The Revolutionary Street Art Project That Inspired Banksy And Empowered A City’s Youth

June 15, 2017

Little did the then 21-year-old youth worker know back in 1984 that his Aerosol Art Project at the Barton Hill Youth Center would go some way to shaping British and global street art over the coming years and decades. John Nation founded the project as a way to channel young people’s creativity in a positive and legal way. Here he is pictured painting at the center in the late 80s. Coincidentally, some of the 14 to 19-year-olds attending the center were also becoming interested in …

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The most ridiculous viral moments of the UK election campaign

June 9, 2017

So much glorious awkwardness.Image: DYLAN MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images/mashable composite It’s widely known that General Election campaigns tend to be long, depressing affairs. But that doesn’t mean they’re totally devoid of fun. Nestled among the repetitive answers and frustrating debates are brief, shining moments of hilarity. Sometimes these come from obvious places (politicians eating food), and sometimes less obvious (politicians asking random members of the public to …

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URGENT: The Latest: 3 Australians Among Injured in London Attacks

June 6, 2017

… attackers dead. Hundreds ran for their lives in the chaos. ___ 3:55 p.m. Former Secretary of State John Kerry says Britons are going to have to sort out whether tolerance of extremism has gone on for too long, as British Prime Minister Theresa May has said. Kerry tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that "a lot of ingredients" went into the attacks on London Bridge and at nearby restaurants Saturday night that left seven dead and nearly two dozen injured. Twelve people have been …

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Hey Corporate America, Please Sponsor This Column!

June 5, 2017

… sponsors: The US Steel Hour, Philco Playhouse Colgate Comedy Hour, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, the Texaco Star Theater. As for the sacrosanct temple of news, the first network newscast on NBC was the Camel News Caravan with John Cameron Swayze. And for years, local stations featured newscasts, sponsored by Standard Oil, that had a prominent sign reading Your ESSO Reporter on the news desk (Esso was the predecessor to Exxon). In his memoir, former network anchor Roger Mudd recalls a successful …

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Election blind dates: John Whittingdale and Jess Phillips – BBC News

June 2, 2017

… gets more elderly, and also experiences I have with my own children. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe pair are well aware of other politicians’ high-profile faux-pas. Worst thing: It was really not that bad. I think that maybe we could have covered more ground on the Liberal Democrats. We definitely had some consensus there. I felt maybe we should revisit that and have a “John and Jess chat Liberal Democrats”. Three words to describe your …

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It Doesn’t Sound Like Senate Republicans Are Anywhere Close To A Deal On Obamacare Repeal

… then-Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) in what became known as the Cornhusker Kickback. Maybe they could win over Capito and Portman with extra money for opioid treatment as a way to replace a little bit of the money their states would lose from Medicaid. On the Medicaid expansion front, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) offered some insight into where the talks are at, saying theres an interest among many Republicans to have a longer tail on [repeal] phase-out. Under the House bill, the extra federal funds for …

May 24, 2017
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Monica Lewinsky Bids Roger Ailes Goodbye In Scathing NYT Column

… a former Republican political operative, took the story of the affair and the trial that followed and made certain his anchors hammered it ceaselessly, 24 hours a day. Some experts have noted that viewers found Fox for the first time because of the crisis. John Moody, a Fox executive editor, reflected on that period: The Lewinsky saga put us on the news map. As he put it in another interview: Monica was a news channels dream come true. …

May 24, 2017
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Bill Maher: The Indisputable Godfather of Political Late-Night

… about a show after that thats news but with a comedic flavor? Now theres a whole new crop of political shows in late-night television, whether its John Oliver on your network or Samantha Bee or Trevor Noah or Seth Meyers, whos gotten very political. Do you view what you do as the same as what those hosts do, or do you feel like youre doing something different? Oh, fuck yes. I mean, what I do is more like them than say, Dancing With the Stars. And look, Im not the biggest expert on those shows …

May 21, 2017
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A Banksy-esque florist places surprise flower arrangements all over NYC

… his Instagram that to arrange his installation at John Lennon’s memorial in Central Park, he and his team woke up before sunrise to write a flower message in the dark. This project came before the 2016 election, and urged all that observed to go out and make a difference. Two years ago I had an idea to gift flowers to the people of New York City. 3 weeks ago my team and I finally did it with our first surprise install at John Lennon’s memorial in Central Park. 12 hours ago my …

May 19, 2017
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Surprise, relief dominate Capitol Hill after special counsel named for Russia investigation

… professional,” Sen. John Cornyn, the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, told reporters Wednesday evening when asked about the turn of events. “That’s the call of the deputy Attorney General. It’s not our call. It’s his call. He previously said he didn’t see the need and until there was a demonstrated need he wasn’t interested. This is a development I wasn’t aware of.” …

May 18, 2017
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Alec Baldwin: People Love Me Because of Trump

… way that Saturday Night Live or 30 Rock writers are funny, I can report that he is the most gifted storyteller Ive worked with in over three decades in televisionand Ive worked with some really funny comics. When Baldwin tells a story or describes a scene from a classic film, he becomes the characters hes talking about. Its wrong to describe his impressions as mere mimicry: Theyre visitations from the likes of Anthony Hopkins, Marlon Brando, John Travolta, et al. And what I found so winning …

May 15, 2017
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Even the Pope Isnt a Hard-Core Creationist

… Francis instead encouraged scientists at the session to continue their work with the goal not to make science fit into the Church teaching, but to help humankind. Science is able to build a world suited to His dual corporal and spiritual life, Francis said, referring to what he called the participation of Gods power. Both Pope Pius XII and Pope John Paul II had softened the Churchs stance on science during their pontificates. In 1996, John Paul II called the Big Bang theory more than a …

May 15, 2017
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