anonymous said:

9/11 was an inside job. Everyone knows it. The proof is there! Bush started a race war so that everyone would hate muslims and think it was ok to invade their country and steal their oil. And obama is doing it again. Don't fall for their tricks you are much smarter than they make you out to be. Stop being their puppet. It's sad that america had to kill it's own people to make it ok to kill other people. Another false flag is probably already in planning. Stay away from cbd's people and keep safe


Would anyone like to take a stab at how much oil the United States has imported from Afghanistan between 2001-2014?  Hint, Ted Cruz gives the answer away in the gif above.  

Would anyone else like to also guess if our oil imports from Iraq went up or down since we toppled Saddam’s regime? 

Giant Magnolias on a Blue Velvet Cloth - Martin Johnson Heade, c. 1890

Oil on canvas, 38.4 x 61.5 cm (15 1/8 x 24 3/16 in.)

Heade was the only major American artist of the 19th century to make important contributions in landscape, marine, and still life painting. Virtually all of his still lifes were floral pieces, starting with simple pictures of flowers in vases in the early 1860s and culminating with a splendid series of roses, magnolias, and other flowers spread out on tables covered with velvet cloths. This painting, a prime and much – admired example from the latter series, is considered one of the finest still lifes of Heade’s entire career.

In 1883, after a lifetime of restless, uneasy personal relationships, and only modest critical and popular success as an artist in the northeast, Heade married for the first time and settled permanently in Saint Augustine, Florida. There he found his first and only important patron, the oil and railroad magnate Henry Morrison Flagler, who would purchase the artist’s works regularly during the 1880s and 1890s. At the age of 64 Heade had at last found personal and professional stability, and the renewed energy and interest in painting evident in his late still lifes, especially the magnolias, may have been inspired by these new circumstances. Certainly works such as Giant Magnolias on a Blue Velvet Cloth, with their striking contrasts of brilliantly lit flowers and leaves set against a dark background, are among the most original still lifes of the 19th century. They are also for many observers strongly sensual, their lush colors, full, curving contours, overall sense of opulence, and implied perfumed scent of the flowers suggestive, perhaps, of female nudes languidly reclining on luxurious couches. [x]