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Hi, I’m Jeff Skinner and I accept Gabriel Landeskog’s nomination for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I nominate Ryan Murphy, Justin Faulk and Elias Lindholm. (x)

(Source: fucale, via shawnhunters)

theloupgaroux:

I’m incredibly proud of [Buffy the Vampire Slayer] — proud of everybody on it, of what we did … You can’t be prouder of that show. - SMG (x)

(via fuckyeahjosswhedon)

frogmanslightschool:

Finding a male Monarch butterfly alighting on some milkweed was the highlight of a recent trip to a conservation area for sure - monarch populations have declined 90% in the past 20 years because milkweed is the sole host plant for their caterpillars. 

More importantly, taking pictures of this guy (there were several others around as well but none quite as patient as him) taught me an important lesson in editing. Because I was using my 50mm fixed lense since my telephoto lense is pure and utter garbage I knew I couldn’t crop too close or the noise and blur would really distract from the picture. However, too far away and the focus (the butterfly) was lost or drowned out. I decided to settle on the middle ground of including milkweed in the picture. 

Second thought on editing: it scares me. I’m not proficient with Lightroom - I can set clarity, and bring highlights and shadows to where I want them. I can adjust white balance. But when to use black and white? Does it add anything to the picture? Vignetting - am I using it too much? These are the questions that cause me anxiety whenever I open Lightroom. As I improve hopefully my skills in editing will improve too. Thanks for all of your support as I grow as a photographer! 

Photos by Erin

Last year, in total, British police officers actually fired their weapons three times. The number of people fatally shot was zero. In 2012 the figure was just one. Even after adjusting for the smaller size of Britain’s population, British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans. Between 2010 and 2014 the police force of one small American city, Albuquerque in New Mexico, shot and killed 23 civilians; seven times more than the number of Brits killed by all of England and Wales’s 43 forces during the same period.

The explanation for this gap is simple. In Britain, guns are rare. Only specialist firearms officers carry them; and criminals rarely have access to them. The last time a British police officer was killed by a firearm on duty was in 2012, in a brutal case in Manchester. The annual number of murders by shooting is typically less than 50. Police shootings are enormously controversial. The shooting of Mark Duggan, a known gangster, which in 2011 started riots across London, led to a fiercely debated inquest. Last month, a police officer was charged with murder over a shooting in 2005. The reputation of the Metropolitan Police’s armed officers is still barely recovering from the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, an innocent Brazilian, in the wake of the 7/7 terrorist bombings in London.

In America, by contrast, it is hardly surprising that cops resort to their weapons more frequently. In 2013, 30 cops were shot and killed—just a fraction of the 9,000 or so murders using guns that happen each year. Add to that a hyper-militarised police culture and a deep history of racial strife and you have the reason why so many civilians are shot by police officers. Unless America can either reduce its colossal gun ownership rates or fix its deep social problems, shootings of civilians by police—justified or not—seem sure to continue.

quicksllvr:

star trek 3

director: john cho

producer: john cho

cast: john cho

music score: john cho

ft. anton yelchin

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