Saturday, 24 May 2014
INTERESTING STUFF – 24 May 2014
92 YEAR OLD DENIED RIGHT TO VOTE
As a result of a new voter ID law in Texas, 92-year-old Ruby Barber who was born in Tennessee and has voted all her life was refused an ID because she has no birth certificate:
“'I’m sure (my birth) was never reported because I was born in a farmhouse with a coal oil lamp,' Barber [told the Waco Tribune]. 'Didn’t have a doctor, just a neighbor woman come in and deliver me.'”
Many states have recently enacted extremely restrictive voter ID laws reminiscent of Jim Crow. It will mainly affect elders, people of color, people who don't drive and the poor. Hmmmm – I wonder which political party thought up these new laws.
Ms. Barber now has a temporary voter ID card but most people denied the right to vote won't be getting the publicity to nudge authorities to do something.
FEHER ISTEN (WHITE GOD)
Feher Isten is a new movie from Hungary about a pack of 200 wild dogs terrorizing a city. It has made a big stir at the Cannes Film Festival but not for the subject matter. Instead, all the talk is that the 200 dog actors are all strays, not a single animation among them.
"You know it's unheard of to think of doing 200, 250 dogs running together through the city of Budapest," [the trainer who prepared the dogs for the movie] told Reuters.”
A professional dog actor plays the leader of the pack, explained the director, but the rest are rescues from a pound.
”Filming them was like working with four- or five-year-old child actors, but he got what he wanted, the director said.
"'There are really harsh and heavy scenes which were simulated by playing, he said, speaking of how the dogs were prepared for filming.”
Here is the trailer:
All the rescue dogs were found homes after the film was finished shooting.
SNOOPY EXPLAINS HOW TO LOOK YOUNGER THAN YOU ARE
From old friend and TGB reader, John Brandt.
DUCKLINGS PLAYING ON A WATER SLIDE
I love this. It amazes me that those tiny, little ducks are playing exactly as two-year humans would and know to walk back up the ramp for another go. And look how they each wait their turn.
YOU KNOW YOU'RE OLD WHEN
I cannot recall the last time I saw a “You know you're old when” joke that didn't offend me. This adaptation sent by Sunday's TGB Elder Music columnist, Peter Tibbles, is really funny and in an unexpected way.
400,000 FREE IMAGES FROM THE MET MUSEUM
About a year ago, I told you about the gorgeous high resolution images of Dutch masterpieces available online for free use from Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. A handful of other museums have made their collections similarly available and now the U.S. granddaddy of such museums, The Metropolitan has joined them.
As the Met's press release notes, the initiative is called Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) and it
”...provides images of art in its collection that the Museum believes to be in the public domain and free of other known restrictions; these images are now available for scholarly use in any media.”
You'll find the collections at this page of the Met's website. Images that are included for free use can be recognized by this OASC bug below the images:
WHO KNEW HOW CASHEWS GROW
It's my favorite nut (which, I just learned, is technically a seed) and I sure didn't know. Here's a little video about cashews:
Just as I was getting ready to prepare this Saturday post yesterday, a serendipitous message popped into my inbox from the Clinton Foundation:
”See how our new project with PepsiCo is taking the cashew fruit, which typically goes to waste, and sourcing it as a new, vitamin-rich ingredient for PepsiCo's local juice business in India - simultaneously improving the livelihood of thousands of cashew growers in the process.”
Here's the Clinton/Pepsi promotional video about their initiative:
HERO CAT TRIPLES ATTENDANCE AT BALL GAME
Remember Tara the cat I told you about last Saturday who saved the little boy she lives with by bodychecking an attack dog? Last Tuesday, Tara tripled the usual attendance at the Bakersfield Blaze baseball game when she “threw out” the first ball. Take a look:
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REPUBLICANS NEVER GET IT RIGHT ABOUT WOMEN
You have probably heard that the Republican Party has lately recognized that they have more than a few difficulties communicating with women and have dedicated themselves this midterm election year to improving.
Here is how that effort went down on Tuesday at a debate with candidates for governor of Colorado that was meant to reassure women. The name of the debate was “Women and Colorado's Future.” (Hat tip to Daily Kos)
A MOMENT OF ZEN
At the end of every episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart includes a “moment of Zen” and this video from Darlene Costner seemed a good candidate for our own Zen moment.
The Iguazu in Argentina is the largest collection of cataracts in the world. There are 275 individual water falls that run together in this panorama.
Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.
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