not homeless

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April 25, 2008. Tags: , . animals, cute, pictures, serious. 3 comments.

what would you do in an elevator for 40 hours?

the article itself is ridiculously long and every other paragraph seems like a tangent on elevators, but there’s an interesting idea to it

how would you spend 40 hours with yourself?

here’s the time lapse video:

here’s the article:
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/04/21/080421fa_fact_paumgarten?currentPage=all

a fun snippet:

Loading up an empty elevator car with discarded Christmas trees, pressing the button for the top floor, then throwing in a match, so that by the time the car reaches the top it is ablaze with heat so intense that the alloy (called “babbitt”) connecting the cables to the car melts, and the car, a fireball now, plunges into the pit: this practice, apparently popular in New York City housing projects, is inadvisable.

April 22, 2008. Tags: . human behavior, serious. Leave a comment.

a little controversy.

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ms. magazine’s decision regarding an Israeli ad causes controversy.

ms. magazine, which was the origin of the ms. foundation for women, has been caught up in controversy since january because of their decision to not run an Israeli advertisement that features three prominent women in the Israeli government.

their decision not to run the ad has not only affected funding support to ms. magazine, but also to the ms. foundation, even though the ms. foundation is no longer affiliated with them. this reflects a growing trend among major Jewish donors to pull their support of human rights/social justice organizations that do not show Israeli support in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

i personally feel that it is unfortunate that the decision of these organizations to not show political support for one side or the other or to show support for Palestinians in the struggle is perceived as “anti-Semitic”. additionally, it has cost human rights and social justice organizations thousands of dollars in potential income (as a great percentage of major donors in New York especially are Jewish) to give to peoples of all backgrounds across the world.

March 23, 2008. politics, serious. Leave a comment.

don’t stand so,

Man punched over urinal etiquette

A New Zealander ended up in court after punching a man over a breach of urinal etiquette.

Edward Aldridge, 47, punched his victim twice after he used the urinal next to him in a pub in Christchurch.

Aldridge accused his victim of looking at him, reports Metro.

Speaking in his defence, counsel Liz Bulger said: “This incident arose from what I understand to be urinal etiquette.

“When the victim spoke to the defendant he was effectively smirking. The defendant was outraged.”

Sentencing Aldridge to 50 hours of community service, Judge Raoul Neave said: “This is exactly the sort of behaviour that makes people afraid to go to town.”

(that’s the whole article from here)

March 19, 2008. Tags: , . etiquette, human behavior, in the face, serious. Leave a comment.

“Goth clothes ‘prompted killing'”

The accused had started the violence, with a flying kick to the head of Mr Maltby, the jury was told.The gang, “encouraging each other and laughing” punched, stamped and jumped on his head until he was unconscious, Mr Shorrock said.As Miss Lancaster kneeled down, cradling her boyfriend’s head on her lap and calling for help, the accused and the then 15-year-old youth who has already pleaded guilty to murder, turned on her.The second boy kicked her in the head, with the accused joining in, the court heard.Paramedics found the couple lying side by side, covered in blood and unconscious.

Mr Shorrock said the gang had turned on the young couple simply because they were Goths or “moshers” and dressed differently to them.

i’d be okay with stuff like this not happening anymore.

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March 13, 2008. human behavior, serious. Leave a comment.