From Living Root Bridges:
In the depths of northeastern India, in one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren’t built – they’re grown.
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The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.
Frequenzy of the bass strings and high shutter speed of the camera lead to this suprising string-wobble footage.
There is no slowmo applied to the take. Sound is original.
video was filmed with a Canon 5D MarkII , Nikon 50mm lens on 1,8f.
The sport involves putting two ferrets inside one’s trousers, having first tied one’s trouser cuffs firmly to one’s ankles, lest the ferrets escape. The competitor then cinches his belt tightly, and the clock is started. Competitors cannot be drunk or drugged, nor can the ferrets be drugged. In addition, competitors cannot wear underpants beneath their trousers, and the ferrets’ teeth cannot be filed or otherwise blunted. Competitors can touch the ferrets, but only from the outside of the trousers.
(via Best of Wikipedia)
From The NY Times:
Once reserved for government jobs or payroll positions that could involve significant sums of money, credit checks are now fast, cheap and used for all manner of work. Employers, often winnowing a big pool of job applicants in days of nearly 10 percent unemployment, view the credit check as a valuable tool for assessing someoneâ€™s judgment.
But job counselors worry that the practice of shunning those with poor credit may be unfair and trap the unemployed â€” who may be battling foreclosure, living off credit cards and confronting personal bankruptcy â€” in a financial death spiral: the worse their debts, the harder it is to get a job to pay them off.
â€œHow do you get out from under it?â€ asked Matthew W. Finkin, a law professor at the University of Illinois, who fears that the unemployed and debt-ridden could form a luckless class. â€œYou canâ€™t re-establish your credit if you canâ€™t get a job, and you canâ€™t get a job if youâ€™ve got bad credit.â€