This story was corrected on 14 August to make clear that Google’s court filing was referring to users of other email providers who email Gmail users – and not to the Gmail users themselves.
The only interesting stuff comes from people you care about in real life or from those who are famous or otherwise fabulous enough to post about exotic travels, gourmet meals, designer clothes, or unreasonable beauty/fitness/talent. It’s about basting in your own FOMO (that’s Fear of Missing Out, to those of you who didn’t know and are probably still happy) and trying your best to inspire it in others. It’s an addictive time suck, but at least now we’ve got something to do in awkward public situations besides fake-texting. Here are a few cliché, boring, and annoying shots to avoid.
On Thursday, October 25, 2012, as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney crisscrossed America in a final mad scramble along the campaign trail, three officers from Yemen’s elite Republican Guard were holding an unusual meeting half a world away, on the tip of the Arabian Peninsula. That day was Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice, which in the Islamic tradition commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Eid al-Adha is one of the holiest days on the Islamic calendar, but the men had likely forgone the traditional meal with their families to join the meeting that evening.
Standing in front of them was the reason for their clandestine gathering: an 8-year-old boy. Shy, frail, a little grimy, and in need of a haircut, he looked as vulnerable as he would several months later while describing this meeting on video.
Read these and tell me Democrats weren’t trying really hard to make things better. Again; these are bills that were PASSED by the Democratic House, and BLOCKED by 40-41 solid votes in the Senate. Compare these to the complete SHIT the current Republican-led House is producing, and then tell us again how there’s no difference between the two parties.
None of them want to be identified. They carry fear of the regime with them, even as they seek refuge across the border in Jordan.
But “safety” is a relative term. For Syria’s female refugee population, it has meant trading fear of death in their homeland for fear of something many consider to be worse: rape.
There have been various stories of sexual harassment and rape in Zaatari camp — teeming with masses who continue to stream across the border.
BRASÍLIA – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday ratified a law aimed at protecting victims of sexual abuse which has been condemned by the Catholic church as a first step toward broader legalization of abortion.
Four days after Pope Francis ended a week-long visit to Brazil, the world’s most populous Catholic country, Rousseff signed the text into law without any veto, her office said.
The legislation mandates that victims of sexual abuse receive emergency treatment in public hospitals and get access to medication to prevent unwanted pregnancies such as the “morning-after pill.”
Sometimes it’s important to show people who might not be able to understand something that your fears are real, that your accounts are not exaggerated, and that your dangers are not in your head. For every woman who has ever been harassed, followed, catcalled, or generally made to feel unsafe in the street, this scene is extremely familiar (if still terribly sad to see). For everyone who has ever doubted the gravity of what it means to be a woman on city streets sometimes, it’s an important video to watch.