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The new female dragon in “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” illustrates a sexist trend in children’s animation.

How Donald Trump got his inspiration for his new border policy from Australia.

How upcycling can enhance your life.

Puerto Rico is a “Playground for the Privileged”: Investors move in as homes foreclose and schools close.

Native Americans remember the trauma of children taken from their parents.

Murder with impunity: Where killings go unsolved.

Lavender lemonade is the best and most natural way to get rid of headaches and anxiety.

Immigrants describe the horrors that made them flee Latin America for the U.S.

The origins of America’s unique and spectacular cruelty.

Five reasons why Linda McCartney is a fierce role model.

Why the face of immigrant family separation is a white woman.

Woman’s obituary takes a dark turn over a long-ago extramarital affair.

Six of the worst “work for exposure instead of money” stories seen online.

Remembering the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy 50 years later.

Study estimates Hurricane Maria killed nearly 5,000 people but barely makes the news.

This German children’s book is the creepiest thing you’ll see today.

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St. Patrick's Day

Twenty facts about the Amish you never knew before.

A look at the unwelcome revival of “race science.”

The Simple Life Manifesto and how it could save us.

These shirts are every thought people of color have refrained from saying to white people.

Eight cosplayers share their tips, tools, and ingenuity.

Geek Squad’s relationship with the FBI is cozier than we thought.

Five hacks for identifying legit (or not) news sources.

Margaret Thatcher sold off public housing to create “the dignity of ownership” and today 40% of that housing is owned by gouging landlords.

Nine at-home exercises that reduce knee pain.

Are you ready to consider that capitalism is the real problem?

A UN official reacts with shock when he toured Alabama’s destitute black communities.

Puerto Rico’s humanitarian crisis takes on new urgency with alarming death counts.

A list of the 11 best concert films of all time.

Redneck Revolt is recruiting working-class white people to destroy the very idea of white culture.

The socially deviant and provocative digital art of Waldemar Von Kozak.

Four warning signs you’re being gas-lighted.

Crowdtap provides the only job a robot couldn’t do.

Amazon workers ask “$100 billion man” Jeff Bezos: where’s my cut?

Sadly but frankly, Donald Trump is not going anywhere.

Fascism runs in one person’s American family.

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Let’s take a moment to remember the sacrifices our armed troops have made for this country on this Veterans Day holiday.

Now let’s go on to the links for this week.

A U.S. military veteran speaks out on the issue of whether NFL players should be allowed to take a knee or be required to stand during the playing of the national anthem.

NFL players never used to stand for the national anthem before 2009, when the NFL switched it as a marketing strategy to make the athletes look more patriotic.

Here are some ways people disrespect the flag daily based on flag code.

Niger is the perfect example of the US state of perma-war.

How Twitter killed the First Amendment.

Sorry, but Haribo gummies are reportedly made with slave labor.

Interesting and colorful paintings made with controlled pours.

Artist shows how people in other professions react when asked for free stuff.

How to be an artist, according to Bauhaus master Josef Albers.

Artists who caught companies and fake artists shamelessly copyright their work and selling it.

White people commit the most heinous crimes, so why is America terrified of black men?

11th-century herbal remedy guide now digitized and online.

Wall Street got a bailout, why not Puerto Rico?

One man’s hobby is to Photoshop himself into various celebrity photos in a hilarious way.

Facing poverty, adjunct professors in America turn to sex work and sleeping in cars.

How to master color theory.

Trumpism run amok: How Alabama’s GOP runoff explains the brave new world.

Profile of an American city where the government barely exists.

Is this the end of the job as we know it?

Ta-Nehisi Coates explains why America should have seen Trump coming.

Leonardo da Vinci’s bizarre caricatures and monster drawings.

Hurricane Maria started in 1898: how America spent more than a century brutalizing Puerto Rico.

The United Nations says that robots could destabilize the world through war and unemployment.

How many Palm Beach mansions does a Wall Street tycoon need? As many as destroying America’s hometown newspapers can buy him.

Smithsonian digitizes and lets you download 40,000 works of Asian and American art for free.

This year is the fifth anniversary of this blog. For the first year I was unsure about how many photos I could actually upload because of the free blogging account has a space limit. So I kept photo uploads limited to just my arts and crafts along with any photographs that I actually exhibited in a show. Over time I learned such things as graphic optimization so I was able to upload more photos that way than I thought I could. So for the rest of the year I’m going to devote Throwback Thursday to photos from previous blog entries (along with links to the original posts) that I should’ve uploaded five years earlier but I didn’t.

In mid-June, 2010 my then-husband and I went to New York City to visit his father and step-mother. That trip was momentous because soon after I went there, I wrote this rant called I Don’t Love New York Anymore. I had an epiphany on that trip because I saw so many chain stores in Manhattan that it was unreal. I still have memories of an earlier time when there were more locally owned businesses than chain stores and these local businesses offered a more diverse array of items for sale.

Here are just a few of my photos from that weekend trip, which led me to write that rant.

I remembered I roamed the streets of New York City mostly by myself because my in-laws were busy with observing the Sabbath (my ex’s step-mother is an Orthodox Jew and his father converted to her faith shortly before they were married) while my then-husband was busy with watching the World Cup soccer matches.



Day 1 (June 13, 2010) I walked along the city streets while I took these photos.



I ran into the annual Puerto Rican parade where I saw people waving Puerto Rican flags while floats were driving along the streets.



I shot a short video that featured just a small portion of that parade.

The parade was pretty crowded so I decided to head over to the nearest subway stop and take the next subway train to Greenwich Village. I found that the nearest stop was Rockefeller Center. I ended up at Radio City Music Hall, where workers were in the process of preparing for the Tony Awards that would be broadcast on CBS that very evening.





Here’s a shot of Rockefeller Center from a upward angle.



I made a brief stop at the Cafe inside Rockefeller Center before I went into the subway station.



I took a couple of shots of some interesting wall etchings on my way to the subway station.



Once I reached Greenwich Village, I found this statue of Mahatma Gandhi.


Here are a few more photos of the Village.




On June 14, 2010, I began the second day of my solo wandering through New York City by making a trip to Dylan’s Candy Bar, a place that’s best described as a candy store on steroids.




Then I took some photos of what I saw on the streets of New York City.






I visited FAO Schwartz when it was still located on Fifth Avenue. (Sadly that store closed its doors for good just a few months ago.) I took photos of this life-sized statue of Chewbacca made from Legos and this line of environmentally friendly stuffed animals that were sold exclusively at FAO Schwartz.




I made a return visit to Rockefeller Center where I took some more external photos.







At that time there were signs in one of the empty storefronts announcing the opening of a new Lego store located right in the heart of Rockefeller Center. (I would actually visit that store on a subsequent trip to New York City the following year.)


The last few photos were taken at the Cafe that’s located right inside the NBC Store in Rockefeller Center. That cafe had some pretty funky decor.





I remember that the NBC Store sold bobblehead dolls of its biggest stars—Jim Cramer of CNBC’s Mad Money, Keith Olbermann of MSNBC’s Countdown With Keith Olbermann, and Jay Leno of NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Of those three bobblehead dolls that were on sale back in 2010, Jim Cramer is the only one whose show is still on the air at CNBC. Keith Olbermann’s show has long since been cancelled on MSNBC while Jay Leno has retired from his show and has since been replaced by Jimmy Fallon.




Here is a short video I shot during my trip to New York City just a week and a half ago. I had decided to walk along Fifth Avenue but I didn’t know that there was this major Puerto Rican parade that was wending its way down the street until I got to Fifth Avenue. As you can see from the video, it was very crowded. I ultimately got on the subway and went to Greenwich Village instead.

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