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To-day no one would think of looking for heroes and villains in a serious novel, but in lowbrow fiction one still expects to find a sharp distinction between right and wrong and between legality and illegality. The common people, on the whole, are still living in the world of absolute good and evil from which the intellectuals have long since escaped.
George Orwell’s essay, “Raffles and Miss Blandish” (1944)

diy:

Fun Fact: Hyperion is the world’s tallest living tree with a height of 115.61 meters (379.3 ft). Hyperion is the name of a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) in Northern Californian and was discovered in August 25, 2006 by naturalists: Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor.
Location: Redwoods, Redwood Creek inflow, California, USA
Height: 115.61 metres

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dynamicafrica:

Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Alice Coachman Davis who passed away on July 14, 2014.

Specializing in high jump, Davis became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal at the 1948 London games, aged 25.She was also the only female American athlete to win gold in track and field at the same tournament.

Davis, who suffered a stroke in recent months, died aged 90 in her hometown of Albany, Georgia.

Watch her incredible jump here.

LEGEND….

saveplanetearth:

A victory for Pacific loggerhead turtles! In response to legal pressure from Oceana & conservation peers, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced yesterday that 25K square miles of ocean will be closed to drift gillnet fishing through the remaining summer months, to prevent entanglements & drownings of endangered loggerheads @ Oceana

thinksquad:

Sometime this summer, probably when as many Americans as possible are tanning on a beach and not paying attention, the White House is expected to release a version of a classified report on torture during the Bush years. Actually, what’s likely to become public is only the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report; the entire thing, five years in the making, clocks in at about 6,700 pages, making it the most exhaustive account yet of what really went on in secret CIA prisons around the world.

http://news.yahoo.com/on-the-torture-report—a-confrontation-looms-085034400.html;_ylt=A0SO80fk49BTeB8Aai6l87UF;_ylu=X3oDMTByNWU4cGh1BGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw—

If tax increases are causing a major flight of jobs from California, you can’t see it in the job numbers. Employment is up 3.6 percent in the past 18 months, compared with a national average of 2.8 percent; at this point, California’s share of national employment, which was hit hard by the bursting of the state’s enormous housing bubble, is back to pre-recession levels. [….]

Tax increases aren’t economic suicide; sometimes they’re a useful way to pay for things we need. Government programs, like Obamacare, can work if the people running them want them to work, and if they aren’t sabotaged from the right. In other words, California’s success is a demonstration that the extremist ideology still dominating much of American politics is nonsense

Paul Krugman in The New York Times on how California’s recent economic success under Jerry Brown validates Democratic economic policies.  (via andybrwn)

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