Supreme Court Nominee: Judge Amy Coney Barrett ‘Her Background & Views’

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s expected Supreme Court pick, has shared — in her own words — how she thinks justices should approach hot-button social issues. WSJ’s Jason Bellini reports.

Photo: Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP

Political News: ‘Shields & Brooks’ On Supreme Court Vacancy Debate (Video)

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the battle over filling her Supreme Court seat, President Trump’s continuing rhetoric about the integrity of voting by mail and concerns over election confusion or dissent.

Architecture Tour Video: ‘Hotel MalisGarten’ In Austria, First 5-Star To Be Totally Made Of Wood

In Austria’s Zillertal region, the first 5-star hotel constructed out of solid wood has opened its doors. It’s an outstanding example of sustainable architecture, and was designed by renowned architect Matteo Thun.

Cocktails With A Curator: ‘Fragonard’s Progress Of Love’ (The Frick Video)

In this week’s episode of “Cocktails with a Curator,” join Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon as he discusses Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s Progress of Love paintings and the capricious countess who commissioned the series, Madame du Barry, mistress of Louis XV. Delve into the tumultuous life of Du Barry, who was born in poverty and clashed with Marie-Antoinette at Versailles. Tune in next week to discover how the Progress of Love series made its way from eighteenth-century France to the Frick’s beloved Fragonard Room.

To view these objects in detail, please visit our website: https://www.frick.org/progress_love

New Travel Video: ‘Mount Whitney – Backpacking Highest Peak In Lower 48’

Hiking Mount Whitney from Guitar Lake, Crabtree Meadow,

Backpacking the Highest Peak in the Lower 48 States, 14505ft, Sequoia National Park Sierra Nevada just as Creek Fire starts. 4k60fps Mt Whitney Hiking This is part 3 of 3 of my 6 day backpacking trip from Horseshoe Meadow, Cottonwood Lakes, Army Pass, Miter Basin, Sierra High Trail, Crabtree Pass, Crabtree Lakes, Crabtree Meadows, PCT, JMT, Guitar Lake and finally summiting Mount Whitney and exciting Whitney Portal as the Creek Fire started blowing up. No drama for us, but it got pretty smoky and eerie towards the end of the trip, and so strange and beautiful at the same time, best hike I ever did was up from Guitar Lake to the Summit, with the stretch from Trail Crest being insane!

Inyo National Forest and Sequoia National Park, John Muir Wilderness and the Whitney Zone.

New Books: ‘Reflections of Paradise: The Gardens of Fernando Caruncho’

The much-anticipated comprehensive survey of one of the world’s most acclaimed landscape garden designers, famous for his extraordinarily sophisticated use of light and geometry in nature.

Spanish landscape designer Fernando Caruncho has spent over four decades impressing the world with his breathtaking garden designs, which create a perfect union of architectural design within nature. His sources of inspiration are as diverse as Islamic design, Zen Buddhism, and European Classicism, and the control of light, geometrical scale, and use of local materials are key principles of his design approach.

In this book, Caruncho personally curates a selection of twenty-six of his international garden projects ranging from private residences to large agricultural estates and public spaces, including a vineyard in Italy, a private garden in Biarritz, France, and an expansive estate in New Jersey. Caruncho gives readers a glimpse at his creative thought process through inspirational images, ephemera, and selections from his sketches.

About The Author

Fernando Caruncho has been designing gardens for over four decades, but his background is in philosophy. His fascination with pre-Socratic Greek philosophy awakened a deep curiosity about the relationship between man and the natural world, which translated itself into a preoccupation with garden design. In 1979 Caruncho established his own landscape design studio. His first work, accomplished at the age of 21, was a house in Madrid featured in Vogue Decoration. Since then, Caruncho Studio has designed countless high-profile gardens across the globe, ranging from private homes and expansive agricultural estates to public spaces. His work is frequently featured in high-profile publications such as Architectural DigestVogue, the New York TimesElle Decor, and W magazine. Gordon Taylor is a renowned landscape architect and writer. He has written numerous articles and books on herbs, gardens, and garden history.

Read more

Top Virtual Walk Videos: ‘Sigmund Thun Klamm’ Natural Park In Austria

Sigmund Thun Klamm Virtual Walk in 4K

Sigmund Thun Klamm is a natural spectacle that illustrates the effect of elemental forces in a fascinating manner. The powerful tide of the Kapruner Ache cut its way through sturdy rock and stones creating a 320-m-long path lined with vortexes, gradings and pools. A footpath with sturdy wooden footbridges invites guests of all ages on a journey through this magical gorge in Kaprun. Feel the force of the water at every step and learn fascinating facts about the gorge lake near Kaprun on the natural history walk. Don’t forget to visit Kaprun Museum in a 400-year-old farmhouse and immerse yourself in the history of the village.

Kaprun gorge and the museum are located in one of the most beautiful regions in all of Salzburg, and are just perfect for a trip for the whole family. Captivating events in summer top off this truly special experience. Discover the impressive force of water!

OPENING HOURS: 29 May – October | 8.30am – 5.00pm

Website: http://www.klammkaprun.at

New Aerial Travel Video: The ‘Northern Islands – Lofoten, Faroe & Iceland’

Hei sammen, Halló saman, Hej allesammen and welcome to this breathtaking aerial view of the most beautiful northern Islands in 4K UHD resolution. And yes, I’m talking about the Lofoten (Norway) 🇳🇴, Iceland 🇮🇸, and the Faroe Islands 🇫🇴! The true beauty of these landscapes are just unbelievable!

The Lofoten Islands are draped across the turbulent waters of the Norwegian Sea, far above the Arctic Circle. This rare wilderness outpost offers an untrammeled landscape of majestic mountains, deep fjords, squawking seabird colonies and long, surf-swept beaches.

The Faroe Islands is a self-governing archipelago, part of the Kingdom of Denmark. It comprises 18 rocky, volcanic islands between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic Ocean, connected by road tunnels, ferries, causeways and bridges. Hikers and bird-watchers are drawn to the islands’ mountains, valleys and grassy heathland, and steep coastal cliffs that harbor thousands of seabirds.

Iceland, a Nordic island nation, is defined by its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields. Massive glaciers are protected in Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull national parks. Most of the population lives in the capital, Reykjavik, which runs on geothermal power and is home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history.

Travel Videos: ‘Top Ten Places In The Balkans’

The Balkans are one of the Europe’s most beautiful and fascinating regions. From the Coast of Croatia, to the medieval bridges of Bosnia, the Balkans have so much to offer. I’ve traveled to the South Eastern Europe several times and I want to show you my favorite places!

Top New Health Podcasts: ‘Flu Vaccine Season’ (BMJ)

With the annual flu season looming, GPs are anticipating a frenzy of vaccinations, perhaps more so than ever this year. As so many ‘flu and respiratory viruses circulate every year, and as the ‘flu vaccine is for one strain of influenza only, is the vaccine worth getting, and what are the risks associated with vaccinating vs. not vaccinating? 

 In this week’s episode, we discuss the high vaccine uptake in New Zealand, and the role that social distancing for COVID-19 may have played in their low numbers of seasonal flu. We also talk about whether or not the message we give to patients about the benefits and risks of vaccination is transparent enough, and how we might communicate better with them to allow them to make an informed decision. We feel pressure to increase vaccination rates, because we believe we are protecting people, but does the evidence support that?

Our guests: Nikki Turner is the director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) at the university of Auckland. She is an academic general practitioner, and a professor at the university. Jeff Kwong is a professor at the University of Toronto, and the interim director of the Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases at the university’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Newest Oldest Longest Shortest Random