1. humansofnewyork:

    "Do you remember the saddest moment of your life?"
    "It’s my secret."

    (Kampala, Uganda)

    Finally.

     

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  3. Ella Eyre not only puts out some fantastic pop songs, she also makes incredible mixes. 

    I recommend opening this in a new window and just letting it flow. 

    In the mix: 

    India.Arie - “Video” 

    Jill Scott - “Golden”

    Blue Boy - “Remember Me”

    Sasha Keable - “Memory”

    Pharrell Williams - “Hunter”

    Shakka - “Sooner or Later”

    Kwabs - “Pray for Love”

    Elli Ingram - “When It Was Dark”

    Lana Del Rey - “Westcoast”

    Paolo Nutini - “Scream” 

     


  4. kohenari:

    Rather than getting huffy about how easy it is for kids to get their hands on guns and kill themselves or others, KJ Dell’Antonia writes for the New York Times’ Motherlode blog that, you know, that’s just how things work in America and there’s nothing to be done about it ever:

    No matter how you feel about firearms and gun laws, we live in the country we live in. My neighbors have guns. Your neighbors have guns. Your guns may be locked up; the babysitter’s boyfriend may keep his on the seat of his car. At some point, some child is going to take my child or yours by the hand, open Mom’s closet or the trunk of Dad’s car, and say, “Look!” At that point, I don’t want my children to say, “Wow, let me see that.” I want them to shrug and say, “Whatever” and “Let’s go do something else.” (I actually want them to say: “Suzi, get away from there! That’s dangerous! We have to go tell your mom and mine right now!” But I’m realistic.)

    So, parents of America, teach your kids how to shoot guns for fun and sport or else someone else will. Or they won’t understand how deadly serious guns are. Or something. I have almost no idea what Dell’Antonia is trying to argue in this piece.

    The alternate headline could easily have been “Don’t Parent Like This.” Here’s why:

    But I didn’t present it as “here, touch this hot stove so you’ll never do it again.” We had a good time on a beautiful day doing something that if, done wrong, could have killed any one of us, and does kill people every day.

    In other words, the lesson that Dell’Antonia wanted to highlight for kids is that guns are both incredibly dangerous and incredibly fun. So if the kids happen upon a gun when they’re playing at a friend’s house or when they’re at the movies or when they’re in the bathroom at their school, they’ll be sure to say, “This is a very dangerous tool; I shall summon the proper authorities right away” rather than “This is a fun thing my parents let me play with.”

    Or they won’t. In which case they might shoot themselves or someone else. But, hey, it’s impossible to prevent these sorts of tragedies because this is America where everyone should be able to have access to any gun at any time so we should teach our kids that guns are fun and should never be touched unless your mom says it’s ok and you’re at a shooting range and you’re old enough to make good decisions and it’s not an Uzi.

    Seems straightforward.

     

  5. angelclark:

    99-Year-Old Lady Sews A Dress A Day For Children In Need 

    Lillian Weber, a 99-year-old good Samaritan from Iowa, has spent the last few years sewing a dress a day for the Little Dresses For Africa charity, a Christian organization that distributes dresses to children in need in Africa and elsewhere.

    Weber’s goal is to make 1,000 dresses by the time she turns 100 on May 6th. So far, she’s made more than 840. Though she says she could make two a day, she only makes one – but each single dress she makes per day is personalized with careful stitchwork. She hopes that each little girl who receives her dress can take pride in her new garment.

    (via regaliciousss)

     

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  8. squashed:

    letterstomycountry:

    From the article:

    A Georgia man died after police shocked him with a Taser as many as 13 times because he said he was too tired to walk due to a foot chase, his attorney said this week.

    At a press conference on Tuesday, attorney Chris Stewart said that police records showed that East Point officers had discharged their Tasers 13 times to make Gregory Towns, who was handcuffed, get up and walk.

    “This is a direct violation of their own rules,” Stewart explained, according to WSB-TV. “You cannot use a Taser to escort or prod a subject.”

    “They used their Tasers as a cattle prod on Mr. Towns.”

    Stewart said that he pieced together what led up to Towns’ April 11 death using official city records and eyewitness accounts.

    “He wasn’t cursing. He wasn’t being abusive. He was saying, ‘I’m tired,’” the attorney pointed out.

    Taser logs showed that Sgt. Marcus Eberhart fired his Taser 10 times, and officer Howard Weems pulled the trigger three times. However, the logs did not indicate how many times the Taser made contact with Towns.

    In all, records indicated a total shock time of 47 seconds. Stewart called the situation “indefensible.”

    Autopsy results obtained by WSB-TV showed that Towns’ death was ruled a homicide because the Taser shocks — combined with physical activity and heart disease — contributed to his death.

    But Police Benevolent Association lawyers representing Weems continued to insist that the officer’s actions did not cause Towns to die.

    Attorney Dale Preiser issued a statement saying that the “use of drive stun to gain compliance is permitted under federal and Georgia law.”

    Stewart said that he would file a lawsuit against the city this week.

    "Use of a stun gun to gain compliance."

    That’s pretty horrible. The taser isn’t being used for defense. It’s being used to punish somebody for being uncooperative. At this point it’s basically an instrument of torture. Or if you want choose a different word for when you inflict unbearable pain on people to make them do what you want. I’m sure there are synonyms for torture.

    I hope it’s becoming painfully apparent to most people by now that U.S. law enforcement is not the benevolent presence we have wished it to be. 

    There is certainly a better way. For instance: until last year, police in the entire country of Iceland had never killed a citizen - ever. 

     

  9. Gaza August 19,2014.

    "Extended cease-fire ends. Airstrikes resume. More than 30 Palestinians injured and 2  killed in Gaza."

    Israel’s Operation Protective Edge

    • 2,019 Palestinians killed [80% civilians] , including 542 children and 251 women from Israeli bombardment
    • 64 Israeli Soldiers killed in combat and 3 civilians
    • 10,223 Palestinians wounded, including 3,486 children and 1,970 women
    •  UNRWA has exhausted its capacity to absorb displaced persons, and overcrowding in shelters risks the outbreak of epidemics.
    • 122 Palestinian families have lost 3 or more members of their family.
    • UNICEF estimates about 373,000 Palestinian children have had some kind of direct traumatic experience and require immediate psycho-social support.
    • 1.5 million people in Gaza have limited or no access to water supplies. 26 health facilities have been damaged.
    • More than 485,000 internally displaced are in need of emergency food assistance.
    • Shelling and bombing have damaged 142 schools — 89 of them run by the United Nations — , and multiple Israeli strikes on Gaza’s only power plant and other infrastructure have left it beyond repair.The cost of reconstruction will run to “hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars,” - Pernille Ironside, the head of the Unicef office in Gaza

    Gaza Livesteam

    Gaza Updates

    Gaza Emergency Appeal

    (Source: merosezah, via mamua)

     

  10. og-sludgebone:

    digg:

    BREAKING: DISNEYLAND NO LONGER HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH

    Dog society is incredible

    (via therealmardallie)

     
     

  11. nicevoices:

    "One Night" - Matthew Koma

    I think I’ve watched this 5 times in a row now.

     
     

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  14. One of the most famous of Behbahani’s poems, “A Cup of Sin,” reflects on the paradox of fear and hope:

    "My country, I will build you again, if need be, with bricks made from my life. I will build columns to support your roof, if need be, with my own bones. I will inhale again the perfume of flower favored by your youth. I will wash again the blood off your body with torrents of my tears." 

     

  15. Samuel L. Jackson, as Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction, as a hockey coach.