From a 1995 article in The Independent:
“For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art – including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko – as a weapon in the Cold War. In the manner of a Renaissance prince – except that it acted secretly – the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years.”
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For those who like arboreal things, it’s a Samaan tree. The swimming hole has been documented too. Awesome.
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Panasonic announced that it will no longer be making its cult classic turntable, Technics.
more at Gizmodo
The Guardian reports that “Russian bears have grown so desperate after a scorching summer they have started digging up and eating corpses in municipal cemetries.” I’m just trying to picture this right now. Weird.
The Wall Street Journal reports on the Institute for Business & Home Saftey’s new disaster lab in South Carolina.
“The $40 million research center, set on 90 acres in Richburg, S.C., features a massive test chamber as tall as a six-story building that can hold nine 2,300-square-foot homes on a turntable. Those homes can be subjected to tornado-strength winds generated by 105 giant fans. Mix in water from the 750,000-gallon tanks, and researchers can simulate Category 3 hurricanes.”
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Marisol Valles is 20 years old and a criminology major. She took the job because no one else had the cojones to do it.
via gawker / upshot
Congratulations to French artist JR for winning the 2010 Ted Prize!
A little about the TED Prize:
“The TED Prize is designed to leverage the TED community’s exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $100,000 and, much more important, “One Wish to Change the World.” After several months of preparation, s/he unveils his/her wish at an award ceremony held during the TED Conference. These wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact.”