Tulip, Summit, Mound: can urban properties really be ‘experiences’? It was the same thinking behind the British designer Thomas Heatherwickâs Vessel, a 46-metre (150 ft)-high viewpoint costing $200m (£144m), built to increase footfall in Manhattanâs Hudson Yards luxury shopping district. Unfortunately, the visible and accessible high place also attracted suicides. The Vessel closed for several months earlier this year after the third death, reopening with a requirement that people have to buddy up in groups of two to enter. In July, a 14-year-old boy died after jumping in front of his family. Now it might close for good.Where is the world’s most expensive painting? – Somewhere in Saudi Arabia, hidden away by order of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, is the world’s most expensive painting, Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi. Or is it? No one in the art world knows for sure where the painting is. Most observers agree that it is likely stashed in the Middle East, but some have speculated that it is stored in a tax-free zone in Geneva or even on the Prince’s half-a-billion-dollar yacht. Is it even a Leonardo at all? The image of Christ as The Saviour of the World was billed as The Last da Vinci at Christie’s 2017 auction, where it sold for a record $450 million (｣342 million) to a proxy for bin Salman (yes, that bin Salman, whom the CIA found responsible for ordering the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi). But even then, many Leonardo experts were dubious that the painting had more than a few brush strokes by him, and those doubts have ramped up ever since.Wealthy people want their food to be cool, but not cold. There are increasingly few freezers in the homes of the rich. Sometimes there’s a tiny one for ice cream. Apparently, freezing food is just not really done anymore. Interior designer Martin Lawrence Bullard says, “Freezing food is becoming less and less fashionable. People want to eat more organically.”
MOTUS A.D.: What Dreams May Come… Some idiot is planning a multi billion dollar ‘city’ somewhere in America’s desert. The plan is for some kind of utopia where fossil fuels are forbidden and everyone uses a bike to get around. The plan as presented is so stupid it requires an idiot mind to believe it could work. One of our desert states will be chosen for this ridiculous ‘city’. One only needs to ask how the tall buildings will be constructed without the fossil fuel equipment and the plan falls apart before it begins.This Guy Is Senile and Can the Media Stop Pretending He’s Not? Look, Biden is senile. He was always stupid, and always stubbornly attached to whatever dumb ideas formed in the spongy mass of cells that passes for his brain, but now it’s perfectly clear that this guy is riding the Acela Express to Dementiaville. And the media, sitting front row on what could be the biggest story in political history, just sort of pretends that the guy who is one forgotten Depends short of wetting himself on national television is A-OK.
We have this new industry of “fact checking” that answers to no one and forms questionable conclusions in a bubble and as a monolith. They label things as “misinformation” that are not false, and in some cases, are provably or demonstrably true. We have become numb to this, after years of seeing persons in positions of authority add their signatures to things that are known lies, forced to conclude what people must say in totalitarian dictatorships: “Maybe it’s a lie, but there’s nothing I can do about it, so whatevs.”
Stop that! It’s not Tourette’s but a new type of mass sociogenic illness | About half of Generation Z feels stressed or anxious with climate change being the top concern. Eco-anxiety is associated not only with fear, panic attacks, feelings of anger, guilt, and helplessness, but also uncontrollability, unpredictability, and uncertainty. COVID-19 pandemic may cause additional increase in anxiety and restrictions because of the lockdowns may result in increased stress due to home schooling, significant changes in families’ living together associated with increased rates of conflicts and domestic violence, lack of communication with friends, reduced or no contact to peer groups, and boredom.
Equality is totally contrary to human nature and to enforce it is to force human beings to live against both their natural and their spiritual instincts. It becomes a tool to push the higher down to the level of the lower. This does not mean that the higher should dominate the lower (except spiritually) but liberty and equality are not natural bedfellows despite what the ideals of the Enlightenment may pretend, and it is liberty that is the great spiritual quality as far as human beings are concerned.
Sophisticated white Berkeleyans diving into the dirt at a children’s park as the Third World savages they deify & slobber over shoot it out. It is very poetic.
— HappyAcres (@HappyHectares) September 6, 2021
On the opposite coast, in sunny California, the state is experiencing what its leftist Chicken Littles are calling a “drought,” but what in reality is simply a very dry year. 2017, 2018, and 2019 brought record rainfall to the state. 2020 was an average year, and 2021 has been dry. So of course rather than viewing the situation in context (some years are wet, others dry), CA Democrats have declared that water will never return to the state and all are doomed. Sacramento has mandated that fresh water be reserved for only the highest-priority uses, which are (in order) irrigating marijuana crops, styling Gavin Newsom’s hair, and hosing down Mo’Nique when she overheats after climbing her front steps.
Ever since the George Floyd “racial wreckoning,” corporate advertising hacks have made sure that there’s a black person in every commercial produced (“We eat Cap’n Crunch because he reminds us of the guy who brought our ancestors over from Africa!”). This fad has gotten a bit apartheidy of late, with Amazon Studios mandating that 40% of all actors in its productions must be black or otherwise nonwhite.
How The National Review Sold Its Soul to Google – by Emerald Robinson – So I had basically caught the editors of the National Review in bald-faced lies about taking money from Big Tech companies like Google to remain silent while those same Big Tech companies censored and de-platformed other conservatives. This was, of course, an unconscionable betrayal for The Flagship Conservative Magazine to commit against its own readers — but they did it anyway.
‘The smartest person in any room anywhere’: in defence of Elon Musk, by Douglas Coupland Musk didn’t just generate a few fundamental patents and move to Santa Barbara to golf for the rest of his life. Every day he tries to reinvent the wheel and it’s working. Shopped online lately? Ever wanted to visit the International Space Station? Want a new car? With cars alone, Musk pretty much single-handedly shamed and forced the global auto industry to accelerate the electric car rollout by seven to 10 years. Yet people kvetch, and it makes me wonder if there is something fundamentally flawed about our era that it is almost impossible to get people to say something nice about pretty much anyone else.
Leftists Look to Satanists as ‘Last, Best Hope to Save Abortion’ in TexasThe Great Vine of Hampton Court Palace on the River Thames in London, is the largest and the oldest grave vine in the world, having being planted at the royal palace’s conservatory in 1769, at the time when George III was the King of Great Britain and the American colonies were still under the British throne.
Ida Lewis: The Bravest Woman in America Ida made her first rescue when she was just 12 years old, pulling four men out of the water after their boat capsized. Her most famous rescue for which Ida became nationally known happened in 1869, when she saved two soldiers after their boat was swamped during a winter storm. Ida’s mother saw the two soldiers clinging to the overturned boat and woke up Ida, who jumped out of bed and ran towards the lighthouse boat without taking the time to put on a coat or shoes. When Ida reached the stricken soldiers, one of them saw her and uttered in surprise —”It’s only a girl.” The soldier nearly lost his grip when Ida grabbed him by the hair and pulled him into her boat. Later, the soldiers gave Ida a gold watch for saving them, and the citizens of Newport presented her with a boat.
Daniel Lambert: England’s Most Famous Fat Man Within three years of returning to Leicester he weighed 200kgs. Despite his increasing weight, Lambert remained a fit man. In his spare time, Lambert devoted himself to exercise building his strength to the point where he was able to easily carry 250 kg of timber. Once he walked 7 miles from Woolwich to the City of London “with much less apparent fatigue than several middle-sized men who were of the party.” In spite of his large girth, Lambert was not significantly restricted and was able to stand on one leg and kick the other to a height of 7 feet. Even more remarkable, he continued to teach swimming in Leicester, and was able to stay afloat with two grown men sitting on his back.
Welcome to Philadelphia. I think that there’s a zombie apocalypse coming. This is truly frightening. Many of these people are in an absolute stupor. Jaw dropping and it’s only a tenth of the video.https://t.co/laXDneD87A pic.twitter.com/l40TUUYwbb
— Deplorable Richie (@DeplorableRich5) August 31, 2021
If one were to recruit a group of wokies, carefully so as to not reveal any subversive intent, and ask them why it feels good to be woke, they would be slightly puzzled at the question. They certainly don’t associate their passionate commitment to social justice with anything so crass as mere pleasure. That’s what their bongs and vibrators are for.