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exemplaryetoile:

confessionsofamichaelstipe:

THIS IS WHAT A WORLD LEADER LOOKS LIKE.  
DESMOND TUTU, I OFFICIALLY LOVE YOU.
      -MICHAEL STIPE  

"I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place," Archbishop Tutu said at the launch of the Free and Equal campaign in Cape Town.
"I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this."
Archbishop Tutu said the campaign against homophobia was similar to the campaign waged against racism in South Africa.
"I am as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid. For me, it is at the same level," he added.
[source: BBC News]

exemplaryetoile:

confessionsofamichaelstipe:

THIS IS WHAT A WORLD LEADER LOOKS LIKE.  

DESMOND TUTU, I OFFICIALLY LOVE YOU.

      -MICHAEL STIPE  

"I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place," Archbishop Tutu said at the launch of the Free and Equal campaign in Cape Town.

"I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this."

Archbishop Tutu said the campaign against homophobia was similar to the campaign waged against racism in South Africa.

"I am as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid. For me, it is at the same level," he added.

[source: BBC News]

whatsnewbuffalo
whatsnewbuffalo:

Detroit vs. Buffalo Adaptability
Are "rust belt" cities truly similar in problems and solutions? This does not seem to be the case according to this article by Pete Saunders, a highly regarded source on what went wrong in America’s most archetypal rust belt city - Detroit. In this article Saunders’ focuses on how Detroit’s high number of old single family homes is negatively impacting the city’s ability to change its direction and warns that “The more I study Detroit, the more I see the seeds of a similar downfall in other cities nationwide.”
Although Saunders’ analysis was for Detroit he exposed how Buffalo’s situation, a city often compared to Detroit, is actually much different. Buffalo by far has the most historic city core in the nation with most of its housing built before 1939 thus giving rise to an abundance of architectural styles that often come in the form of multiple-family homes.
Despite the old age of the homes it is this multiple-unit feature that makes Buffalo one of the most adaptable cities in the country, more aligned with Chicago and St. Louis, while Detroit is much less adaptable, akin to cities such as Toledo and Kansas City. To offset the extra costs of adapting Buffalo’s beautiful but old structures a successful historic tax credit program has been put in place and has helped Buffalo become the best real-estate market in the country.

whatsnewbuffalo:

Detroit vs. Buffalo Adaptability

Are "rust belt" cities truly similar in problems and solutions? This does not seem to be the case according to this article by Pete Saunders, a highly regarded source on what went wrong in America’s most archetypal rust belt city - Detroit. In this article Saunders’ focuses on how Detroit’s high number of old single family homes is negatively impacting the city’s ability to change its direction and warns that “The more I study Detroit, the more I see the seeds of a similar downfall in other cities nationwide.

Although Saunders’ analysis was for Detroit he exposed how Buffalo’s situation, a city often compared to Detroit, is actually much different. Buffalo by far has the most historic city core in the nation with most of its housing built before 1939 thus giving rise to an abundance of architectural styles that often come in the form of multiple-family homes.

Despite the old age of the homes it is this multiple-unit feature that makes Buffalo one of the most adaptable cities in the country, more aligned with Chicago and St. Louis, while Detroit is much less adaptable, akin to cities such as Toledo and Kansas City. To offset the extra costs of adapting Buffalo’s beautiful but old structures a successful historic tax credit program has been put in place and has helped Buffalo become the best real-estate market in the country.

humanrightswatch
humanrightswatch:


Zambia: People With Disabilities Left Behind in HIV Response
The nearly two million people with disabilities in Zambia face significant barriers to HIV prevention, testing, and treatment. While the Zambian government has made considerable progress scaling up its response to HIV generally, few programs are accessible to people with disabilities and social stigma prevents their access to HIV services on an equal basis with others.The 80-page report, “‘We Are Also Dying of AIDS’: Barriers to HIV Services and Treatment for Persons with Disabilities in Zambia,” documents the obstacles faced by people with disabilities in both the community and healthcare settings. These include pervasive stigma and discrimination, lack of access to inclusive HIV prevention education, obstacles to accessing voluntary testing and HIV treatment, and lack of appropriate support for adherence to antiretroviral treatment. The report also describes the sexual and intimate partner violence women and girls with disabilities face, and the need for the government and international donors to do more to ensure inclusive and accessible HIV services.
Photo: A health worker administers a voluntary HIV test at Chreso Ministries VCT (Voluntary Counseling & Testing) and ART (Anti Retroviral Treatment) Centre in Lusaka. © 2014 Justin Purefoy for Human Rights Watch

humanrightswatch:

Zambia: People With Disabilities Left Behind in HIV Response

The nearly two million people with disabilities in Zambia face significant barriers to HIV prevention, testing, and treatment. While the Zambian government has made considerable progress scaling up its response to HIV generally, few programs are accessible to people with disabilities and social stigma prevents their access to HIV services on an equal basis with others.

The 80-page report, “‘We Are Also Dying of AIDS’: Barriers to HIV Services and Treatment for Persons with Disabilities in Zambia,” documents the obstacles faced by people with disabilities in both the community and healthcare settings. These include pervasive stigma and discrimination, lack of access to inclusive HIV prevention education, obstacles to accessing voluntary testing and HIV treatment, and lack of appropriate support for adherence to antiretroviral treatment. The report also describes the sexual and intimate partner violence women and girls with disabilities face, and the need for the government and international donors to do more to ensure inclusive and accessible HIV services.

Photo: A health worker administers a voluntary HIV test at Chreso Ministries VCT (Voluntary Counseling & Testing) and ART (Anti Retroviral Treatment) Centre in Lusaka. © 2014 Justin Purefoy for Human Rights Watch

archiemcphee

archiemcphee:

There’s something awesome about a thing that’s so cute, it transcends cuteness to become nightmarishly creepy. That’s precisely the case with these impressively freaky pears, photographed last year at a supermarket in Beijing, China.

The pears are shaped like this by placing them inside special molds when they’re still very small. As they grow they fill the mold and take on its shape. They were marketed at the grocery store as “happy/joyful doll pears,” but we think they look like they’re patiently waiting for you to try taking a bite out of them, at which point they’ll start screaming bloody murder, or worse, turn you into a creepy pear-doll-person too.

[via Neatorama and RocketNews24]

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5centsapound:

Colin Delfosse: The PKK Amazons - Iraq, 2009

Entrenched in the mountainous region of Qandil in Northern Iraq, women of all ages and social conditions, armed with Kalashnikovs, are fighting for their ideals. The movement of Free Women of Kurdistan (PAJK), born from a disagreement with the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), aims to offer an alternative model for Kurdish and Middle Eastern women. The PKK (considered as a terrorist organisation by the US and EU) influence does not decrease: the repression suffered by Kurds in the region have driven many young women to join the ranks of the guerrilla. Now, more than 2,000 female fighters, mostly from Turkey but also Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Europe, are going underground struggling for freedom and rights of Kurdish people.

archiemcphee

archiemcphee:

These tentacular Octopus and Giant Squid tables are the work of San Francisco-based bronze sculptor Kirk McGuire. The beautiful bronze cephalopods are so lifelike, we wouldn’t be surprised if you felt phantom tentacles tickling your ankles while sitting at either of these tables.

Visit Kirk McGuire’s website to check out his standalone bronze sculptures and more of his awesome undersea animal tables.

[via Neatorama]

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