Carnival Kicks Off Around The World
As people continue to opine on Islam’s “inherent” fanaticism, millions around the world have kicked off Carnival–a time where people engage in ritualistic debauchery, playful acts of violence and general indecency in the name of the Lord or some odd iteration of Paganism. Not fanatic at all, right? From the loud streets of Rio de Janeiro to dimly-lit Venetian courtyards, The Atlantic has compiled some of the most vibrant photos of Carnival into one compelling photo essay. Check it out!
A Glimpse Inside A California Cannabis Collective
The health benefits of marijuana–be it from helping control epileptic seizures to treating glaucoma and multiple sclerosis-related pain–are obvious. And yet, for primarily political reasons, only around half of US states have legalized marijuana for medical use. Medical marijuana is legal in California, and since then “cannabis collectives” have popped up so that patients and caregivers can collectively or cooperatively cultivate medical marijuana. One such collective is the Laguna Woods Medical Cannabis. Learn more about the lives of its members at The LA Times.
These People Live Within 35 Miles Of The Arctic Circle
As anyone living in the Northeast United States will tell you, this winter has been particularly painful. But to those featured in Cristian Barnett’s book, “Life on the Line”, these frigid wintry conditions aren’t so much an anomaly as they are average. The London-based photographer captured the daily lives of people living within 35 miles of the Arctic Circle, discovering the region’s surprising vibrancy. Barnett visited all eight countries whose territories help compose the Arctic Circle, highlighting the fact that what most consider to be “pristine” wilderness is very much touched by the human experience. Read more about Barnett’s experience and those he met at Slate.