The best space station time-lapse yet has an incredible comet in it

You may yawn “oh, it’s just another boring space station time-lapse movie—meh!” and don’t watch this video, but that would be a big mistake. This is, by far, the most breathtaking time-lapse from space I’ve ever seen. It even has a comet flying through. David Peterson‘s video—created from ISS mission photos—really captures the incredible awe one must feel every time you wake up in a place like that. The crispy textures, the color, the lighting, those outside shots showing the Soyuz and the cupola… it’s unreal. And then—boom!—a comet in the distance. Incredible. http://sploid.gizmodo.com/the-best-space-station-time-lapse-yet-has-an-incredible-1475534367/@barrett Continue reading The best space station time-lapse yet has an incredible comet in it

Bringing Your Girlfriend Home: Tips for a Smooth Introduction

You’ve already met her parents. Now it’s time for her to meet yours. When you met her folks for the first time, your biggest concern was making a good first impression. Now that the roles are reversed, your focus should be on helping her make a good impression. If she’s a keeper, she’ll probably care a lot about your parents liking her. And you likely want them to give her the thumbs up too. Your folks and your significant other may not always get along, but when they do, things sure go a lot more happily. While bringing your girlfriend … Continue reading Bringing Your Girlfriend Home: Tips for a Smooth Introduction

How To End Modern Slavery And Human Trafficking

Editor’s Note: Somaly Mam is a global leader who has pioneered the movement against modern slavery for nearly two decades. She has been recognized as a CNN hero, Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year, and one of Time Magazine’s most influential people. Through her work as a tireless advocate and human rights leader, Somaly Mam has made it her life’s mission to eradicate slavery and empower its survivors as part of the solution. This article is part of a series of op-eds from key speakers and delegates participating in this year’s Social Innovation Summit, which takes place on November 19th … Continue reading How To End Modern Slavery And Human Trafficking

Sex trafficking victims found on social media outlets

TOLEDO — Sex trafficking is an ongoing battle in Toledo, but social media outlets have made it easier for children to become sex trafficking victims. A local FBI task force has also harnessed its power to catch and stop criminals who prey on juvenile victims. Officials say pimps and predators are moving from Facebook and Twitter onto Instagram to prey on victims who keep their profile public. They target social media profiles of troubled youth, offering girls a better life. The victims are hooked with the lure of having drugs or money, which creates a viscious cycle of physical, emotional … Continue reading Sex trafficking victims found on social media outlets

I was a modern-day slave in America

Hundreds of thousands of people are held as modern-day slaves in America. Many are forced laborers working as housekeepers, dishwashers, or in door-to-door sales. Ima Matul, above, was one of them. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) For three years, Ima Matul was held captive and forced to work as a domestic slave, right here in the United States. In 1997, a then 17-year-old Matul was working as a housekeeper in her home country of Indonesia. The family she was working for had a cousin in Los Angeles who was looking for a nanny, and Matul was offered the job. “Of course I … Continue reading I was a modern-day slave in America

Prostitution: France wants to punish clients

PARIS (AP) — France’s government is pushing one of Europe’s toughest laws against prostitution and sex trafficking, and other countries are watching closely. Advocates hope that a draft French law going to parliament Wednesday will help change long-held attitudes toward the world’s oldest profession — by punishing the customer and protecting the prostitute. The bill, however, is facing resistance in a country with a libertine reputation and a Mediterranean macho streak, and has prompted petitions defending those who buy sex. Signatories include screen icon Catherine Deneuve —who played a prostitute in the cult film “Belle de Jour” — and crooner … Continue reading Prostitution: France wants to punish clients

Horrors of India’s brothels documented

British photojournalist Hazel Thompson has spent the last decade documenting the lives of girls trafficked into India‘s thriving sex industry. She spoke to Atish Patel about her experiences. Guddi was only 11 years old when her family was persuaded by a neighbour to send her to the city of Mumbai hundreds of miles away from her poverty-stricken village in the eastern state of West Bengal. They promised her a well-paid job as a housemaid to help feed her family. Instead, she ended up at one of Asia’s largest red light districts to become a sex worker. Trafficked by her neighbour, … Continue reading Horrors of India’s brothels documented

Islamic Cleric Preaches “Gays Are Worse Than Animals”

A Muslim cleric who preaches that gay people are worse than animals is at the centre of a fierce “free speech” row after being invited to speak at universities across the country. Mufti Ismail Menk was due to visit six universities – Oxford, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Cardiff and Glasgow – next week. But the speaking tour was cancelled after student unions and university officials expressed concern about his views. The Zimbabwean cleric, who studied in Saudi Arabia, has described same-sex acts as “filthy,” “wrong” and synonymous with “acts of immorality”. He has been recorded as saying: “With all due respect … Continue reading Islamic Cleric Preaches “Gays Are Worse Than Animals”

Fatwa: Muslim women who swim in the sea commit adultery, should be punished

This is the most amazing and hilarious Fatwa by any Islamic Scholar or Islamic School, please read and share it as much to save Muslim women from getting punished. “When a woman goes swimming, as the word for sea is masculine, when “the water touches the woman’s private parts, she becomes an ‘adulteress’ and should be punished.” – Summary of a report titled “The misguided Fatwas of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis”, as published in the Al Masry Al Youm. A report by a committee set up by Al Azhar, one of the oldest and most prestigious Islamic universities in … Continue reading Fatwa: Muslim women who swim in the sea commit adultery, should be punished

Saudi Arabia: Islamic cleric rapes, tortures, kills daughter, pays fine

Source: The Examiner. Editorial note: this article is truly sickening and upsetting. Discretion advised. In Saudi Arabia an Islamic cleric who admits to raping, torturing and killing his daughter received a fine but no jail time for his heinous crime. Saudi media reports that the father paid 200,000 riyals ($50,000 US) in “blood money” for his crime, but will not be required to serve any time in prison. In response to the heinous crime, and lack of justice for five-year old victim Lama al-Ghamdi, the women’s rights activist Manal al-Sharif and others issued a press release on Feb 2, and … Continue reading Saudi Arabia: Islamic cleric rapes, tortures, kills daughter, pays fine