As Labor Day hits, one thing becomes clear: summertime is nearly over. If you’ve made the mistake of spending it indoors, try to live vicariously through the galloping horses and yoga-loving French bulldogs who know how to hit the beach for a good time. Browse through the photos for your daily dose of silly penguins, swimming pigs and crazy-eyed crabs.
This 1975 photo embodies a time period when urban grime and destruction reigned supreme throughout New York’s Harlem. Given the racial turmoil during this time, even when firefighters were called to save…
Chilling Last Words Of Police Brutality Victims
Over the past few weeks, the nation’s police–specifically those in Ferguson, Missouri–have become an object of incredibly intense political scrutiny. Pundits have lamented the special-ops power that supposedly localized defenders of justice have accumulated over the years; more civil liberties-minded politicians have looked to the way the state has historically used police force as a means to systematically control a specific race. Others worry about the state of our media and their freedoms to report the facts. All of this is fine and well, but amid the disputes we seem to have forgotten the moments that brought these discussions into existence: the premature end of a human life.
In light of this, journalist and filmmaker Shirin-Banou Barghi has created a series of chilling last words from victims of police brutality, shining a cold light on the moral crisis at the center of this media frenzy. Politics matter, as does context. But let us not forget why we are arguing along the way: human lives matter.
With a newly-minted elite and an economic growth rate of over 10%, the environment has taken a backseat in China, the world’s most populous country. Growing pollution has led to unusable waterways, increased incidence of birth defects, and some of the dirtiest air on earth. It’s so nasty that there’s now a word for it: “smogpocalypse”.
With that said, China is not oblivious to its ecological impacts, and according to the Harvard Business Review “is taking this challenge much more seriously than others… doing things differently, making longer-term, sustained commitments that are much larger.” In 2010, China ranked as the world’s leading investor in low-carbon energy technology, which makes sense given national political leaders’ tendency to view clean energy as a great economic opportunity.
The following photographs prove that economic growth indeed comes at a cost, and one whose long-term effects remain unclear:
We also recommend that you check out these videos by Vice about the severity of pollution in China:
If this composition and its colors don’t get you in the mood for a good old-fashioned brood, we don’t know what will.