Sunday, May 02, 2021

The Secrets of the World's Greatest Jailbreak Artist

Over 22,000 images were entered into Bird Photographer of the Year 2021. Competing for the £5,000 cash prize and prestigious title, photographers from 73 different countries submitted images this year. The winners of BPOTY 2021 will be announced on 1st September 2021, with the 2022 competition opening later that month. “With images coming in from all over the world, the standard of photography was incredibly high this year,” said Will Nicholls, Director at Bird Photographer of the Year. “The incredible variety of different species was great to see, too. Now the judges are going to have a tough time deciding the winner of the competition!” Traditionally, the competition has released a full list of finalists before the announcement of the winning images. However, going forward we will be releasing only a small handful of finalists to give you a taster of what is to come…”

Complacency and Government Failures Fueled India’s COVID Disaster Der Spiegel


The unmaking of India FT. Not paywalled.


Out of Oxygen London Review of Books


Youth Sought Oxygen for Grandfather via Tweet, UP Police File Criminal Case Against Him The Wire

‘There Are Queues for Oxygen and Outside Crematorium, but PM Modi Is Obsessed With Saving His Image’ The Wire

Modi Fiddles While India Burns Foreign Policy

Master criminal Rédoine Faïd loved the movies, and his greatest crimes were laced with tributes: to Point BreakHeat, and Reservoir Dogs. When he landed in a maximum-security prison, cinema provided inspiration once again

 Library Barbarian – Discourses in Academic Librarianship and Higher Ed – The Library’s Furniture – “…It is a not-so well-hidden truth that many makers of institutional furniture–including that which will replace the destroyed and vandalized desks of congress from the January 6 attack–comes from the underpaid and coerced labor of inmates in prison facilities. The largest vendor of prison made furniture is a Federal Government supply agency, now known as UNICOR. UNICOR also works as a labor sourcing agency and contractor for other companies such as OEI, which is a part of Kruger International (KI), a well-known seller of institutional furniture and office space solutions. Their chairs, tables, soft seating, custom solutions, desks, privacy panels, filing cabinets, etc occupy numerous libraries, archives, computer labs, classrooms and more throughout colleges, universities, and offices in the US and Canada…”

How to get your daily servings of vegetables and fruit: A visual guide

CNET – “We get it, eating enough fruits and veggies every day is tough. This photo guide makes it easier. Most people don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables each day to best support their health. Even though eating fruits and vegetables sounds simple, it’s not always easy, especially for those affected by high food prices or lack of access to healthy food.  Even if you have access to fruits and veggies, you may not know how much of each you should eat each day — or what a serving of fruit or vegetables even looks like. If you’re trying to increase your fruit and veggie consumption, use this photo guide to help make sense of servings…”