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Nature is Speaking

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Small Pups and Baby Ducks

Ex-Bush Aide: Jeb Told Me He Misheard Question About Invading Iraq (VIDEO)

Source: TPM

Ana Navarro, a former aide to ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), said on CNN Tuesday that the potential presidential candidate told her he'd misheard a question about the Iraq War.

Navarro, who was Bush's director of immigration policy in the governor's office, said on CNN's "New Day" that she'd emailed Bush on Tuesday morning for clarification about his comments.

"I emailed him this morning and I said to him, 'Hey, I'm a little confused by this answer so I'm genuinely wondering did you mishear the question?'" Navarro said. "And he said, 'Yes, I misheard the question.'"

Bush gave the answer in a sit-down interview with Fox News host Megyn Kelly that aired Monday night. The question came after reports surfaced last week that he sought advice on the Middle East from his brother, President George W. Bush.


Fellow guest and Democratic strategist Paul Begala chimed in after Navarro's answer.

"I didn't know he had a hearing impairment and we pray for his swift recovery," Begala said.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/jeb-bush-misheard-iraq-question-navarro

Pfffft... and to Begala's comment!!

Vienna is replacing the little figures in traffic lights with same-sex couples

Source: Mashable

Dozens of traffic lights in Vienna have been given a makeover ahead of this year's Eurovision Song Contest on May 23.

Pairs of red and green men and women are lighting up the city's streets in the weeks leading up to the annual singing event in the Austrian capital. Figures in Vienna's traffic lights have typically been just one man or a gender-neutral person.

The campaign is hoping to present Vienna as an open-minded city while improving traffic safety.


Vienna is also hosting a Life Ball charity event to raise money for the fight against HIV and AIDS on May 16. A number of celebrities including Jean Paul Gaultier, Charlize Theron and Mary J. Blige are due to attend.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2015/05/12/vienna-traffic-lights/

Google, Home of the Coolest Offices in the World

More: http://www.wherecoolthingshappen.com/google-home-of-the-coolest-offices-in-the-world/

Picasso and Giacometti Artworks Top $120 Million Each at Christie’s Sale

Source: NYT

To a medley of whoops, hollers and gasps on Monday night, Pablo Picasso’s 1955 painting “Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’)” sold for $179.4 million including fees at Christie’s “Looking Forward to the Past” sale of artworks spanning the 20th century. The price was the highest on record for a work of art sold at auction, the company said, and was well over its estimate of $140 million.


Picasso’s “Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’)” is the most opulent and imposing of a series of paintings that the Spanish-born artist produced from 1954 to 1955 in response to Eugène Delacroix’s 1834 Orientalist masterpiece, “Women of Algiers.” It had last been on the market in November 1997, when it sold for $31.9 million at a Christie’s auction of works owned by the American collectors, Victor and Sally Ganz. It was bought at that auction by a Saudi collector and kept in a house in London, said two dealers with knowledge of the matter, who declined to be named because of concerns over confidentiality. Monday night’s seller, who was not identified, had been guaranteed a minimum price by Christie’s, which estimated the work would fetch about $140 million.

The Swiss-born sculptor Giacometti is renowned for his hauntingly emaciated figures made in postwar Paris when Europe was in the grip of Existentialist angst. He became one of the art market’s ultimate trophy names in February 2010 after the billionaire Lily Safra paid 65 million pounds (then $103.4 million) for the 1961 bronze, “Walking Man I,” at a Sotheby’s auction in London.

“Pointing Man,” an earlier, hand-painted bronze from 1947-51, is regarded by many as more compelling. Made in an edition of six, plus an artist’s proof, it had been acquired from the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York in 1970. Christie’s anonymous seller has been identified as the New York real estate magnate Sheldon Solow, according to artinfo.com. The Giacometti had been estimated to sell for $130 million and did not carry any financial guarantees. A less obviously commercial lot than the Picasso, it attracted just two telephone bidders.

Read more: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/11/two-art-works-top-100-million-each-at-christies-sale/

Has anyone heard from xchrom?

Jesus Malverde posted this a while ago, but nothing came of it:


Has anyone heard any news?

(I would have kicked the original thread, but it has been archived)

Fox Pups Playing with Dog's Ball

Project UROK teaches teens how to talk about anxiety and mental illness

Source: Mashable

Mara Wilson, writer and performer who made her name as a child actress in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, is sitting in front of a gray screen, hair gathered in a messy bun, wearing a sweatshirt with a stylized cat face on it and a big blue pin that says "UROK." In a casual tone that previous generations could never have conjured for such personal subjects, she is talking about anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and the arc of her life from "anxious kid" to "anxious adult."

"I wish somebody had told me it's OK to be anxious, that you don't have to fight it," Wilson says. "When you face anxiety ... when you understand it's just this false alarm in your body, then you can work with it, then you can overcome it."

Wilson is one of the celebrities who have recorded videos for a new video platform, Project UROK, which stands for "you are OK." The month-old nonprofit features candid videos with comedians, actors and other public figures talking frankly about their mental health and how they came to accept themselves.

"We're trying to think of ourselves as a sort of mental illness destigmatization network," Jenny Jaffe, founder of Project UROK, tells Mashable.

The aim is to use the force of the Internet for good — a vast departure from the texting, bullying, shaming minefield of social media that can, and has, driven teens to suicide from a sense of isolation. Project UROK aims to give teenagers struggling with mental illness a sense of community, an assurance that they aren't alone and permission to see mental health as a subject that can be mentioned out loud.


Read more: http://mashable.com/2015/05/07/project-urok-mental-health/

Form two lines, people!

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