Laugh with outrage as John Oliver rips into the Ferguson police and their stupid toys

August 18, 2014 | No comments

Whether or not you’ve been following the tragic news out of Ferguson, Missouri, John Oliver’s informative overview of the events leading up to where we are today will leave you laughing, crying, and outraged…

(Some NSFW language)

One tiny Japanese driving habit that could end road rage in America. Why don’t we do this?

August 18, 2014 | 23 comments

As you’re driving along a busy road, assuming you’re not overly aggressive, there is a lot of give and take with other vehicles. Sometimes you’re letting them in, sometimes they’re letting you in. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a conventional way to signal, “Hey, thanks, friend!” that was a little bit more visible (and common) than a wave?

In Japan there is…

(via Digg)

Now… How do we get this trend started here in the states?

Angry little girl chooses dignified note to her disappointing parents over tantrum

August 15, 2014 | No comments

In an impressive display of self-control, young Chloe opted against pitching a fit when she was mad at her parents recently. Instead, she simply shamed them with her profound maturity…

Politely Angry Note

(via Reddit)

Hopefully, Chloe’s parents can get their act together and improve their behavior.

Selfless young entrepreneur puts his own goals on hold, saves for a year to shock his mom

August 12, 2014 | 2 comments

He’s on a quest to become a millionaire by age 25, but Corey Wadden isn’t just looking out for himself. Raised in a coal mining family with an alcoholic father, Corey watched his mom make countless sacrifices for him growing up and is working to earn enough to let her retire by 50.

But retirement isn’t everything. Corey’s mom has always wanted a classic Saab, so the young entrepreneur tracked down the exact model she wants on eBay, and then saved up for it for a year.

Her reaction is priceless…

(via VVV)

Grandchild chooses sweetest possible gift for her grieving grandpa. He is overwhelmed…

August 12, 2014 | 2 comments

85-year-old François Vermeir lost his wife of 63 years just two weeks ago. Four months earlier, his dog also passed away. To help him cope with his grief and loneliness, Vermeir’s family got him a new friend that his young granddaughter picked out just for him…

(via MWT)

Which picture will the media use if these Black men get “gunned down”?

August 11, 2014 | 8 comments

18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb on Saturday, just days before he was to leave for college. The fact that Brown was unarmed has generated outrage from his community and many others nationwide.

While an investigation into why a police officer opened fire on Brown is ongoing, people have turned to social media to decry the ways in which the media has reported the story. One particularly straightforward yet fascinating trend has been the “If they gunned me down” hashtag on Twitter.

To participate, young black men (and a few women, too) are sharing two pictures of themselves and rhetorically asking (with a strong dose of sarcasm) which photo we predict the media would use to tell their story if the police killed them. The point being, of course, that the media almost universally gravitates to photos that make a young, Black victim appear to be a thug, completely skipping other images that prove he was, in fact, as well-rounded and complete a human being as anybody else.

Let’s start with a couple pictures that Mike Brown himself might have posted if he’d had the chance to participate rather than motivate this sad but powerful protest. On the left is the photo that almost everyone is using to report his story, and on the right is another, obviously better photo that is just as available as the first, but that few news outlets have been using.

If the gunned me down - Mike Brown

For the rest, you can click each pic for the source and read more at The Root.

If They Gunned Me Down - 08If They Gunned Me Down - 03

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