Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Do Dogs React to Being Laughed At?

Photograph of a Queensland Heeler mixed breed dog with heterochromia
Dog with a Sad Face

Marley had jumped up on our bed, as he is allowed to do, but the rule is that he has to get down if he is asked to do so. On this particular night, he seemed exhausted and eager to go to bed. Once ensconced in his favorite spot, he avoided eye contact with all of us. Wherever our faces were, he was looking the other way. I proposed the idea that perhaps he was trying to avoid being told to get down off the bed, in an “If I can’t see you, you can’t see me” kind of way. This was pure guesswork, but the rest of my family thought it was funny because it really seemed to fit.
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Six More Ways You Can Tell You're a Travel Junkie

Money, keys, passport, tickets and Argentina maps and travel guide
Argentina Travel
Do you feel most at home when you’re in a strange city with people you’ve hardly met? Would you rather wander an unknown street in an unknown town hunting for a restaurant than sit down at your kitchen table? Do you sometimes feel confused and disoriented by your whereabouts when you wake up in your own bed?
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ordinary Moments

Graffiti on a wall reading Commute Work, Commute Sleep....
Commute Work, Commute, Sleep... Photograph by Xomiele
"Commute, work, commute, sleep. Life can seem very ordinary sometimes. But if you live a life centred on the gospel, every moment of every day and every situation in those moments has the potential to be a holy moment. Monday morning at work or Thursday night at the gym have the potential to be gospel moments that need us to be ready because even seemingly little things can have huge ramifications."

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Good roads come from good government

Good roads come from good government. Photo by Xomiele.
Route 66, America’s “mother road,” was built in large part by the federal government. This includes funding going back to the Federal Aid Road Act of 1916 and the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1921. In the 1930s, Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt put thousands of unemployed young men to work completing Route 66. Likewise, America’s Interstate Highway System was constructed pursuant to the 1956 National Interstate and Defense Highways Act envisioned and signed by Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower. All of this federal highway construction has brought about tremendous benefits for Americans, from commercial to recreational, and it could not have been done without politicians from all sides participating in Good Government for patriotic reasons.
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Unstoppable Tide of Child Migrants to the US

Unstoppable Tide of Child Migrants to the US. Photo by Xomiele.
In the first five months of 2014 more than 47,000 unaccompanied minors were detained whilst trying to enter the US illegally. The influx has posed a political as well as humanitarian problem for Obama administration. Eager to score political points, Republicans claim that the current crisis is the result of the Obama administration’s lax policy migration, and particularly the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
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Friday, July 25, 2014

United States-Mexico Zombie Border Issues

United States-Mexico Zombie Border Issues
Murrieta, CA – Protestors have lined the back roads outside a secluded dilapidated home bordering a favorite campsite close to Mexico. A “concerned citizen,” weeks earlier, notified local Pinal County Sheriff Richard Grimes, who quickly called a press conference. Sheriff Grimes stated, “There have been numerous reports of zombies along and around the Mexican border, most likely trying to get into America.”
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

And now let this be on your conscience…add it to the tab

And now let this be on your conscience…add it to the tab. Photo by Xomiele.
Slaves forced to work for no pay for years at a time under threat of extreme violence are being used in Asia in the production of seafood sold by major US, British and other European retailers, the Guardian can reveal. A six-month investigation has established that large numbers of men bought and sold like animals and held against their will on fishing boats off Thailand are integral to the production of prawns (commonly called shrimp in the US) sold in leading supermarkets around the world, including the top four global retailers: Walmart, Carrefour, Costco and Tesco.
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wherever You Are – Be All There

A couple sits across from each other at a restaurant, each looking at their phones
You Can Never Text Me Your Love. Photograph by Xomiele
"Our family has been out to dinner before and observed people sitting at the same table for dinner and not communicating with each other. All heads are down as everyone texts someone else who isn’t there. As a culture we seem to be having a love affair with our devises only offering the tops of our heads to the people we are actually with. This phenomenon isn’t limited to texting and social media. Anytime we’re not engaged with the people we’re with for any reason, we’re not all there. I believe it’s killing our relationships and our social skills. Being all there is critical to healthy relationships at work and home..."
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Monday, June 2, 2014

Phoenix Artist Lisa Albinger: 100 Creatives

Phoenix Artist Lisa Albinger: 100 Creatives. Photo by Xomiele.
Forget going international, Lisa Albinger's going intergalactic. Well, sort of. The artist's work combines collage and painting, and you might've recently spotted it at R. Pela Contemporary Art or Mesa Contemporary Arts. But on Friday, June 6, 20 of her pieces will be presented inside Dorrance Planetarium at Arizona Science Center. Albinger's works will be animated and projected on the dome ceiling of the planetarium as part of the event, "Art 360." The free First Friday must-see will be presented as part of the Science Center's Adult's Night Out and also will include a few of Albinger's paintings on display.
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Sunday, June 1, 2014

“Do you have anything to declare?” Here are 15 things banned in certain countries

“Do you have anything to declare?” Here are 15 things banned in certain countries
"Does your country have everything you need? If it doesn’t, usually the internet can provide for you. But in some specific cases, there are certain products or contraband that just aren’t allowed in a particular country. Here’s a list of 15 things that are currently not allowed, or weren’t allowed at some point! It doesn’t seem that out of place that some things are banned in certain countries. Governments are free to ban whatever they feel is necessary to protect their citizens. If the citizens don’t like it, that’s what elections and revolutions are for! If any of the following banned items are your passion, just be happy you don’t live in the following countries!"
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Poll: Would You Pay for a Super-Premium Music Service?

Close up photograph of a gas pump with prices in pesos and labels in Spanish
Gas Pump. Photograph by Xomiele
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry released its annual global recorded music revenue report this week. Unlike the previous report, this one saw a decline in overall recorded music revenue by 3.9 percent, to $15 billion — mostly due to shrinking revenues in Japan that we totally saw coming. Over a billion of that was due to the growth of on-demand music subscription services such as Deezer, Google Play All Access, Muve, Rdio, Rhapsody, and Spotify. Some people still mistakenly believe these services to be “cannibalizing” digital and physical sales, which is silly, because that is exactly what they are supposed to do. If artists, labels, publishers, and songwriters were paid every time someone played a song on a computer or smartphone, the recorded music industry would be bigger than ever.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Arizona Legislature’s 10 Worst Bills of the 2010s

Among progressive circles near and far, Arizona is widely considered a laughing stock for many of the regressive bills drafted– and sometimes passed– by its Republican-controlled legislature. But to those negatively affected by many of these measures, they are no laughing matter. Last week, both houses of the state legislature approved SB 1062, the so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” which aims to “restore” the right of Arizona business owners to refuse service to anyone whose beliefs, appearance, lifestyle choices, association or even genetics (think LGBT) don’t jibe with their particular religious beliefs, however odious, discriminatory or mythical those may be.

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

More of the Same

"This past January, House Republicans announced what they call a “step by step process to common sense Immigration Reform,” the sum of which regurgitates the same old enforcement and punitive-based framework that we’ve seen for nearly a year. It calls for more border militarization, more criminalization of immigrants, biometric tracking systems, and harsher penalties for those they deem in violation. The Republicans in the House have put forward a scheme completely in line with previous prescriptions, such as the Safe Act, proposed by the House Judiciary Committee in June, and the Senate Bill that was passed in April 2013."

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

As cinzas

“Está morto”, disseram todos, um por vez, olhando para mim. Imediatamente tomaram os primeiros preparativos. Telefonaram para a funerária, fizeram as primeiras ligações para amigos e familiares distantes. Ninguém chorava. Havia alguma comoção (não quero ser injusto), mas nenhuma demonstração de surpresa. Era como se reagissem ao anúncio da morte como maratonistas ao tiro de largada: começaram a mover-se adiante, sem pressa, mas com método. Dois ou três foram até o quarto, pegar terno e gravata, já pensando no velório, nos convidados. Vai ficar bem bonito, ouvi alguém dizendo lá de dentro, o som abafado pela distância.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Is Snow Made from Wastewater Safe for Skiers?

No Shit Snow by Xomiele on Flickr.

Is Snow Made from Wastewater Safe for Skiers?
"The Arizona Supreme Court has greenlighted a lawsuit that the Hopi Tribe brought against the city of Flagstaff, Ariz. for selling wastewater to a local ski resort to make fake snow. In a procedural victory, the tribe has won the right to proceed with its lawsuit challenging Flagstaff’s 2002 decision to sell reclaimed wastewater to the Arizona Snowbowl ski area, on claims that the wastewater snow creates a “public nuisance.” The Arizona Court of Appeals last April had overturned a trial judge’s dismissal of the case in 2011. The city then asked the supreme court to review the appeals court ruling, but the petition was denied on Jan. 7."
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Monday, January 13, 2014

Óyeme Voz: U.S. Latin@ & Immigrant Communities Re-Sound Citizenship and Belonging

Arizona SB 1070 Protest, May 2010 by xomiele

Óyeme Voz: U.S. Latin@ & Immigrant Communities Re-Sound Citizenship and Belonging
"Citizenship is (mis)understood as a privilege that guarantees protection by the nation-state. The current nation-state’s dominant discourse of national security creates draconian federal, state, and local legislation that belie immigrants’ differences. Rising anti-immigrant rhetoric attempts to homogenize both Latinas/os and immigrants as criminals. In other words, such discourse is used to justify the nation-state as the reference point for recognizing a legitimate community. The Department of Homeland Security’s agenda deems who may be tolerable and who is deportable, even if you are a U.S. citizen. Distinguishing, for example, between exceptional students who “deserve to be here” and those who do not, creates a hierarchy of immigrants. Consequently, public discourse over the worthiness of recognition and belonging creates limitations that categorize immigrants in restrictive ways. Similarly, attacks on bilingual education and ethnic studies attempt to displace Latinos as foreign and “alien” within US territories."
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