Friday, December 25, 2015

(my music video) "Into Dust"



A collage of videos and sounds I put together in a meaningful, intentional, and unique way.

Music: Mazzy Star's "Into Dust" remix by John O'Callaghan + "Call Me Maybe" song slowed down 1,000 times
Lyrics: Mazzy Star's "Into Dust" remix by John O'Callaghan + Xandria's "Forevermore" (the last half)
Video clip source: I normally cite where they came from, and who made them, but I no longer have the info or remember.

Mazzy Star "Into Dust"

lyrics

Around, broken in two
Till your eyes shed
Into dust
Like two strangers
Turning into dust
Till my hand shook
With the way I fear

I could possibly be fading
Or have something more to gain
I could feel myself growing colder
I could feel myself under your fate
Under your fate

Still falling
Breathless and on again
Inside today
Beside me today

Around, broken in two
Till your eyes shed
Into dust
Like two strangers
Turning into dust
Till my hand shook
With the way I fear

I could feel my eyes turning into dust
Like two strangers turning into dust
I could feel my eyes turning into dust

I could possibly be fading
Or have something more to gain
I could feel myself growing colder
I could feel myself under your fate
Under...

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Korn "Good God"





LYRICS

"GoodGod"

You came into my life without a single thing
I gave into your ways, but you left me with nothing
I've given into smiles, I've dealt with all your games
I wish you're happy now, I had to let you win

Why don't you get the fuck out of my face, now!!
Why don't you get the fuck out of my face, now!!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Korn "Chi"





LYRICS (sections that I liked in bold)

"Chi"

Pain!
Buried so far away
Enter my life of nothing

Sick of the same ol' thing,
so I dig a hole, bury, pain!
Sick of the same ol' thing,
so I dig a hole, bury, pain!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Roxette "Listen To Your Heart"





LYRICS (sections that I liked in bold)

"Listen To Your Heart"

I know there's something in the wake of your smile.
I get a notion from the look in your eyes, yea.
You've built a love but that love falls apart.
Your little piece of heaven turns too dark.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Lucie Silvas "Breathe In"






LUCIE SILVAS LYRICS
"Breathe In"

I feel like I'm dragging you down a one way street
I don't know which ways up
All I ask of you is to stay on your feet
That should be enough
If we stand around it could pass us by
We could give up now, and never even try

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Russian drunk's friend kicks open the bathroom door and...




Has to be seen to be believed. His friends hopefully helped him avoid any back injury soon after by removing him from that position.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Man miraculously escapes mob justice TWICE!!!




Judging by how the mob is reacting to him this guy is likely accused of rape or murder. That doesn't mean he's the one who did it, though. Incredible escape!

Original uploader: http://theync.com/thekiddd

Original video source: http://theync.com/thekiddd/watch-this-guy-miraculously-escape-mob-justice-twice.htm

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Airsoft BB guns: Kill or be killed




Oh my god I want to be this airsoft sniper. These are guns that shoot BB pellets -- not too painful and no permanent damage. Would love doing this instead of paintball because I don't like how innaccurate paintballs are.

Original uploader: novritsch's channel on Youtube

Original video source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXqppZv7cjM

Saturday, August 15, 2015

"Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace"

The company is conducting an experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers to get them to achieve its ever-expanding ambitions.

By JODI KANTOR and DAVID STREITFELD

AUG. 15, 2015

SEATTLE — On Monday mornings, fresh recruits line up for an orientation intended to catapult them into Amazon’s singular way of working.

They are told to forget the “poor habits” they learned at previous jobs, one employee recalled. When they “hit the wall” from the unrelenting pace, there is only one solution: “Climb the wall,” others reported. To be the best Amazonians they can be, they should be guided by the leadership principles, 14 rules inscribed on handy laminated cards. When quizzed days later, those with perfect scores earn a virtual award proclaiming, “I’m Peculiar” — the company’s proud phrase for overturning workplace conventions.

At Amazon, workers are encouraged to tear apart one another’s ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are “unreasonably high.” The internal phone directory instructs colleagues on how to send secret feedback to one another’s bosses. Employees say it is frequently used to sabotage others. (The tool offers sample texts, including this: “I felt concerned about his inflexibility and openly complaining about minor tasks.”)

Amazon is building new offices in Seattle and, in about three years, will have enough space for about 50,000 employees. Credit Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Many of the newcomers filing in on Mondays may not be there in a few years. The company’s winners dream up innovations that they roll out to a quarter-billion customers and accrue small fortunes in soaring stock. Losers leave or are fired in annual cullings of the staff — “purposeful Darwinism,” one former Amazon human resources director said. Some workers who suffered from cancer, miscarriages and other personal crises said they had been evaluated unfairly or edged out rather than given time to recover.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

(my music video) "To Those Who Feel and Understand Rain"



The song "A Thousand Letters" by Xandria  + a video compilation by someone named Emeric Le Bars on Youtube.

[If you want to see this in high quality you can "full screen" this or click the wheel, in the lower-right, and change it to "720p".]

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

"A Day in the Life of Jack the Fox"





There's not a lot of info on Google about this guy and his fox. I'm sure if you take your time you'll find more info, though. I think this is a good one-time upload to add to my video archives for your pleasure / perusal.

Original Source: https://vimeo.com/6759993 by Andy Langley / Ipscreativemedia.com (2000)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

(my music video) "Forevermore"



The song "Forevermore" by Xandria  + a video compilation by someone named Sieswell under the file name "The World is Beautiful (Timelapse & Hyperlapse)".

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

(my music video) "Carefree Highway"



An old 1970s song called "Carefree Highway" by Gordon Lightfoot + my favorite car crashes from Russia.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State



By Christoph Reuter

Aloof. Polite. Cajoling. Extremely attentive. Restrained. Dishonest. Inscrutable. Malicious. The rebels from northern Syria, remembering encounters with him months later, recall completely different facets of the man. But they agree on one thing: "We never knew exactly who we were sitting across from."

In fact, not even those who shot and killed him after a brief firefight in the town of Tal Rifaat on a January morning in 2014 knew the true identity of the tall man in his late fifties. They were unaware that they had killed the strategic head of the group calling itself "Islamic State" (IS). The fact that this could have happened at all was the result of a rare but fatal miscalculation by the brilliant planner. The local rebels placed the body into a refrigerator, in which they intended to bury him. Only later, when they realized how important the man was, did they lift his body out again.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

My 25 years as a prostitute

Brenda Myers-Powell was just a child when she became a prostitute in the early 1970s. Here she describes how she was pulled into working on the streets and why, three decades later, she devoted her life to making sure other girls don't fall into the same trap. Some people will find Brenda's account upsetting.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Negligence a role in Island County Jail inmate’s death, investigation concludes

by JESSIE STENSLAND,  South Whidbey Record Staff Reporter
Jun 20, 2015

Keaton Farris, 25, died in April because of dehydration. According to an Island County Sheriff's Office report, there was a 'catastrophic systemic failure' while Farris was imprisoned in Island County Jail. — Image Credit: Contributed Photo

“Catastrophic systemic failures” at the Island County Jail led to a 25-year-old man’s death from dehydration April 8, Island County Sheriff Mark Brown said.

An exhaustive investigation by Detective Ed Wallace offers an unblinking look at how negligence and errors by both corrections deputies and jail administration contributed to Keaton Farris’ tragic death. The report was released Thursday.

Two corrections deputies who falsified logs were placed on administrative leave and have since resigned. Lt. Pam McCarthy was placed on paid administrative leave pending a disciplinary review.

Chief De Dennis, the jail administrator, was suspended for 30 days without pay and his continued employment is uncertain, Brown said.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

iPhone Slow Motion Video showing knockout



I find something artistically beautiful about this video. There must be a deeper meaning here.

In a society that profits from your self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act


A typical example of Hollywood chauvinism

What better example of Hollywood than this photo? The men can dress like shlepps, be older than 30, and look out of shape but the girl has to be perfectly dressed, sexually provocative, less than 30, and in shape (or have a high metabolism).

So typical of the double standard in the industry yet we're in the year 2015!!! Probably because the owners of these studios are rich, old chauvinists who still offer roles to actresses and actors in exchange for sex.

These idiots are the ones who are creating major films and distributing them worldwide!!! Incredible, isn't it? No wonder so many Hollywood movies are so terribly written, acted, and executed. Did you see the Wikileaks transcript of the way these high paid executives talk to each other about actors and actresses? The whole industry is fucked up by bigamists and chauvinists. I am amazed ANY great movie makes it through given the circumstances. You can throw a billion dollars into a movie project and it's still crap because the people heading it are crap.

Kanye West kissing himself

A recent photo of that idiot rapper known as Kanye West.

If I have to see his arrogant mug every time I read the news, somewhere online or in newspapers, I only want to see a truthful representation of him every time. This photo is a very good representation of the "real" Kanye West.

(inside story) Holly Madison reveals hell with Hef in Playboy Mansion

This, she thought, was clearly the way out. She was Holly Sue Cullen back then, a girl from a small town in Alaska, and she’d come to Los Angeles to get famous. How, exactly, she didn’t know, but not long after arriving, she was spotted by a friend of Hugh Hefner’s and invited to a party at the Playboy Mansion.

She was 22 years old, a college dropout who’d picked up extra shifts at Hooters to make ends meet. Soon she’d become Holly Madison, one of the most ­famous Playmates ever.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

(crazy video) Kids Sex Dancing



This shouldn't surprise me -- knowing just how low some corners of the world's societies will morally go -- but it doesn't cease to amaze. These are actually prepubescent kids pretending to have sex as a dance! I don't recall my own childhood having any moments like this where we were all so educated about sex between adults. But this doesn't look like education it looks like perversion, lol. These poor kids, I think, why can't their society just let them play sports and with toys instead of acting like this? What went wrong with the social fabric here? When did this deterioration of moral values and sense of self-awareness begin?

There are a lot of unanswered questions in this video as well. I originally found it here on Vidmax, http://vidmax.com/video/114122--Maybe-NSFW-Sex-ed-sure-has-changed-since-I-was-in-school, but the country, the city, why there are only kids in this video, etc., has not been explained. If I were to guess, based on all past videos of everything I've ever seen, this could be Brazil or the Caribbean.

It also raises the whole question about cultural superiority. Is my culture superior for not letting their kids do whatever they want like this (regarding these little sex parties or whatever it is they're doing here; or drugs; or stealing; etc.)? Is there really such a thing as universal moral values that are firm no matter what society in the world is compared against them?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

MPs ‘shocked’ that one in five reported crimes is never investigated

One in five crime reports made to the police end up in the bin and are never investigated, according to research by RTL news.

The broadcaster says tens of thousands of complaints are ignored, even if the impact on the victim has been serious or if a suspect has been identified.

RTL bases its claim on research carried out into 360,000 crime reports made over almost two years.

It found in 37% of cases the crime was solved, and this was particularly the case with serious crimes such murder and grievous bodily harm. In 42% of cases police start an inquiry but it remains unsolved. This is often the case with burglary and muggings.

However in 21% of cases, nothing is done. For example, only one in four reports of car theft are ever investigated. Some 35,000 burglaries were not looked into, even though justice ministry guidelines say this is a high impact crime and every case should be investigated.

Wrong conclusions

In a reaction, the police issued a statement saying that RTL had drawn the wrong conclusions from the data, which had been obtained using freedom of information legislation.

For example, the definition of burglary includes attempted break-ins as well as break-ins in sheds and outhouses and these make up the bulk of cases which are not followed up, the statement said.

Nevertheless, MPs have said they are shocked by the results and have called for a debate with ministers.

Gerrit van de Kamp of the police union ACP told RTL the police have no choice but to leave some crimes uninvestigated. ‘Politicians have wrongly stoked expectations that all crimes are investigated,’ he said.

Dutch News
June 24th, 2015
http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2015/06/mps-shocked-that-one-in-five-reported-crimes-is-never-investigated/


As you may know I'm an American expat living in The Netherlands. I thought the number of cases Dutch police investigate would be much lower than the figure given in this article, though, because whenever I see Dutch police they are either bunched up together in a group and chatting and laughing away or there are 2 of them searching to give people tickets for riding their bikes through busy market streets, for example. At the same time, though, I don't know how many are working undercover.

One day I was at the police station to file a complaint -- I can't remember what the complaint was about but it wasn't anything major -- and a Muslim woman in front of me told the officer at the desk that "I walked into my apartment and saw a stranger in my home. A man, I don't know him, was in my apartment and I need your help." The officer looked at her and then went to the back office where other officers were and they chatted for a few minutes. Then the officer came back and said "you have to call your lawyer because there's nothing we can do about this because it's a non-violent crime."

Breaking into someone's apartment is a non-violent crime?! I was surprised they said that. Then I started to wonder if they'd have taken her complaint more seriously had she been a regular white Dutch woman rather than a seemingly foreign Muslim.

I also often read about people being sentenced to only 6 months to a few years for murder. There's even a serial killer named Willem Holleeder who keeps going in and out of jail because of the weak justice system here regarding persons who commit violence.
Dutch career criminal Willem Holleeder
Nevertheless it's mostly a non-violent country altogether. Most of the crimes here are theft related where you never see the thief (not robbery), domestic violence, or drug cartel members shooting each other dead. There are also 1%er motorcycle gangs -- such as Satudarah -- but they mostly keep to themselves and if they are practicing extortion it's very quietly and out of public sight.

Some members of the Dutch motorcycle criminal gang Saturadah

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Dukes of Oxy: How a Band of Teen Wrestlers Built a Smuggling Empire

How a crew of hard-partying Florida teens cashed in on an epidemic and built a multimillion-dollar OxyContin smuggling ring

BY GUY LAWSON April 9, 2015

By 18, Doug Dodd was supplying thousands of pills that his wrestling team buddy Lance Barabas sent across the country. "Minimum risk, maximum profit," Dodd recalls. "It was so sweet." Courtesy of Douglas Dodd
The gutted teddy bears were tossed everywhere, the slit carcasses and polyester innards strewn on the floor and kitchen table along with tens of thousands of dollars in fifties and hundreds — stacks of notes being tallied in an automatic money counter. On the table, there was a Glock .45, a Remington .308 sniper rifle, and scores of pharmaceutical vials containing thousands of opiate pills.

Standing at the threshold of a luxury condo in Tampa, Florida, Doug Dodd looked on in horror at the spectacle of a drug dealer's den of iniquity. Dodd was only 19, a student taking business courses at a local community college — when he wasn't busy being a big-time narcotics trafficker — but he could see the obvious: His best friend was out of control.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Redneck speaks out against white racism in America


DH: This is the first time I've seen a redneck in a video saying something intelligent and moral about racism in America. The fact that jobs and leadership positions, and the justice system, generally favors white skinned people is obvious to everyone except for the white racists themselves.

His name is Dixon White, heres his Youtube channel (I think this is his Youtube channel, anyway -- I see many of his personal videos there): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxrwoWJ8cYyW9U8Fik7yATw

He and I are very similar in the respect that we believe if you stay silent, and never speak out against ignorance or evil, that you allow a social problem to become bigger. To speak or write against such things is a way of saying "I resist". People often underestimate the power of the spoken word. Protests aren't necessarily people taking to the street with signs. A protest can come in many different forms.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

(funny videos) Remote Control FailArmy Compilation



I'm keeping this video on my blog for posterity's sake. There's a reason for this. A lot of people say "what goes on the Internet stays there forever" but I'm telling you this is absolutely not true. Websites come and go, links change and become broken, what was visible in 1998 or 2005 is mostly no longer visible. My personal reason for having a website, or having a blog, is to put something forward for a long time that will withstand the sands of time. As long as I'm alive, so to speak, this blog will be around and I'm only 38 and still healthy. This blog will continue to evolve in many different ways.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed the video. I loved it.

Friday, June 19, 2015

New Witness Account Undermines Mexican Government Narrative Of Missing Students


By Anabel Hernández & Steve Fisher

At the end of the night of Sept. 26, 2014, in the Mexican city of Iguala, it rained. The lifeless bodies of Daniel Solís and Julio César Ramírez, two students from a rural teachers college in the nearby town of Tixtla, lay drenched on the asphalt. No one had been able to help them. Their classmates, who had traveled to the town to steal buses to drive to a political protest, had run off in terror as an unidentified shooter opened fire. Everyone tried to escape the chaos at the same time, but Daniel and Julio didn’t make it.

The authorities arrived around 3:20 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 27, about three hours after the killings, to take away the bodies and gather evidence from the corner of Juan Alvarez and Periférico streets. Reports written by forensic experts leave no doubts about the severity of the violence inflicted against the students, who only had rocks to defend themselves. Three buses had been shot up and dozens of empty rounds lay on the ground, along with a fragment of a finger, pools of blood and leather sandals. Their owners were either dead, hiding or disappeared.

Tens of thousands of Mexicans have gone missing in recent years, but the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students has become a rallying point for much of the Mexican public, and provoked the most serious political crisis for the federal government in decades. Once the darling of the international media, President Enrique Peña Nieto saw his domestic approval rating and his image abroad plummet because of repeated accusations that his administration mishandled the investigation into what became of the 43 students.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

French minister says Nutella spread 'damages environment'

France's Ecology Minister Segolene Royal has urged people to stop eating Nutella because it is made with palm oil and damages the environment.

Ms Royal said the chocolate-hazelnut spread contributed to deforestation because oil palms were replacing trees.
Ferrero, the Italian chocolate firm which owns Nutella, said it has made commitments to source palm oil in a responsible way.

French senators tried unsuccessfully to impose a 300% tax on palm oil in 2011.

They argued that the oil was dangerously fattening and that its cultivation harmed the environment.
'Massive deforestation'

On Tuesday, Ms Royal said that Nutella should be made from "other ingredients".

"We have to replant a lot of trees because there is massive deforestation that also leads to global warming. We should stop eating Nutella, for example, because it's made with palm oil," she said, during an interview with French television network Canal+.

Ferrero gets almost 80% of its palm oil from Malaysia, according to AFP news agency. The rest of its supply comes from Brazil, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

The Italian group said that it was aware of the environmental stakes involved.

In February, it announced that all of its products were produced with palm fruit oil that was 100% certified as sustainable according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) supply chain.

BBC News
June 17th, 2015
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33163534


I used to love Nutella. I first tried it in 1994 on French bread when I was on vacation in France. I was instantly addicted. I was 17 years old then. Every morning I'd go to the local bakery in Rouen to buy a loaf of bread and I'd eat the entire loaf with Nutella and a few glasses of milk.

Mo Farah 'missed two drugs tests' before London 2012 gold medals

Great Britain's Mo Farah missed two drugs tests before he went on to become a double gold medallist at the 2012 Olympics, a newspaper has claimed.

According to the Daily Mail,  Farah's first missed test appears to have been in early 2010, months before he joined Alberto Salazar's Nike Oregon Project.

The Mail says the second one came at Farah's home in February 2011, when he claimed not to have heard the doorbell.

Salazar is accused of doping Galen Rupp in 2002 but denies the claims.

Allegations Salazar practised doping techniques on US runner Rupp were made in a BBC documentary called 'Catch Me If You Can', produced by Panorama and US investigative journalism specialists ProPublica.

Rupp has denied allegations in the programme that he was given the banned anabolic steroid testosterone by Salazar as a 16-year-old.

The documentary made no suggestion that middle distance runner Farah, 32, has been involved in doping.

Farah announced he was joining Salazar in early 2011.

His gold medals in the 5,000m and 10,000m at London 2012 were among the defining moments of the Games.

At the time, UK anti-doping (Ukad) rules stated that an athlete who missed three tests in any 18-month period (now 12 months) could face up to a four-year ban.

That meant Farah could have been ruled out of his home Olympics with one more breach of the rules.

The Mail claims to have had access to legal documents showing Farah and his team appealed to Ukad over his second missed test.

Ukad accepted that "intent and negligence are not the same thing" but, according to the Mail, added it was clearly Farah's "own fault" he had missed the second test.

The Mail claimed further correspondence showed Salazar had warned Farah on 5 May, 2011: "If you miss another test, they will hang you."

BBC News
June 17th, 2015
http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/athletics/33178292


I don't watch the Olympics but I know this guy is world famous for his running ability. I have the impression that most professional athletes in the Olympics or in biking still cheat. There are documentaries and articles explaining how they can still elude the system and win medals. Makes me cynical about the two sports.

The true cost of adult film

By Stoya (an adult performer) - Working in pornography means talking about – and doing, filming, distributing and marketing – things that frequently go undiscussed in public. Adult performers share sexual tastes and boundaries with each other in extreme detail before performing a scene, sometimes mere moments after initially meeting. And whether we’re at a public appearance or have just disclosed our job to a new acquaintance on a train, strangers often react to our documented physical and sexual openness as though it gives them a rare safe space to confess; to ask their unanswered questions about sex and to air their secrets and shames.

In stark contrast to all this discussion of bodies and sexuality, one thing we rarely talk about openly is pay. Which makes us a lot like many other workers.

US says woman will appear on new $10 note

The US Treasury Department says a redesigned $10 note will feature a woman, but who she will be has not been decided.

The new note will debut in 2020 to mark the 100th anniversary of the US Constitution's 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

The treasury will seek the public's input in the selection, looking for a "champion for our inclusive democracy".
Former US political leaders - all white men - currently headline US notes.

The woman who the Treasury Department ultimately selects will replace Alexander Hamilton, a key figure in the American Revolution and the first secretary of the US Treasury.

Hamilton began appearing on the $10 note in 1929. He along with diplomat and inventor Ben Franklin are the only non-presidents featured on current US notes.

Women have been featured on US money before, but the notes and coins were not widely used. Most recently women's rights activist Susan B Anthony and Native American Sacagawea appeared on dollar coins, but both coins quickly went out circulation.

The primary goal of the redesign is to add measures to thwart counterfeiters, the Treasury Department said. But women's groups have recently pressed for more representation on US notes.

"We have only made changes to the faces on our currency a few times since bills were first put into circulation, and I'm proud that the new 10 will be the first bill in more than a century to feature the portrait of a woman," said Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew.

In March, an independent group held a contest to select a woman to headline the $20 note, replacing former President Andrew Jackson.

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman was the public's top choice, beating out finalists, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, civil rights activist Rosa Parks and leader of the Cherokee nation Wilma Mankiller.

Tubman was known as the "conductor" of the Underground Railroad that allowed many slaves to escape to freedom in the 1850s.

Mr Lew will make a decision about the selected woman by the end of year.

BBC News
June 18th, 2015
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33177528


One woman is a good start. Different races would be nice, as well.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Offering Services, ISIS Digs In Deeper in Seized Territories

Deir al-Zour, Syria, in 2014. Since taking control of the area, the Islamic State has been attacked and has not granted some of the liberties that it permits elsewhere. AHMAD ABOUD / AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE — GETTY IMAGES
By BEN HUBBARD
JUNE 16, 2015

ERBIL, Iraq — In northern Syria, the jihadists of the Islamic State have fixed power lines, dug sewage systems and painted sidewalks. In Raqqa, they search markets and slaughterhouses for expired food and sick animals. Farther south, in Deir al-Zour, they have imposed taxes on farmers and shopkeepers and fined men for wearing short beards.

The group runs regular buses across the border with Iraq to Mosul, where it publicly kills captives and trains children for guerrilla war. Last month, it reopened a luxury hotel in the city and offered three free nights to newlyweds, meals included.

A year after the Islamic State seized Mosul, and 10 months after the United States and its allies began a campaign of airstrikes against it, the jihadist group continues to dig in, stitching itself deeper into the fabric of the communities it controls.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Here's What Really Happened To The Cars From 'Pimp My Ride'


"Pimp My Ride" premiered on MTV in 2004 with a straightforward premise that was beautiful in its simplicity: Take a kid with a beat up car and have the rapper Xzibit orchestrate a massive and ridiculous upgrade. The theme song explained it all in just a few lines: "So you wanna be a player, but your wheels ain't fly / You gotta hit us up, to get a pimp't out ride."

But although the show operated within such a minimal framework, things were a bit more complicated behind the scenes. From cars that would break down in a matter of weeks to fat-shaming a contestant to one MTV employee apparently trying to convince another car owner to break up with his girlfriend, there was a lot more to the creation of this show than Xzibit simply saying, "Yo dawg."


The Huffington Post spoke with three of the kids who got their cars pimped: Jake Glazier from Season 4 and Seth Martino and Justin Dearinger from Season 6. All three had previously done brief AMAs on Reddit about their time on the show. (It should be noted that each appeared on "Pimp My Ride" near the latter half of its run.) And for a perspective from the other side of the camera, co-executive producer Larry Hochberg responded to a few of the claims made by contestants.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Superpower Police Now Use to Tackle Crime

Police officers with the rare ability to recognise faces they’ve barely glimpsed are helping identify criminals: take a test to find out if you share their talent 

 Police officers with the rare ability to recognise faces they’ve barely glimpsed are helping identify criminals: take a test to find out if you share their talent On 28 August 2014, 14-year-old Alice Gross went missing in West London. She was last seen on CCTV walking along a canal towpath in the summer rain, toting her black backpack. London’s Metropolitan Police deployed their biggest search party since the 2005 London bombings – a team of 600 officers spread across eight forces – to find her. But it was only after using the CCTV to piece together the events that they discovered the teenager’s body, nearly five weeks later, in the River Brent. They also zeroed in on a suspect: Latvian construction worker Arnis Zalkalns.

Throughout the operation, a special team of 10 officers in the Metropolitan Police were testing out their skills formally for the very first time. They were called the super-recognisers. “The attitude used to be anyone with two eyes can view CCTV, but not everyone sees things in the same way,” says Ch Det Insp Mick Neville, head of the Central Forensic Image Team. This elite group viewed thousands of hours of grainy, low-quality footage and, within days, identified both the victim and the as-yet-unknown suspect Zalkalns. They also were able to map out their movements precisely enough to draw a timeline and help conclude the case. Their special skill? A super-human ability to instantly recognise faces they barely know.


Scientists are only just beginning to understand why some people have the skill and how it works. Progress is being made in identifying who possesses it, though – and there is even an online test anyone can take to see if they might qualify.

(my music video) Edge of Tomorrow movie + Fire and Gasoline song by Sia





Yes, I know you'll either like this or hate this one. But at the time, when I made it, the two (the movie scene and the song) both had a strong and similar emotional effect on me so I had to put the two together.

If you want to see this in high quality you can "full screen" this or click the wheel, in the lower-right, and change it to "720p".

Chicago gangs shooting at each other with fireworks in the streets (lol)




This is great. I wish all gang members fought each other this way.

Friday, June 12, 2015

(warning: graphic) Young bully encounters old bully on the metro




I completely understand the older man's point about some young guys always violently challenging people and bullying people. But I'd have just let the kid run his mouth unless he got within arm's length and presented a real threat. I also don't see a need to use a knife or kill someone who is unarmed and not a major physical threat. Now if it was 2 or more people then I'd say 'maybe' a knife or gun is necessary because at that point I could be killed. But it depends even then because I wouldn't want to murder anyone unless there is no other option left. A lot of good fighters normally knockout the first threat, quickly, and then go for the second one after that rather than escalate the situation using weapons. This looks more like a case of one bully vs. another bully, that's all.

I think all men and women with good hearts should be trained in the martial arts and all men and women with bad hearts should be denied this kind of knowledge. I learned jujitsu for around 10 years prior to leaving America and moving to The Netherlands -- but I rarely tell anyone I know it and I always pretend I don't know how to fight. My first tactic is to always try to calm a potentially violent person -- you'd be surprised how staying calm and just talking to someone changes their mind most of the time. But I also understand that some people won't calm down no matter what you tell them -- in which case the "arm's length" rule comes into effect (meaning if they come within arm's length they're too much of a threat to speak to anymore and a violent reaction is needed).

I really hate violence, though. 99% of the time it's so unnecessary and sad to watch. I always feel a mixture of emotions when I watch violence. As a matter of fact I watch violent video clips every single day of my life and I have been for over a decade. It's not that I like violence it's just that I'm fascinated by it -- the dynamics of the entire event.

Obama Supporters Sign Petition to NUKE RUSSIA so America will Stay World's Superpower




These Americans are uneducated or insane. I'm thinking the former. If America launched a nuclear strike at Russia we'd be in World War 3. And to think they have the power to vote for President... And by the way I see Russians, sometimes, here in The Netherlands and haven't had a problem with a single one of them. I think Putin is a mass murdering dictator but do I think the Russian people deserve to be killed with a nuclear strike? Of course not!

Bear in mind, though, that this video could be fake and created by American Republicans to make American Democrats look bad. Nevertheless I was raised in America and I'm well aware of the ignorance of many Americans regarding world politics.