Stepping Into Times Square After 44 Years in Prison

This is the story of Otis Johnson who made mistakes, he fulfilled his debt to society and after 44 years in prison, he made his first step to a world that he hardly recognizes.
Otis went to jail at the age of 25. When he released from prison, he was 69. A interesting interview that worths to be listened.


A Perfectly Symmetrical Photo of a Kingfisher Diving for Prey, Nearly 6 Years in the Making

Just imagine trying to capture the perfect shot for 6 years years now. This is exactly what Scottish wildlife photographer Alan McFadyen did. The last 6 years, he has spent an estimated 4,200 hours looking for the perfect photo: a symmetrical image of a kingfisher diving into its own reflection in search of prey. It was just last month when after 720,000 exposures he finally made it. McFadyen certainly snapped hundreds of other successful images along the way, but this particular photo—as he imagined it—haunted him for years.

“Kingfishers dive so fast they are like bullets, so taking a good photo requires a lot of luck – and a lot of patience,” McFadyen told the Daily Mail. The difficulty is enhanced by the fact that female kingfishers only rarely dive, so timing is critical.
McFadyen owns Scottish Photography Hides which rents out hides in pristine locations in Southwest Scotland for use by wildlife photographers.
The last thing to say is that the photo certainly deserved the waiting. It's pure perfection!


Shared Table Where People Can Work and Cats Can Wander

This is something that you and your cat will absolutely love. The first wood table designed for both people and cats is an original creation of Ruan Hao for Hangzhou and Hong Kong-based architecture firm LYCS. CATable will surely fill the blank for the growing demand on livable spaces that will please your cat and will be functional for you, too.
With the proper-sized holes and long passageways, the table encourages cats to satisfy their natural curiosity as they can wander around your workspace. According to the architecture firm, the desk was created due to cat owners' shared experience: "Putting away the cat from your lap top was like a sentimental ritual of temporary farewell." As Hao states, "It is a table for us, and a paradise for cats.“ CATable was exhibited at this year's Milan Design Week.


China Poised To DEMAND U.S. LAND As Payment For U.S. Debt

This is a part of the shocking proposal that has been developing secretly by Beijing since 2009 to commute more than $1 trillion of U.S debt it owns into equity.
According to the plan, China wants to own U.S. businesses, U.S. infrastructure and U.S. high-value land, all with a U.S. government guarantee against loss.
Yu Qiao, a professor of economics in the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsighua University in Beijing, thought of this plan, back in 2009, for the U.S. government to insure foreign investments in the United States.

WorldNet Weekly has reliable information that the Bank of China, China’s central bank, has continued to proceed the plan to convert China’s holdings of U.S. debt into equity owned by China in the U.S.
The Obama administration, under the plan, would grant a financial guarantee as an incetive for China to convert U.S. debt into Chinese direct equity investment. China would take ownership of successful U.S. corporations, potentially profitable infrastructure projects and high-value U.S. real estate.The plan is designed to motivate China to resume lending to the U.S. on a nearly zero-interest basis.
However, converting Chinese debt to equity investments in the United States could easily add another $1 trillion to outstanding Obama administration guarantees issued in the current economic crisis.

Yu Qiao observed that if the U.S. dollar collapsed under the weight of proposed Obama administration trillion-dollar budget deficits into the near future, holders of U.S. debt would have huge losses that the Financial Times estimated “would devastate Asians’ hard-earned wealth and terminate economic globalization.” “The basic idea is to turn Asian savings, China’s in particular, into real business interests rather than let them be used to support U.S. over-consumption,” Yu Qiao wrote, reflecting themes commonly suggested by Chinese government officials. “While fixed-income securities are vulnerable to any fall in the value of the dollar, equity claims on sound corporations and infrastructure projects are at less risk from a currency default,” he continued.

The problem is that, in a struggling U.S. economy, China does not want to trade its investment in U.S. Treasury debt securities, with their inherent risk of dollar devaluation, for equally risky investments in U.S. corporations and infrastructure projects.
“But Asians do not want to bear the risk of this investment because of market turbulence and a lack of knowledge of cultural, legal and regulatory issues in U.S. businesses,” he stressed. “However if a guarantee scheme were created, Asian savers could be willing to invest directly in capital-hungry U.S. industries.” Yu Qiao’s plan included four components:

1.China would negotiate with the U.S. government to create a “crisis relief facility,” or CRF. The CRF “would be used alongside U.S. federal efforts to stabilize the banking system and to invest in capital-intensive infrastructure projects such as high-speed railroad from Boston to Washington, D.C.

2.China would pool a portion of its holdings of Treasury bonds under the CFR umbrella to convert sovereign debt into equity. Any CFR funds that were designated for investment in U.S. corporations would still be owned and managed by U.S. equity holders, with the Asians holding minority equity shares “that would, like preferred stock, be convertible.”

3.The U.S. government would act as a guarantor, “providing a sovereign guarantee scheme to assure the investment principal of the CRF against possible default of targeted companies or projects”.

4.The Federal Reserve would set up a special account to supply the liquidity the CRF would require to swap sovereign debt into industrial investment in the United States.

“The CRF would lessen Asians’ concern about implicit default of sovereign debts caused by a collapsing dollar,” Yu Qiao concluded. “It would cost little and help the U.S. by channeling funds to business investment.”


A Tornado of Fire Filmed in Slow Motion

Gav and Dan from the Slow Mo Guys are unknown for experimenting with unusual and some time explosive events using HD slow motion cameras in order to to show you the world hundreds of times slower than your eyes can catch. Most of their videos are funny to watch, but their latest addendum involving a spinning tornado of fire is really praiseworthy. Skip ahead to 1:25 for the cool part.


Guy Turns Old Tractor Into Badass Motorcycle

Built by Rustfarm

Collectors Weekly member Rustfarm is an Ohio based mechanic specialized in restoration of old motorcycles. One of his cooler restoration is the alteration of an old tractor into a functional and jaw-dropping motorcycle. He says the project was built between 2000 and 2005 and it's fully working. I would really like to speed up with this one!

The ‘tractorcycle‘ can be seen at vintage motorcycle and tractor shows in and around Ohio. Amazing job!

Built by Rustfarm

Built by Rustfarm


Artwork is Work, Supporting the Arts Means Paying the Artists

Photo by Scott Beale for Laughing Squid

Scott Beale over at Laughing Squid took a photo of this great bumper sticker while visiting Ohio. He spotted this Artwork Is Work bumper sticker by “Northern Sun” on the back windscreen of a car.
It may seems like a simple sticker, but the carrying message is absolutely important. People tend to forget that art is no for free. An artist must also pay his bills. Loved this message and if you agree too, you can buy it from Northern Sun for just $2.50.
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The World’s Most Deadly Gang Have Started Tattooing Their EYEBALLS

Without question, body modifications including tattoos, stretching etc are a strong trend and have big fans around the globe.However, the latest trend is going to get goosebumps all over your body. Eyeball tattooing ( yes eyeball ) is the fresh add in body modifications. The process sees the whites of the eyes colored – mostly red. And it’s currently flourished in the gang community in Los Angeles. Specifically among members of the notorious gang, MS-13.

Earlier in the year in LA, 17 year-old Florencio Conchuza Gonzalez – a member of the ruthless MS-13 – tattooed his eyeballs and as a result he lost his eyesight. After CCTV footage emerged showing Gonzalez robbing a convenience store, he fully admitted his crime to cops, in the hope that they might help him to fix his sight if he ratted on other gang members.

“He just started crying and told us he would tell us anything we wanted as long as we would bring him back his vision” recalls the police officer who arrested him. “I reassured him we would do the best we could and called an ambulance immediately as his eyes were bleeding and were so swollen they looked like they were going to come out of his eye sockets.”

It’s not just members of MS-13 that are tattooing their eyes. There are also a large number of criminals who choose this practise as a proof of brutality. The video below reports the eyeball tattooing in jail :


Powerful Photos Of Vanishing Indigenous People Across The Globe

The Goroka, Papua New Guinea. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

In our days, modernization, climate change, globalization and many other factors have provoked the diminution or even the extinction of a great part of the indigenous people of the world. Fascinated by the indigenous tribes, British photographer Jimmy Nelson, shelved a successful career in order to begin a perilous journey that would lead him to meet and document the last remaining indigenous people of the world. From the tropical Amazon rain forests of Ecuador to the frigid tundras of Siberia, and from the land of cattles in South Argentina to the spiritual India , Nelson spent significant time with each native culture, living the way the did and trying to collect their habits, traditions and values. Shot with a 50-year-old plate film camera, Before They Pass Away project is a priceless heritage for the generations to come as well as a source of inspiration and admiration for these unpolluted people who keep going with the old ways, respecting the nature and their traditions.

Nelson, in an interview in FeatureShoot, said : “There is a pure beauty in their goals and family ties, their belief in gods and nature, and their will to do the right thing in order to be taken care of when their time comes. They know what makes them happy and they choose to live that life ” and he continued “I want to show these tribes that they are already rich, that they have something that money can’t buy. I would like to demonstrate to them that the Western modern society is not as pure and inspiring as their own culture and values and therefore it is not something to necessarily aspire to.” Looking at these photos, the assumption that humanity is most present in these tribes rather than the developed world, is more certain than ever.

The Chukchi, Siberia. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

The Huaorani, Ecuador. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

The Rabari, India. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

The Asaro, Papua New Guinea. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

The Mursi, Ethiopia. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

Gauchos, Argentina. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

The Himba, Namibia. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

The Huli, Papua New Guinea. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

The Ladakhi, India. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

The Kazakh, Mongolia. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

The Kalam, Papua New Guinea. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

The Maori, New Zealand. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

The Vanuatu, Vanuatu Islands. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.