Hoping for change-altering street art

Sheikh Rihan mural

Following deadly clashes in Tahrir that erupted last November, and resumed more than once after that, which have left over 50 civilian protesters killed, SCAF, the military ruling junta of Egypt has built walls around Tahrir square and its side streets to prevent protesters from passing around. More than 4 walls have been erected, turning Downtown Cairo to a maze-like area with citizens forced to find longer routes to cross the obstacles.

Egyptian graffiti artists arranged a No Walls protests last Friday (March 9, 2012), where they painted the walls away into stunning murals to commemorate the dead and protest the obstacles built by painting eye-deceiving, virtual continuations to the blocked streets (Trompe-l’œil). Almost every wall around the area was painted on by young artists who joined hands and brushes for over 3 days, turning the area into a lasting memorial.

Via and more importantly here.

Finally, proof that ghosts exist. I renounce everything.

And by renounce, I mean, if this is proof for you, then you should paint a target on your noggin.


Here’s a story about it, and if you make it past “Paranormal Experts” consider yourself the picture next to gullible in the dictionary:

Paranormal experts are now studying footage from three security cameras after IGA owner Norm Hurst captured the bizarre footage at his Brompton business, which was been plagued by unexplained incidents.

The motion-activated CCTVs in his store recorded a late-night incident last Thursday which sent chills down his spine – and was watched by 50,000 fascinated viewers on AdelaideNow and its sister websites yesterday.

Other Adelaide “spooky” places include Adelaide Arcade, said to host the ghost of a former caretaker, and Carclew Youth Arts’ mansion, said to host the ghost of a woman thrown to her death from the tower.


It’s Wednesdog!

This week’s Wednesdog is brought to you by the result of hump day humping.

This is an earlier picture of two-weeks-ago Wednesdog, Bentley.

What you don’t know is that this is a picture of Bentley as an old man. He’s got Benjamin Button syndrome, and he’s getting cuter as he gets up there in age.

We’re starting a collection to raise money for Canine Benjamin Button Syndrome. You can send all checks above $1,000 to Jeremy Witteveen. Please contact me for my address.

Regular-reading Glock writes:

I think one is an early bentley pic

We understand Glock’s confusion. By “early” Glock means “late.”

Everyone light a candle, say a prayer, and send a check to me to help save dogs who suffer from this awful, confusing and evil disease.


Romney wins handily in Illinois

Romney decisively won in Illinois yesterday. Romney’s the guy I figured would go head to head with Barack Obama, and I imagine that he really has a chance, so long as his Mormonism doesn’t turn off the Republican, conservative Christian base, which it should.

I told you I grew up in a house where literature against Mormonism could be found on the living room coffee table, right?

There were rumblings of freethinkers in Illinois calling to vote for Santorum yesterday, as we all think Obama would wipe up the election against and ask for more bread after it was finished.

Here’s the delegate standings so far:

Just before you go, give yourself a minute to try and digest this video of the Duggar family showing their support for Santorum (below). I can understand if adults choose Santorum, but having a universal consensus among all your children seems to border on abuse of some kind.

“You cheer for Santorum or you’re not a real Duggar!”

Can’t you just see the parents now, with their hands up the bodies of the kids, working their mouths? Yeah, me too.

Jim Henson would be proud.

Video via JMG