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Tina Guo: The Rains of Castamere

An arrangement of the haunting “Rains of Castamere” played on Cello and the traditional Chinese Erhu.

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Autumn Beach (by Alan E Taylor)



A panda-sized Happy Birthday to our beloved mama bear and grandma bear, Bai Yun, who turns 23 years young today. It’s also National Grandparents Day, which is all too fitting.

Tags: d'aw pandas


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Game of Thrones - 60’s/Saul Bass style title sequence

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Puppy growing up, no hesitation on the second jump. [video]


Puppy growing up, no hesitation on the second jump. [video]

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Alaska-born photographer Acacia Johnson's Polaris depicts the northern lands of Alaska and Iceland in a series of moody, atmospheric photos. With a profound connection to the Far North’s otherworldly terrains, Johnson—who describes her photographic process as “expeditionary in nature”—captures stunning images of untamed wilderness.

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In his book The Rise of the Warrior Cop, journalist Radley Balko notes that since the 1960s, “law-enforcement agencies across the U.S., at every level of government, have been blurring the line between police officer and soldier. Driven by martial rhetoric and the availability of military-style equipment—from bayonets and M–16 rifles to armored personnel carriers—American police forces have often adopted a mind-set previously reserved for the battlefield.”

This process ramped up with the “war on drugs” in the 1980s and 1990s, as the federal government supplied local and state police forces with military-grade weaponry to clamp down on drug trafficking and other crime. And it accelerated again after the 9/11 attacks and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, when the federal government had—and sent—billions in surplus military equipment to state and local governments. Since 2006, according to an analysis by the New York Times, police departments have acquired 435 armored vehicles, 533 planes, 93,763 machine guns, and 432 mine-resistant armored trucks. Overall, since Congress established its program to transfer military hardware, local and state police departments have received $4.3 billion worth of equipment. Accordingly, the value of military equipment used by these police agencies has increased from $1 million in 1990 to $324 million in 1995 (shortly after the program was established), to nearly $450 million in 2013.

At the same time as crime has fallen to its lowest levels in decades, police departments are acquiring more hardware and finding more reasons to use SWAT teams and other heavy-handed tactics, regardless of the situation. According to an American Civil Liberties Union report released this summer, 79 percent of SWAT deployments from 2011 to 2012 were for search warrants, a massive overreaction that can have disastrous consequences, including injury and death.


Police in Ferguson: Military weapons threaten protesters. (via dendroica)

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Gulmarg,Kashmir (by Sukhbir Raina)


Gulmarg,Kashmir (by Sukhbir Raina)

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Our 1984 Vanagon out in the wild.

Our 1984 Vanagon out in the wild.