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the city is named after the angels

venice beach oil derricks circa 1930

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tower of babel

esperanto is a constructed language composed by ludwig lazarus zamenhof at the end of the 19th century. he intended esperanto to be a universal second language that would promote peace and understanding among people. the word esperanto means “one who hopes” in the language itself. today, it is unclear how many fluent esperanto speakers exist–somewhere between 1,000 and 2 million.


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what is unarius

ernest l. and ruth e. norman founded the unarius academy of sciences in 1954 to advance the joining of science and spirituality through fourth dimensional physics principles.


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leila khaled

leila khaled is a radical palestinian activist. after this photograph was taken, she underwent six cosmetic surgeries (without anesthesia, umm) so she could continue to do political work without being recognized.

khaled’s story speaks to the power of photography in creating an icon, and questions the aesthetics of leadership. does a woman need to be fetishized in order to be effective? did khaled’s accidental role as a kind of terrorist pin-up girl give her the power to enact powerful change? and what kind of female bravery does it require to reject such a glamorous position?

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hallo paulo freire

a germane quotation from paulo freire’s classic pedagogy of the oppressed:

“the pedagogy of the oppressed, as a humanist and libertarian pedagogy, has two distinct stages.  in the first, the oppressed unveil the world of oppression and through the praxis commit themselves to its transformation.  in the second stage, in which the reality of oppression has already been transformed, this pedagogy ceases to belong to the oppressed and becomes a pedagogy of all people in the process of permanent liberation.  in both stages, it is always through action in depth that the culture of domination is culturally confronted.  in the first stage this confrontation occurs through the change in the way the oppressed perceive the world of oppression; in the second stage, through the expulsion of the myths created and developed in the old order, which like specters haunt the new structure emerging from the revolutionary transformation.”

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christien meindertsma is a designer intent upon raising consumer awareness about the raw materials that go into our products.  in the index of her book pig 05049 she writes, “in taking good care of the earth, basically, the first step is knowing where our things come from.”  meindertsma limits the scale of her products based on the volume of the original material instead of changing the original material in order to fit an unreal goal.  in other words, the final product available to the consumer fits the original product provided by the animal.

one cardigan is made with the wool of one sheep.  the aran rug is eighteen sheep long.  and every product comes with the id number of the sheep that donated the wool, just so you never forget that you really did take your wool garment off someone else’s back: the sheep’s.

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