While the scientists are warning that the humanity is rapidly approaching the point, after which the drastic climate change is pretty much irreversible, others try to prove them wrong and destroy even those minor improvements we managed to reach. While people and nature are already dealing with the environmental consequences of irresponsible humans’ behavior and are forced to live in the circumstances of terrible pollution, the shortage of drinking water and the lack of food, others promote the production that damages the environment and fosters climate change, continue denying the damaging effects and making money on something that makes the bright future of further generations quite questionable.Continue reading Stunning Results Of National Geographic’s People Vs. Climate Change Photography Challenge
The Oval Office became the central place of every American president since the beginning of the 20th century. It’s a tradition for every incoming president to change the décor in the Oval Office, from the upholstery to the wallpapers. The process is meant to reflect a president’s individual personality and intentions in office, as well as putting their own stamp on the world’s most illustrious room.Continue reading Digital Artists Recreated The Changes The Oval Office Went Through Over The Last 100 Years
United Nations announced that the number of persons seeking asylum or escape from areas of conflict in 2016 reached 65.6 million, which is even more than there was after the World War II. Many of these refugees live in dire conditions, so a Syrian refugee and an artist, Abdalla Al Omari, has decided to act and send an urgent message to the world leaders, most of whom seem to be indifferent to the crisis.
Abdalla has created a series of paintings he called ‘The Vulnerability Series’, where he reimagines the world leaders like Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un and more, as refugees themselves, putting them in harsh situations actual refugees face daily.
“Intimate hours I spent with them have thought me more than I could imagine. Just as easily as everything worth defending can become defenseless, moments of absolute powerlessness can give you superpowers” Abdalla writes on his website. “In this universe without gravity, all we can hold on to is our vulnerability. I have convinced myself it is the strongest weapon humankind possesses, way more powerful than the trail of power games, bomb craters and bullet holes in our collective memories. Vulnerability is a gift we should all celebrate.”
#1 Donald Trump
#2 Vladimir Putin
#3 Kim Jong-un
#4 Barack Obama
#5 Angela Merkel
#7 Bashar al-Assad
#8 François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy
#9 Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
#10 The Queue
#11 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
#12 Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
#13 Aggressor and the victim
#15 The Boat
#16 Dream Number 80
#17 The Boat 2
#18 Abdalla Al Omari queuing with the rest of them
The animal kingdom is huge and unless you’re my colleague, Justė, who’s like a walking encyclopedia (seriously, the woman knows everything, point to a random bug on the ground and she’ll tell you all about its ancestors a million years ago), it’s impossible to know everything about it. So, to broaden your understanding of the beings we share Earth with, UK TV channel Dave launched an online campaign titled What the bloody hell is a … ?
During it, the channel shared pictures of various animals along with some of their defining characteristics. And yes, the descriptions aren’t completely legit. Well, actually, they’re almost pure fiction. But they’re so ridiculous, they’re kinda genius. Continue scrolling and you’ll understand what I mean.
Launched in 1998, Dave uses its social media to create absolute nonsense. Like their animal guides. “It’s always good to learn new things about the natural world, even if the facts aren’t always 100% true,” a Dave spokesperson told Bored Panda.
Usually, the channel’s social media team comes up with the ideas for such campaigns. “We use our Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter to promote our TV shows, but we also like to make content to make our followers laugh as they are checking their newsfeeds!” the spokesperson said.
There isn’t really a scheme behind how the channel communicates with their viewers online as they usually simply go with the flow. “We just see how we are feeling that day, to be honest! It could be something in the news or just something that springs to mind, there is no rhyme or reason to it!
However, if you’d also like to go through some actual animal trivia, fire up Bored Panda‘s earlier articles called 42 Interesting Animal Facts That You Can Throw Out In Casual Conversations, 30 Happy Animal Facts That Will Make You Smile, and 30 Weird Animal Facts They Didn’t Teach You In School.
Costlier supplies will shrink “razor thin” margins as iBuyers move into new markets
The United States and China are locked in a tit-for-tat trade war that will boost the price of materials that go into home renovation and construction. The higher costs come as iBuyers such as Zillow, Opendoor and Offerpad are expanding into new markets with plans for fixing up and reselling homes.
Many of the products iBuyers need to paint, repair and in some cases renovate kitchens and other rooms will become more expensive in the next few months as the U.S. importers who pay the tariffs pass on the added costs to American consumers. The National Association of Home Builders said tariffs will boost housing construction and renovation costs by $2.5 billion.
“In iBuying, it’s razor-thin margins anyway, so any sort of ripple in the pond has the potential to disrupt,” said Mike DelPrete, a real estate strategist who tracks the iBuying market.
That’s not necessarily a deal-killer for the biggest iBuyers, said DelPrete. Most are well-financed and don’t necessarily need to make a profit from each house they sell as they build out their business models, he said. Some, like Zillow, are hoping to generate profit in other ways, such as attracting mortgage customers as sellers move up to their next purchase, he said.
“What’s happening right now in iBuying is a land grab, and a lot of these companies don’t need to be profitable right away,” said DelPrete. “But if you’re a big iBuyer and your buying and selling thousands of homes a month, higher costs have a potential impact.”
Zillow is the iBuyer who is expanding the fastest. It purchased 898 houses and sold 414 in the first quarter, the company said in its earnings report last week. That was a gain of 80% and 200%, respectively, compared to the fourth quarter.
“In Q1, we received more than 35,000 seller requests, and that demand is rapidly accelerating,” CEO Rich Barton said on a conference call after the company reported its earnings to Wall Street. “We now receive one request every two minutes, which is nearly $200 million in potential transaction value per day.”
Zillow and the other iBuying companies cited declined to comment.
Last week, President Donald Trump hiked tariffs to 25% from 10% on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. In retaliation, China announced plans to raise tariffs to 25% on $60 billion worth of U.S. products starting June 1. President Trump has threatened to expand tariffs to a further $300 billion of Chinese imports.
The construction imports from China now carrying a 25% tariff include: concrete, nails, screws, ceramic tiles, and asphalt roofing shingles, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Also on the list: light fixtures, kitchen cabinets, circular saw blades, stainless steel used for appliances and various types of raw materials that go into U.S. building products.
Tariffs, also known as duties or levies, are collected by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents from importers – U.S. businesses – as goods enter the country. In other words, no one is handing China a bill. Typically, those American importers pass the added cost to their distributors who eventually pass it on to the consumer at the end of the line – in the renovation industry, that’s the guy sent to Home Depot, Lowes or similar retailers to pick up supplies.
“To be clear, tariffs are taxes paid by American businesses and consumers, not by China,” said David French, senior vice president of government relations at the National Retail Federation.
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If you’ll indulge us with some potty humor for a moment. The Guggenheim Museum in New York rejected Donald Trump’s request to loan out a Vincent van Gogh painting to display in the White House, offering up an aesthetically eclectic artwork for the “stable genius“ instead: a fully functioning, solid gold toilet.
Per the Washington Post, Trump and his wife, Melania, put in a request for Van Gogh’s gorgeous 1888 painting “Landscape With Snow” last fall, only to be thwarted by the museum’s chief curator, Nancy Spector. Instead, she offered up the posh toilet—titled “America”—by popular contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan to the Trumps, which was previously displayed in the Guggenheim’s public restrooms for a few months.
Cattelan “would like to offer it to the White House for a long-term loan,” Spector, who has been a vocal detractor of Trump, wrote in an emailed response to the White House’s own curator. “It is, of course, extremely valuable and somewhat fragile, but we would provide all the instructions for its installation and care…we are sorry not to be able to accommodate your original request, but remain hopeful that this special offer may be of interest.”
It’s assumed the White House didn’t take advantage of this generous offer to be pioneers of postmodern, interactive art, as they couldn’t be reached for comment to address the l’artesnub. However, the notoriously private Cattelan offered a brief quip when reached by the Post: “It’s a very delicate subject. What’s the point of our life? Everything seems absurd until we die and then it makes sense.”
As the Post notes, it’s been common for decades for U.S. presidents to request works of art on loan from museums—so Trump’s Van Gogh inquiry wasn’t inherently unusual. Barack Obama, for instance, enjoyed the abstract-expressionism of Mark Rothko, while John F. Kennedy fancied himself a Eugène Delacroix enthusiast. Maybe Trump will have better luck with the MoMa instead. Or not.
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Any takers? The asking price of President Trump’s beachfront mansion on the Caribbean island of St. Martin has recently been slashed by a whopping $11 million after the property failed to attract any buyers since it was first listed in April. At the time, Le Chateau des Palmiers (as the property is called) was priced at $28 million, but in recent months, the asking price has dropped to $16.9 million in what appears to be an attempt to sell as quickly as possible, according to The Washington Post. The nine-bedroom estate features a heated pool, fitness center, and tennis court, and is decorated in Trump’s trademark gold and marble on the inside. A large chandelier adorns the formal dining room, and his insignia is on the doors.
Trump first bought the property for $19.7 million in 2013, and it has generated up to $3 million in rental income over the last three years. Sotheby’s listing for the property on Instagram doesn’t make any direct mention of its current owner, though the caption may just give it away: “Scroll through our brand new pictures of Chateau Des Palmiers. It’s absolutely fabulous. 9 bedrooms. Two pools. Beachfront. Tennis courts. It’s huuuuuuge!”
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