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Bali nine executions: Myuran Sukumaran to look his executioners in the eye

Myuran Sukumaran will refuse to wear a blindfold so he can look his executioners in the eye when he faces the firing squad on Tuesday night, a close friend has revealed.

He will face it with strength and dignity, I know that, I know that about him, because he won't want his mother to think he's a weeping mess at the end.
Ben Quilty

Ben Quilty, an Australian artist who has grown close to the prisoner since teaching him to paint, said Sukumaran wanted to show strength and dignity because he doesn't want his mother "to think he's a weeping mess" in his dying moments.


Sukumaran and Andrew Chan will be executed after midnight on Tuesday, local time, after their families say their final farewells about 2pm.

Prisoners have the option of standing, sitting or kneeling and wearing a blindfold. Each prisoner has 12 marksmen aiming rifles at his or her heart but only three have live ammunition, so the executioner remains unidentified.


Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Mon Apr 27, 2015, 09:15 PM (0 replies)

School airbrushes girl’s ‘feminist’ T-shirt in class photo

front row left of center, girl in black - next to girl in red

An Ohio eighth grader wanted to make a statement in her class photo and wore a T-shirt with the word “feminist” emblazoned across the front on picture day.

Sophie Thomas told TODAY.com that she wanted to help her peers understand the true meaning of the word.

“People around here misconstrue the word,” she said. “Like, ‘Oh, you’re a feminist so you hate men.’ I just want to spread equality, and a lot of people here don’t agree with me.”

But Thomas’ plan failed. When the class photo was issued, she noticed that her T-shirt was airbrushed and the powerful message was missing.

What followed was a situation of he said, she said.

Administrators at Clermont Northeastern Middle School in Batavia, Ohio, claim they contacted Sophie and her mother, Christine Thomas, about the T-shirt and the family gave the school approval to airbrush the image.


“They didn’t contact us before,” Christine told TODAY.com. “It’s upsetting. It’s been an interesting week.”

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Mon Apr 27, 2015, 09:07 PM (7 replies)

cop tossing a rock back

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Mon Apr 27, 2015, 08:43 PM (7 replies)

Baltimore police van with pepper spray hole

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Mon Apr 27, 2015, 08:41 PM (11 replies)

Too rude for the road — California vanity plates rejected by the DMV

Take the request for “SIXHIX.” As the applicant explained, “We have a family of six. We live a country lifestyle.” The DMV wanted none of that and denied the order, noting that “hick can be an insult.”

“TWERKK,” celebrating the evocative dance move, was a no-go, as was “EF CANCR,” due to the profanity. Nearly all references to red or blue or the number 13 or 14 were slapped down as potentially gang-related.
And the DMV rejected “GOT RUNS,” even though the person behind the request staged marathons and other road races.

Sometimes the suggestiveness is more subtle. Among the DMV’s denials last year were references that are difficult to decipher — and prove that DMV staffers do their homework.

Take the seemingly innocuous order for “YA PLUM.” In the application, the motorist explained he wanted to call someone a plum. The investigators determined, however — as stated in their rejection notes — that a plum may refer to a “testicle.”

And then there was “FROZNPZ,” requested by a driver who said he wanted to memorialize a song that his son made up about frozen peas. Not so, the DMV said. The plate request might very well be a sneaky nod to “nipples.”
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Mon Apr 27, 2015, 04:28 PM (1 replies)

Graffiti artists' move to national parks shocks nature community


Andre Saraiva is an internationally known graffiti artist. He owns nightclubs in Paris and New York, works as a top editor of the men's fashion magazine L'Officiel Hommes and has appeared in countless glossy magazines as a tastemaker and bon vivant.

Two months ago he showed up on the decidedly un-fashionista website Modern Hiker, along with a photo of a boulder he tagged in Joshua Tree National Park. Since then, Saraiva, who lives in France and is known by his fans as Mr. Andre and Mr. A., has been scorned by American nature lovers and thrust into a highly charged debate.

Saraiva is of a new generation of graffiti artists who regard nature — not just the built environment — as their canvas. They tag national parks, then post photos of their work on the Internet.

Those acts infuriate outdoor enthusiasts, many of whom are otherwise fans of graffiti art

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-graffiti-20150427-story.html#page=1 of graffiti art.[
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun Apr 26, 2015, 10:49 PM (31 replies)

least viewed rescue dog is now in demand after resemblance to actor noticed

Dog That Looks Like Steve Buscemi Highlights The Problem With Famous Pets

Go Dog Safe Paws is a nonprofit rescue group that pulls animals in need out of high-kill shelters. Lavigne told The Huffington Post that the group took Ari -- who workers estimate is around 9 months old -- because it feared her underbite might prevent her from getting quickly adopted at the Los Angeles County shelter.

Ari spends her nights with various Go Dog Safe Paws volunteers, and during the day she stays at a doggie day care also operated by Lavigne. Vargas-Cooper, who met Ari because her dog attends that same day care, wanted to bring attention to the adorable pup's need for a home.

After the Jezebel article was published Monday, pictures of Ari quickly began popping up on sites from all over the world.

Lavigne says that there are both upsides and downsides to Ari’s popularity. On one hand, she’s happy that the playful, friendly dog is finally getting the attention she deserves. Lavigne told HuffPost that before the Jezebel article, Ari was by far the least-viewed dog on Go Dog Safe Paws' adoption site.

“I thought, what is wrong with people?” Lavigne said. “She’s, like, the cutest dog I’ve ever seen.”

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun Apr 26, 2015, 10:27 PM (21 replies)

Cop Makes Woman Sit In Hot Car To See How Her Dog Felt

A police officer in Strongsville, Ohio, made a woman sit in a hot car so she could see what it felt like for her dog, according to a local police blotter.

The blotter did not name the officer or the woman, but stated that a concerned individual called police on April 12 to report that a dog was locked inside of a Nissan Sentra in a Walmart parking lot in Strongsville.

When the woman returned, she told the responding officer her dog was fine. What happened next was captured in the blotter, which was published by the Sun News:

To prove a point, the officer made the woman sit inside of the warm car with the windows up and without the engine on for a few minutes.
The woman said she was fine but the officer noted she looked uncomfortable. The woman was advised if she did this again she would be cited.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun Apr 26, 2015, 01:41 PM (40 replies)

I Would Have Starved Without the Food Bank

I stood there shocked. It was the day after my roommates and I had thrown a huge party. I had opened the cupboards and realized that we had literally been eaten out of house and home....

When I first moved out on my own there was a tremendous amount of adjustment time. I was young, foolish and unfortunately in bad company. To make matters worse, I didn't know how to budget, I had bills to pay, I had to finish my schooling and couldn't find a job better than a counter attendant/bakery assistant at a doughnut shop. I worked graveyard shifts for over a year at the wage of $6.10/hour and I did this while attending high school. How I did it, I really don't know. These were not the best times in my life.

I remember moving from cupboard to cupboard and feeling completely overwhelmed by the disparity. There was nothing to eat. To make matters worse, we had no money. Nothing. Not a penny until our pay checks, which were over a week and a half away. I knew I could eat one free meal daily at the doughnut shop but I had no idea what I was going to eat for my other meals.

That was when I realized it. We needed to go to the food bank.

I recall trying to think of an alternative. I believed that food banks were for homeless people and that I would be taking from someone more needy than I.

However, I soon realized that if I didn't go, there would be repercussions. I needed food to keep my mind and body healthy.

I swallowed my pride and went.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun Apr 26, 2015, 01:34 PM (0 replies)

would you work better in the supercubicle?

Would you work better in the supercubicle? Furniture company designs work lounge featuring privacy screen and foot rest in bid to help employees focus in an open office

Furniture company, Steelcase, has created the Brody WorkLounge
Lounges are designed to 'be good for your body and good for your brain'
Brody provides shelter from visual distractions with privacy screens while featuring cushion that adapts to each person's size
In recent years many companies have embraced open offices with about 70 per cent of U.S. offices having no or low partitions
A 2013 study revealed noise and privacy loss are the main source of workspace dissatisfaction

In recent years, many companies have embraced open offices with about 70 per cent of U.S. offices having no or low partitions, according to the International Facility Management Association.
However, a 2013 study revealed that workers are frustrated by the distractions in open offices which lead to poorer work performance, according to the Washington Post.
That study also found that nearly half of the surveyed workers in open offices said the lack of sound privacy proved to be a problem for them while more than 30 per cent complained about the lack of visual privacy.
Another study revealed that having a sense of privacy actually boosts performance.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3055580/Office-furniture-company-designs-alternative-enclaves-office.html#ixzz3YR3OkKLx
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun Apr 26, 2015, 01:02 PM (18 replies)
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