Real paintings

The Portuguese magazine Sábado made a very interesting photographic production by reproducing historical paintings. The result is fabulous.

(The first photo is always the reproduction)

The Great Odalisque, Dominique Ingres

Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci

Van Gogh, Van Gogh

Rembrandt, Rembrandt

Fernando Pessoa, Almada Negreiros

Frida Kahlo, Frida Kahlo

Girl With a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer

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The Intouchables, the best friends

There are good movies, there are outstanding movies, there are perfect movies and there is the Untouchables – the story of two unlikely friends. This peace of art is based in a true story, aspect that arouses our attention. The directors, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, made a good representation of the French social state, as well as the social cleavages. We must reflect about the model of organization that reduces, constantly, the willingness to work. I am totally in favor of the social state,   but a reflection about its sustainability is needed. People should not search for a signature to show in the employment center, ensuring the maintenance to the unemployment benefits. The state need to supervise and avoid these attitudes. In the other hand, the social cleavages block the access to most of the jobs, reducing the possibilities of having a successful career. The movie is a very interesting story that made me think and smile. This is a proof that the European film industry, being not so strong as the American, can do very good things!

Dubai: Before and After

The Man Who Quit Money

Daniel Suelo lives without money. Is it possible? Yes, indeed. First, he changed his name from Shellabarger to Suelo, which in Spanish means ground/soil. Then, he put his driving license and passport in the trash and started a new life. He lived in tents, isolated communities… Now, in a cavern. He cooks in a hand made broiler, normally dead animals that he find in the roads, and bathe in a cove. Sometimes he writes in a blog – Zero Currency – when some tourist lends him a laptop.

The Superpower Attacks Again

Senior military leaders are recommending that the Pentagon’s two-year-old cyberwarfare unit be elevated to full combatant command status, sending a signal to adversaries that the U.S. military is serious about protecting its ability to operate in cyberspace. Created in 2010 at Fort Meade, the Cyberwarfare Unit employs about 750 people — far fewer than most combatant commands — and now reports to Strategic Command, based in Omaha. The new combatant command could enhance the protection of the military forces and the diplomatic realm in the cyberspace. This action emphasizes the importance of this sphere as a strategic priority.

I am OK with the USA’s hegemonic position, but why the military? The US leads the information and technological worldwide market with companies like Apple, Microsoft, Intel… They are the best, they are civilians. For security reasons, the cyberspace must be a concern for all states, but I believe that the military are not the best group to enhance the law enforcement in this field. Leave it to the civilians, and let the military do the real warfare.

The power of War Poetry

Men of arms must read poetry, and they do. The American military study Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sasson, Rupert Brooke e Rosenberg. War poetry have a tremendous impact in the formation of good soldiers. A young Sargent from Oregon said  “we fell what Owen writes, we can build a mental image of death.” This type of poetry describes war as divine liberation, as a sacrifice, as a metal cleanup. The death of the authors in the battlefield reinforces this feelings – Owen and Rosenberg died in 1918 during the IWW. Artistic variants can represent a good tool in the shaping of the soldiers, extolling the patriotism, heroism and glorious death.

Wilfred Owen

Dulce et Decorum est, by Owen

   

How Hollywood Projects Foreign Policy

Sally Totman shows to us the impact of Hollywood Cinematographic Industry in the projection of the American foreign policy, analyzing various cases: North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Sudan, Syria,  Iraq and Libya. Interesting reading after the “Dear America” post!

Enterprise Last Flight

It is time to rest and show to the world this great peace of engineering, the Enterprise – NASA’s first space shuttle. His last home will be in New York. The Space Race has heroes and the Enterprise is one of them. Although it was never in space, it inspired its brothers, like the Columbia and Discovery. Enterprise were always in the front line!

Photos by Publico

Dear America

When I was a child, I saw the United States of America has the greatest country in the world. Movies from Hollywood entered in my mind, as well as rock and pop American stars. American culture is global and reaches every corner in the world – this is your best ruff! When I was in school, I remember to play as Batman, Superman, Flash Gordon, Hulk and Captain America. America gave me my childhood heroes. My great-grandfather lived and worked very hard in the US, the house were I live today is a result of Portuguese hard and proud labor in American land. Although I have never been in America, the US occupies a special place in my heart. Unfortunately, this affectionate picture is loosing brilliance. I am not going to talk about the XXI century wars, the GWOT and the financial crisis, but Owsley. This town in Kentucky stopped in time. Here, 41,5% of the population live below the poverty line, without electricity and piped water. The unemployment is high, due to the failing markets of coal, wood and tobacco. How is it possible? Owsley big event is the high school prom…

 

Africa has a good reason to Smile

Study shows that Africa has water resources underground. Researchers from the British Geological Survey and University College London have for the first time mapped the aquifers across Africa. They estimate that reserves of groundwater are 100 times the amount found on its surface. Some of this water is placed in the driest areas around Sahara. The problem? Some of them are deep – at 100 to 250 meters below ground level. This makes the extraction very expensive. But there is more, unfortunately. The mismanagement and lack of maintenance. Corruption can compromise success and the pumps need maintenance experts.

 

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