Kittens: So Cute it Hurts!

What is it about kittens that makes them so darn cute? Well, flufiness is a major factor, to be sure. Big eyes, another. Many love the itsy bitsy noses. Whatever the reason, though, my heart swells three times over when I see these little cuties. Hope they do the same to you.

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Artist Adds Star Wars Figures into Landscape Paintings

TwistedSifter

 

In a recent series entitled Wars on Kinkade, digital artist Jeff Bennett of Alien Artisan, decided to have a little fun with some artworks by American mass-market painter Thomas Kinkade (1958 – 2012).

While Kinkade has received criticism for the extent to which he has commercialized his art (e.g., he sells prints of his work on the QVC home shopping network), he clearly has his fans, as a Washington Post article cites one estimate that puts a Thomas Kinkade painting in one of every 20 houses (and countless hotel rooms) in America.

[via Kottke.org]

 

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Artwork by Jeff Bennett |

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No electricity in Greece, caused by troika austerity

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video says about itself:

Inside Iraq – Iraq’s lack of electricity

4 July 2010

During the past weeks riots have been breaking out all over Iraq over electricity cuts. Angry demonstrators clashed with security forces and demanded the resignation of the electricity minister. Why have successive governments failed to solve the electricity issue when Saddam Hussein succeeded in reviving electricity in a record time in 1991?

In 1991, warplanes of the United States government and its allies bombed Iraq; including power stations. Wikipedia writes, about civilian infrastructure after that bombing:

At the end of the war, electricity production was at four percent of its pre-war levels. Bombs destroyed the utility of all major dams, most major pumping stations, and many sewage treatment plants. Telecommunications equipment, port facilities, oil refineries and distribution, railroads and bridges were also destroyed.

Nevertheless, electricity returned pretty soon to Iraqis’ homes.

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Malawi Trip – Day 10 “……the fishermen shouting over the dark, stormy waters as if in a panic………”

Neverland Adventurers

Cell phone alarms have become a thing of the past as I have now become accustomed to waking up before sunrise every morning as I hear the fish eagles calling to each other.They are like roosters but a lot more of a romantic  sound to wake up to. We went for an early morning paddle to the point of the island which was a bit difficult going out as we were paddling against the wind but when we turned around we drifted back to Domwe along the shore past cormorants and fish eagles while watching a myriad of blue cichlids swimming beneath our kayak. A really worthwhile experience and we were back before the sun got too hot. A quick dip and a snorkel back at camp and then it was time for lunch and an afternoon nap. I passed out for about 3 hours on our tent deck purely…

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