THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS, NOT WITH A BANG BUT A SELFIE: “In one online conversation, Hadley explains how his mom took his cell phone away. ‘Yeah she's a cunt fa sho I might kill her’ he writes to a friend. ‘Omg no jail!! Or I mean prison! Lol,’ she replies in lieu of a normal, human response to a murder plot. Most of the conversations are like this -- mostly comprised of truncated thoughts with no emotional depth. Hadley spoke of killing his parents, and no one could do anything except send acronyms and emoticons back. In fact, Hadley told people at the party that his parents were dead. To others, he alluded to the fact that he had committed a murder, saying he was going away for a long time. Both of his parents' cars sat in the driveway during the festivities, a fact that no one bothered to question. After Tyler confessed to his best friend, the two posed for a selfie that they uploaded to Instagram.” (via Miami New Times)
YOU GUYS, EVEN OUR BOYFRIEND CHARLIE CRIST SHARED THIS SENTINEL EDITORIAL ON THE NEED FOR A STATEWIDE DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP REGISTRY. WE’RE ALMOST MARRIED NOW: “If legislative leaders aren't moved by the inequity of depriving unmarried partners of basic rights, they should consider the economic implications. Many successful companies provide benefits to their employees' domestic partners because those companies want to have every tool available that might attract and keep top talent. The same logic applies to Florida as it aggressively vies with other states for the best jobs and employers. In that cutthroat competition, Florida can't afford the disadvantage of leaving a gaping hole in rights for unmarried partners.” (via Orlando Sentinel)
CUZ I WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY:
OH, HEY, TALK ABOUT A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION! SEE YOU IN DETROIT?: “A new nonprofit organization called Write-A-House, located in Detroit, Michigan (which, earlier this year, became the largest city in the United States to file for and enter bankruptcy) has found something creative to do with the city’s seemingly endless blocks of vacant homes—gut them from the inside-out, fix them up, and give them to writers.” (via Alternet)
WHAT’S CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PIRANHA ATTACK?: “An attack by a school of carnivorous fish has injured 70 people bathing in an Argentine river, including seven children who lost parts of their fingers or toes. Director of lifeguards Federico Cornier said Thursday that thousands of bathers were cooling off from 100-degree temperatures in the Parana River in Rosario on Wednesday when bathers suddenly began complaining of bite marks on their hands and feet. He blamed the attack on palometas, ‘a type of piranha, big, voracious and with sharp teeth that can really bite.’ Paramedic Alberto Manino said some children he treated lost entire digits. He told the Todo Noticias channel that city beaches were closed, but it was so hot that within a half-hour, many people went back to the water.” (via Palm Beach Post)
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