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October 30, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch Goes Off By Saying What We All Want To: ‘F*ck The Politicians’ (VIDEO)

Source: Addicting Info


But actor Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t just furious about teabagger assholes, he’s mad at all politicians who are handling the migration crisis in the worst ways possible. While starring in a performance of Hamlet at the Barbican in London, Cumberbatch has started saying a few things during the curtain call at the end of the show and asking the audience for a donation to help Syrian refugees. His work has actually raised over £150,000 ($230,000) for Save the Children.

But, Cumberbatch has taken issue with the British government who only plans to allow 20,000 refugees to enter the UK over five years. (As sad as that number is, the United States said initially we’d only take in a total of 10,000.)

During the speeches and pleas for cash, Cumberbatch has been reading a poem titled “Home” by a Somali poet named Warsan Shire which reads in part:

no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark
you only run for the border
when you see the whole city running as well
your neighbors running faster than you
breath bloody in their throats
the boy you went to school with
who kissed you dizzy behind the old tin factory
is holding a gun bigger than his body
you only leave home
when home won’t let you stay…

Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/10/30/benedict-cumberbatch-goes-off-by-saying-what-we-all-want-to-fck-the-politicians-video/
October 28, 2015

Grocery Store’s Act Of Kindness For Child With Special Needs Puts Huge Smile On Her Face

Source: Reshareworthy

Like any kid, the grocery store is one of Beatrice’s favorite places to go. But grocery store trips haven’t been easy for 2-year-old Beatrice and her mother Melody. That’s because Beatrice’s cerebral palsy prevents her from being able to fit in a standard grocery cart.

Melody would have to get creative, but it was difficult on both her and Beatrice. That is, until recently, when the manager of the store noticed their struggles and decided to do something about it. Watching Melody’s reaction when she sees what the store did for her, brought tears to my eyes.


October 28, 2015

10 Intoxicating Facts About Edgar Degas's ‘L'Absinthe’

Source: Mental Floss


When it was first exhibited in the Third Annual Winter Exhibition in Brighton, it was called A Sketch in a French Cafe. It’s also been called Figures at Cafe and In a Cafe (a title the Musée d’Orsay still prefers). Later, The Absinthe Drinkers and Glass of Absinthe became popular alternatives. But its most frequently-used moniker fell into place when it was exhibited in London, 17 years after its completion.


The restaurant depicted in L'Absinthe has been identified as Paris's Café de la Nouvelle Athènes. It was a "hotbed of intellectual bohemians" where Impressionist painters like Degas, Camille Pissarro, and Georges Seurat were known to roam.


In the late 19th century, absinthe was growing in popularity. But public sentiment shifted against the high-proof liquor, spurring its ban in France as well as in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, and Austria-Hungary by 1915. Because Degas's painting depicted a sullen woman with the identifiable beverage before her, anti-absinthe advocates embraced L'Absinthe as an illustration of the isolation and misery the spirit could bring.


French ingénue Ellen Andrée worked in Naturalist theater when she wasn't posing for the likes of Degas, Édouard Manet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Besides L'Absinthe, Andrée can be spotted in Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party, Manet's The Plum, and Henri Gervex's Rolla.

More: http://mentalfloss.com/article/69281/10-intoxicating-facts-about-edgar-degass-labsinthe
October 13, 2015

‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli challenges Bernie Sanders to debate on healthcare

Source: Raw Story

Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli accused Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) of taking “cheap shots” against him while also challenging the Democratic presidential candidate to a debate, Attn reported.


The former hedge fund manager’s attack came after Sanders and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) contacted him on Sept. 21 asking for financial information about Turing Pharmaceuticals.

The two lawmakers later said in a statement that, after promising to lower the price of the drug in response to the public backlash, Shkreli “hired an army of new Washington lobbyists and lawyers to stem the massive fallout from his actions and to stymie congressional oversight.”

Shkreli fired back saying Sanders “should be ashamed” for attacking the industry, and later rejecting allegations that he raised the price of Daraprim out of greed.

“I don’t even own a car,” he wrote. “I don’t even have a driver’s license. Our company is not profitable. My salary is $0. I give millions to charity.”

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2015/10/pharma-bro-martin-shkreli-challenges-bernie-sanders-to-debate-on-healthcare/

Senator Sanders is certainly striking a lot of nerves!
October 8, 2015

This Indian web series' gender-flipped world explains why we need feminism

Source: Mashable

Are you a feminist?

These days, that question's being posed more often than ever. Actors and politicians are regularly asked to give their stances on feminism — which makes a certain amount of sense, since gender issues are at the forefront of American politics and entertainment.

But what you may not realize is that feminism isn't only a hot topic in Western world. Take India, for example, where subjects like rape and misogyny are finally being addressed publicly after centuries of silence. There, feminism is a relatively new concept — and a word regarded warily for its associations with the West. But it's finally beginning to have its moment.

Proof: In Y Films' new Indian web series Man's World, the main character, Kiran, is a man who's tired of hearing women talk about feminism. He thinks that women actually have it easy, and that they won’t like true equality because they'll no longer be favored. His frustration eventually brings about a Freaky Friday-esque scenario: Kiran wakes up in a world run by women, where men face daily injustices and struggle collectively to break free. Also, now they're the ones who have periods.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2015/10/07/mans-world-switches-gender-roles/#IX.mSdlK98qL
October 7, 2015

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

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