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hellogiggles:

NOBODY CANNA CROSS IT (DI BUS CAN’T SWIM)

by Heather Watson

In case you missed it earlier, thanks to the incomparably internetty Topherchris for this.

ladoublure:

WGBH Piece on Missing Journalist James Foley

An update on my friend, detained Global Post journalist Jim Foley.

Today’s tragic deaths of of photographers Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros while reporting on the confrontations in Misurata underscore the dangers journalist undertake to provide war coverage. My heart goes out to their families, and the other photographers and journalists who were wounded today.

Foley’s capture and subsequent detention has placed even greater emphasis for me on such risks, and the value of journalism in our contemporary lives. Their reporting renders the struggle, heartbreak, and reality of conflict in the most human terms, where lives are lost, or forever changed, in a matter of seconds. This couldn’t be more clear in Foley’s piece on a firefight in Kunar province, where an ied catches a convoy off-guard, resulting in casualties, a quick retreat and a nauseating terror.

One night after spending a couple of hours reading the stories on his blog, I sent Foley a message to tell him how proud I was of his work. He couldn’t have been more humble and modest. I wasn’t alone. Many servicemen, friends Foley made while embedded, and families of servicemen, parents who had lost their sons and daughters in Iraq and Afghanistan, posted their thanks for his reporting on his facebook wall. He was telling their story.

We should not, as citizens, and humans, be removed from the reality of war, or from those fighting, and those who suffer. Journalists risk their lives so that the stories of the opposition, the stories of the people, the stories of the soldiers do not go untold, nor their sacrifices forgotten. 

Vigils took place over the weekend, and the international pressure is mounting. The Global Post is doing a tremendous job in its ongoing coverage of the situation. You can read the latest here.

You can read and view Foley’s work here: http://www.globalpost.com/bio/james-foley/articles, and at his blog: http://www.aworldoftroubles.com/

There’s a great website, and facebook page now up: http://www.facebook.com/FreeFoley. Check here for tributes, news, updates, if you are so inclined.

So, thank a journalist today. If you can spare a coin or two, drop them here. And, as always, please share, reblog, and spread the word. I appreciate those of you who have done so for my earlier posts.

Thanks, journalists and photographers, as well as all the editors who make sure your stories keep being told.

(Source: paradeofhospitality)

countcenci:

And perhaps the most compelling reason to put at least some of the responsibility on women here is that often, dressing in an extremely suggestive manner can be the tipping point in a sexually charged situation.
For the record, WOMEN SHOULD NEVER TAKE ANY BLAME or RESPONSIBILITY FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT

countcenci:

And perhaps the most compelling reason to put at least some of the responsibility on women here is that often, dressing in an extremely suggestive manner can be the tipping point in a sexually charged situation.

For the record, WOMEN SHOULD NEVER TAKE ANY BLAME or RESPONSIBILITY FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT

nedhepburn:

Japan 8.9 quake leaves giant crack in ground in Tokyo.
Ugh. Chiba prefecture, where I lived for 3 years, is in the orange zone. Not cool.

Ugh. Chiba prefecture, where I lived for 3 years, is in the orange zone. Not cool.

Good luck, Japan

今日の地震後のすべての私の心配日本友だち私の良い考え送らせていただきます。お互い世話をして下さい。

mabelmoments:

Christchurch Cathedral
Dozens killed in New Zealand’s ‘darkest day’

Thousands of shocked people are wandering the rubble-strewn city, many searching for loved ones and trying to reach trapped people.
Local television showed bodies being pulled out of rubble strewn around the city centre, while other footage showed onlookers clinging to each other and others bleeding and limping.
Screams rang out across the southern New Zealand city’s main square as parts of Christchurch Cathedral toppled to the ground.
Mr Key said New Zealand may be witnessing “its darkest day”.
At least 65 confirmed dead
Second major quake to hit city in five months
Extensive damage in city, power cuts
City has run out of ambulances
5.6-magnitude aftershocks recorded
Australia sends search and rescue teams
Contact DFAT on 1300 555 135


Before I saw this post, I was reading a news story earlier about this aloud to a friend of mine, and his first response was “Christchurch Cathedral? I know what that looks like!” to which I replied, “No, you don’t anymore.”  Lots of thoughts for our South Pacific cousins from your friends on this side of the Ring of Fire.

mabelmoments:

Christchurch Cathedral

Dozens killed in New Zealand’s ‘darkest day’

Thousands of shocked people are wandering the rubble-strewn city, many searching for loved ones and trying to reach trapped people.

Local television showed bodies being pulled out of rubble strewn around the city centre, while other footage showed onlookers clinging to each other and others bleeding and limping.

Screams rang out across the southern New Zealand city’s main square as parts of Christchurch Cathedral toppled to the ground.

Mr Key said New Zealand may be witnessing “its darkest day”.

  • At least 65 confirmed dead
  • Second major quake to hit city in five months
  • Extensive damage in city, power cuts
  • City has run out of ambulances
  • 5.6-magnitude aftershocks recorded
  • Australia sends search and rescue teams
  • Contact DFAT on 1300 555 135

Before I saw this post, I was reading a news story earlier about this aloud to a friend of mine, and his first response was “Christchurch Cathedral? I know what that looks like!” to which I replied, “No, you don’t anymore.”  Lots of thoughts for our South Pacific cousins from your friends on this side of the Ring of Fire.

standardgrey:

Operation “Libya White Fax” - Boing Boing
“After observing the growing unrest and correspondingly violent crackdown in Libya, a group of hackers conceived and launched Operation Libya White Fax: while the internet and data connections are being throttled, cut off and censored, phone lines are still open, and fax machines are still working. So, with a list of numbers that have fax machines on the other end, and one fax document packed with timely info, time-sensitive information on how to route around censorship can get to people inside Libya.
 
The information document is online [PDF mirror] and so is the list of numbers to send it to. The info is coming from We Re-Build’s main Libya page and will be updated as needed. This document helps people in Libya learn how to connect to dial-up internet, and route around the government-ordered communication blocks.”

Crazy how old tech stands tall in the face of possible infrastructure collapse.

standardgrey:

Operation “Libya White Fax” - Boing Boing

After observing the growing unrest and correspondingly violent crackdown in Libya, a group of hackers conceived and launched Operation Libya White Fax: while the internet and data connections are being throttled, cut off and censored, phone lines are still open, and fax machines are still working. So, with a list of numbers that have fax machines on the other end, and one fax document packed with timely info, time-sensitive information on how to route around censorship can get to people inside Libya.

The information document is online [PDF mirror] and so is the list of numbers to send it to. The info is coming from We Re-Build’s main Libya page and will be updated as needed. This document helps people in Libya learn how to connect to dial-up internet, and route around the government-ordered communication blocks.”

Crazy how old tech stands tall in the face of possible infrastructure collapse.

jesusbale:

emily-howard | fujiidom | futurisms | mollay:

Soldiers in Libya are using .50 bmg bullets on civilians.  That’s the one on the left.  


Good luck, Libyan brothers and sisters. That shit looks rugged.
نتمنى لك التوفيق وإخوة وأخوات. قلوبنا معكم وشعبكم.

jesusbale:

emily-howardfujiidom | futurismsmollay:

Soldiers in Libya are using .50 bmg bullets on civilians.  That’s the one on the left.  

Good luck, Libyan brothers and sisters. That shit looks rugged.

نتمنى لك التوفيق وإخوة وأخوات. قلوبنا معكم وشعبكم.

dowdyinsweatshirts:petitefeministe:

Protests across Italy this weekend, ahead of today’s announcement.

“Italy is a sexist country and the situation is intolerable.”

Approximately one million women demonstrated in more than 230 cities and towns across Italy [on Sunday]. The women included nuns and prostitutes. Many banged on pots and pans. The fed-up women called for the resignation of their deeply sexist prime minister. “Resign you old pig,” read one sign. The women called for an end to the deeply misogynistic male-dominated aspect of their culture. [click through for the rest]

Women taking agency all over the world.

Sisters are srsly doing it for themselves.

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