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    Post-Columbine generation demands action on guns: ‘We don’t deserve this’

    Survivors of the Florida attack have grown up in a world where school shootings are the norm, and they want a different future

    Post-Columbine generation demands action on guns: ‘We don’t deserve this’

    Survivors of the Florida attack have grown up in a world where school shootings are the norm, and they want a different future

    Unsure whether he would be a victim or survivor of the mass shooting taking place outside his Florida classroom, 14-year-old Aidan Minoff sent an eight-word tweet.

    I am in a school shooting right now … Aidan said, before the world knew the day would end with 17 students and teachers dead.

    Tens of thousands of people locked onto Aidans feed for the next 86 minutes, where he posted messages from the linoleum floor of his classroom, amid a forest of metal desk legs.

    When the carnage ended, Aidan, and other teenagers who survived the attack, faced the cold lens of news cameras, not knowing the fate of all their friends and teachers, but they were sure about one thing.

    Solutions must be found to tackle US gun violence crisis. How are we allowed to buy guns at the age of 18 or 19? Thats something we shouldnt be able to do, Lyliah Skinner, who survived the shooting, told CNN.

    Were children, David Hogg, a 17-year-old survivor, said. You guys are the adults. You need to take some action and play a role. Work together. Come over your politics and get something done.

    Amid the ritual cycle of despair of congressional inaction on gun violence, these powerful young voices have increased the pressure on politicians only offering thoughts and prayers.

    There is talk of the post-Columbine generation.

    break the cycle

    These Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school students were all born shortly after the 1999 shooting at Columbine high school in Colorado which is no longer in the top 10 most fatal mass shootings in the US. Theyve lived through active-shooter drills at school and have seen the introduction of bullet-proof backpacks in child-friendly bright colors and funky patterns. They have instant access on the internet to the brutal facts and footage of mass shootings in the US the five most deadly of which took place in the 10-year period from 2007 to 2017.

    They have also seen lawmakers fail to stop this from happening even after 192 people and five perpetrators were killed in those five shootings at a music festival, nightclub, church, university and elementary school.

    At a federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday afternoon, Stoneman Douglas students took the stage at an anti-gun rally.

    Teenager Emma Gonzalez delivered an impassioned speech, holding back tears and challenging the argument that something other than stricter gun laws could have prevented the attack.

    We need to pay attention to the fact that this isnt just a mental health issue, said Gonzalez. He wouldnt have harmed that many students with a knife.

    The failure of US gun laws was obvious when it emerged on Friday that 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who was named as the gunman and charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, had legally bought the AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle and ammunition used in the shooting at a tactical supply store in Coral Springs after passing a background check. The FBI also admitted on Friday it failed to investigate a specific report in January that Cruz, a former Stoneman Douglas student, could be plotting a school shooting.

    And in the 48 hours following Cruzs arrest on Wednesday, schools across the country cancelled class in response to copycat threats. Some students were arrested on suspicion of planning to carry out attacks.

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    A memorial for Meadow Pollack, one of the victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school. Photograph: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images

    During a funeral Friday for 18-year-old Meadow Pollack, her father looked at his daughters coffin and screamed as Floridas governor Rick Scott and 1,000 others looked on. Our kids should be safe, Andrew Pollack said.

    The Stoneman Douglas students have joined the more than 150,000 students attending at least 170 primary or secondary schools who have experienced a shooting on campus since Columbine, according to a Washington Post analysis. It is a conservative calculation that does not include dozens of suicides, accidents and after-school assaults.

    Hogg, a student journalist, said he interviewed people while the shooting took place. I recorded those videos because I didnt know if I was going to survive, he told the New York Times. But I knew that if those videos survived, they would echo on and tell the story. And that story would be one that would change things, I hoped. And that would be my legacy.

    Cameron Kasky, a 17-year-old Stoneman Douglas high student, created a Never Again Facebook page for his peers and the community to press for action. About 50 students at a nearby high school walked-out in protest of the governments failure to respond to gun violence on Friday.

    On Sunday, a group of students from Stoneman Douglas high school announced they were planning a march on Washington DC on Saturday 24 March to demand action on guns. And a National Walk Out is planned for the 20th anniversary of Columbine on 20 April.

    At South Broward high school, about 30 miles from Stoneman Douglas, student protesters held signs that said: It couldve been us. and Your silence is killing us.

    Student Ianna Seemungal, 17, said she participated in the protest because she was tired of not feeling safe. We dont deserve this, she said. We need to be safe. Theres nowhere to be safe. … We cant even go to school.

    When the Huffington Post asked Ianna if she was worried about being punished for leaving class, she shrugged. No, Ianna said. And if I do, it was worth it.

    When Donald Trump touched down in Florida on Friday night to meet with victims, first responders and doctors, students and the community continued to press for a response.

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    A gun-control rally in Parkland, Florida, on 17 February. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

    I dont want Trump to come but we want more gun safety, said 18-year-old student Kevin Trejos. Its a dream. It hasnt hit me yet.

    The National Rifle Association (NRA) spent more than $30m in 2016 to support Trumps presidential campaign. During the visit, Trump did not respond to a question about whether gun laws need to be changed.

    While conservatives who oppose strict gun laws traditionally respond by offering thought and prayers and encouraging people to not politicize tragedies, student survivors held them to account in the days after the shooting.

    The conservative Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren provided the routine response on Twitter, where she said: Can the left let the families grieve for even 24 hours before they push their anti-gun and anti-gunowner agenda?

    Carly Novell, a 17-year-old Stoneman Douglas high student, tweeted the cold truth of her experience back at Lahren.

    I was hiding in a closet for 2 hours, Novell said. It was about guns. You werent there, you dont know how it felt. Guns give these disgusting people the ability to kill other human beings. This IS about guns and this is about all the people who had their life abruptly ended because of guns.

    epic

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/17/florida-school-shooting-columbine-generation-gun-control

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    Incredibly Modest: Barack Obama Still Hasnt Told Any Of His Friends Or Family That He Won The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

    If you thought you missed having Obama in the White House before, you’re really going to miss him after you read this.

    We all know POTUS 44 has a well-earned reputation of being a humble, grounded guy, but he just took it to another level: Obama still hasn’t told any of his friends and family that he won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

    Wow! You’d need a microscope to find this guy’s ego!

    In the nine years since receiving one of the most prestigious awards in the world, Obama has remained coy and down to earth about his amazing achievement, stashing the vaunted medal in his bathroom closet under some towels that no one ever uses. Nobody would have faulted Barack if he had boasted a bit, either by letting foreign leaders hold the award during Oval Office photo ops or casually wearing it to a White House press briefing and then saying, “Oh, this? Must have forgotten I was wearing the Nobel Peace Prize that I won,” after being asked about it. But Obama is one guy who never lets hubris get the better of him.

    Taking his humility to another level, Obama didn’t even alert Vice President Joe Biden that he was traveling to Stockholm to accept the award back in 2009 and instead claimed to be heading overseas to meet with the Swedish ambassador, not wanting Joe to think that he was fishing for compliments or a celebratory dinner. And when Michelle recently found the award and asked Barack what it was, he deflected the attention by claiming it was just a little thing he got a few years back and it was not that big of a deal.

    Talk about being modest!

    Barack Obama will go down not only as a great president but an exceptionally humble human being as well. He may be pretty self-effacing, but he still deserves a big round of applause!

    Read more: http://www.clickhole.com/article/incredibly-modest-barack-obama-still-hasnt-told-an-7390

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    It’s A Scary (Digital) World Out There, Get A VPN

    Despite the fact that your virus protection software seems to update every four seconds, hackers and companies have unprecedented access to your personal information. If you don’t believe us, then simply whisper “hemorrhoid cream” into an empty room, and prepare to start seeing ads for cheap butt paste all over Facebook. VPN Unlimited can prevent word of your hemorrhoid situation from leaking all over the internet, but just in case that’s not enough motivation for you, here are three more reasons VPNs rule.

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    Unless you just teleported here from another dimension, you’ve probably heard about the whole net neutrality crisis. (And if so, you might want to head back, because chances are you have better internet there.) With the state of the open internet in flux, it’s not worth taking risks regarding your personal data. When you invest in a VPN like VPN Unlimited, you get a lifetime of protection against any kind of change. A VPN can normally be expensive, but you can buy a lifetime subscription to VPN Unlimited in the Cracked Store today for $39.99, which is a 92 percent discount from its usual $500 price. (Plus, we’ll let you in on a secret: You can get this deal for just $18 if you use the coupon code VPNSD22.)

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    Read more: http://www.cracked.com/blog/its-scary-digital-world-out-there-get-vpn/

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    10 great Finnish innovations

    From boxes of baby clothes to free education to prevention of suicide small country, big ideas

    10 great Finnish innovations

    From boxes of baby clothes to free education to prevention of suicide small country, big ideas

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/12/finlands-10-great-innovations

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    Super-G: snowboarder Ledecka wins shock gold on borrowed skis with Vonn sixth

    Czech Republics Ester Ledecka shredded to a shock gold medal in the womens super-G on skis borrowed from American star Mikaela Shiffrin

    Super-G: snowboarder Ledecka wins shock gold on borrowed skis with Vonn sixth

    • Czech athlete had never finished on podium in an alpine event
    • NBC already announced Anna Veith as winner before Ledeckas run
    • Vonns slip costs her but still has favoured downhill to come

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/16/ester-ledecka-lindsey-vonn-super-g-skiing-winter-olympics

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    Gotta Try Everything Once #1

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    5 Priceless Treasures That Got Destroyed In Stupid Dumb Ways

    Accidents happen. You dropped your partner’s favorite coffee mug, your dog destroyed your beloved sweater, your dad erased your video game save file and blamed it on ghosts — we’ve all been there. For the most part, we learn to forgive, forget, and move on with our lives … but that’s because our goofy little accidents aren’t responsible for annihilating invaluable cultural treasures. Unlike these poor saps …

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    A Boy Slipped And Punched A Hole Through A $1.5 Million Painting

    In 2015, a Taipei arts center hosted an exhibition of 55 valuable paintings donated by collectors. Crucially, the organizers had special permission to let visitors get closer than normal to the exhibits so they could really appreciate the hell out of some art. And thus was born a valuable lesson about the follies of trusting the general public.

    A 12-year-old boy was walking past a large 350-year-old still life by Paolo Porpora — the only work Porpora ever signed, hence its worth of $1.5 million. Suddenly the kid tripped, lost his balance, and flailed around like a cartoon character who stepped on a banana peel. He reached for the closest object he could find to restore his balance, and that was, of course, the incredibly valuable work of art.

    TST Art of Discovery CorporationYou can see the exact moment the poop fills his underpants.

    He managed to avoid wiping out, but he also tore a fist-sized hole in a painting worth more than most people will make in their lifetime. The poor kid then had to stand around looking sheepish while everybody figured out what to do with him, probably daydreaming all the while about his new future as a slave in the great art mines.

    TST Art of Discovery Corporation“Do you have any 350-year-old duct tape?”

    Luckily, the painting was insured, but while some restoration work was possible, it will never be quite the same. The exhibit’s curator was so shocked by the news that he couldn’t speak for a few minutes, although he ultimately forgave the boy and his parents, because it is the mark of a mature adult to appreciate a good slapstick routine even in the grimmest of times. The resulting news story actually improved attendance at the exhibit, although the restricted area in front of each painting went back to its original size. Always practice safe gallery attendance, kids.

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    A 2,300-Year-Old Mayan Pyramid Was Demolished So A Construction Company Could Use Its Stone To Make A Road

    In 2013, a Belizean construction company was looking for quality limestone to build a road. And sure, they could have excavated some from a quarry like everybody else, but why bother with all that when there was a giant heap of limestone right at their doorstep? Oh, because those rocks made up the 2,300-year-old Nohmul complex, one of most important Mayan pyramids in the region? Wish you’d spoken up sooner, rhetorical question; the company had already deployed an army of backhoes and bulldozers to utterly demolish the temple.

    Jaime Awe/Belize Institute of ArchaeologyReasonably sure their prediction calendar missed this one.

    The head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology said the news was “like being punched in the stomach,” and “one of the worse set of blows I have felt, philosophically and professionally.” He also found it amazing, as we probably all do, that people would bulldoze a structure older than the Bible out of sheer laziness. While archeologists were able to recover some artifacts, there was no chance of repairing the pyramid itself.

    Sadly, this is a widespread problem in Belize, a tiny country with many archaeological sites but few resources with which to protect them. This kind of willful destruction is still against the law, of course, and justice was served, as the company and three of its top brass were given the maximum possible penalty: a fine of, uh, $24,000. We hope they learned some kind of lesson from this, though we’re not sure what that might be. Destroying history won’t save you as much money as you’d initially hoped?

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    Donald Trump Demolished Priceless Friezes Because He Didn’t Want To Wait Two Weeks To Save Them

    In 1980, the Bonwit Teller Building in Manhattan was being demolished by noted slumlord Donald Trump to make room for his Temple of Doom, officially known as Trump Tower. The historic building included two large Art Deco friezes, which were considered “as important as the sculptures on the Rockefeller building” by the gallery owner who assessed them. The Metropolitan Museum of Art wanted to acquire them, and they had apparently reached an agreement with Trump on how to save them.

    But then it turned out that keeping the friezes intact would delay construction by two whole weeks, and add the exorbitant cost of $32,000 to the Tower’s $80-100 million budget.

    Museum of the City of New York“32 grand?! You know how many non-disclosure agreements I could get with that?!”

    Since the idea of spending money for the benefit of anyone other than himself is against his whole shtick, Trump simply had the 51-year-old friezes demolished. Workers went at them with torches, crowbars, and jackhammers, then let them plummet to the ground, shattering them into countless pieces.

    In response to the ensuing criticism, Trump spokesman John Baron declared that the friezes had been apprised and found to be “without artistic merit.” Two problems with that claim: One, the Met passionately disagreed, and they’re kind of the experts on this sort of thing. And two, John Baron was a fake name Trump used to speak to the press himself, because he lies about as well as a small child. Presumably he settled on it after rejecting Super Michelangelo, PhD in Art Smarts for being “too amazing of a name named by the best namer.”

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    A Man Ruined Two National Monuments In An Attempt To Take A Selfie

    For 126 years, the entrance to Lisbon’s Rossio Station had been graced by a statue of King Sebastian, a 16th-century monarch considered a Portuguese national hero.

    Infraestruturas de PortugalPlease notice the phrase “had been.”

    In May of 2016, a 24-year-old man climbed up onto the monument in an attempt to get a sweet selfie of himself and the king. It didn’t go as planned. The statue toppled to the ground and smashed into the train station, which is itself considered a historical national landmark. That’s right, he destroyed art with other art.

    The man fled the scene, but police quickly caught him by following the trail of panic urine.

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    The Most Isolated Tree In The World Was Killed … When A Drunk Driver Crashed Into It

    For 300 years, the Sahara desert was home to the most isolated tree in the world. 250 miles of lifeless, inhospitable dunes stretched away from the Tree of Tenere in every direction.

    Google Maps

    A leftover from a time when the Sahara was more vibrant, the tree only survived thanks to its deep, deep roots, which reached 100 feet into the ground to tap freshwater reserves. It was such a miraculous landmark that European military maps at 1:4,000,000 scale still showed the tree, and locals had a taboo against harming it. The tree was a “living lighthouse” — the only major landmark that a caravan crossing the desert would pass. This was pretty much the peak of celebrity status for trees, is what we’re saying here.

    Michel MazeauWe were still decades away from Groot.

    And then, in 1973, some dipshit hit it with his truck.

    There are rumors that the driver was drunk, but does that matter? This was literally the easiest object on the planet to avoid — the only actual thing on a great plain of nothing — and the guy still managed to kill a huge piece of natural history.

    Are you wondering how a passing truck was able to take out the ancient tree so easily? Well, it was already in a weakened state. From the time someone else hit it with a truck.

    The remnants of the tree were hauled off to the National Museum of Niger, and a metal sculpture honoring the tree was erected to mark the spot where it once stood. We will inform you as soon as some asshole hits that with a truck, too.

    Get to making your own priceless art. Watercolors are pretty great, despite what Bob Ross might lead you to believe.

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    Free At Last: After 50 Years, Jane Goodalls Family Has Finally Raised The Ransom Money To Buy Her Back From The Apes

    If you’re a fan of Jane Goodall, we’ve got some absolutely incredible news for you! The behavioral scientist may have started her career in the Tanzanian jungle in the 1960s, but now she’s finally coming home: After 50 years, Jane Goodall’s family has finally raised the ransom money to buy her back from the apes!

    What an incredible moment for Jane and her family. Several million dollars and five decades later, this amazing woman is finally coming home!

    According to her family, at just 26 years of age, Jane Goodall was kidnapped by a pack of apes that she was researching, which subsequently imprisoned her and then used rudimentary language to demand a hefty ransom. While her parents were not able to raise the full sum that the apes carved into the side of a termite mound, they reportedly talked the apes down to $10 million earlier this month and then secured the funds for the researcher’s release.

    Wow, this is absolutely beautiful. Finally, Jane Goodall will no longer have to publish papers about primate psychology from captivity just to signal to her loved ones that she is still alive. Now, thanks to her family’s tireless fundraising efforts, this brave woman will be walking out of the Gombe Stream National Park chimpanzee sanctuary as a free woman, onto a plane, and back to America once again!

    Sadly, while the apes managed to steal several years of Jane Goodall’s life, the important thing is that this amazing woman is finally out of the jungle. Ten million dollars may be a hefty sum, but it’s no match for a loving family that will do anything to get their daughter back from the chimpanzees.

    Read more: http://www.clickhole.com/article/free-last-after-50-years-jane-goodalls-family-has–7384

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    20 Insane Facts About Your Spending Habits

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    Buying stuff is our national pastime. But it isn’t until you start digging that you realize just how bizarre our national — and international — spending habits really are.

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    When Your Minecraft Server Says No Swearing…

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