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Fore-edge Friday is back and better than ever, and is super proud to present to you the most rumptastic rabbit to ever be painted onto a book! And, when coupled with the amazing gilt reading monkey on the cover, how could you not read this book?

From The Fables of John Gay.  London, 1854.

I love this song

1 week ago on 04/02/14 at 11:24pm


Leaded bronze figure of a winged beast

Parthian or Sasanian, about 3rd century AD
Said to have been found near the Helmand River, Afghanistan

There is considerable debate about the date of this fabulous creature. It has been repaired several times and has a fourteenth-century Islamic inscription on one leg which cannot be read with certainty. However, the object probably dates either to the Parthian or Sasanian period. Fantastic creatures such as these dragons are often depicted in Sasanian art and are also found on the stone façade of the Islamic palace at Mshatta in Jordan, dating from around AD 740.

Alternatively, the Parthian period may be suggested, as the decoration on the chest is very similar to that found on furniture legs now in the Musée du Louvre, Paris. These are very like Roman examples of the second to third centuries AD. Perhaps therefore a date in the late Parthian to early Sasanian period is possible for this piece. 

(Source: The British Museum)

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"Bewitched Bunny" (1954)

Bugs Bunny, Warner Bros.

Symmetricks (1973)

2 weeks ago on 04/02/14 at 12:00am


Astro Boy (1963)
Ep. 38 “The Disturbed Small Planet”

I’m bleeding, I’m not just making conversation.

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Max Ernst - “The Temptation of St. Anthony

Odd Nerdrum - Man with a Horse’s Head

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Bible, Hagenau ca. 1441-1449.

Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg, Cod. Pal. germ. 19, fol. 141v


WikiLeaks: Obama Administration Pressured Haiti’s President To Lower Minimum Wage

A Wikileaks post published on The Nation shows that the Obama Administration fought to keep Haitian wages at 31 cents an hour.

Contractors for Fruit of the Loom, Hanes and Levi’s worked in close concert with the US Embassy when they aggressively moved to block a minimum wage increase for Haitian assembly zone workers, the lowest-paid in the hemisphere, according to secret State Department cables.

It started when Haiti passed a law two years ago raising its minimum wage to 61 cents an hour. According to an embassy cable:

This infuriated American corporations like Hanes and Levi Strauss that pay Haitians slave wages to sew their clothes. They said they would only fork over a seven-cent-an-hour increase, and they got the State Department involved. The U.S. ambassador put pressure on Haiti’s president, who duly carved out a $3 a day minimum wage for textile companies (the U.S. minimum wage, which itself is very low, works out to $58 a day).

Haiti has about 25,000 garment workers. If you paid each of them $2 a day more, it would cost their employers $50,000 per working day, or about $12.5 million a year … As of last year Hanes had 3,200 Haitians making t-shirts for it. Paying each of them two bucks a day more would cost it about $1.6 million a year. Hanesbrands Incorporated made $211 million on $4.3 billion in sales last year.

Thanks to U.S. intervention, the minimum was raised only to 31 cents.

The revelation of US support for low wages in Haiti’s assembly zones was in a trove of 1,918 cables made available to the Haitian weekly newspaper Haïti Liberté by the transparency group WikiLeaks. As part of a collaboration with Haïti Liberté, The Nation is publishing English-language articles based on those cables.

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