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U.N. experts caution powers they must heed 'laws of war' in fighting IS
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations war crimes investigators for Syria cautioned world powers preparing military action against Islamic State fighters that the 'laws of war' would apply to them and they must do everything possible to protect civilian populations. They said ISIS, which controls swathes of Iraq and Syria, had committed massacres of religious and ethnic groups and abused women. The government of President Bashar al-Assad, however, remained responsible for the majority of civilian casualties. ...
Everyone has a bad day at work now and then. But if you have one of these 15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World, even one bad day can get you or someone else killed. From EMT to Coal Miner to Ice Road Trucker, these are the jobs that will keep you up at nights!
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Congressional Travel Is Skyrocketing
Where do lawmakers go on these trips? In 2013, one House member, Tom Petri, visited with penguins on the Falkland Islands. A handful of members spent spring break in Brazil. Ten went to China, where a participant said activities included trekking on the Great Wall. And one in 10 of these good times are never even reported.
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Russia says 'cynical' U.S. policy pushing world toward new cold war
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Parliamentary Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said on Tuesday the "cynical and irresponsible" policy of the United States and its allies is pushing the world to the verge of a new cold war.
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A little push-up magic (and bronzer) goes a long way.
You had one job, Target. One job.
The time it might have caused a sexual awakening in a lot of teenage readers:
But then again, Fifty Shades of Grey was originally Twilight fanfic.
The time it didn't understand what "emerging authors" meant:
To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960, while The Great Gatsby was published in 1925 — so really not recently published works.
The time it put this unfortunate image in people's heads:
The time it failed to grasp what healthy food is:
But FTR, candy is delicious.
The world’s 31st best billiards player has a twin handicap, but that’s not stopping him from competing.
Meet Venkateswaran Subramanian a.k.a. Raja, the world's 31st ranked billiards champion.
Raja Subramanian / Via ketto.org
Raja has a polio afflicted right leg and no sight in his right eye, but those hurdles haven’t stopped him from dreaming big.
Despite the twin handicaps, Raja excels in the sport. He has represented India in two World Championships, and an Australian open.
In order to compete in the 2014 World Billiards Championship in October, Raja needs funds to cover his entrance fees, visa, travel, and accommodation. A Ketto campaign has been started to help him meet his goal.
Gunther and Joey almost kissed, people!
James Michael Tyler is back to blond and back at Central Perk in honor of the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Friends. The actor who played coffee shop manager Gunther for 10 seasons of the NBC comedy is in New York promoting the Central Perk pop-up shop in SoHo in honor of the milestone. He sat down with BuzzFeed News to discuss the scenes we didn't see, the coffee that got him the job, how the bleached hair became his signature look, and much more.
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James Michael Tyler was a real-life barista when he got the job on Friends.
"I had a job at a coffee shop called The Bourgeois Pig in Hollywood, which is still around and one of the last independent coffee shops that hasn't been taken over or whatnot. I was one of their first baristas — I think I started there in 1990 or so."
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His mom’s spaghetti was unavailable for comment.
New Zealand's National Party is being sued for its use of music in a campaign commercial, similar to that of American rapper Eminem's Grammy-award winning "Lose Yourself."
This is a version spliced with Eminem's original track. The uncut version can be found here.
New Zealand's Ministry of Justice has confirmed that a case has been filed in the Wellington registry.
Jumana El Heloueh / Reuters
"It is both disappointing and sadly ironic that the political party responsible for championing the rights of music publishers in New Zealand ... should itself have so little regard for copyright...We do not hesitate to take immediate action to protet the integrity of Eminem's works."
What started out as a bet quickly turned into, “Holy crap! That old stoner can really DANCE.”
Tonight Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong briefly shared the Dancing With The Stars stage.
Why'd Tommy end up on the show? According to his testimonial on the show, Cheech bet him that he couldn't make it onto the show.
As soon as the song began it took only a few seconds to become clear.
Tommy Chong can fucking dance.
The Australian movie review show is putting an end to its 28-year-run on December 9th this year. The whole of Australia cries rivers of tears.
How TALL are those boots?!
First, if you have never seen the video for "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" stop what you're doing and watch it now. Or just watch it again anyway because it is a goddamn treasure.
When the iconic opening riff starts and all you see is LEGS. LEGS AND BOOTS. BOOTS AND LEGS.
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“I play videogames to escape, and then this is making me do work.”
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We’re way holier than you.
People will automatically judge you.
Piercings = terrible person, apparently.
You've been told countless times that it will be hard to find a job.
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People will ask you why you ruined your face.
I don't know, but ask me again and I'll ruin yours.
You will at some point get your piercing(s) stuck on something.
And it will be difficult to undo.
While We’re Young is actually a comedy about fleeing adulthood, filmmaking, and the doc that spawned MTV’s hit series.
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts in While We're Young.
Theory: While We're Young, the new film from Frances Ha and The Squid and the Whale director Noah Baumbach, is about the Catfish guys.
But the tart comedy, which recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, is about plenty of other things too. Starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, and Amanda Seyfried, While We're Young is an arrested development story about a fortysomething New York couple that befriends a pair of twentysomething hipsters. It's like a New York intellectual's take on Neighbors, only instead of an escalating prank war, there are arguments at Lincoln Center. It retains the bite for which Baumbach's dialogue is known, but it's also warmer, and feels like his most mainstream movie to date.
Then there's the inside baseball aspect of how it seems to be inspired by a few real directors working in the indie and documentary scene, a film à clef angle likely to matter to maybe a dozen people. The Catfish comparison, though, is something else, leading to a fight about the rules of nonfiction that becomes one of the canniest kids-these-days delineations you'll find on screen, not to mention a pertinent one in our world of semi-reality fare.
Josh (Stiller) is a documentarian who teaches on the side, and his wife, Cornelia (Watts), produces her famous filmmaker father's (Charles Grodin) work. After having difficulty conceiving, they decide, with not a little defensiveness, that they're happy without kids and with the freedom they don't really take advantage of. Josh has been working on the same project for eight years, a sprawling, fabulously dull-sounding doc he describes in terms of war, materialism, and industrialism, always concluding with, "It's really about America."
Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried.
Feeling alienated from their baby-having friends their own age, Josh and Cornelia fall in with a pair of twentysomethings instead — the wonderfully named Jamie (Driver) and Darby (Seyfried), who live in a Brooklyn loft in Bushwick with a roommate, a pet chicken, and kittens named "Bad Cop" and "Good Cop." They wear hats and they're always making or doing things — having "street beach" parties, riding bikes everywhere, and partaking in ayahuasca ceremonies. Jamie shoots videos ("Who's The Most Famous Person In Your Cell Phone?") and professes to be a huge fan of Josh's work, while Darby makes ice cream in flavors like avocado and almond milk and takes Cornelia with her to a hip-hop dance class.
While We're Young begins as a wicked send-up of hipsterism, from its undiscriminating consumption of high and low culture to its fetishization of all things analog (of which the fact that Jamie and Darby are married seems a part). The film takes a few jabs at Gen X neo-bourgeois life too — like when Cornelia tags along to a friend's nightmarish baby music class. But the generation gap themes blossom into something bigger when Jamie comes up with a video idea in which he plans to visit the first person who contacts him on Facebook, in real life.
Josh thinks of himself as a defender of nonfiction, but his purist stance is just as much a generational sign as the alarming flexibility he sees in Jamie. He asks what it means to make a documentary when everyone's filming everything anyway; after all, older documentarians, from Nanook of the North's Robert J. Flaherty to Werner Herzog, have had no trouble goosing the truth for something that feels more real. Behind all the jokes about hipster life, While We're Young has a genuinely conflicted heart — it's about the realization that young people aren't just younger versions of you, that they've grown up in different contexts with different priorities and beliefs, especially in the internet age.
Josh thinks Jamie's documentary concept is fluffy, but volunteers to come, becoming part of the discovery that there's a much larger story to be told about the guy upon whom Jamie's apparently stumbled. It's a happy accident that soon seems like it might be more calculated than Jamie's been letting on.
There isn’t much studying going on, unless you count wine-tasting class.
The "study" part of "study abroad" is optional, at best.
On that note, the only class that will matter when you are in Europe is the wine-tasting class you take with your friends.
The amount of gelato you consume will be a secret you take to the grave.
And all of your textbook money will actually go to getting the GOOD European coffee.
The list of Incredible Things Bill Murray Does™ continues.
Yes this video is quite blurry — but if you squint your eyes real tight you can imagine him doing this in your very own living room!!
Here's another video from the same occasion. This time he's dancing to Tommy Tutone's "867-5309 (Jenny)."
Clever (boys and) girls.
The mom who saved christmas.
The person who knows that carrying an umbrella around everywhere is just silly:
This person with the scary roommate:
This generous donor of both Lego bricks and time:
Move over, Scott Foley: another Felicity hunk is back in our lives and making it so much hotter.
Something very important happened at the premiere of October Gale at last week's Toronto International Film Festival that you might have overlooked.
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Scott Speedman was looking seriously HOT.
Getty Images / Philip Cheung
Yes, *this* Scott Speedman.
(The Scott Speedman from your early-2000s dreams.)
Getty Images / Hulton Archive
Sure, Scott Foley's been getting attention lately with his shirtless-ness and puppy-holding...
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Is Disney actually the happiest place on earth? More Disney worker confessions (and lots of other stuff) can be found on Whisper .
Download Whisper for more anonymous Disney worker secrets: http://bit.ly/1m4z4sG
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The gig pays $50,000 a year. Pipe-dream or dream job?
Waka Flocka Flame posted on Instagram that he is hiring a blunt roller, and will pay the perfect candidate $50,000 a year.
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To apply, simply use the hashtag #ICanRoll.
Some people were quick to post their skills:
I ink they look beautiful.
A Beach Boys quote? Totally rad.
Birds of a feather.
These two are lucky they have each other.
A cool Claddagh inspired tattoo? Awesome.
It’s basically a face tornado.
WHAT IS HAPPENING?