skid row: documentary

Down on Skid Row (1998) [60m56s] – In 1958, Minneapolis initiated a plan to redevelop the Gateway, demolishing 180 buildings and evicting some 3000 Skid Row residents. From 1955-61 John Bacich filmed life on the street outside his Washington Ave. bar, documenting the last years ‘Down On Skid Row’. (

7 billion people and you: What’s your number?

Find out how man y people were on earth when you were born(or your place amongst the world population). (


50 Amazing Photographs of New York City’s Subway Commuters in 1980 by Bruce Davidson


Why Malcolm X Is Getting Written Out of History


This Little-Known Colombian Carnival Sets the Standard for Madness and Mayhem

‘It’s like India’s Holi, Spain’s La Tomatilla, and Rio’s Carnaval rolled into one

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Nostalgia Just Became a Law of Nature -

New theories have mixed perception and knowledge into the hardest of sciences.

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Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks – Callin’ Baton Rouge.mp3.

Garth Brooks – Friends In Low Places.mp3.

The Reality of Quantum Weirdness


Adrian Skenderovic photographs tourist boats in Paris in his series, Down The River.


How Can Space Travel Faster Than The Speed Of Light?


Roses in the Snow: Emmylou Harris |


Who Knew Doors Could Be So Crazy Beautiful?

When was the last time you stopped and acknowledged the shape of a door? What about its color and texture? Its weight and its force? Though we hardly go a single day without walking through a door of some kind, we’re certainly guilty of overlooking their formal qualities, treating them solely as symbols of transition instead of architectural objects in their own righ


Ansel Adams, Sierra Club Commissary, 1929 (305.1991)

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Mummified Monk Sits Inside Ancient Buddha Statue

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Pleasantville: 1909

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, circa 1909. “Congress Street near Market Square.” With at least two painless dentists, an optician, hatter and oyster house among the merchants vying for your trade….via.

New York Times Reporter James Risen Accuses Attorney General Eric Holder of “Wrecking” the First Amendment

A New York Times reporter’s accusation that the Obama administration engages in censorship raises questions about when journalism slides into advocacy.


Don’t try to cure anxiety: we need it –

Worried well

Since ancient times philosophy has tried to cure us of anxiety. But worry is an important part of being a moral person

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Nethers, Virginia Week continues here at OPOD with this picture from 1935. It shows the then oldest citizen of the town. I am guessing he looks to be in his 80’s, so he would have been old enough to have lived through the Civil War. What interesting stories he must have had…. via.

​How HTTP/2 will speed up your web browsing

When the last version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol 1.1 (HTTP/1.1) was approved in 1999, fast computers were running 500MHz Pentium III chips, Bill Clinton was president of the United States, and software engineers were working hard at fixing the Y2K bug. As for the internet, the US Federal Communications Commission defined broadband as 200 kilobits per second (Kbps), and most users connected to it with 56Kbps modems. Things have changed, and HTTP, the web’s fundamental protocol, is finally changing with the times, too.


The Children’s War Victims Memorial in Lidice

On 27 May 1942, a high-ranking German Nazi official and the Nazi Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia – Reinhard Heydrich, was being driven from his country villa to his office at Prague when he was ambushed by British-trained Czech soldiers. A fatal grenade attack left him severely wounded and he died eight days later. Reinhard Heydrich was one of the main architects of the Holocaust and one of the darkest figure within the Nazi elite. Adolf Hitler himself described him as “the man with the iron heart”. Getting rid of Heydrich was a long-premeditated plot.

To avenge the death of Heydrich, the Germans launched a terrifying retaliation. Over the next few days, more than 36,000 houses in 5,000 towns and villages were searched, arresting some 3,000 people. Within a week, 157 people were executed, but the most tragic victims of the German reprisal were the residents of an ordinary agricultural village named Lidice, located some 20 km to the west of Prague, in the Czech Republic.

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Linguists link English, Hindi to single ancestor language spoken 6,500 years ago


The Top 5 Longreads of the Week


WARRIORS FROM THE NORTH:: My friend the suicide bomber: meet the men recruited to kill – video

In a marquee in Mogadishu, the newly graduated doctors are being celebrated. There are dressed up people everywhere and up on the stage stand the young graduates, in full gala dresses, overlooking the crowd. Down below them, in the front row, a young man is taking pictures. He is there as a journalist, to cover the happy event. No one in the marquee knows that this young journalist is Abdi Rahman from Denmark. Nor that he, in just a few seconds, will blow himself up and take several young doctors with him in the blast.
—Warriors from the North is about young Somali-Scandinavian men, who leave their comfortable everyday life here in Scandinavia to become fighters, and perhaps even suicide bombers, in Somalia – one of the most dangerous and impoverished places in the world.



Spacewalking ‘cable guys’ wrap up work outside station


Niagara Falls freezes over as polar vortex drops temperatures – pictures

It is so cold across North America that the normally rushing falls of the Niagara river have partially frozen. The river is still flowing underneath the ice, which isn’t expected to melt any time soon as temperatures continue to stay below freezing


A Brief History of People Who Worried They Were Made of Glass | Mental Floss


this isn’t happiness™ Peteski.

as huge bundle of golden oldies music…pick and choose


How a powerful rightwing lobby is plotting to stop minimum wage hikes


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Romany (gypsy) wagon…wagons become art objects

A Lost Soviet Tribe, Scattered by Stalin’s Whim

After 70 years, a Georgian Muslim minority has yet to return from forced deportation


Why are older men looking at women half their age?

It’s disheartening that men in their 50s seem so focused on looks

Men are highly focused on the packaging. It’s disheartening.’ Photograph: Stockbyte/Getty Images

It’s been a week of gloomy thoughts about what one applicant called “the packaging”. In fact, he wasn’t an applicant. He wrote specifically to tell me he wasn’t. “It’s a shame I don’t fancy you,” he said, “because otherwise you tick all the boxes.” Another said I sounded nice, but added: “Though unfortunately I have stringent physical criteria.”

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‘White’ and ‘Colored’ sinks in a North Carolina washroom, 1950

Opium is booming in Afghanistan and it could take down the government


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Aminatta Forna: don’t judge a book by its author

‘I have never met a writer who wishes to be described as a female writer, gay writer, black writer, Asian writer or African writer’ … Aminatta Forna on her frustration at the book world’s obsession with labels and identity


Education ‘experts’ may lack expertise, study finds


What Is HTTP/2 and Why Should You Care About It?

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Global Warming May Spawn New Disease Outbreaks

Global Warming May Spawn New Disease Outbreaks – Scientific American.

A Pill That Boosts a Woman’s Sex Drive Is Almost Here. But Do We Need It?


Vintage Photos of New Jersey in 1912


Out of Africa: Did humans migrate quickly and all-at-once or in phases based on weather? —

Considerable debate surrounds the migration of human populations out of Africa. Two predominant hypotheses concerning the timing contrast in their emphasis on the role of the Arabian interior and its changing climate. In one scenario, human populations expanded rapidly from Africa to southern Asia via the coastlines of Arabia approx. 50,000 to 60,000 years ago. Another model suggests that dispersal into the Arabian interior began much earlier (approx. 75,000 to 130,000 years ago) during multiple phases, when increased rainfall provided sufficient freshwater to support expanding populations.