The brown ridges of Safit, one of the many small villages in Libya’s Nafusa mountains, present mostly a panorama of an impoverished and nearly pastoral life. This is a region of small houses, dirt roads and olive and fig groves under a usually cloudless North African sky. But being only a…
Something about how Tumblr is transforming our relationship to the still image. Tumblr alone isn’t doing it, of course (it’s not that big), but it’s a very concentrated example of something that happens online in general. Still images are becoming a new kind of language. They’re used to…
“We live in an amazing world and it’s wasted on the crappiest generation of spoiled idiots that don’t care. Because this is what people are like now, they’ve got their phone they’re like ‘Urgh it won’t.’ Give it a second, its going to space! Can you give it a second to go to space? Is the speed of it too slow for you? I was on an airplane and there was high speed internet on the plane for you, that’s the newest thing I know that exists. They’re like open up your laptops and go on the internet, so I’m on YouTube and then it breaks down. The guy next to me was like ‘This is bullshit’ like how quickly the world owes him something he knew existed only ten seconds ago. Flying is the worst one, because people come back from flights and act like it was a horror story. They’re like ‘This was the worst day of my life, first of all we didn’t board for twenty minutes. and then we got on the plane and they made us sit there, on the runway for forty minutes.’ Oh really? What happened next? Did you fly through the air incredibly like a bird? Did you partake in the miracle of flight you non contributing zero? You’re flying, it’s amazing. Everybody on every flight should just constantly be like oh my god, this is amazing. You are sitting in a chair, in the sky.”—
Hard to remember how awesome technology already is.
“you know what’s great about new york? the threshold for citizenship as a new yorker is actually pretty short. like, if you come to new york and you still like it two years after you arrive here and you still think its great and you’re having a good time and you haven’t been totally ground down and go limping back to wherever the fuck you came from…you know what? you’re in.”— anthony bourdain on the layover, 24 hours in nyc (via sepiabeauty)
Everyone has their own definition of trophy; this would fit within mine.
Behold, hanging by its tail, a freshly caught wahoo, on display in a fish market and restaurant on the edge of Tripoli. Tyler Hicks, Ben Solomon and I have been busy with a project, and out working all of each day. We’re…
Hundreds of vulnerable migrants and refugees in Tripoli are living in appalling conditions without proper medical care or security. MSF has begun providing basic health care to two communities of displaced foreign nationals in need of urgent protection and assistance.
Elisabeth Sandlund, editor of the Swedish Christian newspaper ‘Dagen’:I cannot find a single word in the Bible, supporting the idea of same sex marriage.
K G Hammar, former Arch Bishop of the Church of Sweden, the largest Lutheran church in the world:True, but at the same time you will find hundreds of passages supporting the idea that women shouldn't express their opinions in public, so if I were you, I'd use quotes from the Bible far more cautiously.
“Rick Perry plans to drop out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination on Thursday and will endorse Newt Gingrich, sources tell National Journal. Perry will make the announcement in North Charleston at 11 a.m.”
The least that any governor owes any president is respect.
It’s more than that. The least any PERSON owes any other person is respect.
Imagine what Republicans would have said if what occured at the Mesa airport between Gov. Jan Brewer and President Barack Obama had taken place between Gov. Janet Napolitano and President George W. Bush.
Can you imagine the explosions of rhetoric from our U.S. Senators and our Republicans in the House if there was a photograph of Napolitano wagging a finger at Bush?
The condemnation would have been overwhelming.
The governor wasn’t at the airport greeting the president on behalf of herself. She was there representing ALL of us. Right, left and middle. Young and old. Men and women.
A simple “Welcome to Arizona, let me know if there’s anything we can do for you,” would have sufficed.
A lecture, an argument, a confrontation of any kind shows disrespect for the office. Not just for the person who holds it.
The governor should be embarrassed.
We all might have different views on politics. But we know good manners, and bad ones, when we see them.
“A 1992 report entitled ‘The Effect of Country Music on Suicide’ demonstrated that cities with a higher-than-average country music radio market-share had higher suicide rates, independent of other factors such as poverty, divorce rate, or gun-availability. It’s possible, it says here, that the subject matter is one of the causes of this phenomenon, with miserable country and western song titles including ‘I Don’t Know Whether to Kill Myself or Go Bowling’; ‘If I Had Shot You When I Wanted to I’d be Out by Now’; ‘You’re the Reason Our Kids are so Ugly’; ‘My Wife Ran Off with My Best Friend and I Sure Do Miss Him’; and ‘I Still Miss You Baby but My Aim’s Getting Better’.”—David Mitchell, The Unbelievable Truth (via cocknbull)
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tanhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain. Time to die.”—Sylvia Plath (via incorrectsylviaplathquotes)