“Power to the people”. Very creative use of wide aperture. Excellent!
Having grown up in South Texas where there are many coyotes, I watched this documentary last night and found it both fascinating & a bit unsettling. If you love animals, I think you’ll enjoy it.
More: Meet the Coywolf
I can tell you as sure as I’m sitting here before you that if I was a black kid with corn rows instead of a white kid with glasses, I would be in the back of a squad car faster than you can say George W. Bush.
MST3K - Patrick Swayze Christmas
There’s a youtube video making the rounds where a father of four, and later six, was being invited to a radio studio where a Christmas wish on his behalf is granted. I saw the video. I’m a tough guy of 44 years old but I was bawling my eyes out in the end, and you’d be heartless if you’re not doing the same after seeing this video.
Meet David Schmitz, a down to earth man who received terrible news in the winter of 2011. His wife Brenda was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer and was not expecting to make it another year. Between the two of them they had four kids, one of them biological. September that year she passed away. Her youngest child was two years old. Ever since she died he received signs she’s still there in some way and this Christmas was a big one.
A friend of her was given instructions to pass on a letter to a radio station, which grants wishes every year during Christmas time. When the time was right, if he found another mate to share the love and live of the four children, the wish in the letter would be read on the air. David said he got engaged this year to a woman named Jane.
The letter specified a number of wishes Brenda had for him, her boys and the heroes who cared for her in the Hospital. Watch the video. I promise you you’ll see tears within the 15 minutes that it takes. It will humble you.
Merry Christmas every one.
Park rangers set up a tiny camera in Western Australia last May to film fresh-water crocodiles in the Margaret River. When it disappeared, they figured it had fallen into the water. They were wrong. The camera was later recovered and returned to the rangers, who then strung together the delightful footage above. A misguided young sea eagle snatched up the device and took it for a ride, soaring about 70 miles away, where it was found by another ranger. The debatable highlight comes when the eagle lands and begins pecking the hell out of the camera lens, apparently trying to kill it. (Rangers said they believe the eagle was a juvenile because an adult eagle would drop purported prey shortly after taking flight, securing an easy kill.)
This is neat. I’m going to make sure I pick up some apples and do one tomorrow.
What if there was schoolyard bullying in the workplace?
That’s the question a recent anti-bullying video out of France poses — and it’s one of the most powerful ads we’ve seen.
Written and directed by Vincent Lobelle of Les Télécréateurs, the video is actually a promo for a documentary on school harassment that recently aired on France 5.
As Madmoizelle notes, the video aims to raise awareness of in-school bullying among adults by placing them in the shoes of the victim. In the promo, a businessman is heckled, taunted and physically assaulted by his co-workers.
At the end a message flashes across the screen: “A day at work does not look like this. And a day at school?”
This segment is long, but the best part begins at 7:33 as Rachel traces the Republican strategy to drive a stake through the heart of Obamacare beginning from when they took over the House in 2011, through their initial demands to defund the Affordable Care Act last month, lest the government shut down.
Then their demands got smaller, and smaller, and smaller…
And the only ones they got…were already IN Obamacare.