This incredible photo marks the end of Matador Torero Alvaro Munera’s career. He collapsed in remorse mid-fight when he realized he was having to prompt this otherwise gentle beast to fight. He went on to become an avid opponent of bullfights. Even grievously wounded by picadors, he did not attack this man.
Torrero Munera is quoted as saying of this moment: “And suddenly, I looked at the bull. He had this innocence that all animals have in their eyes, and he looked at me with this pleading. It was like a cry for justice, deep down inside of me. I describe it as being like a prayer - because if one confesses, it is hoped, that one is forgiven. I felt like the worst shit on earth.”
Soldier Trades Cigarettes for Maimed, Hungry Dog
"Army Sergeant Nick B. took unusual action against cruelty he witnessed serving in Afghanistan. When he encountered a tied-up, skinny Shepherd mix covered in mud, ears and tail hacked away, Nick asked the people living nearby if he could have him. But the owners, who were planning to use the dog for gruesome ‘entertainment’ purposes, were only willing to give him up in return for cigarettes. The soldier happily traded.
Nick won the dog’s trust by approaching him gently and offering bits of beef jerky. And Bodhi, as he’s now known, eventually won the hearts of Nick’s entire unit. With the help of a rescue organization, Nick was able to ensure that Bodhi would be flown to the U.S. when the soldier’s tour was finished. Eventually, the two were reunited in Pensacola, Fla.”
-from SEAL of Honor.
“I heard police or ambulancemen, standing in our house, say, “She must have provoked him,” or, “Mrs Stewart, it takes two to make a fight.” They had no idea. The truth is my mother did nothing to deserve the violence she endured. She did not provoke my father, and even if she had, violence is an unacceptable way of dealing with conflict. Violence is a choice a man makes and he alone is responsible for it.” - Patrick Stewart
Two Israeli settlers attack a Palestinian kid in the city of Hebron. The Israeli police reacted to the settler’s violence by arresting the victim. An example of an everyday occurrence in the occupied Palestinian West Bank.
Filmed by Issa Amro.
"ضربني وبكى وسبقني واشتكى"
حسبي الله ونعم الوكيل
voting against gay marriage is like ordering a piece of cake at a restaurant and having a complete stranger be like “waiter, cancel that cake”
— Carol J. Adams
what do you mean by just an assumption?
i think modern medicine has its merits and can be fast acting at times, however it also causes a lot of unforseen consequences and side-effects which alternative medicine generally avoids.
holistic health is about equipping the patient to live a long wholesome life, and is about prevention rather than curing i.e. avoiding the brain tumour in the first place through mental, spiritual and physical health. naturopathic medicine doesn’t claim to have all the answers; in the case of a brain tumor, a naturopath would just refer the patient to a doctor practicing western medicine.
btw, if you’re going to try to start a debate or argue with me, at least try to keep your expletives to yourself; they make you seem uncouth and unintelligent as well as reduce the merit of your argument
A former college student detained at Philadelphia International Airport after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials discovered he was carrying Arabic language flashcards losthis bid to sue the federal agents who detained him.
Nicholas George alleged that the TSA agents violated his First and Fourth Amendment rights when they arrested him as he tried to board a flight from his Philadelphia home to Pomona College in 2009.
According to Chief Judge Theodore McKee’s ruling, despite the fact that George clearly had the right to carry the flashcards, the TSA agents were “at the outer boundary” of justifiability in detaining him. In addition to everyday words and phrases like “day before yesterday,” “fat,” “cheap,” and “pink,” the deck of flashcards also contained and phrases like “bomb,” “terrorist,” “explosion,” and “to target.”
Judge McKee believes that those words and phrases warranted further investigation, even though George told the officers that he was using the flashcards in order to learn Arabic for a study abroad program in which he would be traveling to Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan.
“I want to serve my country using my Arabic language,” GeorgetoldCNN. “And it just seems crazy to me that for that I was arrested and treated like a criminal.”
George claimed that after the first two officers discovered the cards, they swabbed his person and cell-phone for explosive residue, then called a supervisor. George alleged that when the supervisor arrived, she subjected him to an aggressive interrogation.
TSA AGENT:Do you know who did 9/11?
GEORGE:Osama bin Laden.
TSA AGENT:Do you know what language he spoke?
TSA AGENT:Do you see why these cards are suspicious?
While this TSA agent was questioning George, a Philadelphia police officer entered the room, handcuffed him and led him through the terminal to the Airport Police Station, where he was detained for an addition four hours. George claimed that no officers questioned him during that time, nor did any inform him as to why he had been arrested.
Eventually, two agents from the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force arrived and questioned him, asking whether he was a member of a “Pro-Islamic” or “communist” group, or whether he had ever met “anyone in his travels who was overtly against the U.S. government.” After questioning him for 30 minutes, the FBI agents determined George was not a threat and released him.
Neither the TSA nor the FBI disputed George’s account of the facts, and Judge McKee ruled that “George’s factual allegations do not establish that [the TSA and FBI agents] violated a Fourth Amendment right.”
“Once TSA Officials were satisfied that George was not armed or carrying explosives, much of the concern that justified his detention dissipated. However, it did not totally vanish or suggest that further inquiry was not warranted,” he wrote.
“Thus, the actions of the TSA Officials corresponded to the level of concern raised by the flashcards.”
Many marine ecologists think that the biggest single threat to marine ecosystems today is overfishing. Our appetite for fish is exceeding the oceans’ ecological limits with devastating impacts on marine ecosystems. Scientists are warning that overfishing results in profound changes in our oceans, perhaps changing them forever. Not to mention our dinner plates, which in future may only feature fish and chips as a rare and expensive delicacy.
The fish don’t stand a chance
More often than not, the fishing industry is given access to fish stocks before the impact of their fishing can be assessed, and regulation of the fishing industry is, in any case, woefully inadequate.
The reality of modern fishing is that the industry is dominated by fishing vessels that far out-match nature’s ability to replenish fish. Giant ships using state-of-the-art fish-finding sonar can pinpoint schools of fish quickly and accurately. The ships are fitted out like giant floating factories - containing fish processing and packing plants, huge freezing systems, and powerful engines to drag enormous fishing gear through the ocean. Put simply: the fish don’t stand a chance.
Ocean life health check
Populations of top predators, a key indicator of ecosystem health, are disappearing at a frightening rate, and 90 percent of the large fish that many of us love to eat, such as tuna, swordfish, marlin, cod, halibut, skate, and flounder - have been fished out since large scale industrial fishing began in the 1950s. The depletion of these top predator species can cause a shift in entire oceans ecosystems where commercially valuable fish are replaced by smaller, plankton-feeding fish. This century may even see bumper crops of jellyfish replacing the fish consumed by humans.
These changes endanger the structure and functioning of marine ecosystems, and hence threaten the livelihoods of those dependent on the oceans, both now and in the future.
The over-exploitation and mismanagement of fisheries has already led to some spectacular fisheries collapses. The cod fishery off Newfoundland, Canada collapsed in 1992, leading to the loss of some 40,000 jobs in the industry. The cod stocks in the North Sea and Baltic Sea are now heading the same way and are close to complete collapse.
Instead of trying to find a long-term solution to these problems, the fishing industry’s eyes are turning towards the Pacific - but this is not the answer. Politicians continue to ignore the advice of scientists about how these fisheries should be managed and the need to fish these threatened species in a sustainable way.
Help save our oceans by being smart about what types of fish you eat and how often you consume them.Here is a great pocket guide that informs people what fish are sustainably fished and which to avoid. Just print it out, put it in your wallet and you’re good to go! I also recommend watching End of The Line. It’s a great documentary that portrays and discusses this issue very clearly. REMEMBER EVERY SMALL CHANGE MADE TO HELP THE PLANET COUNTS!
Or you know, just not eat fish at all.
EARTHLINGS is the single most powerful and informative documentary about society’s tragic and unforgivable use of nonhuman animals, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix with soundtrack by Moby. Directed by Shaun Monson, this multi-award winning film by Nation Earth is a must-see for anyone who cares about nonhuman animals or wishes to make the world a better place.
PLEASE: don’t run from reality, watch the film and share your thoughts with other viewers in the comments section. Thank you.