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Fallen


Fallen

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And every village graveyard will have its green mounds . . .
George Putnam

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Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army

Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army

Der Spiegel reported the Danish Supreme Court has ruled six members of Denmark’s tee-shirt producing ‘Fighters+Lovers‘ group are guilty of supporting terrorism — but handed them all suspended sentences.

It started as an experiment in low-end radical chic — a business to “produce funky street wear” and send money to “freedom fighters” in various parts of the world. But Fighers+Lovers, a small Denmark-based activist group, stands accused of providing financial support to two armed terrorist organizations outside Denmark — the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC).

The group produced tee-shirts with PFLP and FARC logos, donating about €5 ($6.75) from each sale — or around 20 percent of the total price — to the two movements. 

My question is this – who the hell was paying €25 ($33.75) for a damn tee-shirt?

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Bailey Robbins

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Another early-morning store front window in Pennington.

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Circle of Faith

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I’ve started exploring Pennington Gap on foot in the early morning hours. This is a reflection in a shop window just down the street from our house.

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Mirror Drive Too

 


Mirror Drive Too

Originally uploaded by kilgorebrian13

A slightly different version of a photo taken in Kingsport, TN yesterday after lunch at Panera’s. It was cloudy and starting to rain. This strip mall was mostly empty and still under construction. This is a shot of the reflection in the window of an unfinished store. If you look closely, you will see construction debris on the unfinished floor inside this shop, blending into a reflection of the strip mall behind me. This wasn’t faked up, just tweaked to give a look that seems to fit. A happy accident I didn’t notice until we got home and I started playing with the pictures.

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Osterglocke

 


Osterglocke

Originally uploaded by kilgorebrian13

Along the Powell River between the Middle School and Food City is a wooded path through what looks like a bird sanctuary. Clumps of Easter Lilies were scattered around this quiet little surprise at the edge of Pennington Gap.

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Calgary, Alberta

Calgary, Alberta

George W. Bush gave his first speech since leaving office. It was in Alberta, Canada, where nearly 2,000 people paid $3,100 per table for “Conversation with George W. Bush.” If you figure there were ten guests per table, invitees were paying over $300 for dinner with the former President. I don’t know how much Bush was paid for the evening, but he joked that he would do more speeches to pay for his new house in Dallas.

I actually paid for a house last fall. I think I’m the only American to have bought a house in the fall of 2008.

That isn’t funny, George. A lot of Americans can’t afford to keep the house they have, let alone buy a new one. Take off!

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One Night Stand




One Night Stand

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An old stand a friend gave me a few years back (recognize it?). I painted it, added a cement paver for a top and ceramic knobs as drawer pulls. Tweaked some in PS.

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Los Lobos

Los Lobos

Good musicians play good music, no matter what style they may be known for or where it came from. These guys have been around for a long time, playing what they want and not necessarily what the commercial music industry wants to hear. Good for them.

Los Lobos (“The Wolves”) are an American rock band, influenced by rock and roll, Tejano music, country music, folk, R&B, blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican music such as boleros and norteños.

During the late 19th century, German and Czech migrants to Northern Mexico and the U.S. Southwest brought different styles among them, including the polka. These European immigrants influenced the music scene by bringing the accordion and the polka rhythm, which were part of the popular music of their homeland. Soon, local bands adopted these elements, and a new unique style gradually resulted from a blend with Mexican ranchera styles. This new style soon became a unique norteño genre, thus named because it was primarily popular in the northern regions of Mexico.

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I am familiar with some of the magnificent black and white images produced during the Great Depression as part of a photography program by the Farm Security Administration. What I was not familiar with are the color photos produced for the FSA. That is, until I came across this article in the PDN

The Photo District News (PDN) family includes PDN magazine, the award-winning monthly magazine for the professional photographer.

These are some amazing photos, and are all in the public domain. 

14 Rare Color Photos From the FSA-OWI

Even today, many documentary photographers will tell you they are influenced by the works of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and 40s. Under the direction of Roy Emerson Stryker, the FSA sent photographers to document the plight of the rural farmer during the Great Depression and the progress of New Deal programs. When the U.S. entered World War II, the photography program continued under the Office of War Information (OWI).

The best-known FSA photographs are in black and white. Less commonly seen are the color photos by FSA and OWI photographers, shot between 1939 and 1945. Below we present a selection from the works Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection.

Photo by Russell Lee. Jack Whinery and his family, homesteaders, Pie Town, New Mexico, 1940.

Photo by Russell Lee. Jack Whinery and his family, homesteaders, Pie Town, New Mexico, 1940.

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