Articles by: Lorraine Devon Wilke
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52 Years Ago A White Man Turned His Skin Black In ‘Black Like Me'; Is Racial Empathy Any Closer?

Image by Dan Heller  @ ActingWhiteActingBlack

The notion of racial empathy was profoundly explored in ‘Black Like Me,’ but 50 years after MLK’s ‘dream,’ do we believe we’ll ever truly get there?

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Assange Makes Surreal Campaign Video, Appearing As 80s Rocker To Push WikiLeaks Candidates (VIDEO)

Image by Rap Juice Media @ DailyMail

The video launches into a series of 80s rock cliches, with Assange full-throating a parody song against a montage of ever more bizarre poses and backdrops.

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Yosemite Rim Fire Explodes To Size ‘Bigger Than Chicago,’ Threatens San Francisco Water Supply

Image @ NPR

The cause of the Yosemite blaze is still unknown and is now threatening to contaminate the reservoir that supplies drinking water for a great deal of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Anti-Gay Laws Not Enough For Putin, Signs Decree Outlawing Protests During Olympics

Putin is not only turning a deaf ear to growing protests, he seems defiant; determined to ratchet up tension in the face of global outrage. Image Darryl Dyck , The Canadian Press @ EdmontonJournal

Putin is not only turning a deaf ear to growing protests, he seems defiant; determined to ratchet up tension in the face of global outrage.

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Proving Guns Are NOT The Only Thing To Stop A Bad Guy, One Unarmed Woman Averts School Massacre (AUDIO)

Image of Antoinette Tuff @ Parade

Tuff’s conversation with the shooter should become a training primer. It was brilliantly instructive, particularly in regard to the power of compassion.

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‘Please, Safety First!’ Grieving Father’s Public Plea After 3-Year-Old Son Fatally Shoots Self

Photo of Damon Holbrooke  @ Toledo Blade

An adult believed having a gun would keep him, his family and those he cares about, safer. For a curious 3-year-old, that did not turn out to be the case.

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LGBT Youth CANNOT Be Forced Into Gay Conversion Therapy; NJ Gov. Chris Christie Signs Ban

Despite belief that government should 'tread lightly in this area,' Christie did what few GOP do - let science guide his decision on gay conversion therapy. Image @ Salon

Despite belief that government should ‘tread lightly in this area,’ Christie did what few GOP do – let science guide his decision on gay conversion therapy.

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Hold On To Your Tin-Foil Hat – The CIA Finally Admits Area 51 Is REAL (VIDEO)

Image @ Jurko

Still, the theory that suspected UFOs at Area 51 were just secretive U2 planes rankles many. If one looks at images of the U2, they look like… planes.

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Is Ashton Kutcher’s Teen Choice Awards Speech Really ALL That Inspiring? Turns Out … It IS (VIDEO)

Image by Gregory Pace/BEI/Rex Features @ The Guardian

When Ashton Kutcher makes headlines with sources as diverse as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, MTV and Entertainment Weekly, something noteworthy is going on.

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Why The Bloody Crackdown In Egypt Should Matter To Every American (VIDEO)

Hundreds being killed in sit-ins should strike fear in the heart of anyone who held a shred of hope for Egypt's democracy. Will more radicalization follow? Image @ WorldNewsNBC

Hundreds killed in sit-ins should strike fear in the heart of anyone who held a shred of hope for Egypt’s democracy. Will more radicalization follow?

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A Journey Of 50,000 Miles… One Man Sets Out To Find Happiness (VIDEO)

Meet Tony Cuseo. After surviving a brutal illness, this 26-year-old man turned his second chance into a quest to find the source of happiness... for himself and others. Image @ 50,000 Miles To Happiness

After surviving a brutal illness, this 26-year-old man turned his second chance into a quest to find the source of happiness… for himself and others.

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A Six-Pack With Your Overnights? U.S. Postal Service Wants To Deliver Alcohol To Boost Revenue

A Six-Pack With Your Overnights? U.S. Postal Service Wants To Deliver Alcohol To Boost Revenue

The Post Office might gain some customers, lose others. But their status as an American icon will be gone; they’ll just be a bigger, less pink Pink Dot.

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Texas GOP Representative Admits Congress Too ‘Partisan’ To Impeach Obama (VIDEO)

See the guy in the blue jammies? He’s Texas Representative Blake Farenthold. He’s like to impeach the President for not being a citizen of the U.S. but he just doesn’t think the Congress has the cojones to do it. And he’s a very serious guy. Image @ Dallas Observer

One doesn’t look a gift horse in the mouth; Rep. Farenthold offers rationale for NOT dragging the country into another wild-goose chase and we are grateful.

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Texting Kills: Watch Werner Herzog’s Haunting PSA To Be Played In Schools (FULL VIDEO)

Respected filmmaker Werner Herzog felt the topic of texting while driving was urgent enough to lend his estimable skills to the message that 'it can wait. Image @ Associate Press/YahooNews

Respected filmmaker Werner Herzog felt the topic of texting while driving was urgent enough to lend his estimable skills to the message that ‘it can wait.’

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Trumping Walmart: WinCo Foods Shows How To Keep Employees AND Customers Happy

As Walmart tumbles to the bottom of the American Customer Satisfaction Index, another store proves both customers and employees can be served; meet WinCo.. Image @ WincoFoods

As Walmart tumbles to the bottom of the American Customer Satisfaction Index, another store proves both customers and employees can be served; meet WinCo.

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Desperate: McConnell Forced To Keep Campaign Manager Even After He Claims He’s ‘Holding His Nose’

How desperate do you have to be to pretend an insult is funny? Pretty desperate. Image

How desperate do you have to be to pretend an insult from your own campaign manager is funny? Pretty desperate. Welcome to the McConnell campaign.

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Another Teen Cyberbullied To Death: Has Internet Anonymity Become The Latest Weapon?

A haunting image Hannah posted on her page just days before she killed herself.  Image @ DailyMirror

As cyberbullying drives another child to suicide, social media anonymity that gives users the ‘tools’ to attack, denigrate, bully may want to rethink.

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NRA’s Latest Enemies? Those ‘Radical Government Agencies’ Called ZOOS

Know thine enemy, they say... and there can be no greater enemy to the gun-defending, lead-bullet loving, f**k science promoting  NRA than... zoos. San Diego Zoo Elephant photo by  @ LorraineDevonWilke

Know thine enemy, they say… and there can be no greater enemy to the gun-defending, lead-bullet loving, f**k science promoting NRA than… zoos.

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Obamacare Draft Cards? They Don’t Exist But The GOP Wants You To Burn Yours

The GOP is so desperate to decimate Obamacare, they’re inciting a campaign to burn ‘your Obamacare Draft Card.’ Only those don’t even exist! Image @ Washington Times

The GOP is so desperate, they’ve launched a campaign to burn ‘your Obamacare Draft Card.’ That no such card exists appears as irrelevant as the GOP.

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The Devastating Environmental Cost Of NOT Legalizing And Regulating Marijuana

The Devastating Environmental Cost Of NOT Legalizing And Regulating Marijuana

Keeping pot illegal not only contributes to its criminal enterprise, it contributes to destroying forests, water and wildlife, often irrevocably.

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