Pastafarians unite! NY politician gets sworn into office wearing a colander

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By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Saturday 18 January 2014

If you haven’t heard about the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster by now, chances are you will. This dogma-rejecting ‘religion’ has become a huge hit for people who aren’t into traditional religion, yet want something just as ludicrous to believe in. Anyway, this week saw the Spaghetti Monster get a little more attention than […]

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What our world leaders studied at school (spoiler: nobody studied corruption)

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Wednesday 15 January 2014

An incredible map has just popped up on Reddit by user mareyv taking a look at the world leaders and heads of state, and what they studied for the highest degree earned. David Cameron (UK) and Tony Abbott (Australia) both earned ‘the interdisciplinary Politics, Philosophy, and Economics degree from Oxford University’, while other leaders studied anything from natural sciences and law to medicine.

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Periodic Table of the Presidents

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 5 June 2013

An eighth grade social studies teacher has created the Periodic Table of the Presidents, ordered by their presidential numbers and grouped by historical eras. Each president’s cell is color-coded according to his political party (Republican presidents are red and Democratic presidents are blue), and each cell includes the president’s name, number, unique name abbreviation, number […]

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New illustration by Thomas James

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By Tanya Guryel in New Illustration on Monday 10 September 2012

Political artists are often overly bold and shocking, but Thomas James’ illustrations reflect complex political situations and truths about the human condition through the use of simple images common to the everyman. His work tells us plainly what the deal is without being crass. Thomas James is an acclaimed illustrator who also edits and directs two very insightful illustration websites. 

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Biblical Proportions: new work by Byron Keith Byrd

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By Byron Keith Byrd in New Art on Friday 17 February 2012

I am fascinated by life, death, and the implications which religion bring to the mix. Whether an individual believes in God, Allah, Buddha, a Higher Power, Jesus, or Zeus, I am amazed at the level of conviction applied to ones’ life as a result of these spiritual aspirations.

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Frost/Nixon

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By Xavier Toby in New Film on Tuesday 3 February 2009

The famous interview between David Frost and Richard Nixon has recently received renewed media attention following its twentieth anniversary. Those not willing to sit through hours of unedited footage though, like me, can just watch this film. Handy huh? No doubt some of the depth is lost, but this movie also provides fascinating background, such […]

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Lost In The Bushes

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By Zolton in Video on Saturday 31 January 2009

The very talented Jess Snow, the first video artist to be featured by Female Persuasion — the original site for provocative and political female artists — created this ethereal short video for Lost At E Minor. We feel it. We love it. Just like we dug the video that Lifelongfriendshipsociety created. Aw, shucks!

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Amateur portraits of Barack Obama

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By Gerry Mak in New Trends on Friday 30 January 2009

It’s been a while since we’ve had a global leader who also happens to be a folk hero. The amateur portraits of our new Commander-in-Chief posted at the <a href=” http://referencelibrary.blogspot.com/2009/01/obama.html”>Reference Library</a> reflect the reverence so many have for him.

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Create Your Own Inauguration Speech

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By Francis Andrews in Cool Websites on Thursday 22 January 2009

They say he’s the best orator of our time. He delivers his message with an eloquence difficult to find in these days of jumbled political spiel. So if you suffered a mild twinge of jealousy at Obama’s inauguration on Tuesday, cast away your tied tongue and get to work on a new skill by creating […]

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Obama Action Figure

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By Gerry Mak in New Products on Thursday 22 January 2009

Sure, President Obama is just as human as the rest of us, and there is a certain excessiveness to the extent to which he’s been idealized, but I’d rather have a President the world views as a secret agent ninja than one the world views as a bumbling, ignorant fool. Can you imagine an action […]

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Shepard Fairey’s guest edited issue of LAEM

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By Zolton in Cool Websites on Tuesday 20 January 2009

Tomorrow we’ll be sending out a special Shepard Fairey Guest Compiled issue of our free weekly email publication to our email subscribers, featuring the work of his favorite artists, photographers and music. Fairey’s iconic image of Barack Obama was recently the cover of Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year issue, but he was well known […]

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Dennis Boyle’s poster artwork

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By Zolton in New Design on Saturday 17 January 2009

I love the dramatically flecked colored tones and sense of playful discontent about the poster artwork of Vancouver-based designer, Dennis Boyle. Of this series, he says: ‘They are different social messages that specifically use typography — or in some cases, graphics — as the main tool for communication’. Indeed. Very fitting for the times and superbly realized as standalone artworks in their own right.

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Breakup of the USA

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By Gerry Mak in New Trends on Thursday 8 January 2009

Russian political science professor Igor Panarin recently caused a bit of a stir, predicting that the US will break apart in 2010, when the current financial crisis will have resulted in social crisis big enough to tear the Union into six pieces. Kevin Kelly, Editor-At-Large for Wired Magazine, has posted a discussion on the likelihood […]

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Obama Logo Designs

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By Gerry Mak in New Design on Tuesday 16 December 2008

The Obama campaign was one of the most visually effective in recent history, brilliantly tapping modern marketing concepts and design to get its message across. The deceptively simple logo they chose stemmed from an amalgamation of a lot of different concepts the Obama designers came up with. Logo Design Love just posted all the different […]

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Buy Nothing Day

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By Francis Andrews in New Trends on Friday 21 November 2008

Obama’s election campaign was something of a celebrity fanfare not seen since Reagan took up the seat back in the 1980s. While we’re yet to see whether the hype that surrounds his name is followed though, there is no question that his calls for ‘Change’ have already injected a new sense of political zest both into the US and much of the rest of the world. Politics has suddenly become exciting, and his unprecedented tactics for private fundraising have made his supporters believe that they have a personal stake in the government. So how appealing is political participation now?

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