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What Happened Before History? Human Origins

Boston bombing survivors to Orlando survivors: 'We are family now'

Source: Mashable

They came bearing smiles and messages of support, not to mention cuddles from a few friendly service dogs.

On Saturday morning, survivors of the June 12 shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, which claimed 49 lives, were visited by a group that has lived through similar tragedy. Ten survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing visited six Orlando survivors at the Orlando Regional Medical Center, the hospital said in an emailed statement.

Visiting Pulse survivor Angel Colon, Boston survivor Celeste Corcoran shared a message of tolerance. "There's post-traumatic stress and it helps to talk with someone who has been through similar situations," she said, according to the statement. "People who try and spread hate, it does the exact opposite, it brings together strangers and we are more tolerant of people.

"What happened was horrific and should never have happened but in their memory we choose to be nice to someone else, to pay it forward."

More: http://mashable.com/2016/06/26/boston-bombing-orlando-survivors/#eEg4pBggbZqH

This Swedish Forest-Inspired Office Includes an Interactive Floor That Mimics a Stream

Source: Slate

The last time that Swedish firm Adolfsson & Partners designed the Stockholm offices of games developer King, the makers of Candy Crush Saga, it went for a wildly cartoonish assault on the senses. For a new office space for the company, it went back to basics with a concept based on the Swedish forest, “a place for us to be free, in both mind and spirit,” the designers said in a press release.

Based on an idea from King’s Vice President of Creative Production Adam Schaub, the firm sought to replicate “the same inspiring and calming effect that you get from spending time in natural surroundings.”

To maximize natural light, it built a sunken glass-roofed “well” that is the centerpiece of the office. The wall of the reception is swathed in Norwegian lichen. Earth-toned carpeting is a nod to rock, moss, and soil. Tree and woodland animal silhouettes made from painted plywood populate the open office, complemented by real plants.

Adolfsson & Partners worked with Nordic lighting design firm AF Lighting to create adjustable ambient lighting built into walls and building columns, rather than standard office ceiling lights, to foster the feeling of “being in a forest where the light changes depending on the season.”

More: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2016/05/31/adolfsson_partners_new_stockholm_office_for_king_is_inspired_by_a_swedish.html

Aerial Shots That Demonstrate The Stark Divide Between Rich and Poor

Source: Colossal

During apartheid, barriers were both constructed and modified to segregate urban spaces—roads, rivers, and large stretches of open land separating rich neighborhoods from the poor. Twenty-two years later these barriers still exist, large homes with lush lawns just a few yards away from tightly-packed communities organized with dirt roads rather than tree-lined streets. Photographer Johnny Miller wanted to capture the dramatic divide from a new perspective, and decided to shoot many areas in South Africa from several hundred feet in the air for a series titled “Unequal Scenes.”

By utilizing aerial photographs, the separation is all the more apparent, suburban sprawl nestled up against tight and overcrowded streets. Due to the camera’s position so high in the air, the details of each area becomes obscured. It is difficult to pinpoint an exact location for the photographs, allowing the viewer to relate the imagery to communities in their own part of the world that may also carry distinct inequalities.

“My desire with this project is to portray the most Unequal Scenes in South Africa as objectively as possible,” Miller explains in a statement about the project. “By providing a new perspective on an old problem, I hope to provoke a dialogue which can begin to address the issues of inequality and disenfranchisement in a constructive and peaceful way.”

More: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2016/06/aerial-south-africa-johnny-miller/

Here I Am...

A Sanders at-large delegate from NY physically assaulted at a meeting of NY Dem delegates (BSG).

Published on Jun 23, 2016

Bernie Sanders supporters were not very welcome in a meeting of New York Democratic delegates. The Bernie backers found they’re mic cut when they tried to speak, and one was hit with a cane by an elderly man. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“My name is Moumita Ahmed, and I co-founded Millennials for Bernie Sanders. I have put in tremendous work to help Sen. Sanders get elected in as many states possible, and partially as a result of that work, I was chosen by the campaign to go to the DNC in July as an at-large delegate.

We had a meeting with the New York delegates yesterday at 10 a.m. in Midtown at a union space, where things went awry really quickly after Christine Quinn got up on stage and declared only ONE candidate cares about poor people and that that candidate was Hillary — as if Bernie never existed.”

Irish People's Reactions To Donald Trump

Here I Am...

Source: Mashable


Oon begins the video by talking about how foreigners view Singapore as "the gateway to the world" and her desire to escape the overwhelming crowds for greener pastures.

Oon's travels takes her to countries like the U.S., China and Thailand, and correctly nails the stereotypical views we hold of people in these countries. She also covers how differently she identified with herself in each new place and contrasted them with the wide spectrum of perceptions people had of her.

Referring to the U.S. as "TV land," Oon says: "But here I am the Asian girl who speaks great English; who must be good at math."

About her experience in China, where her ancestors came from: "I'm reminded that for them I'm the girl whose family escape a history of suffering. I could barely speak to find my way, let alone call this my motherland."


Oon then ends her monologue with a profound declaration and question she poses to us: "We are all foreign. So what decides who should stay or who should go?"

More: http://mashable.com/2016/06/23/oon-shu-an-identity-monologue/#qAkaRkht5Sq7

My 5-Minute Magic Routine

This woman is 80 and inspirational:

Source: Bored Panda

Ever felt like you’re too old to do something? Well, you’re not. And Ernestine Shepherd is proof of that. She’s the world’s oldest female bodybuilder, and believe it or not, the iron-pumping grandma recently turned 80.

The octogenarian Baltimorean was born on June 16th, 1936. She didn’t start exercising until she was 56 years old but since then she’s gone on to win two bodybuilding titles. From 2010 to 2011 Shepherd was even declared the oldest competitive body builder in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records!

More: http://www.boredpanda.com/oldest-female-bodybuilder-grandma-80-year-old-ernestine-shepherd/
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