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[UPDATED] [VIDEO] Who Is Joseph Kony? PLEASE SHARE! It Is Important!

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(For everyone who read up on KONY, please be aware that the Invisible Children Organization has their own skeletons in the closet. Not only do they work with Sudan People’s Liberation Army (who has a similar reputation as the LRA), they also exaggerate the statistics and refuse to let the BBB look into their operation. While I love that they raised awareness, I don’t know if their organization is what we should support, but rather the people of Africa as well as humanity. Research and awareness takes time and effort while following the majority takes nothing. Be aware and continue on fighting!)

When I first sat down to watch this amazing film, I had no idea what I was getting myself in for and very little knowledge on what it would actually be about. I must admit that a range of emotions have since overwhelmed me and I can’t help but to feel ashamed, saddened, angry, bitter, hopeless, hopeful, but more than anything, I am happy to feel compassion for humanity.

Joseph Kony is a despicable man coward, that preys on those who can’t fight him, controls their will, desires, AND freedom, all to gain nothing but power and superiority over the masses. What bothered me even more that Kony himself was the carelessness and inhumane way that OUR government, the Unites States of America, reacted when they first heard the pleas of this filmmaker (who is truly, much more than that). Financially and socially not a big enough issue for us to get involved?! Excuse me, but are you fucking serious?! Thank goodness you though otherwise during the time of Hitler or we may be a much different world today.

The film brings great insight into the advantages of technology in the modern world and how we, as a people, can use this to our advantage. No longer should the politicians, 1%, and media have the say in who or what we fight for, but rather, the people, are the ones who can now make decisions on a global level. Please watch this film and find a way to be a part of the change in our system! Don’t fight for America, fight for humanity!

UPDATE March 7th, 2012 at 3:05PM: I was hoping to do more research on this after I got home from work and was able to spend some time investigating, but have discovered, I shouldn’t wait that long. An article posted by Jezebel has already brought up many issues that I feel everyone who watches this video should be aware of:

Dubious Finances

From “Visible Children”:

Invisible Children has been condemned time and time again. As a registered not-for-profit, its finances are public. Last year, the organization spent $8,676,614. Only 32% went to direct services (page 6), with much of the rest going to staff salaries, travel and transport, and film production. This is far from ideal, and Charity Navigator rates their accountability 2/4 stars because they haven’t had their finances externally audited. But it goes way deeper than that.

Exaggerated Claims

From Foreign Affairs magazine:

In their campaigns, such organizations [as Invisible Children] have manipulated facts for strategic purposes, exaggerating the scale of LRA abductions and murders and emphasizing the LRA’s use of innocent children as soldiers, and portraying Kony — a brutal man, to be sure — as uniquely awful, a Kurtz-like embodiment of evil.

Support for Military Intervention

From “Visible Children:

The group is in favour of direct military intervention, and their money supports the Ugandan government‘s army and various other military forces. Here’s a photo of the founders of Invisible Children posing with weapons and personnel of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. Both the Ugandan army and Sudan People’s Liberation Army are riddled with accusations of rape and looting, but Invisible Children defends them,arguing that the Ugandan army is “better equipped than that of any of the other affected countries”, although Kony is no longer active in Uganda and hasn’t been since 2006 by their own admission. These books each refer to the rape and sexual assault that are perennial issues with the UPDF, the military group Invisible Children is defending.

Marketing Tactics

From Yale Professor Chris Blattman:

“[The video] feels much the same, laced with more macho bravado. The movie feels like it’s about the filmmakers, and not the cause. There might be something to the argument that American teenagers are more likely to relate to an issue through the eyes of a peer. That’s the argument that was made after the first film. It’s not entirely convincing, especially given the distinctly non-teenage political influence IC now has. The cavalier first film did the trick. Maybe now it’s time to start acting like grownups.

There are a few other things that are troubling. It’s questionable whether one should be showing the faces of child soldiers on film. And watching the film one gets the sense that the US and IC were instrumental in getting the peace talks to happen. These things diminish credibility more than anything.

“Invisible Children is staffed by douchebags” (A woman after my own heart.)

From Vice:

“Now when I first watched the Kony 2012 video, there was a horrible pang of self-knowledge as I finally grasped quite how shallow I am. I found it impossible to completely overlook the smug indie-ness of it all. It reminded me of a manipulative technology advert, or the Kings of Leon video where they party with black families, or the 30 Seconds to Mars video where all the kids talk about how Jared Leto’s music saved their lives. I mean, watch the first few seconds of this again. It’s pompous twaddle with no relevance to fucking anything.”

I am still going to try and decide where I stand on this matter, because whatever the facts about Invisible Children are, they still made one difference: People all over the world now feel empowered to know that they can make a difference. One person can make change, (s)he just has to ignite the passion within another. Kony is a bad man. Invisible Children is an organization trying to make change (whether it be 2 stars or 4). You decide what you want to do, because YOU have the freedom to do so.

If Kony 2012 inspired you to donate money to the region, check out these charities, all of which received four star ratings on Charity Navigator: AMREF USADoctors Without Borders, and Water.org.

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YouTube Description:

KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.

HOW TO HELP:
Join TRI or Donate to Invisible Children: http://bit.ly/yp5Ffv
Purchase KONY 2012 products: http://invisiblechildrenstore.myshopify.com/
Sign the Pledge: http://www.causes.com/causes/227-invisible-children

FOR MEDIA INQUIRES ONLY: Monica Vigo pr@invisiblechildren.com

DIRECTOR: Jason Russell
LEAD EDITOR: Kathryn Lang
EDITORS: Kevin Trout, Jay Salbert, Jesse Eslinger
LEAD ANIMATOR: Chad Clendinen
ANIMATOR: Jesse Eslinger
3-D MODELING: Victor Soto
VISUAL EFFECTS: Chris Hop
WRITERS: Jason Russell, Jedidiah Jenkins, Kathryn Lang, Danica Russell, Ben Keesey, Azy Groth
PRODUCERS: Kimmy Vandivort, Heather Longerbeam, Chad Clendinen, Noelle Jouglet
ORIGINAL SCORES: Joel P. West
SOUND MIX: Stephen Grubbs, Mark Friedgen, Smart Post Sound
COLOR: Damian Pelphrey, Company 3
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, Laren Poole, Gavin Kelly, Chad Clendinen, Kevin Trout, Jay Salbert, Shannon Lynch PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Jaime Landsverk
LEAD DESIGNER: Tyler Fordham
DESIGNERS: Chadwick Gantes, Stephen Witmer

MUSIC CREDIT:
“02 Ghosts I”
Performed by Nine Inch Nails
Written by Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor
Produced by Alan Moulder, Atticus Ross, and Trent Reznor
Nine Inch Nails appear courtesy of The Null Corporation

“Punching in a Dream”
Performed by The Naked and Famous
Written by Aaron Short, Alisa Xayalith, and Thom Powers
Produced by Thom Powers
The Naked and Famous appear courtesy of Somewhat Damaged and Universal Republic

“Arrival of the Birds”
Performed by The Cinematic Orchestra
Written by The Cinematic Orchestra
Produced by The Cinematic Orchestra
The Cinematic Orchestra appears courtesy of Disney Records

Roll Away Your Stone
Performed by Mumford and Sons
Written by Benjamin Lovett, Edward Dwane, Marcus Mumford, and Winston Marshall
Produced by Markus Dravs
Mumford and Sons appear courtesy of Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

“On (Instrumental)”
Performed by Bloc Party
Written by Bloc Party
Produced by Jacknife Lee
Bloc Party appears courtesy of Vice Records

“A Dream within a Dream”
Performed by The Glitch Mob
The Glitch Mob appears courtesy of Glass Air

“I Can’t Stop”
Performed by Flux Pavilion
Flux Pavilion appears courtesy of Circus Records Limited

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Teen Girl In Coma Shoots Hoops

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Maggie Meier is a teenager who loved playing basketball at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas. In 2008, after a seizure, the high school student was admitted to the hospital and learnt that she contracted a potentially fatal disease and fell into a coma. After some testing, Meier was found to have mycoplasma meningoencephalitis – a form of meningitis which causes swelling on the brain.

The young woman shocked doctors and family alike when she continued to shoot hoops while in her comatose state. She had been in a coma for nearly three months and was moved every two to three hours to make sure that her limbs didn’t stiffen.

To remind her of who she was, the family placed a basketball in Maggie’s hands when she was seated upright in a wheelchair. Amazingly, the young woman’s reflexes kicked in and she started shooting hoops.

The neurologist, Dr William Graf, who was working on Ms. Meier had told thedaily.com: ‘The act of shooting a basketball must have been ingrained as one of Maggie’s basic instincts – her basketball shooting motion came back to her even before she was able to stand up or walk again.’

Luckily, she has since come out of the coma and relearnt how to walk, speak, read, and even play basketball again.

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[VIDEO] Drunk Man Provides Entertainment For Disneyland Guests

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First of all, I have most certainly been drunk at Disneyland and can tell you first hand: not a good idea. Like the woman screams, over and over and over again, “There are kids (t)here!” Although to be honest, I wasn’t at this point during my drunk Disneyland adventure. I would imagine that if I had, I would have been arrested… just like this guy. Then again, he probably doesn’t even know where he is and is just looking for the bar within the Tower of Terror. Every hotel has a bar, and every drunk knows this.

 

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[VIDEO] Cat vs. Alligator

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This incident took place at Cajun Pride Swamp Tours, in LaPlace, Louisiana. Someone knew that a cat taking on an alligator would most likely get some exposure on YouTube.

Is this not one of the most unintelligent cats you have seen? Or is it incredibly brave? Personally, I just think it’s stupid. Why be brave when going against something that could demolish you in one second flat? Not worth it.

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[VIDEO] Funny Spoof: Siri Argument

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Everyone has really enjoyed poking fun at the Apple iPhone 4S’ new program ‘SIRI‘. Everything from her voice to the answers she provides have been a great deal of entertainment for many, but now someone took it a step further and made a great spoof on the popular addition. If only it allowed you to say things via text as opposed to putting it into writing, the sarcasm and connotation could be identified much better. Oh wait, we do have that capability…making a phone call.

Sadly,  I’m one of those people who would rather my tone not be reflected and get myself into trouble, than picking up a phone and making an actual call. It’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I’m awkward at finding a good moment to say goodbye, and would rather not be put in that position. Obviously, I have to talk on the phone and would like to stop being such a pussy, but technology is making too easy.

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[VIDEO] 100 Person Brawl In An Alabama Waffle House!

Waffle House fight suspect, Brandon Dequan Harper. Courtesy Tuscaloosa Police Department.

UPDATE (October 24th, 2011)Tuscaloosa police have arrested three individuals in connection with this incident. One suspect is a minor only 17 years of age, but the other two are 21-year-old Brandon Dequan Harper and 19-year-old Justin Darnell Harper. Both Harpers have been charged with disorderly conduct and are being held on a $300 bond. 

Apparently the fight broke out due to a robbery case that had occurred in August 2011. The suspect (who should be laying low) saw the victim inside the waffle house and decided to initiate a conversation which obviously led to a fight. 

Others have been identified and warrants have therefore been issued for their arrest. The identities of these men is thanks to tips to Crime Stoppers, and they are still asking for more information. In fact, they are even offering a cash reward for any information relating to this case. 

Waffle House fight suspect, Justin Darnell Harper. Courtesy Tuscaloosa Police Department.

On Sunday morning at 2:34am, police were notified of a full on brawl at a Waffle House at the 3421 McFarland Blvd. East location in Tuscaloosa. Chairs were being thrown as 100 people found themselves in the midst of a full on brawl…in a fucking waffle house.

Although the fight started outside of the waffle house with tempers flared, it quickly gravitated into the restaurant where more and more individuals became involved. Police have not released information on whether or not any arrests have been made, but as time passes, more information will surely come to light. And once we hear more, we will most certainly update this story.

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Woman Gets Into Bleach Fight At Wal-Mart That Sends 19 People To The Hospital

Two women were arrested in a Maryland Wal-Mart shortly after a bleach fight broke out. Theresa Monique Jefferson, 33, and another woman caused an evacuation of the store that lasted about 2 hours after each through bleach and another chemical onto one another.

Not only were these two women the victims of the fight, but 19 other people were taken to the hospital. Luckily, only one was being treated for serious injuries.

The alleged fight took place in the Lansdowne Station shopping centre in Baltimore.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the argument between Jefferson and the other woman went back before the store fight.

The paper reported Jefferson has a child with the victim’s boyfriend.

Speaking to the New York Daily News, a spokesman for Walmart said: ‘This is obviously not the type of behaviour that we would expect from people at our stores.

Obviously this spokesman is unaware of some of the individuals that tend to shop in their stores. I mean, I am not very shocked that these women were involved in a fight like this. I am not implying that all Wal-Mart shoppers act this childishly, but they don’t draw the most classy characters, that’s for sure.

The reason this chemical fight was so serious is because they also were throwing ammonia and when those two substances are mixed, they produce toxic fumes. Bitches were chemists and they had no idea.

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During Argument, Boyfriend Shoves Snake Shit In Girlfriend’s Mouth

In Elyria, Matthew Rudisill, 24, was arrested and charged with domestic violence after getting into an argument with his girlfriend, Amber Pennell, 21, that suddenly turned into quite an interesting dispute.

According to Pennell, her boyfriend had called her to let her know that he was going to trash her room. The two had a home together as well as a child and so she went to the shared residence to check on her room. After arriving and checking in, she quickly realized that the room had not been touched and decided to leave.

On her way out, Rudisill had blocked the door way to try to keep her in the residence. She did something that I’m sure she regrets in hindsight and grabbed the Coral Snake from its tank and told Rudisill she would let it go if he did not let her leave.

Instead, Matthew Rudisill grabbed the snake by the tail, removed excrement‘s and shoved his hand into Pennell’s mouth forcing her to gag. While returning the snake to its holding tank, he had told his girlfriend to hit him, which she did not.

Coral snake venom is highly toxic, but the species rarely bites humans unless provoked.

After the snake shit incident, he then tossed Pennell into the door frame, leaving her with a laceration and black eye before she fell to the ground with him on top of her. As she tried to move, he bit her forearm to keep her from getting off the ground. Shortly after, she was able to get free and run into the front yard where she was able to call the police.

Rudisill told police he did not strike Pennel or put snake excrement in her mouth, but he said Pennel did bite him on the hand. He could not say how it happened, the report stated.

Police arrested Rudisill at about 3:30 a.m. at their home on the 100 block of Caroline Street. After an initial court appearance Friday, Rudisill was released on a recognizance bond with a condition of staying away from Pennell and the residence.

According to a later police report, another man went to Pennell’s home at 3:45 a.m. and told her to drop the charges against Rudisill, asking if she wanted him to “dot her other eye.” Pennell had a black eye from the earlier incident.

The best thing to do if you’re innocent is to send over a buddy and let him threaten your girlfriend too. In fact, that’s probably the most brilliant way to prove your innocent and didn’t do anything. Who would believe you were capable of such violence if you sent someone to threaten to hurt her even more than she claimed she already was? Everyone dumb ass. Everyone.

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The man was charged, but not yet arrested, for intimidation of a victim.

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Spongebob Fights Two Women In The Streets Of Hollywood

On Monday In Hollywood, CA, Spongebob and two women were arrested for brawling in the streets. No one is very clear on what led to the fight, but Mr. Spongebob has gained a reputation here on Hollywood Boulevard. According to many people the man who lives in a pineapple under the sea, has also been know to be overly aggressive with requesting payment as well as a little too flirtatious.

The two women who were involved, both sported pink hair and seemed to be enjoying the fight with the big yellow sponge. This incident led to quite a scene in the busy tourist area and required many officers to arrive on scene.

After questioning Spongebob, police have let him go without an arrest. Whether the two women have been arrested still remains unclear. Check out the photos and video below:

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Mike Tyson Wannabe Bit Off Man’s Eyebrow During Fight

Everybody was shocked as hell the first time that this happened with Mike Tyson biting off an ear, but to do this at a house party is just fucking sick.These two men didn’t even know each other before this party, which is pathetic. Although there aren’t many details as far as what led to the fight, there is this article from Huff Post Weird News with some updated information from the LA Times:

BUENA PARK, Calif. — Authorities in Southern California say a man, Luis Miguel Aguilar, 29, bit off another man’s eyebrow during a fight at a house party [in the 7500 block of El Cerro Drive], chewed it up and spat it out.

Buena Park Police Cpl. Andy Luong says the man lost “a pretty good chunk” of skin and hair on his face, an area about the size of an egg. The man, [41-year-old Placentia resident], will require reconstructive surgery. His identity has not been released.

Aguilar was expected to be arraigned Thursday on one count of felony mayhem.

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