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I do not doubt for a second that those involved in KONY 2012 have great intentions, nor do I doubt for a second that Joseph Kony is a very…
Thank you so much! I’m so happy to see this! :)
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By Scott Horton
Cologne’s Wallraf Richartz Museum has launched an impressive new exhibition entitled “Vincent van Gogh: Shoes,” built around a celebrated painting by the Dutch master from 1886. Some might wonder how an exhibition can be…
The book includes 145 poems, including the bittersweet “Years From Now,” which reads: “Although I cannot see your face / As you flip these poems awhile / Somewhere from some far-off place / I hear you laughing—and I smile.”
I love his poems when I was little.
Gun-toting granny of Melbourne, Ava Estelle, 81, was so ticked-off when two thugs raped her 18-year-old granddaughter that she tracked the unsuspecting ex-cons down… And shot off their testicles.
“The old lady spent a week hunting those men down and, when she found them, she took revenge on them in her own special way,” said police investigator Evan Delp.
Then she took a taxi to the nearest police station, laid the gun on the sergeant’s desk and told him as calm as could be: “Those bastards will never rape anybody again, by God.”
Cops say convicted rapist and robber Davis Furth, 33, lost both his penis and his testicles when outraged Ava opened fire with a 9-mm pistol in the hotel room where he and former prison cell mate Stanley Thomas, 29, were holed up.
The wrinkled avenger also blew Thomas’ testicles to kingdom come, but doctors managed to save his mangled penis, police said. “The one guy, Thomas, didn’t lose his manhood, but the doctor I talked to said he won’t be using it the way he used to,” Detective Delp told reporters. “Both men are still in pretty bad shape, but I think they’re just happy to be alive after what they’ve been through.”
The Rambo Granny swung into action August 21 after her granddaughter Debbie was carjacked and raped in broad daylight by two knife-wielding creeps in a section of town bordering on skid row. “When I saw the look on my Debbie’s face that night in the hospital, I decided I was going to go out and get those bastards myself ‘cause I figured the Law would go easy on them,”’ recalled the retired library worker. ” And I wasn’t scared of them, either - because I’ve got me a gun and I’ve been shooting’ all my life. And I wasn’t dumb enough to turn it in when the law changed about owning one.”
So, using a police artist’s sketch of the suspects and Debbie’s description of the sickos, tough-as-nails Ava spent seven days prowling the wino-infested neighbourhood where the crime took place till she spotted the ill-fated rapists entering their flophouse hotel.
“I knew it was them the minute I saw ‘em, but I shot a picture of ‘em anyway and took it back to Debbie and she said sure as hell, it was them,” the oldster recalled…
“So I went back to that hotel and found their room and knocked on the door, and the minute the big one opened the door, I shot ‘em right square between the legs, right where it would really hurt ‘em most, you know. Then I went in and shot the other one as he backed up pleading to me to spare him. Then I went down to the police station and turned myself in.”
Now, baffled lawmen are trying to figure out exactly how to deal with the vigilante granny.. “What she did was wrong, and she broke the law, but it is difficult to throw an 81-year-old woman in prison,” Det. Delp said, “especially when 3 million people in the city want to nominate her for Mayor.”
i’ve been getting a lot of questions about photography lately, so i’m going to address some of them in today’s post. secrets from a pro, y’all! :)
the above chart is a great resource for basic camera operations. yes, learning how to use a DSLR is daunting, but having a strong foundation of knowledge about ISO, shutter speed, and aperture will help you immensely.
choose quality over quantity. i know, the sound of the shutter is fantastic, but taking 300 of the same photo is not going to make you a better photographer. in that same vein, editing is about culling your selection and deleting images you don’t want to keep, not photoshopping every photo on your memory card.
see what is in front of you. take the time to look through the viewfinder (yes, put your face up to the camera!) and compose your shot. what are you trying to communicate? what do you want others to see when they view your images?
take your camera with you! it’s great for when you have downtime, and you never know what you might find.
photoshop is your friend, but photoshop is not your best friend. i stress this a lot. crappy photos will look worse if you ‘shop them. believe me. when i was photo editor at the daily tar heel, i edited images that my staffers turned in. one staffer turned in a photo of a bike rack and i spent hours trying to make it a decent photo. it wasn’t possible because it wasn’t any good to begin with! photoshop has a lot of tools (and plenty of tutorials online), but you shouldn’t use them all on a single photo.
shoot on manual. you have complete control over how your image comes out if you are in charge of the settings. again, see the above chart to get the hang of things.
you are not your gear. you can drop a few grand on a hasselblad, but it means nothing if you don’t know how to use it. (and if you have a few grand to spend on camera gear, feel free to send that to me!)
books i recommend:
YOUR CAMERA’S MANUAL! even if you don’t read it completely, at least flip through it a few times to get an idea of what each button/menu does.
The National Geographic Photography Field Guide. this is one of the few textbooks i kept after college and still read. it’s pretty much a photographer’s bible.
Zen In The Art of Photography by Robert Leverant. a great book on the importance of awareness, which i believe is the core of photography.
i love not only sharing the images i make, but the joy of photography itself. i hope these recommendations help! i’d love to see what you do with it all-email me with email@example.com with pictures!
and if you still don’t get the hang of it? hire me! :)
backstory: obviously i didn’t take this photo. i’m giving away these so-called secrets because i think if you have a good camera, you should use it well. i’m tired of seeing shitty photos!
8 Year old girl from Dublin tries to get her school demolished… Just listen.
So cute, So evil..Awwww
This man, James Verone, robbed a bank for one dollar.
Why only one dollar?
Because he knew that in prison he could get the medical care he could not afford with his part time salary as a convenience store clerk. He was approved for food stamps, but they did little to help his finances. Between his back problems, carpel tunnel, and arthritis, he simply couldn’t handle the pain any longer.
On June 9th, he sent a letter to his local paper, the Gaston Gazette, that stated: “When you receive this a bank robbery will have been committed by me. this robbery is being committed by me for one dollar. I am of sound mind but not so much sound body.”
He then took a cab to the RBC Bank, and handed the teller a note asking for one dollar and medical attention. He quietly took a seat in the lobby and waited for police to arrive.
Since Verone only stole one dollar, he was only charged with larceny. His bail, which he doesn’t plan to pay, is set at $2,000-reduced from the normal $100,000. He’s scheduled to see a doctor this Friday, and hopes to get foot surgery, back surgery and to have a protrusion on his check treated.
To me, this is the perfect example of how disturbingly corrupt and unjust our health care system has become under HMO’s. For this man, or any person for that matter, to feel that he needs to be imprisoned just to see a doctor, is ridiculous.
I honestly can’t even think of words. The story says it all.
This happens so often. Recently I was in court at my internship and a homeless man robbed a convenience store for a dollar and potato-chips. He was sentenced to six months in jail but refused and asked for 9 months so that he wouldn’t face the spiteful New York winter homeless.
I reblog this often.
Its so sad to me that society comes down to this! In our country, it seems to me that the majority of us are if not in utter poverty, we are just barely making it. Or havent been making it for long.
Then the upper class claims that we should work as hard as they do to get where they are, but there are so many barriers in place to keep us from ever being able to do so. Why cant we just help each other?
HAHAHA this is so me every time
On the outside you’re like:
But on the inside you’re like:
Map: The world’s most — and least — livable cities
In an annual survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Vancouver scored 98% on a combination of stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure to be ranked the world’s most livable city. Above, the survey’s top ten — and bottom ten — mapped.