Obey Earth Day

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Shepard Fairey, environmentalist.

Monumenting the Monument

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Ft. Greene gets another white person… in the form of this brilliant bust of Edward Snowden installed at the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument.

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Now With Piss-Back Technology

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Tired of having their walls and streets pissed on by drunk tourists, local officials in the St. Pauli district of Hamburg have begun using a water-repellent paint that splashes liquid back off of the surface and presumably onto the feet of the urinator.

Monica’s Shadow

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Apparently renowned portraitist Nelson Shanks snuck in a Lewinsky reference on his painting of Bill Clinton that now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. The shadow, which falls to the left of Clinton was achieved by setting up a mannequin in a blue dress that the artist likened to Lewinsky. Shanks says “The Clintons hate the portrait.”

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The Nerve of Politicians

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Mayor Dimitri Russo of Castel Volturno, Italy dressed some of his council members up as roadside prostitutes to help him get the word out about his new campaign to “promote better recycling schemes in the region.” Some of the motorists who stopped were then pulled over by police a couple hundred yards away and given tickets as part of the mayor’s recently issued anti-prostitution ordinance. Also, we heard NYC only got 8 inches of blizzard. Nice snow, DeBlasio.

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Of Course They Did

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A US government agency infiltrated Cuba’s hip-hop scene to “spark a youth movement against the government.”

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“I Had Animals as Friends…”

Not just Ghost Dog, either. Here’s RZA for PETA.

 

DC’s Mayor for Life Has Left This Earth

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Rest In Peace, Marion Barry. We’ll never forgive that bitch Rasheeda for setting you up.

“I would have done a coin flip, because if it’s good enough for the Super Bowl it’s good enough for me.”

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In Florida, they settle deadlocked elections by engaging in games of chance.

A Most American Day

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Have your say. Go Vote today!

Design by Michael Delahaut / WISE

The Irony of it All

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A new street piece by Banksy poking fun at the anti-immigration U.K. Independence Party was buffed from its location in Clacton-on-Sea yesterday after many in the town complained that it was racist.

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“Stealthy Starbucks”

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Located inside the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, VA, Starbucks “Store Number 1″ is allegedly one of the busiest in the world, and also due to security risks, the only shop where customer’s names are not written onto cups. Yet somehow through all the secrecy we’re able to learn that the most popular items ordered are vanilla lattes and lemon pound­cake during the day, and double espressos and Frappuccinos at night. The store’s manager has one goal for the operation, to “help humanize the environment” for the agents who are isolated without cellphones inside the secretive campus. Because lord knows, we have to keep them as human as possible.

This Week in Photographic Freedoms

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To protect wilderness areas from “being exploited for commercial gain,” the U.S. Forest Service is taxing any professional nature photographer or member of the press wanting to take pictures in National Parks by making them apply for a special permit that can cost up to $1500. Those who do not wish to apply face a fine of up to $1000. Sounds like the USFS is exploiting wilderness areas for their own commercial gain.

Meanwhile in Texas… a court has upheld the right for old men to take creepy photos of kids in public with the option of being free to capture an upskirt of the child’s mother as well.

All in all, it sounds like a tricky situation for a budding professional upskirt photographer whose specialty is hikers in the Texan wilderness.

 

Printables

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The McDonald’s Cocaine Spoon Fiasco by Zachary Crockett

How cocaine and the War on Drugs utterly destroyed McDonald’s coffee spoon

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The Entrepreneur Who Wants to Save Paradise by Diana Saverin

Douglas Tompkins—the founder of Esprit and The North Face—is using his fortune to build massive national parks in Chile and Argentina. But what he sees as philanthropy, local ranchers see as meddling.

Having that “wild ambition” of Experiencing Prison Life in North Korea

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Ambition granted, buddy

“We are At War now—with somebody—and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives.”

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Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear & Loathing in America column for ESPN on September 12th, 2001 was spot on.

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Last Tango in Kabul by Matthieu Aikins

While war raged across Afghanistan, expats lived in a bubble of good times and easy money. But as the U.S. withdraws, life has taken a deadly turn

Beats by Gaddafi

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Artist Petro Wodkins’ Sound-of-Power series consists of handmade porcelain speakers made to resemble busts of infamous political leaders from around the globe. While the selection of figures is surprisingly limited and random (where’s Sadaam? no Bush?), buying into this idea will give you some type of ability to “Smash The State.”

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