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Giant Duck Finally Succumbs to Lung Cancer via Hong Wrong
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Looking to fill your home with fine art without breaking the bank? While many have had success finding home decor with services like Paddle8 or Artsy, Boston-based start-up TurningArt hopes to revolutionize the art industry. The new company plans to use a $10 subscription model, not unlike Netflix, to allow customers to rent pieces of art. Customers may choose from a range of artists, and receive their chosen work(s) framed and ready to hang. Displaying pieces for long periods of time will net you credits, which can then be redeemed for discounts on future purchases, and users have the freedom to change the images displayed in their homes as often as they’d like. So, would you pay $10 for the ability to change the feel of your home as you please? (Photo via TurningArt) source
A rape victim in Mogadishu. From the New York Times, a sickening story of the alarming rise in sexual assaults against women and girls in war- and famine-torn Somalia:
Somalia has been steadily worn down by decades of conflict and chaos, its cities in ruins and its people starving. Just this year, tens of thousands have died from famine, with countless others cut down in relentless combat. Now Somalis face yet another widespread terror: an alarming increase in rapes and sexual abuse of women and girls.
The Shabab militant group, which presents itself as a morally righteous rebel force and the defender of pure Islam, is seizing women and girls as spoils of war, gang-raping and abusing them as part of its reign of terror in southern Somalia, according to victims, aid workers and United Nations officials. Short of cash and losing ground, the militants are also forcing families to hand over girls for arranged marriages that often last no more than a few weeks and are essentially sexual slavery, a cheap way to bolster their ranks’ flagging morale.
But it is not just the Shabab. In the past few months, aid workers and victims say, there has been a free-for-all of armed men preying upon women and girls displaced by Somalia’s famine, who often trek hundreds of miles searching for food and end up in crowded, lawless refugee camps where Islamist militants, rogue militiamen and even government soldiers rape, rob and kill with impunity.
With the famine putting hundreds of thousands of women on the move — severing them from their traditional protection mechanism, the clan — aid workers say more Somali women are being raped right now than at any time in recent memory. In some areas, they say, women are being used as chits at roadblocks, surrendered to the gunmen staffing the barrier in the road so that a group of desperate refugees can pass.
“The situation is intensifying,” said Radhika Coomaraswamy, the United Nations’ special representative for children and armed conflict. All the recent flight has created a surge in opportunistic rapes, she said, and “for the Shabab, forced marriage is another aspect they are using to control the population.”
(Photo: Sven Torfinn / The New York Times)
National Geographic announces winners of global photography contest
Grand Prize Winner and Nature Category Winner”Splashing”.
This photo was taken when I was taking photos of other insects, as I normally did during macro photo hunting. I wasn’t actually aware of this dragonfly since I was occupied with other objects. When I was about to take a picture of it, it suddenly rained, but the lighting was just superb. I decided to take the shot regardless of the rain. The result caused me to be overjoyed, and I hope it pleases viewers.Location: Batam, Riau Islands, Indonesia. (Shikhei Goh)