The Louvre’s collections are online

The Louvre Museum announced that its entire collections are now available to view online at collections.louvre.fr

La base de données Collections présente plus de 480 000 œuvres du musée du Louvre et du musée national Eugène-Delacroix. Enrichie quotidiennement, elle est issue d’un travail continu de recherche et de documentation mené par le personnel scientifique des deux musées. 

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The Collections database consists of entries for more than 480,000 works in the Musée du Louvre and Musée National Eugène-Delacroix. Updated on a daily basis, it is the result of the continuous research and documentation efforts carried out by teams of experts from both museums.

Cause and Effect

A judge in Colorado blocked Boulder’s two-year-old ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines earlier this month — less than two weeks later, 10 people were killed during a mass shooting at one of the city’s supermarkets. According to the affidavit, investigators determined that the suspect, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, purchased an assault rifle on March 16, 2021.

Boulder County District Court Judge Andrew Hartman ruled on March 12 that the 2018 ban, which outlawed the possession, sale or transfer of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines (LCMs), was invalid because it runs contrary to state law.

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Assault weapons were banned across the country for 10 years under the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, commonly called the Assault Weapons ban, until 2004 when Congress failed to reauthorize the ban. Many states have since passed their own assault weapons laws, some more stringent than the federal ban.

President Biden was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee when Congress passed the ban. He wrote in a 2019 New York Times op-ed that, if elected president, he would push to ban them again.

“Assault weapons — military-style firearms designed to fire rapidly — are a threat to our national security, and we should treat them as such,” Mr. Biden wrote.

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Yes, we did it once. We can do it again. Try harder….

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Testing YouTube Connections

Sorry folks, this post is primarily a test run to see which of the 3 youtube display methods shown below actually shows up in the post generated for followers. My previous post did not display the youtube properly as shown in type 2 below, even though is shows properly on the actual site. Perhaps type 3 will work. WordPress has changed to a block editor and it confuses the heck out of me. Fingers crossed, as they say.

type 1 link via target=blank Click Here to see the video.
type 2 plain url Click Below to see the video.

type 3 wordpress embedded controls

Historic memory vs Human lifespan

I believe that our historic memory is longer than our physical lives and that is what causes many of our continuous wars. We don’t forget because we’ve never learned to forgive in our brief lifetime. We live too short a life. “Forgive so you can forget.”

*The Mongols fought the Chinese back in 1200 AD, but the Chinese still suppress the Hyghurs and the Tibetans who descended from the early Mongols.

*Southeast USA lost the civil war to the Northeast USA back in 1865, yet the South still feel slavery is their civil right.

*The Christians tried to kill off the Muslims during the Crusades back in the 1400s, and are still “anti Islamic”.

*The Pope never defeated the slant eyed Easterners, and so now white Westerners don’t trust the Chinese.

*The Romans couldn’t defeat the “Huns” and so now don’t trust the Russians nor anyone from the “stan” countries.

Face it, we are all in this together, no matter who your ancestors had a fight with. Global Warming will defeat us all if we don’t join hands against this common enemy

 

the work week is an antiquated political view

If you look up “work week” in Wikipedia, you will find that a periodic pause to daily working was originally developed either for religious purposes presumably to give people time to support their local priests or for farmers to create a market day for the sale of their goods.

I propose that we ban the work week entirely. Our modern society needs to keep businesses open 24/7. Like health care, banks, police & fire, computer systems, infrastructure, internet, and on and on.

At the same time, over population coupled with higher productivity has created the ability to give everyone a job if we work fewer hours per person.

Not wanting to ban calendars with weeks right off, I purpose we work 5 hours a day for 4 days in a row, and then have 4 days off. (Yes, 20 hours every 8 days.) Meanwhile, companies would be required to be open every day so they would need to facilitate a “staggered” work environment. Salary would be required to provide a living wage for every employed person, a living wage vs. the minimum wage. New calendars would have 8 days per week.

If someone enjoys their work enough to work more hours, fine. But no one else should loose their job because of this. Volunteering would be allowed! Overtime would also be allowed during emergencies.

If I could, I would ban inequality at the same time. But I figure moving too fast might be met with resistance. 🙂

Btw, I do mean that the 5 work day week is a political view. Yes, teachers might argue that we have 2 days off per week because business’s care about people. Those are the same people who take summers off!

100 years from now, this time will be history. Write it well.

The Dunning Kruger effect is a well-known and proven condition where the less someone knows about a subject the more strongly they both believe in it AND
believe they are experts in the field despite lacking any real understanding.

We see this in actual flat earthers who really exist today. Also in anti-vaxers, and people who believe the moon landing was faked.

The lower the IQ the more strongly this effect is felt. Always remember that the average IQ is only 100 despite former VP Dan Quayle’s supposed announcement that he wouldn’t rest until “all our students are above average.”

Wear your mask, at least then you might appear smarter than average.

Still, he was impeached twice!

The ending of the impeachment trial feels predictably anticlimactic. The idea that it would bring Trump to justice was always wishful thinking.

All the more reason to honor these honest Republican’s who stood up to Trump today:

Richard Burr, North Carolina, 65
Bill Cassidy, Louisiana, 63
Susan Collins, Maine, 68
Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, 63
Mitt Romney, Utah, 73
Ben Sasse, Nebraska, 48
Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania, 59

If you see them, thank them for me.

“Don’t let the bees follow the butterflies.”

Top scientists warn of ‘ghastly future of mass extinction’ and climate disruption

The first article is an overview by TheGuardian newspaper, the second link is to the actual paper written by the scientists. We need to take this seriously.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/13/top-scientists-warn-of-ghastly-future-of-mass-extinction-and-climate-disruption-aoe?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fcosc.2020.615419/full

“Don’t let the bees follow the butterflies.”