PACKS OF THEM ROVE THE CITY STREETS Shirtless, college soccer players that disappear in the winter months.
Above: Members of the Marist College Soccer team runs on a hot, humid, summer day on Washington Street in Poughkeepsie. Photo by Savas Abadsidis.
TWO BOYS FISHING Anastasios Papapostolou, founder of The Greek Reporter, photographed these young fisherman in a village in the Caribbean sea in Colombia.
WATCH THE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE LIVE The PBS NewsHour and POLITICO are hosting the sixth Democratic debate tonight, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The debate will feature Andrew Yang, former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
SHAWN MENDES in Chile.
U.S.GUN DEATHS FROM 2004-2010 Where do Americans die by gunfire? These interactive maps, based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, show the average number of gun deaths per 100,000 county residents from 2004 through 2010. Red is for counties with rates above the median for all counties; blue is below median. Gray indicates counties for which the CDC did not release data because the numbers were small. Scroll down for maps separating suicides from homicides.
"From South Central to South Bend, whether it’s a Black entrepreneur denied access to capital or Black woman whose report of pain is discounted at a hospital, we know we have not yet lived up to the promise of a fully equal society." @PeteButtigieg https://t.co/mKZ4m4NsnW
— Tess Whittlesey (@tesswhittlesey) December 19, 2019
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF or cretin?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2019
WELCOME TO THE WORLD Quill! Meet Quilliam, the roughly 2-month-old prehensile-tailed porcupine at Washington’s National Zoo. The porcupette, which is the name for a baby porcupine, had an online naming contest last week, and the zoo has announced the results.
The name for a baby porcupine is a PORCUPETTE. And we have a new one at @NationalZoo who needs a name of his own! We are asking for your help to pick a name for our prehensile-tailed porcupine born in November. ⤵️⤵️⤵️ pic.twitter.com/Ra5cevxhDK
— Smithsonian (@smithsonian) December 11, 2019
ADS We wish were real.
TRUE NORTH This company brings Christmas to life across the country — and this massive, festive warehouse is their real-life Santa’s workshop.
This company brings Christmas to life across the country — and this massive, festive warehouse is their real-life Santa’s workshop pic.twitter.com/3fvJPX2Uw0
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) December 18, 2019
SHARKS They’re not just for Shark Week anymore!
Deadly shark.🐬 pic.twitter.com/StYJVE2tb7
— Addicted Nature (@Addicatednature) December 18, 2019
DONALD TRUMP The first Home Alone 2 cast member to be impeached.
The first Home Alone 2 cast member to be impeached. pic.twitter.com/AGfdnHC8kA
— Jason Gore (@sonicdork) December 19, 2019
HARRIS COMES FOR MCCONNELL “Let’s be clear: Mr. McConnell doesn’t want a Senate trial. He wants a Senate cover-up,” Senator Kamala Harris wrote in The New York Times. “Fortunately, Mr. McConnell does not have the power to unilaterally undermine this trial. Every single senator will be empowered with an equal vote on how the trial will proceed. Though in just the past year, Mr. McConnell has used his position to unilaterally block legislation to restore the Voting Rights Act, lower the prices of prescription drugs and address the gun violence epidemic, he cannot wield the same authority in a Senate impeachment trial.”
Congress must demonstrate to the American people that in our system of justice all are equal under law, and that there aren't two sets of rules—one for Donald Trump and another for everybody else.https://t.co/VLrEN0vvFd
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 18, 2019
ABSOLUTE ANIMAL On stands now, DC Comics’ Absolute Edition of Animal Man by Jeff Lemire is a must have. One of the best ongoings to come out of the New 52 era.
it’s a huge book, like you can smite your enemies with it, then sit on them and read it. BIG BOOK!! https://t.co/PjLMp6lrXj
— steve pugh🌐 (@stevepughcom) December 18, 2019
A.O.C. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s 18 best moments of 2019
— Mashable (@mashable) December 18, 2019
UNDERWATER ANGEL White manta ray🐳🐬
White manta ray🐳🐬 pic.twitter.com/8cBqDUKuVf
— Ocean diversity (@Oceandiversity2) September 15, 2019
REAL TALK About Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker from Borys Kit at The Hollywood Reporter.
From Variety: "maybe there’s no escaping that the final entry of this series, coming 42 years after the original “Star Wars,” is — at best — going to be less a brilliant piece of stand-alone escapism than a kind of exquisitely executed self-referential package. "
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) December 18, 2019
GAY APPAREL Now we don…
GUS IS RIGHT White is not.
well this is fucking terrifying pic.twitter.com/loYdoOnYiK
— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) December 15, 2019
KYLO REN gets a newer, scarier helmet in Rise of Skywalker when asked by Emperor Palpatine if he can be the man his grandfather Darth Vader never was. This prompts Ren to build a new one with blood lava like war paint putting a Sith twist on his Knights of Ren armor.
For the fans that can’t get enough of Ren, Hannibal Tabu over at Bleeding Cool says Marvel’s new Rise of Kylo Sen is “for Completists … A Freaking Gold Mine.”
“To still see the man-boy that would be a Sith Lord still struggling with himself as much as with any external party shows that he’s never really had a foundation of his own identity, Tabu writes. “Is that a failure in parenting and mentoring, the final failure of the heroes of yesteryear?”
NO ONE’S LOOKING AT YOUR HAT BRAH
Is backwards still cool? pic.twitter.com/62AgD7eUsx
— Jingle Bell Lach 🎄 (@romeohomo) December 18, 2019
BI ERASURE happens every day. Says Blaize Stewart, “prejudice against bi individuals is not limited to those outside of the LGBTI community; in fact, some of the harshest judgment I’ve experienced has come from within the queer community. This includes being told repeatedly that I must be gay.”
— Blaize Stewart (@Blaizer1522) December 18, 2019
SEX ED “This is literally the second best thing to having your neck sucked on.” Jordon
This is literally the second best thing to having your neck sucked on pic.twitter.com/WSx0hqQbBb
— 👼🏼Angel The Fag👼🏼 (@iconthicc_jordd) December 19, 2019
PETE IS EMERGING AS THE MAN TO BEAT “Big takeaway so far at the #DemDebate is that @PeteButtigiegCcan resiliently be a target and take big punches. He’s not just still standing. He’s pounding his chest and saying, “You and me. At lunch. Outside the wine cave.”
Big takeaway so far at the #DemDebate is that @PeteButtigieg can resiliently be a target and take big punches. He's not just still standing. He's pounding his chest and saying, "You and me. At lunch. Outside the wine cave."
— Jarrett Bellini (@JarrettBellini) December 20, 2019
ICE ICE BABY “A huge ice sheet fall off Argentina. It scares me that this is happening more and more, and these are still people who don’t care.”
A huge ice sheet fall off Argentina. It scares me that this is happening more and more, and these are still people who don't care😢
Tag someone that should see this!🐳🐬 pic.twitter.com/MHXLncDlyY
— Ocean diversity (@Oceandiversity2) December 19, 2019
BACKPACKS FOR THE STREETS is in the news. Austin Addison at Buzzfeed News wrote, “An organization I love and have volunteered with some since moving back to NYC is called Backpacks for the Streets. And I love this organization for several reasons. Namely, because it helps the homeless, but primarily because it provides ownership to men and women on the street in the form of a backpack with plenty of life’s necessities. If you’re not homeless, you take for granted the use of functioning pen/pencil and clean paper. If you’re not homeless, you take for granted your access to clean water and drink. If you’re not homeless, you take for granted knowing where you next meal is coming from. And if you’re not homeless, you take for granted having access to basic toiletries and personal hygiene essentials. All of these things and more are offered in the standard backpacks handed out by Backpacks for the Streets. And such a backpack or bag can be easily replicated by you this season. Give ownership.
“Huge THANKS to Austin Addison for this truly amazing piece in BuzzFeed NY about helping the homeless, and for the shout out to Backpacks For The Street and the work we do. Austin, you are welcome back to volunteer with us again any time! ” said BFTS founders Jeffrey Newman and Jayson Raitt. Being homeless is degrading and difficult, to say the least. By giving even 1 of these 5 gifts this holiday season, you’ll undoubtedly bring a sparkle to someone’s life. Take it from a man who’s been there, on the streets. Go to their site here.
WANDERLUST Writer and travel expert Mikey Rox only wears his comfiest travel tighties for thirsty Thursday. Rox lives to save big bucks whenever he can—and then brag about it. Check out his site here.
TALKING HIV “Asking for the sex you want,” says Alex Garner in a conversation with Alex Liu, “Should not be something to be ashamed of.” In this episode of Talking HIV, we listen to Garner, Senior Health Innovation Strategist at Hornet, and Liu*, filmmaker, writer and sex expert of @Asexplanation, chat about all thing sex, shame and communicating about what you want to do in bed. The episode is released as part of Avert’s Gay Health video series with Hornet.
KYOTO Japan has this magically beautiful path of frozen bamboo.
DOOMSDAY CLOCK The 12th and final book of the series from DC Comics was finally released this week and Comics Explained reveals the time commitment issues the creators faced.
And watch the most epic battle ever between Dr. Manhattan and Superman.
Watch the episode below.
#TBT Maria Carey’s All I Want For Christmas.”
THIRST TRAP THURSDAY Your attention please.
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HARRY STYLES covering Lizzo is the themes song for your upcoming weekend.