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What Obama Didn’t Say

newyorker:

Philip Gourevitch examines Obama’s speech on ISIS:

“He said that he’d consulted with Congress about taking the war to ISIS, but he did not say what that meant. He allowed that it’s always better to have congressional support, but he did not say that he would defer at any formal level to congressional approval or authorization (which may be fine with Congress).”

Photograph by Saul Loeb/Bloomberg/Getty

(Source: newyorker.com)

myownpersonalbatcave asked: Sorry if you've already answered this, but are there any actors that you think would be great for the American Gods series?

neil-gaiman:

Yup. Lots.

And, given that it’s going to be cast pretty soon, I will have to keep them to myself. Or possibly suggest them to Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, and hope our opinions match.

*Happy Dances*

gipsytrips:

Colombia. San Andres Island. 02-2012

The coral island of San Andres is located in the Caribbean Sea 750 km away from the Colombian coast. Geographically it’s much closer to Nicaragua (230 km). The island’s history is very complicated; centuries ago it was inhabited by English Puritans as well as being pirates’ favourite spot. So I couldn’t miss my chance to visit the place, jumped on a plane in Bogota and in two and a half hours I was already there. 

The main town (locals call it simply El Centro) didn’t impress me at all: it’s just a big duty free with mopeds running all around it. Fortunately it’s very easy to avoid the chaos by taking a boat to one of nearby cays to spend the day on white sands and bathe in azure waters. Photos in this post are from El Cayo Acuario and El Cayo Johnny.

If you are not afraid of tourist crowds, then you could try one of local activities - swimming with manta rays. I didn’t do that, because there were more people in the water than rays. Also there is an option to take a ferry to the neighbouring island of Providencia which is said to be nicer and quieter than San Andres, but the round trip ferry ticket there was same price as round trip flight from Bogota, which was way too much in my opinion. 

Taking into account the fact that I came to Colombia in February straight from snowy Saint Petersburg, I did enjoy San Andres island, and tourist crowds didn’t bother me much (I have to mention that I got to San Andres in its peak season and saw lots of Colombian vacationers there).

(via colombiafordummies)

kameelahwrites:

Revisiting WHITE GIRLS because a few nights ago I dreamed that Hilton Als and I collaborated on a street performance. Still piecing it together.

kameelahwrites:

Revisiting WHITE GIRLS because a few nights ago I dreamed that Hilton Als and I collaborated on a street performance. Still piecing it together.

npr:

Musical training doesn’t just improve your ear for music, it also helps your ear for speech. That’s the takeaway from an unusual new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers found that kids who took music lessons for two years didn’t just get better at playing the trombone or violin. They found that playing music also helped kids’ brains process language.
This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music
Photo credit: Annie Tritt for NPR

npr:

Musical training doesn’t just improve your ear for music, it also helps your ear for speech. That’s the takeaway from an unusual new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers found that kids who took music lessons for two years didn’t just get better at playing the trombone or violin. They found that playing music also helped kids’ brains process language.

This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music

Photo credit: Annie Tritt for NPR

(via teachingliteracy)

nprpolitics:

President Obama, VP Biden & FL observed a moment of silence this morning at the WH for the 9/11 anniversary. Hundreds of staff gathered. (AP/Charles Dharapak)

nprpolitics:

President Obama, VP Biden & FL observed a moment of silence this morning at the WH for the 9/11 anniversary. Hundreds of staff gathered. (AP/Charles Dharapak)

(via lessgentlemen)

singhstreetstyle:

Pardeep Singh Bahra, Founder of Singh Street Style, is the first Sikh to model for Samsung for their new Samsung Galaxy ad campaign.Samsung are releasing a new premium phone called the ‘Galaxy Alpha’, Pardeep Singh is one of the main faces to represent this campaign. 

singhstreetstyle:

Pardeep Singh Bahra, Founder of Singh Street Style, is the first Sikh to model for Samsung for their new Samsung Galaxy ad campaign.

Samsung are releasing a new premium phone called the ‘Galaxy Alpha’, Pardeep Singh is one of the main faces to represent this campaign. 

(via nprcodeswitch)