1. Slow motion video of Stephanie’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge shot by friend Jeannette Elliot. Hilarious! 

  2. My partner, Coach Stephanie Wheeler, took the popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge today! We also donated money to the ALS Association to aid them in their important work and you can, too, here. (The ALS Association gets a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator.) 

    The first photo shows Stephanie giving an introduction for the video of the event. Three of her Fighting Illini wheelchair basketball student-athletes—Gail Gaeng, Olivia Morrison and Megan Blunk, were on hand to happily dump ice filled water on their coach. And, in the last photo Stephanie invites Illinois’s amazing wheelchair track coach, Adam Bleakney, to take the challenge next. 

    While this challenge has proved hugely popular in recent weeks, I’m aware that not all love the idea. We’re happy to take part, though, in a fun activity that has raised over $15 million dollars for the ALS Association. Especially since the idea seems to have started organically rather than dreamt up by one of the ALS charities for fundraising purposes (not that that would be bad, in my mind, but it’s even better this way). 

    Links you may find useful on this topic:

    Lorri Knox Carey, a woman living with ALS, takes the challenge. This is a must watch video!

    Lorri Knox Carey’s Kids4Cure page. 

    Here’s How the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Actually Started, an article by Time. 

    The ALS Association 

  3. humansofnewyork:

"We don’t like pictures like this. It is not good to deduce an entire country to the image of a person reaching out for food. It is not good for people to see us like this, and it is not good for us to see ourselves like this. This gives us no dignity. We don’t want to be shown as a country of people waiting for someone to bring us food. Congo has an incredible amount of farmland. An incredible amount of resources. Yes, we have a lot of problems. But food is not what we are reaching for. We need investment. We need the means to develop ourselves." 
(Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo)

    humansofnewyork:

    "We don’t like pictures like this. It is not good to deduce an entire country to the image of a person reaching out for food. It is not good for people to see us like this, and it is not good for us to see ourselves like this. This gives us no dignity. We don’t want to be shown as a country of people waiting for someone to bring us food. Congo has an incredible amount of farmland. An incredible amount of resources. Yes, we have a lot of problems. But food is not what we are reaching for. We need investment. We need the means to develop ourselves." 

    (Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo)

    Reblogged from: humansofnewyork
  4. The world isn’t being destroyed by democrats or republicans, red or blue, liberal or conservative, religious or atheist — the world is being destroyed by one side believing the other side is destroying the world. The world is being hurt and damaged by one group of people believing they’re truly better people than the others who think differently. The world officially ends when we let our beliefs conquer love. We must not let this happen.

    Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole (via apoplecticskeptic)

    This bleeds accuracy.

    (via shortformblog)

    I would encourage you to read the entire post. It is beautiful and full of truth. I will be saving this one.

    Reblogged from: pol102
  5. Safeguarding Truth in Photojournalism: Ami Vitale’s Survival Guide ← Ochre

    Ami finds the outright thievery, the disregard for original purpose, unnerving. “When you see the sort of irreverence … it’s just, it’s bizarre. I mean, that part is scary, just how people are so disconnected. They get on their computer and just don’t have any empathy. For anyone, you know?”

    And yet, she said, “we can’t just complain about the problems in the world and do nothing. … It’s your responsibility to make change, too.”

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