This past weekend, to the chagrin of the entire town, busloads of Neo-Nazis descended on Wunsiedel in Germany. There is nothing the town can do to stop the hate group’s annual march that they hold there.
But some creative thinkers realized, while they can’t legally deny the Neo-Nazis, they can make it work against them.
With the help of sponsors and regular folks making smaller donations, the town turned the hateful march into a walkathon in support of EXIT Germany, a charity that helps people get out of extreme right wing organizations like the ones putting the Wunsiedel march on.
For every meter that the Neo-Nazis marched, 10 Euros was donated to this initiative that stands strongly against them. They raised 10,000 Euros. Good for them.
Watch as they see that every step they take is supporting their defeat…
(Turn on closed captioning for English subtitles.)
Last year, Australian journalist Lisa Wilkinson became just the second woman to present Australia’s distinguished Andrew Olle Media Lecture. In her speech, she noted some of the difficulties faced by women in her industry, particularly regarding their fashion.
After hearing Wilkinson’s speech, her cohost on Australia’s Today show, Karl Stefanovic, decided to do an experiment, but it was a secret experiment. Every day, to see if anyone noticed, he began to wear the exact same suit.
After several days, no one had commented, despite the fact that, not only was it the same suit, it was a cheap Burberry knock-off. He decided to keep the experiment going.
He eventually told Wilkinson and one other colleague, but nobody else knew…
Finally, after an entire year of wearing the same blue suit all but a few days when he was getting it dry-cleaned, Stefanovic quietly noted what he’d been doing in an interview this past weekend.
Over the course of the last year, Stefanovic says he has not received a single email or comment from anyone about the suit he’s been wearing. Meanwhile, Wilkinson continues to receive regular criticism over her apparel.
“I’m judged on my interviews, my appalling sense of humor – on how I do my job, basically. Whereas women are quite often judged on what they’re wearing or how their hair is … that’s [what I wanted to test].”
With a year of silence over his suit, there’s no doubt Stefanovic’s test has been a resounding success…or, perhaps more accurately, a giant failure.
Megan Rothbauer should be able to consider herself lucky — one year ago at age 29, she had a heart attack that left her in a coma and almost took her life.
And she does feel lucky she’s alive, but unfortunately there’s a downside no one would have predicted. Despite being fully insured, she’s now $50,000 in medical debt and instead of being able to simply celebrate that she’s alive, she’s worried about bankruptcy and having to put off her impending engagement.
When Megan had her heart attack, she was left unconscious and taken by an ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. Unfortunately for her, St. Mary’s is out of her insurance network. What’s worse is that Meriter Hospital, an in-network hospital with a maximum co-pay of only $1500, is three blocks away from St. Mary’s.
Whether or not you play the state lottery games, you’ve seen their ads and heard their sales pitches…
“Playing the lottery is so much fun!”
“Billions of dollars in lotto profits are going to education!”
“Imagine what could happen!”
John Oliver takes a few minutes to show why that sales pitch is a load of crap. Despite this being nearly 15 minutes, it already has 1.2 million views, implying that this take on the issue resonates with a lot of people. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out…
90 year old Arnold Abbott has been feeding the homeless with his organization, Love Thy Neighbor, every Wednesday night at 5:30 PM for 23 years, and he’s certainly not going to let anything stand in his way.
So when the City of Fort Lauderdale Commission passed an ordinance banning public food sharing, Abbott made no plans to change his weekly tradition…even if it meant getting arrested. Abbott was at his weekly post the Wednesday night after the ban took effect when he was approached by police:
One of the police officers said, ‘Drop that plate right now,’ as if I were carrying a weapon.
He was given a notice to appear in court, but that didn’t stop him from going back to the beach again, where his food operation was shut down; nor will it stop him in the future, he says—
I don’t plan to give up the beach.
The ordinance, which recently went into effect, says that anyone serving food outdoors would need to provide public toilets for those working and those being fed. The Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Jack Seiler explains…
We hope he feeds. He has a very valuable role in the community. All we’re saying is he can feed the next block over. He can feed at the church. We want them to be in safe secure settings. We wanted them to be in a sanitary matter. We them to have facilities available before and after.
Abbott may face up to a $500 fine or 60 days in jail, but he’s no stranger to fighting in court to feed the hungry; in 1999, he sued the City of Fort Lauderdale after they tried to stop him from feeding the homeless on a public beach. He won the case three times in circuit court and twice in the court of appeals.
What do you think of the ban? Should Arnold Abbott fight the City to feed the hungry, or obey the ban?
For people living on the streets, although not always easy to find, there are resources for food, medical attention, and shelter. But what about laundry? Everyone deserves clean laundry, and for the homeless, it’s nearly impossible to afford to wash their clothes and a free washing service is unheard of.