What if you wanted to represent the flags of the world as an area graph, and used to say something about the nation in question? How would that look? The answer below and a link here.
Icaro Doria is Brazilian, 25 and has been working for the magazine Grande Reportagem, in Lisbon, Portugal, for the last 3 years. He was the author of the flags campaign "Meet the World" that has been circulating the earth in chain letters via e-mail...
2 examples below..
Animal activists free 15,000 farmed fish to their deaths ..link
POLICE have warned fish farmers to increase their security after 15,000 halibut were released from their cages in an attack believed to have been carried out by animal rights activists. ..
Thousands of dead fish are being washed up along the west coast of Scotland after the raid at Kames Marine Fish Farm, near Oban. The perpetrators are thought to have attacked last week. Detectives believe that the attack could be linked to a spate of other farm attacks throughout the country. ....
The fish farmer, who did not wish to be identified, said: “They claim they liberated them into the sea but sadly, as we all know, farmed animals, whether they are fish or any animals, don’t survive unless they are looked after.
The fish farmer added: “We farm them in a sustainable way. The welfare of the fish is at the forefront of our minds. Isn’t it better to have farmed fish than to be pillaging the seas where stocks are declining dramatically?”
I am sort of on two minds on this issue. No I don’t mean the vandalism by the animal rights activists. That is so clearly wrong and they ought to be punished. I mean the whole eating fish caught in the wild versus fish that is farmed.
While eating fish caught in the wild is probably better, it is clear that the seas have been over-fished and it might be better to eat farmed fish instead.
However I have reservations about this as well. I read a while back how farm raised Salmon often don’t have the lovely colored meat as wild caught salmon do. To compensate they often add color to the diet of the salmon. The other thing is the fish often are raised in closed pens which means they may be eating their own shit. Plus the possible use of additives to promote growth is something that bothers me. So I am a bit mixed on this issue. I am sure my vegetarian friends would say “It’s simple just give up meat!” ;-)
Rather self descriptive me thinks..link
Bob Dylan A review of his album "Modern Times " By Alex Ross from The New Yorker (Sept 18th 2006)
I absolutely love the New Yorker. Not a lot of places offer you beautifully written prose like the one below.
This is by their music critic Alex Ross. It's not online I copied it from the magazine.
“As I walked out tonight in the mystic garden / The wounded flowers were dangling from the vine”.
As usual, it is the words that seize your attention first. “Ain’t Talkin”, the last song on Bob Dylan’s deceptively mellow-sounding new album, “Modern Times”, places the listener in a landscape of sweet decay, as handsomely ruined as Dylan’s sixtysomething voice, populated by sick mules, blind horses, a missing gardner, nameless foes, some woman and the walking, weeping, brooding, ironically smiling singer. The vocal line is threadbare: it consist of just five notes, the ancient pentatonic scale. But it is the unswerving sureness of the musical choices – guitars twisting like vines around plain chord changes an intermittently keening cello, a steady pulse like dripping water – that holds you mesmerized. The protagonist seems to be searching for some sign of hope in the apocalyptic garden, and, at the last moment he finds it: after eight minutes in the mirror mode, and a sighing reference to the “world’s end” a moonbeam falls in the form of a glowing major chord. – Alex Ross.