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The photo is real: unstaged and not 'doctored'. But all the surrounding text from the originating claim is misleading. The photo depicts the artist Mare Tralla. And some visitors to an art exhibition called Naine & Naine at the Pärnu Summer festival. It is important to note that she was scheduled to open the exhibition. An exhibition that also showed ...


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His sources check out The only piece that makes this questionably true is because it's not just for Melania, but the entirety of the Trump family.. See below for the NBC citation. @Chapmanchapman claims his sources in this tweet CNN says Protecting President-elect Donald Trump and his family is costing New York City more than $1 million a day, according ...


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The Short Answer This is a real photograph of a respected artist in Estonia presenting a creative work to an audience of various ages. The composition of the audience appears to be unremarkable to those present in the photo. The Detailed Answer The image is real in that it does not appear to be substantively altered. There are no apparent artifacts of a ...


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This claim is currently unproven. According to a Snopes article written today, which rates this claim as unproven, Chapman cited the CNN article linked below as his source for the security cost and he cited the apparently-correct figure of $148 million as the budget of NEA. When asked for sources, Chapman cited a New York Times article estimating the NEA'...


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Yes, it's real. It has been extensively covered by Spanish national TV (TVE) and newspapers (mainstream, not tabloids). "La restauración que se convirtió en destrozo" (Restoration becomes a disaster) — one of numerous articles in El País, mainstream daily, biggest in Spain "Expertos intentarán restaurar el Ecce Homo "destrozado" por una anciana" (...


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The photo is from an Estonian exhibition. The exhibit runs "29.06 – 3.08.2019" or June 29th 2019 through August 3rd 2019. Evidence that this is the correct exhibit is that some of the visitors on the citizenfreepress web site image (such as the woman in the pink hat) are also in the exhibit photographs on the linnagalerii web site. I don't believe it is ...


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Disclaimer: This is a partial answer, as I don't have access to any of the sources I'm summarizing summarizations of. Feel free to edit or change to community wiki. Most of the summaries used are made by wikipedia user Paul H, who is by the looks an experienced geologist and woo fighter (Just look at the talk page for Pumapunku). I've no reason to doubt the ...


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There is no strong evidence for this, and plenty of evidence that ancient and Renaissance artists used other systems — for example, ratios of integers. That is, it is not as if we have lost all writing from classical times on ideal numerical systems for art and architecture, but this idea does not appear. Therefore, it is likely that those systems were used ...


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According to an article by The Independent, there are two sources for the funding of abstract expressionist art by the CIA: Donald Jameson - a CIA officer - and Tom Braden - former chief of the International Organizations division (IOD), which is 'the CIA office that "ran" the Congress for Cultural Freedom and Encounter magazine' (according to cia.gov). ...


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Yes, Sesame Street does stand to lose some federal funding. However, it's important to realize that The Sesame Workshop (the Sesame Street rights holder) receives 31% of its funding (about $26 million) from all grant sources, which also includes corporate sponsorships and chartiable contributions from various foundations and private donors. It's ...


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Yes, they are there. The top image is part of: In Peace and Harmony with Nature Artist: Leo Tanguma | Location: Jeppesen Terminal, Level 5 The second image is part of a two frame mural titled: The Children of the World Dream of Peace (right side) which is also by Leo Tanguma. It does not mentioned on the DIA website where the right hand panel is ...


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The 1903 The Oriental Rug: A Monograph on Eastern Rugs and Carpets says: Deliberately, if necessary, it must show some defect, in proof that Allah alone is perfect. The December 1903 American Carpet and Upholstery Journal, Volume 21 says: A leading tenet in the Oriental faith is that Allah only is perfect, and that man should not attempt to perfect ...


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The Banksy 'Pest Control Agency' has now authenticated the shredded painting as a genuine piece of Banksy art, retitling it "Love is in the Bin". The buyer has reportedly accepted the shredding. The buyer's identity was not revealed but Sotheby's quoted her as saying: "When the hammer came down last week and the work was shredded, I was at first shocked, ...


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No, the CIA did not secretly fund abstract artists to draw attention away from Social Realism. In fact, the CIA secretly funded abstract artists to contrast the difference between American and western European abstract expressionism and Socialist Realism. Social Realism is characterized by: a naturalistic realism focusing specifically on social issues ...


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This question as it is written is loaded for a couple of reasons: Firstly, if you are you asking if this is a Masonic gesture, consider that there are also many works of art where this gesture is done where the people involved are clearly not Masons. So it is wrong to suggest that this pose is "purely" a Masonic gesture and providing an answer to the ...


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The arguments proving his mettle as an artist when sleeping (2013) are the best proof against his skills, which is flimsy proof, but the best we have. If is was doing a scam then I would be a lot more rich than I am. Not necessarily. Scams can be done which are not profitable. In fact, Lee Hadwin is known to have sold some of his pieces for six figures ...


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Other sources only mention the portrait, but answers to this question question whether a portrait of Hooke even existed. As does the Royal Society itself, despite quoting a visitor that mentioned Hooke's portrait. The visitor might have meant the portrait of Theodore Haak: But before we pronounce Newton guilty of destroying Royal Society property, we ...


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"Misconceptions about the Golden Ratio" George Markowsky College Mathematics Journal: Volume 23, Number 1, Pages: 2-19 1992 first paragraph... The golden ratio, also called by different authors the golden section [Cox], golden number [Fi4], golden mean [Lin], divine proportion [Hun], and division in extreme and mean ratios [Smi], has captured the ...


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It's a currently unproven issue without a clear-cut answer there is no direct historical evidence there is controversial evidence obtained by providing some mechanism which could have worked Prof. Charles Falco claims to have proven it via optical methods, but David Stork rejects the claim. That there is no historical evidence is my own assumption, since ...


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Color theorists suspect that many color associations emerge from evolutionary ingrained responses to color stimuli (Mollon, 1989 http://jeb.biologists.org/content/146/1/21.full.pdf). Research indicates that colors often serve a signal function for nonhuman animals (e.g., the redness of fruit signals readiness for eating), thereby facilitating fitness-...


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