The gap between how foreigners view Russia and how Russians view themselves is wide and as old as the country itself.
Russian photographer Valeriy Klamm felt that foreign photojournalists who came to work in his country arrive with the pictures they want to send back home already in their head: Bleak images of a cold and desolate place where autocrats lord over drunks.
Klamm, himself, had never photographed much outside of his home city of Novosibirsk, where nearly 2 million people live on the banks of the Ob River in the middle of Siberia.
But in 2000, he started to visit these small towns, camera in hand. He began to ask his photographer friends, both foreign and local, to share images of simple life the rural Russian villages that dot the vast expanse from Europe to the Pacific Ocean.
And in 2009, Klamm started “Birthmarks on the Map,” a collective photo project and website that collects these images in one place.
Beyond Sochi: Russia By Russians
Photo Credit: Fyodor Telkov, Yekaterinburg, Valeriy Klamm, Novosibirsk, Igor Lagunov, Magnitigorsk
Alexander Graham Bell and his wife Mabel hold hands at the water’s edge in Nova Scotia in 1898.
In case you’re having a bad day, meet Roo, the two-legged chihuahua, and Penny, the fluffy chicken, who just happen to be best friends. Both were rescued by Duluth Animal Hospital and now spend their days together.
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This is the most important news item I’ve read in YEARS.
Click here to watch Jon Stewart discuss the reactions to Michael Sam’s revelation that the NFL prospect is gay.
"The admirable behavior of Anderson and all the snowboarders made it doubly irritating when announcers Todd Harris and Todd Richards made some stupid, sexist comments during the play-by-play of the event. “Just five or 10 years ago, that would have been a great men’s run,” said one of the Todds during an earlier, pre-helmet-cracking Pancochova run. “Torah [Bright] knows how to ride a snowboard better than a lot of guys I know, and these are guys that get paid to do it,” said the other Todd. Or maybe it was the same Todd. Look, I don’t know which Todd said what and I apologize if one of the Todds is less sexist than the other, but gee-zus, considering that these women can perform the way they do and show such incredible sportsWOMANship, they certainly deserve more respect from the guys analyzing the action."
Jen Chaney, writing for Salon
and making me glad I’m watching the coverage on CBC
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Measles has surged back in Europe, while whooping cough is has become a problem here in the U.S.
Childhood immunization rates plummeted in parts of Europe and the U.K. after a 1998 study falsely claimed that the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella was linked to autism.
That study has since been found to be fraudulent. But fears about vaccine safety have stuck around in Europe and here in the U.S.
NPR maps the resurgence of preventable diseases due to public ignorance and lamentable misinformation about vaccines.
Pair with Bill Gates on vaccines, animated.