Bespoke Inflatable Doll

1Guy goes in an adult store and asks for an inflatable doll.

Guy behind the counter says, ‘Male or female?’

Customer says, ‘Female.’

Counter guy asks, ‘Black or white?

Customer says, ‘White.’

Counter guy asks, ‘Christian or Muslim?’

Customer says, ‘What the hell does religion have to do with it?’

Counter guy says, ‘The Muslim one blows itself up.’

BBC’s Knell continues the downplaying of terror from the Gaza Strip

BBC Watch

On November 21stwe noted here that – despite the presence of BBC staff in the Gaza Strip at the time – no report had appeared on the subject of the military parades which took place there on and around November 14th

On November 22nd an article by Yolande Knell titled “Tensions high between Israel and Gaza a year after truce” appeared in the ‘Features & Analysis’ section of the BBC News website’s Middle East page.

Knell Gaza parades

Knell opens her article with descriptions of those military parades. She notes that “[m]ore than 170 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed in last November’s clashes” but fails to make it clear to her readers that some 60% of casualties in the Gaza Strip were members of various terrorist organisations, including 71 from Hamas, 17 from the PIJ, six from the PRC and three from Fatah.

In copy-paste style…

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21 Terrifyingly Beautiful Photos of Incoming Storm Clouds

TwistedSifter

 

The sight of an incoming storm can be both beautiful and ominous. Below you will find a stunning collection of landscape and cityscape photos that demonstrate the awesome power of nature. Clicking any image will take you to the original source.

If any particular photo catches your eye, be sure to check out more from each respective photographer as their portfolios are truly a pleasure to browse through.

Now get your umbrellas out!

 

1. En route to Denver, Colorado, USA

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Photograph by HALEY LUNA
Tumblr | Website | Flickr | Instagram | Facebook | Google+ | Twitter

 

2. Near Booker, Texas, USA

The Booker Supercell

Photograph by MIKE OLBINSKI
Website | Flickr | Facebook | Twitter | Prints available

 

3. Timisora, Romania

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Photograph by ERVIN BOER

 

4. Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

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Photograph by ROLF MAEDER
Website | Blog | Twitter | Prints available

 

5. Daytona Beach, Florida…

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Bamboo Art from Bengal, India

Life is a Vacation

It was a festive evening in Kolkata and while I watched well dressed men, women and children turned out in their finest with a spring in their step my eyes did not miss the stall selling art pieces across the road. I stopped by at the stall chatting with the artist who gladly showed me all his pieces and described his art while attending to his customers who were attracted by the jewelry on display. Bamboo Art is popular in Kerala, Bengal and other eastern or north eastern states of India but the pictures and details in this post is from Bengal.

All the stuff that I photographed is hand made as in carved out of bamboo manually. After that it is sanded to make it smooth and then burnt to get the colour as well as to harden the piece. Finally, it is varnished for that rich brownish glossy…

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Sahaj, Baroda–Shopping for a cause

Therefore I travel

SAHAJ is a NGO that works with tribal women artisans of Gujarat. Sahaj has helped several tribal women earn a livelihood and support their families. Their main base is Dahod but they do have a store in Baroda (named Dharohar). That’s how I came to know of them.

M and I have often visited their store and had a lovely shopping time buying jewellery, baskets and generally browsing through their collection. They have a pretty big collection of skin care products, coffee mugs, bags and decor items. I had bought a huge mud coffee mug that i used as a pen stand. It has a rustic look and is of very fine quality. All their products are.

In my last few days in Baroda, we visited their exhibition held at Trisha gallery (They had lovely dupattas. I made things difficult for M by telling her to buy all…

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Somali journalists jailed for reporting about rape

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video says about itself:

Women imprisoned for being raped in Somalia – FOCUS – 06/06/2013

In Somalia, women who fled a famine two years ago are now falling prey to rape by militias and even government troops. These attacks are taking place in displaced [persons’] camps where they hoped to find refuge. An organisation is helping victims, offering counselling and legal support, but it’s uphill battle in a country where speaking out against rape is still widely considered taboo. In January this year, a woman was even sent to prison after complaining that she was violated by government soldiers.

In Afghanistan, the Pentagon and its NATO allies have installed a government wanting to bring back the death penalty by stoning.

In Somalia, the Pentagon and its NATO allies have installed a government using its police and jails to cover up rape scandals.

From Dalsan Radio

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