Marine Wildlife: The Giant Mantas Of Coastal Mexico

SeaLegacy (May 26, 2023) – Five years after its protection, Mexico’s Revillagigedo National Park bounds with a resurgence of life– welcoming back the region’s incredible native species, like the endangered giant manta ray. Co-founder Cristina Mittermeier and marine scientist Frida Lara explore what’s possible when we give aquatic life space to recover and thrive.

The pair greet a giant manta as an old friend, as it flips, flies, and glides through the water. The curious creature holds great symbolic significance and plays a vital ecological role within the ocean and all the marine life impacted by its sheer presence. The bounty and diversity of life Cristina captures within Revillagigedo National Park prove that protecting our marine ecosystems is the solution to saving our ocean.

Only brightened by the endangered giant manta’s presence, this region’s achievements act as a guiding light of hope for conservation worldwide.


The New York Times Book Review-Sunday May 28, 2023



The New Definitive Biography of Martin Luther King Jr.

“King: A Life,” by Jonathan Eig, is the first comprehensive account of the civil rights icon in decades.

Growing up, he was called Little Mike, after his father, the Baptist minister Michael King. Later he sometimes went by M.L. Only in college did he drop his first name and began to introduce himself as Martin Luther King Jr. This was after his father visited Germany and, inspired by accounts of the reform-minded 16th-century friar Martin Luther, adopted his name.

Victor LaValle’s Latest Mixes Horror With a History of the West

A black-and-white historical photograph of a farm with mountains in the background.

His novel “Lone Women” follows a Black homesteader in Montana who is haunted by secrets and a dark past.

Victor LaValle’s enthralling fifth novel, “Lone Women,” opens like a true western, with a scene of dark, bloody upheaval and a hint of vengeance. But nothing in this genre-melding book is as it seems. When we meet Adelaide Henry, the grown daughter of Black farmers, she is in a daze, dumping gasoline all over her family’s farmhouse. We don’t know why she’s doing what she’s doing, what happened to her family or, most important, what else she has or hasn’t done.

Views: The Wave & Coyote Buttes North In Arizona

Amazing Places on Our Planet (May 26, 2023) – The Wave is an amazing sandstone formation located within Coyote Buttes North in Northern Arizona, USA, near the border with Utah. The Wave is one of the most iconic places of the American Southwest due to its beauty and restricted access.

Locations in the video: 00:00 On the way to The Wave 01:23 The Wave 04:18 The Mini Wave 04:54 Dinosaur Tracks 05:08 The Boneyard 06:24 The Second Wave 08:52 Top Rock Arch 09:18 Sand Dune Alcove 10:20 Melody Arch 10:45 North & South Teepees 12:39 The Wave

Because of its fragile nature and overwhelming popularity, a daily lottery system is established to allow access to the area. The Coyote Buttes North is by itself a premier photographic destination with many spectacular rock formations.

California Architecture: Venice Beach House Tour

The Local Project (May 26, 2023) – A fusion of an Australian and Californian sensibility, Venice Beach House is a calm house that captures the spirit of its owner and a resonating sense of place.

Video timeline: 00:00 – Introduction to the Calm House 00:29 – The Location of the Home 00:48 – The Californian Bungalow 01:03 – The Brief 01:22 – A Visual Palette Cleanser 01:47 – A Walkthrough of the Home 02:36 – The Material Palette 02:50 – Aspects of the Surrounding Borrowed Landscape 03:31 – The Material Palette Continued 04:03 – Following the Sun 04:28 – Favourite Aspects of the Home

Tribe Studio Architects and Arabella McIntosh bring a distinct, globally inspired approach in crafting the Los Angeles home of Armadillo co-founder Jodie Fried. Whilst an embracing of the natural elements and the similarities in climate that bind both Los Angeles and Australian design, Venice Beach House is founded on the creation of a series of spaces that capture the travelled spirit of its owner.

As the occasional home to Jodie Fried and her family, the resulting calm house speaks to a combined methodology, drawing upon the renowned Californian outdoor lifestyle and familiar elements found home in Australia. Located among an assortment of established bungalow-style homes, the surrounding context plays a key role in shaping the proposed form, scale and proportion of the home whilst referencing a key Australian influence.

Built by Tatum Constructions, Venice Beach House is, at its heart, a calm house. Expressing an openness between inside and out, the home invites connection with the surrounding landscape and ensures a natural spillover of function into the outdoor spaces. The established fig tree in the front garden inspired and directed the planning to optimise natural shading and orientation to create key connections with the natural elements.

Preview: New York Times Magazine – May 28, 2023



Welcome to Vienna, where a whopping 80 percent of residents qualify for public housing, and once you have a contract, it never expires, even if you get richer. What can America learn from a city that has largely avoided the housing crisis?

Imagine a Renters’ Utopia. It Might Look Like Vienna.

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Soaring real estate markets have created a worldwide housing crisis. What can we learn from a city that has largely avoided it?

Seeing Beyond the Beauty of a Vermeer

A detail of “The Milkmaid.” A woman is pouring milk into a bowl.

The violence of his era can be found in his serene masterpieces — if you know where to look.

The afternoon I discovered Vermeer, I was passing time by browsing the books and publications piled up on the shelves at home in Lagos. I was 14 or 15. Amid the relics of my parents’ college studies (Nigerian plays, French histories, business-management textbooks), I found something unfamiliar: the annual report for a multinational company. I don’t remember which company it was, but it must have had something to do with food or drink, because on the front cover was a painting of peasants in a rolling field and on the back was a painting of a woman pouring milk.

Reviews: ‘The Week In Art’

The Art Newspaper May 25, 2023: This week: the first ever museum show of Keith Haring’s work in Los Angeles. We talk to Sarah Loyer, the curator of Keith Haring: Art Is for Everybody at the Broad in Los Angeles. Alex Farquharson, the director of Tate Britain in London, has led the complete rehang of the museum’s collection, including a vastly expanded presence of women and artists of colour across 500 years of British art.

He tells us about the project. And this episode’s Work of the Week is The Room, Part 1 (1975) by the late San Francisco-born painter Joan Brown. The painting is part of the touring survey that opens this week at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, and Liz Park, the curator of the Pittsburgh show, tells us more about it.

Keith Haring: Art Is For Everybody, The Broad, Los Angeles, 27 May-8 October; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 11 November-17 March 2024; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 27 April-8 September 2024.The rehang of Tate Britain is open now.Joan Brown, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 27 May-24 September. Orange County Museum of Art, Costa Mesa, California, 7 February–1 May 2024. Joan Brown: Facts & Fantasies, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, until 17 June. 

Travel: A Walking Tour Of Canal District, Amsterdam

Walking Man Films (May 26, 2023) – A walking tour of the Canal District (Dutch: Grachtengordel), the famous 17th-century district surrounding the Binnenstad of Amsterdam. The whole district is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique cultural and historical value, and its property values are among the highest of the country.

News: Security Forum In Kyiv, Ukraine NATO Appeal, Arctic Challenge Exercise

Friday, May 26, 2023: War correspondent Tim Mak has the latest from the second day of the Kyiv Security Forum, as Ukraine makes its NATO intentions clear.

Plus: this year’s Arctic Challenge Exercise, tensions are stirred by rallies in Serbia and how staying in bed could help astronauts in space.

Front Page: The New York Times —- May 26, 2023


White House and G.O.P. Close In on Deal to Raise Debt Limit and Cut Spending

“It takes a while to make it happen, and we are working hard to make it happen,” Speaker Kevin McCarthy said of a debt-ceiling deal.

The details were not finalized, but negotiators were discussing a compromise that would allow Republicans to point to spending reductions and Democrats to say they had prevented large cuts.

Leaders Let Problems Mount at Brutal SEAL Course, Navy Finds

Navy SEAL candidates at the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL course in Coronado, Calif., in a photo commissioned by the Defense Department.

Overzealous instructors, unchecked drug use, and inadequate leadership and medical oversight turned a tough selection course into a dangerous ordeal, investigators found.

Oath Keepers Leader Is Sentenced to 18 Years in Jan. 6 Sedition Case

The sentence for Stewart Rhodes was the longest so far in the federal investigation of the Capitol attack and the first issued to a defendant convicted of sedition.

How Erdogan Reoriented Turkish Culture to Maintain His Power

Turkey’s president has made a spectacle of the Ottoman past, using monuments and TV shows to rally his voters. His cultural opponents have faced censorship, or jail.

Type 2 Diabetes: Benefits Of Insulin Resistance Diet

Cleveland Clinic (May 25, 2023) – What you eat matters. You may be able to prevent insulin resistance, which can lead to Type 2 diabetes by eating a well-balanced diet. This video shares 7 tips to help prevent or manage insulin resistance.

Chapters: 0:00 What is insulin resistance? 0:34 Pick low calorie foods 0:41 Lean meats and fish 0:53 Look for high fiber ingredients 1:04 Swap full fat for low-fat 1:20 Use olive or sesame oils 1:35 Choose whole grains 1:46 Consider a low-glycemic diet 1:50 Small changes over time

Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance is a complex condition in which your body does not respond as it should to insulin, a hormone your pancreas makes that’s essential for regulating blood sugar levels. Several genetic and lifestyle factors can contribute to insulin resistance.