So Paul Gauguin… Might have been a mega creep. Who knew?

So I was listening to the Podcast Politiquement Incorrect with Richard Martineau, and they had a verrry interesting discussion of Paul Gauguin, the celebrated French painter who depicted the idyllic world of Tahiti and other exotic locii.

Turns out he might absolutely have been a total creep, and it wasn’t even that much of a secret. Take a look at this article from the Guardian from way back in 2001. It’s an article that I could only describe as a total hit piece but that it were written by the Guardian. (Don’t get me wrong, they’re a little heavy-handed in all their work, but they still do good journalism).

Apparently this debate is not over, as evidenced by this screenshot of a Google News search for Paul Gauguin. I guess the New York Times decided to revive this issue once again. How fun.

I don’t see what the big deal is. I went to an exhibition of George Bush Jr.’s paintings of wounded Iraq service members, and no one warned me that I was looking at art made by a war criminal depicting the very Americans maimed by his lies, greed, and hubris. No one talked about banning that. Art is made by angels and monsters. It bears witness to the minds of our species, ugly, beautiful, hopeful, sickening.

Jane Fonda Thanks BAFTA for Britannia Award During Arrest

Ms. Fonda accepting zero bullshit from the Man.

So I think we all understand that Jane Fonda is a world treasure and can do whatever she wants, and does.

I also read that she’s the only person to ever be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s just wherever she is.

England Votes for Favourite Tree. 1,000 Year-Old Liverpudlian Oak to Rep Country at 2020 European Tree Contest… for real.

This Ancient Oak Has Just Been Voted England’s Favorite Tree for Its 1,000-Year Legacy of Luck

Yo, this tree is so old it hung out with William the Conqueror. Okay, well, probs not since he didn’t storm the beaches of Liverpool, but, they probably saw each other at M&S on the weekends.

Also, pro fact- the Battle of Hastings wasn’t fought at Hastings. It was fought near the town of Battle. Battle of Battle, innit?

UNICEF Blockchain Fund: First UN Organization To Accept Cryptocurrency Donations

UNICEF will be accepting donations in Bitcoin and Ethereum. Frankly, I’m surprised they won’t be accepting Doge. That’s the first cryptocurrency I thought of when I saw this, given its holders’ history of using it for charity fundraising.

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Google is honoring Joseph Plateau today. I did the research for you.

It’s not ideal.

Im sorry you have to see it, but it’s happened now. You’ve seen the birthday boy.

Also, here’s another image of him, which, according to archaeologists, is set into some kind of ancient pimp ring.

Ice man.

Okay, okay, so um, Joe Plateau was a physicist from Belgium, so that’s awesome because Belgium is choice and everyone knows that. Otherwise, I don’t really know anything about his optical illusion trick that he’s supposedly famous for, and I don’t really care, because I’m not an eye doctor. From what I can tell, though, that’s pretty much all he did from my sources (which is one). In fact, his wikipedia page may have been a joke. I actually don’t know:

Here’s an excerpt:

” Plateau was born in Brussels.[3] His father, born in Tournai, was a talented flower painter.[4] At the age of six the younger Plateau was already able to read, making him a child prodigy in those times. While attending the primary schools, he was particularly impressed by a lesson of physics: enchanted by the experiments he observed, he vowed to discover their secrets someday.[3]

Thank you, Google. I can’t say I’m any more educated, but I am entertained. Oh, and also, that comment earlier about his optics trick being all he ever did, look, I’m just saying it’s no

Paris Fashion Week’s Summer 2020 Collections are Flame

Model Leon Dame takes no prisoners. Stella McCartney’s collection looking lovely. Looks like there’s been some cool stuff in the Paris pipeline. I cannot wait for five years from now when I can fish it out of some bargain bin.

“How did I get here?” she asked, gazing down the debris-strewn aisle of the Ross.

So I guess we’re not going to talk about the Navy acknowledging this UFO footage is authentic…

I don’t know what it is about Anderson… I just don’t like him. Thought I’d share that.

I heard small asides from some of the late night shows and news outlets about the US Navy admitting that previously released UFO footage was, in fact, authentic. I forgot about it until today, and then I realized I hadn’t even seen the footage that was mentioned. The whole thing made me realize what a flash in the pan the whole story was, and how no one really unpacked this.

Two things: I think it’s pretty interesting that the military made this admission the same week as the Area 51 raid/super silly party. Maybe not interesting, maybe funny. I feel like the Facebook-originating Storm Area 51 to “See them Aliens” phenomenon is the perfect foil against which to release some pretty remarkable news. This official acknowledgement is somehow made irrelevant by association with the weirdos in the desert.

So, the footage isn’t doctored, the pilot being interviewed by CNN seems credible enough, and the head of a $22 million government-funded research center on UFO sightings says there was compelling evidence to suggest we might not be alone… (That last one is totally unrelated except by virtue of being mentioned in the same story without a logical link. I shouldn’t encourage CNN, but I like things in threes.)

If those objects are real and move the way the witnesses claim, then we’re dealing with at least four possible explanations that come to mind. 1) The objects are man-made, I guess by Wakanda. 2) The objects are alien and manufactured. 3) The objects are naturally occurring phenomena, either of Earth or foreign origin, and we’ve yet to study them. 4) (There had to be a fucking fourth. Rule of threes, people) These objects really are not moving in the way the pilots describe. That’s to say, they only appear to be moving that way.

I have flown airplanes, and yes, flying does fuck with your depth perception and can produce a number of other visual phenomena, but it seems here, that with the camera footage and the onboard tracking systems, there’s not really much to cause to doubt the pilots’ accuracy, assuming the instrument readings back up these claims.

So yeah, could be aliens, intelligent or not. Could be an atmospheric phenomenon. Could be a lot of things. But it’s definitely preeeety neeeeaaaat.

Quantum Computing Looms

Google appears to accidentally announce that we are closer than ever to the human culling.

In other news, apparently someone temporarily ‘oopsed’ and dropped the news that Google is basically within reach of its plot to destroy itself and all the meat bags on this rock.

No, but seriously a cool development. You know how I know it’s a cool development? Because it’s so cool I can’t even tell you all the cool things it’s going to do. Most of the possibilities aren’t even imaginable right now, but they’ll be cool. Unfortunately many of the new possibilities will probably be new solutions to new problems, but hey, maybe we’ll get some cool shit along the way.

DP: Colorado ranked among the highest in the country in employment measures for refugees, immigrants

The Post’s Saja Hindi continues: “Twenty percent of arriving refugees have a bachelor’s degree or higher,’ Taintor said, ‘and many have specialized skills … officials want to make sure they’re able to help them enter their career fields and add to Colorado’s workforce in a meaningful way.

That’s where programs like Emily Griffith’s come in.

The college has served 220 refugees and immigrants in its CAREERS program … with the majority from Burma, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bhutan and Congo, said Tiffany Jaramillo, manager and career navigator for the college’s Refugee and Immigrant Integration program.

That’s dope. That’s what an ally does.

Let’s be allies to everyone.

Link to the Article (See also quote above)