Happy Birthday, Carmen Herrera!

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We join El Museo del Barrio in wishing a very happy birthday to Cuban artist Carmen Herrera. The abstract, minimalist painter, who turned 100 years old yesterday, celebrated a solo show El Museo del Barrio in the fall of 1998. Today, one of her works [Blanco y Verde (1959)] is part of the Whitney Museum of American Art opening exhibition.

Eileen Kinsella of Artnet News writes:

If the life story of Carmen Herrera was written as fiction, many people wouldn’t believe it. As Deborah Sontag wrote in a front page story for the New York Times Art & Design section in 2009: “In a word, Ms. Herrera, a nonagenarian homebound painter with arthritis, is hot.”

The artist had her first sale at the age of 89. In her 90s, her work became part of the permanent collections of MoMA, the Hirshhorn, and Tate Modern. After 60 years of honing and practicing her craft, creating brilliantly-colored and ever more minimal and…

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Bison tosses Australian tourist into air at Yellowstone national park

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{Animals are not toys!} Man, 62, taken to hospital after attack while photographing animal near Old Faithful geyser, where a teenage girl was gored a few weeks earlier

An Australian tourist, 62, survived being tossed in the air three times by a bison while he was visiting Yellowstone national park, US park authorities have said.

It is the second time in three weeks a bison has seriously injured a tourist in Yellowstone.

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via Bison tosses Australian tourist into air at Yellowstone national park.

Erdogan files case against opposition leader over alleged ‘golden toilet seats’

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (who spent millions on his residence/office with pubic money) has sued an opposition leader for accusing him of installing golden toilet seats in his residence. The spat comes six days ahead of national elections.

via Erdogan files case against opposition leader over alleged ‘golden toilet seats’.

It’s all in your genes: how DNA explains your sense of humour, sleep patterns, and phobias – Telegraph

So there you have it. You thought you were a free human being, an architect of your own will. But actually the way you live vast swathes of your life was decided by science long before you were born.

You can see this one of two ways; you’re now either a prisoner of your own genetics, doomed to live out an inevitable destiny because of your DNA.

Or you can decide that this means nothing is actually ever your fault. I know which conclusion I prefer.

via It’s all in your genes: how DNA explains your sense of humour, sleep patterns, and phobias – Telegraph.