tokyo camera style: Nobuyoshi Araki on 'the dry brightness' of digital photography -
"Humidity and darkness are very important elements in photography, so you have to be careful with digital cameras because they sort of kill those elements, I say. I, too, use them, sort of recording things in everyday life for fun, though.
Photography needs to be sentimental. That dry…
(Source: rm409, via savagemike)
A Convicted Murderer's Case for Gun Control -
It was swift and cowardly.
Defenseless, distracted by music, Alex sat in the passenger seat of the rental as I made my way to the trunk. I remembered Frankie’s words: “It’s loaded, cocked, and the safety is off. All you have to do is pull the trigger.”
At that point in our lives, Alex and I, both in our early twenties, were gun-toting thugs immersed in gangster culture. We were out on bail for separate gun charges. A few years before, Alex had been acquitted of murder for allegedly shooting a woman through the peephole of a Brooklyn housing project door. After that, his reputation preceded him.
On that night I knew Alex had been extorting a man who sold drugs for me. It sounds sick but part of me aspired to murder because it’s considered an accomplishment in gangster culture — it would enhance my reputation, complete my image. Yet another part of me knew this culture was foul and murder was horrible.
Despite the Xanax dulling my emotions, my heart pounded when I picked up the M-16. A surge of power rushed through me when I felt the trigger. I pointed in the driver’s side window … and squeezed.
Arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to a jarring 28 years to life at Attica, I entered prison. For many years I sifted through a host of rationalizations, but today I accept responsibility. I’m sorry for killing Alex, sorry for taking all the life he could have had.
With this in mind, I wish to add some perspective to the gun-control debate. My first gun was a chrome .25 caliber automatic with a pink, pearl handle. It was beautiful. But it was a killing machine, and at 14 years old I had the same hole in my heart that President Obama, in a Chicago speech, stated other child killers had. I had no business with that gun. Yet making guns accessible to troubled souls is business as usual in America.
Here’s how the game works…. (read more)
Infographic of the day: An epic timeline of wardrobe colors in “Breaking Bad”
In response to the Steubenville, Ohio teen rape case, West Virginia U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld is launching a program to teach high school athletes not to post evidence of rape online.
It’s called “Project Future,” and his goal is to teach teens how to avoid getting in trouble with the law by using cell phones, cameras, and social media “responsibly.” Instead of teaching teens not to rape, the U.S. Attorney wants to teach them not to get caught.
This is rape culture at work: The very people who are in charge of enforcing our laws look at a cruel, brutal attack on a young girl and think, “If only the teens hadn’t posted photographic evidence online.” —
"Project Future" (via alchemy)
Instead of teaching teens not to rape, the U.S. Attorney wants to teach them not to get caught.
Let that sink all the way in. Then check your voter registration again.
Defying belief: URGENT AMAZING ATHEIST UPDATE -
Due to a false flagging campaign, the following videos have been removed from the TAA channel without any obvious path for appeal made available to me:
Stupid Christian Comics
The Origin of Islamic Extremism - Howard Bloom
The Placebo God
DEBATING ENTROPY - Howard Bloom
Can Men Talk About Feminism?
33 Reasons NOT to be a Feminist! (A Refutation)
CHRISTIANITY’S ICE AGE - REFUTING “THE THAW”
FEMINISM vs. FREEDOM OF SPEECH
STOMP ON JESUS!
DIFFERENT POPE; SAME SH*T
It’s Only Sexist When Men Do It
Everything Is Offensive
Looks like a substantial course correction in climate change research. It seems species that were once thought “safe” from changes in climate are more vulnerable than expected. It also seems to add support for the controversial planetary boundaries theory. Reuters article below:
Many thriving species at risk from climate change-study
Many species of birds, amphibians and corals not currently under threat will be at risk from climate change and have been wrongly omitted from conservation planning, an international study said on Wednesday.
The Amazon rainforest was among the places where ever more types of birds and amphibians would be threatened as temperatures climbed, it said. Common corals off Indonesia would also be among the most vulnerable.
Overall, up to 41 percent of all bird species, 29 percent of amphibians and 22 percent of corals were “highly climate change vulnerable but are not currently threatened”, the team of scientists wrote in the journal PLOS ONE.
"It was a surprise," said Wendy Foden, of the global species program of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) who led the study. Experts had expected far more overlap between species threatened now and those vulnerable to global warming.
Conservation priorities should be revised to take account of the emerging climate risks, for instance to decide where to locate protected areas for wildlife, the scientists wrote.
"Climate change is not the biggest threat, yet," Foden told Reuters in a telephone interview. Loss of habitats driven by a rising human population, over-exploitation and invasive species are now the main causes of extinctions, the study said.
The study drew on the work of more than 100 scientists. The IUCN groups governments, scientists and environmental groups.
Birds including the Emperor Penguin and the Little Owl and amphibians such as Rose’s rain frog or the Imitator Salamander - none of which are now threatened - were among those at risk as temperatures rose.
The study focused on birds, amphibians - which include frogs, newts and salamanders - and corals partly because the IUCN has recently published global assessments of each.
The scientists used a new scale to judge the vulnerability to climate change, based on each creature’s likely exposure to climate change, sensitivity to change and the ability to adapt.
Chris Thomas, a professor of biology at York University in England who was not involved in the study, welcomed the attempt to map climate risks, but said there were many uncertainties.
"The tragedy of this is that we need to make a lot of decisions about conservation … before we know what will happen," he said.
A U.N. panel of scientists has estimated that 20 to 30 percent of the world’s species are likely to be at increasing risk of extinction if temperatures rise more than two or three degrees Celsius (3.6-5.4F) above pre-industrial levels.
Almost 200 nations have set a goal of limiting warming to below 2C, a target set to be breached on current trends of rising greenhouse gases.
A student blows up at a teacher, drops the F-bomb. The usual approach at Lincoln – and, safe to say, at most high schools in this country – is automatic suspension. Instead, Sporleder sits the kid down and says quietly: “Wow. Are you OK? This doesn’t sound like you. What’s going on?”
He gets even more specific: “You really looked stressed. On a scale of 1-10, where are you with your anger?” The kid was ready. Ready, man! For an anger blast to his face….”How could you do that?” “What’s wrong with you?”…and for the big boot out of school. But he was NOT ready for kindness.
The armor-plated defenses melt like ice under a blowtorch and the words pour out: “My dad’s an alcoholic. He’s promised me things my whole life and never keeps those promises.” The waterfall of words that go deep into his home life, which is no piece of breeze, end with this sentence: “I shouldn’t have blown up at the teacher.” Whoa. —
Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, tries new approach to school discipline — suspensions drop 85% (via mchotdog)
what a radical idea yo
Bam. Kids “misbehave” for actual, real, valid reasons. And have feelings.
For fuck’s sake, it takes the people in charge so long to figure shit like this out! Good for Lincoln High!
This needs to be the policy EVERYWHERE…
(Source: robertcmmacgregor, via liberal-focus)
The Moon’s Bow Up Close (by Joe Azure)
I just saw a post describing why shows like The Office are appealing, and how everyday folks can relate, and it’s about their workplace and then they go home, etc.
Do people really have that much in their heads about The Office such that they’re deconstructing it in published articles? Who-the-hell-am-I, but first of all, I disagree with the overthinking of this simplistic show and it’s simplistic appeal.
it appeals - or rather, appealed - to people because it was fucking funny for the first few years. Also, Jim is way hot and the perfect boyfriend/husband (especially after he was in that Meryl Streep/Alec Baldwin movie), and a lot of dorks can find something to relate to in Dwight.
Oh, and also because a lot of people can find all kinds of reasons to want to beat the shit out of Dwight. THAT part I agree with, in terms of people connecting with the show and their real lives.
This is a photo of the sun, taken at the same time of day over a year! INFINITE is everywhere…
This is a perfect example of what I call ‘reverse philosophical engineering’. How does anyone think the symbol for ‘infinity’ came about? It’s much like one of my least favorite sayings ‘everything happens for a reason’. NO, it doesn’t!! You simply take the ‘reason/outcome’ and extrapolate backwards until you find the ‘cause’ that suits your preference.
Ohhhh, you silly earthlings. *smh*
U.S. pilot makes a mistake and drops a bomb on an Afghan wedding, killing 30. This happened today as well.
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