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These are the most endangered species in the world

As 2018 ended, it brought to light the reality that some animals — after existing on Earth for millions of years — are gone for good. At the end of last year, scientists announced that three bird species went extinct, and there are even more species that could vanish in 2019. Unlike past mass extinctions, which were the result of things like asteroid strikes and volcanic eruptions, the current crisis is mostly caused by human activities. The Earth is currently losing animal species at 1,000 to 1...
Tags: Design, Earth, Trump, Vaquita, Center for Biological Diversity, Bengal Tiger, Sumatran Rhino, North Atlantic right whale, Galápagos Penguin, Stuart Butchart, Javan Rhino, Ganges River Dolphin, Indus River Dolphin


Fiat Chrysler pays millions to settle emissions charges

Fiat Chrysler has reached a settlement with the Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the owners of about 100,000 of their diesel-powered Jeep SUV’s and Ram pickups. After facing charges that the company had sold diesel vehicles in the United States that had improper software — allowing it to violate emissions rules — Fiat Chrysler has agreed to pay $800 million to settle the matter. The automaker will pay different state and federal agencies approximately $400 milli...
Tags: Design, United States, Epa, Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler, Trump, Andrew Wheeler


Trump threatens to halt federal disaster relief funding for California wildfires

President Trump has threatened to withhold federal disaster aid from California after a series of deadly wildfires devastated the state. For months, the POTUS has accused California of bringing the wildfires on itself because of poor forest management. But in a recent tweet, he took things further by threatening to halt federal aid, and this drew criticism from lawmakers in his own political party. “Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Fores...
Tags: Design, News, California, Environment, Fema, Wildfire, Trump, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Reuters Image, James Gallagher, Jim Nielsen, Disaster Relief, Forest Management, California wildfires, Camp Fire zone


Oscars Will Go On Without A Host This Year: Report

“As it stands, no new offers are out, nor are any expected to be made to a single potential host to fill the void left by [the] Kevin Hart [debacle]. … [Instead,] producers will select a crop of A-listers to introduce various segments instead of relying on one marquee name to kick things off in a monologue filled with Trump zingers, said the insiders.” — Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Kevin Hart, Trump, 01.09.19


Leonardo’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ Is Missing — And It’s Mixed Up With The Saudi Crown Prince And The Mueller Investigation

The world’s most expensive artwork was supposed to have been on display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi four months ago, and it’s been more than 100 days since anyone (other than some Saudi royals) has known where it is. What’s more, special prosecutor Robert Mueller is investigating both the buyer of Salvator Mundi (Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman) and its seller (Trump-connected oligarch Dmitri Rybolovlev, who made a $300 million profit on the sale). Reporter Zev Shalev connects the dots. — Nar...
Tags: Art, Visual, Trump, Leonardo, Muhammad Bin Salman, Robert Mueller, Salvator Mundi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Dmitri Rybolovlev, 01.02.19, Zev Shalev


Explaining What the Hell is Going On With U.S. Tariffs and Chinese Injection Molds

If you're an industrial designer working with a U.S.-based manufacturer of injection-molded objects, you've perhaps encountered a bit of chaos lately in your manufacturing process. Here's why. First off, every industrial designer knows that getting products made can be extraordinarily complicated. Even objects putatively manufactured in the U.S. may be assembled from parts made elsewhere. This is also true of production lines themselves, which may have American factories ejecting parts from i...
Tags: Design, China, America, Trump, U S Trade Representative, USTR, Design Business, Chinese Injection Molds, Sajar Plastics


National Parks are being trashed during the government shutdown

As the government shutdown continues, many National Parks are suffering from a lack of staff as well as a complete disregard for the rules by visitors. According to multiple reports, some parks — like Yosemite National Park in California — are being overwhelmed by trash, vandalism, human waste and destructive off-roading. “It’s a free-for-all,” said Yosemite worker Dakota Snider, who added that the heartbreaking situation is the worst he has seen in his four years living there. The Los Angeles ...
Tags: Utah, New York, Design, News, Yosemite, Colorado, California, Government, US, Conservation, National Parks, Waste, Government Shutdown, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Yellowstone


10 species at risk of extinction under the Trump administration

The Endangered Species Coalition has released a report titled  , which outlines the possible impact of the current administration’s anti-wildlife policy stances. The report highlighted the 10 species that are in the most danger because of proposed new regulations as well as the specific changes that put these animals at risk. California Condor The California Condor has a 10-foot wingspan, making it one of the largest land birds in North America. These birds can reach altitudes of 15,000 fee...
Tags: Design, Obama, California, Mexico, Animals, Africa, Environment, Features, Esa, Alaska, Endangered Species, North America, North Carolina, Extinction, Endangered, Wildlife Conservation


6 positive advancements against climate change to lead us into 2019

Global carbon emissions may be on the rise and poised to reach an all-time high this year, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t positive climate news to talk about. If you are looking for some uplifting stories about the environment as we close out 2018 and head into the new year, here are six reasons to be hopeful in spite of climate change. Plant-based meat The carbon dioxide produced from burning fossil fuels is still the main greenhouse gas, but methane and nitrous oxide are more potent, a...
Tags: Europe, Design, China, Germany, America, Tesla, Bill Gates, IEA, Jaguar Land Rover, Electric, Volvo, Nestle, Trump, Viktor Irle, Tyson Danone, Appolinary Kalashnikova


How environmental policies changed in 2018 under Trump

There is no doubt that President Trump has significantly changed environmental policy since taking office that have caused a great deal of public outcry. The current administration’s decisions have affected everything from rolling back on policies enacted by former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton to cutting funding for different environmental and scientific programs. With so much to keep up with, here is a rundown of the Trump Administration’s environmental action in 2018 and how it ha...
Tags: Japan, Design, Obama, Obama Administration, California, China, America, Barack Obama, Cms, Nasa, Ocean, Bill Clinton, Epa, New Mexico, Clinton, Trump


Nine more states join seismic blasting lawsuit against the Trump administration

  Several conservation groups and South Carolina coastal communities sued the Trump Administration earlier this month for allowing companies to conduct seismic blasting surveys in the Atlantic Ocean as a precursor to offshore drilling for oil and gas. And now, a coalition of nine states has joined the lawsuit and added their clout to the claim. Last week, a coalition of attorneys general from Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Delaware, Connecticut, New Jersey an...
Tags: New York, Design, News, Maryland, Environment, Atlantic, Oceana, Donald Trump, South Carolina, Trump, Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic Coast, Brian Frosh, AG, Hoskins, National Marine Fisheries Service


Trump portrait: you couldn’t create a creepier Yuletide scene if you tried

The formal smartness of the US president and the first lady adds to the emotional numbness of the scene.The absence of intimacy in the Trumps’ official Christmas portrait freezes the heart. Can it be that hard to create a cosy image of the presidential couple, perhaps in front of a roaring hearth, maybe in seasonal knitwear? Or is this quasi-dictatorial image exactly what the president wants to project? Look on my Christmas trees, ye mighty, and despair! If so, it fuels suspicions that it is onl...
Tags: Art, Photography, White House, US, America, US news, Culture, US politics, Art and design, Donald Trump, Trump, Melania Trump, Albert Speer, Cross Hall


December linkfest

It’s the end of the year as we know it, and I feel linky. * New York-based creative director Lukas Weber turned some familiar online abbreviations – LOL, ROFL, BTW, and more – into familiar-looking logos. (Via Brand New blog)     * “An examination of today’s American skull logos shows a variety of businesses exhibiting crude expressions of menace, juvenile assertions of badassedness, and more than a little fascist iconography.” (Emblemetric) * Separated by a Common Language, th...
Tags: UK, New York, Design, California, Cars, US, Los Angeles, Atlantic, Linguistics, Humor, Perfume, Food And Drink, Starbucks, Word Of The Year, Nancy Pelosi, Colors


'The saddest image': courtroom sketch captures Michael Cohen's bad day

Artist known for images of Tom Brady and Harvey Weinstein portrays moment of former Trump fixer’s downfall Michael Cohen did not have a good day yesterday. But no headline captured the discontent of Trump’s former personal lawyer, sentenced to three years in prison for financial crimes and lying to Congress, quite as well as this courtroom sketch.His despairing eyes and deep frown lines caught the attention of Stephen Colbert, who called it the “saddest” of all the images we’ve seen of Cohen’s “...
Tags: Art, Congress, Stephen Colbert, US news, Culture, US politics, Art and design, Drawing, Harvey Weinstein, Tom Brady, Donald Trump, Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Law (US


Tony Kushner: 'Trump has a sinkhole instead of a soul'

He has spent his life dramatising America’s angels and demons. As his civil rights musical returns to Britain, the playwright reveals all about revamping West Side Story for Spielberg – and writing a play about Trump‘I hate watching my plays,” Tony Kushner says. “They’re all so long and they take for ever and the only one that’s not true of is Caroline. It’s two hours with intermission and I could listen to that music for ever.”Caroline is Caroline, Or Change, Kushner’s only musical. Written wit...
Tags: Politics, London, Musicals, Film, Race, Theatre, America, World news, US news, Culture, Britain, US politics, Stephen Sondheim, Stage, Manhattan, West End


Patagonia donates its $10 million in tax cuts to save the planet

Last year, President Trump said that his tax bill would be an incredible Christmas gift for millions of hard-working Americans, but it also resulted in billions of dollars of tax savings for businesses — especially those in the oil and gas industry. But one outdoor retailer has opted to donate its tax savings to the planet instead of putting it back into the business. Patagonia announced last week that it would be giving away the $10 million the company made as a result of the Republican tax cu...
Tags: Design, Patagonia, Trump, Yukiko Matsuoka, Rose Marcario, Marcario, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Patagonia


"That whole 'so you can have it all.' Nope, not at the same time. That’s a lie. And it’s not always enough to lean in, because that shit doesn’t work all the time."

Said Michelle Obama, and good for her!Quoted in New York Magazine.The sentiment is important and plainly true, but I think what's getting more attention is her use — in a public setting — of the word "shit." I think it's interesting that she said "that shit doesn’t work all the time" and not "that shit don’t work all the time." This wasn't a descent into the vernacular. She was keeping it lofty, but choosing to deploy the expressive, valuable word "shit."The WaPo article on the subject is titled...
Tags: Art, Facebook, New York, Law, Obama, Wikipedia, America, Language, Michelle Obama, God, Buddhism, Sheryl Sandberg, Trump, Michelle, Buddha, WaPo


One Theatre, Three Actors, Overcoming Trump’s Travel Ban

Celebrities including Sting and Benedict Cumberbatch, the mayors of New York and London, and the former archbishop of Canterbury intervened with the Trump administration The Jungle was a hit in London, and “the creative team and producers were reluctant to move the play without all the cast members, saying their life experiences — several had lived in the Calais refugee camp being depicted — gave the show its authenticity. But trying to get two Iranians and a Syrian into Trump-era America to per...
Tags: Art, New York, London, Benedict Cumberbatch, Theatre, America, Calais, Canterbury, Trump, 12.02.18


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Nov. 30-Dec. 7

  Dor Gvirtsman and Suanne Spoke in Wendy Graf’s Exit Wounds play through Dec. 15 at Grove Theater Center in Burbank. (Photo by Ed Krieger)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show: Find holiday gifts amid a decorated atmosphere, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 30; and Dec. 1; 10 a.m....
Tags: Local News, Art, Books, Christmas, Comedy, Dance, Hanukkah, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Theater, Things to Do, Top Stories LADN


Romaine Lettuce Is A No No

I know the current administration loves to strip away all government regulations and oversight so industrial farms can make more profits. It just hasn't worked out so good for american food safety. There was oversight for a reason. Growers aren't required to test their irrigation water for pathogens such as E coli. As a result, contaminated water can end up on fruits and vegetables. About six months before the romaine contamination, Trump shelved the water-testing rules for at least four more ye...
Tags: Art, Trump


6 environmental topics to spark discussion at the Thanksgiving dinner table

Nothing sparks political discussion and debate more than a family dinner during the holidays. In this explosive political climate, chances are the conversation will run wild during Thanksgiving even more than it has in the past. To give you some ideas for the upcoming holiday season, here are some environmental topics to help spur your political discussion while you enjoy your turkey dinner. Elections With a major midterm election happening just this month, politics will be a hot topic at T...
Tags: Family, Politics, Design, Thanksgiving, Climate Change, California, Environment, Los Angeles, Communication, Earth, Features, Policy, Current Events, Animal Welfare, Paris, House Of Representatives


As Soft and as Pink as a Nursery -- 13 Really Sexist Musicals

In this moment in our cultural history, in which we're finally calling out expressions of sexism, racism, and other bias, it's worth looking closer at the shows we produce. Maybe the Era of Trump has made it necessary.A while back, I wrote a blog post about musicals that are much darker than most people think. Now we're having debates about problematic content in older musicals, and whether or not some older shows should be largely retired.Sometimes people tell me -- apologetically, but not rea...
Tags: Musicals, Sexism, Theatre, America, Broadway, Adelaide, Alps, Theater, Annie, Jfk, Pink, Kate, Shakespeare, Times, Pacific, Andrew Lloyd Webber


Federal judge blocks the Keystone XL Pipeline

In a major setback for President Trump and his administration, a U.S. district judge has issued an order to block construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline while the State Department studies its impact on the environment. Last year, the Trump administration approved the controversial 1,179-mile pipeline, but Judge Brian Morris’ 54-page order is preventing it from being built — for now. The decision does not permanently stop construction, but it is putting the development on hold until the State ...
Tags: Design, News, Obama, Environment, Oil, Canada, Conservation, Keystone Pipeline, Npr, State Department, Keystone XL pipeline, Pipeline, Trump, Environmental Protection, Morris, NEPA


Exploring The Intellectual Dark Web (How Far Will It Go?)

Over the past year, the IDW has arisen as a puzzling political force, made up of thinkers who support “Enlightenment values” and accuse the left of setting dangerously illiberal limits on acceptable thought. The IDW has defined itself mainly by diving into third-rail topics like the genetics of gender and racial difference—territory that seems even more fraught in the era of #MeToo and the Trump resistance.
Tags: Art, Ideas, Trump, IDW, 11.18


The votes are in for key environmental issues of the 2018 midterms

Most of the results are in from Tuesday’s election, and when it comes to environmental issues, the outcomes sent a lot of mixed messages. While renewable energy and the fight against climate change won in some states, fossil fuel companies are celebrating in other states. Read on for the results to important environmental issues of 2018 elections across the country. Changes in Washington On the national stage, the Democrats won control of the House of Representatives, putting up a roadblock...
Tags: Utah, Florida, Texas, Design, California, Washington, Senate, Alaska, House, Ted Cruz, House Of Representatives, Arizona, Mitt Romney, Nevada, Republican, Rhode Island


Is Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra A Hopelessly Quixotic Enterprise?

“The group’s deceptively simple premise — that getting musicians from groups [Israel and the Arab world] that have been opposed for decades to play together would foster understanding — seems even more ambitious in this polarized age.” (Indeed, the orchestra’s current tour of the U.S. nearly collapsed when the Trump administration withheld visas for some of its members.) As the conductor told reporter Michael Cooper, “When I’m with [the musicians], it doesn’t feel quixotic at all. When I talk to...
Tags: Art, Music, Israel, Trump, Daniel Barenboim, Michael Cooper, 11.06.18


Don DeLillo on Trump's America: 'I'm not sure the country is recoverable'

He has spent half a century dissecting America’s dreams and nightmares. Now the great novelist is imagining what his ‘deluged’ country will be like three years from todayWhenever he’s able to separate himself from the distractions of daily life, from family obligations and the rolling thunder of 24-hour news, Don DeLillo taps out a few pages of his latest book. He writes out of habit and because he’s in the grip of an idea that won’t let him rest. He’s constructing a story set around the next co...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Theatre, America, World news, US news, Culture, Stage, Don DeLillo, Donald Trump, Trump


The National Butterfly Center is threatened by Trump's border wall

The National Butterfly Center is a 100-acre wildlife preserve and botanical garden in South Texas. Not only is it the habitat of more than 100 different species of butterflies, but it is also home to several endangered plants and threatened animals. It happens to be located directly in the path of the Trump administration’s proposed border wall, and that means its future is in question. In September, Congress approved a federal spending bill that included $1.6 billion to fund the wall’s constru...
Tags: Texas, Design, Congress, California, Dhs, Npr, New Mexico, Trump, Department of Homeland Security DHS, Rio Grande, South Texas, Garden of Eden, Alan Schmierer, NPR Images, National Butterfly Center, Marianna Trevino Wright


Supreme/Richard Prince release t-shirt with composited face of Trump's female accusers

Clothing brand Supreme and artist Richard Prince created "18 & Stormy," a new t-shirt design emblazoned with the composited face of Stormy Daniels and eighteen women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. The proceeds from the t-shirt benefit Downtown for Democracy, "a political action committee founded by creative people to transform cultural influence into political power." (Hypebeast)
Tags: Art, Post, Photography, Fashion, Design, News, Activism, Donald Trump, Richard Prince, Trump, Stormy Daniels, T-shirts


Ralph Steadman: 'Trump is a lout. He's a godawful disgrace to humanity'

The outspoken gonzo illustrator talks about his friendship with Hunter S Thompson, his thoughts on the state of politics and shares an exclusive Brexit poemIn 1970, the Welsh illustrator Ralph Steadman landed in Louisville to cover the Kentucky Derby for Scanlan’s Monthly, and was picked up by Hunter S Thompson in a red convertible.“Hunter took one look at me when I first met him and said: ‘Well, they said you were weird, but not that weird,’” said Steadman, 82, who can imitate an American accen...
Tags: Books, Design, Culture, Illustration, Art and design, Hunter S Thompson, Kentucky Derby, Louisville, Trump, Hunter, Steadman, Ralph Steadman, Kent Continue, Scanlan



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