This blog is an eclectic collection of interesting things I've found on Tumblr, the rest of the web, and beyond. Its name is taken from this quote by Dinah Craik:"Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away."

Mom Arrested for Letting Daughter Play Outside →

The story is a convergence of helicopter parenting with America’s primitive family policy. Our welfare policy is designed to make everybody, even single mothers, work full-time jobs. The social safety net makes it difficult for low-wage single mothers to obtain adequate child care. And society is seized by bizarre fears that children are routinely snatched up by strangers in public places. The phenomenon is, in fact, nearly as rare as in-person voting fraud. But when you watch the report above, you can see everybody involved believes such a thing plainly happens all the time.

(Source: azspot)

humansofnewyork:

"Are you lonely?""It’s been a lifetime of loneliness. I decided early on that I better get used to it. I go to movies by myself. If the movie theater is completely empty, I’m even happier. I learned early on that if I wanted to go to restaurants, I better learn to go by myself. One benefit to being big is that people don’t bother you. I’m shocked that you came up to me. Nobody’s ever done that. When I started to go to therapy, it took me several sessions before I even spoke a word. I’d just sit there and cry. And honestly, you caught me on a tough day. I was sitting here feeling really bad about myself. Because I went to the doctor today, and I was sure that I’d lost weight. But I’d gained some."

humansofnewyork:

"Are you lonely?"
"It’s been a lifetime of loneliness. I decided early on that I better get used to it. I go to movies by myself. If the movie theater is completely empty, I’m even happier. I learned early on that if I wanted to go to restaurants, I better learn to go by myself. One benefit to being big is that people don’t bother you. I’m shocked that you came up to me. Nobody’s ever done that. When I started to go to therapy, it took me several sessions before I even spoke a word. I’d just sit there and cry. And honestly, you caught me on a tough day. I was sitting here feeling really bad about myself. Because I went to the doctor today, and I was sure that I’d lost weight. But I’d gained some."

theweekmagazine:

Tim Howard could have saved the dinosaurs, Twitter claims

15 Charts That Prove We’re Far From Post-Racial

On July 2, 1964, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, officially banning discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It also ended racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and in general public facilities.
Fifty years removed from that milestone, it’s apparently easy to think that we’re over racism.
Here are 15 facts that prove that’s not the case.

15 Charts That Prove We’re Far From Post-Racial

On July 2, 1964, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, officially banning discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It also ended racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and in general public facilities.

Fifty years removed from that milestone, it’s apparently easy to think that we’re over racism.

Here are 15 facts that prove that’s not the case.

So, let’s pretend that this current VA crises is an anomaly created by one unusually callous and ineffective president, but that would be just pretend. Or, on this Memorial Day weekend eve we can finally admit that America has had, for over 200 years, a great bipartisan tradition of honoring those who have fought for our freedom by fucking them over once they give their guns back.
Stop forcing people to wear bike helmets.
The Mystery of Go, the Ancient Game That Computers Still Can’t Win
mapsontheweb:

North Korea at night

mapsontheweb:

North Korea at night

upworthy:

I Can’t Tell You How Often I’ve Heard ‘It’s Not Fair!’ From Adorable Kids. But Wow, What A Comeback!
Julie London

—Why Don't You Do Right

(Source: frenchtwist)

mashable:

The Forgotten Photos of Mothers

A few weeks ago, 83-year-old photographer Ken Heyman rediscovered photographs that he took for a book called Family which he created with anthropologist Margaret Mead in 1965.

quickhits:

The five stages of GOP scandal-mongering: A reader’s guide.
BENGHAZI!! has reached stage three, where they foolishly hold a committee hearing on it and wind up proving it was all made up horseshit.
[photo via Wikimedia Commons]

quickhits:

The five stages of GOP scandal-mongering: A reader’s guide.

BENGHAZI!! has reached stage three, where they foolishly hold a committee hearing on it and wind up proving it was all made up horseshit.

[photo via Wikimedia Commons]

mapsontheweb:

States of India with population being compared to countries

mapsontheweb:

States of India with population being compared to countries

(Source: economist.com)

vimeo:

1924 London meets modernity in Simon Smith’s video footage mashup.