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National teams have odd requirements for Brazil World Cup



Is this how Portugal’s security will protect Ronaldo? (Image: Action)

It’s never easy to adjust to a new environment when you’re traveling the world. The importance of that adjustment is astronomical for teams at a World Cup. The pressure is on to perform, but how can players be expected to do so if they’re not comfortable?

Naturally, each team has some specific and downright weird demands ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

  • Portugal must have six private security guards, with FOUR of them dedicated to protecting Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Ecuador requires a basket of Ecuadorian bananas every day in their rooms.
  • Uruguay wants silent air-conditioners in the players rooms.
  • France needs liquid soap, not bar soap, for proper bathing.
  • Honduras has to have faster WiFi.
  • Japan’s demands include a jacuzzi in every suite.

This is just a sample of the requirements released by Brazilian newspaper Lance. And we’re sure there are many more demands that we’ll never hear about (and probably don’t want to).

(H/T SB Nation)

Race matters. Race matters in part because of the long history of racial minorities being denied access to the political process. … Race also matters because of persistent racial inequality in society — inequality that cannot be ignored and that has produced stark socioeconomic disparities. … In my colleagues’ view, examining the racial impact of legislation only perpetuates racial discrimination. This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, dissenting opinion in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (via englishprof)

Sonia Sotomayor is my hero.

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That last sentence is everything.


Created a fun challenge for myself shooting triple exposure photographs at the Chicago Cubs and White Sox home openers this week. Each image is three separate photos, composed separately but exposed on top of each other in-camera by the Canon 1D X.

The challenge was keeping track of the elements to end up with a photograph where all three layers of players could be deciphered. I was looking for players, fans and stadium details and trying to keep track of which ones I had already used in my head. In some cases I combined visual complicated scenes (like crowds) with simpler ones (like infield dirt) to keep the resulting image readable. I also tried to compose some layers with a lot of negative or dark space around the subjects so that those areas could be used for another layer.

Completing this exercise in a digital camera is no doubt easier than on film when there’s no way to check your negative halfway through, but it’s still a mental challenge. Once a layer has been loaded into the program to shoot a second or third, you only get one “click” before the camera has to spend time processing the composition, so planning ahead and shooting selectively is critical. I threw away plenty of misfires, but there were several I was excited to see pop up on the viewfinder as successes.

There’s more in the Tribune gallery HERE

(Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

yes, denny’s lost a $54 million law suit for being anti-black.

here’s another source. (via floricanto-desnuda)

Which after they lost, they completely changed their policies and how things were run if anyone had actually read the source.

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that’s actually not my point. rather, i asked mi gente to do some further research on why denny’s changed their policies, and what public relations for a huge corporate entity might mean, after being hit with the largest and broadest settlement ever paid under federal public accommodation laws—the laws put in place over 70 years ago, to end discrimination in public places.

of course denny’s changed their policies, after six uniformed members of president clinton’s secret service detail were refused service, while their white counterparts were quickly seated and given food. those six members brought a case. does anyone believe any corporation could escape that kind of publicity?

now, denny’s has public relations people to send out the kind of tweets jovenes find “cool.” that’s no accident. 

critical thinking, gente. capitalism. corporate structures. the denny’s tumblr page. advertising, in general. mm hmm.

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omg no! ..not a sales drop at Amazon!? Oh cruel, heartless world

Lord, that click-bait headline…

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The modern-day presidents of Argentina, Chile and Brazil and the presidents of Argentina, Brazil, and Chile 40 years ago.
via Cultures Of Resistance

The modern-day presidents of Argentina, Chile and Brazil and the presidents of Argentina, Brazil, and Chile 40 years ago.

via Cultures Of Resistance