Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer Ran Away From His Jewish Identity For Years. Then He Reclaimed It And Faced Down Nazis.

Though it looms large in the popular imagination as the gateway to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the University of Virginia, the city of Charlottesville is actually relatively small. Its population is just 50,000 and its mayor is not even directly elected, but rather chosen by the city council from among its members. That’s how Mike Signer became the mayor of Charlottesville in January 2016 at his first city council meeting. Needless to say, he never expected to be facing down neo-Nazis in his own backyard a year later.

The 45-year-old Signer stands an imposing 6’4, but by his own account, for much of his life he would have been the last person you’d expect to find standing up as a symbol of Jewish resistance. In fact, from an early age, he sought to escape his Jewish identity. “I heard my first anti-Jewish slur when I was seven or eight years old and it made a big impact on me,” he told me in Jerusalem, where we are serving as co-panelists at the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism. As a result of this and other negative experiences, he said, “I became an assimilationist and somewhat self-denying for the majority of my young adult life.”

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Unorthodox Recording Studios That Turned Out Legendary Rock Albums

In a locus episode of his incredibly informative video essays about music, YouTuber Polyphonic, talked about three different recording studios that were rather unorthodox in their respective natures, but turned out legendary, blockbuster albums. These locations also affected the bands in different ways. The Big Pink in West Saugerties, New York founded The Band; the acoustics of Headley Grange in Hampshire, UK gave Led Zeppelin an instantly recognizable trademark sound and the dungeons of Clearwell Castle in Gloucestershire, UK saved Black Sabbath.

The castle was a perfect venue to reignite Black Sabbath’s creative flame it was full of dark corners medieval armor and creepy atmosphere that matched Black Sabbath’s metal sound …It’s in one of these dungeons that Tony Iommi wrote the guitar riff that the band credited with saving their careers -‘Sabbath bloody Sabbath’.

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Amazing Drone Footage That Captures the Unique Otherworldly Beauty of Iceland From High Above

When Israeli Ran Rosenzweig visited Iceland for the first time, he captured gorgeous 4K drone footage that shows the incredibly unique, fascinatingly otherworldly beauty of the country’s landscape. Included in the footage are the striking black sand beaches, the flowing waterfalls, the long winding roads into the mountains, the steamy geothermal spots, lava fields and remote villages, all tinged with the soft glow of the autumn sun.

Enjoy the ultimate scenic beauty of Iceland! Main locations in the video: Mývatn, Askja , Seljalandsfoss Vik, Fjaðrárgljúfur, Vatnajökull, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach , Hraunfossar, Fjallsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Goðafoss , Rauðisandur Beach, Hvitserkur, Strokkur Geysir. …I still have trouble believing this exists.

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A Day In the Life of a Rescued Fox Named Jack

In a lovely video from 2010, retired engineer Mike Trowler shared how much he cared for a rescued pet fox named Jack, a gentle animal who was quite happy to play a short game of football (soccer) on the front lawn with his human and then get a nice shampoo and blow dry afterwards. The two then snuggled a bit before retiring for the evening. Trowler in his chair and Jack in Trowler’s lap.

Jack the Fox Football

Jack is the second of Trowler’s rescued foxes. His first fox Cropper, came to him in 2001 through the Fox Project. Cropper had been attacked by a dog and was suffering from a terrible infection. Trowler nursed Cropper back to health. Until that point, Trowler acted as a foster parent to injured or orphaned foxes and release them back into the wild, but Cropper had become family. Cropper stayed with Fowler until his death in 2007.

After six happy years with Mike, Cropper passed away in 2007. However, another Fox, Jack, who had been suffering similar ailments, has moved in with Mike. Jack enjoys watching TV with Mike and even reluctantly tolerates a bath in the sink.

Thanks Char Rohrer!

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A Beautiful Film About One of the Last European Artisans Who Craft Paper Completely by Hand

In the beautiful, short documentary “The Papermaker“, director Daniel Egenolf of Kings and Kongs Film Production, goes inside the Arthouse Bethanian workshop of Gangolf Ulbricht, one of the last European artisans who craft paper completely by hand. Ulbricht demonstrated his process for making paper, one that uses no trees whatsoever, but he will happily recycle old paper into his mix. While the number of papermakers may be dwindling, Ulbricht finds himself very busy with private clients, artists and restorers. Most importantly, however, is that he loves what he does.

I am fascinated by paper and the creative potential inherent in its production. It’s my passion as well as a source of constant challenge.

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People From Around the World Demonstrate What Cats and Dogs Sound Like in Their Countries

In a cuddly episode of the Condé Nast Traveler series Many People from Many Countries Say Things, 70 different people from 70 different countries all over the world demonstrated what dogs and cats sound like in their homeland.

70 people from 70 countries demonstrate what cats and dogs sound like in their home country. For some people, ‘woof’, ‘meow’, and ‘bark’ might come to mind but there are plenty more out there that could surprise you.

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This is the dashcam footage from Uber’s fatal self-driving car accident


Tempe police today released footage of the self-driving car crash that cost a woman her life. The edited footage shows both internal and external view of the car that struck Elaine Herzberg as she walked her bike across an empty road late Sunday evening. The police report notes that the vehicle involved, one of Uber’s self-driving Volvo XC90 SUVs, was in autonomous mode when the crash occurred. The vehicle had a human safety driver behind the wheel to monitor the self-driving technology and take control in case of an imminent collision, or other emergency. Ultimately, it didn’t make a difference.…

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Google is reportedly working on “blockchain-related” cloud technology


Blockchain Kodak, blockchain taxis, blockchain pizza! What’s next? Why Google, of course. According to a report by Bloomberg, Google is working on “blockchain-related” technology for its cloud business. It would theoretically help make customers feel their data is more secure. It could also differentiate Google from some of its competition in the cloud space. Athough at the rate things are being blockchain-ified, I’m not sure how long that would last. Perhaps more interestingly, Bloomberg’s source also says Google will provide a version of the technology for other companies to run on their own servers. The news isn’t totally surprising. Google started…

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YouTube is banning gun videos. Now they’re reappearing on Pornhub.


YouTube today updated its policies on videos containing firearm and firearm modifications, banning demo videos, how-tos, and anything containing links to sites that sell guns. Needless to say, the gun enthusiast community on the site is not taking happy about it, and some are starting to find unconventional new hosts for their content. According to YouTube’s updated policies, it will no longer allow content that: …intends to sell firearms or certain firearms accessories through direct sales (e.g., private sales by individuals) or links to sites that sell these items …Provides instructions on manufacturing a firearm, ammunition, high capacity magazine, homemade…

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The OnePlus 6 may cost $749 for the 256 GB option


Just a few weeks ago, a leak gave us our first idea of what the OnePlus 6 might look like. Today, another leak is giving us a clearer idea of what specs the device might ship with, as well as what it might cost. According to a post on Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site, the OnePlus 6 will feature a 6.2-inch screen, a Snapdragon 845, 8GB of RAM, up 256 GB of storage (64 and 128 GB versions are possible). None of that is particularly suprising, mind you; it’s what we’d expect given current trends and OnePlus’ past releases. More…

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