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In November 1996, the county surrounding Chicago adopted an amusement tax. Under the relevant municipal code, Cook County collects three percent of what people pay for just about any type of public entertainment inside its boundaries. That goes for stage productions and sporting events, rodeos and flower shows, pinball machines and jukeboxes. But there are exemptions. For instance, the tax doesn’t apply to admission fees for “live cultural performances” in spaces that hold fewer than 750 people. Or so the ordinance says, anyway.

On August 18, the Chicago Reader reported that county officials wanted several small Chicago music venues to pay six figures each in back taxes, apparently for not meeting the amusement-tax exemption. On August 22, the Reader and the Chicago Tribunereported the county was going after two venues, Evil Olive andBeauty Bar, for about $200,000 apiece. At a hearing the same day, a county official made the rationale clear: The exemption refers to the “fine arts,” and neither rock’n’roll nor country, let alone newfangled rap or DJ-based music, would qualify. Yes, this is for real.

In Cook County’s defense, its rules do look about 60 years out of date. Here’s what the code actually says: “Live theatrical, live musical or other live cultural performance means a live performance in any of the disciplines which are commonly regarded as part of the fine arts, such as live theater, music, opera, drama, comedy, ballet, modern or traditional dance, and book or poetry readings.”

No matter how stodgy the ordinance is, though, the hearing officer, Anita Richardson, may be wishing for a do-over of her own live performance. “You’re going to have to make a legal argument that places what disc jockeys do within the scope of fine arts,” she told the venues’ lawyers in court. “You’re going to be hard-pressed to prove that the [county] commissioners meant for rap music to qualify as the fine arts. None of the definitions that I’ve come across have included the activities of DJs doing what they do as fine arts.” This, from the city of Frankie Knuckles, the pioneering DJ whose death was mourned by the president and whose vinyl collection is housed in a Chicago arts center; from the city of Kanye West and Chance the Rapper.

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Francia, vergognati.

A French politician has threatened to file a lawsuit against anyone who shares photos or videos of police enforcing a ban on the burkini — the full-body bathing suit, designed for Muslim women, that has suddenly become a symbol of religious and social tensions in France. The statement comes after the widespread circulation of photos showing a Muslim woman removing her clothes in front of four male police officers on a beach in Nice.

Christian Estrosi, president of the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and deputy mayor of Nice, said in a statement Wednesday that the photos “provoke defamatory remarks and threats” against police agents. He added that legal complaints have already been filed “to prosecute those who spread the photographs of our municipal police officers and those uttering threats against them on social networks.”

Nice, Cannes, and several other French cities have recently enacted bans against the burkini, with supporters arguing that the swimwear is not “respectful of good morals and of secularism,” and that it poses risks to hygiene and security. Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said that the burkini represents the “enslavement of women,” while former President Nicolas Sarkozy, who announced his 2017 presidential campaign this week, described it as a “provocation” that supports radical Islam.

The argument for the ban rests, ostensibly, on the French principle of laïcité, which aims to keep religion out of the public sphere, and on the basis of gender equality. But critics say the burkini bans only serve to further stigmatize France’s Muslim population — the largest in Europe — at a time when tensions are running high following terror attacks in Nice and the northern city of Rouen this summer. The French feminist group Osez le Féminisme! excoriated the bans in a statement released this week, saying they serve only to humiliate Muslim women “on the grounds of sexism and racism,” and other rights groups have challenged the bans in court. France’s highest administrative court will hear a complaint on Thursday.

The photo that circulated this week was taken in Nice, and first published by The Daily Mail and The Guardian. In the image, taken by a French photographer, four male police officers surround the woman and appear to issue a fine. With the men still standing over her, the woman was photographed removing her long tunic top. The agency that released the pictures in the UK said in a statement to The Guardian that the woman was fined and left the beach, but the office of Nice’s mayor denied that she had been forced to remove her clothes, telling AFP that she was only showing the officers that she was wearing a swimsuit under her clothes. Notably, the woman was not wearing a burkini, but a long-sleeved tunic, headscarf, and leggings.

“The position of Estrosi is very dangerous because it shows how people in power in France are completely disconnected from reality,” says Yasser Louati, a civil rights activist who has been an outspoken critic of French policies perceived to be discriminatory against Muslims. “If citizens cannot denounce unfair practices and the public humiliation of women, then who can?”

Rather than seeking to temper online outcry, Louati says Estrosi should “question the way those policemen behaved, and he should question himself.”

“Those pictures were shared because they expressed global outrage,” Louati adds. 

“So yes, I will definitely share them, and if he wants to sue me, be my guest.”

- The Verge

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Archaeologists Discover 3,300-Year-Old Mycenaean Vessel

A partly preserved alabastron, a vessel for perfumes, from Ancient Mycenae has been discovered by archaeologists excavating a 3,300-year-old fortified Bronze Age settlement near the town of Banya, Razlog Municipality, in Southwest Bulgaria.

The artifact dating back to 1,300 BC indicates connections between the civilization of Mycenaean Greece and the Bronze Age population of Ancient Thrace in today’s Southwest Bulgaria, and especially in the Razlog Valley located between the Rila, Pirin, and Rhodope Mountains.

The discovery of the Mycenaean vessel in the fortified Bronze Age settlement located in an area called Bresto near the towns of Banya and Razlog has been made by an international team of archaeologists and archaeology students, New Bulgarian University in Sofia has announced. Read more.

Saskatchewan councillor resigns after comment about killing of Aboriginal man

[IMAGE: A screen-grab of Kautz’s post was widely circulated after the death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie earlier this month.]

A Saskatchewan rural councillor has resigned from his job after posting an online comment about the shooting death of a First Nations man.

The rural municipality of Browning, southeast of Regina, says in a news release that it has accepted the resignation of Lampman farmer Ben Kautz.

A screen-grab of Kautz’s post was widely circulated after the death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie earlier this month.

Boushie, from the Red Pheasant First Nation, was killed after the vehicle he was in drove onto a farm west of Saskatoon.

The property owner, 54-year-old Gerald Stanley, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and is free on bail.

Kautz’s post read: “His only mistake was leaving witnesses.”

The comment was later removed from a Saskatchewan farmers group Facebook page, and the group also closed.

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Steamboat Siljan by Arild
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Steamboat Siljan. Built in 1860 for timber floating. Lake Insjön, Dalarna (Dalecarlia), Sweden.

Let’s talk about Aquaculture!

So what is Aquaculture? A definition from NOAA:

The broad term “aquaculture” refers to the breeding, rearing, and harvesting of animals and plants in all types of water environments including ponds, rivers, lakes, and the ocean.

Aquaculture has become a booming industry both in the United States and internationally. In the United States alone, aquaculture (both freshwater and marine) brings in about $1.2 billion annually. Aquaculture has allowed food security during a time of increasing global populations and increasing seafood consumption per capita. Overall, aquaculture is one of the most resource-efficient ways to produce protein.

But there has to be a catch, right?

First off, aquaculture facilities (obviously) require extensive amounts of water to operate. For these farms running in Western states such as California, Texas, and Arizona, this can put an added pressure to already limited water supplies. Unfortunately, in many parts of the Western United States, municipal, agricultural, and industrial operations are given water priorities, thus leaving local riparian ecosystems high and dry during severe droughts.

A Tilapia (Oreochromis aureus) farm in Desert Center, CA.

Unfortunately, this can have numerous adverse impacts on local ecosystems.

Introducing diseases from farmed fish to wild populations can have devastating impacts on local ecosystems. 

  • Whirling Disease (Myxobolus cerebralis) is a parasite that affects the brains and skeletal structure of salmonoid fishes. It was first described in the Northeastern United States in 1956 in farmed trout that had been imported from Europe. By the 1990′s Whirling Disease had spread through river systems in several Rocky Mountain states, including Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, Idaho, and New Mexico. Some streams in the Western United States have experienced up to a 90% loss in trout populations. 
  • In Norway, a species of salmon fluke (Gyrodactulus salaris) spread from fish hatcheries to wild populations.
  • A recent study in British Columbia links the spread of salmon lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) from captive farm-raised river salmon to wild populations of salmon in marine systems. Wild salmon on the West Coast of Canada are being driven to extinction by salmon lice from nearby fish farms. 

Myxobolus cerebralis, the cause of Whirling Disease in salmonoid fishes.

A Salmon Louse (Lepeophtheirus salmonis)

Aquaculture also allows for fish species to be harvested in places where they would otherwise not occur naturally. For instance: there are numerous Blue Tilapia (Oreochromis aureus) farms in the United States, and Tilapia is endemic to Africa and the Middle East. This can be great for local economies, but what happens when one of these exotic species inevitably escapes?

Blue Tilapia (Oreochromis aureus)

Since being introduced to Florida in 1961, their population has exploded. Tilapia has become the most widespread invasive species in Florida, posing major management challenges for Fish and Wildlife officers in Everglades National Park. The species is also expanding its range in Texas where it has caused declines in Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) and Unionid mussel populations.

Not to mention the numerous impacts that these escaped organisms have on local genetic diversity.

When done correctly, aquaculture is a resource-efficient way to keep up with the world’s ever increasing appetite for seafood. However, in order to keep natural aquatic systems healthy, these aquaculture operations must be intensively managed, and we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to control populations of exotic species.

The sense of mood and story that street musicians add to an otherwise blank mechanical cityscape is severely undervalued. One violin playing somewhere behind the crowd beautifies a city more than a billion dollars of municipal art.
Montreal mayor, PQ leader call for emergency suspension of Energy East hearings
Shortly after 6:30 p.m. EDT, interim PQ leader Sylvain Gaudreault tweeted that his party agreed with Coderre, and was also calling for a suspension of the hearings.

In a press conference at city hall late this afternoon, Montreal mayor Denis Coderre dropped a bombshell. He called for the suspension of National Energy Board hearings on TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline project, set to start on Monday in Montreal, saying he was unsure of the impartiality of the process. He would be joined within hours by the leader of the official opposition Parti Québécois.

“As president of the CMM, and mayor of Montreal, with what I see now, we need to suspend the process and pay special attention to it,” the mayor explained in French.

The CMM is an umbrella group representing the 82 municipalities of the Montreal region, and the group’s mayors joined Coderre in opposing the pipeline this past January.

Coderre went further today, joining environmental groups and citizens in questioning the fitness of two of the board’s three commissioners to sit in judgement on the project.

“On Monday, the elephant in the room is going to be the question: Are these people fit to serve as commissioners?”

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Maracanã Stadium
The Maracanã Stadium, officially Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho is a football stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The stadium is part of a complex that includes an arena known by the name of Maracanãzinho, which means “The Little Maracanã”. It is located in the Maracanã neighborhood whjch is named after the Rio Maracanã, a now canalized river in Rio de Janeiro. It was opened in 1950 to host the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Since then, it has mainly been used for football matches between the major football clubs in Rio de Janeiro. it has also hosted a number of concerts and other sporting events. After its 2010–13 renovation, the rebuilt stadium currently seats 78,838 spectators, making it the largest stadium in Brazil. It will also be the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. — at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Ballard Playfield and Adams Elementary School, 1971 by Seattle Municipal Archives
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Item 77518, Forward Thrust Photographs (Record Series 5804-04), Seattle Municipal Archives.

almost all the houses are gone now…the school has been torn down or renovated into something more modern… i miss this time very much