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13 Photos From History That Will Give You Nightmares. A trip into the past through photographs that capture the weird and tragic evnets of history.

Want To Change Your Life? Try Changing Your Mind. I wrote this article on how to reframe negative thoughts for Live Your Life On Purpose. I'd love to hear what you think!

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The dazzling ceilings of Mumbai's taxis – in pictures

On her morning commute one day, Mumbai-based journalist Rachel Lopez noticed the ceiling of her taxi was covered in multi-coloured strawberries. “It was ghastly,” she says. “I loved it immediately and wanted to take a shot for fun.”

Since then, Lopez has taken more than 500 half-face selfies with the ceiling patterns of Mumbai’s taxis as a backdrop.

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L’avenir aux lignes de la main

L'avenir aux lignes de la main:

-La chiromancie, qui se traduit par la lecture et l’interprétation des lignes d’une main, est une méthode divinatoire datant de plusieurs milliers d’années. Cette pratique puise son origine dans l’astrologie indienne mais aussi la voyance tzigane. La lecture des différentes lignes de la main a pour but d’évaluer le caractère d’une personne, de lire dans son passé mais aussi et surtout de prédire son avenir. Ainsi, l’acte peut se faire par un professionnel mais aussi par soi-même à condition de bien maitriser l’interprétation.

Les différentes lignes d’une main:

-La lecture des lignes d’une main se fait par le biais des quatre lignes principales à savoir la ligne de cœur, la ligne de tête, la ligne de vie et la ligne du destin. La dernière n’est pas présente sur toutes les mains. Cependant, vous devrez identifier au moins les 3 premières lignes pour pouvoir faire une prédiction. Avant de les lire, vous devrez choisir entre vos deux mains. En effet, chaque main donne une prédiction différente. Pour une femme, la main droite dévoile ce avec quoi elle est née et la main gauche tout ce qu’elle a accumulé tout au long de sa vie. Pour les hommes, c’est le contraire. La main gauche d’un homme dévoilera ce avec quoi il est né tandis que la main droite dévoilera ce qu’il a accumulé jusque-là. Dans le cas où vous souhaitez connaître le futur, la main que vous devrez lire est celle avec laquelle vous n’écrivez pas ou celle que vous utilisez le moins. L’autre, considérée comme la main dominante, indique le passé et le présent.

Signification des différentes lignes de la main

-La première ligne qui est lue est la ligne de cœur. Elle représente la stabilité émotionnelle, les perspectives d’ordre romantique mais également la santé et la dépression du cœur en tant qu’organe. Selon la tradition de lecture suivie, cette ligne peut être lue du petit doigt vers l’index ou à l’inverse de l’index vers le petit doigt. Ensuite ce sera la ligne de tête qui sera lue et interprétée. Cette ligne est associée aux aptitudes mentales telles que l’apprentissage, les facultés de communication, l’intelligence et aussi la soif d’apprendre. Pour la ligne de tête, une ligne qui est courbe montre un esprit créatif et spontané tandis qu’un esprit est plus cartésien et pratique dans le cas d’une ligne droite. Ensuite, ce sera autour de la ligne de vie d’être analysé. Cette ligne donne des informations qui concernent la santé à la fois physique et mentale, le bien-être et les changements de la vie. La plupart des gens pensent que la longueur de cette ligne conditionne la durée de vie d’une personne. Or, cette affirmation n’est pas fondée. Cette ligne commence près du pouce et forme un arc qui plonge vers le poignet. La dernière ligne à lire est la ligne du destin. Cette ligne révèle si des circonstances qui ne dépendent pas de la volonté de la personne affectent sa vie et à quel point.

All deserve prizes? That’s no truer in art (including the Booker and Turner prizes) than in life

If we salute everyone, then we risk rewarding no one, writes a judge for next year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction

Apparently it’s now terribly unfashionable to be a winner. At last week’s Turner prize, the nominees got together and declared that none of them wanted to win. Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Tai Shani and Oscar Murillo wrote to the prize organisers to say they wanted to make a “collective statement” at a time when there was “already so much that divides and isolates people and communities”. The £40,000 prize money was split equally between them.

This is turning into something of a trend. In August, when Olivia Laing, author of debut novel Crudo, won the James Tait Black prize for fiction, she announced in her winning speech that she was sharing the £10,000 with her fellow nominees because “competition has no place in art”. In October, Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo were jointly awarded the £50,000 Booker prize even though the organisers had explicitly told the judging panel that they were not allowed to choose two winners. The Bad Sex in Fiction award was also shared between Didier Decoin and John Harvey because “there was no separating the winners”. (Which, weirdly enough, sounds like the definition of good sex to me but never mind.)

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Gene Kelly: The Teacher (part 3)

The Pied Piper


For his new picture, Living in a Big Way, he does a dance called “The Pied Piper” with a bunch of small sprouts. He asked the casting department to send him a couple hundred boys and girls. In they trouped one morning, all like little Eleanor Powells and Fred Astaires, and executing entrechats for Gene. They left him very cold, so he called casting again, and asked them to send kids who couldn’t dance a step as he wanted to teach them himself. Out of the second batch, he was able to salvage a few normal unstage-struck youngsters. Inside of an hour, he had them all crazy about dancing, all but one straight-haired, snub-nosed little boy who was much more enchanted with playing in the half-built house that was one of the props.

During an intermission, Gene took him aside. “Bet your mom misses you this morning, Joe,” he said companionably. The kid eyed him silently. “Kinda hard on her with you gone all day.” The kid swung by his knees from a beam. “So I think I’ll let you go along home,” Gene finished quietly. No scolding, no loud voice. Just that. And when the youngsters lined up again, Joe was right there in the front row, dancing like crazy, meek and obedient as a lamb. He was like that from that day forward. When you see the movie, look for the kid with the halo - that’s Joe. The Kelly touch with children is still deft.

- Modern Screen “The Pied Piper” (1947)
The 5 Best Songs of the Week, from Harry Styles to Tame Impala
Harry Styles continues his retro mood, Tame Impala serves up introspective psychedelia, and more
“Adore You,” Harry Styles

Harry Styles continues his deep dive into disco on his new single “Adore You.” The song came with an expansive promotional campaign involving a fictional tourist destination (the island of “Eroda” — it’s “adore” backwards, naturally) and lots of hype; it precedes his upcoming sophomore album, Fine Line, due out Dec. 13, and follows the boldly danceable “Lights Up.” The final product of “Adore You,” like the island escape it’s been tied to, is timeless and friendly, a mid-tempo love song with bubbly percussion and a quick hit of electric guitar toward the end. Plus, it serves as a kind of wish fulfillment for Styles fans hankering for a bit of his attention: it’s hard not to listen to “Just let me adore you, like it’s the only thing I’ll ever do” and not fall victim to his charisma. The accompany video is another story entirely, a nearly eight-minute narrative of loneliness and self-discovery.
Dinosaur fossil collectors ‘price museums out of the market’
Scientists demand controls on private sales as celebrities help push cost of relics into the millions
By Edward Helmore

Leading US palaeontologists are calling for a worldwide halt to the sale of vertebrate dinosaur fossils. The booming market for specimens, driven by their popularity with wealthy private collectors, including Hollywood stars, is pushing up prices and putting them out of reach of museums and scientists, they say.

While the art market is organised around brand-name artists, dinosaur sales are all about celebrity species, with a tyrannosaurus rex skeleton fetching up to $10m, although the velociraptor is the most prized. The price tag for a triceratops’s skull is $170,000 to $400,000, and a diplodocus is $570,000 to $1.1m. Last year a complete egg of an aepyornis maximus, otherwise known as an elephant bird, sold for $130,000 – roughly five times what it would have gone for a decade earlier.

Jerry Smith, an expert in the evolution of freshwater fishes in the department of zoology at Michigan University, told the Observer: “When specimens go into a private home or collection, our understanding, interpretation or discovery of new information they contain will never reach the scientific community.”

Last year the US Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology (SVP) called on the Parisian auction house Aguttes to cancel a sale inside the Eiffel tower that contained just one lot: a 29-foot-long dinosaur of a yet-to-be identified species. The winning bidder paid $2.3m for the piece.

How much does a banana cost? $120,000 according to this work of art

Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan’s work, Comedian, is a piece of fruit duct-taped to a wall – and it sold for over $100,000

Sometimes a banana is just a banana. And sometimes, like the one duct-taped to a wall that sold for $120,000 this week, it’s an expensive piece of art.

The questionably genius work by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan was being shown by the international gallery Perrotin at Art Basel in Miami when it was sold. One in a series of three, a second version of the piece has also been sold for a similar price, Perrotin told the Guardian.

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Wag hotlist reveals 10 highest earners on social media featuring Shakira
Unsurprisingly, Colombian superstar Shakira has beaten off competition from Victoria Beckham and Gisele Bündchen to become the top-earning Wag on social media.

Shakira has beaten off competition from Victoria Beckham to become the top-earning Wag on social media. WAGs (or Wags) is an acronym used to refer to wives and girlfriends of high-profile sportspersons.

التراب والصخور...

التراب والصخور… 22/9/2019

جميعنا يدخل في صدور قلوبنا ترابا، منه يُنضّف، بكل يسر، ومنه يظل ساكنًا، بالداخل، ولا يتوقف فقط عند سكونه، ولكن، يجذب الأتربة الأخرى، ورغم جهودنا في إزالته، إلا أنه يصبح أكثر سُمكًا، مع كل مرة تفشل محاولة إزالته…

ولكن، إذا توقفنا عن المحاولة، فماذا نفعل؟ نظل ساكنين نحن أيضًا أمام سكون الأتربة وزيادة سمكها؟ وما الفارق؛ إذا كانت محاولاتنا تبوء بالفشل، في كل مرة!!

جميعنا ننظر على أتربة بعضنا البعض، على أنها مجرد أتربة، ولكن، صاحب التراب نفسه، يراها صخورًا، ليس لأنه أبئس، ولا لأنه يدّعي الإرهاق، لا أرى سبب إلا أنه.. صاحب الموقف! صاحب هذا الألم، هو وحده من يشعر به، هو وحده، من يَمُرّ بأمَرَّ الظروف، والمحن، هو وحده.. رغم وجودهم، وهذا أصعب أنواع الوحدة، المعًا وحدي…

يراها صخور، لأنها بالفعل صخور، على الرغم من أنه إذا رآها كل جزء منها على حدى.. ستكون أتربة.. ولكن، هي ليست كل جزء على حدى في قلبه… هي بالفعل صخور، مجبر على حملها بقلبه اللين، وهذه الصخور، ينتج عنها طريقين، إما أن ينطفر القلب، وينكسر إنكسارًا لا يرى بعده شيء.. وكأن.. عندما تتحول الأتربة إلى صخور، تُحوِّل القلب من قلب.. إلى أتربة…

أما الطريق الآخر، فهو أن يكون القلب غير ليّن، ولكن، لديه قوة قاسية، ولكن هذه ليست المشكلة كلها، ولكن، الجزء الآخر منها هو أنه يستعرض هذه القوة.. على القلوب الطبيعية اللينة، فيتحوّل إلى قلب قاسي، لا يزرع في قلوب الآخرين، إلا أتربة أخرى…

لا تستهين بصخور غيرك، ولا تقارنها بصخورك، فمثلا اذا اخبرك بانه فقد شيء، فتقول في نفسك، أنا فقدت أكثر.. إذا اخبرك بانه انكسر، فتقول في نفسك، أنا كسري أعمق.. إذا اخبرك بانه يعاني، فتقول في نفسك، معاناتي أكثر ألمًا… إنه لا يريد منك مقارنات، ولا يريد منك هذا الاسلوب المؤذي من طيب الخاطر، هو لا يريد شيء، إلا أن تحضنه بجسدك أو كلماتك، كما تستطيع، وتجعله يطمئن، فقط هو يريد الإطمئنان، إذا لم تجد نفسك جدير بهذا، لا تطلب منه أن يحكي لك عن صخوره…

الحزن يسرقنا من عمرنا، والعمر لا ينتظر أحد، لا ينتظرك حتى تنتهي من صراعاتك النفسية، العمر يأكل كل شخص لا يستطيع أن يأكل عمره… إما أن تُعدِّل محاولات إزالة صخورك، حتى تنجح، وتبدأ في أكل عمرك، أو، ستُؤكل، عن طريق عمرك، وحزنك.. وصخورك…

The Role of Culture in Shaping India’s Development Policy

Under British colonialism, India used to implement the feudal system. The Indian feudal system was renowned as Zamindari,a system where the local kings or zamindars(landlors who were also politically powerful and usually belonged to Kshatriyaor the high caste) controlled the land. The Zamindarisystem covered nearly 40% of India. Those coming from a lower caste, usually employed as peasants should hand over a substantial portion of the harvest to the land controllers. This made one of the biggest source of revenue for the British colonial. Under this system, there was not any incentives for the employed cultivators as they were not given any share.

As soon as India declared its independence back in 1947, India reformed the agrarian policy as a part of planned development programme. The prominent step taken by the then-ruling Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru at that moment was the abolishment of Zamindarisystem through an act. The Zamindari Abolition Acts legalised the transfer of common land or resources ownership. Abandoning the feudal system behind had breed on an alteration to an egalitarian economy in India.

Departing from this point, it can be noticed that one of the ways to interpret development according to the Indian government was the notion of equality through a fairly distribution of the means of production. As one of the means of production, land becomes very crucial in an agricultural society like India. The current agrarian structure is built upon changes derived from the agriculture condition under the British rule.

The abolishment of Zamindarisystem was not solely derived from the loopholes of the system. Emphasize should also be given on the context when this abolition act was enacted. As a newly independent state, India had the desire to establish its identity by having a break with the colonial legacy. The act of abolishing Zamindarisystem exemplifies this need.  

It can be noticed that India possessed a different approach to development in comparison with the British colonial. India incorporated social justice in conceptualizing the national development project while the British colonial gave emphasize and limitation to economic growth. The polarized notion of “us” versus “them” may be at play herein. Through development project, India identifies itself as a newly independent state striving for not only physical growth, but also equality among its people. This conception of development is in a great contrast in comparison with that of British colonial’s. India accentuates that “us” as the people of India does not treat our people in an unequal manner by merely putting forward economic gain. The disadvantage felt by the local people was a result of “their” policy, making “them” constructed as the bad guy. This polarization underlying the abolition act as in order for India to have a break with the colonial legacy is to abandon and produce anything opposite from the perspective of British colonial.

To a wider extent, the development discourse was laden with the conception from the West. India was not given the privilege to define what is development and how does it will actually look alike in the region itself. The British colonialism had silenced the local Indians in designing their own faith on development. To get rid off the colonial legacy means to construct an identity independent from outside interference. The ZamindariAbolition Act can be construed as a counter-movement to the colonial legacy because to still acknowledge the Zamindarisystem is to remain close with the colonial power.

Not only did the abolition pave the way for local identity to strive, but also a change in the power structure to take place. Resources formerly belong only to the zamindarshad been declared as public community following the abolition. Disarming the zamindarsfrom its ability to economic exploitation and dominance had empowered the local through power transfer. As a result, more people is included in the power structure and thus gaining more benefit from the structure.

Nonetheless, it is needed to be bear in mind that the feudal way of thinking may have been rooted in the way India manages its economy. Albeit the abolition acts had formally abolish the feudal system, however the feudal way of thinking apparently seems to persists as of today. This essay does not cover the inconsistency occurs at the field, but rather dragging attention to the determination in formally having a break with the colonial legacy.

Culture does play an essential role in shaping how a development policy would look like, if we were to narrow it down to the experience that India once had. Exemplified by the post-independence identity of a newly independent state, culture had driven India to the path that it should take with regards to development policy. A postcolonial perspective would argue that the urge to establish an identity as a newly independent state had given the push for India to abolish the Zamindari system, which was regarded as the colonial legacy. The development performed under the British colonial did not match the identity that India about to construct where the majority of the locals were mostly silenced. The distribution of land had extended the definition of development to also include social justice and the notion of equality. Thus, development policy was shaped by having a break with colonial legacy as decolonization was rooted in the need to establish a brand new identity.

Taylor Swift’s ‘Christmas Tree Farm’ Video Is a VHS Wonderland

By: Chris Willman for Variety
Date: December 6th 2019



Her homey and hearth-y song was released to digital services at midnight Thursday, while Swift’s fans were definitely not tucked asleep in their beds, as they’d been tipped off to her release by an announcement on “Good Morning America” earlier in the day.

And we do mean her release. The end title card on the music video reads simply “© 2019 Taylor Swift,” which is exactly the way the record company credit reads when you look the song up on iTunes. In other words, her contract with Republic allows her to put at least some of her masters out there on the market immediately, without any label middleman, if the holiday whim strikes her.

From the description of things, this was very whim-ish. According to her camp, Swift really did write the song just this past Sunday, December 1. It sounds less spontaneous than that, given the strings and gospel singers that appear on the tune, which Swift wrote solo and co-produced with Jimmy Napes (best known as Sam Smith’s collaborator). But if anyone can acquire a choir and orchestration on the spur of the moment, it would be Swift - who apparently was not fictionalizing the part about missing home, since credits show she recorded it far, far from firs at London Lane Studios in the UK (which is at least a home for the transatlantically smitten singer for the holidays).