“To the people taking my life, May God have mercy on your souls, may God bless your souls. To the McHale family; I am not responsible for what happened that night. I did not have a gun. I did not kill your son, brother, father. I am innocent.”
Troy Davis’ last words

May his soul rest in Peace.

Andy Samberg takes the stage at Facebook’s F8 event as Mark Zuckerberg.

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 Lindsay Lohan @ V Magazine’s Black & White Ball in New York, September 14, 2011

Burberry’s Tweetwalk rocked: looks premiered on Twitter before the runway, and it worked. Bigtime. More at Mashable.

A meat processor in Victoria, Australia, is telling ABC that recently released undercover video of meat industry practices have caused their sales to severely drop.

The processor reports a drop of 15-20% in sales since undercover videos of Australia’s live cattle export industry surfaced. The videos show widespread abuse of Australian cattle exported to Indonesia for slaughter. Workers in Indonesian slaughterhouses were following “standard operating procedures” when they were caught tying cattle with crude ropes and slitting their throats while they flop on the ground.

These images have disturbed Australians and many are reducing the amount of meat they consume. Amazingly, the 15-20% decrease accounts not only for beef but for other meats like lamb. Meat processor, Robert Radford, calls the dropping Australian meat sales a “real tragedy for our industry.”

The real tragedy is that consumers are deliberately kept in the dark so they’ll continue to purchase an unethical product. When people have the facts and are able to make informed choices, it is a triumph.

Next time you spot a beetle and someone says “so what it’s just a harmless beetle” show them this video and then run screaming into the night forever.

“That skinny guy from all the teen comedies” DJ Qualls took to Twitter today to complain about a beating he allegedly sustained at the hands of a Vancouver police officer.

According to Qualls, he was witness to a street fight and attempted to provide the arresting officer with information on the attackers when he was tackled and handcuffed. “I was handcuffed and bleeding while the cop kept saying to me, ‘you think you’re f*cking better than me?,” Qualls recounted.

The actor says he suffered multiple injuries and had to visit the ER, from which he was later discharged with an $800 medical bill. “Free healthcare, Canada?,” the Dobby lookalike quipped.

When Twitter users pointed out to Qualls that he was not Canadian and therefore not entitled to free healthcare, he retorted: “I know Im not Canadian. I do pay taxes here, When my civil rights are violated and I am injured, should I pay for that? Would u?”

Asked to clarify the comment about paying taxes, Qualls, who is in town on movie-related business, said “when I work here, I pay taxes to the Canadian government.”

Qualls says his “tiny penis got injured,” and is looking for the offending officer and Vancouver PD to foot the ER bill. Vancouver PD responded via Twitter to say the incident was being investigated.

West Hollywood is officially the first city in the country to ban the sale of fur.

The West Hollywood City Council has voted unanimously to ban the sale of fur within city limits. Any store caught selling fur products after the ban is in place will be hit with a serious fine. The City Council will meet in two weeks to work out enforcement procedures and a ban start date.

The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce intends to battle the ban, telling press, “We feel it’s unconstitutional.” The Chamber worries about the effect the ban may have on the local economy. Forty-seven percent of all clothing retailers in West Hollywood sell fur and 7 percent of those say they would move out of town if the ban passed.

Fur, especially in warm Southern California, doesn’t seem like a major customer draw. To top it off, a survey earlier this year found that nearly 95 percent of people “refuse” to wear real fur. It might be time for these folks to get into a different business altogether.

Banning the sale of fur sends a strong message to consumers that they should be concerned about how fur products are produced. Whether it hurts the economy or not, in the end, banning fur is right thing to do.

In the early hours of this morning, after a torturous delay of more than 4 hours, the state of Georgia executed Troy Anthony Davis by lethal injection. Despite the serious doubts about his guilt. Despite millions calling on Georgia to reconsider.

Write a message of solidarity to Troy’s family

Like you, I am not only sad but outraged that this has happened. I was there last night with hundreds of others at a vigil outside the US embassy. We continued to hope, right up until the last moment, that those with the power to do so would wake up and prevent this injustice. They did not

Today, Georgia didn’t just kill Troy Davis, they killed the faith and confidence of Georgians, Americans and Troy Davis supporters worldwide in the US criminal justice system. 

Troy wanted to deliver this message back to you:

“The struggle for justice doesn’t end with me. This struggle is for all the Troy Davises who came before me and all the ones who will come after me. I’m in good spirits and I’m prayerful and at peace.” Troy Davis

Soon we will channel all the outrage we’re feeling into redoubling our efforts for all the other Troy Davises. But today, we simply stand in solidarity with Troy’s family on this darkest of days. Send a message to Troy’s family now

You must know that your support has been a huge comfort to Troy and his family. Thank you for everything you have done. 

I am Troy Davis. You are Troy Davis. We will not stop fighting for justice.

Although I cannot see your face / As you flip these poems awhile / Somewhere from some far-off place / I hear you laughing—and I smile.

(by bisousmonamour)

(166/365)-Slipping away (by annak.williams)

This is love, she thought, isn’t it? When you notice someone’s absence and hate that absence more than anything? More, even, than you love his presence?

This time, the time machine took me back to the right place.
This time, I ran outside and and nearly grabbed myself before I walked out that door to kiss you for the first time.
But this time, another me stopped me, before I could stop me, and said
“The only thing worse than missing someone, is wondering what there was to miss.”
This time, I sat down with me, and we drank and we spoke about how different things could’ve been. For me. And for me.
Later, I still kissed you for the first time. This time.

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I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

When we’re incomplete, we’re always searching for somebody to complete us. When, after a few years or a few months of a relationship, we find that we’re still unfulfilled, we blame our partners and take up with somebody more promising. This can go on and on—series polygamy—until we admit that while a partner can add sweet dimensions to our lives, we, each of us, are responsible for our own fulfillment. Nobody else can provide it for us, and to believe otherwise is to delude ourselves dangerously and to program for eventual failure every relationship we enter.

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and HIM. It was never between you and them anyway.” ― Mother Teresa

I understand how people feel when they see their ex with someone else.

I feel the same way when I see the pizza guy at someone else’s house.

Kate Moss and Jamie Hince

“Statistically, the probability of any one of us being here is so small that the mere fact of our existence should keep us all in a state of contented dazzlement.”

Lewis Thomas

Details at Mary Katrantzou Spring 2012 Collection

If you want to spot me, my apartment is on Rue du Platre. I’m usually shaking my ass in the window. Come say Hi. — Snejana Onopka

Snejana: ‘hmmm I’m so perfect God sent me to show you how to walk’

Gemma: ‘I didn’t send anyone’

Issey Miyake Spring 1994

Adina FohlinNatalia VodianovaAi Tominaga

Alexander McQueen Fall 2003 “Scanners”

This collection is called Scanners. The invitations to this particular collection were brain scans, and the brain scans were actually of McQueen’s own brain scans when he was born. And the actual set was inspired by an Antarctic tundra. Above the tundra, two models were shown struggling against the wind. One of them was wearing a white parachute, and one we see here was wearing an oversized kimono. The elements featured very highly in McQueen’s collections and in his runway presentations. The wind was just another manifestation of McQueen’s deep engagement with nature and the natural environment.

Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 1998 “Joan

This collection was called Joan. McQueen didn’t really have muses. He was often inspired by women throughout history—people like Catherine the Great, Marie Antoinette, and in this case Joan of Arc. He liked women who he called “doomed women.”

The finale of this particular collection involved a woman walking down the runway styled like molten ash that has solidified. And at the end of it, she had centered herself on the catwalk and a ring of fire sprung up around her. The collection itself had many references to Joan of Arc—garments that were made out of chainmail, but also garments inspired by menswear. Joan of Arc was famous for contravening the conventions of gender in her dress.

McQueen rarely used supermodels, beyond Kate Moss. He preferred models who were not that well known, or if they were, he liked disguising their features on the runway with treatments that in a way obliterated their identities. So this particular piece is quite typical of McQueen in terms of the fact that it is covering her face. We are totally unaware of who the actual model is. He did really want the artist to focus more on the artistry of the clothes, rather than the identity of the model.

Alexander McQueen Fall 2006 Widows of Culloden

This hologram of Kate Moss was the finale to the collection Widows of Culloden, and this was an example of a collection that was profoundly autobiographical. Widows of Culloden referred to the last battle of the Jacobite Risings between the Scotts and the Brits and referenced McQueen’s Scottish heritage.

What was interesting about this particular ending was that it references a nineteenth-century practice called “Pepper’s ghost,” a device that gives the illusion of a spirit, often used in séances in the nineteenth century. And his choice of model here is interesting. He chose Kate Moss at a time when major design companies were dropping her because of the cocaine scandal, which McQueen always felt was deeply hypocritical. So his choice was political. Part of McQueen’s interest in Scottish history, beyond his own Scottish legacy, was the fact that he always reacted against romantic images of Scotland, which were all about tartan or haggis. When he did reference his Scottish heritage, it usually was in relationship to its turbulent political history.

The worst thing you can try to do is cling to something that is gone, or to recreate it.

“So that’s the best advice that I could give - just keep moving forward and don’t give a shit about what anybody thinks. You know, just keep moving forward and do what you have to do, for you.”

“So I sent an email to 7 of my friends, including Sarah, and I said, ‘Does anyone want to go see ‘Lost in Translation’ tonight?’ and then I sent an email immediately afterwards to the 6 of my friends who weren’t Sarah and I said, ‘NOT YOU.’”

John Green, on how he asked out his wife for the first time.

RYAN Gosling had “two of the greatest girlfriends of all time” in Sandra Bullock and Rachel McAdams.

The Drive actor — who dated Sandra for a year until 2003 and saw his two-year romance with Rachel end in 2007 — is currently too focused on his career to date and says he hasn’t found anyone who could “top” the romance he had with his former flames.

“There’s interest but I’m in a committed relationship with film. I’m giving as much to it as a marriage,” he said.

“I had two of the greatest girlfriends of all time. I haven’t met anybody who could top them.”

Ryan believes both relationships ended because both he and his girlfriends work in Hollywood.

“Showbusiness is the bad guy. When both people are in showbusiness it’s too much showbusiness. It takes all of the light, so nothing else can grow,” he said.

The 30-year-old star also admitted he would love to have children and will happily give up his movie career when the time comes to start a family.

“I’d like to be making babies but I’m not, so I’m making movies. When someone comes along I don’t think I’ll be able to do both and I’m fine with that. I’ll make movies until I make babies. I have no idea when the handover will happen,” he said.

It has just been announced that Apple will rollout their new iPhone 5 on October 4th with a huge media event led by new CEO Tim Cook.
While Apple could certainly change its plans anytime, sources said that the Oct. 4 date has been selected by the company to showcase the iPhone 5. Sources added that the plan is now to make the new device available for purchase within a few weeks after the announcement.And while the iPhone 5 is a much-anticipated handset, the event itself has a lot more importance for Apple than many previous ones.

It has just been announced that Apple will rollout their new iPhone 5 on October 4th with a huge media event led by new CEO Tim Cook.

While Apple could certainly change its plans anytime, sources said that the Oct. 4 date has been selected by the company to showcase the iPhone 5. Sources added that the plan is now to make the new device available for purchase within a few weeks after the announcement.
And while the iPhone 5 is a much-anticipated handset, the event itself has a lot more importance for Apple than many previous ones.

Butterball has announced that high production costs are forcing them to close their massive turkey processing plant in Colorado by the end of 2011.

The America’s largest turkey producer says business just isn’t what it used to be. The cost of producing turkey is significantly reducing Butterball’s profits and rising grain prices are partly to blame. The increasing price of soymeal costs Butterball $65 million more every year and the company hopes that closing the Colorado plant will prevent more plant closures around the country.

Grain prices are bad but Butterball’s image is worse.  In 2006, investigators caught Butterball workers on camera jumping on birds until they popped and their insides came out of their rectums.  Along with high grain prices, paying PR staff to field inquires about the extreme abuses at Butterball facilities no doubt added to the overall cost of the product as well.

The Longmont, Colorado turkey plant is one of the largest in the nation and employs 350 people.  The facility is one-of-six Butterball plants in the US and there is no telling whether this measure will save the company or just slow their eventual collapse from ever increasing production costs.

Folks on the “Turkey Talk” line should be worried.

Gay World War II vet Jack Strouss, one of 200 members and supporters of American Veterans for Equal Rights who gathered yesterday at Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, had a few choice words for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on the eve of its formal repeal.

“I actually never thought I’d live long enough to this day,” the 88-year-old told the crowd, “but here it is. And, in a firm voice, I would just like to say, about ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’: good riddance!”

After over 30 years and 15 studio albums, the legendary rock band R.E.M. has called it quits.

The following announcement was posted to the band’s official site this morning:

To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.

On his personal Tumblr blog, lead singer Michael Stipe wrote: THANKS PETER, MIKE, BILL, BERTIS AND EVERYONE WHO WAS EVER THERE, WHAT AN ADVENTURE!!!  XXX MICHAEL.”

The reason I will never buy an eReader:

This truly breaks my heart

I pledge to read the printed word

These pictures hurt my heart. </3

Rest in Peace

Bullied Teen Who Made “It Gets Better” Video Commits Suicide

This morning we celebrated the end of one form of discrimination with the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” but sadly we’re ending the day with a reminder that kids are still suffering terrible harassment for being gay. This weekend, just a few months after he filmed a video for the “It Gets Better” project, 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer of Buffalo, NY was found dead from an apparent suicide. Earlier this month he blogged, “I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. What do I have to do so people will listen to me?”

The Buffalo News reports that there were many people trying to help Jamey, but apparently it still wasn’t enough. His mother says he’d been questioning his sexuality for some time, and his classmates had been harassing him for years. Tracy Rodemeyer says her son, “Has had issues since fifth grade. He had suicidal tendencies back then.” Things got particularly bad a year ago when he created a Formspring account and started receiving hateful messages:


Another read: “I wouldn’t care if you died. No one would. So just do it 🙂 It would make everyone WAY more happier!”

The messages were reported to guidance counselors at his middle school, and Jamey was seeing a social worker and therapist.

Tracy says, “We sat him down multiple times and said, ‘What’s going on?’” but Jamey would always say he was fine. His parents believed he’d been dealing with the bullying better since starting high school, and he seemed upbeat when the family went camping over the weekend. Then early on Sunday morning, he made two final posts to his Tumblr, one about wanting to see his late great-grandmother, and another that thanked Lady Gaga. Later that day he was found dead outside his family’s home.

Jamey is the second Williamsville North High School student to commit suicide this year, but school officials say they did all they could. Dale Bauer, a licensed school social worker and clinical social worker at Williamsville, says the school offers some counseling, but isn’t a mental health clinic. “The school can offer these services, but we can’t force students to partake of them, and we’re only one piece of the puzzle,” she says. “It’s really a question of us all working together.”

It isn’t clear what, if anything, was being done to stop the students who were tormenting Jamey. In a post responding to news of the Jamey’s death, Dan Savage says that those who bullied him, “need to be held to account-not bullied themselves, not prosecuted or persecuted, but held to account-for their actions, for their hate, for the harm they’ve caused.” He adds:

The point of the “It Gets Better” project is to give kids like Jamey Rodemeyer hope for their futures. But sometimes hope isn’t enough. Sometimes the damage done by hate and by haters is simply too great. Sometimes the future seems too remote. And those are the times our hearts break.

Message from Troy Davis: ‘Never Stop Fighting For Justice’

Troy was found guilty of murdering a police officer 19 years ago, based upon the testimony of 9 witnesses. Today, 7 of those 9 have recanted their testimony entirely, and there are enormous problems with the testimony of the remaining 2 witness accounts. There is NO OTHER EVIDENCE. The murder weapon was never found. There is no DNA to test. Troy is scheduled to die by lethal injection on September 21, 2011.

A message from Troy Anthony Davis
September 10, 2011

To All:

I want to thank all of you for your efforts and dedication to Human Rights and Human Kindness, in the past year I have experienced such emotion, joy, sadness and never ending faith. It is because of all of you that I am alive today, as I look at my sister Martina I am marveled by the love she has for me and of course I worry about her and her health, but as she tells me she is the eldest and she will not back down from this fight to save my life and prove to the world that I am innocent of this terrible crime.

As I look at my mail from across the globe, from places I have never ever dreamed I would know about and people speaking languages and expressing cultures and religions I could only hope to one day see first hand. I am humbled by the emotion that fills my heart with overwhelming, overflowing Joy. I can’t even explain the insurgence of emotion I feel when I try to express the strength I draw from you all, it compounds my faith and it shows me yet again that this is not a case about the death penalty, this is not a case about Troy Davis, this is a case about Justice and the Human Spirit to see Justice prevail.

I cannot answer all of your letters but I do read them all, I cannot see you all but I can imagine your faces, I cannot hear you speak but your letters take me to the far reaches of the world, I cannot touch you physically but I feel your warmth everyday I exist.

So Thank you and remember I am in a place where execution can only destroy your physical form but because of my faith in God, my family and all of you I have been spiritually free for some time and no matter what happens in the days, weeks to come, this Movement to end the death penalty, to seek true justice, to expose a system that fails to protect the innocent must be accelerated. There are so many more Troy Davis’. This fight to end the death penalty is not won or lost through me but through our strength to move forward and save every innocent person in captivity around the globe. We need to dismantle this Unjust system city by city, state by state and country by country.

I can’t wait to Stand with you, no matter if that is in physical or spiritual form, I will one day be announcing,


Never Stop Fighting for Justice and We will Win!