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“We fled to the Philippines, which was under American occupation at the time. But it wasn’t long before the Japanese took over the islands. We were living in Manila, and when the Japanese occupied the city, they began to teach us to read and write Japanese. When the Americans came to retake the city, they invaded from the north, and the Japanese blew up the bridges and barricaded themselves in the southern part of the city where we lived. Shells were falling all around us, because the Japanese had stationed a gun encampment across from our house. One morning, we decided to make a run for the hospital, so that we could put ourselves under the protection of the Red Cross. Our neighbors were running in front of us, pushing their belongings on a pushcart, when they stepped on a land mine and the whole family was killed. We kept running, but when we got to the main street, there was a checkpoint and we weren’t allowed to cross. So we hid beneath a house, and soon we were discovered by Japanese soldiers. They lined us all up against the wall to be executed. We begged and begged and begged for our lives. They finally allowed my mother and the children to step aside, but they told my father to stay. My mother dropped to her knees and asked the Japanese commander to imagine it was his family. And he finally let all of us go.”
(via boneycircus)Source: humansofnewyork
"The Satanic Temple set up a website where women seeking an abortion can print out a letter for her healthcare provider explaining why she is exempt from informed consent mandates.
The letter reads that ‘[a]ll women who share our deeply held belief that their personal choices should be made with access to the best available information, undiluted by biased or false information, are free to seek protection with this exemption whether they are members of the Satanic Temple or not.’”
This is outstanding.
In the aftermath of the Utøya island shooting in Norway in November 2011, Andrea Gjestvang began taking portraits of its young survivors. Her pictures won her the top prize at the Sony World Photography awards
Picture 1: ‘I bear my scars with dignity,’ says 15-year-old Ylva Schwenke, ‘because I got them standing for something I believe in’
Picture 2: Marius Hoft, 18, hid on a ledge to avoid the shooting. His best friend fell and died in front of his eyes
Picture 3: Cecilie Herlovsen, 17, tried to hide at the south end of the island, but Breivik shot her in the right arm, shoulder and chin. The last bullet was stopped by her wisdom tooth, which most likely saved her life
Picture 4: Iselin Rose Borch, 15, now suffers from constant nightmares – she gets comfort from her dogs
Picture 5: Best friends Victoria Froeyd, 18, and Sofie Nilsen, 17, hid together in the school building until the police rescued them
Picture 6: Alexander Sandberg, 16, hid under a sofa in the school building until Breivik was arrested
Picture 7: Ina Libak, 21, hid behind a piano in the island’s café where she was shot in her hands, jaw and chest
Picture 8: Eirin Kristin Kjær, 20, ran to a cave, but was shot in the stomach, arm, knee and armpit while trying to protect her younger friends
Picture 9: Aina Helgheim, 19, says: ‘I like to sit here, because I feel that my dead friends are in the nature that surrounds us’
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“People waste way too much energy taking things personally. That Facebook post is probably not about you. It was probably an accident that you weren’t tagged in that picture. And the person you’re dating is probably acting sad because that’s how they respond to setbacks at work, not because of anything you did.”
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I want to go to this exact point and run around it saying “I’m in Sweden!” I’m in Finland!” “I’m in Norway!” until I get tired
i aspire to great things in life
According to Google Maps, that point is in the middle of a small lake.
So we’ll do it in January when it’s frozen.
actually that’s why they’ve helpfully dropped a big-ass cement block with a bridge surrounding it in the middle of the lake: for the express purpose of doing what OP aspires to do
(via fannishminded)Source: beowulfstits-archive