Wherein I read things, laugh [or not], and pass them on to you…
What Playing in a Dog Park Looks Like from a Dog’s Point of View (Hint: Awesome)
Survival Flick The Grey Is a Tear-Jerker for Tough Guys:
“One, if you can get a guy to cry, and then, two, if you can get a guy to admit that he cried, then I think the film has really done its job.”
Adventure-thriller The Grey reveals its gutsy story like a clockwork onion. A propulsive tale of plane-crash survivors fighting for their lives in the Alaskan wilds, the movie strips its characters of their bravado and exposes their souls layer by layer, one brush with death or honest moment of brotherhood at a time.
And ultimately, tears might flow.
[wired.com/Lewis Wallace/27 Jan 2012]
A few days ago, a Kenyan man named Omari was released from the hospital after recovering from injuries sustained while defending an orphanage from a band of roving thugs— by himself. They slashed him in the face with a machete, leaving him with a large wound that required stitches. After the incident, a founder of the Longonot Education Initiative appealed to community members of Reddit, asking for $2,000 so the orphanage could build a wall to protect them. A modest request for a worthy cause. So, how much did they raise for Omari and the orphanage?
[jezebel.com/Erin Gloria Ryan/27 Jan 2012]
Compliance is a powerful call to question authority, and an illustration of what we’re willing to do or let be done to the most vulnerable people in our midst in authority’s name. If Sandra will let Becky be raped, or Evan will rape her simply because of the presence of a voice on a phone, it’s awful to imagine what we’re capable of when the gun and badge are there in person.
[thinkprogress.org/Alyssa Rosenberg/27 Jan 2012]
The Southern Poverty Law Center has warned an Alabama school district against infringing on a student’s freedom of speech. Elizabeth Garrett, an openly gay sophomore at Brookwood High School, said a school administrator told her to take off her sweatshirt that read, “Warning, This Individual Infected With ‘The Gay,’ Proceed With Caution,” because the official said it was disruptive. At a different point, the same official instructed Elizabeth that same-sex couples would not be allowed at the school’s prom. The Southern Poverty Law Center is threatening to file a federal lawsuit against the district if officials did not stop censoring speech supporting gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals and to do away with its ban on same-sex couples at prom by February 1. “No student should be singled out for unfair treatment or be denied their basic rights at school,” said Same Wolfe, an SPLC attorney.
[thinkprogress.org/Amanda Peterson Beadle/27 Jan 2012]