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A Clever Parody That Somehow Makes Mao Zedong Funny

Photographer Cristina de Middel’s new book Party is meant to question the idea of political power in a playful way. In the book, de Middel has taken the original text from Chairman Mao Zedong’s Little Red Book and redacted most of the words, creating new and biting quotes that mock the statements of this once-powerful communist leader of China. Alongside the text, she’s also included her own photos of contemporary China that are another way of poking fun.

“Political speech is like advertising,” says de Middel about Mao’s over-the-top language in the Little Red Book, which was meant to galvanize popular support for his brand of communism. “There is some interesting deepness, but it is not in the message, it is in the strategy.”

Mao’s strategy was to flood China with his missive. First published in 1966, theLittle Red Book, or Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong as its officially known, is second only to the Bible as the most printed book in history. Over a billion copies have circulated. Many people in China revere Mao to this day, and he is still credited with modernizing the country by transforming it from an agrarian to an industrial economy. But others see Mao as the worst type of dictator, one whose rule caused 40-70 million people to die from starvation, forced labor, and executions.

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Norwegian Photojournalist Aids Gaza Strike Victim, Takes Breath, and Resumes Shooting

It helps to have experience with first aid when you’re working as a photojournalists in conflict areas, and the intense video above is one example showing why. [warning: there’s some blood]

On July 16th, Norwegian photojournalist Harald Henden was filming a report outside his hotel in Gaza City when there was an explosion at a beach just a few hundred yards from where he was standing.

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Photo Field Trip 
14-year-old Berkeley teenager Andrei Crandall gets a huge break to photograph President Obama at the White House.

Photo Field Trip 

14-year-old Berkeley teenager Andrei Crandall gets a huge break to photograph President Obama at the White House.

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"Only three countries in the world report that they don’t offer paid maternity leave. And the United States is one of them. It’s time to change that."

President Obama advocates for paid maternity leave (via micdotcom)


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This one gif sums up 100 years of political change.


This one gif sums up 100 years of political change.

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My biggest frustration so far is the fact that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage. … We’re the only developed country on Earth where this happens. And it happens, now, once a week. And it’s a one-day story. There’s no place else like this.

… I have been in Washington for a while now, and most things don’t surprise me. The fact that 20 six-year-olds were gunned down (at Sandy Hook Elementary) and this town couldn’t do anything about it was stunning to me.

… The country has to do some soul-searching about this. This is becoming the norm, and we take it for granted in ways that, as a parent, are terrifying to me. I am prepared to work with anybody — including responsible sportsmen and gun owners — to craft some solutions, but right now, it’s not possible to get even the mildest restrictions through Congress, and we should be ashamed of that.


PRESIDENT OBAMA, on the (perhaps willing) inability of Congress to address gun violence, at yesterday’s Tumblr town hall in Washington, DC.

There have been 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012.

The NRA and its members shrug.


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"We exist for only one purpose and that’s to get a 28th amendment to get all money out of politics."

Vermont wants to change the Constitution to limit the flow of money into politics  (via policymic)

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1964: The World 50 Years Ago

1964 was an eventful year — a half-century ago, humans were making strides toward space travel beyond the Earth’s orbit, and Tokyo hosted the 18th Summer Olympics. The Beatles took America by storm, as Race Riots gripped big cities — and the the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law. Boxer Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and the heavyweight champion of the world. Cyprus devolved into civil war between Turks and Greeks, and President Lyndon Johnson escalated U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. 

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  1. The prize-winning coiffures in a contest in Munich, Germany on May 1, 1964. They were designed for evening wear and hairdressers said anyone with a little time can copy them.
  2. A bloody encounter - Police officers struggle with man dripping wet from blast of fire hose during rioting in Rochester, new York in July of 1964. Blood streaks down man’s face as he is taken into custody by police. Fire hoses failed to calm the man, who had been taunting police from his porch.
  3. Bob Dylan plays a bass guitar in a restaurant on June 15, 1964. 
  4. Flying low over the jungle, an A-1 Skyraider drops 500-pound bombs on a Viet Cong position below as smoke rises from a previous pass at the target, December 26, 1964.
  5. Sonny Liston, right, lowers his head and works in close during the sixth round of heavyweight championship fight against Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) in Miami Beach, Florida, on February 25, 1964. Ali won the fight, and the heavyweight title, in a controversial bout.
  6. Top Chinese communist leader, Chairman of Communist Party (CCP) and President of the Republic, Mao Zedong examines a home-made semi-automatic rifle during his visit to a military exhibition by the Beijing Units of the People’s Liberation Army in June of 1964.
  7. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California, on June 26, 1964.
  8. Children in a Hong Kong refugee resettlement area watch as former Vice President Richard Nixon shows them his badminton service. Nixon visited Hong Kong, April 4, 1964, during a tour of countries in the Far East.
  9. This outline of black and white gives strollers at the 1964 New York World’s Fair a peaceful appearance as they pass the water fountains and soft lights playing at the base of the Unisphere Fountain of Continents.
  10. Rifle muzzles bristle on a rocky hillside in Cyprus on February 23, 1964, as Greek Cypriot trainee policemen undergo an arms drill in rough terrain outside Nicosia. All the recruits have joined the force since the emergency spawned by communal strife in the Island.

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Ghosts of Gezi

ere was the crassness of the idea: to build a kitschy shopping mall in a reconstituted Ottoman military barracks, in the middle of Istanbul’s treasured Gezi Park. There was the whiff of cronyism in it, too. There was the obstinate micromanagement from the office of the Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who appeared unable to fathom that people might not want a kitschy shopping mall instead of a park. (His reaction to a national-heritage board that rejected the plan was typical: “I reject your rejection.”) Then, there were those initial days when a handful of people tried to prevent earthmoving equipment from uprooting Gezi’s sycamores. There was the courageous member of parliament who threw himself in front of the machines, and the tent city that sprang up to house protesters who refused to leave. Eventually, as might be expected, the police came, with pepper spray and fire and truncheons, beating and blasting people and burning down tents. As the protesters grew in number, to more than two million across the country, the police swarmed, shooting more than a hundred thousand cannisters of tear gas—at times directly at people, like bullets. 

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Iranian Court Orders the Insta-Ban of Instagram

Amidst a barrage of privacy concerns, an Iranian court has ordered a ban of photo-sharing giant Instagram, reports the Associated Press.

According to the AP report, the ban originated from a private lawsuit, which led to a controversial court order banning the site via Iran’s Ministry of Telecommunications. But as late as today around noon, users in the Iranian capital, Tehran, were still able to access the social network.

The ban, which Instagram declined to comment on when asked by ABC News, should come as no real surprise given that Instagram’s parent company, Facebook, is also banned in the country… along with Twitter and YouTube.

Ironically, top officials in the country have standard access to such social networking sites, and some of the highest officials in Iran are using various social media outlets to make their name and campaign known in the west. Citizens, on the other hand, must resort to proxies and other bypasses to gain access.

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