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He Was a Crook: Hunter S. Thompson on Nixon - The Atlantic. Ecuadorian Officials Starting To Get Sick Of Julian Assange Always Leaving Dirty Dishes All Over Embassy. LONDON—Adding to the already long list of grievances they had with their guest, officials at the Ecuadorian embassy reported Thursday that they were beginning to get really sick of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange always leaving his dirty dishes around the premises.

Ecuadorian Officials Starting To Get Sick Of Julian Assange Always Leaving Dirty Dishes All Over Embassy

Sources said that Assange, whose presence has reportedly grown more and more disruptive since his arrival in 2012, has a habit of abandoning sauce-covered plates in random consular offices throughout the building. In addition, officials complained that Assange often blasts loud techno music during important calls with Quito, makes awkward conversation with visitors applying for visas, and loafs around conference rooms in his ratty, stained briefs while diplomats attempt to conduct meetings. Monica Bellucci wears Ukrainian designs for photo shoot in Paris. Vladimir Mayakovsky - Wikipedia. Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky (/ˌmɑːjəˈkɔːfski, -ˈkɒf-/;[1] Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Маяко́вский; 19 July [O.S. 7 July] 1893 – 14 April 1930) was a Russian Soviet poet, playwright, artist, and actor.

Vladimir Mayakovsky - Wikipedia

In 1930 Mayakovsky committed suicide. Even after death his relationship with the Soviet state remained unsteady. Log In - New York Times. The historian and the longitude. If a social conversation turns to the history of navigation – a turn that is not so unusual as once it was – the most likely episode to be mentioned is the search for a longitude method in the 18th century and the story of John Harrison.

The historian and the longitude

The extraordinary success of the book by Dava Sobel has popularised a view of Harrison as a doughty and virtuous fighter, unfairly disadvantaged by the scientific establishment; they failed to recognise, in the words of her title, “a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time.” Does a broader history of navigation justify the common assent to this account, reinforced through film and television (not to mention BAFTA awards)? In the event, Harrison asked for a fourth timepiece – quite unlike the first three – to be given the statutory test of keeping time on a voyage to the West Indies.

In many ways the Board were left, as they had feared, without a practical solution. Defending the Indefensible, in Feathers and All. Facing a paternity suit, 67-year-old Elijah Muhammad tried to blame the pregnancies on someone else.

Defending the Indefensible, in Feathers and All

But Gladys Towles Root, the white female attorney who filed the paternity suit against him on behalf of his accusers, knew the Nation of Islam leader was simply passing the buck. “He tried to induce an assistant to assume responsibility for the paternity,” so he could retain “his spiritual image on a high plane in the eyes of his followers,” Root told reporters at the time. Meet the conceptual artist in revolt against the art world. Much of Elia’s work contrasts the cosy optimistic childhood world of the Sixties and Seventies with the political clichés and pretensions of the contemporary art world.

Meet the conceptual artist in revolt against the art world

She thinks it lost its way when it stopped emphasising the craft in art, especially drawing from observation. ‘Even though a lot of my work doesn’t involve that, the art of looking at things in detail is really important. It’s like saying to someone who is going to write a book, you don’t need to know words, or in music, you don’t need to know notes and cadences – things that have taken a long time for humans to develop.

Cult Japanese director Seijun Suzuki dies aged 93. Celebrated Japanese film director Seijun Suzuki, best known for cult 1960s yakuza films Tokyo Drifter and Branded to Kill, has died at the age of 93.

Cult Japanese director Seijun Suzuki dies aged 93

Suzuki died on 13 February, with the cause given as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a statement from Nikkatsu film studios. Born in 1923, Suzuki served in Japan’s meteorological corps in the second world war, and then in 1948 joined the Shochiku studio as an assistant director. Grace Slick Donates Money From Chick-fil-A Ad to LGBTQ Group - Rolling Stone. Jefferson Airplane and Starship singer Grace Slick revealed in an op-ed that all the money she received from Chick-fil-A using "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" in a Grammy night commercial will go toward an LGBQT civil rights organization.

Grace Slick Donates Money From Chick-fil-A Ad to LGBTQ Group - Rolling Stone

In the Forbes op-ed, Slick admitted that she was initially against allowing the fast food chain to utilize Starship's 1987 hit given the company's stance on same-sex marriages. "Chick-fil-A pisses me off. The Georgia-based company has a well-documented history of funding organizations ... that are against gay marriage," the singer wrote. "I firmly believe that men should be able to marry men, and women women. I am passionately against anyone who would try to suppress this basic human right. No Small Parts: James Hong. Roger Penrose and the vision thing. ©GMBH/Rex/Shutterstock Scientists exhausted by the relentless demand to “demonstrate impact” and churn out peer-reviewed papers find ways of cheering themselves up.

Roger Penrose and the vision thing

A popular consolation is to imagine reviewers’ reports on Einstein’s “grant application” for his work on special relativity, condemning his revolutionary thoughts as sheer speculation, devoid of any practical application, and worthy of no funding at all. Lost golden ages are rarely as golden as we remember: back in 1905 Einstein wasn’t funded either, but still working in the Swiss patent office. If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Probably Have A Few Possessions. When I think back to my time on earth, I have few regrets.

If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Probably Have A Few Possessions

The path I took, the simple life of a monk, allowed me to achieve the highest state of enlightenment. As one who renounced worldly attachments, I was free to lead a contemplative existence and to then share my wisdom with others. That said, I have to admit that if I were to do it all over again, I would probably choose to have at least a few possessions. Not too many, of course. Maybe 10 possessions—20, tops. 11 African American Inventors Who Changed the World. Can you imagine life without blood banks, personal computers, or touch-tone telephones?

11 African American Inventors Who Changed the World

These innovative creations—and more—wouldn’t exist today if it weren't for the brilliant minds of these 11 African American inventors. Thomas L. Jennings (1791-1859) was the first African American person to receive a patent in the U.S., paving the way for future inventors of color to gain exclusive rights to their inventions. Born in 1791, Jennings lived and worked in New York City as a tailor and dry cleaner. Legendary Aviator Bob Hoover Dies at 94. Getty Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Bob Hoover, a World War II hero considered the world's greatest stick-and-rudder pilot, died yesterday at age 94. Born in Nashville in 1922, Hoover showed a natural inclination for mechanics at a young age, repairing a Model T with a transformer from a toy train when he was just a kid.

He began flying lessons at age 16, drawn to aviation by larger-than-life figures like General Jimmy Doolittle, who would later call Hoover the greatest pilot he had ever seen. The Promethean figure of Christopher Marlowe, the quintessential Renaissance man. Christopher Marlowe was born in February of 1564, the same year as Shakespeare. He was the son of a Canterbury shoemaker, and attended the King’s School there. With fellowship support endowed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, young Marlowe matriculated at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge University in 1580-1 and received the BA degree in 1584. He may have served Queen Elizabeth’s government in some covert capacity, perhaps as a secret agent in the intelligence service presided over by Sir Francis Walsingham.

Digital History. Back to Frederick Douglass Exhibit Who was Frederick Douglass? Committed to freedom, Douglass dedicated his life to achieving justice for all Americans, in particular African-Americans, women, and minority groups. He envisioned America as an inclusive nation strengthened by diversity and free of discrimination. Frederick Douglass rose from slavery to become the leading African-American voice of the nineteenth century. At an early age, he realized that his ability to read was the key to freedom. Malcolm McDowell on the appeal of villainy: “We’re all looking at Trump now. He’s fun. No wonder they write about him all the time.”

When Malcolm McDowell burst on the film scene, guns blazing, in director Lindsay Anderson’s classic 1968 film, “If. . .” he was an exciting, and cheeky, new talent. McDowell was also indelible as the ultraviolent Alex in Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece “A Clockwork Orange.” His subsequent films, which included his reprising his “If. . .” character Mick Travis in “O Lucky Man” and “Britannia Hospital” as well as playing in the title role in the notorious pornographic debacle “Caligula,” cemented the actor’s penchant for playing larger-than-life characters.

Whatever the role, McDowell has always been magnetic on screen. His suave villainy bolstered films like “Cat People” and “Blue Thunder.” But lately he has been playing comic parts on TV series. Coleman Francis - Wikipedia. Coleman C. Francis (January 24, 1919 – January 15, 1973) was an American actor, writer, producer, and director. Relatively Interesting Controversial 21st Century Philosophers - Relatively Interesting. Jimmy Carter Contemplating Dying Right Here And Now. Shackled Kerry Looks On As Chechen Terror Leader Removes Mask To Reveal Scarred Face Of Former Mentor. GROZNY, RUSSIA—Coming eye to eye with the mysterious guerrilla mastermind he had been hunting for the past several years, a shackled Secretary of State John Kerry looked on Thursday as a notorious and brutal Chechen terror leader removed his mask to reveal the scarred face of Kerry’s former mentor.

License To Negotiate: A Look Back At The Covert Operations Of Secretary Of State John Kerry. Gaunt, Weathered John Kerry Leads Prisoner Uprising In Siberian Labor Camp. Frantic John Kerry Looks On As Teresa Slowly Lowered Into Kim Jong-Un’s Electric Eel Tank. PYONGYANG—Bursting into the North Korean dictator’s central control room to find his wife suspended from a rope 40 feet in the air, a frantic Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly looked on in horror Friday as Teresa Heinz was slowly lowered into Kim Jong-un’s electric eel tank. Bloodied, Bruised John Kerry Emerges Victorious At Kickboxing Tournament In Bangkok Prison. Murder, Marriage and the Pony Express: Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Buffalo Bill. Troops sour on Mattis nomination after he releases 6,000-book reading list.

15 Things You Should Know About Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A surprising number of great composers were fond of the bottle – but can you hear it? The School Of Life: George Orwell. 10 Things You Didn't Know George Harrison Did - Rolling Stone. Inside The Strange, Paranoid World Of Julian Assange - BuzzFeed News. Casually Explained: Casually Explained. How fatherhood and grief have shaped the work of graphic novelist Daniel Clowes. The Sad Story Of The Man Who Figured Out An Equation For Altruism. The ‘Sexist’ 1975 Helen Mirren Interview On Parkinson Will Make You Angry [Video] Watch Helen Mirren Handle Herself Like A Boss In This Sexist 1975 Interview. The Dude Behind The Dude. Pappy Boyington. Merle Haggard. The Women of Youtube. Drunkard of the Issue #60: Johnette Napolitano.

Fox News host Bret Baier “grills” the Dalai Lama: “Have you ever seen the movie ‘Caddyshack’?” Muhammad Ali – 25 of the best photographs of the legendary boxer. Exclusive, Previously Unpublished Interview With Mark Lane. Knocked-Out Secret Service Agents Wake To Realize Jimmy Carter Loose. Rest in Peace, Daniel Berrigan « Memory Hole. Monica Lewinsky: ‘The shame sticks to you like tar’ Is it cos I is wack? The rise and fall of Sacha Baron Cohen. When the President Was the Quietest Man in the Room. Woody Harrelson interview: 'We live in a completely corrupted world' History Net: Where History Comes Alive – World & US History Online. How a 90-Year-Old Missing Person Became a Hit on Spotify. How one sexy gay novel derailed Gore Vidal’s literary career.

Gore Vidal: Feuds, 'vicious' mother and rumours of a secret love child - Features - Books. God’s Cartoonist. Sun Ra at 100: 'A Joyful Noise' Uruguay's Apparently Humble Head of State. British Royal Family Places Queen Elizabeth In Nursing Home. Modern-Day Caligula Orders Everything Bagel. Johnny Winter Knew What to Do. Senator Blames Halitosis, Russian Mistress On PTSD. First Female Army Ranger Brags About Her Veiny, Seven-Inch Clitoris. 13 Last Meals Requested by Executed Texas Prisoners. Down and Out With Hillary Clinton. Sonny Rollins Fans Go Ballistic About New Yorker Article.

Sonny Rollins: In His Own Words - The New Yorker. Radhabinod Pal. {R}emnants. God Knocked Unconscious By DirectTV Satellite. Jane Fonda Revealed As Heroic CIA Operative. Tales of the Tyrant - Mark Bowden. Was the Romantic Beethoven Really a “Radical Evolutionary”? The Bourgeois Eric Hobsbawm. Bob Dylan In New York City Before Anyone Knew Him: The Year of Wine, Women, Song and Protest. Mitch McConnell Inflates Throat Pouch In Show Of Dominance Over Fellow Congressional Males. Roz Chast: “I’m aware that a lot of people probably hate my stuff. But I hate a lot of people’s work, too” The Cold War 'Mole' Who Smuggled 1,000 East Germans To The West : Parallels. Beyond the Multiplex. The Only Senator Who Voted Against the Patriot Act Seemingly Predicted This Day Would Come.

Tiberius on Capri: in pursuit of vice or just avoiding mother? Sacagawea. Alan Turing’s legacy is even bigger than we realise. Stephen Hawking Wants To Be A Villain In A James Bond Movie. 10 Oddest Nicholas Cage Products. Kitano “Beat” Takeshi: The Most Talented Man in the World? Death of an American sniper. Mozart's Odd Letter to his Cousin: "Oh my ass burns like fire!" Karl Marx Was an Anti-Communist Dick. An African American in Imperial Russia: the story of Frederick Bruce Thomas. Aleister Crowley was a Total Hack Magickian. Just my Opinion. KEANU REEVES gentleman or douche? M.I.A on her controlling ex Diplo: He “smashed my hotel room and broke all the furniture”

Monica Lewinksy Took Back Her Narrative In A Powerful TED Talk. A Conversation With CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou. Jean Baudrillard. B.B. King, Blues Legend, Dead at 89. Art Collector Robert Ellsworth Left His Two Favorite Waitresses $50,000 In His Will. Magic, myth and secrecy - WB Yeats and the occult.