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Want to Drive the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile? They’re Accepting Job Applications

first_imgThe applications are due on the 31st, so if you’re interested, get on it now. It’s an odd world we live in where most people would quit their job for the chance to drive around in a giant hot dog . . . but here we are. Oscar Mayer is taking applications RIGHT NOW for its next group of Wienermobile drivers.  They’re looking for people with public relations or marketing backgrounds who can start in June and work for a year, driving from coast-to-coast.  Salary?  Quote, “Competitive.”last_img read more

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Taking Away “Fortnite” Privileges Is Now an Incredibly Powerful Parenting Tool

first_imgIf you have a kid in your house between the ages of eight and 37, there’s a good chance they play “Fortnite”.  It’s as hot as a game has been since that random two weeks when everyone played “Pokemon Go”. And according to a new survey, parents are now WEAPONIZING its popularity.  Almost two out of three moms say they’ve threatened to ban their kid from playing “Fortnite” as a punishment. The survey also found 7% of parents have wound up with a massive bill from their kid’s in-game purchases.last_img read more

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Test your smarts on viral mutations and scientific luck!

first_img Ebola According to a new study, how much Arctic ice does the average U.S. family destroy in 30 years? Score The older the scientist, the more citations per paper The Science Quiz After running into strong local opposition, a huge telescope planned for construction in Hawaii could move where? As long as their entire body Drink more water Pedal slower Chile’s Atacama Desert Pedal faster The faster you answer, the higher you score! Challenge your friends and sign up for your chance to win a free digital subscription to Science. An error occurred loading the Quiz. Please try again later. Positron tomography A finless fish Share your score The Cubbies did it! Now, here’s a question for all you math nerds: Given that Major League Baseball has 30 teams, what’s the approximate chance that another team will have a similarly long losing streak? Radio astronomy Ebola. The sheer size of the Ebola epidemic that engulfed West Africa is still a bit of a riddle. Scientists think the virus spread quickly thanks to poor infrastructure and its sudden appearance in major cities, where it jumped easily from person to person. Now, two new studies add another item to that list: 3 months after the outbreak became a full-blown epidemic, the virus underwent a mutation that made it better suited for humans. A marine lizard This one weird trick might help you take in less air pollution on your daily (or annual) bike ride: None of the above. Citations seem to be random. Enter the information below to enter the sweepstakes:Your information has been submitted.An error occurred submitting the email. Please try again later.This email has already been entered.The email submitted is not a valid email.Incomplete form. Please fill out all fields. 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I would like to receive emails about products and services offered by AAAS advertisers.PRIVACY I have read and accept the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.Submit Stretched end to end, how long is the DNA in the nucleus of a presidential candidate’s cells? Dubstep The older the scientist, the fewer citations per paper Pedal slower. If you try to outpace pollutants by pedaling faster, you might want to reconsider. Despite reducing time exposed to toxicants, active commuters—both walkers and bikers—can actually take in up to four times as much air pollution, because they breathe more heavily when they pick up the pace. To find a sweet-spot speed, researchers built a computer model of 10,000 bikers and walkers, based on commuting data. Their answer for the bikers? A comfortable 13-kilometer-per-hour pace. Research into beard filters is ongoing. How did you score on the quiz? Challenge your friends to a science news duel! Endless, just like this election Zika Cosmic rays Question LOADING The world’s first known four-legged snake might not be a snake at all, according to a new study. What do scientists think it might be instead? China’s Yellow Mountains 80%. The Cubs’ streak of 107 seasons without a championship was unparalleled. But as sports leagues continue to expand, the probability that some team or another will suffer an equally long drought is growing right along with them. If one assumes that in any year each team has an equal probability—3.3%—of winning the championship, then simple binomial statistics predict that the probability that any one team will fail to win a championship for 107 years in a row is 2.67%. But with 30 teams in the league, the chance that some team or another will fail to win the championship for 107 seasons in a row is a whopping 79.7%. In fact, the Cleveland Indians, who haven’t won for 68 seasons, have a decent chance of matching the Cubs’ feat. Assuming all teams have equal chances of winning, the probability that the Indians will continue to not win for another 39 years is 26.7%. Dare to dream, Cleveland. 200 square meters Time’s Up! Start Quiz Electron microscopy NIAID 200 square meters, or about the size of an American football field. Since the 1960s, the shrinkage of the ice cap over the Arctic Ocean has advanced in lockstep with the amount of greenhouse gases humans have sent into the atmosphere. Every additional metric ton of carbon dioxide appears to cost the Arctic another 3 square meters of summer sea ice—a simple and direct observational link that has been sitting in data beneath scientists’ noses. If both the relationship and current emission trends hold, the study suggests the Arctic will be ice free by 2045—far sooner than some climate models predict. 0 / 10 X-rayscenter_img 0 You Win a FREE digital subscription to Science! Just submit the required contact information to enter. 45% 80% Electron microscopy. Electron microscopes can magnify objects up to 10 million times, letting scientists peer into the inner workings of our bodies’ smallest parts. But they’ve only been able to see in black and white, until now. The new technique—15 years in the making—uses three rare earth metals, which are layered one-by-one over cells on a microscopic slide. When the metals lose electrons, they are marked with a unique color, either red, yellow, or green. With a few more tweaks, scientists hope to add three or four new colors to the mix soon. Grow a beard As long as their forearm Spain’s Canary Islands. The location of the planned Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) remains in the balance over its disputed building permit. But now, at least, astronomers have a backup. The TMT, which will be one of the world’s largest telescopes when it begins operating next decade, got into hot water because Native Hawaiian activists objected to its siting on Mauna Kea, a sacred mountain that also happens to be one of the world’s best sites for optical and infrared astronomy. New research shows that a recent mutation in this virus may have made it even deadlier: A two-legged snake 2 square meters Official rules for the News from Science weekly quiz sweepstakes HIV Last week, scientists said that a new upgrade allows this well-known imaging method to produce color images for the first time: Results: You answered out of correctly – Click to revisit Solar storms. The sun’s warm glow can sometimes turn menacing. Solar storms can shoot plasma wrapped in bits of the sun’s magnetic field into space, sweeping past Earth and disabling satellites, causing widespread blackouts, and disrupting GPS-based navigation. Now, a new study suggests that one such “coronal mass ejection” in 2015 temporarily weakened Earth’s protective magnetic field, allowing solar plasma and radiation from the same storm to more easily reach the atmosphere. A marine lizard. The fossil is tiny, fragile thing: a squashed skull barely a centimeter in length, a sinuous curving body about two fingers long, and four delicate limbs with grasping hands. In a major paper last year, researchers called this rare fossil the first known four-legged snake. But last week, another team of scientists weighed in, suggesting instead that it’s a marine lizard. As scientists debate the identity of this controversial specimen, the only one of its kind, it now appears to be inaccessible for further study. And paleontologists are mad as hell. A flying iguana New York City’s Trump Tower None of the above. You might guess that, over time, a scientist matures and produces better work, with later papers earning more citations. But no such trend emerged in a recent study. Instead, a scientific paper looks more like a lottery ticket, says an author of the new paper, with the number of citations mostly due to luck. “So publishing more papers is like buying more tickets,” she says. “And that’s why you have a bigger impact during your more productive years” as a scientist. 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We’ll select a new winner each week. 2000 square meters November 07, 2016 Chikungunya Average 35% November 07, 2016 The Science Quiz Take the quiz to enter for a chance to win a FREE digital subscription to Science! Learn More As long as their entire body! How our DNA is bunched into the nucleus is a miracle of packaging, with very deliberate loops and bends that bring specific parts of each chromosome into contact to help control what genes are active. Now, using sophisticated statistics, imaging, and experimental data, biophysicists have a clearer idea about how all this genetic material is squished into such a tiny space. 3% Every Monday, The Science Quiz tests your knowledge of the week’s biggest science news stories. No matter how much you know, you’re still likely to learn something–give it a try!last_img read more

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No evidence against Majeed: Parry

first_imgThe police will have insufficient evidence to press charges against alleged spot match fixer Mazhar Majeed, who was seen accepting money on camera, the chairman of a United Kingdom commission set up to probe gambling-related threat of corruption in cricket feels. The statement of Rick Parry, the chairman of the commission who was earlier the CEO of Liverpool Football Club, has added a new twist to the match fixing scandal involving top Pakistani cricketers, including captain Salman Butt. Parry believes that the case is likely to flounder unless evidence of illegal betting activity was found to back up the claims. In this case, the greater onus would have to fall on International Cricket Council (ICC) to take prompt and decisive action against anyone found guilty of match-fixing, he said. In his explanation Parry said, “I don’t think the case has any evidence at all. Unless News of the World placed a bet, which would be highly unlikely, because in doing so they would have carried out a criminal act.” “Then there doesn’t appear to be any betting activity at all associated with these particular allegations. It places the ball squarely back into the hands of the cricket authorities,” Parry added.last_img read more

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Dusting Off My Inner Nerd

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 22, 2010June 20, 2017By: Seth Cochran, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Seth Cochran, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. He will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about him, the other Young Champions, and the program here.Like most engineers, I spent my youth either taking household electronics apart or playing with legos. Both activities exhibit a fascination with the simple pieces that make up more complex objects.Surrounded by naked circuit boards, I no longer posses the desire to destroy a radio in search of understanding its components. In a former life as a finance guy, I let my inner nerd trade in the bucket of legos for a copy of Excel with every costing function you can imagine.My name is Seth, and I’m a costing nerd.Nothing can teach you more about a system than understanding the economics that make it tick. Not only can you see which parts of the system consume the most resources, but you can also determine where subsets of the system might have standalone viability.This month of my placement has been about gathering up all I know about the EHAS network deployments and building a costing model that is dynamic enough to estimate a variety of new installations. In doing so, I have rounded out my technical knowledge of what makes an EHAS communications network. Broadly speaking we are talking towers, power and antennas. (For the record, I wish I knew a word for antenna that rhymed with power.)In addition to scoping out what a network in the mountains might cost compared to one in the jungle, we can now see where we should focus our effort on cost reductions or in-kind donations of equipment. Every dollar we save in network costs is a dollar closer we are to building a network where health posts have no access to communications.By understanding all the pieces, we also open up the possibility of extending the EHAS system to places where communications capability already exists. Why would someone need a communications network if they already have one? They don’t. But just because a hospital is within reach of a cell tower doesn’t mean they have electricity. In fact, one of the winners of the Healthy Mothers Strong World competition, WE CARE Solar, has developed an ingenious suitcase solar power system to specifically address the unmet need for power and they can’t fill orders fast enough.While EHAS is in the business of communications, the brilliant engineering team has developed a clever solar power system to make their antennas work. But, the electricity this system creates could also be used to power head lamps or incubators or whatever else a rural hospital might need – just like WE CARE Solar but on a larger scale to meet higher power demands. So by fully embracing our cost nerdiness, we now have a firm grasp on the economics of the power portion of the EHAS system and can judge if it might work strategically on a standalone basis. This has direct relevance to places with limited electrical networks, but high mobile phone coverage (i.e. Africa).Besides managing a $160 million budget and fully understanding costing, my former finance life also required me to think of creative ways to finance projects and transactions. So when Andres handed me a booklet on financing structures for social businesses and asked me to start working on a capital structure strategy to support EHAS growth, another part of my old self came out of hibernation.This month has required me to dust off lots of my old private sector skills. Funny thing is that applying these skills to extend healthcare to people in need is much more exciting than making anonymous shareholders richer.Share this:last_img read more

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11 days agoAgent says Chelsea midfielder Jorginho fancies Italy return

first_imgAgent says Chelsea midfielder Jorginho fancies Italy returnby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJorginho’s agent says the Chelsea midfielder has the desire to return to Italy.The Italy international has improved under new Blues boss Frank Lampard this season, but Santos says he could return to a top club in Serie A.”In football everything is possible, the desire to return [to Italy] is always there,” said Joao Santos.”With the experience gained in the Premier could make a great contribution to Serie A.”He could play in the two or three times fighting for the Scudetto.”Santos added: “It’s been a positive year for him, he is doing well in the national team. He always scores penalties… I think Jorginho will do very well in the next European Championships, and why not also in the next World Cup? “On the other hand, there are not so many opportunities in the national team and we always have to be ready for every game.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Go BehindTheScenes With New Girl For Charity

first_imgFans of hit show New Girl have the chance to visit the set just by donating to charity.Go Behind The Scenes Of New GirlCredit/Copyright: Omaze.comViewers get lost in laughter while watching New Girl as all mid-20s and 30-somethings can relate to their modern day take on friendship and romance. The Los Angeles based hit show has recently unveiled Jess’ (Golden Globe-nominated Zooey Deschanel) and Nick’s (Jake Johnson) new romance and everyone is dying to see what’s set to unfold next season! While most are waiting patiently until fall, Omaze.com has partnered with New Girl to offer one lucky reader the chance-to-win VIP behind-the-scenes access to a filming of New Girl before it airs next season, and all for a great cause.Anyone may enter-to-win by visiting Omaze and donating $10 for one entry to this thrilling experience. The winner and their guest will be flown to LA and provided 4-star hotel accommodations. They’ll get a personal VIP tour of the hit comedy, given by Winston (aka Lamorne Morris). Not only that, they’ll walk away knowing the key to delivering hilarious comedy without cracking up, the secret to writing a hit pilot, and whether the loft is looking for a fifth roommate. The best part? Every 100 entries sponsor a full after school arts program for a low-income public school in New York or Los Angeles.last_img read more

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Angelina Jolie Calls For Action On World Refugee Day

first_imgUNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie has been commemorating World Refugee Day with Syrian refugees in Turkey, which has overtaken Pakistan to become the world’s largest refugee-hosting nation with more than 1.77 million in urban areas and government-run camps.The Special Envoy and UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres also met Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to thank him and his people for the country’s generosity towards Syrian and Iraqis refugees and to discuss the challenges that Turkey and other host nations face, and their need for support.In her capacity as co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, Jolie Pitt also raised her work on women’s rights and the global campaign against sexual violence in conflict. Later, while visiting the Midyat Refugee Camp in Mardin, south-eastern Turkey, she made a powerful World Refugee Day call for more action to prevent conflict and support refugees.“We are here for a simple reason: This region is at the epicentre of a global crisis,” she said. “Nearly 60 million people are displaced from their homes. That is one in every 122 people on our planet. Our world has never been richer or healthier or more advanced. Yet never before have so many people been dispossessed and stripped of their basic human rights. We should call this what it is: not just a “refugee crisis,” but a crisis of global security and governance, that is manifesting itself in the worst refugee crisis ever recorded – and a time of mass displacement.“The greatest single source of these massive refugee flows is Syria. In the space of four years, Turkey has become the country with the largest number of refugees anywhere in the world, with 1.8 million displaced Syrian and Iraqis. Lebanon, where I was yesterday, is hosting an even greater density of displaced people: every fourth person in Lebanon is now a Syrian refugee. People are running out of places to run to. If you are an Iraqi or a Syrian fleeing violence, where do you go? Every border country is being pushed beyond its limits.“That is why we see so many dying at sea. It is not a “new trend,” it is a result of those fleeing country after country and finding no safe place. These are not economic migrants looking for a better life, these are desperate refugees who are fleeing war and persecution. The average stay in a refugee camp is 17 years. Think of your own life. Think of what that would mean. For many, it is their entire childhood. During displacement you might be able to get an education, or continue your education. But very likely, you will not.“As a refugee, you cannot legally work in a host country. So your skills and education will dull over those long years and your much-needed contribution will be lost. As a refugee you learn how the world feels about you. You know if your suffering causes outrage and compassion – or if it is mostly ignored. Familes like the six young people I met yesterday, living in Lebanon without parents, on half food rations and paying US$100 a month to live in a tent because UNHCR does not have the funds or capability to take full care of everyone – they know.“We should see this time in displacement as the time where we should take the most care, and give the most support. Not because they are vulnerable, but because in fact they are the future stability of all the countries we say we are so concerned about. So my first message is that it is due time for people to respect the plight of refugees and see their value. We must protect them, and invest in them. They are not a problem, they are part of the solution to this global crisis. They are the potential for the rebuilding and restabilization of countries.“But second, even more than this, I plead to the international community and leaders of the world to recognize what this moment in mass human displacement means. This is not just another day. This World Refuge Day marks some frightening truths about our inability to manage international crisis – about our inability to broker peace and find lasting solutions.“Today – as happened every day on average last year – over 40,000 people will be forced from their homes. And it will be the same tomorrow. And the next day. And every day after that, if this political inertia continues.“It is hard to point to a single instance where as an international community we are decisively addressing the root causes of refugee flows. Displacement is multiplying because the wars don’t end, and countries emerging from conflict don’t get the support they need. We handle crises by discussing either boots on the ground or aid relief. The global crisis is showing us that this narrow view of dealing with conflict is wrong and ineffective. UNHCR, along with other UN and NGO agencies, cannot be expected to manage the chaos of a population the size of France displaced.“I have spent the last 14 years among the UNHCR staff. I know their dedication. Even love for refugees. I have also seen them overwhelmed and emotional over the last few years. They and other UN agencies and NGOs are filling a gap left by the international community. We are past the breaking point. The answer to a world crisis like this is not how many financial appeals can be met. Or in truth, by what percentage they can be met. I am of course grateful for the funds countries have contributed even if they are not enough to meet all the needs.“But I say to those countries, your job is not to fund displacement but to prevent it. To end it.“Displacement at 60 million is a sign of our inability to work together as a community, to apply all our laws and uses our collective institutions effectively. To live by our standards and keep our word. There is an explosion of human suffering and displacement on a level that has never been seen before, and it cannot be manage by aid relief, it must be managed by diplomacy and law. This is a central problem. We cannot pick and choose which human rights violations we will and won’t tolerate.“We have the tools we need – the resolutions, the doctrines, the conventions, the courts. But if these tools are misused, inconsistently applied or applied in a self-serving way, we will continue on this trend of displacement and it will grow and grow. It is inhumane to expect all of these families to tolerate this kind of life. We all know what needs to be done, we must do better. And it is self-evident that we have to start with Syria.“I call, again, on the United Nations Security Council: Send your ministers and ambassadors here. Witness this crisis for yourself. See that it simply cannot go on. And that it is past time for a credible plan to reach a political solution to end the conflict. I thank the people of Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan for their generosity, and all host countries. To all the families here, and around our world, marking this Holy Month, I say, “Ramadan Kareem.” And I pay tribute to refugees themselves – the people we rightly celebrate today, not only here in Turkey but around the world. Thank you.”last_img read more

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Mandy Patinkin Urges Leaders Across Europe And The US To Expand Legal

first_imgInternational Rescue Committee ambassador and actor, Mandy Patinkin, urged leaders across Europe and the United States to expand legal routes for refugees caught in limbo, at the end of a 5-day visit to Greece, Serbia and Germany to bear witness to the refugee crisis in Europe.As the political climate becomes increasingly hostile towards refugees, and the Trump administration perpetuates counterproductive and cruel policies, Patinkin called on political leaders to show compassion.Patinkin traveled from the Greek island of Lesbos, where he met refugees who have been stranded there since the implementation of the EU-Turkey deal began on March 20, 2016, to Serbia where he met with refugees who have extremely limited legal options to move forward with their journeys. He ended his trip in Germany, where he met with a family he had first met on Lesbos over one year ago, who have now been given asylum.On Lesbos, Patinkin spent time with a family from Afghanistan who have been stalled on the island since March 20, 2016. They fled for their safety. Taer, the 38-year-old father of two, was a street peddler in Kabul. He described how every day was a day filled with fear. “Every bomb explosion was in the city,” he said. “We were afraid every day. It was daily life. If you go out you never know if you will be back or not.” His daughters, Attife, (11), and Hanife, (8), walked through snow up to their necks on their treacherous journey in search of sanctuary. They both have ambitions. Attife wants to be a pediatrician, Hanife, a teacher.In Serbia, which has become the holding ground for refugees seeking sanctuary in Europe, Mandy met with some of the over 7,600 people now stranded there. The majority of these people are from Afghanistan, and, without any legal alternatives, have taken arduous journeys from Afghanistan, through Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria to Serbia, risking life and limb in search of sanctuary in Europe. With Hungary letting only ten refugees per weekday across their borders to seek asylum there, the majority of Afghans who arrive in Serbia are stuck, their only option, smugglers. In Serbia, Patinkin met Farhad, (10), a talented young artist from Afghanistan, and some single young men, perhaps the most vilified of the most vulnerable, who have the slimmest chance to continue their journeys through legal routes – their only crime is that they did not want to fight. “You are living my grandparents’ lives,” Patinkin told these young men. “I would not be alive today if the United States had not offered them sanctuary.” Patinkin’s family is from Lithuania and Poland and fled Hitler’s war against Jews in Europe.Finally, in Germany, Patinkin met with Syrian refugees, Koder and Safae Alassy and their two young boys, Obai (13) and Abdul (9). Patinkin first met this family on Lesbos in November 2015. They are from Deir ez Zor, Syria and were forced to flee the conflict there. Patinkin has kept in touch with this family and, upon reuniting with them in the small German town they now call home, broke down in tears. “We saw so many families just like yours that are looking to have this beautiful home and a new life. And seeing you have this is so wonderful! The whole world should make sure that every family has this.”In the airy apartment where they now live, the Alassy family expressed great gratitude to the German people for their welcome. Eight months since arriving here, the children’s German is impressive. “We are so happy that we are here in Germany,” Safae said. “Our past life has been changed.”Over 65 million people around the world are displaced by war of whom 21.3 million are refugees. Of that number, less than 1% are resettled to a third country. The IRC is calling for European governments to step up and commit to resettling 108,000 refugees per year for the next 5 years and, in addition, offer up 60,000 new places to make up for the shortfall caused by President Trump’s Executive Order.The only sustainable and responsible way to address migration flows is to offer safe and legal routes to protection. Supporting refugees is not just a moral obligation; it is a vital part of maintaining global stability in a world where more and more people are on the move. While President Trump’s Administration has chosen to turn its back on refugees, the rest of the world cannot.Mandy Patinkin, actor & International Rescue Committee ambassador said:“We are at a critical moment in our history. The politics of fear is on the rise. People are far too willing to vilify the most vulnerable.“There are moments when fear saves you and there are moments when fear kills you. And, at this moment in time, a deadly mix of fear and false information is risking people’s lives.“Across the United States and Europe we must show solidarity with refugees. These people are our teachers. They have survived more than you will ever know. All they want is to be able to live their lives in freedom, justice and with dignity. We have to keep telling people to stop being afraid, so that these people can have what we have.”last_img read more

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Arts Commons accused of censorship for removing LGBTQ artists work

first_img“I found that kind of strange because for starters there’s not really that much nudity or swearing in the piece,” said Gilmer-Osborne. “I did not feel comfortable with changing the piece … so it got taken down.”I’m not necessarily saying they don’t support trans or gender variant artists, but I don’t feel supported in the space.– Artist Beck Gilmer-OsborneThe gallery said it also offered Gilmer-Osborne a private space to exhibit the piece instead — just not the public gallery.The Montreal-based artist said there are maybe seven to eight profane words displayed in the piece, and a three-second, grainy clip is shown of a nude woman wearing a prosthetic penis.The work is composed of clips from movies and television shows that show transgender characters portrayed by non-trans actors. It can be viewed online here.Gilmer-Osborne wrote an open letter that was posted to The New Gallery’s website, criticizing Arts Commons’ decision. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Artist Beck Gilmer-Osborne said they were given a choice of editing their video art installation, or the piece would be turned off, after Arts Commons said it received complaints about nudity and profanity. (Beck Gilmer-Osborne) Arts Commons is being accused of censorship after it took down a public art installation due to complaints the organization said it received about nudity and coarse language.Beck Gilmer-Osborne’s three-channel video piece titled A Thousand Cuts was set to run in The New Gallery’s window in a downtown Calgary +15 walkway until Sept. 28.But instead, Arts Commons — which owns the window space that The New Gallery curates — sent the gallery a letter on Aug. 29 saying the piece would have to be edited to remove the objectionable content, or it would be taken down.center_img Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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