steve + emoji expressions! i decided that for this one, i would try to practice drawing chris evans’ steve… as you can see by the inconsistencies above, it didn’t quite work out for me, but anyway ! it was fun. shout out to steebrogerz who made some great requests and also has the best emoji + steve icon on the internet

Donating A Single Rollerblade Is Not Going To Help Disaster Victims

Five years ago today a massive earthquake rocked the island nation of Haiti. Within hours, Partners In Health, the largest provider of health care in the country and the organization for which I work, was delivering care in Port-au-Prince. The outpouring of support overwhelmed us. By some estimates, half of all American households contributed to the relief effort.

And they didn’t just write checks. When one sees images of homes and lives in ruin, the impulse is to do more than give money, to give something to ease the suffering of others. After the earthquake, individuals donated clothing, toys and household items. Similarly, we received significant corporate donations of medicines and medical equipment for dealing with trauma. These in-kind donations, as they’re known, filled a critical gap in the response efforts, both by supplying us with necessary items and by allowing us to use our funds for other priorities.

While most of the materials offered in the aftermath of the earthquake were valuable, we also received many unsolicited and inappropriate donations, both from corporations and individuals including unwashed sheets, nearly-expired medications and, famously, a single rollerblade. When in-kind donations are not well considered, they slow response efforts by diverting staff time to sorting or disposing of unwanted goods.

How can nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations work with potential donors, both individuals and corporations, to ensure that in-kind gifts have the greatest impact? And can we come up with a strategy to apply to the Ebola crisis, for which donations, both cash and in-kind, have lagged?

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Image by Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Earthquakes, hurricanes, cyclones and tsunamis: the world’s 10 riskiest cities

What are the world’s riskiest cities when it comes to natural disasters? A reinsurance company set out to assess 616 cities around the world for their risk of earthquake, hurricanes and cyclones, storm surge, river flooding and tsunami. See more

Pictured: Victoria harbour in Hong Kong. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images


As if taking pictures with your family wasn’t unfortunate enough…

This New Trend of Posing In Front of Disasters HAS to Stop [Click to finish]

After a wedding photographer in Oregon used a spreading Wildfire to create a set of particularly dramatic images, posing in front of horrible disasters has now become a trend but this Family has taken it way too far.

On January 15, 1919, Boston suffered one of history’s strangest disasters: a devastating flood of molasses. The “Great Molasses Flood” tore through the North End and deposited so much gooey residue that locals claimed they could still smell the molasses on warm days decades later.

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October 13, 2010: 33 Miners Rescued from Collapse in Chile

On this day in 2010, all 33 miners were rescued from a collapse in Copiapó, Chile after being trapped for 69 days about half a mile beneath the surface. A 700,000-ton block of rock in the gold and copper mine crushed the access tunnel, but fortunately each miner survived due to the efforts of shift leader Luis Urzúa while underground.

Watch NOVA’s “Emergency Mine Rescue” and revisit the fate of the 33 miners and their journey of survival.

Photo: Luis Urzúa, the leader of the trapped miners and the last to be lifted to freedom, celebrates with President Piñera at San Jose Mine near Copiapo, Chile (2010) (Gobierno de Chile/Wikimedia Commons).

Astronaut Luca Parmitano was about 44 minutes into a space walk in July 2013 when he felt something that shouldn’t be there—water inside his helmet and on the back of his head. He and partner Chris Cassidy continued their work on EVA-23 (EVA means extra-vehicular activity, which is NASA-speak for a space walk.) But shortly thereafter, water moved to Parmitano’s face and went up his nose, and he lost some communication with the ground. That forced the astronauts retreat back into the International Space Station, where they found about a liter and a half of water in Parmitano’s helmet. 

How a Misdiagnosis Almost Led to a Space Walking Disaster

Imagine Rosemary style intervention ft. Dirk and Jake because their fashion sense is absolutely terrible.

Post-makeover Dirk keeps trying to pop the collar of his new polo and asking when he can have his shades back while Jake is gnawing on his sweatervest like a clothed dog and keeps tripping over his pant legs.