20 Pictures That Speak 1000 Words About Our Current Society



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Sometimes a picture can so perfectly get a point across, and every so often artists use this form of conveying a message to highlight some of the aspects of our society or our way of being to share a powerful message.

The following images speak 1000 words, but they also may invoke something deep within you. Sometimes a picture can put something into a completely different perspective and potentially make you see something that you didn’t already know. Pay attention to the following images and how they make you feel.

Do you agree with what they are portraying? Have you felt this way in your own life? What emotions get stirred up inside of you?

1. The Deceptive Leader’s True Colors Come Out Only After Election

2. Doing The Right Thing Only When Someone Is Watching

3. Knowledge Is More Powerful Than Money

4. Not Everyone Wants To Or Fits Into The Current System

5. It’s All Perspective

6. Ignorance Is Bliss

7. United We Stand, Divided We Fall

8. Some Sit On The Top While The Others Do All Of The Work

9. What Do You Do With The Time You Have Left?

10. Focus On Your Own Goals And Keep Digging

11. We Work So Hard For It To, What? Take It To The Grave?

12. People Will Try And Police Your Happiness

13. Feed Your Brain

14. Fighting For Peace?

15. Let Them Soar

16. Think More, Talk Less

 

17. Will Books Become Obsolete?  18. A Little Teamwork Goes A Long Way

19. Have We Forgotten What Gives Us Life?

20. What We Do Today Will Affect The Future Generations

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25+ Pictures That Remind Us That The World Isn’t All That Bad, It’s Beautiful!



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With all of the distractions, fake news, and fear-based tactics being thrown our way and flashed across our screens & feeds by the second, it’s no surprise many of us could be feeling rather hopeless for humanity. This is actually an important reflection point.

Mainstream news usually doesn’t do much to alleviate this feeling and they’re not known to give much airtime for praise, nor do they like to shine light on all of the good that IS occurring right in our backyards – by our neighbours, friends, family, or OURSELVES.

Our standard intake from the mainstream is that of politics, despair, fear & programming (as we are well aware of at this point), which only furthers the dismay of our current state of being as a collective.

But, just as with anything else – there is actually a ton of great things happening around the world!

However the case, there are still so many people out here, just like you, who truly wish to create change both within themselves and our world.

With that said, every now and then we need a gentle reminder of just how awesome we humans (and all others inhabiting this earth) can be.. this is a journalistic reminder to enjoy your day and have a laugh.

A lasting first impression:

Angels do exist:

When extinction gets an afterlife:

This could go on forever, and we don’t mind one bit:

The beauty of coming home:

Literal *tears*:

We’re all in this together:

Cat-lovers rejoice!

Grandmas mastering technology for the greater good:

Well, that’s catchy:

It’s the little things:

Magic is all around you, always:

These hamsters are the cutest:

Innocence is filled with love & intuition:

The main event:

Now THIS is beautiful:

When you’re committed, you support the vision:

Why so serious? Or not:

Community is everything:

That one friend that always has your back:

Keep positive, learning is a process to applaud:

When you’re innovative with your technique:

WOW!

Again, community is everything:

There are many people like them:

Save the kitties!

Sometimes you just have to scream with a stranger from joy:

And remember, if you can’t see the change – BE THE CHANGE.

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Marine Le Pen faces up to 3 years in PRISON after posting ISIS pictures on Twitter



 


Former French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen faces up to three years behind bars after she was charged for posting a series of violent ISIS images on Twitter in 2015. Now if nationalists were in power and they would do this to political opponents everyone would scream like pigs when they are sacrificed out of the top of their lungs “oppression of political opposition”, but now that they are doing this to nationalists… silence…. well one day nationalists will win and then wonder not why they will fill the jails with you leftist scumbags!

The 49-year-old leader of France’s far-right Front National has been charged over images she posted on the social media site showing gruesome atrocities allegedly carried out by the terror group.

She faces facing charges of circulating “violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity”, and that can be viewed by a minor.

The crime is punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of €75,000 (£66,000).

Ms Le Pen, long seen as the face of Europe’s anti-immigrant populism, posted three graphic images of purported Islamic State executions on Twitter in December 2015, including the beheading of American journalist James Foley.

The others showed a man being burnt alive, and another showed a man in an orange jumpsuit being driven over by a tank.

She captioned the images “Daesh is THIS”, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS, in response to a journalist comparing extremists and the French far right.

She posted them in the wake of the Paris terror attack in November 2015, accusing the government of not doing enough to protect France.

Her posts were greeted with considerable backlash and Mr Foley’s parents said they were “deeply disturbed” their son’s photograph was used.

Ms Le Pen later deleted the picture after a request from his family, saying she had been unaware of his identity.

Speaking to AFP, she said: “I am being charged for having condemned the horrors of Daesh. In other countries this would have earned me a medal.”

Ms Le Pen has previously denounced the investigation into the tweets as “political interference”, but did not immediately comment publicly on the charges.

As deputy in the National Assembly, Ms Le Pen is afforded some immunity from prosecution, but European Union lawmakers lifted the EU parliamentary immunity allowing legal action to be taken.

Ms Le Pen’s immunity has been lifted before, in 2013, by the EU Parliament.

She was then prosecuted in 2015 with “incitement to discrimination over people’s religious beliefs”, for comparing Muslims praying in public to the Nazi occupation of France during World War Two.

Prosecutors eventually recommended the charges be dropped.

This is the latest blow for the controversial politician as her party is in crisis after she lost her bid for the French presidency to Emmanuel Macron last year.

The “authorities” which have become a mockery of what they previously were, a circus really, are acting as if Marine Le Pen posted those pictures on Twitter, IN SUPPORT Of ISIS, not against ISIS… really a mockery and a charade.

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Norwegian handball star Nora Mork returns to national team after nude pictures scandal

In January, the Olympic bronze medalist was involved in a row after her phone was hacked and intimate pictures stolen. The 26-year-old accused members of the Norwegian men’s squad of circulating the images.

The male players denied any involvement in sharing the pictures, insisting they immediately deleted them after the photos were sent to their phones.

It was very important for me to tell her that the whole team was on her side and supported her,” Norway men’s handball captain Bjarte Myrhol told the Sun. “She was probably depressed then and still is, but we thought it necessary for her to know that we did not share the photos or laugh at her.”

Mork also condemned the Norwegian Handball Federation for failing to handle the scandal, which prompting her to make the story public.

I ask for understanding, I have not been able to control the times,” she said. “I am a prisoner of men from the top of the sport who have not helped. They are the ones who do not want to give me a public apology and have forced me to bring it to light.”

In the wake of the scandal, the 2015 world champion refused to play for the national team, but later ended her boycott after Norwegian Handball President Kare Geir Lio assured her they would implement new measures to support and protect the player.

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We have agreed to put new measures in place to deal with this kind of situation and Nora thinks the measures are sufficient,” Lio said. “Nora says she wants to continue to play for the national team and we are absolutely delighted.”

Norway’s women took silver at last year’s handball world championship, where Mork netted 66 goals to become the tournament’s top scorer.

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These Pictures Offer Incredible Insight Into How The Advertising Industry Exploits Women



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In recent years, the world of fashion and advertising has distastefully blurred the lines between right and wrong, creating a pronounced grey area of supposedly acceptable imagery which includes everything from BDSM and rape to abuse, aggression, and underage perversion. And this phenomenon can’t simply be narrowed down to ‘artistry’ when the symbolism is so blatantly sexist and even morbid.

I mean, is it appropriate for 4-year olds to have a lingerie line, never mind to be photographed in them? I have a 2-year old niece and while I think it’s adorable for her to have cute bathing suits, I would never allow her to wear something provocative in any way. It’s heavily insinuated that Americans are just uptight when it comes to sex, and in many respects this is true, but there is a line that must be drawn when it comes to children that culture cannot influence.

So while Luis Paredes, the publisher of The Lingerie Journal, may blithely assert that “while Americans may be shocked, the line of clothing wouldn’t cause a ripple in Europe,” the reality is that we are looking at the exploitation of children. We may have antiquated views about breastfeeding and sex, to be sure, but sexualized images of children are in a whole different ballpark, and considering the UK’s current heavy investigation into pedophile rings being attended by high government officials, maybe these ads should be causing some ripples.

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Kylie Jenner, an heiress of the Kardashian clan, has received heavy media attention over her recent lip injection (to each their own), but it was this particular photo shoot that brought her under major scrutiny. The cover image for Interview magazine features Kylie in a wheelchair. Why?

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Shot by Steven Klein, the shoot is supposed to be reminiscent of work produced by Allen Jones, a British pop artist famous for his controversial sculptures of half-naked women on all fours and in other submissive positions being used as human furniture. Quite objectifying. (You can view the full gallery here.)

These next few images highlight the absurdity of advertisements today, switching the sex of the subject (or should I say object) in the ad to underscore how ridiculous and demeaning their roles truly are. Thanks to Lauren Wade from Take Part for creating these images.

Sisley ad, photographed by Terry Richardson, 2006

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This isn’t the first time we’ve seen sexual abuse in advertisements and it definitely isn’t less upsetting when a guy takes her place. The disturbing tone of this ad is hardly surprising considering it was shot by the infamous Terry Richardson, who carries a string of sexual misconduct allegations with models under his belt. I mean the guy himself said, “It’s not who you know, it’s who you blow. I don’t have a hole in my jeans for nothing.”

Tom Ford for Men ad, photographed by Terry Richardson, 2007

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Well we certainly know that sex sells, but why is this appropriate as an advertisement, yet women are still being shunned into bathroom stalls to breastfeed their babies? It’s easy to see how much less appealing this is with men’s breasts instead.

American Apparel ad, 2010

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Wondering what the purpose of this ad is? You’re not alone, since this is a product that is clearly marketed to women. But these images really come as no surprise. American Apparel CEO Dov Charney was unceremoniously dismissed from his position in December of 2014 because of the A.A. board’s “ongoing investigation into alleged misconduct”  — which includes (but is not limited to): holding an employee as a personal sex slave for eight months, sexually harassing multiple models and employees, assaulting a store manager, using ethnic and racist slurs with staff, and masturbating in front of a reporter in a 2004 Jane magazine article.

American Apparel ad, 2007

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If this really is an ad marketed to women, what kind of message is it supposed to send? This image is pretty standard for the company though, considering they once featured then-CEO Dov Charney in bed with models in one ad and having his crotch licked in another. How did it get this far to publication? Even with a male on display it’s pretty disturbing, but at least brings some humour. Interesting that one is sexy and the other comical.

Marc Jacobs ad, photographed by Juergen Teller, 2008

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What do you think this ad is trying to illustrate? Why would a brand use a wrinkled bag to market their products?

These images only provide a glimpse at broad the spectrum of degradation toward women present in advertising and if you think the images itself are enough to make you ponder, imagine what goes on at these shoots or even at the castings.

Charlotte Waters was a 19-year-old art student when she contacted Terry Richardson for a shoot, having only heard he was a good connection to make and work with. “He had me unbutton his pants, and he took his penis out, and it was all completely downhill from there.” She said in an interview with Vocativ. He even went as far as ejaculating on her face. 

Sara Ziff, founder of advocacy group Model Alliance, was also 19 when her agency sent her to Richardson. “It was supposed to be for a mainstream fashion magazine, but when I arrived, he unexpectedly asked me to pose topless,” she says. “I felt pressured to comply because my agent had told me to make a good impression because he was an important photographer who shot for all the major magazines and brands.” On HuffPost Live, Ziff exclaimed, “[Richardson] will ask you to take your clothes off at the casting, and in some cases, give him sexual favors.”

Model Alliance is Sara Ziff’s effort to establish fair labor standards for models working in the American fashion industry. She hopes to protect working models from exploitation, especially from sexual abuse, and to improve the lot of its members in terms of pay and working conditions. It has drawn up a “Models’ Bill of Rights.”

Model Alliance was inspired by Sara’s time working on the documentary Picture Me

Sara had this to say about the documentary in an interview with Fashionista:

[“Picture Me”] was on the festival circuit in 2009, and it was really at Q&A discussions for the film that we started talking about the need for a union, like the equivalent of the Screen Actors’ Guild, which is now SAG-AFTRA, for models. Models would come to these screenings and get really emotional talking about bad experiences they’ve had, and the film became this organizing tool to raise awareness publicly, but also within the industry. We wanted an existing union to extend membership to models, but when it became clear that that wasn’t possible, I was crazy enough to take it upon myself and start up from scratch, which people warned me not to do, but I also was studying labor and organizing in college.

The majority of models start their careers before the age 16, with most working unchaperoned and far from home. This creates an unconscionable environment of coercion, where the incentive to get hired (and remain employed) is enough to keep most girls quiet. Sara Ziff talks about her own experience with this firsthand at the age of 14:

When I entered the business as a 14-year-old schoolgirl, I was routinely asked to do topless shoots and pose seductively. To this day, in an industry dominated by minors, there is no policy of informed consent for jobs involving full or partial nudity. A recent survey shows that 86.8% of models have been asked to pose nude at a casting or job without advance notice.

Girl Model is another documentary exposing the terrifyingly young age at which some models start working. The film follows 13-year-old Siberian-born model Nadya Vall on her quest to become a model, accompanied most of the time by Ashley Arbaugh, the American modeling scout (and former model) who discovers her.

In my opinion, to be successful and thrive in the fashion industry, you need to have a sound idea of who you are as an individual and what you stand for, and unfortunately, most girls who are recruited at 14 or younger are still discovering who they are and what their place is in the world. This makes it easier for agents and scouts to shape them into who they think they should be, almost inevitably promoting a mental instability and dependency on those around them.

This article can only provide for you a different perspective on the reality that certain individuals in the fashion industry must face. Like with all things in life, there are great things about this industry and there are terrible, but it just seems that most of the ‘bad’ has been swept under the rug, with little to no attention being paid to the bigger fallacies presented by advertising companies.

Images like these allow us to see the toxic leaks that are trickling into our society, helping us to be more critical about what we are ingesting visually and more proactive in learning more about a massive money making machine that bombards us with a skewed view of the world from all sides.

Stay critical and stay aware, it helps to shift perspectives and ultimately the industry.

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http://www.takepart.com/feature/2014/07/09/what-if-fashion-objectified-males-same-scary-way-it-does-females

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YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says Facebook should ‘get back to baby pictures’

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YouTube may be derided as full of cat videos, but as Facebook pushes aggressively into YouTube’s video turf, Susan Wojcicki says it should stick to baby pics.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki won’t divulge her biggest fear about competing with Facebook, but she will give them some free advice.

“They should get back to baby pictures,” Wojcicki said Monday at the Code Media conference in Huntington Beach, California. (By the way, Facebook’s already aiming in that direction.)

Video has been an obsession for Facebook, as it tries to swipe the most advertising dollars migrating off television before YouTube can get them. Facebook has been aggressively advancing the number of clips and live streams that bubble up to the top of your News Feed and has rolled out a central hub for TV-like programming called Watch.

“You always have to take competition seriously. You don’t win by looking backwards; you win by looking at your customers and looking forward,” she said.

Facebook didn’t respond to a message seeking comment.

Also, Wojcicki said YouTube planned on Tuesday to roll out its Red subscription tier much wider internationally to about 100 countries, from the five where it operates now.

She also explained the rational behind allowing stars like Logan Paul — a digital star under fire for posting offensive videos to YouTube including one showing a suicide victim — to stay on the service. YouTube has a three-strikes rule, she said. That means creators can have their accounts terminated for three infractions against YouTube’s official policies. Paul hasn’t hit three strikes, Wojcicki said, noting it’s important for the company to enforce its rules consistently.

YouTube, the biggest video resource on the internet, has spent much of the last year battling against backlashes like the one against Paul. Ads running offensive clips spurred an advertiser boycott early last year, and when YouTube responded by more aggressively pulling ads off questionable content, it faced an outcry from creators who say they unfairly lost their money-making power. Whether it’s nightmarish clips slipping into its app for kids, and or channels that border on child exploitation, YouTube has been grappling with its ability to responsibly manage its vast scale.

Wojcicki said Monday that drawing a line about what’s appropriate to exist on YouTube is sensitive because “on one side is censorship and the other is too much freedom of speech.”

“This year we’ve been really focused on growing up,” she said.

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Official Olympic website shows pictures of Russian athletes in uniform with national flags

On December 5, the IOC’s Executive Board voted in favor of excluding Russia from the upcoming PyeongChang Olympics as the result of an investigation into the country’s alleged doping violations.

Following Russia’s disqualification from next month’s Winter Games, the IOC ruled that national athletes who can prove a clean doping history to a specially appointed Invitation Review Panel would be allowed to take part in the event under the name of Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR).

READ MORE: Russian Olympic Committee banned from 2018 Winter Games, athletes allowed to compete as neutrals

All Russian national emblems, including the flag, anthem and coat of arms were banned by the IOC; with athletes being warned that any demonstration of their national affiliation will be strictly penalized.

In the “Olympic Athlete from Russia Conduct Guidelines” issued by the IOC last week, the body outlined that OAR athletes should “refrain from any public form of publicity, activity and communication associated with the national flag, anthem, emblem and symbols and NOC emblem at any Olympic site or via media.

However, the official website of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games displays images of the OAR athletes, in which the Russian flag is clearly visible.

In the ‘Athletes and Teams’ section of the site, the majority of OAR ice hockey players have profile pictures that were used for previous tournaments, with jerseys emblazoned with the Russian national tricolor.

A member of the curling team, Julia Guzieva, is also depicted in a sports jacket with white, blue and red lines forming the country’s flag.

Requirements stipulated by the IOC state that no indication of Russian nationality should feature on the Olympic uniform. The word “Russia” should be the same size as the words “Olympic Athlete from,” and all national emblems must be replaced with the neutral OAR logo.

The IOC also stressed that the Olympic uniform should be made in single or dual colors, which should not necessarily reflect the colors of the Russian national flag.

It remains unknown whether the IOC will implement any sanctions against those who approved the outdated pictures for the Olympic website, but in guidelines published last Friday, the body said it “will monitor the application of these guidelines prior to and during the PyeongChang 2018.”

READ MORE: Russian skater cleared by IOC refuses to go to Olympics without banned teammates

The conduct guidelines established by the IOC set out the rules that must be obeyed by OAR members during the Games. As well as prohibiting the display of national emblems, the body also forbids OAR members from accepting the national flag from the crowd, showing national symbols on social media, and singing the national anthem inside an Olympic venue.

OAR athletes are also not allowed to take part in “alternate” victory ceremonies organized by the Russian Olympic Committee or any third party.

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Disgust Follows Pictures of Seinfeld at ‘Anti-Terror Fantasy Camp’ in Occupied West Bank

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Amazing pictures – Drowned city of the Caesars Baiae was Roman empire’s wine-soaked party town of luxury

The sunken city of the Caesars, lost for centuries beneath the waves, has been revealed in stunning new photographs.

Baiae was the resort of choice for the Roman super-rich and became notorious for its sprawling mansions.

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Italy is hardly short on Roman ruins – but what’s left of Baia is in a league of its own

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It was a place synonymous with luxury and wickedness, historians claim – a wine-soaked party town

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Now the site in the Gulf of Naples, modern-day Italy, has been rediscovered and opened to divers – who found many treasures still intact.

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Among the sights now visible are the Pisoni and Protiro villas, where intricate white mosaics as well as residential rooms can be seen.

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“Pliny the Younger used to live here and from here, across the gulf, he witnessed and described the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum.”

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In its heyday, Baiae was frequented by famous Romans including Julius Caesar, Nero, Pompey the Great, Marius, and Hadrian – who died there.

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Antonio Busiello, who lives in Naples, photographed the site and found that roads, walls, mosaics and even statues had survived the ravages of time.

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The 45-year-old said: “The beautiful mosaics, and the villas and temples that have reemerged or are still underwater show the opulence and wealth of this area.

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“It was considered one of the most important Roman cities for centuries.

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But as the centuries passed, much of it was lost to the sea as volcanic activity caused the coastline to retreat 400m inland

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He added: “Diving here is like a dive into history, looking at ancient Roman ruins underwater is something hard to describe, a beautiful experience indeed.”

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There’s also the Nymphaeum of Punta Epitaffio, where divers swim among the statues of Ulysses and his helmsman Baius, for whom Baiae was named.

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