes as 'a collection without order, drawn from many papers, which I have copied here, hoping to arrange them later each in its place according to the subjects of which they treat' (f. 1r), a collection he began in the house of Piero di Braccio Martelli in Florence, in 1508. To this notebook has subsequently been added a number of other loose papers containing writing and diagrams produced by Leonardo throughout his career. Decoration: Numerous diagrams"
  • £2m in Arts Council funding for Emma Rice’s new company is everything that’s wrong with the arts
    "How can it be that renowned arts centres, such as the Drum in Birmingham, are allowed to wither away and die – under the guise of “efficiency” and “tightened budgets” – yet the path is cleared for a vision favoured by a handful of senior people at the Arts Council? How can we look the other way when a couple of people in control of public money decide to twist every rule imaginable to give someone £2m because they think she deserves it?"
  • things weren't better then, they just spent less time nostalgic for the past
    "VR/AR is ad-tech. Everything built in studios (except for experimental projects from independent artists) is advertising something. That empathy stuff? That's advertising for nonprofits. But mostly VR is advertising itself. While MTV was advertising musicians, the scale and creative freedom meant that it launched careers for people like Michel Gondry, Antoine Fuqua, David Fincher, Spike Jonze, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, etc. A band from a town like Louisville or Tampa could get in touch with a local filmmaker and collaborate on a project and hope that 120 Minutes picks it up. There were entry points like that. And the audience was eager to see something experimental. But a VR audience is primed to have something like a rollercoaster experience, rather than an encounter with the unexpected. The same slimy shapeshifter entrepreneurs that could just as well build martech or chatbots went and colonized the VR space because they have a built in excuse that it took film "fifty years before Orson Wells." Imagine that. A blank check and a deadline in fifty years."
  • Chaco Canyon petroglyph may represent ancient total eclipse
    "As the hullabaloo surrounding the Aug. 21 total eclipse of the sun swells by the day, a University of Colorado Boulder faculty member says a petroglyph in New Mexico's Chaco Canyon may represent a total eclipse that occurred there a thousand years ago."
  • Frequencies – convivial studio
    "FREQUENCIES is a shape and color study. CNC machined reliefs were generated from a custom application using different frequencies of Perlin Noise algorithm. Modulating variables the 3D reliefs are imitating fluid and rocky patterns. The generative application allows an infinite number of outcomes. In order to leave room to the viewer’s imagination, we created a gradation in the way the patterns evolve throughout the triptych. The projection layer on top is blending the triptych elements and aims to challenge the perception of the relief. The interactive projection is playing on the duality of the flat surface and the carved relief area."
  • Aziz Ansari hated what the internet was doing to his brain — so he quit it
    "Whenever you check for a new post on Instagram or whenever you go on the New York Times to see if there’s a new thing, it’s not even about the content. It’s just about seeing a new thing. You get addicted to that feeling. You’re not going to be able to control yourself. So the only way to fight that is to take yourself out of the equation and remove all these things. What happens is, eventually you forget about it. You don’t care anymore. When I first took the browser off my phone, I’m like, [gasp] how am I gonna look stuff up? But most of the shit you look up, it’s not stuff you need to know. All those websites you read while you’re in a cab, you don’t need to look at any of that stuff. It’s better to just sit and be in your own head for a minute. I wanted to stop that thing where I get home and look at websites for an hour and a half, checking to see if there’s a new thing. And read a book instead. I’ve been doing it for a couple months, and it’s worked. I’m reading, like, three books right now. I’m putting something in my mind. It feels so much better than just reading the internet and not remembering anything."
  • Google's sexist memo has provided the alt-right with a new martyr
    "The struggles of women, people of colour and LGBT people have secured great advances – though they are continually imperilled, and are still far from achieving genuine equality and liberation. But the last two years, in particular, have underlined that gains are never won without a backlash. Damore is the latest martyr of these angry men. But the truth is they are so angry because they know, in the end, they are going to lose."
  • 78rpm Records Digitized by George Blood, L.P. : Free Audio : Download
    "Newest uploads! Auto-78-twitter.  Through the Great 78 Project the Internet Archive has begun to digitize 78rpm discs for preservation, research, and discovery with the help of George Blood, L.P.. 78s were mostly made from shellac, i.e., beetle resin, and were the brittle predecessors to the LP (microgroove) era.   @great78project for uploads as they happen."
  • The 50th anniversary of the death of Joe Orton (1933-1967)
    "Today is the 50th anniversary of the untimely death of Joe Orton on the 9th August 1967. The first time that I heard about Joe Orton was when my mother suddenly said. My favorite film is on the TV tonight. I sit down waiting for the viewing thinking it was going to be something like Herbie Rides Again or Free Willy. That’s what everyone else’s parents would have shown. But what flashed on the telly was something quite different. It was Douglas Hickox version of Entertaining Mr Sloane with Beryl Reid and Harry Andrews. It blew my mind. I’d never seen anything so anarchic in my life. And it was a bit disturbing as my mum looked a bit like Beryl Reid. But we both loved it. Talking to original players such as Dudley Sutton about the original play of Sloane you realise that the original was played much straighter and with a sense of realistic aggression. The Hickoxs film is much more camp, but it did make me and my mum laugh. "
  • Original Godzilla suit actor Haruo Nakajima dies - BBC News
    "The man who first bought the beloved and feared monster Godzilla to life has died, the film company behind the monster says. Haruo Nakajima, who wore the Godzilla suit in 12 movies, died on Monday from pneumonia at the age of 88, it said."
  • #StopDSEI: 10 Reasons You Should Join the Campaign to Shut Down the Arms Fair
    "Next month the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair will be descending on east London. Thousands of campaigners will be there to disrupt it, with a full week of action planned to stop the set-up. Here are ten reasons why you should join the campaign to shut down DSEI for good."
  • Introducing the Unity ARKit Remote
    "When Apple announced at WWDC that ARKit framework was going to be part of iOS11, there was great excitement in the development community, as most people saw an amazing opportunity to create incredible AR experiences that could be felt by a large audience. "
  • Avian Palaces: Traditional Ottoman Bird Houses are Miniature Masterpieces
    "Istanbul takes bird houses very seriously, and always has – seriously enough to attach palatial digs for feathered residents to their own human-sized buildings. In fact, the oldest known bird house in Istanbul can still be spotted on the side of the Büyükçekmece Bridge, dating back to the 16th century. The charters for new mosques often included provisions for feeding the birds, and sometimes even allocated huge amounts of gold to look after them. The practice was thought to attract good luck."
  • Autodesk confirms its own unconscionable conduct – cad nauseam
    "It took several attempts over a period of months and was like pulling teeth, but Autodesk has now confirmed that it is deliberately withholding bug fixes from some of its customers. Autodesk has taken customers’ money and in return has provided defective software (OK, that happens). It has fixed some of those defects (that happens too, sometimes). But it’s limiting distribution of those fixes to those prepared to pay Autodesk further (that has never happened before)."
  • Why We've Lost to President Trump
    "If it was going to happen, it would have happened by now. After months of chanting this is not normal the new normal is fully vested in our society. The critical moment came upon us, and when it did the People stood up and spoke with a single voice with a clear message: We'll put up with it."
  • 40 hours (and counting) of relaxing Planet Earth II sounds
    "The producers of Planet Earth II (aka probably the best thing I’ve watched in the past year) shot a loooooot of footage for the program. Most of it got cut, but they’ve cut some of it together into these 10-hour videos of relaxing sights and sounds. So far, they’ve done mountains, the jungle, island, and desert."
  • Daring Fireball: Public Service Announcement: You Should Not Force Quit Apps on iOS
    "The single biggest misconception about iOS is that it’s good digital hygiene to force quit apps that you aren’t using. The idea is that apps in the background are locking up unnecessary RAM and consuming unnecessary CPU cycles, thus hurting performance and wasting battery life."
  • Late… (contains NSFW ads)
    So, this happened two weeks ago.
  • Electricity shake-up could save consumers 'up to £40bn' - BBC News
    "Consumers in the UK could save billions of pounds thanks to major changes in the way electricity is made, used and stored, the government has said. New rules will make it easier for people to generate their own power with solar panels, store it in batteries and sell it to the National Grid. If they work, consumers will save £17bn to £40bn by 2050, according to the government and energy regulator Ofgem."

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