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Incredible Wooden Lion Carved from a Single Tree (11 photos)

by Woody Smith
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Sculptor Dengding Rui Yao has carved this incredible wooden lion from a single tree trunk. The artist led a team of 20 assistants on a three-year journey to complete the sculpture, which was made in Myanmar and was transported to its permanent home at the Fortune Plaza Times Square in Wuhan, China. According to Woodworking ideas, the lion was carved from a rosewood tree and measures 14.5m (47.5 ft) long, 5m (16.4 ft) high and 4m (13.1 ft) wide. If those measurements are true it would make the lion the longest wood carving in the world, which is currently held […]

This Website Scores Companies on Their Conservative Values

by Mark Anderson
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David Black says his aha! moment came in the grocery store parking lot after church one day in 2011, when his wife criticized him for impulsively agreeing to give a dollar to March of Dimes. Didn’t he know the group supports Planned Parenthood? Black’s wife is Republican Representative Diane Black, a candidate for Tennessee governor and chair of the powerful House Budget Committee. The Blacks made their fortune creating and selling Aegis Science Corp., the drug-testing company they founded in 1990, based on David’s work as a forensic toxicologist at Vanderbilt University. The company sold for an undisclosed amount in […]

Inside the sprawling, controversial $500m Museum of the Bible

by Mark Anderson
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The museum conceived by the billionaire president of Hobby Lobby and set to open next month has attracted scepticism over its ideological mission It is a museum of biblical proportions and it is stirring controversies to match. Opening next month in Washington, the Museum of the Bible cost half a billion dollars to build, spans 430,000 sq ft over eight floors and claims to be the most hi-tech museum in the world. Reading every placard, seeing every artifact and experiencing every activity would take an estimated 72 hours. But while it is not the monument to creationism that some liberals […]

Money and marriage: Last year my wife earned 100 times more than me

by Mark Anderson
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Im in the vanguard of gender-evolutionary change, and backing her all the way so why do I feel like a failure? My wife and I are on conference call with our accountant, Ronnie. Ronnie works from a home office on 57th Street, looks a little like Larry David and has the kind of brusque New Yorker manners that border on the brutal. Kate, he says, his voice tinny on speakerphone, it looks like youve had another great year. And those pensions are really starting to look good. My wife smiles modestly. So, Tom, Ronnie says with an ominous pause, I […]

The Making of a Millionaire and a Massacre

by Woody Smith
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Five days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, Jeremiah Cottle, ashen-faced and unshaven, looks toward the four flags by his company’s front gate in Moran, Texas. There’s the Lone Star State flag, the Stars and Stripes, a POW-MIA one, and another with the green-and-black logo of his company, Slide Fire Solutions LP. Each flies at half-staff just inside a 10-foot-tall fence topped by razor wire. “My family was always here,” he says, motioning across the two-lane highway to the ranch with the Cottle sign out front. “So I built something, and a madman is taking it all […]

Why Photography Cant Get Woke

by Mark Anderson
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When Nikon Corp. hired 32 photographers to travel around Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, taking pictures to promote its new $3,300 D850 camera this fall, the Japanese camera company made sure to select people from different countries—more than a dozen, including India, Indonesia, Kuwait, South Africa, and Australia. Nikon also made sure the photographers specialized in diverse range of genres, from sports to wedding photography. But there was one glaring omission: All 32 of the people they chose were men. This didn’t go over well with women—or photographers. “Guess they forgot to invite me?” tweeted conflict-zone photographer Lynsey Addario, whose work […]

Jeff Sessions issues directive undercutting LGBT protections

by Mark Anderson
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The Sessions directive effectively lifts a burden from religious objectors to prove their beliefs about marriage or other topics are sincerely held The attorney general, Jeff Sessions, on Friday issued a sweeping directive that undercuts federal protections for LGBT people, telling agencies to do as much as possible to accommodate those who claim their religious freedoms are violated. In response, one LGBT rights advocate called the directive a license to discriminate and an attack on the values of freedom and fairness that make this nation great. Also on Friday, the Trump administration issued a new rule that substantially undermines womens […]

Missouri Republican Hawley announces run for US Senate

by Mark Anderson
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ST. LOUIS –  Republican Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley will have to walk a tightrope between warring factions of the Republican party if he wants to unite the GOP and oust Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill from office in 2018. Hawley, a 37-year-old in his first year of elected office, released a video Tuesday morning officially announcing his candidacy, although he signaled his intent months ago. McCaskill is among 10 Senate Democrats running in states won by Trump and is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents. Hawley’s earliest supporters include Missouri’s moderate former U.S. Sen. John Danforth, 81, a […]

The ‘vampire breast lift’: just another grotesque beauty boob | Van Badham

by Mark Anderson
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A procedure that draws blood from a womans arm and extracts the platelets to pump into her breasts has doubled in popularity Through conquest, Alexander the Great established one of the most vast land empires of the classical age. It stretched from the Mediterranean, through North Africa and on to Asia. He was undefeated in battle, awash with the trophies of victories, self-anointed as a god. Yet a popular quote describes the young conquerer-king viewing the magnificence of his achievements with despair: And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to […]

10 Ways My Life Has Changed Since I Stopped Drinking

by Mark Anderson
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Patrick Schöpflin Throughout high school, college and for close to a decade after, drinking with my buddies was “standard operating procedure”. It was what we did. Whether at a bar, a party, a BBQ, or just sitting around, odds were high that alcohol was present, and more often than not, center stage. It was not the standard “I am never going to drink again” hangover that began my slow decline in becoming a non-drinker. It was more of a mix of not enjoying it as much, and more importantly, feeling terrible while I was drinking. Somewhere along the line, even […]

Yes, The Venom Screenwriter Can Handle Two Different Genres

by Mark Anderson
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10/05/2017: Yes, The Venom Screenwriter Can Handle Two Different Genres By Ian Fortey Demonstrating a fundamental misunderstanding of how professional writers work, a number of media outlets are not reacting well to news that Fifty Shades Of Grey screenwriter Kelly Marcel is handling the latest draft of the Venom movie. They assume this means Tom Hardy is going to spend two hours on screen dressed in a black vinyl bodysuit whipping Carnage’s ass with an olive-oil-basted riding crop while some “bow-chicka wow wow” music plays in the background. Marcel has also written the sci-fi show Terra Nova and Saving Mr. […]