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22 Sep 20:46

The Rainbow Railroad to Canada for Gay Chechen Men

by Krista Stevens

As John Ibbitson reports at The Globe and Mail, there’s a new underground railroad to Canada. Through a safe house network, the Canadian government has been spiriting away gay Chechen men who face not only government persecution, but honor killings at the hands of their family. In this conservative Russian republic, the government not only looks away from these heinous crimes, it encourages them.

For three months, the federal government has been secretly spiriting gay Chechen men from Russia to Canada, under a clandestine program unique in the world.

The evacuations, spearheaded by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, fall outside the conventions of international law and could further impair already tense relations between Russia and Canada. But the Liberal government decided to act regardless.

Hamzat, a man in his mid-twenties, is a recent arrival to Canada. (Hamzat is not his real name. The Globe and Mail is protecting his identity because he fears repercussions for friends and family in Chechnya, and because he is concerned that some Chechen-Canadians might wish him ill.) In an interview with The Globe, he was cautious but calm, offering a brief smile from time to time. He described how his ordeals began: One day in March, men wearing green khaki uniforms appeared in his place of work in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya. He was handcuffed, placed in the trunk of a car, and taken to a local police headquarters. “I don’t know how to express this. I was in shock,” he said, speaking through an interpreter.

Hamzat was taken into a room and, still handcuffed, placed on a chair. He was surrounded by men who kicked him with their heavy boots and beat him with the brass nozzles of hoses. In later sessions, he was subjected to electric-shock torture.

The men wanted him to reveal the names of gay men he knew, just as another man under torture had given up his name. “I didn’t give them any information,” he said. “I lied to them.”

Between interrogations, he said, he and other gay men were kept in a cell with drug dealers and users, and confined to a small area because they were considered unclean. The interrogations lasted two or three weeks.

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11 Jul 19:11

A Spry Little Red Fox Confuses a Playful Dog by Disappearing Into His New Underground Tunnel

by Lori Dorn

Riot the Fox

A spry little domesticated red fox named Riot had a great deal of fun disappearing into his brand new underground tunnel as Castiel, a beautiful German shepherd chased after him. The playful dog already had a great deal of trouble keeping up with his vulpine sibling and the tunnel just made things worse.

Unfortunately for Castiel, this kind of teasing has been going on for years.

But through it all, the two are really the best of friends.

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23 Dec 00:06

Kedi, A Beautiful Documentary About the Highly Interactive Street Cats of Istanbul

by Lori Dorn

Kedi is a beautifully shot full-length documentary that tells the long history regarding the beloved and highly interactive street cats of Istanbul, all of whom are as much a part of the city as the humans who live there. Kedi premieres in theaters February 10th, 2017.

Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame –and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.


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04 Oct 19:27

more like wrong-gevity

by kris


this isn’t a great joke, but i do walk around all day trying to break language into soundalike words. the only other human i know who does this is gavin, who i greatly respect as a pioneer in this nascent field

29 Mar 20:47

Sweet Kills, Deliciously Disturbing Ads Showing What Too Much Sugar Can Do to Our Bodies

by Justin Page

Sweet Kills

Thai designer Nattakong Jaengsem has created Sweet Kills, a deliciously disturbing diabetes awareness campaign that gives us a bizarre look at what too much sugar can do to our bodies. Using his Photoshop skills, Nattakong edited images to make it look as if people are suffering from out of control infections made of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry sweets. His entire collection is available to view on Behance.

Sweet Kills

Sweet Kills

Sweet Kills

Sweet Kills

Sweet Kills

images via Nattakong Jaengsem

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17 Feb 06:16

Serbian Artist Creates Gorgeous Series of Bleeding Watercolor Portraits Featuring His Beloved Long Haired Black Cat

by Lori Dorn

Black Cat

Serbian artist Endre Penovác has created a gorgeous series of portraits created with black watercolors that bleed into the canvas and mimic the fluffiness of his beloved long-haired cat posing in different positions. Penovác also captured a neighbor’s cat and a messy little Puli dog among his many other beautiful pieces.

Black Cat Curled

Black Cat 2

Black Cat 1

Black and White Cat


images via Endre Penovác

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05 Feb 22:30

On The 100, It's Tough To Be Leader When Mom Keeps Getting In The Way

by Lauren Davis

On The 100, It's Tough To Be Leader When Mom Keeps Getting In The Way

The 100 started with Clarke's mother bidding her a desperate farewell before shoving her and 99 other kids out of the Ark and down to the surface of Earth. Now, however, Mama Griffin thinks she's in charge, and she's not pleased with how Earth has changed her daughter.


23 Sep 13:39

stream SALES’ charming debut EP

by Chris

The lovely and super affecting debut EP from SALES that we mentioned last week is officially out today. One of our surprise favorite releases of the year; listen to the EP (including the perfect but subtly heart-crushing new track “Getting It On“) in its entirety below, grab it on mp3 or limited CD here, and cross your fingers that this thing gets the proper vinyl release it deserves.

25 Jun 23:11

Phan Club: Charles Phan Turning South at SFJAZZ Into Mexican Spot

by Rose Garrett

southsfjazz.jpg[Photo: South at SFJAZZ/Facebook]

Since opening up the wildly popular, recently James Beard-crowned Slanted Door, restaurateur Charles Phan has zealously experimented with a host of cuisines, from Chinese (at the now-shuttered Wo Hing General Store and Heaven's Dog) to British (HD replacement The Coachman) to Southern (Hard Water, South at SFJAZZ). Now, he's decided to shift the focus at South, which garnered a serious Bauer thumbs-down a year ago and is usually a ghost town when no one's playing at SFJAZZ. Phan's new angle? Well, Mexican, of course.

As Tablehopper reports, Zuni Cafe alum Rymee Trobaugh is behind the new menu, which will feature Mexican-inspired small plates like ricotta-stuffed squash blossoms, Oaxacan empanadas with black beans, rabbit in yellow mole and puerco con chile verde. South's articulated cocktail focus will also pivot in theme, including more rum, tequila, and mezcal drinks. At least so far, the name isn't changing; Mexico is admittedly south of California, so it kind of works?

If you've walked past South, you'll have noticed that they're already closed "for maintenance." They'll reopen at 5:30pm on Saturday July 12th, for a first taste of Phan's latest foray into an unfamiliar cuisine. Considering The Coachman's recent spate of bad reviews, we're definitely curious about how this one will play.

· Get in the Groove with South at SFJAZZ, Opening Today [~ ESF ~]
· The Coachman, Charles Phan's U.K. Tribute in SOMA [~ ESF ~]
· Bauer Doesn't Dig South [~ ESF ~]

30 Apr 21:23


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Sinbad The Sailor sails to deliver a cursed prince to a dangerous island in the face of deadly opposition from a powerful witch.
14 Jan 20:43

A Compilation of Crazy Magic Tricks Performed by Zach King on Vine

by Justin Page
12 Oct 18:25

Full Screen Mario, A Browser-Based HTML5 Remake of the Original ‘Super Mario Bros.’

by Kimber Streams

Full Screen Mario

Joshua Goldberg has created Full Screen Mario, an HTML5 remake of the original Super Mario Bros. video game that you can play in your browser. Players can choose between levels, generate random maps, or create their own levels.

image via Full Screen Mario

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