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PREMIERE: Watch PJ Harvey's Seamus Murphy-Directed Video for "The Wheel"

Source: Vice


"The song 'The Wheel' has the journey to Kosovo at its center. Who is to say what else has influenced and informed its creation? The sight of a revolving fairground wheel in Fushe Kosove/Kosovo Polje near the capital Pristina is the concrete reference point for the title. I can tell you its date—4th August 2011—from the piece of footage I made as we walked up the street to our parked car near the train station. It was a passing observation of a commonplace image, one of many that day. While Polly took notes I might have been more interested in something else happening across the street and not bothered to shoot or even have seen it. That day we were gathering material in a blind, optimistic endeavor; characteristic of the way we tend to work together. We had no idea if any of it would ever be seen, heard or would make sense.

"Was that sight alone the inspiration for the song? Without being told the stories of people who had suffered during the war, without visiting villages abandoned through ethnic cleansing and cycles of vengeance, without experiencing the different perceptions of people with shared histories, could the song have been written?

"I made a return trip to Kosovo in December 2015, armed this time with the knowledge of how the project had developed. In addition to Kosovo, there had been journeys to Afghanistan and Washington D.C. A book, The Hollow of the Hand, had been published of Polly’s poems and my photographs and a words/images/music launch on the stage of the Royal Festival Hall over two nights. A recording session turned art installation in Somerset House which I filmed. The album was mastered and on its way. Disparate elements finally coming together of a project that started with the premise of curiosity and interest.

"Making the film for 'The Wheel' involved a mix of footage from the first trip in 2011, rehearsals I shot of Polly in London and the most recent trip to Kosovo. The enormous refugee crisis in Europe had been news for months. I spent some time on the Greek and Macedonian borders, and in Serbia, before traveling into Kosovo. It was happening in and through territories associated with recent conflicts in Kosovo and the wider Balkans. The idea of cycles, wheels and repetition once again being all too apparent and necessary to make.

Read more: http://noisey.vice.com/blog/PJ-Harvey-video-premiere-the-wheel?utm_source=noiseytwitterus

US ‘make rape legal’ group plans worldwide anti-woman event in 43 countries

Source: Raw Story


The website promises 165 events in 43 countries at 8 p.m. local time on Saturday. Valizadeh has instructed his followers to go to a public location at each meeting area and identify themselves by asking, “Do you know where I can find a pet shop?” From there, group members will be taken to a secret meeting location.

Women and the LGBT community have been banned from attending the meetings.

Valizadeh argued on his blog last year that rape should be legal on private property.

“By attempting to teach men not to rape, what we have actually done is teach women not to care about being raped, not to protect themselves from easily preventable acts, and not to take responsibility for their actions,” he wrote at the time. “I thought about this problem and am sure I have the solution: make rape legal if done on private property.”

“I propose that we make the violent taking of a woman not punishable by law when done off public grounds,” Valizadeh said

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2016/02/us-make-rape-legal-group-plans-worldwide-anti-woman-event-in-43-countries/

c. 1910 Late Meiji Japan: A serene framing of a country in rapid transformation (pic heavy)

Source: Mashable


One of the new technologies brought back to Japan was photography.

In 1908, Herbert Geddes, a manager for Canadian import/export corporation G.R. Gregg and Company, was sent to work in Yokohama, a major hub of foreign trade.

While posted there, he made many photographs of the land and people, which were hand-colored and sold as fanciful postcards to foreign tourists.

Taken from a Western eye, the photos focus on traditional and “timeless” signifiers of Japanese culture, from carefully landscaped gardens to diligent craftsman and artisans. Less prominent are the newly adopted technological advances that were rapidly creating a new way of life for many Japanese as the Meiji era ended and the Taishō era began.

Four women pose for a picture through latticework.

Image: Herbert Geddes/University of Victoria Libraries

People travel in boats near the base of Mount Fuji.

Image: Herbert Geddes/University of Victoria Libraries

A rickshaw driver on a forest road.

Image: Herbert Geddes/University of Victoria Libraries

An elderly woman works with a grinding stone while young girls look on.

Image: Herbert Geddes/University of Victoria Libraries

A series of wooden Torii gateways.

Image: Herbert Geddes/University of Victoria Libraries

A high-ranking courtesan in the Yoshiwara pleasure quarter of Tokyo poses with her attendants.

Image: Herbert Geddes/University of Victoria Libraries

Many more pics at link: http://mashable.com/2016/01/30/meiji-japan/#KMVJQrMgkkqN

This Is 40,000 Years of London’s History—Made Entirely of Paper (National Geographic)

For those interested:

London’s Big Dig Reveals Amazing Layers of History

Spurred by a building boom, archaeologists are plumbing the deep past of one of Europe’s oldest capitals.


"The Icing on the Cake" from StoryCorps

Blanca Alvarez and her husband risked crossing the border to immigrate into the U.S. and then struggled to make ends meet. They hoped to shelter their children from these harsh realities, but Blanca's daughter Connie reveals how much children can really see of their parents' lives—and the inspiration they draw from their struggles.

Trumplings.com... LMAO!

Photo via Mashable


The Original Material Girl is Back (Stephen Colbert/Sarah Palin)

'Every gun in house is loaded' -- scare tactics rattle residents near Oregon occupation

Source: The Oregonian

BURNS – The evening was supposed to be a prelude to Christmas for a local pastor and his family, but now more than three weeks later, they keep their curtains closed, doors locked and a sharp lookout for the strangers who haunted their holidays that night.

Fear of the militants occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and roaming the communities of Burns and Hines sits like a heavy winter fog over the area.

More than a dozen local residents have reported to authorities that they were harassed in the weeks leading up to the occupation and in the days since. Different trucks, SUVs and other vehicles — most with out-of-state licenses — have followed the residents.

Four of the people who filed reports agreed to share their accounts with The Oregonian/OregonLive only if their names and identifying information were withheld because they feared further harassment. Law enforcement sources confirmed each had reported the episodes.

Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2016/01/residents_near_oregon_occupati.html#incart_big-photo

Oregon occupation planned for months by Ammon Bundy and Montana militia leader

Source: The Oregonian

It may have looked spontaneous, but the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge a week ago was part of a plan Ammon Bundy and a trusted associate developed largely in secret over the past two months.

Bundy, the son of controversial Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, and Ryan Payne, a militia leader from Montana, came to believe that an armed occupation was the only way to bring enough attention to a pair of local ranchers heading to prison and change the underlying problem: federal land ownership.

Even as a wider network of anti-government groups and community members rejected taking action stronger than holding a public rally, Bundy and Payne privately strategized an occupation they felt was necessary to spread their message.

The Oregonian/OregonLive conducted dozens of interviews with Bundy, Payne, their supporters and federal officials that show how the leaders worked parallel tracks. They encouraged local organizers to plan a peaceful rally to back the ranchers -- Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son, Steven Hammond -- while they scoped out potential sites for a takeover.

Bundy and Payne were calculating and charismatic. The Hammonds' plight hit at the heart of their belief system. As Payne cased several federal offices in Burns and visited the refuge on multiple occasions, Bundy spent his time interviewing the Hammonds and pulling court files associated with their case.

Their presence in Burns, and the growing support for the Hammonds online, rattled the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service enough that it began making safety arrangements for its 17 employees at the refuge -- a horseshoe-shaped bird sanctuary that surrounds the Hammonds' ranch. A photo of Payne was posted in a refuge building for workers to be on the lookout.

But still no one appeared to know specifically about a planned occupation -- not the FBI, not Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward, not the Hammond rally organizers.

Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2016/01/bundy_militia_leader_plotted_o.html#incart_big-photo

Man's World - A Y-Films Original Series

Man’s World, the first original Y-Films series.

The full four-part series will also have an exclusive premiere at the Jagran Film Festival, Mumbai’s largest film festival, on October 1 at 8.30 pm at Fun Cinemas, Andheri. For more information, log on to www.jff.co.in

The series supports Goal 5 of the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Goal 5 is about achieving Gender Equality and empowering all girls and women, everywhere. To find out how you can help, log on to www.globalgoals.org

SYNOPSIS: Man’s World, a comedy, is a what if. What if women treated men, the way men treat women. It is a story about walking a mile in their shoes, in that world.

Man's World- Episode 01:

Living in a Man's world- Episode 01:

All episodes here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEDnP0ud0ZBig8ZI0ip_A24qKIuwuEvzE
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