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Top 24 Waterfalls Around The Globe

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Blanche, Cascade, Reunion

The Kuang Si Falls, Laos

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The 19 Most Heartfelt And Inspiring “Humans of New York” Portraits From The Last 4 Years.

by Hunter Stensrud

“Humans of New York,” also known as HONY, is the name of one of the most popular Facebook pages in the world. In the unlikely case that you have not, please allow me to properly introduce the two of you–HONY, meet reader. Reader, HONY.

HONY’s creator and chief story teller is the always energetic and amiable Brandon Stanton. After losing his job trading bonds in Chicago in 2010, Stanton decided to pack up his things, move to New York City, and take portraits of total strangers. His mom wasn’t exactly thrilled by this decision, but I (and nearly 8 million others) am so thankful that he took the risk.

The concept is simple: Stanton meanders the streets and parks of New York City and photographs people who interest him. While shooting his subjects, he asks pointed questions about their life. The end product is a beautiful and intimate portrait of the humans who make up New York. Below you’ll discover what I find to be the most inspiring and hopeful portraits from the last four years of Stanton’s work.



U.S. swaps regulator O'Malia to head bank lobby group

(Reuters) - A member of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission will become the new head of a bank lobby group that is fighting the derivatives regulator in court over a crucial new rule curtailing Wall Street.

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association said on Wednesday that Scott O'Malia, a Republican who often voted against new CFTC policy in the wake of the financial crisis, will become the trade group's next chief executive.

O'Malia will start his new job as of Aug. 18, ISDA said. The news came only days after O'Malia said he planned to leave the CFTC as of Aug. 8.

ISDA is one of three banking groups that sued the CFTC in December, hoping to beat back tough trading guidelines for U.S. companies doing business overseas, which they fear could hurt markets and cut profits.



Revolving door....

Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus

Source: Reuters

The head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, the government said.

The 39-year-old Sheik Umar Khan, hailed as a "national hero" by the health ministry, was leading the fight to control an outbreak that has killed 206 people in the West African country. Ebola kills up to 90 percent of those infected and there is no cure or vaccine.

Across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, more than 600 people have died from the illness, according to the World Health Organisation, placing great strain on the health systems of some of Africa's poorest countries.

Khan, a Sierra Leonean virologist credited with treating more than 100 Ebola victims, has been transferred to a treatment ward run by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres, according to the statement released late on Tuesday by the president's office.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/23/uk-health-ebola-africa-idINKBN0FS11520140723

Liberman to Ban: Israel outraged over UNRWA turning over rockets to Hamas

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman decreed in a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday that not only were rockets found in UNRWA schools in Gaza, but also that UNRWA then turned them over to Hamas, rather than to Israel.

UNRWA admitted itself on two different occasions since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge began 16 days ago that they discovered rockets in their facilities.

Liberman said Israel was very “troubled” by these developments. “UNRWA schools were established to educate children in Gaza, but instead they are providing a hiding place for rockets meant to kill children in Israel,” he said.

He said that the decision to give the rockets back to Hamas was something completely “unacceptable.”



A Bridge In Georgia

As Republicans head to the polls to select a U.S. Senate candidate who will almost certainly hail from the right, Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter--daughter of Senator Sam and grandson of President Jimmy--take the middle path on a road destined to veer left.

By Bob Moser

On a Thursday evening in late April, more than 1,000 Georgia Democrats paid $250 a plate to gather in a vast, ugly Atlanta ballroom and toast their party’s unexpected resurrection at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. Just two years earlier, the Democratic Party of Georgia was careening toward insolvency, leaderless and rudderless after losing its 130-year grip on power in the early 2000s. Even as the state’s nonwhite population had grown past 40 percent, thanks to an influx of Latinos and a remigration of African Americans from up North, conservative Republicans had seized control of every state office and built untouchable legislative majorities. Georgia Dems were deader than a smushed possum on Route 92.

More than joy, the black and white faces in the Georgia World Congress Center registered a kind of pinch-me surprise: How in hell did this happen?

Now here they were, with big-name candidates for governor and U.S. Senate who had a realistic shot to win, with national Democrats throwing serious cash into the state for the first time in decades, and with Georgia progressives building a voter-mobilizing infrastructure based on successful models in Colorado and Minnesota. More than joy, the black and white faces in the Georgia World Congress Center registered a kind of pinch-me surprise: How in hell did this happen?

But beneath the relief and elation, old underlying tensions—the same uneasiness that has haunted Southern Democrats ever since blacks began voting en masse in the 1960s and whites began to flee to the GOP—still whispered their way around the room. Following a round of applause for those who’d participated (and been arrested in) the Moral Monday protests that commenced in the state this year, one of the more notable arrestees delivered the invocation. The young Reverend Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church, once pastored by Martin Luther King Sr. and Jr., has become a fiery symbol of the Georgia to come. While he hit the theme of the night—“light does overcome darkness”—he also pointedly warned the rising Democrats to beware “lest in our rush for power we crush the poor” and “exchange politics for principle.”

Whether or not this message was aimed at them, two beacons of this sudden Democratic resurgence couldn’t escape the furtive gazes of bowed heads: state Senator Jason Carter, grandson of Jimmy and gubernatorial hopeful, and Michelle Nunn, a first-time candidate who’s in a toss-up race for her father Sam’s old U.S. Senate seat.



Just Ducky- Georgia set to send another t-bagger nutcase to Congress

The stage is set in Georgia

By Steve Benen


And then there’s the 10th district, where pastor Jody Hice is set to replace Paul Broun. Who’s Jody Hice? I’m glad you asked.

In a 2012 book, that candidate – pastor and talk radio host Jody Hice – alleges the gay community has a secret plot to recruit and sodomize children, In It’s Now or Never: A Call to Reclaim America, Hice also asserts that supporters of abortion rights are worse than Hitler and compares gay relationships to bestiality and incest. He proposes that Muslims be stripped of their First Amendment rights.

Hice claims homosexuality causes shorter life spans and depression, and he insists same-sex couples cannot raise healthy children…. Hice also offers an extreme interpretation of the Constitution, claiming states can nullify federal laws and take up arms against the federal government if they consider a federal law unjust…. In Hice’s view, the United States took a turn for the worse after the Civil War…. Hice argues that Muslim immigrants constitute an existential challenge to the United States…. Hice also compares reproductive rights advocates to Nazis.

As if that weren’t quite enough, just last week, Hice suggested armed Americans should “step up” to defend the nation against unaccompanied migrant children.

Given the makeup of the district, Hice’s general election victory is all but assured. He’ll be in Congress next year.

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Another Chance to Be Human

By Charles P. Pierce
The United Nations treaty regarding the rights of the disabled is back. It went through a Senate committee easily (again) and, therefore, the Congress has another chance to join the rest of the world in being humane to people in wheelchairs, like Bob Dole, who sat there on the Senate floor and watched the nutball paranoid fringe of his party sell him out wholesale.

The treaty is supported by leading U.S. military veterans organizations, advocates for the rights of people with disabilities and business groups. Opponents, including many socially conservative Republicans, worry it could expand abortion rights, threaten U.S. parental rights such as the ability to home-school children, and shift power to the federal government from U.S. states.

In other words, the flying monkeys declined to listen to Bob Dole, the 1996 presidential nominee of their party, a party elder in every sense of the word, and a man who came home crippled from World War II, and, instead, took their guidance from the likes of Michael Farris, founder of a Christianist diploma mill. Enough United States senators bought the argument that the treaty would allow the UN to control your kid, if the kid wears glasses, that they were willing to spit in Bob Dole's eye while he sat there on the floor of the Senate. This was the winning argument that kept the Senate from ratifying the treaty. Now, that body has another chance to be decent and humane. We have another chance to see if there are 60 votes in the United States Senate against being paranoid. I'm not betting on it either way.


Pol to CSPAN caller: Skip Fox News

By JONATHAN TOPAZ | 7/23/14 9:20 AM EDT Updated: 7/23/14 10:42 AM EDT
Democratic Rep. Jim Himes on Wednesday offered some advice to a particularly angry conservative caller: Try a little less Fox News.

On C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, a caller from Michigan asked for the Connecticut congressman to try to defend a laundry list of grievances he had with President Barack Obama, including the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and the IRS scandal.

Himes smiled during much of the statement, during which the caller rattled off a number of complaints, including the claim that the White House and not Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was responsible for the October 2013 government shutdown. He also referenced older issues like his comments about the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates and the Justice Department’s Fast and Furious program.


“That was quite a list,” Himes said with a laugh.

The congressman initially appeared willing to address all the issues, but then decided against it, saying that it would take hours to address the numerous complaints leveled at the administration.

“I will try to attend to — actually, I’m not going to,” he said. “Look, with all due respect, Bob, maybe a little more C-SPAN and a little less Fox News. That was the grab bag of everything that Fox News and my friends on the Republican Caucus of the House in particular have tried to hang on the president.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/jim-himes-caller-fox-news-109277.html
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