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Urban Outfitters parent company asks employees to work for free

Source: Philly.com

If you work at Urban Outfitters, your bosses want you to work for free. To keep up with the increased seasonal demand, the parent company of Urban Outfitters, URBN, which also owns Free People and Anthropologie, sent an employee-only email calling for volunteers.

URBN, which is headquartered in Philadelphia, asked its salaried employees to engage in “a team-building activity,” picking, packing and preparing packages for shipment.

Part of the email reads:

“URBN is seeking weekend volunteers to help out at our fulfillment center in Gap, PA. October will be the busiest month yet for the center, and we need additional helping hands to ensure the timely shipment of orders. As a volunteer, you will work side by side with your GFC colleagues to help pick, pack and ship orders for our wholesale and direct customers.”

More: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/style/Urban-Outfitters-parent-company-asks-employees-work-for-free.html

Zack the Golden Retriever and the ice cream man

“Blood Lions” premieres Wednesday October 7th on MSNBC (graphic/disturbing)

Source: MSNBC

The death of a beloved lion named Cecil, at the hands of an American hunter in Zimbabwe, struck a nerve around the globe. The debate about the ethics of that hunt still provokes strong emotions. On Wednesday, October 7th, MSNBC will focus on another side of the industry, the legal side. Blood Lions, a one hour documentary, takes viewers inside the seldom seen world of the “canned hunting” industry in South Africa.

With the help of Ian Michler, safari operator and environmental journalist and Rick Swazey, an American hunter, viewers will see inside the breeding farms where lions are bred for a variety of exploitative revenue streams.

“Our film is an exposé,” says Blood Lions director Bruce Young, “most of the lions exist in appalling conditions, exploited at every stage of their lives. Even the people in South Africa do not know that lions are being bred for the bullet – and that it is totally legal. We want to show the world what is going on, who is involved, the impact on the animals and how much money is being generated by this industry.”

Also known as captive bred lion hunting, canned hunts allow hunters to select their lion ahead of time and complete a hunt in a matter of just three days. Canned hunts provide a cheaper, faster, and a surefire way of hunting predatory animals, compared to wild lion hunts which may last weeks with a much lower probability of success. Americans are largely fueling the industry, with 62% of the trophies being imported into the United States, according to Humane Society International.

More: http://www.msnbc.com/documentaries/blood-lions-premieres-wednesday-october-7th-msnbc

Pics from The Dodo: https://www.thedodo.com/blood-lions-bred-to-be-hunted-1390365864.html

Child miners: The photos that helped abolish child labor in the U.S.

Source: Mashable


By 1910, an estimated 2 million children under the age of 15 were working industrial jobs, for lower wages than adults. Employers often took advantage of their small size and made them squeeze into tight spaces or handle small tools.

Faced with back-breaking labor and long, exhausting shifts, fatigued child workers suffered high accident rates. Those who were injured or maimed in the course of their duties often received no compensation.

In 1904, the National Child Labor Committee was formed by progressives determined to end the exploitation of child labor. Within a decade, the federal government had absorbed the committee and reestablished it as the Children’s Bureau within the Department of Labor.

The NCLC hired photographers to investigate and document the working conditions of child laborers in factories, mines, mills and other industrial settings. Among them was Lewis Hine, a New York City schoolteacher and sociologist.


Hine’s photos and the work of the NCLC led to the passage of the Keatings-Owen Child Labor Act in 1916, which established minimum ages and maximum shift lengths for young workers. The Act was later ruled unconstitutional, but it laid the foundation for permanent child labor laws to be established during the New Deal.

More: http://mashable.com/2015/10/05/child-miners/#OBxjcasoGkqc

Halloween Light Show 2011 - This Is Halloween

A Facebook page is helping lost pets find home during South Carolina flooding

Source: Mashable

Following a weekend of historic flooding in South Carolina, one Facebook page is working to return lost pets to their owners.

Since Friday, more than two feet of rain has fallen in the region, leaving dogs, cats and even horses stranded. (And the flooding isn't over yet, either.) Lost & Found Pets of South Carolina has been uploading photos of missing pets, some of which come at the request of worried owners. Others show rain-soaked cats and dogs that have been rescued but not yet identified.


Bill Clinton to fund-raise for Hillary in Michigan

Source: Freep

Former president Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker next month at a major fundraiser in Michigan for his wife Hillary Clinton’s presidential run, according to invitations going out to prominent Democrats.

Invitations say the former president will be the “special guest” at an Oct. 7 reception, 2-4 p.m., at the Bingham Farms home of Doreen Hermelin, whose late husband David Hermelin served under Bill Clinton as ambassador to Norway before his death in 2000.

Tickets to the event are $500 apiece, but those who pay $2,700 can arrange for a photo taken with the former president, and those who pay $10,000 will be honored as co-hosts at a special “host reception."

Invitations don’t give the address of the Hemelin home, but the on-line real-estate service Radaris Property Search lists it as a 17,000-square-foot mansion on 15 acres. David Hermelin became wealthy as the developer of shopping centers and apartment buildings nationwide, ultimately becoming co-owner of the Palace of Auburn Hills, where the Detroit Pistons play, and co-owner of Pine Knob Music Theater, according to his Free Press obituary. He died at 63 of brain cancer.

More: http://www.freep.com/story/news/2015/09/26/bill-clinton-fund-raise-hillary-michigan/72896408/

Watkins Family Hour: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Flogging Molly - "Float" (official video)

There Are Many Ways To Illustrate Books, But None So Breathtaking As These

Source: ViralNova

Artist Su Blackwell illustrates books. That might not sound very unusual, but Blackwell's illustrations turn books into detailed, haunting scenes -- quite literally. That's because the art she creates is made using the books themselves, the pages cut, folded, and pasted into intricate, three-dimensional scenes that capture not only the narrative, but the feeling of the books.

Using strategically placed lighting, the scenes glow with inner light that's at once warm and lonely. Blackwell is drawn to solitary places, like the forests, coastlines, and isolated houses that make up so many folklore and fairy tale stories. She uses minimal color to emphasize certain items, but for the most part, the images keep the black and white print pattern, with shape and texture identifying them. Wires hold up some pieces, making them appear to float in midair.

If her work seems a bit unsettling, it's because Blackwell intends for it to be so, and strives to capture the full range of emotion covered by the stories. "I tend to lean towards young girl characters, placing them in haunting, fragile settings, expressing the vulnerability of childhood, while also conveying a sense of childhood anxiety and wonder," she explains. "There is a quiet melancholy in the work, depicted in the material used, and choice of subtle color."

To Kill A Mockingbird, 2015

Red Riding Hood, 2010

The Master and Margarita, 2014

Matilda, 2014

More: http://www.viralnova.com/su-blackwell/
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