In the United States, there’s a strong classical tradition in not just the capital but also in the South, where plantation owners were keen to build their mansions in the neoclassical style – and where this architectural tradition is still alive and well. For example, we see it in buildings like the recently completed Federal Building and Courthouse in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Yet it’s difficult to avoid the fact that many of these neoclassical estates – these purported symbols of democracy – featured separate quarters for slaves. … [Read more...] about Was Trump’s draft order on classical buildings really about Obama?
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“One of the things I loved about the turn of the millennium is how stupid and fizzy and disposable pop music became, with fads like third-wave ska and swing darting across the pop landscape like a meteor and burning themselves out immediately,” says Rabin. “Al captured both what made them irresistible and fun and goofy [on songs like ‘Your Horoscope Today’] and also ephemeral and absolutely destined to end quickly. What I really like about [the Taylor Hicks parody “Do I Creep You Out”] is not the lyrics but the production and the way it captures the schmaltz and the sentimentality and phony showmanship not just of this particular cheeseball but that entire field of talent-show glossy hyper-pop. Taylor Hicks is disposable and forgettable, but American Idol is exactly the kind of bloated, self-important pop-culture phenomenon Al was put on earth to genially mock. I think artists like Taylor Hicks or flat-earth proponent B.O.B. were going to … [Read more...] about What combing through ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s catalog reveals about 40 years of pop music
The report noted that currently, all the lithium is imported in the country. India’s imports of lithium batteries tripled to $1.2 billion in FY19 as compared to $384 million in FY17. The country has set up Khanij Bidesh India to source and acquire mines in Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile. … [Read more...] about Lithium reserves, key for making electric vehicle batteries, discovered near Bengaluru
— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) February 19, 2020The country has seen multiple protests, led primarily by students, against the law passed by the BJP government at the Centre. The CAA expedites the process of granting citizenship to persecuted minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, but leaves out the Muslims from these nations. The citizenship law is accused of destroying the secular fabric of the country by making religion a guarantee for seeking citizenship. … [Read more...] about Karnataka BJP’s open challenge to anti-CAA protesters
Notably, deepfakes are videos made with tools that let people manipulate visuals or audio content available on the Internet to render them in a hyper-realistic way. According to a Vice report, the campaign videos of Tiwari that were released during the 2020 Delhi Assembly elections, where he could be heard speaking in English and Haryanvi Hindi, were dubbed using the Artificial Intelligence tool. … [Read more...] about Deepfakes of BJP Delhi President Manoj Tiwari circulated during Delhi elections: Report