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Human Nature by Jason deCaires Taylor

I’ve seen some picture of Jason deCaires Taylor‘s work before but they were when some of his sculptures were being placed into the sea. These pictures though have been taken a while later when coral has started to grow on them and they look amazing. UK artist Jason deCaires Taylor was born in 1974 and spent his youth diving the coral reefs of Malaysia, later he began a pursuit of art and graffiti and through these two pursuits he ended up with these underwater sculptures in locations off the coast of Mexico, the Bahamas, and the West Indies where he uses eco-friendly concrete sculptures specifically designed to harbor life. The artificial reefs are photographed and filmed in numerous stages from the moment they are first submerged to months and years later after thriving ecosystems form within his artwork.

This Saturday, Taylor will have his first debut solo gallery exhibition titled Human Nature at Jonathan leVine Gallery in New York. Via the gallery:

For this exhibition, the artist selected photographs of some of his major public projects. While some works were photographed as soon as they were submerged, others feature various stages of coral and algae growth that has occurred over a period of time. The resulting photography (much like the experience of viewing in person) evokes a sense of discovering forgotten civilizations, and surreal narratives of lost, sunken worlds.

Now i’ve never been diving (snorkelling yes, diving no) but if i came across this whilst giving it a go I’m pretty sure i’d forget to breath which i’ve been told is quite dangerous for you. Lucky then i live in the UK and those cold british waters where you can’t see anything until its about a metre infront of you…

Via Colossal

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What do you do with a closed down Walmart?

Well if you live in McAllen, Texas you convert the 124,500 sqft “big box” into the largest single floor library in the US. Now i’ve only ever been in to one Walmart before and although it was quite impressive in its size i would definitely prefer a library that was as big. Just imagine how many book you could get in there…

The LA Times reports:

McAllen is near the southernmost tip of Texas, on the Mexico border. “In a city like McAllen, with cartel violence across the river (less than 10 miles away from the library), I think it’s amazing that the city is devoting resources to a) not only saving a large and conspicuous piece of property from decline and vandalism, but b) diverting those resources into youth and the public trust,” Ramirez writes. “It’s easy to fall into drugs, drinking, and violence when you live on the border. It’s not really easy to find a place to hang out when you’re 14 that’s not the mall, the movies, or Mexico. And a giant library — a cool-looking open space devoted to entertaining the imagination? Well, I think that’s the best counter-move against violence imaginable. And you don’t even have to wait for a computer now.”

Via Boing Boing

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Cocaine Incorporated

I really suggest you go over to the New York Times and give this article a read its a great look in to how the modern drug cartel in run and the lengths they go to to keep these businesses running. Very interesting indeed. Read it here.

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Global war on drugs ‘has failed’ say former leaders

A news story from June this year but very interesting all the same:

The global war on drugs has “failed” according to a new report by a group of politicians and former world leaders.

The Global Commission on Drug Policy report calls for the legalisation of some drugs and an end to the criminalisation of drug users.

The panel includes former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the former leaders of Mexico, Colombia and Brazil, and the entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson.

The US and Mexican governments have rejected the findings as misguided.

The Global Commission’s 24-page report argues that anti-drug policy has failed by fuelling organised crime, costing taxpayers millions of dollars and causing thousands of deaths.

It cites UN estimates that opiate use increased 35% worldwide from 1998 to 2008, cocaine by 27%, and cannabis by 8.5%.

The 19-member commission includes Mexico’s former President Ernesto Zedillo, Brazil’s ex-President Fernando Henrique Cardoso and former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria, as well as the former US Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker and the current Prime Minister of Greece George Papandreou.

The panel also features prominent Latin American writers Carlos Fuentes and Mario Vargas Llosa, the EU’s former foreign policy chief Javier Solana, and George Schultz, a former US secretary of state.

‘No harm to others’

The authors criticise governments who claim the current war on drugs is effective.

“Political leaders and public figures should have the courage to articulate publicly what many of them acknowledge privately: that the evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that repressive strategies will not solve the drug problem, and that the war on drugs has not, and cannot, be won,” the report said.

Instead of punishing users who the report says “do no harm to others,” the commission argues that governments should end criminalisation of drug use, experiment with legal models that would undermine organised crime syndicates and offer health and treatment services for drug-users.

It calls for drug policies based on methods empirically proven to reduce crime and promote economic and social development.

The commission is especially critical of the US, saying it must abandon anti-crime approaches to drug policy and adopt strategies rooted in healthcare and human rights.

“We hope this country (the US) at least starts to think there are alternatives,” said former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria.

“We don’t see the US evolving in a way that is compatible with our (countries’) long-term interests.”

Drug consumption chart

Many crimes

The office of White House drug tsar Gil Kerlikowske rejected the panel’s recommendations.

“Drug addiction is a disease that can be successfully prevented and treated,” said a spokesman for the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

“Making drugs more available – as this report suggests – will make it harder to keep our communities healthy and safe.”

The government of Mexico, where more than 34,000 people have died in drug-related violence since a crackdown on the cartels began in December 2006, was also critical.

Legalisation would be an “insufficient and inefficient” step given the international nature of the illegal drugs trade, said National Security spokesman Alejandro Poire.

“Legalisation won’t stop organised crime, nor its rivalries and violence,” he said.

“To think organised crime in Mexico means drug-trafficking overlooks the other crimes committed such as kidnapping, extortion and robbery.”


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Behind The Seams – Mexican Pointy Boots

You’ve got to love the dancing. I’d pay good money to get on stage with these guys.. here is what they say about the video:

This video, which is voiced in Spanish but subtitled in English, is from the web series Behind the Seams. It describes the emerging Mexican fashion trend of wearing boots with very long points, which is closely affiliated with the Tribal music and dance scene.

Via Neatorama

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