While it conjures up feelings of deep-seated sorrow and Sisyphean hopelessness, Dev Hynes’s new 11-minute masterpiece “Do You See My Skin Through the Flames?” is less a protest song, à la Prince , than a self-vivisection. He’s deconstructing himself, figuring out who he is in the wake of the Charleston shooting. The way it deals with tragedy and pain is achingly of-the-moment, yet that pain feels, sadly, timeless. Released under Hynes’s Blood Orange moniker, the song is a pensive meditation on his feelings during this time of sustained anxiety. He eschews anger, a staple of the protest song, and instead sounds exhausted at having to explain this “depression” again. The vocals echo with the fleeting quality of a dream: Let me break this down for you and tell you how we feel again, Toronto-based artist Talwst provides a spoken-word interlude, telling Hynes, “I understand what you’re going through being surrounded by friends of privilege who don’t get it.” “Do You See My Skin … [Read more...] about Blood Orange’s New Song Is the First Great Piece of Art About Charleston
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A DYING dad sobbed "I love my kids" after he was shot by a crossbow killer - despite repeatedly warning cops he and his pregnant partner were in danger. Dad-of-two Shane Gilmer, 30, begged a 999 call handler to tell his children how much he loved them after he was fatally injured by a vengeful neighbour, an inquest has heard. Mr Gilmer made emergency calls lasting around half an hour after Anthony Lawrence attacked both him and partner Laura Sugden at their East Yorkshire home. Lawrence, who had been served with an eviction notice after the couple made a complaint about a smell of cannabis from his property, broke into the house through the loft and waited in a bedroom for them to return home, Hull Coroner's Court heard. He then shot Mr Gilmer through the arm and torso. The bolt broke the victim's arm and a rib, damaged his liver and kidney and became embedded in his spine. Lawrence then shot Ms Sugden in the head before driving the bolt into her neck after she … [Read more...] about Dying dad sobbed ‘I love my kids’ after being shot by crossbow killer despite repeatedly warning cops about neighbour
Peloton is resisting a request from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to recall its Tread Plus treadmill, which was involved with the death of a child last month , the Washington Post is reporting tonight . At the time of the incident, the CPSC issued a statement that it was investigating. The agency is reportedly planning on issuing a consumer alert about the Tread Plus and may do so as early as Saturday, according to officials who spoke to the Post. One official added that “this doesn’t happen with other treadmills.” The Post’s sources tell the paper that the CPSC is aware of “‘dozens’ of incidents involving Peloton’s treadmills, some involving pets or exercise balls and many of them resulting in serious injuries.” Bloomberg notes this this past February the CPSC received a report that a three-year-old suffered a ”significant brain injury. He was found to have tread marks on his back matching the slats of the treadmill, neck injury, and petechiae on … [Read more...] about Peloton is fighting a recall request on its treadmill after a child died last month
OPINION: Back in 2000, Palmerston North’s Te Manawa was born – an amalgamation of the Manawatu Art Gallery, museum and science centre, with a rugby museum thrown in. The gallery’s director and curator were dismissed, and the new entity was operated by the Te Manawa Museums Trust. What had been an outstanding regional gallery, like Whanganui’s Sarjeant, became a shell of what it once was. Identity and national standing were lost – it was like watching the blood drain from a cultural body to become an art zombie. Manawatū citizens have recently campaigned to see the gallery brought back from the dead, to be given back its own governance. READ MORE: Fledgling festivals reach new audiences for creative scene Doing up an old image of ourselves - looking at the people behind the paintings Money with a framework needed to support artists and creatives The beginning of that story might sound familiar. Last week, leaks came of Experience Wellington’s “confidential” … [Read more...] about Restructure of Wellington cultural institutions absolutely positively provincial
President Vladimir Putin has touted Sputnik V as "the best vaccine in the world," and the Russian media have regularly touted the vaccine's record exports abroad. However, is it actually a safe and effective inoculation against COVID-19? DW tries to separate the facts from the propaganda. What is Sputnik V? Developed by the state-run Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow and financed by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Gam-COVID-Vac is a viral vector vaccine , similar to those developed by AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson (J&J). Vector vaccines are easier to manage than mRNA vaccines, which need to be stored at very low temperatures. In a vector vaccine, harmless viruses, such as inactive cold viruses, deliver the genetic code for spike proteins — which the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen uses to attach itself to human cells — into the body. The body of a vaccinated person will recognize them as alien substances and react by … [Read more...] about Fact check: How effective is the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine?