We are a world of selfie takers and they have invaded every part of life. But is there ever a time when they shouldn’t be taken? At a Holocaust memorial, for example. That’s the view of Israeli satirist and author Shahak Shapira who has created a website to show why such selfies are so distasteful. He’s taken people’s selfies from instagram, Tinder, Grindr and Facebook and used them to create a blend to show how ridiculous the selfies would look if taken in the aftermath of the death camps. Continue reading »
At the Harold Washington Library in Chicago is a new art installation called “Above and Beyond” featuring over 58,000 replica dog tags — one for each American soldier killed in the Vietnam War. The dog tags, each hung one inch apart, are suspended from the ceiling from a 410-square-foot rectangle. Each dog tag lists the soldier’s name, military branch and date of death. Nearby is a touch panel display that allows visitors to look up a veteran’s name and find generally where the soldier’s dog tag is hanging. It is the only memorial other than The Wall in Washington, D.C., that lists every individual killed in Vietnam. Continue reading »
Children have been reduced to tears by a confronting protest featuring 200 animal carcasses in Federation Square. Animal Liberation Victoria’s “memorial” aimed to raise awareness of the billions of animals killed each year for human consumption. Dead dogs, cats, pigs and birds were among the animals held by activists wearing protective clothing. While some people stayed to watch the hour-long ceremony, many walked past in shock and disgust.
A tombstone at the front of the demonstration, dedicated to the “memory of the Unknown Animal”, said 64 billion land animals and one trillion sea animals were killed by humans every year. Brochures handed out by activists encouraged people to realise that “animals are not ours” and that a vegan lifestyle was more ethical and caused less suffering. Photos: Animal Liberation Victoria activists hold dead animals at Federation Square on October 1, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. Over 200 activists gathered with the bodies of deceased animals to publicly grieve their deaths. Animal Liberation Victoria is against the treatment of animals as “property” an promotes a vegan lifestyle. (Graham Denholm/Getty Images) Continue reading »
In Memorial of Steve Jobs, Germany based design studio Bandeet built a Steve Jobs figure out of modelling clay. Enjoy.
It is 100 years since the ill-fated British passenger liner, the RMS Titanic, collided with an iceberg that resulted in around 1514 deaths. Now the journey of the doomed ship is being retraced aboard the MS Balmoral to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of the liner. The Titanic Memorial cruise is a 12-night voyage with the same number of 1,309 passengers excluding the crew aboard the MS Balmoral. Included in the passenger list are relatives of the survivors, historians and authors apart from people fascinated by the Titanic story.
To recreate the environment, meals provided on the cruise are from the Titanic’s original menu. There will also be a five-piece Grupetto band from Belgium hired by the organisers to play era style music in honour of the Titanic’s musicians who are said to have played until the ship sank. The cruise from Southampton however left two days earlier than the Titanic as it cannot steam as fast as the latter. The ship will trace the same path as the Titanic that is, via Cherbourg in north-west France and Cobh on the south coast of County Cork, Ireland, to exactly the spot where the liner sank 100 years ago.
Newlyweds Mary Beth Crocker Dearing (L) and Tom Dearing of Newport, Kentucky pose while wearing period costume before boarding the Titanic Memorial Cruise in Southampton, England April 8, 2012. The cruise is to retrace the voyage of the ill-fated Titanic liner, which hit an iceberg and sank 100 years ago on April 15, 1912. (Reuters) Continue reading »
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. James Weber assists Staff Sgt. Amber Goedde in donning a bomb suit, during an operations check to maintain proper functionality of the suit at Forward Operating Base Azizullah, Afghanistan, May 6, 2011. Weber is an explosive ordnance disposal technician deployed from the 11th Civil Engineer Squadron, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, and Goedde is an EOD technician deployed from the 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. (Staff Sgt. Stephen Schester/U.S. Army/theAtlantic). Click to zoom.
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