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7.7.14 … turtles gone awry …

25 Of The Most Creative Sculptures And Statues From Around The World, Bored Panda, Nelson Mandela:  Have I mentioned that I really love fun, interactive, made you think, beautiful, ugly, symbolic, public art?  Nelson Mandela … #11 … that’s my favorite.

9. Black Ghost, Klaipeda, Lithuania

11. Nelson Mandela, South Africa

via 25 Of The Most Creative Sculptures And Statues From Around The World | Bored Panda.

Cross-Charlotte bike trail is proposed, CharlotteObserver.com:

The whirr of bike chains and snap of gear shifts should become more common sounds in parts of Charlotte in coming years.

That’s because the city stands ready to pump up Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s lagging trail network for bicycles. City transportation planners propose to help expand the Little Sugar Creek Greenway and two other greenways into a 30.6-mile bikeway from Cabarrus County to York County, S.C.

The Cross-Charlotte Trail, as it’s called, would advance the Little Sugar Creek Greenway from its northern point at Cordelia Park, near uptown. The multiple-use trail would go through the NoDa arts and entertainment district, join the Toby Creek and Mallard Creek greenways in the UNC Charlotte area and pass south of U.S. 29 to the county line.

via Cross-Charlotte bike trail is proposed | CharlotteObserver.com.

Taylor Swift: Autographs Are Obsolete Because Of Selfies: I had not thought about this!!

The Wall Street Journal’s newest columnist, Taylor Swift — yes, that Taylor Swift — has a message for all you old fogies out there: Autographs are so over.

“I haven’t been asked for an autograph since the invention of the iPhone with a front-facing camera,” Swift wrote Monday in her WSJ column on the future of music. She called autographs “obsolete.”

For young people, Instagram followers are “currency,” she argued. And she has a point. Instagram is the most important social network for teens, according to a recent survey by the investment bank Piper Jaffray. How are you suppose to impress your friends with a name scribbled on a piece of paper?

If anyone can tell us what the kids are into, it’s their fearless leader. She’s got 9.7 million Instagram followers, 41.7 million Twitter followers and 66.6 million Facebook “Likes.” (Plus seven Grammys, but who’s counting?)

via Taylor Swift: Autographs Are Obsolete Because Of Selfies.

Anne Hathaway, Emma Stone’s Paparazzi Trick, Vanity Fair:  I like this …

 

While she and husband Adam Shulman were walking their dog, Anne Hathaway decided to pay direct tribute to Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield. The couple shielded their faces with signs, and Hathaway’s read:

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield had a great idea! Please check out: http://www.girleffect.org [an organization that empowers young women], http://www.feedingamerica.org [a nonprofit network of domestic food banks], and http://www.worldofchildren.org [a charity geared towards raising awareness for children’s issues].

Stone and Garfield have, on several occasions, endeared themselves to the public in this identical way by thwarting the paparazzi and shining a light on charities that are near and dear to their hearts. As for Hathaway, her earnest enthusiasm, especially around her 2013 Oscar win, has earned her a lot of surprising criticism. In a post-Jennifer Lawrence world, the concept of “genuine likability” vs., say, studio polish, can make or break careers. If Hathaway wanted to model her behavior after anyone in order to gain some of that unfairly elusive “likability” credit from the public, she couldn’t pick a better model than Stone. Be it throwing her heart in a late-night lip-synch battle, or playfully calling out her boyfriend, Garfield, on his sexist ideology, Stone is always a hit. Hathaway, on the other hand, always has to work for it.

Why is it so much harder for Hathaway? It’s impossible to say. But if she’s going to keep on emulating popular actresses we have our fingers crossed for a carefree J.Law stumble, a salty Mila Kunis interview, and some brassy Emma Thompson tomfoolery. But, if not, we suggest Anne just be herself.

via Anne Hathaway Tries to Pull Off Emma Stone’s Paparazzi Trick | Vanity Fair.

MyRecipes.com:  I friend of mine highly recommends this site. MyRecipes.com – Recipes, Dinner Ideas and Menus.

Wheaton College injunction: The Supreme Court just sneakily reversed itself on Hobby Lobby:  “This is an institution, the turtle tells us, that moves slowly, deliberately, and removed from the knee-jerk pace of the political branches.”

The architecture of the U.S. Supreme Court Building is rife with turtles. There are turtles holding up the lampposts in the courtyard and turtles engraved in the stone decor. You can buy turtle coffee mugs at the gift shop. The turtle is said to represent the slow and deliberate pace of justice. This is an institution, the turtle tells us, that moves slowly, deliberately, and removed from the knee-jerk pace of the political branches.

Yet moments before they adjourned for their summer recess, the justices proved they can act quite quickly and recklessly when it comes to violating the terms of a controversial opinion they handed down only days earlier. It’s as if the loaner car the court gave us in the Hobby Lobby ruling broke down mere blocks from the shop.

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court ruled that it was a “substantial burden” on the religious freedoms of closely-held corporations for the government to require them to provide contraception as part of their employee health care plans. The court didn’t say that the government could never require a company to do something that violated its religious beliefs, but rather that the government had to use the “least restrictive alternative.” That means that if there is a slightly less burdensome way to implement the law, it needs to be used. To prove that the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate was not the “least restrictive alternative,” the court pointed to a workaround in the law for nonprofits: If there are religious objections to a medical treatment, third parties will provide coverage to the employees.

It’s the butterfly effect: Any time Wheaton flapped its religious-conscience wings, a woman ends up with an IUD.

Yet in an unsigned emergency order granted Thursday evening, the very same court said that this very same workaround it had just praised was also unconstitutional, that this workaround also burdened the religious freedom of religious employers. Overnight, the cure has become the disease. Having explicitly promised that Hobby Lobby would go no further than Hobby Lobby, the court went back on its word, then skipped town for the summer.

via Wheaton College injunction: The Supreme Court just sneakily reversed itself on Hobby Lobby..

Why turtles?

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— Decorative turtles encircling the base of exterior lamp poles, symbols of the deliberative pace of justice.

via Behind-the-scenes tour reveals Supreme Court traditions, grandeur – CNN.com.

Court architects and planners landed on one creature to symbolize longevity, patience, and the deliberate pace of justice – the turtle. Turtles can be found all throughout the architecture of the building, the gift shop, and around DC. Other symbolic animals include the lion, symbolizing guardianship, the ram for strength, and the owl for wisdom. Try and find the turtles hidden on the building’s façade!

via Hitting the Gavel – Tidbits on Court Traditions | Neal R. Gross and Co., Inc..

A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the centre of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy.

At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: “What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.”

The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, “What is the tortoise standing on?”

“You’re very clever, young man, very clever,” said the old lady. “But it’s turtles all the way down.”

via Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee: Turtles All the Way Down.


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