There are nuisance birds flocking on sidewalks and other public areas in Venice and Santa Monica – they are the “Bird” electric scooters, not animal birds. The real – live birds are generally welcomed by most residents.
These birds are the result of a so called “disruptor” and much like others in that game, they start without proper licenses and with no other focus than to make a quick “buck”. In the cause of this they risk other peoples well being and in some instances even peoples lives may be at risk. To ride any motorized vehicle in the state of California some basic requirements are that you have to wear a helmet, have a valid drivers license and to obey ll traffic laws including not riding on sidewalks and areas meant for pedestrians only – common sense, right? Another adverse effect is to all legitimate rental businesses that rent bicycles and other modes of transportation along the bike path and in both Santa Monica and Venice in general, they have seen a drop in business after the nuisance birds arrived.
The police in Santa Monica has started issuing fines to riders, and the can get very costly – no license, driving on sidewalks, not wearing a helmet etc. etc. the fines can amount to hundreds of dollars.
The LAPD need to step up enforcement in general – as it is there are problems with regular bicycles coming down Ocean Front Walk, sometimes narrowly avoiding crashing into pedestrians walking on the “Boardwalk” LAPD need to start enforcing the municipal codes that bans all vehicles and on Ocean Front Walk – please note that running in parallel with OFW is the Bike path which is meant for bicycles, so there is no reason whatsoever other than stupidity to ride your bicycle on Ocean Front Walk.
Paris is currently experiencing a flooding of the river Seine. The high water is the result of higher than normal amounts of rainfall during this winter. It shows the importance of the Paris agreement on climate change. It also underscores the fact that all nations have a duty to participate in the agreement, not only for their own sake, but also for the sake of others!
It was already evident at the very beginning of the year that the river Seine was at higher water levels than normal, and since then it has only gotten higher. The Louvre museum has closed parts and have plans for evacuating some artworks should the threat become imminent.
André Derain together with Henri Matisse started fauvism in 1905. They worked together during the summer of 1905 painting in a small mediterranean village named Collioure. When they later during the fall exhibited their works at the Salon d’Automne in Paris they were labelled “les fauves” (“the wild beasts”), by a critic because of their use of vivid – unnatural colors in the paintings and thus “fauvism” was born!
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It is evident from the below painting by André Derain how different the use of bright and strong colors in the fauvism paintings were compared to most other artists of the time.