Friday, October 05, 2012

October 5th, outsourced

Ooh, the new National Geographic photo contest finalists are here. I need a follow-up picture for #12, though...yikes. [HT Jessie]

My students will love this: a Zinedine Zidane headbutt statue is now in Paris.

Great unsolved mystery, great write-up: The Body on Somerton Beach.

I cannot imagine who at IKEA thought this (airbrushing women out of the Saudi-edition catalog) would be a good idea. (In the UAE, we have women in our catalog - I just checked.)

Here's an article about the perils Indian schoolchildren face on their way to school.

The amazing historical sites that Syria's civil war is destroying, and the destruction of Aleppo.


Liz Johnson said...

That article about the dead man was FASCINATING, as were the National Geographic pics.

You know, I think war is horrific in every situation, but purposefully destroying UNESCO heritage sites?! There is a special place in hell for those people.

Liz Johnson said...

(even though, I should clarify, Mormons don't really believe in a traditional hell... but I do believe that those people will be put somewhere relatively nice and where they will be most comfortable, but where they have to listen to "Friday" on loop for eternity.)

Anonymous said...

^ forgive me, but do you not think that your natural reaction was that these people should go to hell, suggests that hell must exist?

it is the same with all denied realities; like a self-proclamined atheist would call out to God if he were to be drowning.

People don't believe until they need to, often.

interesting :)

Liz Johnson said...

I definitely believe in a version of hell, but I don't think of it as the traditional fire-and-brimstone type of hell. I think that everybody will be judged according to their actions and their hearts after this life, and that God will deal with them accordingly. But I tend to think that most people, after balancing their ledger with God, will end up living in some sort of eternal existence that more closely resembles a paradise than it does a lake of fire.

But I totally get what you mean - I think it's a pretty natural instinct for most people to want evil-doers to be punished, and I think it's a pretty natural instinct for people to call out for an unseen force to save them from death or destruction. So even though I don't necessarily believe that there exists a traditional hell where one would be locked in a room and forced to listen to fingernails on a chalkboard for the rest of eternity with rats nipping at their feet, that doesn't keep me from wishing some people would suffer that fate, just because it satisfies an animalistic desire within me to punish those I view to be doing excessive harm.

Jessie said...

I actually don't think those are the finalists - looks like the contest is open until November 30th. National Geographic let the reporter from the Atlantic post a few of his or her favorites from the submissions so far. So there will be more photos closer to the end of the year - Yay!

Kathy Haynie said...

My husband is pretty sure that the guy in photo #12 is wearing a helmet. I hope so! I especially love the Yosemite photo. I'm so sorry about Syria.


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