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A Walk in the Woods: A Photo Appreciation of Trees

A Buddha head entwined within the roots of a tree is seen in the ruins of the ancient city of Ayutthaya, Thailand July 14, 2016. Picture taken July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva – RTST1Z1

A collection of images of unusual, intriguing, and beautiful trees and forests around the world, from Madagascar to Poland, Scotland to Hong Kong, the United States, and more.

New song of Toilet Ek Prem Katha to release soon

The movie starring Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar in lead roles, has already created hype among fans due to its unique topic of open defecation about which it is dealing.

The issue still remains a problem in rural India.

Review: Envisioning Real Utopias, by Erik Olin Wright

Erik Olin Wright. Envisioning Real Utopias (London and New York: Verso, 2010).

Although this book covers much of the same ground, and does much of the same work, as autonomist and post-capitalist theories like Hardt and Negri’s Commonwealth and Mason’s Postcapitalism, Olin-Wright comes from the entirely different tradition of analytical Marxism. This school approaches Marxist theory from a background of analytic philosophy and public choice theory; Wright himself is a sociologist, rather than a political economist.

This may explain why he rules out any comprehensive theory of history from the outset. Specifically, in Chapter Four, he rejects Marx’s model of a historical trajectory which views capitalism as a historic system with an end as well as a beginning, and of socialism as something which will fully emerge following the terminal crises of capitalism. As I will argue below, this amounts to discarding some extremely valuable tools for anticipating the course of post-capitalist transition.

Reflections on Real Utopias

A very wide range of issues have been raised in the many interesting postings and comments during the Crooked Timber seminar about my book Envisioning Real Utopias which ran from March 18-28. In what follows I will give at least a brief response to the core themes of each of the eight contributions to the seminar. I will organize my reflections in the order of the contributions in the symposium.

We Met the Mind Behind the Rubik's Cube — Mashable Originals
Have you even given up, helplessly, on a Rubik’s Cube? What was meant to be a tool that helped students learn about space and design is now a competition to see who can finish it faster with their eyes closed. Love it or hate it (because you can’t complete it), the cube has become a staple of human culture. This is Erno Rubik, the man behind the legacy. 


Mr. Rogers: Google Animated Doodle

Google’s stop-motion animation arrives like a welcome online balm to celebrate the 51st anniversary of Fred Rogers’s show.
More: the making of the doodle.


The Spanish City That Banned Cars

In Pontevedra, the usual soundtrack of a Spanish city has been replaced by the tweeting of birds and the chatter of humans


“Read Away” Your Overdue Book Fines At Los Angeles Libraries

Leilany Medina, 11, loves books so much that she’d like to become a librarian. But even she sometimes forgets to return books on time, especially if she hasn’t quite finished. And she’s racked up some late fines.

But local libraries are providing a way out for such book lovers, and creating new lures for other children, who haven’t caught the reading bug, by doing away with late fees, automatically signing up students for library cards through their schools and allowing them to “read away” their fines and fees.

The most recent move was a vote last week by Los Angeles County supervisors to end late fees for patrons under 21 at county-run libraries, effective immediately. That did not help Leilany because officials offered no amnesty for past fines.

So on Thursday, Leilany went to the East Los Angeles Library, a county facility, to read off $4 in late fees. Students can eliminate debt at a rate of $5 an hour under a program that took effect in June.


Boston Survives “Flowerbomb”

A "Flowerbomb" Spruced Up a Bus Stop in Everett This Morning
Commuters in Everett were greeted with an unusual pop of color at a Broadway bus stop this morning. Hit with a so-called “flower bomb,” the bus shelter had been drenched with garlands of red, orange, and yellow flowers, in a scene straight out of a Beyoncé photoshoot.

The “floral takeover,” which you can find at the School Street bus stop on Broadway Tuesday and Wednesday, is the handiwork of local florist Krissy Price, who says the flowers are meant to elevate a too-often under-celebrated mode of transportation.

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