I don’t think that people generally realise what motion picture industry has done to the American Indian, as a matter of fact, all ethnic groups, all minorities, all non-whites. And people just simply don’t realise, just take it for granted that that’s the way people are going to be presented and these clichés are just, I mean on this network every night, well perhaps not every night, but you can see silly renditions of human behaviour, the leering Filipino houseboy, the wily Japanese, the kook or the gook, black man, stupid Indian. It just goes on and on and on. And people actually don’t realise how deeply people are injured by seeing themselves represented, not so much the adults, who are already inured to that kind of pain and pressure, but children. Indian children seeing Indians represented as savage, as ugly, as nasty, vicious, treacherous, drunken. They grow up only with a negative image of themselves and it lasts a lifetime. 

Marlon Brando on why Sacheen Littlefeather presented a speech on his behalf during his Best Actor win for The Godfather at the 1973 Academy Awards

The people of Bosnia have no electricity, the phones are not working and they are cut off from the rest of the world.

Bosnia is being hit with the worst flooding in over a century. The swollen rivers are carrying bridges, mudlisdes are destroying homes, the roads are blocked off leaving people stranded with no where to go.

The people of Bosnia have gone through so much, dating back to 1991 when the war and genocide took place. These people lost everything and had to start their lives over from scratch and now they are forced to go through yet another catastrophe.

People in Bosnia mostly depend on agriculture, and farming, and cattle. These floods and mudlsides have completely destroyed their way of any income, including destroying their homes. Unlike America, there is NO “home insurance” or “flood inurance” in Bosnia. There is no government assistance. Their homes are literally all that the people have, their homes that they worked to build since the war. People are being left with nothing and no where to go, so I ask you to please donate anything that you can.

After five days of torrential rain, state of emergency has been declared in several areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Bosnian Army is using boats to deliver food and drinking wate. Please help!

All funds will be donated to the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Hercegovina for food, shelter, and everything else for those in need.

Please donate if you can, anything would be greatly appreciated.

Imagine finding a terrified, malnourished, and severely injured Loki outside of your house one day. When you question him as to why he’s there, the god admits to you that he just recently escaped from the Asgardian prisons and used the Bifrost’s power to teleport himself away; he ended up crashing onto your realm by accident. You manage to discern these facts from slurred, broken replies. You know of Loki’s crimes and how dangerous the god is, but his pitiful state rouses your sympathetic side and you decide to help him. 

At first, Loki is difficult to handle; he flinches violently away from any contact, no matter how gentle, and can’t seem to keep anything in his stomach. He rarely speaks, and when he does it is with a painful stutter. You notice that there is a perpetual trembling in Loki’s too-thin limbs and he seems to be constantly afraid, though of exactly what you’re not too sure. After hearing the way he screams, waking up from nightmares, you decide you’d rather not know. 

After a while, however, his condition begins to improve. The god takes a liking to you and before long, you actually find yourself becoming friends with Loki. He admits to you, one night, that you make him feel safe and whole again and that you’re the first real friend he’s ever had. 

It was one of the most searing images of the war in Iraq: a tiny girl, splattered in blood and screaming in horror after her parents had been shot and killed by American soldiers who fired on the family car when it failed to yield for a foot patrol in the northern town of Tel Afar.

Taken by Getty Images photographer Chris Hondros, who was embedded with the patrol, the January 2005 photo offered powerful visual testimony to the horrific impact of the conflict on Iraqi citizens. It came as the American public was beginning to question the rising death toll and purpose of a war that was starting to look unwinnable.

Hondros was inured to the chaos of war. By then, he was a veteran combat photographer who had served as a witness for the world on the frontlines of conflicts in far-away places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Liberia and Sierra Leone. But Hondros wasn’t merely fueled by the adrenaline of covering war. He was there to document the impact of conflict on people, both soldiers and civilians, to discover something deeper about humanity through war.

“He tried to make sense of what was happening around him, to really understand the chaos that he often found himself in,” recalled Sandy Ciric, a longtime photo editor at Getty Images who was one of Hondros’s closest friends and colleagues. “He was a professional, and he knew it was his job to document. But he was also human. He was really affected by the people he met and the things he saw… He was always thinking and writing and shooting and working, trying to understand the terrible complexity of war and the impact it had on people.”

So it was a horrible and painful twist of fate that a photographer so determined to show the world the human impact of conflict died trying to do just that. Hondros was killed in a mortar attack along with fellow photojournalist Tim Hetherington in April 2011 while covering the war in Libya.

He left behind an adoring mother, a fiance and a tight-knit group of friends and colleagues who were devastated by his death but also determined to preserve his memory and legacy as one of the most promising photojournalists of a generation who died too soon.

It’s that career that is the subject of “Testament,” a new book of Hondros’s work published by Powerhouse Books and Getty Images (which is donating its portion of the proceeds to The Chris Hondros Fund). The book, edited by Ciric and Pancho Bernasconi of Getty Images and Christina Piaia, Hondros’s fiance, features not only images that Hondros took over more than a decade of covering conflict, but also his own words, taken from stories and essays he wrote about his experiences on the road as he sought to understand what he was seeing through his lens.

I previewed the new Chris Hondros Book, which is out today (via Yahoo News)
Why millennials are skeptical of gun-control
For the mediaocracy and pundit class, determining the opinions of millennials on all sorts of topics is the great 21st-century parlor game. And it seems that nothing confuses them more — or upsets them, for that matter — than when forced to confront millennial attitudes about guns.
By The Washington Times

A prime example was this recent piece in The Washington Post: “‘Millennials’ Mysterious Support for Permissive Gun Laws.”

Written by opinion columnist Catherine Ramped (herself a millennial), the piece expresses puzzlement and disdain over the strong support among young people for gun rights found in recent public opinion polling. Part of her explanation is that her generation simply is “somewhat inured to violence — at least violence involving firearms.” She also blames what she sees as apathy and ambivalence.

NBC News recently issued a similar — and similarly condescending — report: “Millennials Are Less Likely to Support Gun Control Than You’d Think.”

Implicit in such stories is the seeming conventional wisdom that millennials, whose views on many social and political issues tend to skew liberal, should naturally also support efforts to restrict gun ownership. The fact that we don’t constitutes a mystery.

But is it really so difficult to understand?

In spite of the prevailing attitude toward millennials in the media, where it seems we are often portrayed as somewhat unmotivated and unwilling to engage on important issues, millennials are incredibly passionate, motivated, empirically minded and data-driven. And when it comes to gun control, we have a mountain of evidence over the last half-century to show that government efforts to restrict gun ownership are utterly ineffective at achieving their stated claims: a safer society through the reduction of violent crime.

The current poster child for gun control’s failure is Chicago, which has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Yet despite the city’s onerous legal regime when it comes to guns, according to the Chicago Tribune, the Windy City experienced 2,988 shootings within its borders in 2015. And 2016 is looking much worse; Chicago has already exceeded that number so far this year — and has 500 gun-related murders to boot — with more than three months still to go.

Cities such as Washington, DC, New York, and Los Angeles have had similar experiences. Gun control laws not only fail to reduce crime. In many instances crime and shootings increase as a result of legislative attempts to restrict guns.

At the heart of the push for gun control is a mindset — admittedly sincere in many instances — that is rooted in the false belief that gun laws will remove guns from the hands of those who would use them to commit crimes.

The obvious problem is that criminals are criminals. They are a class of people whose inherent attitudes toward laws is to disobey them, particularly those laws that would restrict their own access to firearms. The irony of gun laws is that they really only affect those law-abiding citizens who pose no danger in the first place. They are a simplistic attempt to solve a complex problem, and they fail 100 percent of the time.

Millennials may be a lot of things, but they are not stupid. In the process of researching my documentary “Targeted: Exposing the Gun Control Agenda,” I’ve spoken to a lot of young people. What made the biggest impression on them were the cold, hard facts about guns, gun ownership, and crime, and the underlying data to support them. Less convincing are the emotional appeals that have long been made by gun-control advocates in the place of rational arguments.

Consider, for instance, the fact that gun crime rates typically have not risen in regions when the number of concealed-carry permit holders increases. That point goes a long way to convincing millennials that the problem isn’t simply the number of guns, it’s who is holding them.

Moreover, it’s worth considering that during the two-decade period from 1992 to 2011, violent crime rates fell nearly in half in the United States while the murder rate fell dramatically as well. Why is that significant? Because it was a period when gun laws nationwide generally became less restrictive (notwithstanding the experience in several major urban centers).

For all the hysterical talk about gun violence in the United States, the truth is that our nation ranks relatively low in terms of gun murders per 100,000 people. It is impossible to reconcile that with the fact the United States leads the world in civilian firearms ownership. Millennials — to their credit — don’t try to.

You are a slave. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind…That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers,carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system, and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.
—  Morpheus, The Matrix

Between 1982 and 1985, 28 people were murdered with another 40 inured by the Brabant Killers, also commonly known as the Nivelles Gang, in Belgium. The three main perpetrators were known as The Giant Man, who was thought to be the leader, The Killer, who was the one who killed the victims, and The Old Man, who acted as the driver. The ruthless gang were known to commit armed robbery and murder anybody who got in their way or witnessed their crimes. The last known robbery occurred on 9 November, 1985, when the gang, who were all wearing face paint and disguises, entered the Delhaize supermarket where they proceeded to taunt customers and shoot any that looked at the gang members, including children. The identity of the gang was never uncovered.

Adam Gopnik on the way that images provoke terror in the post-9/11 era:

“We are at once inured to the undifferentiated imagery of horror and deeply vulnerable to specific images, to images of people like us alive and helpless in the face of death. The three elements—alive, helpless, like us—seem essential to provoking terror through imagery. The fear of the living moves us in ways that the bodies of the dead do not.”

Illustration by Wesley Allsbrook