beerburritowhiskey
guardian:

Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘armed invasion’ after airport seizure - live updates
• Men in military uniform seize Simferopol airport• Russian naval forces block Sevastopol military airport, Ukraine says• Ukraine condemns ‘armed invasion and occupation’• Russia’s Black Sea fleet denies taking action at Sevastopol
An unidentified armed man patrols a square in front of the airport in Simferopol, Ukraine. Photograph: Ivan Sekretarev/AP

guardian:

Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘armed invasion’ after airport seizure - live updates

• Men in military uniform seize Simferopol airport
• Russian naval forces block Sevastopol military airport, Ukraine says
• Ukraine condemns ‘armed invasion and occupation’
• Russia’s Black Sea fleet denies taking action at Sevastopol

An unidentified armed man patrols a square in front of the airport in Simferopol, Ukraine. Photograph: Ivan Sekretarev/AP

nprfreshair
We are effectively undoing the beauty and the variety and the richness of the world which has taken tens of millions of years to reach this point. We’re sort of unraveling that… We’re doing, it’s often said, a massive experiment on the planet and we really don’t know what the end point is going to be.

Elizabeth Kolbert

Wednesday: We discuss how human activity is responsible for a mass extinction. Kolbert’s new book is called The Sixth Extinction.

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cognitivedissonance
humanrightswatch:


Kyrgyzstan: Police Abuse, Extortion of Gay Men
Police in Kyrgyzstan have extorted, threatened, arbitrarily detained, beaten, and sexually abused gay and bisexual men. Although consensual sex between men was decriminalized in Kyrgyzstan in 1998, police target gay and bisexual men for violence and extortion.
A recent HRW report found that gay and bisexual men have been subjected to a range of abuses at the hands of police in Kyrgyzstan, including physical, sexual, and psychological violence; arbitrary detention; and extortion under the threat of violence or of exposing victims’ sexual orientation to friends and family. The report is based on detailed interviews with 40 gay and bisexual men in four regions of Kyrgyzstan. 
Read more.
Photo: Kyrgyzstan police standing near Ala-Too square. © 2013 Eldiyar Arykbaev

humanrightswatch:

Kyrgyzstan: Police Abuse, Extortion of Gay Men

Police in Kyrgyzstan have extorted, threatened, arbitrarily detained, beaten, and sexually abused gay and bisexual men. Although consensual sex between men was decriminalized in Kyrgyzstan in 1998, police target gay and bisexual men for violence and extortion.

A recent HRW report found that gay and bisexual men have been subjected to a range of abuses at the hands of police in Kyrgyzstan, including physical, sexual, and psychological violence; arbitrary detention; and extortion under the threat of violence or of exposing victims’ sexual orientation to friends and family. The report is based on detailed interviews with 40 gay and bisexual men in four regions of Kyrgyzstan. 

Read more.

Photo: Kyrgyzstan police standing near Ala-Too square. © 2013 Eldiyar Arykbaev

shortformblog
fortheunicornchild
humansofnewyork:

"We’ve been on it for two years." “Did you do drugs before that?” “A line of coke at a party, every once in awhile we’d pop a couple Vicodin and watch TV. But we had normal lives. She was an office administrator, I was a cook. Then I got hurt and got a prescription for some Oxycontins. And I gave a few to her. And before long we were crushing them up and snorting them. Then we started doing heroin cause it was cheaper. It’s the same thing, really, as the Oxycontins. Just cheaper.”  “What’s it feel like when you stop doing heroin?” “It’s like dying. And being reborn again. Your eyes keep crying and your nose keeps running and you’ve got cold sweats. And for like 4 days you’re flopping around and can’t get comfortable, so you can’t sleep for days so you start thinking crazy and seeing things. And if you can make it through those four days without getting a bag of dope, then you come out the other side so exhausted you can’t move. If you’re lucky you can get some methadone from a clinic, but that’s even more addictive than the heroin.” “Would you say heroin has ruined your life?” “Absolutely.” “Do you mind if I share that?” “That’s fine. Just say one thing. Be sure to say that we really do love each other and we’re trying to fix our lives.”

Sad - good luck to them

humansofnewyork:

"We’ve been on it for two years."
“Did you do drugs before that?”
“A line of coke at a party, every once in awhile we’d pop a couple Vicodin and watch TV. But we had normal lives. She was an office administrator, I was a cook. Then I got hurt and got a prescription for some Oxycontins. And I gave a few to her. And before long we were crushing them up and snorting them. Then we started doing heroin cause it was cheaper. It’s the same thing, really, as the Oxycontins. Just cheaper.”
“What’s it feel like when you stop doing heroin?”
“It’s like dying. And being reborn again. Your eyes keep crying and your nose keeps running and you’ve got cold sweats. And for like 4 days you’re flopping around and can’t get comfortable, so you can’t sleep for days so you start thinking crazy and seeing things. And if you can make it through those four days without getting a bag of dope, then you come out the other side so exhausted you can’t move. If you’re lucky you can get some methadone from a clinic, but that’s even more addictive than the heroin.”
“Would you say heroin has ruined your life?”
“Absolutely.”
“Do you mind if I share that?”
“That’s fine. Just say one thing. Be sure to say that we really do love each other and we’re trying to fix our lives.”

Sad - good luck to them

shortformblog
shortformblog:

When the emergency system fails: Last month, Kari Hunt Dunn (shown with two of her three children) took the kids to see her estranged husband at a Texas hotel. While at the hotel, Dunn was brutally stabbed to death by her husband Brian while the children were in the adjacent room. The oldest daughter, 9, knew to call 911, but ran into an issue: The phone system required callers to dial 9 to reach an outside line. (The father was later arrested and is currently sitting in jail on a $5 million bond.)
The result of this tragedy, led by Kari’s father Hank Hunt, could lead to some major action: A Change.org petition encouraging the passage of a law that would require hotels to change their phone systems to make it easier to dial 911. The effort is gaining traction with both Congress and the FCC—here’s the latest.

shortformblog:

When the emergency system fails: Last month, Kari Hunt Dunn (shown with two of her three children) took the kids to see her estranged husband at a Texas hotel. While at the hotel, Dunn was brutally stabbed to death by her husband Brian while the children were in the adjacent room. The oldest daughter, 9, knew to call 911, but ran into an issue: The phone system required callers to dial 9 to reach an outside line. (The father was later arrested and is currently sitting in jail on a $5 million bond.)

The result of this tragedy, led by Kari’s father Hank Hunt, could lead to some major action: A Change.org petition encouraging the passage of a law that would require hotels to change their phone systems to make it easier to dial 911. The effort is gaining traction with both Congress and the FCC—here’s the latest.