Thursday, August 17, 2017

How one man built a $51m theme park for his daughter - BBC News

How one man built a $51m theme park for his daughter - BBC News
Very cool. "Hartman and his wife Maggie asked other parents where they could take their daughter - somewhere she would feel comfortable, and others would feel comfortable interacting with her. "We realised such an inclusive place didn't exist," says Hartman. So in 2007 he decided to build it himself. A former property developer, he sold his homebuilding businesses in 2005 to set up The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation, a non-profit organisation that seeks to help people with disabilities. Then he set about creating the "world's first ultra-accessible theme park". "We wanted a theme park where everyone could do everything, where people with and without special needs could play," Hartman says. He brought together doctors, therapists, parents and other people with and without disabilities to consult on the facilities. These were built on the 25-acre site of a disused quarry in San Antonio, Texas."

'You are not Anish Kapoor, you are in no way affiliated to Anish Kapoor'

'You are not Anish Kapoor, you are in no way affiliated to Anish Kapoor'
Art fight!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth 1967

Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth 1967
An always appropriate song.

Cleve Jones on Twitter

Cleve Jones on Twitter
Nice.

Trump Lawyer Forwards Email Echoing Secessionist Rhetoric

Trump Lawyer Forwards Email Echoing Secessionist Rhetoric
This is stupid. There is one important difference between Washington and Lee. Washington won while Lee lost. "The email forwarded by John Dowd, who is leading the president’s legal team, painted the Confederate general Robert E. Lee in glowing terms and equated the South’s rebellion to that of the American Revolution against England. Its subject line — “The Information that Validates President Trump on Charlottesville” — was a reference to comments Mr. Trump made earlier this week in the aftermath of protests in the Virginia college town. “You cannot be against General Lee and be for General Washington,” the email reads, “there literally is no difference between the two men.”"

Birmingham's Mayor Isn't Allowed to Take Down a Confederate Monument, So He Did the Next Best Thing

Birmingham's Mayor Isn't Allowed to Take Down a Confederate Monument, So He Did the Next Best Thing

The Atlantic on Twitter

The Atlantic on Twitter
If you voted for Trump, you need to think about this and what this says about him. I don't expect you to admit he is a bad president or that you made a mistake voting for him. Uptown Sinclair said "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." Acting oblivious or refusing to connect dots or because Hillary was awful becomes second nature. But. At some point, going to the "Hillary was a crook" well will run dry. Trump says there were good people among the white supremacists and nazis. He had to be bullied into explicitly saying nazis and white supremacists were bad and then walked it back the next day. He has surrounded himself with alt-right people at the highest levels in the White House. He has more than 40 years of saying racist things. Now. Look at my family. Look at them. Trump is on record many times saying the groups they are part of are not good people, they are less than human. Do you agree with him? I hope not.

"We just feel like we don’t belong here anymore"

"We just feel like we don’t belong here anymore"
WTF. "Turner’s mom, who cleans houses in town for a living, went to work a couple of days after that, and her employer, an older white woman, brought up the results of the recent election. The two had talked politics before—Turner’s mom is a Democrat, and her employer is a Republican. “Well, you might as well come and live with me now,” the employer said. “You gonna be mine eventually.” She called her daughter in tears. Turner immediately got in her car and picked her mother up to bring her home. Last year before the election, a young woman Turner described as one of her best friends casually mentioned she hoped for a Trump victory so that he might “do away with some of these African American people.” She quickly clarified that she wasn’t referring to Turner’s “type,” but when Turner sharply asked her what she meant, she couldn’t answer. Another friend assured her that it would be okay if Trump won the election because she would convince her parents to purchase Turner’s family as their new slaves. In a place where a few large plantation-style houses remain scattered through the county, the “joke” feels a lot like a threat. “I saw a lot of true colors from a lot of people since the election—down with African Americans, down with Hispanics, build the wall, even for the legal ones,” she says. “It really hurts.”"

Military chiefs denounce racism after Trump blames both sides for Charlottesville violence

Military chiefs denounce racism after Trump blames both sides for Charlottesville violence

Trump lawyer insists he's not racist, posts photos of himself with black people

Trump lawyer insists he's not racist, posts photos of himself with black people

Ex-RNC spokesman: How can I tell minorities to vote GOP after Trump's Confederate statue comments?

Ex-RNC spokesman: How can I tell minorities to vote GOP after Trump's Confederate statue comments?

GOP-led Homeland Security committee to declare Charlottesville attack an act of domestic terrorism

GOP-led Homeland Security committee to declare Charlottesville attack an act of domestic terrorism

The Hill

The Hill
What's one more lie from Trump?

io9

io9
I had the originals of these books and spent many hours playing with them.

Bonnie WatsonColeman on Twitter

Bonnie WatsonColeman on Twitter

danostrowski on Twitter

danostrowski on Twitter

GOP Jewish group fires back at Trump: There are no good Nazis

GOP Jewish group fires back at Trump: There are no good Nazis

Axios on Twitter

Axios on Twitter
‪So why did he lead the army of a rebellion that was based, in its own words, on the preservation of slavery?‬

White nationalists flock to genetic ancestry tests. Some don't like the result

White nationalists flock to genetic ancestry tests. Some don't like the result
Not quite as pure as they would like.

J.K. Rowling on Twitter

J.K. Rowling on Twitter
‪You can't shake the devil's hand then say you're only kidding. ‬