After 4 Years Of Not Throwing Away His Trash This Photographer Created A Powerful Photo Series

This Photographer Stored His Trash For 4 Years And Then Created This Powerful Photo Series

Back in 2011, photographer Antoine Repessé stopped throwing away his recyclable trash to make a point. Four years later he started turning that point into a powerful photo series he called ‘#365 Unpacked’, which challenges us to rethink our role as consumers.

During the 4 year period, the Lille-based artist has accumulated over 70 cubic metres of trash: 1,600 milk bottles, 4,800 toilet rolls, and 800 kg (~1,750 lb) of newspapers, all of which he then separated for an even stronger visual impact: “I wanted to give an aesthetic dimension to my work,” he explains. “The choice of sorting the garbage gives a graphic effect. I tried to produce a perfect picture which evokes something disturbing.”

With his series, Antoine tackles the main obstacle for kickstarting the big changes in waste management or global warming – it’s how invisible these problems are in our day-to-day lives: “We’re often told about the quantity of waste we produce, but I think the impact of a picture can be more powerful than a ton of words,” remarks Repessé. “I hope my project can inspire change,” – and so do we.

More info: Antoine Repessé | facebook (h/t: featureshoot, demilked)

Beautiful Nordic Nature Through The Lens Of Photographer Roger Brendhagen

Nature photographer and Nikon Ambassador Roger Brendhagen will show some of his pictures from the Nordic wildness – and talk about techniques he uses – and tell the history behind the pictures.

Imagine having the world as your office. Imagine your models not caring one iota about their appearance. This is the fortunate situation, Roger Brendhagen finds himself in, approximately 300 days of the year. Although born in Oslo in 1968, this Nature Photographer extraordinaire and his family later moved northwards, settling in the beautiful countryside province of Hedemark. The forestry, wildlife, mountains, rivers and valleys of this area certainly played a role in Roger’s choice of photographic themes.

Roger has photographic affiliations with Nikon, Fotovideo and the World Wildlife Federation (WWF). He has extensive experience taking nature photos and submitting articles to both magazines and newspapers, amongst these the Norwegian Vi Menn, A-Magasinet, Aftenposten and Dagbladet as well as many others spread across Europe.

During the rare periods that Roger is not travelling the world, he spends a good deal of time in the Dovrefjell mountain range. These high mountains, which divide southern Norway and the province of Trønderlag, are part of a protected nature reserve, founded in 1974, with breath taking scenery and an unusually rich plant and animal life. Particular to this area is the Muskox. Deriving its name from the strong odour emitted by the males to attract mates, this longhaired rarity is among Roger’s favourite subjects. Calling Dovrefjell his second home, Brendhagen is currently working on a book featuring both this amazing animal as well as the small mountain fox.

Roger takes as much pleasure shooting images of a tiny Bullfinch, high up in the Norwegian mountains, as he does flitting about the Australian outback, capturing images of Emus or Koala Bears with his telephoto lens. Where most people would shy away, Brendhagen prefers to get close up and take macro photography of both venomous and constrictor snakes.

He is head of the Norwegian Nature Photo Centre based in the town of Danebu. He often holds courses and workshops in macro and nature photography, reaching almost 8000 participants in 2013. Recently Roger has had many exhibitions of his photographic work taken from the Antarctic in the south to Svalbard in the north

Brendhagen is a jury member at various photo competitions, often taking part in them. He has won several prizes, including an award during this year’s Nordic Nature Photo Contest.

Powerful Photo Series Reveals People’s Real Jobs Compared To What They Dreamed Of Becoming As Kids

Powerful Photo Series Reveals People’s Real Jobs Compared To What They Dreamed Of Becoming As Kids

When you were a child, what did you dream of becoming when you grew up? A doctor? A rock star? A surgeon? A spaceman? Whatever it was, the reality for most of us is that the jobs we’ve ended up doing are far from the fantastical professions we imagined for ourselves as kids.

Inspired by this idea, Mumbai-based student Deeksha Rathore embarked upon a project called “Dreamcatcher,” a photo series of 12 diptychs highlighting the contrast between people’s current careers and their childhood dream jobs. “One seldom ends up following the path they thought they would, and that’s alright,” she wrote on Instagram. “So I decided to capture this to the best of my ability by talking to people in Mumbai in various professions and asking them what they wanted to do when they were children.” The series is part of a project for Rathore’s photography class, and as you can see from the pictures below, it’s remarkably simple, yet also incredibly thought-provoking. Are YOU following your dreams?

More info: Instagram

What People in Love Call Each Other in Different Countries

Most people don’t even notice that they use affectionate names for their partner. But what makes this subject interesting is the fact that every country has its own version of this form of address, and it is determined by their culture’s understanding of what beauty and affection mean.

We at Creative Idea 365 found out all the cute names that couples give each other in different countries around the world.

 

8 Things That Happen When The Love Of Your Life Is Life Itself

I believe that one of the best things to fall in love with today is our own lives. There is no denying that for most of us it works as a thrilling rollercoaster ride with ups and downs, but there is so much more to it that’ll make us fall in love, if only one keeps his/her eyes and ears open. Once you’ve known life and its games (and its outcome), I’m sure you’d love it too and then there will be no looking back. This article explores how things will turn out when the love of your life is life itself.

1.     You’ll start living life to its fullest. This involves searching what you are really passionate about and pursuing it happily. It can be anything from writing to dancing, public speaking, and more.

8 Things That Happen When The Love Of Your Life Is Life Itself

2.     You’ll start being grateful for what you have instead of cribbing over what you don’t, regardless of how small or big that experience/gift is.

3.     You’ll start valuing people around and their deeds for you. One of the focuses of your life shall become building a strong bond with these existing people, instead of looking out for a romantic relationship to get involved in.

8 Things That Happen When The Love Of Your Life Is Life Itself

4.     You’ll travel often and will totally be up for new experiences and exploring places. When an individual loves his/her life, they strive to make the most of it and leave no stone unturned to do something that inspires and motivates them.

5. When you’ll start loving life, you’ll stop living in dreams and start working towards living them in real life. You’ll start striving to achieve what you’ve been dreaming of, so far, the adventures, goals, etc.

5.     When you’ll start loving life, you’ll stop living in dreams and start working towards living them in real life. You’ll start striving to achieve what you’ve been dreaming of, so far, the adventures, goals, etc.

8 Things That Happen When The Love Of Your Life Is Life Itself

6.     You’ll start taking care of yourself and your body because then you’ll not just want to live life to the fullest but also want a long one. You’ll prefer a meditation session/walk daily, early morning, instead of late night parties every second day. And even your diet choices may change from something unhealthy like a burger to a bowl of flavourful salad.

7.     You’ll start campaigning for ‘no negativity’. You won’t let negativity in, be it in the disguise of a situation or a person, or let it affect you in any way. And will certainly know how to deal with it and be happy.

8.     You’ll constantly be in a battle with yourself and would work towards making yourself a better person.

Photo Credits: Thinkstock

Explosive Dance Portraits By Alexander Yakovlev (Part 2)

Russian studio-dance photographer Alexander Yakovlev is back with his expressive images of professional dancers. Dynamic and powerful, his new photo series “The Mirages” immortalizes the graceful movements of the dancers with the help of exploding flour.

Based in Moscow, Yakovlev is a graduate from the faculty of law at the Russian State University For the Humanities, however, it can be clearly seen that his true passion is dance photography. His photos are a truly wonderful representation of the moving human body. You can check out the first part here.

More info: ayakovlev.com | Facebook | Instagram | 500px (h/t: demilked)

25 Truly Stunning Shots of Abandoned Places

There are places out there in the world which human beings abandoned long ago, leaving nature to reclaim them in their entirety. They often make for a sight that is both frightening and fascinating. They allow us to glimpse a landscape of the future — when humanity has left or ceased to be. The Instagram user itsabandoned offers many such images that help us to think about the future of our world.

We here at Creative Idea 365 don’t want to ignore the seriousness of this problem, but above all, we want to share with you the sheer mysterious beauty of these places. Take a look — we think you’ll agree. Just stunning!

The ruins of an old castle in Sintra, Portugal

An abandoned church in Detroit, USA

Crystal Mill, Colorado, USA

A forgotten railway tunnel in Paris, France

Sintra Well, Portugal

A ghost town destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, Belchite, Spain

A house in the countryside, Norway

The skeleton of a stranded ship in County Louth, Ireland

A lonely abandoned church, France

Another abandoned chapel

The yellow brick road in a deserted ’Land of Oz’ theme park, North Carolina, USA

The once popular ’Stairway to Heaven’, Oahu, Hawaii

An abandoned ship near Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

A crumbling castle in Kopice, Poland

A deserted fishing village on the Yangtze River, China

Another deserted castle

The Hotel del Salto, Colombia

What remains of an old palace, Belgium

An abandoned country house

A nightclub ravaged by fire, Austria

The wreck of a merchant ship, the Red Sea

A once beautiful conservatory in a winter garden

The Orient Express, Belgium

5 Mysteries of Ancient Egypt We Never Knew About

For some of us, the pyramids of Egypt are already no more than a tourist attraction. However, with scientific progress comes new and fascinating discoveries which pose even more questions.

We at Creative Idea 365 suggest taking a look at these newfound mysteries.

1. Hidden rooms in the Great Pyramid of Giza

In 1993, the crawler robot Upuaut 2 discovered a small door in the southern shaft of the pyramid, behind which an empty space and another door was later found.

In 2010, the modernized robot Djedi took photos from beyond the first door that showed copper handles and red ocher paintings.

Moreover, despite no one getting into the shaft for 9 years, fresh scratches had appeared on its walls and ceiling.

2. What’s the real age of the Great Pyramid?

The Inventory Stela found in Giza in the 19th century says that Khufu ordered the Sphinx to be restored, not built. That, along with the furrows on its body which are the result of erosion that took about 8,000 years, places doubt on the age of the Great Pyramid: the Sphinx is considered a younger monument.

3. Thermal mystery of the Great Pyramid

Infrared thermographic research of 2016 showed inexplicable hollows underneath the Great Pyramid as well as near the top of it. The lower hollows are supposed to be either some yet unfound chamber or an underground passage. The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities hasn’t given any comments yet.

4. Pyramid construction technology

Chemist Joseph Davidovits states the blocks were made right on top of one another, and this would explain their weight and the lack of gaps between them. However, geologists and paleontologists argue that the blocks are processed sedimentary rocks, thus refuting Davidovits’s theory. There’s still no single hypothesis.

5. The curse of Tutankhamun’s tomb

Studying the tomb in 1922, Howard Carter and his expedition found a plaque with text about a dire punishment that would follow opening the sealed tomb. Carter didn’t believe it himself, but by 1930, there were reports of 22 deaths among those who’d been present when the tomb was opened, as well as their family members.

There’s still no confirmed explanation of the “curse,” the only theory being that of poison on the walls of the tomb and the sarcophagus.

Preview photo credit National Geographic

16 Types of People You’d Better Stay Away From

Humanity’s abilities and those of nature itself truly know no limits. It’s thanks to this that we have such a diverse landscape and impressive architecture in the world.

Creative Idea 365 decided to find out about one of the most impressive phenomena on our planet: the largest holes in its surface.

The Deluxe Mystery Hole

The origins of the Deluxe Mystery Hole remain unexplained. All available modern methods have failed to measure its depth accurately. It’s currently a tourist attraction.

The Hole of Glory

The Hole of Glory is located on the Monticello Dam. At first sight, it appears to be a tunnel into the very depths of the Earth, but it’s actually just for draining out the water. It’s recommended taking a look after it’s rained when the water flows particularly quickly.

Sawmill Sink

Sawmill Sink is a bright blue hole in the Bahamas which was a site of archeological investigation. It has helped scientists understand what the Earth was like a thousand years ago.

The Devil’s Sinkhole

The Devil’s Sinkhole is a subterranean cave, entry to which is strictly forbidden. Although in summer it’s possible to observe 3 million bats flying out of it.

The Great Blue Hole

This hole is at the center of Lighthouse Reef, located in the Caribbean sea. It was originally a system of caves that first formed during the last ice age. The Great Blue Hole is considered one of the best places in the world for diving.

Dean’s Blue Hole

Dean’s Blue Hole is the deepest blue hole in the world. It can be found in the Bahamas and is used as a training ground for free divers.

The Harwood Hole

The Harwood Hole is actually a cave in New Zealand. It’s the deepest vertical cave on Earth.

The Mir Mine

The Mir mine is one of the largest sources of diamonds in Russia. The diamonds are now extracted deep from within the ground.

The Udachnaya Pipe

The Udachnaya pipe is another source of diamonds in Yakutia, Russia. It’s located 20 km from the Arctic Circle.

The Heavenly Pit

The “Heavenly Pit” sinkhole formed 128,000 years ago. It’s the deepest sinkhole in the world and a favorite location for people who love parachuting.

Bingham Canyon

Bingham Canyon is an open pit copper mine in the state of Utah, USA.

2010 Guatemala City Sinkhole

In 2010, a 20-meter wide pit formed in Guatemala City. It destroyed an intersection and swallowed up a three-story factory. The sinkhole occurred for several reasons, including Tropical Storm Agatha, the eruption of Pacaya Volcano, and leakage from sewer pipes.

Preview photo credit REUTERS / Casa Presidencia

12 Holes in Our Planet That Will Take Your Breath Away

Humanity’s abilities and those of nature itself truly know no limits. It’s thanks to this that we have such a diverse landscape and impressive architecture in the world.

Creative Idea 365 decided to find out about one of the most impressive phenomena on our planet: the largest holes in its surface.

The Deluxe Mystery Hole

The origins of the Deluxe Mystery Hole remain unexplained. All available modern methods have failed to measure its depth accurately. It’s currently a tourist attraction.

The Hole of Glory

The Hole of Glory is located on the Monticello Dam. At first sight, it appears to be a tunnel into the very depths of the Earth, but it’s actually just for draining out the water. It’s recommended taking a look after it’s rained when the water flows particularly quickly.

Sawmill Sink

Sawmill Sink is a bright blue hole in the Bahamas which was a site of archeological investigation. It has helped scientists understand what the Earth was like a thousand years ago.

The Devil’s Sinkhole

The Devil’s Sinkhole is a subterranean cave, entry to which is strictly forbidden. Although in summer it’s possible to observe 3 million bats flying out of it.

The Great Blue Hole

This hole is at the center of Lighthouse Reef, located in the Caribbean sea. It was originally a system of caves that first formed during the last ice age. The Great Blue Hole is considered one of the best places in the world for diving.

Dean’s Blue Hole

Dean’s Blue Hole is the deepest blue hole in the world. It can be found in the Bahamas and is used as a training ground for free divers.

The Harwood Hole

The Harwood Hole is actually a cave in New Zealand. It’s the deepest vertical cave on Earth.

The Mir Mine

The Mir mine is one of the largest sources of diamonds in Russia. The diamonds are now extracted deep from within the ground.

The Udachnaya Pipe

The Udachnaya pipe is another source of diamonds in Yakutia, Russia. It’s located 20 km from the Arctic Circle.

The Heavenly Pit

The “Heavenly Pit” sinkhole formed 128,000 years ago. It’s the deepest sinkhole in the world and a favorite location for people who love parachuting.

Bingham Canyon

Bingham Canyon is an open pit copper mine in the state of Utah, USA.

2010 Guatemala City Sinkhole

In 2010, a 20-meter wide pit formed in Guatemala City. It destroyed an intersection and swallowed up a three-story factory. The sinkhole occurred for several reasons, including Tropical Storm Agatha, the eruption of Pacaya Volcano, and leakage from sewer pipes.

Preview photo credit REUTERS / Casa Presidencia

18 Things That Can Happen Only in South Korea

In every country, a traveler can notice some oddities that are part of the local everyday life.

Creative Idea 365 collected several impressive facts about how life is arranged in South Korea. It seems we can learn a lot from these guys.

On the street, they sell peeled fruit on a stick as a cool treat on a hot day…

…and sweet potatoes for a quick snack.

Trees get drip bags with fertilizers.

Mysterious objects and strange sculptures are everywhere.

Children are carried in travel wagons where they can play and sleep. They’re lighter and more convenient than strollers.

A future spouse is chosen according to blood type.

People prefer toilets with remote controls, massages, lighting, and music.

There are heated floors instead of radiators. Children and cats like lying and sleeping on them.

Here you can find singing roads so drivers won’t fall asleep at the wheel.

Men actively use cosmetics, so their skin and hair always look perfect.

All cafes and restaurants offer home delivery, and McDonald’s is no exception.

In the Seoul subway, there’s the world’s first supermarket where you can buy products simply by scanning the picture with your cell phone.

Caps with extended transparent visors to protect you from the sun. Very handy when you wear glasses.

For a 16th birthday, eyelid plastic surgery is presented as a gift to make the look more friendly.

Soju is a local alcoholic beverage which is often mixed with beer in special glasses.

Both adults and children drink milk for lunch. They also like yogurt, kefir, and milkshakes.

Kimchi is a national dish of cabbage, in honor of which a whole vegetable museum was created.

The word “kimchi“ is said in front of the camera instead of ”cheese.”

Preview photo credit @daprs1 / twitter

18 Pictures Showing That Disney Characters Would Fare Quite Well in Our World

18 Pictures Showing That Disney Characters Would Fare Quite Well in Our World

We watch cartoons to delve into their magical worlds and get away from reality. But what if our favorite characters were here among us?

We at Creative Idea 365 imagined what it would be like for them in our universe.

They would also like to take selfies.

Both heroes and villains would use social networks and messengers.

They would work in open spaces.

Some of them might even make careers there.

They would spend time in coffee shops and fast food joints.

They’d have fun with mobile apps.

They’d definitely do sports…

…maybe even extreme ones.

Some of them would go vegan…

…to stay in good shape.

They’d live active lives.

Some would succumb to fashion trends.

They’d still stay hot and cool, though.

Both good and bad guys would tattoo themselves.

They would not meet each other at a ball.

All the fights between good and evil would take place in the virtual world.

They’d love traveling just as we do.

As well as spending time with their friends.

Preview photo credit Walt Disney Feature AnimationWalt Disney Productions

22 Movie Shots That Look Nothing Like You’d Expect Before Special Effects

There’s scarcely a movie today that doesn’t take advantage of incredible digital effect technology. This isn’t at all surprising since computer-generated effects help to create entire fictional worlds that are so vibrant and memorable. This is especially true of big-budget science fiction and fantasy pictures.

Today Creative Idea 365  invites you to look behind the scenes of some recent movies and discover the reality behind the cinema magic!

Doctor Strange

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Alice Through the Looking Glass

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Beauty and The Beast

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Star Trek Beyond

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Guardians of the Galaxy

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Suicide Squad

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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The Jungle Book

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The BFG

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Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

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Captain America: Civil War

Preview photo credit danstvns/twitter

Daily Thoughtful Inspiration: Dare To Change Your Story!

Daily Thoughtful Inspiration: Dare To Change Your Story!

What is the story you tell yourself every day? “I’m not as good as she is..”, “I’m not fit”, ”I don’t have willpower..”? These are the stories I told myself, and these are the stories I told others about myself. Until I realised… I was lying!

I want you to realise this now. I DARE YOU to change your story!

Take the 15 day challenge, make some time for yourself and start moving and loving your body and soul.

The inspiration for today comes from the forest. Observe how, from within, you have to chose paths, pass obstacles, protect yourself… Change your point of view, rise above the beaten track, rise above the hurdles. See how, from above, both the path, and the obstacles on it, melt in the beauty of this unbound pattern…

More info: mokitoka.com

Choose the path wisely…

…and rise above it

12 RARE KNOWN FACTS THAT’LL CHANGE THE WAY YOU SEE HISTORY

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer.
It’s often said that “It is only a matter of perception”, the way we look at things might not be the same as others look at it. It comes as no surprise that we may even distort the perception of time.

Sometimes, looking back at the history & comparing it with the present, also, simply trying new things changes the way we perceive reality, as it helps us in consuming more information that helps us grow and understand more about life.

Surely the times have changed, humans have evolved, so has the technology, and also the way we live our lives. So here we bring you facts based on history and reality that will change the way you look at things, do not miss any points as it has been shortlisted just for you –

1. Jefferson Davis was never tried for treason.

The Federal government was worried that the Confederate president would either become the martyr if was executed or he might prove to a jury that session was legal. However, the Chief Justice of Supreme Court gave his team an interesting argument and the treason charged had been dropped off. Also, his citizenship rights were fully restored in the year 1978.

2. It is the last known cycad tree in the world.

It was found in 1895 and was transferred to Royal Botanical Gardens where it grew further. After that, no cycad tree was found ever after.

3. Dante placed bankers in a lower circle of hell than murderers.

In this divine comedy, bankers are depicted as swatting sparks and surrounded by stinging sand.

4. Utah instituted four-day work in a week.

In 2008, when the bank’s collapsed state reported that million dollars were saved on energy, carbon emission was cut down by 14% and workers became more productive because of four days work week.

5. Mark Hamill believes that Luke Skywalker might be a gay.

J.J. Abrams, the director of ‘The Force Awakens,’ backs him up saying that it is too narrow-minded to have the world without homosexuals.

6. Former President Eisenhower came out of retirement to denounce the movie, ‘The Battle of The Bulge.’

‘The Battle of the Bulge’ did such a bad job because it did not end the same way as the real battle and had to be denounced because the filmmakers were sloppy with details to create the movie in the same way as World War ll.

7. Alice Cooper gave up drinking.

Alice Cooper turned his life by giving up drinking for Golf. He used to play six rounds in a week with a handicap of two.

8. From saline to Coconut water.

Due to the shortage of saline, the doctors of Japan and Britain used coconut water to rehydrate soldiers in second World War.

9. From rags to riches.

In 2008, in the span of just three days, Elon Musk took Tesla Motors and SpaceX from bankruptcy to the valuation of $1.6 billion after signing a contract with investors.

10. The Greek states put down their spares and shields for the three month period leading to the Olympics.

In ancient Greece, audiences and athletes were allowed to move freely without harm.

11. 50% books on ethics are missing from library.

The philosophical books which occupy more space in the library than ethical books ultimately mean that experts on ethics might not practice what they preach.

12. Thomas Andrews Jr, one of the designers of Titanic was on the board when the ship sank.

You’ll be amazed to know that he along with Captain Smith helped people to get into lifeboats. He went down with the ship, helping people to float in water by throwing anything.

Source:  wittyfeed.

10 GREAT MINDS WHO HAVE CHANGED THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER WITH INTELLIGENCE INSTEAD OF POLITICS

Now that election time has come around again, there are droves of well-intentioned, but misguided people who want to put their faith into another politician. Although the popular version of government-approved history tells us that politicians are the ones who create change in this world, this is simply not true. Those who really create change are the innovators, especially those who have the needs of society in mind when they create. When someone uses their intellect to solve social problems, without using the force of the government, they are participating in something called “agorism.”

For those who are not familiar with the term “agorism,” it is a strategy of noncompliance that uses counter-economics and underground markets as a way of keeping power in the hands of the average people, thus slowly diminishing the power and relevance of the control structure.

Growing food, starting mutual aid or charity groups, using bitcoin, homeschooling, running a small business without licenses, bartering and starting community currencies are all examples of agorist activities. Some agorists are even so bold as to create businesses that will challenge existing state monopolies like we are seeing in New York with alternative protection agencies and arbitration services.

It is as simple as finding a need in your community for a particular good or service, and attempting to provide that value without any sort of interaction with the government or any other unchosen 3rd parties. In other words, the basic idea is to try solving the problem yourself, with your community instead of waiting around for a politician to promise to fix it and, in turn, making the problem worse.

1- Lysander Spooner – Lysander Spooner was a famous anarchist and abolitionist in early America that has been left out of the history books because of the peaceful and radical non-government solutions that he developed and advocated. Spooner thought of a way to put his philosophy into action by creating his own businesses that would directly compete with government services. One of his most groundbreaking entrepreneurial achievements was forming the “American Letter Company,” a letter and package delivery business that competed with the US Postal Service and proved that we don’t need the government to deliver mail. Hundreds of years later this strategy was identified by Samuel Edward Konkin III as “Agorism,” a philosophy of non-compliance that uses underground markets as a means of making the state obsolete. Without Spooner, it is entirely possible that people would never understand that government is not needed for mail delivery services, a function that was strictly reserved to government in those times.

2 – Dale Brown – Dale Brown of Detroit’s “threat management center” has shown that crime can be stopped and lives can be saved by independent people using nonlethal tactics. In areas of Detroit where police don’t answer 911 calls, Dale Brown took matters into his own hands and started taking those calls himself, and because Dale was not “above the law” as police officers claim to be, he had to solve these crimes without hurting people, because he would actually be held accountable for his actions.

Dale has also been able to service poor neighborhoods for free, by financing his business through providing security for high-income areas. Instead of joining a police force and becoming a part of the problem, Dale Brown has decided to peacefully compete with the police department, and has become a part of the solution.

3 – Ross Ulbricht – Ross Ulbricht, the alleged founder and mastermind behind the website Silk Road is currently a political prisoner in the United States, because he created a trading platform that made the black market safer, and in many ways, rendered the drug war obsolete. Instead of lobbying, protesting and begging for politicians to change drug laws, Ulbricht took matters into his own hands and devised a platform that allowed people to buy and sell drugs without fear of arrest. Despite the fact that he was eventually arrested himself, and his site was taken down, the idea that he put out to the world could not be stopped, and there were instantly dozens of spin-off sites to take the place of the Silk Road, just as we saw with the file-sharing boom after Napster was initially shut down. Online drug markets are now one of the major weapons that drug users and sellers have in the drug war, and could be one of the major factors that eventually tip the scales in the direction of freedom.

4 – Cody Wilson – For generations, advocates of private gun ownership have been fighting exhaustively through political channels to protect their right to keep and bear arms. Gun owners even have one of the strongest lobby groups in Washington, the NRA. Yet over the years, gun rights continue to diminish in America, despite the constant political campaigns by the NRA and politicians that claim to support gun rights. However, in the past few years, one guy with a good idea has managed to do more to protect gun rights than the NRA has in decades of political involvement. Cody Wilson is the founder of “Defense Distributed” and the “Wikiweapon” project, which allows anyone with a 3D printer to create their own untraceable gun in the privacy of their own home.

There has been a heated debate about 3D printing technology in the past few years, as 3D print gun projects like Wikiweapon began to grow in popularity and gather press recognition. Wikiweapon was a project that intended to share open-source blueprints for 3-D printed guns, allowing anyone with the right equipment to manufacture a firearm from their home. Instead of begging the government for help, Wilson took matters into his own hands and used his intellect to solve a problem that government was creating. Is anyone beginning to see a trend here?

5 – Satoshi Nakamoto – No one really knows who Satoshi Nakamoto actually is, but he, or she, is responsible for creating the most popular alternative currency to ever exist in the world, Bitcoin. While Bitcoin, like any platform, has a number of different advantages and disadvantages, it gives people a decentralized alternative to government controlled, central bank issued currency. It has even been admitted by central banking elites in official reports that Bitcoin is seen as a major threat to the establishment because it allows people to trade by cutting out the middleman. Instead of fighting against the central banks through politics, on their own turf, the mysterious Nakamoto came up with an idea that would make their “service” obsolete.

6 – Bernard von NotHaus – While on the topic of alternative currency, Bernard von NotHaus, creator of the Liberty Dollar and co-founder of the Royal Hawaiian Mint Company is worth mentioning. As with Satoshi Nakamoto, NotHaus saw the problems with centralized currency and banking and decided to provide an alternative by minting his own silver currency. His idea was such a threat to the establishment that he was arrested in 2011 for counterfeiting and was accused of “domestic terrorism.” However, his idea created a ripple effect which inspired countless others to mint their own alternative currencies in the fight against central banking.

7 – John Taylor Gatto – There may be a lot of great teachers out there, who care about what they do and have very good intentions, like the world famous educator John Taylor Gatto. But even he found the top down structure of the school system and the curriculum provided is very damaging to the minds of children.

He left public schools by writing his resignation letter in the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal, starting the letter off by saying that he “refuses to continue hurting children.” He then went on to start an incredible career in writing, researching and speaking out about the dangers of compulsory schooling. Gatto went on to write a number of different books about the history of government schooling and how it was intended to indoctrinate, not educate. He also brought forward radical solutions, in supporting homeschooling and alternative schooling centers like Montessori schools.

8 – Alternative Journalists – There have always been alternative viewpoints, so it is hard to track down exactly where the alternative media began. However, in the 21st century, the alternative media has now become the chosen source for daily news about the world and has exposed the mainstream media for the propaganda platform that it is. While it is hard to track down the beginning of this phenomena in modern culture, Hunter S. Thompson can be identified as a pioneer in the field. Thompson created his own brand of “Gonzo Journalism,” which made a joke of traditional journalism, and brought forward issues and perspectives that a new generation of free thinkers were seeking out. Today, there are millions of journalists running around with a similar mentality, and now these journalists far outnumber the establishment shills that appear on the television news each night. Although Thompson was known to occasionally rub shoulders with politicians, he was still far more critical of them than the mainstream media was and helped to provide an alternative in a time where one did not exist.

9 – Salman Amin “Sal” Khan – Khan is the creator of an education platform called the “Khan Academy” which allows people to learn on their own, making public indoctrination centers entirely obsolete. According to the organization’s website, the academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art, economics, and more. Their missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps.

10 – Whistleblowers – There are too many great whistleblowers to name them all, but their place in the fight for freedom is invaluable. Many of these people have held positions within the control structure, and may have participated in oppression themselves. However, they were led by their conscience to expose corruption instead of going through the “proper channels” to air their grievances within the organization. Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, is an agorist who created a platform through which whistleblowers could share information without fear of persecution. His platform was used by Chelsea Manning, and a number of other whistleblowers, but sadly, Manning was eventually arrested and is now serving a 35-year sentence in a military prison. These actions later inspired Edward Snowden, who showed the whole world how corrupt the NSA is, and how deeply their spy program goes into the lives of innocent people.

 

Looking For A Job? This Company Will Pay You For Cuddling With Kittens All Day Long

Looking For A Job? This Company Will Pay You For Cuddling With Kittens All Day Long

Drop whatever you’re doing this moment and hand in resignation letter to your boss – one vet clinic in Ireland just announced they are hiring a full-time cat-cuddler. This may be the chance you’ve been waiting for all your life!

Okay, you must be looking into the next flight to Ireland already, but concentrate, cause here’s what they’re looking for. Just Cats clinic in Dublin says the job will be given to someone who has a lot of ‘catitude’ and would love to help homeless felines in need of some TLC.

“The ideal candidate must have gentle hands capable of petting and stroking cats for long periods of time.”

“They need to be softly spoken and capable of cat whispering to calm the nerves of some of our in-patients.”

“An ability to understand different types of purring is a distinct added advantage in helping you secure this position with us.”

What are you waiting for? Just nail your CV and cover letter, and send it over to them – then get ready to be paid for petting kittens all day, every day, until you retire.

More info: Just Cats | Facebook (h/t: elitedaily)

Drop whatever you’re doing this moment and hand in resignation letter to your boss…

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Because now you can become a ‘professional cat cuddler’!

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Just Cats clinic in Ireland just announced they are looking for a person to cuddle with cats all day

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The job will be given to someone who has a lot of ‘catitude’ and would love to help homeless felines

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“The ideal candidate must have gentle hands capable of petting and stroking cats for long periods of time”

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“They need to be softly spoken and capable of cat whispering…”

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“An ability to understand different types of purring is a distinct added advantage”

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Send your CV and get ready to be paid for petting kittens all day, every day, until you retire

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My Children Will Always Be My Biggest Inspirations In Photography

Growing up, I had a master plan of how my life would turn out. I was fast paced, I had a very type A personality, I was OCD, I was nerdy, I neglected friendships and relationships so that I could pursue my schooling and my future careers. I had a list of things I would NOT do because I felt they’d prevent me from achieving my goals:

“I will not get married until I’m 28.”

“I will not have kids until I’m in my 30’s.”

“I will not stop schooling myself until I’ve reached my Masters.”

“I will not date a military man because that lifestyle will hinder my progress.”

I kid you not, these were exactly my “never will I” plans.

And I kid you not even more, I broke every one of my rules…beginning at the age of 16.

At 16 I began dating a boy I’d fallen in love with in high school. He joined the Army. We struggled. We triumphed. And we married when I was 18. There goes two of my rules.

At age 19, we had our first child. Another rule broken.

At age 21, we had our second. I guess that rule is broken twice.

A few months later, with a year left of school, I dropped out of college to take care of our children. Another rule…forgotten.

The funny thing is that it all began with a camera. A tiny spark inside of me led me on a journey I told myself I’d never follow. I found an interest in photography in high school. Actually, “interest” is a pretty mediocre word…. I became obsessed. Yeah, that sounds better.

My now husband saw how passionate I was about photography, even before I did actually, and bought me my first camera the day he proposed. He used much of his deployment money to afford both a ring and a camera. And little did I know, his commitment to me would completely change my life.

We married. We had our son. And I photographed here and there. That was the beginning. My son taught me little things – little, little things that I didn’t know were actually big things until now. Patience, the meaning of time, the colorfulness of his growth. All of these things, I photographed. And then we had our daughter.

I watched them grow. I watched them grow together and as individuals. I watched my photographs change as May’s pictures looked completely different from September’s because they were growing and growing and growing. I watched their personalities bloom, their features morph, my motherhood…strengthen. I was able to look back at my photographs I took and remember this, and this, and this. I became obsessed.

I quit school and I dedicated my time to my children.

All of these things I said I’d never do, I did, and I’m still doing. Why? Because you think you can have your entire life planned in a day, but the funny thing about days is that they change by the minute. While your days change, you change. And while you change, the people around you whom you love to pieces…change. And while I enjoyed having an OCD, type A personality in high school, I enjoy even more having an inconsistent and learning and…changing…motherhood. And I enjoy looking back at my photographs and watching my children grow over and over and over, as many times as I want, while still being able to see them just as they are today. My children have taught me that nothing in life is certain, that patience is a gift, that the day to day is a piece of art, and that savoring as many seconds of the day as you can is the key to happiness. And in teaching me this, I hope to teach them their lessons back to them. This is why I photograph them. This is why they are my inspirations. Because they taught me that nothing in life is as sure and as constant as the images you stop to take and remember again and again, and that’s the way it should always be.

 

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10+ Of The Happiest Dog Memes Ever That Will Make You Smile From Ear To Ear

If there’s one indisputable truth in this world, it’s this: dogs are awesome. They make bad things good and good things better, which is why we’re bringing you this pawsitively labradorable list of wholesome dog memes that are sure to put a smile on your face. Whether they’re celebrating their birthdays, looking for attention, crushing their owners with doggy love or simply being effortlessly lovable in that way that only dogs can be, these cute canines will remind you that if you don’t already have a dog in your life then your life is only half complete. Check out these memes, compiled by Bored Panda, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite!

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10+ Intimate Portraits Of 1970s Rebellious Youth Captured By High School Teacher

Before Joseph Szabo was a world renown photographer, he was a teacher at Malverne High School in Long Island. And on his first days at the job he figured that he’s gonna need something special to catch the attention of his pupils. So he brought a camera into class…

“I never had any agenda with my photography – it was never a money-making thing, it was just about connecting with young people – and so I think my photographs have a sort of authentic or genuine quality that a lot of people seem able to relate to,” Joseph told Huck Magazine. “I have always tried to capture these very personal moments, in an honest way, to show people doing exactly what they’re doing. They could just be sitting on the school steps smoking a cigarette or they could be hanging out of a car door waving their hands and saying, ‘This is the last day of school and I’ll never come back here again!’ They could be jumping in the air with excitement because of the music they’re listening to or they could be like one of my all-time favorites Priscilla – the little girl smoking at Jones Beach – who expresses something about girlhood as well as something about a certain kind of maturity and experience.”

“All these subjects and moments mean so much to me. They helped me understand people and allowed me to connect with them over the years. I hope they mean something to other people too.”

More info: Joseph Szabo

I Am A 33-Year-Old Full-Time Clown And I Want To Tell You My Story

I’m Gaby Muñoz, a 33 years old full time clown living in Mexico City. I’m not a normal kind of clown, I like to tell stories. My stories are simple and soulful and based on either real life passages or dreams. To me clowns are poets, inventors, philosophers. They will throw themselves to the abyss without wings, hoping to build them on the way down! Clowns tell epic stories as heroes that can lose everything but might also win the whole world embarrassing their own stupidity, vulnerability and heart.

I started communicating with sounds more than words when I was a kid. I remember my father filming silent movies and me together with sister staring dressed with my moms clothes. He would write the script and then interview us, I was never able to say a word just funny sounds that made my dad laugh.

I feel I’m myself and love exploring physical details that bring me to a more innocent and subtle place. I propose through clowning, that others may find that sensation of just wanting to laugh because your body wants more than intellectual jokes. It’s talking about the fragility of life that makes us vulnerable and therefore we laugh.

The best part of making people laugh is that you feel a collective string of love, you feel part of something bigger, an impulse that reminds us that we are alive and that we feel intensely.

More info: chulatheclown.blogspot.com | Instagram

I started social clowning with my friend Sabine Choucair from Beirut, Lebanon, we bought a second hand car and traveled along the gulf of Mexico, bringing children out of schools and giving workshops on how to make them conscious of their environment through clowning. This was the beginning of a wonderful journey. (Photo: Eduardo Loza)

After this I moved to the Middle East and worked in several refugee camps giving shows and workshops in order to empower children and woman through laughter, the workshop was called ¨Conflict transformation¨. (Photo: Sebastian Hofmann)

I worked with a Palestinian group of artists and then years later, Clowns Without Borders USA came my way. It was amazing to have a platform of clowns doing the same thing I had been wanting to do, buy this seemed more structured. I have now been in several missions with them, from working with affected communities in Indonesia from the Tsunami, to the typhoon in the Philippines and communities in Colombia, India, Brasil and Mexico. (Photo: Aura Solis)

I remember visiting an island Mentawai, 15 hours away from Sumatra in Indonesia, where people had no houses left nor electricity and had never seen foreign people. It was amazing to see hundreds of kids running after the clowns, it was as if they knew something was about to take place. (Photo: Pepe Castillo)

I’m a visual person and have always taught in images if it makes sense, then I write them down in separate pieces of paper and start playing around the structure, this is how I build stories. I like to see the images in order to build from them, once I see I start crafting and as sort of a mad scientific, I play with my potions. (Photo: Pepe Castillo)

I now collaborate with many beautiful photographers and when I travel I like to find new artists who can take pictures of a travelling clown adapting to a new culture, rhythm and place creating a new community not based on social ¨nicety¨ but more through creativity, building new ways of communication. (Photo: Marion Sosa)

“Our imagination flies – we are its shadow on the earth.”― Vladimir Nabokov. (Photo: Aura solis)

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“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ― C.G. Jung. (Photo: Jimena Carranza)

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“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea.” ― E.E. Cummings. (Photo: Andrea Lopez )

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Explosive Dance Portraits By Alexander Yakovlev

Studio-dance photographer Alexander Yakovlev makes his images of professional dancers come alive by adding dynamic elements like exploding flour.

The Moscow resident is a graduate from the faculty of law at the Russian State University For the Humanities, but it’s clear from his work here that rhetoric isn’t his only specialty. Yakovlev’s photos span a wide spectrum of dance styles, from ballet to break-dancing, but it was his flour-filled photo “Big bang theory” that has garnered the most recent attention.

More info: ayakovlev.com | Facebook | Instagram | 500px (h/t: demilked)

Explosive Dance Portraits By Alexander Yakovlev (Part 2)

Russian studio-dance photographer Alexander Yakovlev is back with his expressive images of professional dancers. Dynamic and powerful, his new photo series “The Mirages” immortalizes the graceful movements of the dancers with the help of exploding flour.

Based in Moscow, Yakovlev is a graduate from the faculty of law at the Russian State University For the Humanities, however, it can be clearly seen that his true passion is dance photography. His photos are a truly wonderful representation of the moving human body. You can check out the first part here.

More info: ayakovlev.com | Facebook | Instagram | 500px (h/t: demilked)

When This Girl Asked Out A Barista, A Customer Secretly Live Tweeted Their Conversation

When This Girl Asked Out A Barista, A Customer Secretly Live Tweeted Their Conversation

Sometimes something happens in life that’s so unbelievable that it may as well be fiction. Take this love story for example. Twitter user @notjerryclayton was sitting in a cafe in Brooklyn, NY, just minding his own business recently, when the two baristas behind the counter decided to choose that very moment to declare their secret love for each other. Aware that what was unfolding right in front of him was pretty darned special, Jerry decided to live tweet the entire encounter as it happened. See below for the full story.

More info: Twitter

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Meet The World’s Oldest Surgeon Who Is 89 Years Old And Still Performs 4 Operations A Day

Meet The World’s Oldest Surgeon Who Is 89 Years Old And Still Performs 4 Operations A Day

If you think that age slows you down then you’ve obviously never met Alla Illyinichna Levushkina. She’s a surgeon at Ryazan City Hospital near Moscow, and despite being almost 90 – yes, you heard that correctly – she still performs 4 operations every day.

89-year-old Alla, who lives in a flat where she cares for her disabled nephew and her eight cats, has been a surgeon for a whopping 67 years, and although she’s already performed more than 10,000 operations, she has no intention of slowing down. “Being a doctor isn’t just a profession but a lifestyle,” she told Lite FM when asked if she had any plans to retire. “If I stopped working, who is going to perform the surgeries?” She’s thought to be the oldest surgeon still working in the world, but what’s the secret to her long life? “‘I didn’t find any secret to longevity,” she said. “I just eat everything, laugh a lot and cry a lot.” (h/t: LiteFM)

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