it was a fine day to be in new york
Female. Perpetually Lost.
"I dealt with people all my life, and now I’m burnt out. I just like to be alone. It’s more comfortable."
This is how a close-up of lightning beneath a cumulonimbus cloud looks like from space. An astronaut on International Space Station (ISS) captured this image while orbiting over Bolivia in 2011.
There’s also a more recent image of lightning’s white flash amidst the yellow city lights of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia from 2013:
Hopefully, we are going to see more and more of these amazing images since there is a new instrument on ISS, called the Firestation, which is specifically designed to study lightning.
in sierra leone, criminal responsibility begins at age ten (in contravention of the convention on the rights of the child), and children - many orphaned and homeless from a decade of civil war - often spend years in freetown’s pademba road prison awaiting trial for little more than misdemeanor offenses. unable to afford a lawyer, most eventually end up with harsh sentences.
photographer fernando moleres was awarded the 2012 tim hetherington grant, presented on behalf of world press photo and human rights watch, to help document their plight; this includes boys as young as 13, falsely charged with murder and, unable to defend themselves in court, given life sentences; other kids, unable to pay bribes, are sentenced to years for stealing food or smoking marijuana.
in a prison built for 220 but houses 1300, food and water are scarce, violence is a constant threat, and hygiene is non existent. one outdoor toilet (third photo) is shared by inmates who have to rely on the rain to wash (sixth photo). death from basic infection is not uncommon.
when released, most are left without anyone to take them in or skills with which to find work. so moleres, a former nurse, founded free minor africa, which provides the kids with bail and lawyers to help keep them out of prison, with medicine and teachers while in prison, and with education and training to help reintegrate them back into society once freed (last photo).
“i can’t just go in there, take these pictures…and leave them behind. i need to do something for them. …they are not a lost cause and a little bit of help can make a big difference,” he said. “if you give them an opportunity to work they will get ahead and establish themselves. they just want a normal existence; i want to demonstrate that and show, with my photography, how the boys can change.”
Noam Chomsky, “Media Control” (via siegfriedandfreud)
Three or four million Asians killed by the US — and three Southeast Asian countries (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos) shattered for several generations — is nothing to US Americans, not even worth a footnote. In World War II, 20 million Chinese were killed, many in concentration camps every bit as brutal as those in Germany, subject to human experimentation for developing chemical and biological weapons, yet I guarantee you that most US Americans have no idea this happened in a war in which the US and China were ostensibly fighting as allies and indeed the Chinese land war was every bit as critical to securing Japan’s surrender as the US naval campaign. Any German who believes that only 300,000 Jews were killed in the Holocaust is rightly condemned as a history-denying racist, and for me the same logic applies to US Americans.
.i have flashbacks of the future.
I wanna take tokes in the afternoon and settle with the sun, with you.
I wanna skate and ride and stack it and graze, with you.
I wanna cruise late nights, kendricks beats shaking the car, with you.
i wanna play twister.
I wanna argue and get pissed off and laugh until i have to run away to catch my breath, with you.
what do I want in a relationship, what do I want in you? Do I want it to be with you, or are you just a shell that my fantasies seem to fit in? My shadow in the passenger seat during 5o’clock traffic.
i do all of these things alone so now all i’m asking is if i want to get close to someone then… with who?
Native runner in Taos, NM 1914 photographed by Carl Moon. By way of Thosh Collins
- when you know you’re looking cute but your selfie game is off
- ugh. no.
- week one of full time work is over
- now i just need to wait until retirement
- i agreed to go clubbing next week
- and i really don’t want to
- ugh. no. really.
- look at my cat eye though!
- ugh. yes.