The World’s Most Pathetic Terrorist Fails

April 18, 2014
Terrorist Fails

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Immediately after 9/11, it seemed as if the Western World had entered a bizarre and frightening new reality. From then on, or so it appeared that morning, everybody was going to live in a world like Terry Gilliam’s Brazil—a massive security state beset by unpredictable terrorist violence. Mushroom clouds would soon be erupting over American and European cities, citizens would be carrying gas masks everywhere, and nobody would ever know where the next devastating blow would fall.

Terrorist Fails Brazil Torturer

Pretty heavy, man.
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That didn’t wind up happening. While people in positions of authority would certainly like for you to believe that vigorous police work and a fearless willingness to view every text you send—naked pictures or not—are largely responsible for preventing the would-be terrorist holocaust, the truth is that sometimes we’re just not up against that much.

You see, the skills every good terrorist needs—patience, a good work ethic, basic intelligence and foresight—tend to make people good enough at other things, like holding down a job, which has a way of sapping the urge to go into terrorism in the first place. Here, then, are three of the biggest screw-ups ever to try airing their grievances through violence.

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Michael Sam To Join Long Line Of Gay Pioneers

April 16, 2014
Gay Pioneers Michael Sam

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When Missouri defensive end Michael Sam told The New York Times and ESPN in February that he is gay, it may have been the first step in cementing his legacy of being the first openly gay player in the NFL. Whether Sam indeed breaks through the pink ceiling in the NFL—that most macho of organizations—remains to be seen. The NFL holds its draft from May 8-10, and Sam is favored to be an early-round pick. If that happens, he will join a large group of people who have shattered stereotypes, inspired other LGBT individuals not to let sexual orientation impede their dreams and become icons for the LGBT community. Here are 10 prominent people who have helped advance equality in the community over the years. Cue the Village People…

Gay Pioneers: Harvey Milk

Gay Pioneers Harvey Milk

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When Harvey Milk arrived in San Francisco’s Castro District on the back of his campaign manager’s motorcycle as the first non-incumbent, openly gay person in the United States to win an election for public office, the street crowds on election night erupted into thunderous applause and cheers. Milk went from being a gay activist to gay icon in 1977 during his short-lived stint on the city’s board of supervisors.

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The Life Of A Tree

April 15, 2014

Life Of A Tree

Surviving through famine, war and unsavory political regimes, this image of a tree’s life brings to mind a passage from Milan Kundera’s “The Book of Laughter and Forgetting”: “So Mother was right after all: tanks are mortal, pears eternal.”

Maud Wagner, The United States’ First Known Female Tattoo Artist

April 13, 2014

First Female Tattoo Artist

Tattoos are often dismissed as the product of poor decision making skills or bad taste, but their relationship with the feminist movement is quite important. As woman vied for the right to vote, choose and earn equal pay throughout the 20th century, tattoos presented themselves as a visible symbol of growing self-determination and empowerment. As permanent inking suggests, their right to do with their bodies what they pleased was something that simply could not be taken from them. Featured above is Maud Wagner, one of the leading female tattoo artists of her time.

Ornate, Gruesome and Beautiful, This Is How The World Honors Holy Week

April 11, 2014
Penitents in White

Members of the “San Gonzalo” brotherhood atone for their sins in Seville, Spain. Source: The Eye

As grocery stores are filled to the brim with Peeps, chocolate treats and bunny everything, there’s no escaping the arrival of Easter. Yet for millions of people all over the world, Easter is much more than candy, colorful eggs and friendly rabbits. April 13th marks the beginning of Holy Week 2014, an annual commemoration of the days that led up to the death of Jesus Christ. Holy Week, which encompasses Palm Sunday, Holy Saturday and Good Friday, is a period of both deep sadness and anticipation of Easter’s arrival, when Christians believe Jesus was resurrected.

Holy Week is observed by Christians around the world, though the look of these ceremonies and rituals varies greatly based on geographical region, cultures, religious sects and traditions. Even the names vary greatly, as other parts of the world refer to Holy Week as Semana Santa or Great Week. Some regions (most notably Spain) perform penance processions, where penitents from ancient religious brotherhoods publicly repent for their sins. To prevent their identification, the penitents wear large hoods that look, to some, like the garb preferred by the reviled Ku Klux Klan (although the two sects have absolutely no relation).

Holy Week in Guatemala

In Guatemala City, people parade the Jesús Nazareno de la Merced statue throughout the city square as part of the Holy Tuesday procession. Source: The Eye

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10 Of The Most Famous Spies In History

April 11, 2014
Famous Spies Mata Hari Ling Down

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These spies made a name for themselves at home and abroad for their compelling mixture of sex, scandal and secret dealings. Here are 10 of the most dubious, famous spies in history.

Famous Spies: Mata Hari, German Spy

Famous Spies Mata Hari

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Possibly one of the most famous spies of all time, Mata Hari was an exotic dancer and high class prostitute in Paris who spied for Germany during World War 1. The Dutch-born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle began her spying career after working as a courtesan to high-ranking military men and politicians. Her courtesan status and Dutch passport (Netherlands was a neutral country) allowed her to, literally, sleep with the enemy and gather intel for the German Military.

Mata Hari’s gig came to a halt in January 1917, when French intelligence intercepted a German Military Attache-encoded radio signal to Berlin which declared that they were receiving amazing information from a German spy codenamed H-21. Mata Hari was identified and arrested in a Paris hotel room on February 13, 1917. She was executed by Firing Squad on September 15, 1917 for espionage.

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