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Submission + - Neil Young Finally Confirms The Most Popular Legend Ab (huffingtonpost.com)

caipobece writes: Graham Nash — of Crosby, Stills, Nash &Young — has a story about his friend, Neil Young, that has been almost too perfect to believe for nearly three decades.

As the myth goes, Nash was at Young's ranch just south of San Francisco when Young asked him if he wanted to hear something. (That something would become Young's now famous 1972 "Harvest" album, which features the track "Heart of Gold.") Nash, of course, said yes and suggested going into Young's studio. That wasn't Young's plan.

"He said, 'Get into the rowboat,'" Nash explained on NPR's Fresh Air in 2013. "I said, 'Get into the rowboat?' He said, 'Yeah, we're going to go out into the middle of the lake.'"

The two row out on the lake, with Nash assuming Young brought a cassette player and headphones with him.

"Oh, no," said Nash on NPR. "He has his entire house as the left speaker and his entire barn as the right speaker. And I heard 'Harvest' coming out of these two incredibly large loud speakers louder than hell. It was unbelievable. Elliot Mazer, who produced Neil, produced 'Harvest,' came down to the shore of the lake and he shouted out to Neil, 'How was that, Neil?'"

The best part is Young's apparent response to the situation. As Nash explained, "I swear to God, Neil Young shouted back, 'More barn!'"

This anecdote seems to have first appearedin a booklet that came with the 1991 Crosby, Stills & Nash album, "CSN." In 1996, the story was immortalized by Young fan Brad Brandeau, who created a shirt depicting the moment.

Although Nash has spoken about this moment throughout the years, you'd be hard-pressed to find Young's account. So with an opportunity to speak with Young for his new album, "Earth," The Huffington Post had to ask about the infamous lake scene.

"Well it's funny, it's just a little thing that happened one day and it keeps growing and getting crazier," Young said over the phone. "But I had the left speaker, big speakers set up in my house with the windows open. And I had the PA system — that we used to rehearse and record with in the barn where I recorded "Alabama"and "Words"and a couple other things — over there playing the right-hand channel. So, we were sitting in between them on a little lake and that's what we were doing."

When asked if the kicker of the legend was true — whether he truly did yell back, "More Barn!" — the singer laughed for a bit. Then he said, "Yeah, I think it was a little house heavy."

The ethos of Young's mid-lake listening party in this legend plays directly into his latest album, "Earth," which debuts June 24.

"Earth" is a live album featuring Young's backing band, Promise of the Real, but he mixes animal and other nature noises into the songs to replace the audience. "It's something I always wanted to do," said Young. "Whenever I hear the audience in a live recording, I always thought it sounded like something else. I always thought that the audience sounded like water, it sounded like ocean waves. It sounded like flocks of birds, it sounded like animals, you know howling coyotes, things like that."

The album will not be released on standard MP3, as Young prefers to use his own high-resolution service, Pono, instead. "I would never in good conscience sell an MP3," said Young. "In truth, it sounds like shit."

Young has clearly been an advocate for chasing the ideal listening experience for decades now.

Along with replacing the audience with sounds of nature, Young hired harmonizers to sing words such as "Chevron" and "Exxon" and "Volkswagen" throughout the album to creep in a dystopian dread.

"All I did was motivate [the singers]to sell," said Young of the decision. "I said, 'You know, I want people to feel like Monsanto is a great company. That it's never done anything wrong. There's nothing bad about it. It's pure as the driven snow and it's a beautiful thing and I just want you [the singers] to think about that. How you could share Monsanto with the world.'" In 2015, Young released an album called "The Monsanto Years," and multiple songs from the record are also on "Earth."

As Young sees it, because of these companies, it's now near impossible to find that special, middle-of-the-lake place. In the '70s, Young could blast an album named after agriculture among wild nature in a rowboat. Now, agriculture has gotten so big that even a sound system made out of a barn and a house couldn't be loud enough to drown out the actual sounds of our harvest.

Young said "Earth"is an album about "how we've dealt with the power we have."

"Our history of what we've done," said Young.

The singer's stance over time has certainly evolved to"Less barn!"

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Submission + - Hip-Hop Cops Stun Show Audience With Surprise B-Boy Ro (huffingtonpost.com)

caipobece writes: It's official. Kiwi cops have got the slickest b-boy moves on the beat.

Serving officers popped and locked until they dropped during a surprise performance at the national Hip Hop Unitechampionships in Wellington, New Zealand, on Saturday night.

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Video going viral begins with the event's compere holding up what he says is a lost wallet. When no one in the audience claims it as their own, two officers arrive on the stage to the sound of KRS One's "Sound of Da Police."

The beat to Ghost Town DJ's 1995 hit "My Boo" — which the New Zealand Police Recruitment team made its own in May when it threw down the "Running Man Challenge" to other crime fighters across the world — then kicks in.

Joined by seven more cops, they all dance to a series of different songs — including Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop The Feeling."Their grand finale came with this seriously head spinning move:

James Whitaker, New Zealand Police's national manager of brand and engagement, said the surprise routine was "met by a standing ovation" and "proved a hit with the youth in the audience."

"Our performance allowed us to positively engage with youth who were present and let aspiring recruits know that all sorts of people work at NZ Police, including people with a love of hip hop music and dance," he added, via a statement.

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Submission + - This 22-Year-Old Started A Fashion Line To Fight Human (huffingtonpost.com)

caipobece writes: Human trafficking is a global problem affecting thousands of men, women, and children each year.

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Submission + - A Massive Splash Of Paint Will Turn Hurricane-Ravaged (huffingtonpost.com)

caipobece writes: Four years ago, Hurricane Sandy ripped through Rockaway Beach in New York, leaving individuals in southern Queens to clean up after a superstorm that damaged homes, businesses and civic landmarks all along the shoreline.

This summer, an artist from Berlin, Germany, is doing her small part to remind people in and outside of New York City that the destruction still looms large.

Beginning on July 4, Katharina Grosse's contribution to MoMA PS1's"Rockaway!" series will be on view for beachgoers visiting Fort Tilden,a former United States Army installation on the Rockaway Peninsula. Then and there, patrons will be able to feast their eyes on a dilapidated building transformed by the power of spray paint.

Grosse's Rockaway work is reminiscent of her homage to Hurricane Katrina in 2008, when she spray-painted a damaged home in the Lower Ninth Ward with wildly bold splashes of orange and yellow. This year, she set her sights on a beach house marked for demolition near Fort Tilden, an area soon to be razed and restored with wind-stopping dunes and beach flora.

According to a rendering by Klaus Biesenbach, director at MoMA PS1, Grosse's house (once an aquatics building) will be spray-painted pink and orange in a display that resembles a massive, bleeding sunset.

#katharinagrosse #forttilden #momaps1 @rockaway_artists_alliance @bloombergdotorg #bloombergphilanthropies @nationalparkservice #nps @nycparks #jamaicabayrockawayparksconservancy @centralparknyc #centralparkconservancy @themuseumofmodernart learning about the demolition of the aquatics buildings in ft tilden is both a bit saddening and also a challenging inspiration to do something with the buildings before they are gone. moma ps1 invited the artist katharina grosse to develop a site-specific work of art that will use the architecture and the landscape as her canvas and will one last time emphasize the fragile beauty of the rockaways before the aquatics buildings will make place for protective dunes and the restoration of the natural beach front vegetation and habitat. here pictured is a a rendering by the artist which is very different from what the actual work being realized in summer will be. we worked with the artist in a way that this rendering is clearly recognizable as a rendering with big brush strokes so that it is clear that applying the paint onsite outdoors will follow its own rules.

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"Here's a very beautiful found object," Biesenbach explained to The New York Times. "It has history as being a military fortress, as being ecologically changed because of the hurricane. Now it's being restored to its natural habitat."

The National Park Service, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and the Rockaway Artists Alliance have partnered with MoMA PS1 to make this work happen. After the exhibition, conceived of by Biesenbach and Rockaway resident Patti Smith, the aquatics building will be demolished by the park service as part of its Hurricane Sandy recovery program,The Times reports.

See more of the yet-to-be-painted structure, which will be on view in full color from July 4 until Thanksgiving, below:

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Submission + - SPAM: \'Deadpool\' Is About To Break A Huge Box Office Record

caipobece writes: Congrats, Ryan Reynolds. You are officially a blockbuster star.

New superhero film "Deadpool," which debuted Friday, is in serious contention to beat the record for biggest President\'s Day box office opening — which last year\'s "Fifty Shades of Grey" currently holds. According to Variety, "Deadpool" looks likely to surpass its once predicted $70 million four-day weekend opening, with current estimates at $130 million. "Fifty Shades of Grey" brought in $93 million.

In a recent interview, Reynolds opened up about another way the franchise could prove to be groundbreaking. He added his voice to the many fans calling for his character, who is pansexual in the original comic, to date a man in future films.

"I love that about Deadpool," Reynolds told Variety. "I love that he can break any boundary. In the future, I hope we get to do that more."

"I certainly wouldn\'t be the guy standing in the way of that,"he said. "That would be great."

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Submission + - SPAM: 10 Steps to Reclaiming Your Childlike Wonder This Christmas

caipobece writes: Nothing drains the wonder of Christmas like mall parking lots, a melting bank account, saying "yes" to too many obligations and "no" to our kids every 6.5 seconds.

Christmas as an adult often lacks the visceral joy abundant in childhood. Many of us lose that lightness in the chest, watering in the mouth, rosy-ing of the cheeks, pepping of the step, and enjoyable anticipation in the gut as the years tick away on our biological clock. Here\'s hoping "they" figure out how to bottle that cocktail of feelings and infuse it into the cider.

I\'m talking to you Santa.

In the meantime, let\'s figure out how to steer our holiday actions down a lane paved with opportunities to evoke the childlike-holiday-wonder that fizzled out around the time our teenage hormones bubbled up.

These activities are not just for your kids — step into the experience and reclaim your childlike wonder.

1. Write a List for Santa. But, only non-material wishes, dreams, and goals. Then, mail it out to the Universe, or God, or Buddha, or whomever you honor as your higher power. Believe that come Christmas morning all the cogs of your wishes are beginning to turn. So much better than a plastic dollhouse you\'ll only use for two weeks.

2. Try Something New. Shake it up. Volunteer at a shelter or soup kitchen, try a winter sport that has always scared you, make a wonderfully ugly sweater and go to that party, or take your own picture with Santa after the kids get a turn. If the thought of the action fills you with equal parts discomfort and excitement, you should definitely do it.

3. Have a Christmas Tree Lane Date Night. Find your local "Christmas Tree Lane," grab a thermos of hot cocoa, and take a slow walk down the street with your honey. The true purpose of the lights of Christmas is to evoke a feeling of magic, wonder, and appreciation (for the brave souls who hung the lights.) You\'re never too busy to be awe struck (and make out with your partner under some of the most flattering lighting imaginable.)

4. Become a Caroler. Join a local caroler group, or, start your own! Gather a group of gutsy friends, practice your favorite holiday (easy) tunes, put on those Christmas sweaters, loosen up the vocal chords with spiked eggnog and get out there!

5. Make Homemade Ornaments. Remember God\'s Eyes? Religious or not, that nifty concoction of Popsicle sticks and yarn is just divine. And get out the glitter and glue, because why not. And don\'t forget to make a few paper snowflakes.

6. Decorate Your Own Cookies for Santa. For many children, one of the greatest joys of Christmas is the jolly man that can magically fit down the chimney, with his bottomless bag of toys. Throw your inner child a bone and put out your own cookies for ole Saint Nick. And then...

7. Ask Santa to Put a Gift Out For You. Have your partner, best friend, or mom leave out your best gift so you see the present in all its glory as you round the corner Christmas morning. And make sure they take a few bites out of your Santa cookies.

8. Do Less, Play More. Go sledding! Build a snowman. Be silly and merry. Leave your self-consciousness at the door. Buy (and wear!) an adult Christmas onesie. Make reindeer gingerbread pancakes. Stay in bed until noon, doing the following...

9. Watch the Oldies But Goodies. Seek out your favorite childhood Christmas movies and treat yourself to a marathon.

Here are a few to get you started:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (a la 1964.)

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (a la awesome.)

A Muppet Christmas Carol (Muppets are always a good idea.)

White Christmas (no Christmas is complete without Bing Crosby.)

Christmas Family Vacation (a good reminder to check your tree for squirrels.)

10. Just Believe. Make a conscious decision to once again believe in miracles, in elves, in magic, in reindeers, in human compassion, in a time traveling sleigh, in world peace, in yourself.

Believe in your ability to choose your emotional state. Believe in your ability to bring back the magic. Believe in your ability to live in joy this holiday season, and every day thereafter.

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Submission + - Tech Companies Step In To Help After Paris Attacks (huffingtonpost.com)

caipobece writes: Droves of companies paid tributethis weekend to the victims of the attacks in Paris,brandishing their websites and social media profiles with the blue, white and red of the French flag. Chief executives offered wordsof support.

But a few companies — namely tech firms with vast international social networks --stepped in to help amid the upheaval caused by the Friday string of mass shootings and suicide bombings that left 132 deadand 349 injured.

Home-renting service Airbnb — which has its largest market in Paris — urged hosts to house victims and those stranded by delays for free. The company created a site where people can request places to stay and hosts can offer space for no charge. By Sunday afternoon, 19 pages of listings were available.

"If you are able, we hope you will strongly consider helping those who are in need by making your listing available at little or no cost," the company wrote in an email to users on Saturday.

Airbnb also enabled a feature allowing hosts to extend an existing guest\'s visit free of charge.

Facebook activated its Safety Check tool, allowing people to alert friends that they are safe in the aftermath of the attacks. Until Friday, the feature had only been available during natural disasters.It was first activatedlast October after the deadly earthquake in Nepal.

Still, the move took heat from critics who said debuting the feature for the attacks in Paris — but not after the twin suicide blasts that killed more than 40 people in Beirut on Thursday — demonstrates a higher value placed on lives of people in Western countries.

"You are right that there are many other important conflicts in the world," CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post addressing the criticism. "We care about all people equally, and we will work hard to help people suffering in as many of these situations as we can."

Skype and its Google-owned rival Hangouts, which charge money to make calls to phone numbers, both made all calls to France free.

Even small companies rallied to help victims.

In Boston, where memories of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing are fresh, companies in the city\'s burgeoning tech industry started a fundraiser with a goal of $10,000.

"Boston tech helped heal a tragic event with the marathon bombing, and in the process received amazing international support from our brothers and sisters in the EU. Let\'s reciprocate their gifts of friendship and humanity," Phil Beauregard, founder of the software startup Objective Logistics, wrote on the fundraising page. "Let\'s let the world know we all stand united against cowardice and treachery. Most importantly, let\'s help those affected by this despicable event with our financial support."
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Submission + - This Home's Disney Villains Light Show Just Won Halloween (huffingtonpost.com)

caipobece writes: Some houses give out Halloween candy.Others givemind-blowing Halloween light shows.

Tom BetGeorge of Tracy, California has been outfitting his home with coordinated holiday lights and music for the past three years. But his first crack at a Halloween show-- the bone-chilling mashup of Disney villain theme songsyou see above — is one of the most incredible we've ever seen.

BetGeorge used over 70,000 LED lights, which cost only about $100 to run for the whole season, he said on his YouTube channel.

If you're in Tracy, California, stop by the house from now through Halloween to witness the light show in person. On Oct. 31, the show will raise funds for a local homeless empowerment program.

Yup, even villains can do good.

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Submission + - Satirical Video Highlights How White And Male Dominated Hollywood Truly Is (huffingtonpost.com)

caipobece writes: These days, it's easier than ever to make a blockbuster film, according to filmmaker Patrick Willems. That is, if you're a white male.

Willems, who is a white man, offers step-by-step video to becoming a star director in the video above. Prerequisites include passing a "white male check" and exploiting a "tortured" screenwriter in film school to write scripts. And when it's time to make an indie film, the narrator reminds us, "Just make sure it appeals to white people and includes the key ingredients: a heterosexual romance and a genre movie element."

Then, as proposed in the video, wait for a call from Hollywood and voila! You're in the big leagues.

As for women, people of color and other marginalized communities, landing these big positions in Hollywood is far more difficult. UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies report points out just a few reasons why in its 2015 Diversity in Hollywood report.

“Because of the high risk associated with the typical project — most new television shows fail, most films underperform — individual stakeholders in the industry (typically white and male) look to surround themselves with other individuals with whom they feel comfortable, with whom they feel they have the best prospects for producing a successful project,” the authors of the report wrote. “These latter individuals, of course, tend to think and look like the former, thereby reproducing an industry culture that routinely devalues the talent of minorities and women.”

Though diversity has seen a few victories in Hollywood lately, the 5-step model in this satirical video still, sadly, the most effective method.

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Submission + - Anne Hathaway Admits It Was Hard 'To Be Taken Seriously' After 'Princess Diaries (huffingtonpost.com)

caipobece writes: Anne Hathaway has been heralded for her ability to transform into everything from a Vogue assistant to a French Revolution-era prostitute to Catwoman, but it was a fear of being typecast after the mega-success of her debut film, 2001's "The Princess Diaries," that inspired the actress to explore such a variety of roles, she told HuffPost Live in a conversation on Tuesday.

"'The Princess Diaries' was so cool in so many ways, because it was a great first job — it was a big hit — but at the same time, it was a hard thing to be like, 'Robert Rodriguez, I swear I can do one of your movies!'" Hathaway said. "It was hard to get into rooms to be taken seriously for roles that weren't princesses, so I think partially that was why I've tried to have as big a range as I have."

The Academy Award-winner, who currently stars in "The Intern," said her success as an actress has been "such a lovely surprise."

"I've worked very hard for it, but I'm so surprised that it's going as well as it is," she added.

Watch more from Anne Hathaway's conversation with HuffPost Live here.

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Submission + - SPAM: Don\'t Confuse 75th Annual National Folk Festival Headliner Dale Watson\'s Music

caipobece writes: Fans of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Sturgill Simpson are in for a treat at this weekend\'s 75th annual National Folk Festival being held for the first time in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina.

The free outdoor event features performances and demonstrations on seven outdoor stages by more than 30-plus groups of the nation\'s craftspeople, dancers and musicians, including headliner country music maverick Dale Watson, who is set to perform his unique mix of Texas swing, rockabilly and honky tonk tunes for the first time in the Piedmont Triad tonight, Saturday and twice on Sunday afternoon. Other headliners include Greensboro native Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Chicago native and gospel R&B legend Mavis Staples.

But don\'t confuse Watson\'s music with the music Nashville is trying to sell as country today.

"You can easily guess who my influences are listening to my music," he said in a recent phone interview. "Today\'s country influences come from boy bands. They have more in common with Madonna."

Back in 1995, Watson recorded a song bemoaning the state of modern country music. "I\'m too country now for country," he declared and that hasn\'t changed. Listen to his newest album, "Call Me Insane," and you\'ll find Watson\'s aversion to mainstream country may be even stronger today than it was 20 years ago. Instead he calls his brand of music "Ameripolitan" as opposed to "alt-country" or Americana, which is too broad and doesn\'t really mean anything these days except that you are playing music in America.

Following are a few questions with the Austin Music Hall of Fame member about the National Folk Festival, the meaning of "Ameripolitan" and which former late-night talk show host is a fan.

Why do you think the National Folk Festival invited you to perform?

"I think we fit in for the simple reason of the type of music we do. Twenty or 30 years ago the type of music we do would have been called country, but you can\'t call us country by today\'s standards. You can easily guess who my influences are listening to my music."

What exactly is "Ameripolitan" music?
"If I am at a truck stop and I say, Ameripolitan, that\'s good. I used to say country music and then I would have to qualify what it\'s NOT what you\'re thinking. And if you say it\'s a retro thing then it\'s automatically dismissed as old. A good comparison is we\'re building a house and we\'re using a hammer. Just because we\'re not using new tools, doesn\'t mean it\'s not a new house. But it will probably stand up better. Ameripolitan is original music with prominent roots that start with Jimmy Rodgers, Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb."

Why did you want to participate in the 75th annual National Folk Festival?

"I think the folk festival focuses on the musical fabric of our nation and what derived from Africa and other countries. Ameripolitan certainly fits in that because of the roots element. I am not comparing myself to Hank Williams, but my music is a natural extension. We fit because our influences fit."

Why should festival attendees come out to see you?

"I think the most common comment I get is this reminds me of music my dad listened to and I heard growing up. People like David Letterman like it. We are also attracting a lot of younger fans. I hope people will come and hear us to learn that country music is alive and well as Ameripolitan music."

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Submission + - Andrew Lohse's Memoir About Frat Life At Dartmouth Might Become A Movie (huffingtonpost.com)

caipobece writes: The memoir about binge drinking, hazing and cocaine use at a Dartmouth College fraternity might become a movie.

Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy, by Andrew Lohse, details a life as a brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at Dartmouth. Lohse became nationally-known when he went public in 2012about alleged hazing and drug usetaking place in his SAE chapter, following it up in 2014 with a memoir about his experience.

The Abrams Artist Agency, which represents Lohse, announced on Friday that Marty Adelstein of Tomorrow ITV Studios had acquired the film and television rights to Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy, and it would likely be adapted for screen soon.

Deadlinefirst reported the deal.

Tomorrow ITV Studiosis relatively new, and is a scripted studio under the umbrella of ITV Studios US Group, according to Deadline. Its first major projectwas about the Charles Manson murders, "Aquarius," starring David Duchovny, and aired this summer on NBC."Hell's Kitchen," "#RichKids Of Beverly Hills" and "Barmageddon" are among ITV Studios' reality TV programs.

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Submission + - Workshops Are Connecting Community Leaders In Conflict Zones With Tech Solutions (huffingtonpost.com)

caipobece writes: It is an image youd more likely envision taking place somewhere in San Francisco or Seattle — groups of people coming together to share tech knowledge and ambitious, peaceful visions for the communities they live in. But this time its taking place in Basra, Iraq.

Basra is just one of the places where the Washington, D.C.-based, government-fundedUnited States Institute of Peaceis hosting workshops, called PeaceTech Exchanges,through its PeaceTech Lab. The exchanges are intended to connect community peace builders in conflict zones — activists, civic leaders and even government officials — with accessible tech platforms and like-minded partners who can help them transform their ideas into reality.

So far, the exchanges, which began in 2013, have taken place in Iraq, Burma, Pakistan, India, Turkey and Uganda. Future events are planned in Afghanistan.

In addition to providing a space for ideas to take shape, the organization offers "micro-awards" of financial backing for some of the projects that originatethere.

One product of the events isa Crowdmap tracking incidentswhere journalists have been targeted with violence in the nation that can help them identify areas they could be in danger. Additions, after being verified, can be made to the platform anonymously and can be done via a text message or email or directly through the website or app.

That map, Fast Company reports, was the product of a collaborationbetween Ibrahim Alsragey, the Iraqi Journalists Rights Defense Associations director, and Mexican reporter Jorge Luis Sierra. The two met at a workshopin Erbil and worked together to use the Ushahidi-developed Crowdmap platform that Sierra had previously used to track violence against journalists in Mexico.

Another project that received a micro-award was an e-advocacy campaign led by The Anwar Humane and Independent Organizationto share a video report, with the general public as well as government officials, on the conditions public school students face in Basra. The goal of the campaign is to reduce incidents of violence inflicted by teachers on students.

In PeaceTech's first Basra exchange, Iraqi journalist Tahseen Alzrikiny was introduced to a citizen-journalism app that he later used in a story about local farmers. That piecewon a Free Press Unlimited award.

Brian Forde, director of digital currency at the MIT Media Lab, recently observed other ideas flowing at a PeaceTech Exchange workshop in Basra. According to a blog post published on the World Economic Forum website Tuesday, Forde watched two women building a wireless robotic arm and spoke with an aspiring entrepreneurs business plan to create an artificial-intelligence editor to help journalists verify information with greater accuracy. He was impressed.

This is the Iraq we can also talk about and cover, Forde wrote. 3D-printing, bitcoin, start-ups and open government could be the next story of this country. The Iraq I witnessed left me hopeful and inspired.

The idea, PeaceTech Lab President and CEO Sheldon Himelfarb explained in a HuffPost blog, is to democratize peace-building effortsby inviting radical collaboration and silo-busting just as much as innovation and entrepreneurship in working toward creating a less violent world.

Beyond the exchanges, PeaceTech Lab is using the skills of aspiring engineers to help address the concerns of conflict zones throughout the world and has partnered with Drexel Universityto offer online courses on peace tech to students beginning this fall.

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Submission + - Kim Kardashian for President! (huffingtonpost.com)

caipobece writes: When my son asked about the participants in the Republican Debate, the word to describe them escaped me.

I couldn't get past "contestants." What I was looking for was "candidates" but in that moment I couldn't grasp it. "Contestants" popped into my head and wouldn't let go.

The truth is, they are contestants at this point. It's not about politics, at least not the politics I learned about in school. It's politics as entertainment. But not high-brow, intellectual Oscar-worthy entertainment. It's more of the Jerry Springer/Geraldo Rivera trash-talking spectacle.

Of course, Donald Trump is head and shoulders above everyone else. He's not a politician. He's a reality TV star and has real life experience on how to play the media game, how to score headlines, and how to beat up those in his path by using innuendo and bullying tactics.

Between insulting immigrants, women, prisoners of war, and political reporters, making sexual allegations about the former Secretary of State, second-guessing the current administration, and so much more, he has monopolized more than his fair share of the media hype, but hasn't talked about actual policy. Or politics at all.

Because, in this reality-TV world, who cares about global warming or rape culture or police brutality or gun control or racism or terrorism or the European Union or alternatives to oil if you have a thriving Twitter following?

His tag line "You're Fired" seems to have assured his fans that he is authoritative, decisive, in control, commanding. But folks, that's a scripted TV show. You can't tell a corrupt dictator in Africa he's "fired" or fix a country teetering on the edge of bankruptcy by suggesting they market some ridiculous product well.

While Donald Trump, as a non-politician, could be seen as the bottom rung in this current group of Republican candidates, it's challenging to find any who have demonstrated the abilities to use diplomacy and wield power in a presidential manner. Plus, this choice is not for a future husband of the latest Bachelorette, nor who might survive the wrath of Heidi Klum, but is to determine who will, essentially, run the free world for the next four years. Perhaps the American public has missed this very important point. However, as this is the road the country seems to be taking...

I want to suggest Kim Kardashian throw her hat in the ring. It doesn't matter what her politics are because they don't count anymore. She's famous. She's got countless fans who would vote for her. She always poised and polished. She can play the media game better than anyone and that's what politics is about these days.

Her presidential fashion and styling could launch an entire job market.

Her attention to any topic at all would control media cycles.

Her selfies alone with foreign dignitaries would garner millions of likes.

And Kanye West as the First Gentleman?

Maybe Taylor Swift could be her running mate.

Kim Kardashian for President.
Reality for America

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Submission + - SPAM: Kevin Bacon: My Life In 10 Movies

caipobece writes: 'Cop Car' star on 'Spinal Tap,' 'Last Waltz' and the movie that made him become an actor

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