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The leading African photographers across the continent

Walmart got a $2.2 billion tax cut and now it's laying off workers, while in Chicago, the rich live 30 years longer than the poor. No one should be a billionaire complements Germany’s business barons are finding it harder to keep a low profile. And at the same time the chance of a 15-year-old boy dying by the age of 50 is now higher in America than in Bangladesh, but the article also points out that there are some positive signs in worldwide demographics.

Will Hot-Desking Kill Your Company? "Hot-desking is a working arrangement where employees have no assigned desk. Each morning you get a workstation based on that old standby, first-come-first-served. If you show up at 5:30 a.m. then you'll likely have your pick. Later than 9 a.m., then probably you'll get what's left even if that means working apart from your colleagues. The theory behind this idea is that it provides companies with increased flexibility in managing office space." And I thought open space offices were bad enough.

I Made Meringues Out of My Own Blood and Ate Them: No. Just no.

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The Bohemian King of 1920s Paris You've Never Heard Of

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Lee Krasner Gets a Brilliant Barbican Retrospective

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Night Photography of Urban Japan

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Photographic Pioneers in Soviet-Era Latvia: the Story of Riga Photo Club

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Tooting my own horn here: I took that photo. There are many more here.

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Porftolio|3d render architectural visualization projects|Quatrecaps|Spain

You could do worse than read some of this:

How computing's first 'killer app' changed everything : "According to the Planet Money podcast, in the US alone, there are 400,000 fewer accounting clerks today than in 1980, the first full year that VisiCalc went on sale. But Planet Money also found that there were 600,000 more jobs for regular accountants. After all, crunching numbers had become cheaper, more versatile, and more powerful, so demand went up."

Is the World Doomed to Far Rightwing Soft Dictatorship?: "Don’t bet on politics as usual to lower the temperature and put a stop to this moment’s tidal surge of ugly intolerance. Because the nature of the game has changed, those who oppose the global New Right must engage in a strategic rethink — or we’ll all drown in the rising waters."

Total Depravity: The Origins of the Drug Epidemic in Appalachia Laid Bare: "The influence of opioids on rural United States today eclipses these precedents. Perhaps only London in the throes of the Gin Craze, or Imperial China after the Opium Wars, could compare. This new phase, described as ‘the opioid epidemic’ (seldom capitalized), has different characteristics. It has been so frequently outlined by statistics that there is an accompanying complaint: that, like the old irony about deaths and statistics, these factoids muffle rather than amplify the tragedy. But the calamity is on a scale that cannot be quantified by other means."

Amazon, Walmart, and Other Stores Have Too Many Options: "The presence of so much stuff in America might be more valuable if it were more evenly distributed, but stuff’s creators tend to focus their energy on those who already have plenty. As options have expanded for people with disposable income, the opportunity to buy even basic things such as fresh food or quality diapers has contracted for much of America’s lower classes."

Europe's surging, far-right, "anti-establishment" parties: funded by billionaires, voting for billionaire-friendly policies, lining their own pockets : "Even as these parties are campaigning as insurgent anti-establishment forces, they have been largely funded by massive cash infusions, sometimes laundered through financial secrecy havens like Switzerland, sometimes openly attributed to the richest, most powerful people in Europe. What's more, the voting records of these parties reflect their debt to the super-rich, consistently opposing progressive taxation, anti-tax-evasion measures, strong labour laws, social benefits, and other measures that would benefit the voters who have backed these parties."

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The Voraciousness and Oddity of Dora Maar’s Pictures

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No place like home: eastern Europeans in the West Midlands

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Masha Ivashintsova (1942−2000)

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When Soviets met Stans: the tower blocks of central Asia

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In Remembrance of Photographer Michael Wolf

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Snailiens and other delights from Ravendark Creations

The Beginning of Recorded Sound

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Sharp suits, thin ties and the coolest musicians on Earth

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Paolo Di Paolo's Italy in the 1950s and 60s – in pictures

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Vesterbro som visuel arkæologi

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