The World At Night

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French photographer Genaro Bardy travels to great cities to capture them devoid of inhabitants. His single-minded project, Desert in the City, is chronicled in an upcoming book of the same name that he hopes to fund on Kickstarter. He manages to get the otherworldly images by visiting cities like Paris, Rome, London, and New York on major local holidays. If you’d like to support the Kickstarter initiative click here.

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Roadtripping

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Most of us love a good old-fashioned roadtrip, so why not an old-school print magazine dedicated to the pleasures of “soulful driving”. Curves is a beautifully crafted bi-lingual (German-English) publication packed with terrific maps, photos, and travel itineraries for drivers, bikers, and cyclists. The destination issues published so far cover California, Scotland, Sicily, Switzerland, Austria, the Pyrenees, Northern Italy, and the Alps. Learn more about this outstanding magazine from the website and start planning your next roadtrip.

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Hands Off Our Revolution

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Hands Off Our Revolution is a new organization of artists, writers and musicians who have come together for a series of art exhibitions and actions to confront head-on the rise of reactionary right-wing populism in Europe, the U.S., and around the world. Launched by London-based South African artist Adam Broomberg, members include Anish Kapoor —who recently donate his $1 million Genesis Prize to Syrian refugees—Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Ed Ruscha, and Olafur Eliasson, along with more than 200 others. You can find out more at their new website, meanwhile here’s the group’s message:

“We are a global coalition affirming the radical nature of art. We believe that art can help counter the rising rhetoric of right-wing populism, fascism and the increasingly stark expressions of xenophobia, racism, sexism, homophobia and unapologetic intolerance.

We know that freedom is never granted—it is won. Justice is never given—it is exacted. Both must be fought for and protected, yet their promise has seldom been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp, as at this moment.

As artists, it is our job and our duty to reimagine and reinvent social relations threatened by right-wing populist rule. It is our responsibility to stand together in solidarity. We will not go quietly. It is our role and our opportunity, using our own particular forms, private and public spaces, to engage people in thinking together and debating ideas, with clarity, openness and resilience.”

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Viva La Huelga !

Today is the first in a series of National Strikes in the United States against the new Fascist regime in Washington. The ongoing assault on the basic institutions of American democracy must be opposed. A vast majority of the U.S. population support a free press, the separation of powers, the separation of church and state, and the Constitution of the United States, and oppose the tyranny of the minority. While it has been more than a generation since Americans took to the streets to support civil rights, labor rights, and to oppose unjust wars, we have a long tradition of activism.

TBTP supports the General Strike, so no work and no commerce today.

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Libraries Are For Everyone

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Libraries Are For Everyone, now that’s a concept that we can all agree upon—I hope. The simple, but forceful message and original series of images was created by librarian Rebecca McCorkindale following the announcement of the temporary President’s illegal travel ban. Her heartfelt response to the hateful Executive Order inspired librarians around the U.S. and around the world to share the posters and to create their own messages of support for human rights and dignity.

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Please share the images with your local librarians and encourage them to hang the posters. A good source for information and more graphics is the Twitter account @LibrariesResist from Columbia University librarian Matthew Haugen.

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Take A Hike

This is a guest post from our friend Dan at True North Athletics . Please address any comments, complaints, or quibbles to him. Just kidding; I’m always glad to hear from readers.

Hiking In the Bush: What You Need To Survive

A survivalist-style guide for helping you survive out in the wilderness

Picture this: You’re stranded out in the wilderness. It’s 40°C (in the shade) and you know that there isn’t any water around for a least a couple of hundred miles.

How do you stay alive?

More importantly, how do you still make a success of your hiking excursion when Mother Nature is throwing all her super powers at you?

It’s pretty simple really…you stick to your guts and don’t do anything stupid, and you should be just fine. You also take the survival tips and tricks we’re about to share with you into account, and you know what will happen then? You’ll have an epic survival-style hiking story to tell one day!

Hiking in the Bush: Multi-Day Hiking

Before You Head Off

  • Always tell your friends and family where you are going and how long you plan on staying.
  • If you can, always take a friend with you. If it comes to it survival situations are always better dealt with when you’ve got someone to share the load with.
  • Take enough water with you (one gallon per person per day).
  • Remember the STOP Stop, Think, Observe, Plan.

Survival Skill Number One – Set Up Shelter and Stay Warm as Soon as You Can

If you’re hiking in the wilderness, you’re probably kitted out with layers of lightweight clothing that will help protect you from the harmful UVA and UVB rays already. As dusk starts to set in, you’re going to have to find somewhere to sleep and ensure that you’ve got the means of staying warm through the cold night.

You’re not going to build a shelter during the hottest part of the day because that will be a big imbalance of the whole output-for-benefit ratio related to survivalist camping. Try looking for natural shelters such as rocks, which can minimize the amount of effort you’re putting into the construction of your shelter.

Staying warm throughout the night will help recharge your physical strength as well as your mental capacity, which means that you’ll need to ensure that you’ve got a source of heat along with the shelter you made. Think along the lines of fire-baked rocks placed under the ground where you intend to sleep, or something like a fire being used to its maximum capacity by sheltering it with a tarp or space blanket.

Survival Skill Number Two: Gather or Hunt the Food You Need to Sustain Your Energy Levels (Pack Food with You Too…)

The good news is that most folks that end up in survival scenarios don’t die from hunger. Our human bodies can actually survive for a good few weeks without proper nutrition, as long as we’ve got water to keep us going. If you’re in a colder area, your body will need calories to burn in order to keep warm, which means you’re going to have to find some food.

You’re going to avoid dense foods which cannot be properly digested without sufficient amounts of water. Hunting food will probably drain your body of huge amounts of energy, which might not be a luxury you have to spare at the time. Fishing is one of the most energy-effective methods of hunting in the wild, and you can also set up a line and allow it to do the work for you while you’re sleeping.

Before you head out on your hiking trip, make sure you’ve brushed up on the area and its plant life. This will ensure that you’ll be able to identify the different seeds, roots, and other plants that can either be consumed or used as antiseptics and fluids.

Survival Skill Number Three: Let the Sun & Stars Guide You

So you’ve got shelter sorted, and you’re prepped to stay warm throughout the night. You’re also set with food and water, but the next thing you need to sort out is your navigational skills & heading out on your planned route. The reason you’ll need a sense of direction and navigational skills is because you’re probably going to wander around, and need a surefire way of finding your way back to your camp or to your next destination.

The sun’s movement is one of the best ways to navigate during the daylight hours. Grab a stick and then point it up into the air, noticing where its shadow falls. You’ll mark the tip of that shadow and then mark the end of the stick’s shadow 10 minutes later. The line you’ll be able to trace from the tip to the end of the shadow with the markers you set in place indicates the east-to-west directions. You can figure out north-to-south by estimating a perpendicular line through your first line. The exact same method can be used at night using the light of the stars and moon.

Of course, you can always bring a GPS device with you when you go on long distance trips into the bush, but some of us still enjoy the old school way of navigating! One thing I have used before believe it or not is my phone. A phone’s GPS is not tied to any cell towers, so it works even out of service!

Survival Skill Number Four: Never Leave Home without a Survival Kit

Before you embark on your hiking expedition, you should ensure that you’ve packed a basic (yet comprehensive) survival kit which should include the following items:

  • A flashlight
  • Spare batteries
  • A first-aid kit
  • A multi-purpose tool like a Swiss Army Knife
  • An emergency blanket
  • Maps of the area
  • An emergency whistle
  • A raincoat or space blanket
  • A tarp
  • A fire-starter kit

Final Thoughts

In order to survive a hiking excursion in the wilderness, you’ll need to regroup and control your emotional responses to the situation. Make sure that you think before you do anything and only act when it’s done with purpose. Carefully consider your problems and then try to come up with creative ways to solve them, never underestimating the provisions that Mother Nature as so thoughtfully put at your disposal. Most importantly, keeping your outlook positive can essentially help you overcome the one thing you deemed to be almost impossible!

About The Author

I’m Dan, and I’m the Editor in Chief of True North Athletics. I’m also an avid adventurer, digital nomad and traveler. I enjoy all types of outdoor sports, a good golf tan, and spontaneous weekend trips. I currently live in Brazil where I can be found frequently hiking the rain forest around my city!

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How Do You Do It

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More Than Half of The London Underground Is Above Ground

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Many years ago, I wrote a travel guidebook for London, so I like to think of myself as fairly knowledgeable when it comes to the British capital. But I was surprised by some of the bits of information in this infographic created by Hull Trains and a little freaked out over the plague pits.

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After the Apocalypse

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