The Stock Photobomber

HA!

As an art director in advertising, I’ve spent many a day sifting through stock photography. If I had to guess, in my 20-year career I probably viewed some 845,742,923,012 images… but that may just be how it felt. I find that when I look at stock photos, I experience the same uncomfortable feeling I have when my bank teller asks me with a forced smile, how my morning is going or when I eat “Chick’n” or see an interview with Tom Cruise. It’s not simply that my teller’s greeting, the vegan meat substitute and the celebrity scientologist are fake, it’s how hard they pretend that they’re not – that’s what really gets under my skin. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d rather have my bank teller say to me, “Fuck you asshole, give me your deposit.” That’d be kind of harsh and he’d probably get fired, but you know what, at least it’d be real. And being real means everything to me. Which brings me to this book. It isn’t enough for me to live my life as an authentic person who eats real chicken and meat products, I feel compelled to make an example of the things in this world that don’t follow the same path. Not the eating real chicken and meat products part, but the other thing about being authentic. Guess who’s first on my list…. the world of stock photography. In case you’re wondering, television news anchors are second and I will get to them in good time. Armed with Photoshop 6.0 and my own raw emotion, I’m going to thrust stock photography into the real world the only way I know how… I’m going to photobomb the shit out of it.

(via Laughing Squid)

CNN Reporter Confronts Jindal for Exaggerating Muslim ‘No-Go Zones’

Somebody forgot to give Jindal the memo that even Fox News was forced to apologize about the No-Go Zones Bullshit.

Following a speech he gave in London Monday that referenced the discredited claims of “no-go zones” for non-Muslims in Britain, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) continued to defend his point to a CNN reporter who pressed him for evidence.

In his remarks, Jindal said, “It is startling to think that any country would allow, even unofficially, for a so called ‘no-go zone.’ The idea that a free country would allow for specific areas of its country to operate in an autonomous way that is not free and is in direct opposition to its laws is hard to fathom.”

But later, he was confronted by CNN’s Max Foster to back up these claims. “Look, I’ve heard from folks here that there are neighborhoods where women don’t feel comfortable going in without veils,” Jindal said. “That’s wrong. We all know that there are neighborhoods where police are less likely to go into.”

“But you need to have proper, sort of, facts to back that up,” Foster replied, saying he, as British man, has never heard of “no-go zones” for non-Muslims.

And France’s response.

Dashcam Catches Trees Falling on Road

Another day, another scary dashcam video.

This educational video taken with a dash cam 29 December 2014 at approximately 2.15pm shows the results of a strip wind storm on a small country highway in central Victoria. The windstorm weaved its way up the Watt’s River valley before creating havoc at the Watt’s River bridge.

This is a great educational video showing the dangers of traveling in the bush during periods of high wind.

(via Laughing Squid)