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The Milky Way

This is probably my most favourite starscape image I've taken all year, throughout the year I had struggled trying to get something that I thought was photographically pleasing to the eye so trying to compose the shot like I would during the day with leading lines seemed to work perfectly with the Milky Way in the background. This shot was taken on a very cold night in the Galloway Hills, so cold that my gear was constantly getting covered in frost which made things very difficult indeed.

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You all remember the video that went crazy viral early this year about stopping the monster Joseph Kony, who leads the LRA in Africa and who does unbelievably cruel things to children and innocent families? And you remember that after just about everybody with a computer saw that video and they hugely increased awareness of Kony's actions then there came a huge wash of criticism, people who said Invisible Children was a scam organization, or that white people in America had no business making this video or that raising awareness via social media was a bullshit thing to do or that it would make a mess for America to send troops to Africa ..... And then one of the film makers had a psychotic break and most of the world dismissed the video about atrocities being committed in Africa.

Well, that organization has rebounded and made a new video talking about this whole experience and putting the focus back where it should have stayed - on Kony and his top aides. I loved the original video and was puzzled and irritated by the surge of criticism that seemed so off base. I don't know if everything is good about the organization (Invisible Children), but there is definitely something very good about them and about their goal of stopping Joseph Kony (they never talked about some of the more awful things the LRA does).

They are organizing a march on Washington on Nov 17th to get the message across to a specific set of world leaders. I hope they get a massive crowd. This is a cause worth anyone's support and those critics are doing nothing to address it.
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This is very disturbing. Is it possible to have an army without having nauseating behavior?
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Well, that doesn't appear too good.
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Somebody within the police department and the Attorney General's office should have stopped this before it ever got started. It is backwards to do something that helps your "numbers" but which hurts society in general. Everyone should look askance at anyone who does something as unhelpful as making people less likely to use condoms.
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I read this and had a big WTF? moment....

"I gestured towards our colorful shoebox of condoms, lube and pamphlets about safe sex and reminded her to take whatever she needed. She looked at me as if I were suggesting she walk into the January snow barefoot and said, “Are you crazy? I’m not carrying those things around! You want me to get arrested or something?” Sheila was referring to a situation in New York that permits the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution, resulting in their collection and confiscation from women who are detained by the police."
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This guy deliberately walked his leashed dog up a driveway to the porch where this cat was sitting (at the cat's home) and allowed the dog to kill the cat (possibly even aided, he stepped on the cat twice while the killing was taking place). There is no question about it - the whole thing was caught on video. I hope everyone will sign this and share it. He has already been convicted and now needs to get the maximum sentence, preferably with no chance of parole and sentence served consecutively with any other sentences he gets.
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That is horrible. :(
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Lots of insect pictures, but the ones I want to look at all day are the ones where they are covered with dew and look like diamond encrusted jewelry or sugar coated sweets (but none of those would show in the thumbnail).
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Awesome. This incredibly damaged man, Kony, pissed off the wrong filmmaker and the world will be better for it.
 
This is an exceptional video... I've never seen anything like it. This single video is going to shape public policy in the next year.

This is the real life, carefully planned marketing of a supervillain. This will be amazing to watch.

KONY 2012
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Mentioned on the Jewish Voices for Peace FB page

"And the sad thing is that while Jews are undoing their Zionism, while whites are undoing their racism, while students in progressive U.S. classrooms are recognizing their privilege, people are dying--Palestinians are being expelled from their homes, denied access to clean water, freedom of movement, and basic human rights. It isn’t about any of us Jews, this pull we feel; and when we undo it, it becomes a tangled nest of a lying and deceitful beast. And we must undo it. When left to mainstream American Jewish institutions, the beast is fed well. "
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Some tactics I had never heard of in this article (police can seize property from suspected drug sellers, without pressing charges, much less getting a conviction and if your property is wrongly seized you have to go to court to get it back and you have to pay for that court case). Generally it points to police policy being driven too much by the money involved in drug trafficking and not enough by the need to prevent and deal with violent crime. And, unhappily, more examples of unprofessional police behavior that should not be tolerated.
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