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1,000 Year Old Buddha Found at Garage Sale

Up here in the Northeast, it’s technically Spring, put the weather is lagging the calendar. But soon it will be yard/garage sale season. So let’s all get out there and hope for the best.

from MarketWatch:

$100 antique discovered at garage sale auctioned off for $2.1 million at Sotheby’s

Antique dealers at the garage sale missed the 1,000-year-old gem

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An antique figurine that was purchased at a garage sale for $100 was auctioned off at Sotheby’s for $2.1 million.

A battered Chinese statuette picked up at a Midwest garage sale for $100 was auctioned off at Sotheby’s for a stunning $2.1 million.

The bronze Buddha, which is thought to be over 1,000 years old, skyrocketed past its estimated sale price of just $80,000 in a frenzied seven minutes’ bidding at the auction house in New York. read more

Song from 1949 Should be Banned, but Misogynistic Rap is Fine

from the Blaze:

Students who say ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ is ‘suggestive’ are asked if misogynistic rap should be banned. The hypocrisy is glorious.

Cabot Phillips of Campus Reform visited George Mason University in northern Virginia recently to ask students what they thought of the controversy over the classic holiday song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” — specifically if it’s the right move to ban the tune over lyrics that suggest a man is seducing a woman against her will.

The reactions were mixed. Some woke students were all for banning the song; others believed the dust-up has been overblown. read more

Murphy Brown Spotlights Trump’s Supposed Angry Rhetoric

**UPDATE**

CBS has reporter cancelled the Murphy Brown reboot after a single season. Shocking – no one wanted to watch another show about angry leftists.

from the Blaze:

Trump supporters beat up reporter on ‘Murphy Brown’; creator calls out president’s ‘angry rhetoric’

The revived “Murphy Brown” TV series, which stars Candice Bergen as an unabashed politically progressive journalist, headed in a predictable — and decidedly humorless — direction on Thursday night’s episode.

The preachy, unsubtle “Beat the Press” storyline features one of her reporters — Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto) — brutally beaten by a “sea of red hats” at a rally for President Donald Trump and subsequently hospitalized.

What happened? read more

Hollywood Exposes Its Leftism Again

from Western Journalism: 

Producer: My Christian Film Got Rated ‘R.’ It Has No Nudity, Sex, Bad Language, Gore, Drugs.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) adds its name to a list of increasingly brazen leftist media powerhouses who discriminate against conservative voices in the public square.

Facebook: Graphic images of a woman smashing and eating a baby do not violate “community standards” but quoting a Bible verse on homosexuality does.

Twitter: Conservative voices and alternative news sources frequently find themselves muzzled while profane rants against them are celebrated. read more

Aerial Artwork

Frozen infinity, a glacier pattern from above. This aerial shot was taken in Iceland from a...
Frozen infinity, a glacier pattern from above. This aerial shot was taken in Iceland from a small Cessna(Credit: Stas Bartnikas)

Stas Bartnikas has only been practicing the art of aerial photography for about five years but in a remarkably short time this Moscow-based former journalist has produced an incredible collection of images highlighting glorious and surreal sights of over 15 countries from above. read more

Australian Architecture Competition

The Urban Tree, by MAD Architects and Elenberg Fraser, is one of the six skyscrapers proposed...
The Urban Tree, by MAD Architects and Elenberg Fraser, is one of the six skyscrapers proposed for Melbourne(Credit: MAD Architects/Elenberg Fraser)

Some of architecture’s biggest names are vying to lead a new mixed-use skyscraper development on a prominent site in Melbourne, Australia. From twisting greenery-covered towers to an “illuminated cloud,” the six designs for Southbank by Beulah show the firms letting their imaginations run wild. Furthermore, most of the designs show towers that would become Australia’s new tallest skyscraper if built. read more

First Annual Drone Photography Awards

Mada’in Saleh: Winner in the Nature category
Mada’in Saleh: Winner in the Nature category(Credit: Gabriel Scanu)

The Drone Awards is a new photography competition dedicated to the emerging art of aerial photography. This year’s inaugural competition has just revealed its winning snaps, a spectacular assortment of photographs ranging from gorgeously abstract images to profoundly unique portraits of urban life. read more

Become One with the Art

The United Waterfall at Tokyo's Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The United Waterfall at Tokyo’s Mori Building Digital Art Museum

An innovative and quite incredible new attraction has opened its doors in Tokyo, with the Mori Building in the Japanese capital hosting what is described as an unprecedented Digital Art Museum. Inside, visitors can wander freely through awe-inspiring lightworks that invite them to become one with the art. read more

Guy Eats Himself a Stool

Nik Bentel chewed himself a stool. How was your weekend?
Nik Bentel chewed himself a stool. How was your weekend?(Credit: All Purpose Nik)

The slow food movement is all about appreciating the process of cooking, so perhaps we can call this the slow stool movement? This enthusiastic soul yanked down some lumber and gnawed it into shape with his teeth to see if he could build himself a seat without any tools. read more

Is Ocean’s 8 a Women’s Empowerment Statement or just Another Failed Reboot

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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The movie “Ocean’s 8” debuted last night. I wrote this article last night, as movie-goers no doubt thronged to their local theaters, so I don’t yet know of the first night box office tally. But I’m certain the much anticipated all-female thriller/crime film raked it in. Or maybe it didn’t.

UPDATE: Well, it’s starting well. The movie took in $44 million in its opening.

Considering it only cost $70 million to make, I’m sure it will do fine. I mean, the first Ocean’s movie, “11,” cost $85 million and it was made 17 years ago, in 2001. Its box office take was almost a half a billion dollars worldwide. And that was a reboot of the 1960 original starring the Rat-Pack. Even with the 2001 star power, the reboot couldn’t match the cool of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford.

But why make this in the first place? Did the industry not learn anything from the disastrous female reboot of the all-Male Ghost Busters franchise? That bomb lost almost $75 million.

Although Ocean’s 8 may not lose money, I doubt it will be the surprise box office smash of the summer. I may end up being wrong, but I think that relatively few movie goers want to plunk down their cash to see a bunch of “empowered” women play at being men. read more