By Ryan Grenoble in the USA:
This Photo Of A Trump Billboard In Mumbai Is Real, And So Is The Dark Irony
Let them eat cake.
12/31/2016 06:25 pm ET
It’s a photo so poignant and so symbolic you’d be forgiven for assuming it’s faked.
And you wouldn’t be alone in that conclusion: Both Reddit and Snopes dismissed it as fake when it went viral earlier this year. And yet this is a real photo of a real billboard, featuring President-elect Donald Trump promoting Trump Tower in Mumbai while homeless children camp in the street below.
“There is only one way to live,” the billboard reads, next to a larger-than-life photo of Trump smiling down on a scene of poverty from his gilded room. “The Trump way.”
Outside of cropping it and possibly tweaking the contrast, photographer Paul Needham assured The Huffington Post “the image is neither doctored nor edited in any way.”
Needham is the co-founder of SimpaNetworks, a company that helps farmers and small shops in rural India install and use solar power systems. He said he stumbled across the scene while driving through Mumbai to meet with some investors.
“I was inspired to take the photo because of the jarring juxtaposition of the Trump billboard and the poverty and homelessness down below,” he said. “The text on the billboard struck me as particularly naive and offensive. …
“Business, done right, can create lasting social value,” said Needham. “I saw Trump towering over the homeless, the children sleeping on cardboard on the street, and I was reminded of the ways in which our economic system can be painfully exclusive and unfair.” …
Beyond the heavy symbolism of the photo itself, the internet’s reaction to the photo ― mostly in the form of dismissal ― is worth a closer look.
“The Reddit community actively engaged with this photo, and the opinion was nearly unanimous that the image had been photoshopped and was clearly a fake,” recalled Needham. “Anyone reading the Reddit chatter would likely defer to their high-technical knowledge, assume some deeper wisdom of these matters. But they were all wrong, the photo is genuine, and the geeks were merely opining, with no basis for their emphatic claims of fakery.”
(The fact-checking website Snopes also initially deemed the photograph a fake, speculating the homeless children had been photoshopped in based on the pixelation. Snopes has since corrected itself.)
This photo shows two mute swans in love, forming a heart-like shape with their necks.
The title of the photo is ‘Love is’.
The photo, made near Wijhe in the Netherlands, is by Gerd.
This photo shows two great cormorants. One of them has caught a pike.
The photo was made in the Hengforderwaarden near Olst in the Netherlands, by Gerd.
This video says about itself:
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft releases first close-up photos of Saturn
7 December 2016
At just 240,000 miles from Saturn‘s north pole, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft snapped some stunning photos. These are the first images of the spacecraft’s new mission, which is taking it closer to Saturn than it has been since it arrived at Saturn in 2004.
By Brandon Russell in the USA, December 10, 2016:
NASA’s Cassini takes breathtaking images of Saturn’s northern hemisphere
NASA’s Cassini has been soaring through the cosmos for nearly 20 years and to celebrate the latest phase of its journey, the intrepid spacecraft has sent scientists new images of Saturn’s northern hemisphere.
The purpose of Cassini’s newest mission phase, called Ring-Grazing Orbits, is to skim past the outer edges of the planet’s main rings, according to NASA. The pictures … which highlight the planet’s hexagon-shaped jet stream, were taken in early December.
“This is it, the beginning of the end of our historic exploration of Saturn,” said Carolyn Porco, Cassini imaging team lead at Space Science Institute. “Let these images—and those to come—remind you that we’d lived a bold and daring adventure around the solar system’s most magnificent planet.”
Cassini will continue its ring-grazing orbits until April 22 of next year, where it will then begin its descent toward the planet’s surface. By September of 2017, Cassini will no longer exist.
The beginning of the end
Cassini launched all the way back in 1997 and has continued to study the Saturn system since arriving in 2004.
Over the years, the orbiter has uncovered a potential ocean on a Saturn moon, and sent back an incredibly beautiful image of a hurricane on the planet, among many other accomplishments.
Saturn’s 10th moon was the first satellite discovered in the modern space age. Excerpt from the January 14, 1967, issue of Science News: here.
This photo shows a barnacle goose flying with avocets.
The photo is by duyfje from the Netherlands.
Still 7 October 2016. After the journey by ship across the Baltic sea, with its goldcrests, had ended, we went to Freesendorfer Wiesen nature reserve. Where this dunlin on autumn migration was. With a few black spots left from its summer plumage black belly.
Near the entrance, a sea eagle sits on a pole.
About thirty barnacle geese. Hundreds of wigeon.
Two little gulls. A northern lapwing.
A small dunlin flock along the shore. Sometimes, cleaning their feathers.
Four cranes flying.
Then, a short-eared owl flying.
A northern wheatear on a wire.
A parasol mushroom.
This video is about ducks, herring gulls and black-headed gulls of the German Baltic Sea.
After 6 October, 7 October 2016 was our last full day of birdwatching in the German Baltic sea region.
We sailed from Peenemünde to Freest, near the Struck peninsula.
Our ship started at 8am. The storm had stopped, but it was still rainy.
Great black-backed gulls. Great cormorants. The sea eagle still sitting on the same pole as yesterday.
Two coots swimming.
A velvet scoter swims and flies away.
A robin passes the ship.
Still smaller birds are on migration.
The smallest birds of Europe: goldcrests.
They rest on the ship, tired of flying over the sea.
Their feathers are wet because of the rain.
They try to get shelter from the rain in the sails.
When the ship came closer to the shore, the goldcrests left to continue their migration.
Stay tuned, as we still saw more birds on that day.