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N.C. Poet Laureate Cronyism Enrages Baristas With MFAs Everywhere -
N.C. Poet Laureate Cronyism Enrages Baristas With MFAs Everywhere
"Last week, Valerie Macon became the poet laureate of North Carolina. Valerie Macon is a disability claims processor with no major publications who was picked singlehandedly by the governor. And you still can't get the slush-pile intern at Copper Canyon Press to answer your goddamn emails. (Update: A sample poem of Macon's, "Vegetarian Meat Lover," has been added at the bottom of the post. Do enjoy.)" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Macon, a lyrical dabbler whose appointment embarrassed Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and outraged published poets everywhere, stepped down from the state-funded post today, but not before she and the governor took shots at those nasty elitist writers and professors with their "literary standards" and financially debilitating lifelong commitments to underfunded arts programs. " - Jessie
" A sample of Macon's oeuvre, via commenter toadelevatinguhr: Vegetarian Meat Lover / Clicking into Vinny's Pizza / in Jimmy Choo platform pumps, / a woman, six feet tall / and straight as a sunflower, / in high-waisted jeggings / and gold cropped tee. / Her boyfriend, / a weed sprout beside her, / ambles in Old Navy flip-flops. / She holds her yellow head high / like a flower tilted... more... - Jessie
Ok, I will enlighten you. When you say “None of... | Cute Animals. Bad Dates. -
Ok, I will enlighten you. When you say “None of... | Cute Animals. Bad Dates.
"Ok, I will enlighten you. When you say “None of the women on here can be honest with themselves or anyone else,” and complain about being ignored because you are a “good man,” that is not “speaking honestly.” That’s being a dick." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Boehner Drops Obama Lawsuit; Says It Would Mean Doing Something : The New Yorker -
Boehner Drops Obama Lawsuit; Says It Would Mean Doing Something : The New Yorker
"WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) dropped his plans to sue President Obama on Friday, explaining to reporters, “I realized it would mean doing something.” In a brief appearance before the press, Speaker Boehner talked about his gradual realization that “filing a lawsuit requires effort and, yes, work.” “I came to the conclusion that while suing the President would be the best thing for the American people, it would also require that I do something,” he said, struggling to retain his composure. “And that would be a betrayal of everything I stand for.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
" Mr. Boehner’s decision drew praise from fellow Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), who called it “courageous.” “I know this was a very difficult decision for John,” McConnell said. “But at the end of the day you have to be true to your core values.” " - Jessie
Towns Fight to Avoid Taking In Migrant Minors - -
Towns Fight to Avoid Taking In Migrant Minors -
"A shelter for Central American children who crossed the border illegally opened behind Gregg Griffith’s house here a few months ago. The children are quiet. No one has hopped over the fence that separates his backyard from the shelter, a once-vacant youth home. But when Mr. Griffith looks at the brightly painted brick buildings, he is mostly resentful. “That’s my tax money taking care of a foreign national or however you want to classify them,” said Mr. Griffith, 51, a volunteer fireman and researcher at a chemical plant. “I don’t want to take care of a foreign national. It’s not my problem. We did house kids in Brazoria County there at the youth home. I sort of feel like we should be taking care of our own first.” Overwhelmed by an influx of unaccompanied minors who are fleeing violence in their home countries in Central America, federal officials are searching the country for places to house them and have been forced to scrap some proposed shelter sites in California, Connecticut,... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Yet the worries of neighbors and local officials persist. “We hate to see something like this that would paint us as an unfriendly town not open to all people,” said Robert J. Pecht, a councilman in Lawrenceville. “If you signed up to live next to a four-year college, that’s one thing. But you didn’t sign up to live next to something that requires Homeland Security.” In Southern... more... - Jessie
"Officials with the federal Administration for Children and Families, which oversees the housing of unaccompanied children as part of the Department of Health and Human Services, declined to comment about the opposition to shelter sites. Rumors have proliferated in many communities. Opponents said the migrant children would flood local school districts, but their average stay in a... more... - Jessie
So disgraceful. :( - Jenny H. from Android
Ugh, these heartless people - Soup in a TARDIS from FFHound!
"In the Dallas County town of Grand Prairie, officials had expressed skepticism about the plan to house hundreds of children at a former school. But their concerns were eased after Clay Jenkins, the county judge, and others went door to door in the school’s neighborhood and found that residents were overwhelmingly positive. “I was blown away by their support,” said Mr. Jenkins, who is... more... - Jessie
only most of us are monsters. there's good people nearly everywhere, if you look hard. - Big Joe Silence
LOL I am less worried about average citizens (open carry activists excepted) than I am about some of the officials. Congressmen, for instance. - Jessie
Taiwanese design team wants cats to eat ‘smartly’ - Taipei Times -
"A cat feeder that uses facial recognition technology will allow cat owners to “smartly” monitor the appetite of their furry friends any time and anywhere, a Taiwanese design team said on Wednesday. The device, called Bistro, has two major parts — a food dispenser and a scale, said Hannah Chen, a spokeswoman for 42Ark, which designed the device. When a cat steps on a Bistro, a built-in camera is activated and streams video to a back-end server, which runs a facial recognition algorithm to identify the cat, Chen said. As the cat is eating, weight sensors beneath the dispenser and the scale continuously monitor the weight of the cat, the food and water, she said. After the cat steps off, the system calculates the amounts of food and water the cat has consumed, as well as its weight, she added." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
UPDATE: 12-Year-Old in Custody After Stealing School Bus for Second Time- WMBB News 13 - The Panhandle's News Leader -
"Before noon Wednesday Parker Police were dealing with their second stolen Bay District school bus in just under a month. The call came in to Parker Chief of Police Chief Sweatt. "They had a bus stopped with a juvenile driver," said Sweatt."Our initial reaction was 'oh no, not again.'" Sweatt sent an officer to Franklin County to pick up 12-year-old Michael Propst and have him returned to Bay County. The same juvenile that, in June, took a bus on a joyride that ended at the Walmart in Panama City Beach. "He's not unruly or resists arrest or anything of that nature from what I understand," said Sweatt. "He's just into stealing vehicles."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Jeez man. This kid. - Anika
somebody contact Vin Diesel to conduct an intervention. if the kid wants attention, give him some positive attention. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
smh - Anne Bouey
Taoist temple hosts ‘Transformer’ statue - Taipei Times -
Taoist temple hosts ‘Transformer’ statue - Taipei Times
"Ahead of Transformers: Age of Extinction hitting theaters across the nation this month, Wenheng Temple (文衡殿) in Greater Tainan’s Longchi District (龍崎) welcomed its latest guard — Optimus Prime, a transformer robot warrior from the popular franchise. The Optimus Prime statue is 3m high and weighs 350kg, the temple staff said, adding that it is the largest statue on display at the temple. The temple has also ordered a custom-made statue of Bumblebee — another, yellow-colored autobot in the Transformers series, they said." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The Taoist temple became famous around the nation in July last year after it set up a display of armored suits featured in the popular Iron Man superhero franchise in front of a statue of Guan Gong (關公) — a legendary general from China’s Eastern Han Dynasty who is worshiped by Taiwanese and Chinese communities. The Iron Man exhibit featured replicas of the “Mark 42,” “War Machine” and... more... - Jessie
"Future visitors might also be able to see reproductions of the cartoon action heroes Captain America, Thor and The Hulk, he said." - Jessie
Christie: I Would Bring Traffic Over the Border to a Standstill : The New Yorker -
Christie: I Would Bring Traffic Over the Border to a Standstill : The New Yorker
"IOWA CITY (The Borowitz Report)— Testing the political waters in Iowa today, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said that if he is elected President, he would bring the flow of illegal immigrants over the U.S.-Mexico border to a virtual standstill. “There are ways of keeping people from getting to where they want to go,” Christie said, claiming that he was the only Republican hopeful with the hands-on experience necessary to fix the border crisis. The New Jersey governor was vague about how he would halt traffic over the border, but exuded confidence that he was the right man for the job. “I’d make a few phone calls,” he said. “It would get done.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
A few phone calls? LOL - Jenny H. from Android
Not sure what is more alarming: the actual fedora,... | Cute Animals. Bad Dates. -
Not sure what is more alarming: the actual fedora,... | Cute Animals. Bad Dates.
"Not sure what is more alarming: the actual fedora, or the self-consciously precious use of “‘tis.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Awww - the Chinese postdoc who I've been coaching on English oral presentations just got back from his dissertation defense. He said the dissertation committee was "stunned" by his progress in the two months since his practice defense. *preens*
Well done superwoman - Steve C
I'm not surprised. :) Good work, Jessie! - Anne Bouey
Michigan woman shoots herself in face while trying to 'make a point' with shotgun - -
"A Michigan woman who tried to use a shotgun to "make a point" during a family argument ended up shooting herself in the face. After grabbing the gun, the Fremont Township woman slammed its butt-end onto the floor, causing the gun to go off and fire into her face. When police responded after receiving reports of a gunshot victim, they found the 51-year-old with a facial wound. She reportedly told officers that she wanted to use the firearm to "make a point." The woman was taken to St. Mary's of Michigan in Saginaw and she is expected to make a full recovery. Michigan police will continue to investigate the incident, but no charges have been filed at this time." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
At least the only one she hurt is herself. Not like that guy last week who used an assault rifle as a crutch and ended killing the child upstairs. - Betsy
Hero Raccoon Makes Off With 28 Pound Bag of Food -
>.> - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Open Carry Advocates Win in Court, Will Celebrate by Freaking Out Kids at Six Flags | Dallas Observer -
Open Carry Advocates Win in Court, Will Celebrate by Freaking Out Kids at Six Flags | Dallas Observer
"A federal judge on Monday ordered Arlington to not enforce its law banning pamphlet-distribution while the suit is pending. In his ruling, the judge wrote that Arlington streets are traditional public forums and protected by the First Amendment. OCTC's "attempts to distribute copies of the Constitution and gun rights literature on Arlington's streets and sidewalks is 'precisely the kind of speech in precisely the kind of place that the First Amendment aims to protect most,'" the judge wrote, quoting a previous ruling about the KKK's ability to demonstrate in a public place. The judge also wrote that Arlington's argument about the law maintaining public safety was not enough of a significant government interest to limit free speech in a public forum, such as a sidewalk next to a busy intersection." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The group, understandably, is happy and has plans to celebrate. They wrote on their Facebook page: "In recognition of [Monday's] ruling, Open Carry Tarrant County will hold an event this Thursday in Arlington at 6 p.m. The group will convene at the Home Depot on Road to Six Flags. We will then walk to the corner of Collins and Road to Six Flags."" - Jessie
Fwd: Oops RT @guardian: Manual retweets are self-promotion and Twitter embeds aren't journalism @commentisfree (via
Fwd: Oops RT @guardian: Manual retweets are self-promotion and Twitter embeds aren't journalism @commentisfree (via
"The Buzzfeed piece ignited a backlash against a perceived invasion of privacy and a discussion about whether Twitter is public. Because the discussion involved fraught issues like personal safety and exposure, it ultimately focused on whether broadcasting these stories worldwide comprised another form of violation. So while the author, Jesssica Testa, (eventually) went above and beyond standard practice when compiling her piece, verifying that each tweet's author consented to appearing on Buzzfeed, the debate centered on ethical feminism and stopped short of engaging ethical journalism. Because at a certain point, the question isn't about privacy and is instead about whether relying on a revenue stream built on writing 300 words of what are essentially captions on someone else's work is essentially larceny." - Jessie
How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Talent - -
How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Talent -
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"The 8-year-old juggling a soccer ball and the 48-year-old jogging by, with Japanese lessons ringing from her earbuds, have something fundamental in common: At some level, both are wondering whether their investment of time and effort is worth it. How good can I get? How much time will it take? Is it possible I’m a natural at this (for once)? What’s the percentage in this, exactly? Scientists have long argued over the relative contributions of practice and native talent to the development of elite performance. This debate swings back and forth every century, it seems, but a paper in the current issue of the journal Psychological Science illustrates where the discussion now stands and hints — more tantalizingly, for people who just want to do their best — at where the research will go next. The value-of-practice debate has reached a stalemate. In a landmark 1993 study of musicians, a research team led by K. Anders Ericsson, a psychologist now at Florida State University, found that... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"One of those people, Dr. Ericsson, had by last week already written his critique of the new review. He points out that the paper uses a definition of practice that includes a variety of related activities, including playing music or sports for fun or playing in a group. But his own studies focused on what he calls deliberate practice: one-on-one lessons in which an instructor pushes a... more... - Jessie
"One is the age at which a person picks up a violin, or a basketball, or a language. People who grow up in bilingual households fully integrate both languages at the same time that language-specialized areas in their brains are developing. The same may be true of many other skills — there may exist a critical window of learning in childhood that primes the brain to pick up skills... more... - Jessie
Starting Today, Some Texas Teachers Are Learning to Become Armed School Marshals | Dallas Observer -
Starting Today, Some Texas Teachers Are Learning to Become Armed School Marshals | Dallas Observer
"The first training class for about 20 school marshals begins today in Fort Worth. Villalba spoke with Unfair Park and clarified that the initiative stipulates the marshals' confidentiality to all but school leadership and local police force -- so don't expect any information on who the marshals are or which school districts are employing the service. "What happened for me was that I saw what happened at Sandy Hook," Villalba told us. "In Connecticut they have the highest level of gun control, every student was economically privileged, and they had security at the school including locked doors. But an individual seeking to perpetrate some crime against children will not be deterred."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Rather, marshal teachers can keep a firearm in a locked classroom safe or marshal administrators can carry a concealed weapon. Villalba noted that police officers already participate in open carry in several Texas high schools, and marshals will undergo similar police training. Marshals will also be subjected to a psychological examination and 80 hours of classroom instruction. "In the... more... - Jessie
:| - Jessie
"Even if there is a risk, it's outweighed by the protection we're offering our kids." Oh, is it? Thank you for making this decision on behalf of all students, parents, teachers and other classroom personnel. Thanks for that. #notreally - Jessie
So you aren't allowed to know if your child is sitting in a classroom all day with a frazzled gun carrying teacher. Great idea. I can't see any problems with that. - Heather
It looks like it is tied to open carry so presumably you (or your child) would see if there was a weapon present. It will be interesting to see if they see a high rate of parents pulling their kids from classrooms where a weapon if known to be present. - Soup in a TARDIS
I don't like this solution, so many things could go wrong. I am surprised that gun advocates are allowing restrictions, mandatory training and regular psychological testing, that they generally vehemently oppose. Why should the marshal's identity be kept secret? - Greg GuitarBuster
to prevent targeting. also, this is seriously fucked up. - Big Joe Silence
Well, isn't that sorta the point. How will students know who's in charge? Oh yeah, the teacher with a safe in the classroom. - Greg GuitarBuster
no, it'll be the teacher who always wears the open single-breasted jacket with the suspicious lump under the arm. - Big Joe Silence
Church Founded in Sixth Century Has More Modern Views on Women Than Scalia : The New Yorker -
Church Founded in Sixth Century Has More Modern Views on Women Than Scalia : The New Yorker
"LONDON (The Borowitz Report) - The Church of England, an institution whose origins date back to the sixth century A.D., has far more modern views about the rights of women than Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, experts said today. “In recognizing that women are the equals of men, the Church of England has embraced a position that is centuries ahead of Scalia’s,” Davis Logsdon, a professor of religion at the University of Minnesota, said. “This is a remarkable achievement, given that Scalia was born in 1936 and the Church began in the late five hundreds.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"But Dr. Carol Foyler, a history professor at the University of Sussex, took issue with that assessment. “I date the beginning of the Church of England to 1534, when it was officially established under Henry VIII,” she said. “But regardless of whether the Church is fourteen centuries old or five centuries old, it’s unquestionably more modern than Scalia.” As for Justice Scalia, he... more... - Jessie
"One of the most influential sixth-grade science projects ever conducted" -
"One of the most influential sixth-grade science projects ever conducted"
"A 12-year-old Florida girl's science fair project on invasive lionfish has surprised even seasoned ecologists, and led to the first published paper on lionfish freshwater tolerance. Lauren Arrington's relatively simple experiment (put captured lionfish in water of varying saltiness, see if they live) revealed that lionfish can survive much fresher water than anyone expected . . . meaning the rapidly-spreading invasive marine species may also pose a threat to vulnerable life in brackish estuaries." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"(Her dad, an ecologist, rejected her first proposed experiment, which required that he touch dead lionfish to see if their stings still hurt. Lionfish stings are excruciatingly painful, with victims reporting that they "wished they were dead," so her father's scientific obstructionism is understandable.)" - Jessie
Although this was the bigger of the two discoveries in my opinion, there was also a young man who was pub'd as a result of his science fair project - he discovered that something in Truvia kills fruit flies. Both are the children of scientists but it's still pretty damned impressive to discover something as part of your science fair project that adult scientists hadn't yet. - Spidra Webster
Man I wish I was more creative with my school science project. Kids these days are impressive. - Heather
Awesome. :) - Jenny H. from Android
"one of"? what are the others? - Ken Gidley
Men Swim Through Floodwater To Save Foxes From Drowning -
"Raging waters were no match for two determined swimmers in Canada. Farm owner Colin Graham has watched a family of foxes roam his Saskatchewan property for the past several months. When flooding hit the province Sunday, he noticed one of the young ones was stranded on a rock surrounded by water. So Graham and his friend, Jordan Olson, did the only thing they could think of: They jumped into the floodwater to save the foxes, CBC News reports. "[They] have been sitting out on this rock pile near our house for all spring," Graham told the Canadian news outlet. "My sister wondered what happened to the foxes, so we drove out there and there was just one rock sticking out of the top of the water." Only one of the foxes was visible in the estimated 8 feet of water, but both Graham and Olson swam out into the flooded field to see if there were any more stranded. Bystander Derek Roeher shared photos of two men swimming through floodwater to save the foxes." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Sight of Rick Perry at Border Convinces Immigrants That Anyone Can Succeed in America : The New Yorker -
Sight of Rick Perry at Border Convinces Immigrants That Anyone Can Succeed in America : The New Yorker
"RIO GRANDE (The Borowitz Report)—A recent tour of the United States-Mexico border by Texas Governor Rick Perry has had the unintended consequence of convincing thousands of immigrants that anyone can succeed in America. After Gov. Perry and the Fox News host Sean Hannity toured the Rio Grande on Thursday, news quickly spread that the two men were actually among the most powerful in America, fueling the immigrants’ impression that the U.S. is a place where anyone can make it. “When we learned that these two men were the governor of a large state and a top broadcaster from a major news network, it seemed too incredible to be true,” said an immigrant from Honduras, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “We all said to ourselves, if those two can succeed in America, imagine the wondrous things we might achieve.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"According to a border official, immigration at the border shot up eighty per cent since the appearance by the two men, and the situation could get even worse. “There’s a rumor that Rand Paul plans to visit,” the official said." - Jessie
Va. man plants flag, claims African country, calling it ‘Kingdom of North Sudan’ - The Washington Post -
Va. man plants flag, claims African country, calling it ‘Kingdom of North Sudan’ - The Washington Post
"Jeremiah Heaton was playing with his daughter in their Abingdon, Va., home last winter when she asked whether she could be a real princess. Heaton, a father of three who works in the mining industry, didn’t want to make any false promises to Emily, then 6, who was “big on being a princess.” But he still said yes. “As a parent you sometimes go down paths you never thought you would,” Heaton said. Within months, Heaton was journeying through the desolate southern stretches of Egypt and into an unclaimed 800-square-mile patch of arid desert. There, on June 16 — Emily’s seventh birthday — he planted a blue flag with four stars and a crown on a rocky hill. The area, a sandy expanse sitting along the Sudanese border, morphed from what locals call Bir Tawil into what Heaton and his family call the “Kingdom of North Sudan.” There, Heaton is the self-described king and Emily is his princess." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
This is not from The Onion. - Jessie
Gotta get me some big flags - Steve C
Winnipeg zoo wolves dig tunnel to get into polar bear enclosure | CTV News -
Winnipeg zoo wolves dig tunnel to get into polar bear enclosure | CTV News
"There are no howls after a pack of wolves managed to get into a polar bear enclosure at a Winnipeg zoo. The Assiniboine Park Zoo says it has made some changes after the wolves dug a tunnel from their enclosure to visit the bears. Media reports say five wolves walked around without disturbing two female polar bears that were asleep at the time. The tunnel forced the zoo to remove the wolves and the two bears and close part of the new Journey to Churchill exhibit until repairs could be made. The critters are now back in their respective enclosures and the exhibit has reopened. A zoo spokesman says such adjustments are absolutely normal with the opening of any new exhibit." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
I love that the wolves were basically just going "ehhh....nice. maybe we can sleep here tonight guys?" - Sir Shuping is just sir
Do Not Take Writing Advice from the Worst Muse -
Do Not Take Writing Advice from the Worst Muse
"Twitter account the Worst Muse isn't even a week old, but it's already a premiere source of hilarious writing advice. Below's a selection of our favorites." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"If a character has curves, make sure to specify that they are in all the right places. Otherwise, readers will be confused." - Jessie
"That "said" looks awfully lonely. Maybe you should give it an adverb friend. Maybe you should give them ALL adverb friends." - Jessie
"You're right. The world DOES need another novel about an aging English professor's affair with a nubile young co-ed." - Betsy
"It'd go over great if your narrator looked in the mirror and compared their own eyes to a really specific body of water." - Jessie
*immediately follows account* - Soup in a TARDIS
"This chapter is missing something. Try adding an epigraph. Maybe some Matchbox 20 lyrics." - Jessie
Oh man. Total warfare on genre and fanfic. Best account ever. - Akiva
very, very funny. - Brent Schaus
"White people." - Jessie
Swede builds crossbow to fight vampires - The Local -
Swede builds crossbow to fight vampires - The Local
"A man in western Sweden faces charges for illegal weapons possession after building a crossbow to protect himself from vampires. A man in Uddevalla, western Sweden, hated vampires. He hated them so much that he built a crossbow at home and had it aimed at the door. The man had a history of weapons violations, and police were on their way to pick him up for a trial relating to a breach of knife laws. Upon entering his apartment they discovered that a crossbow, with arrow at the ready, was pointing straight at the door. "Today I am going to go out and kill vampires," the man had written on his Facebook page. Other social media statuses included "Garlic!" and "What do you do when the blood is all gone?"" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Long Island motorcyclist tries to give cops bogus name, can't spell it - NY Daily News -
"Long Island motorcyclist Jason Quick tried to weasel out of trouble by giving a cop a bogus name, authorities said. But there was a problem. He couldn’t spell it. The 24-year-old man was spotted by cops running across Sunrise Highway’s center median in Mastic with his bike on the side of the road at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, police said. He told police his helmet flew off his head and when cops retrieved it and pressed him for his name, he answered “Jonathan.” So far, so good. Then he botched the spelling, over and over. And then he had an idea. Quick used “Joseph” — his brother’s name — cops said." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
A ballroom ban would be completely out of step - Telegraph -
"The British Dance Council finds itself in the eye of a rather surprising storm. This hitherto blameless organisation, which devises and oversees the rules for ballroom dancing, is considering a proposal to ban same-sex partnerships from competing against “traditional” couples. The revised rule would stipulate, in a somewhat biblical manner, that a couple should comprise “one man and one lady”. Bryan Allen, president of the BDC, explains very cogently that there is “no discrimination at all”. It is simply that all-male partnerships have a possible advantage, in strength and athleticism, when competing against male-female couples. On the other side, Heather Devine, who competes with her female partner Chrisi Lyons, says: “I am really distressed that the BDC is even considering banning us. We’ve put in a huge amount of effort. To exclude us will mean that we can’t dance in mainstream competitions any more. This seems so unfair.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Today, of course, the dance world has been forever changed by Matthew Bourne’s all-male Swan Lake, or by the brilliant drag company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. To the lay person, therefore, the putative ban on same-sex couples seems somewhat retrograde. It may well be that within the arena of competitive dancing this is a burning issue that the rest of us cannot fully grasp,... more... - Jessie
Exhibit shows Atayal children’s empowerment by art - Taipei Times -
"A US academic and a photographer who came to Taiwan in 2012 to carry out a project seeking to empower local Aboriginal children through art have seen the results of their efforts manifested in an exhibition of work by Atayal children that opened in Taipei earlier this week. The exhibition, titled “I am Atayal!” showcases artworks ranging from photographs, murals and watercolor paintings to yarn, collages and clay pieces created by Atayal children from Nanao Elementary School in Yilan County. It also introduces Atayal culture, myths and symbols, and shows how they have been incorporated into the school curriculum to promote learning and cultural pride. The exhibition is the result of a 10-month project by Christine Yeh (葉晶), a professor of counseling psychology at the University of San Francisco, and Mikael Owunna, a photographer and English teaching assistant." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Yeh and Owunna arrived in Taiwan in 2012 on Fulbright scholarships, a grant funded by the US government for international educational exchanges. From August 2012 to June last year, they designed and taught classes at Nanao Elementary School to help students appreciate and learn more about their cultural roots and identity. For example, students were given disposable cameras to capture... more... - Jessie
Americans Unhappy to Be Reminded That Sarah Palin Exists : The New Yorker -
Americans Unhappy to Be Reminded That Sarah Palin Exists : The New Yorker
"WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) — A new poll released Thursday reveals that a broad majority of Americans describe themselves as “deeply unhappy” to have been reminded that the former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin exists. Palin’s call for the impeachment of President Obama, a ploy to remind people that she still roams the earth, appears to have backfired, the poll shows. With seventy-two per cent of respondents saying that they were “upset” or “very upset” to be reminded of her existence, Palin is one of three non-officeholders whose recent utterances have traumatized Americans." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"According to the poll, eighty-one per cent were upset to be reminded that Ann Coulter exists, while a hundred per cent felt that way about the existence of the former Vice-President Dick Cheney." - Jessie
Man on bathroom break finds venomous snake coiled in toilet | Houston -
Man on bathroom break finds venomous snake coiled in toilet | Houston
"A bathroom break for one worker at an Alabama construction office ended with an unexpected scare when he discovered a four-foot long, venomous snake coiled in a toilet. Willie Harris says he couldn't believe his eyes. "So when I was going to use the restroom, I see a snake around the commode and I'm thinking it was a joke." But once Harris saw the snake move a few times, he knew this was no laughing matter. "I pulled the door back a little bit and I said 'wow!" Harris said. Harris's boss then called 911, and luckily help wasn't far behind -- Officer Alice Thompson. "He said 'I don't think you understand how big this is.' I said 'OK.' He said 'I have a picture of it.' I said 'Well, by all means, let us see," Thompson said. "It was so much bigger in person."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Straya! — What? Not Australia? Are you sure? It sounds like Australia. - Betsy
Officer Alice Thompson "It was so much bigger in person" TWSS - Greg GuitarBuster
Fleeing Gangs, Children Head to U.S. Border - -
Fleeing Gangs, Children Head to U.S. Border -
"SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Anthony O. Castellanos disappeared from his gang-ridden neighborhood on the eastern edge of Honduras’s most dangerous city, so his younger brother, Kenneth, hopped on his green bicycle to search for him, starting his hunt at a notorious gang hangout known as the “crazy house.” They were found within days of each other, both dead. Anthony, 13, and a friend had been shot in the head; Kenneth, 7, had been tortured and beaten with sticks and rocks. They were among seven children murdered in the La Pradera neighborhood of San Pedro Sula in April alone, part of a surge in gang violence that is claiming younger and younger victims. The killings are a major factor driving the recent wave of migration of Central American children to the United States, which has sent an unprecedented number of unaccompanied minors across the Texas border. Many children and parents say the rush of new migrants stems from a belief that United States immigration policy offers... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Honduran children are increasingly on the front lines of gang violence. In June, 32 children were murdered in Honduras, bringing the number of youths under 18 killed since January of last year to 409, according to data compiled by Covenant House, a youth shelter in Tegucigalpa, the capital. With two major youth gangs and more organized crime syndicates operating with impunity in... more... - Jessie
"In the case of the Castellanos family, the police said the older boy was a lookout for the gang and had decided to quit. The order to kill him, the police said, came from prison. Several arrests have been made. Héctor A. Medina, 47, who the police said lived at an abandoned house controlled by the 18th Street gang, where Kenneth was killed, was charged in the boys’ deaths. “It’s a... more... - Jessie
Pobrecitos. :( - Jenny H. from Android
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