This 14-year-old boy committed suicide after a video was taken of him in the school toilet and went viral, CBS reports. I believe school administrations endorse this behaviour by their inaction on issues like bullying and social media and by their prudish, unhealthy inability to deal with sexual issues in an adult manner. There is also a homophobic element to this story - do we think the story would have played out the same way if the cameraman had followed the victim into the girls toilet? Society still considers sexual abuse between men to be at best taboo and at worst a joke, and these kind of tragedies are the result. It’s appalling. 
And heartbreaking. RIP Matthew Burdett.

This 14-year-old boy committed suicide after a video was taken of him in the school toilet and went viral, CBS reports. I believe school administrations endorse this behaviour by their inaction on issues like bullying and social media and by their prudish, unhealthy inability to deal with sexual issues in an adult manner. There is also a homophobic element to this story - do we think the story would have played out the same way if the cameraman had followed the victim into the girls toilet? Society still considers sexual abuse between men to be at best taboo and at worst a joke, and these kind of tragedies are the result. It’s appalling. 

And heartbreaking. RIP Matthew Burdett.

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asaphelpsisdead:

Uhh, yeah, umm let me have one of those porno magazines, large box of condoms, bottle of Old Harper, couple of those panty shields, and some illegal fireworks and one of those disposable enemas. Nah, make it two.


And then when Homer got home, Marge looked in the bag and said “I don’t know what you’re planning tonight, but count me out!” I think was the vacation episode where Lisa became cool and Bart was the dork.

asaphelpsisdead:

Uhh, yeah, umm let me have one of those porno magazines, large box of condoms, bottle of Old Harper, couple of those panty shields, and some illegal fireworks and one of those disposable enemas. Nah, make it two.

And then when Homer got home, Marge looked in the bag and said “I don’t know what you’re planning tonight, but count me out!” I think was the vacation episode where Lisa became cool and Bart was the dork.

helvetebrann
helvetebrann:

unicef:

From 1988 to 2014, watch the battle to eradicate polio unfold.
Red means the country still has cases of wild polio, yellow means the country is in a region that still has cases of wild polio, and white means that the disease has been eradicated. 
Thanks to CNN for this great GIF! Check out the whole story here: http://cnn.it/1h0Mu3K 

But, you know, vaccines are bad, right?
/sarcasm

helvetebrann:

unicef:

From 1988 to 2014, watch the battle to eradicate polio unfold.

Red means the country still has cases of wild polio, yellow means the country is in a region that still has cases of wild polio, and white means that the disease has been eradicated. 

Thanks to CNN for this great GIF! Check out the whole story here: http://cnn.it/1h0Mu3K 

But, you know, vaccines are bad, right?

/sarcasm

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archatlas:


"I don’t want to be interesting. I want to be good."

Happy Birthday Ludwig Mies van der Rohe!

"Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), a German-born architect and educator, is widely acknowledged as one of the 20th century’s greatest architects. By emphasizing open space and revealing the industrial materials used in construction, he helped define modern architecture.

Our built environment is meant to be lived in. Mies’ buildings, beyond merely affecting our lives, endow them with greater significance and beauty. His buildings radiate the confidence, rationality, and elegance of their creator and, free of ornamentation and excess, confess the essential elements of our lives. In our time, where there is no limit to excess, Mies’ reductionist approach is as pertinent as ever. As we reduce the distractions and focus on the essential elements of our environment and ourselves, we find they are great, intricate, and beautiful. Less is more.” [via]

Photo credits found here 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Can I just say something? Van der Rohe was like Zoolander: he only had one look #bluesteel