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"Adele" Sings "Skymall" - CONAN on TBS

Even droids know the Force is with vaccination

Source: Mashable

A long time ago, in a decade far, far away, parents knew the importance of immunizing their children, and doctors were the guardians of health in America. Before the dark times. Before Jenny McCarthy.

Given the recent outbreak of measles at Disneyland — a disease that was considered all but eradicated in 2000 — it's ironic to discover that a couple of characters now owned by Disney were involved in the pro-vaccine movement as early as 1977. Namely, R2-D2 and C-3PO.

The metal pair warned Earthlings to get vaccinated "against polio, measles and whooping cough" in the TV ad above, which urged parents to write to a PO Box in Colorado to find out more. (Remember when parents used to write letters, too?)

"All you need is a little rewiring," Threepio tells his little hypochondriac trashcan pal. "Children need to be fully immunized, but alas, many are not."

Read more: http://mashable.com/2015/01/30/vaccines-artoo-threepio-measles/

A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School - Uptown Funk Dance

Published on Jan 24, 2015

None of this would have not happened if it wasn't for the hard work and dedication of
Director/Theatre Arts Teacher Scot Pankey,
with help of Camera crew- Bryan Urraca, Albert Robledo & Johan Cruz &
Edited and produced by Jonathan Vega AKA #TrippyJ.

Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars(A Maceo Smith New Tech High School)
This is a great example of how a bunch of technologly students let go of their fears, trusted their teacher and got down to Uptown Funk!!!

Trend and variation (climate/weather)

A simple explanation for those on the right who deny climate change because of cold temps, blizzards, etc..

Do you know what happens to a wealthy person after you raise their taxes by 5%?

Yeti spotted roaming the streets of Boston during blizzard

Source: Mashable

As the blizzard starting battering the streets of Boston, a figure dressed in a white Yeti costume was spotted at random locations in the snow-covered city.

The Yeti's movements are being documented on the @BostonYeti2015 Twitter handle, which mysteriously appeared on Monday as residents across the Northeast were trapped in their homes, bracing for the worst.

So far, he has been spotted running wild through the snow, preaching about safety and trying to hail a cab — which is unlikely due to the travel ban.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2015/01/27/blizzard-boston-yeti/

Republicans Post Doctored Version Of State Of The Union, Censor Facts On Climate Change

Source: Think Progress

The official website for House Republicans has posted on YouTube a doctored version of President Obama’s State of the Union address which cuts out comments where the President was critical of Republican rhetoric on climate change, ThinkProgress has learned.

In the website’s “enhanced webcast” of the State of the Union speech, President Obama’s comments criticizing Republicans for saying they are “not scientists” when it comes to climate change are erased.

At the 43:25 minute mark, President Obama is supposed to say “I’ve heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they’re not scientists; that we don’t have enough information to act. Well, I’m not a scientist, either. But you know what — I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities. The best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we do not act forcefully, we’ll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration, conflict, and hunger around the globe.”

Instead, the entire section is skipped. Obama’s comments resume with “The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it.”

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/01/21/3613732/you-cant-handle-the-truth/

Fox’s Doocy: Students shouldn’t get free college because I just paid my loans off ‘two weeks ago'

Source: Raw Story

Fox News host Steve Doocy complained on Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s plan to make college tuition free for some students was not fair because he had just paid off his student loans “about two weeks ago.”

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, the president talked about his plan to “to spread that idea all across America, so that two years of college becomes as free and universal in America as high school is today.” The $60 billion dollar proposal would provide grants to pay 75 percent of the average cost of community college for two years, and participating states would be required to cover the rest.

“I want to work with this Congress, to make sure Americans already burdened with student loans can reduce their monthly payments, so that student debt doesn’t derail anyone’s dreams,” Obama explained on Tuesday.

But Doocy reacted on Wednesday by suggesting that every student should be saddled with debt because he was.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/foxs-steve-doocy-students-shouldnt-get-free-college-because-i-just-paid-my-loans-off-two-weeks-ago/

There you go, folks... the party of me, myself and I (to hell with the rest of you)!

The Civil Rights Legend Who’s Inspiring a New Generation With Comic Books

Source: Wired

Congressman John Lewis has a dramatic life story: Born the son of Alabama sharecroppers, he joined the Civil Rights Movement, became one of the original Freedom Riders, marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma and spoke at the 1963 March on Washington before King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Now, the last living member of the legendary Big Six civil rights leaders is sharing his story with the next generation through a trilogy of graphic novels titled March.

Comics have played an important role in communicating the message of the Civil Rights Movement to young people before—including Lewis himself. When he was 18, Lewis read a comic book titled Martin Luther King Jr. and the Montgomery Story published by the civil rights group Fellowship for Reconciliation, something that he says changed his life. The comic was not only a biography of King, but a blueprint for putting his principles of direct action and nonviolence into practice.

The events of March, the second volume of which is out today, feel particularly resonant in the midst of the ongoing national conversation about race and police brutality inspired by the deaths of numerous unarmed black men at the hands of law enforcement, as well as the militaristic response to the protests inspired by them. Lewis hopes that young people—especially young people inspired to activism by these events—will read his books to educate themselves about the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the non-violent principles that guided them.

“We were committed to the philosophy of nonviolence, even in the face of angry mobs during the Freedom Rides in Montgomery, Alabama at the Greyhound bus stations,” says Lewis. “We never struck back. We were willing to suffer the beatings, to be arrested, to go to jail for what we believed in. I’m hopeful that young people who are thinking about what happened in Ferguson and New York can see another generation that acted in a peaceful, non-violent fashion and never gave up.”

Read more: http://www.wired.com/2015/01/john-lewis-march-comic/

Part 2 of Mother Taking Magical Photos Of Her Two Kids With Animals On Her Farm

lena Shumilova is back with another set of magical photographs. We wrote about her earlier (here), a mom and owner of a farm in Russia has taking us trough a journey of a beautiful world that revolves around her two boys and their adorable dog, cat, duckling and rabbit friends. She shoots with natural light making the photos magical..

“When shooting I prefer to use natural light – both inside and outside. I love all sorts of light conditions – street lights, candle light, fog, smoke, rain and snow – everything that gives visual and emotional depth to the image.” She said.

More: http://www.wherecoolthingshappen.com/part-2-of-mother-taking-magical-photos-of-her-two-kids-with-animals-on-her-farm/
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