Post #1093 • December 1, 2007, 9:32 AM • 6 Comments
"The fight is long over here for authority over the security services, the oil business, mass media and pretty much all the levers of government. Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin, notwithstanding some recent anti-government protests, has won those wars, hands down, and promises to consolidate its position in parliamentary elections. But now there is concern that the Kremlin is setting its sights on Russian culture."
"Four members of an underground 'cultural guerrilla' movement known as the Untergunther, whose purpose is to restore France's cultural heritage, were cleared on Friday of breaking into the 18th-century monument in a plot worthy of Dan Brown or Umberto Eco." (Reddit)
"When people were shown pictures of sculptures in a new study, brain scans suggest they judged beauty by at least partly hard-wired standards."
"Italian archaeologists on Tuesday unveiled the underground grotto believed to have been worshipped by ancient Romans as the place where a wolf nursed the city's legendary founder Romulus and his twin brother Remus."
Absinthe is back, sort of. Bottom line regarding potency, inarguably less than what was available in 19th Century Paris: "If you drink three bottles, you are going to do something stupid." On the other hand, I know people guaranteed to do something stupid if they drink three bottles of water.
"One of the most notorious art forgeries of the 20th century happened in England in the 1990s when two men were arrested for spectacularly exploiting the vulnerabilities of the art market. Art dealer John Drewe handled the paperwork, and John Myatt handled the paintbrush - and they almost got away with it."
Department of Skills: If you're happy and you know it...