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January 7, 2008
Nearly 60,000* American children (mostly girls) are abducted by strangers each year. After seeing a security video
documenting a young girl's abduction, 15-year-old Dallas Jessup convinced her Filipino street fighting instructor to work with her on a school project and together they developed a method intended to teach young girls how to avoid Carla Brucia
's fate. The resulting 47 minute video, Just Yell Fire
, is viewable free of charge and teaches easy self defense moves created to help a potential victim avoid abduction or date rape. If there's a girl you love and want to protect from harm, the tips in this video
may just save her life someday. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 10:17 PM PST - 177 comments
New Orleans after Katrina, as the world knows, is a bleak, desolate place, devoid of hope and perpetually awaiting the change that never arrives. Where better to stage Waiting for Godot
? [more inside]
posted by Bromius at 9:09 PM PST - 31 comments
Love thy Neighbor
Photographer and author Steven Hirsh has photographed the homes of registered New York State sex offenders. A wonderful writer and photographer, this work is chilling, alarming, beautiful. I get that Quentin Tarantino
feeling of beauty and disgust. Look at me, nooooo look away. The series of 24 images are on Hirsch's website
posted by doug3505 at 9:07 PM PST - 41 comments
There's a slight chance that an asteroid could impact Mars
at the end of this month. Usually, collisions between heavenly bodies have vanishingly small odds (a million to one, say), but the chances on this one have been steadily improving, from 350-to-1 to 75-to-1 to 25-to-1
(link to Washington Post). Scientists say that this could be comprable to the famous Tunguska blast
in Siberia a hundred years ago (not to be confused with this other Tunguska blast
). [more inside]
posted by math at 7:28 PM PST - 38 comments
It smells like dirty socks, wet dog, oil, chemicals, gymnasiums, burning, vomit
, and more. It induces blurred vision, disorientation, shaking and tremors, vertigo, seizures, loss of consciousness, respiratory failure, depression, sleep disorders, salivation, nausea and diarrhoea
among other symptoms. Is "toxic airline syndrome"
the new Gulf War Syndrome? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 6:54 PM PST - 35 comments
The Manners Manifesto
For example: "(11) Talk to people at the check-out
. You don't have to say much. God, even something inane like, "Busy in here, today, isn't it?" or "Not as busy as usual in here, today, is it?" might put us on the road to peace in the Middle East. Carrying on grumping around and spreading those grump vibes certainly isn't going to help."
posted by feelinglistless at 3:21 PM PST - 145 comments
meticulously catalogs radio controlled and flywheel powered cars made by East German (DDR) toy makers such as Presu, Elmes, MSW, Anker, Piko, Gevo, Plasticart and Sommermeyer.
posted by riffola at 3:00 PM PST - 5 comments
No Tourists, No Artists.
Tourists at Atlanta's Underground
didn't realize they were working with an real live artist, but they were. Tom Richmond
, Caricaturist Of The Year for 1998 and 1999
, recipient of a Reuben Award
, one-time comic book creator
, and frequent artistic contributor to Mad Magazine
(movie parodies, mostly
), supported his freelance work for almost 18 years by doing cartoons-for-hire in historic Underground Atlanta
. Despite many efforts to "save"
continues to fade in popularity
and the tourist traffic just dwindles on down, leaving folks like Tom no choice but to pack up their paints and leave. Tom's story makes for interesting insight into a job that most of us might take for tourist-trapping huckstery. (via Radical Georgia Moderate)
posted by grabbingsand at 1:55 PM PST - 14 comments
Trial by Transplant.
"Most transplant recipients are grateful beyond measure. Amy Silverstein's
view, after nearly two decades with a donated heart, is more conflicted and often bleak. Much of her life, as described in Sick Girl
, has revolved around nauseating drugs, ongoing fatigue, painful tests, ER visits and hospitalizations without end—and the constant fear that the next heartbeat could be her last. At low ebb, she has teetered on the edge of giving up."
posted by homunculus at 1:05 PM PST - 35 comments
has made at least one indie music lover reconsider his antipathy for her music. She
may be partially responsible for Obama's recent electoral successes. She
is an international force for good. (For certain values of the word "good"). What else can you say? Céline Dion is amazing!
. (That last YouTube link has a bit of NSFW language. I can't tell you whether or not Céline herself is NSF anything around you. Your call.)
posted by maudlin at 10:59 AM PST - 90 comments