Whatever Floats Your Boat


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“Our love was lost;

But now we found it.”

– Love Lost, The Temper Trap

On the theme of “Afloat” for this week’s Photo Challenge, I immediately thought of Hat Yai’s Floating Market I visited last December during one of my trips to Hat Yai and Songkhla as part of my fieldwork. I’d never heard of the market before so I had no idea what to expect; when I got there, I was over the moon when I discovered that this place was in fact a food haven, for there was an entire row of boats with men and women (who are Thai but ethnically Malay and therefore Muslims) selling some of the best food I’d come across during my visit to Southern Thailand.

I had a sample of the ais batu kacang (ABC — a sort of sweet delicacy made of crushed ice showered with syrups of all colors and…

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Hillary ‘sticks it to’ the GOP :)


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Watch PBS tonight . . .


The Great Invisible

Five years ago today, on April 20, 2010, the Gulf Coast was devastated by the explosion and aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon, a state-of-the-art offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The blast killed 11 of the 126 crew members and injured many more, and caused the largest offshore oil spill in American history. The spill dumped hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic ocean, shutting down the local fishing industry, polluting the fragile ecosystem, and raising serious questions about the safety of continued deep-water offshore drilling. In the wake of the disaster, media coverage often overlooked the human stories in the aftermath — those who survived or lost their lives on the rig, and the ordinary citizens of the Gulf Coast whose livelihoods were damaged.

The documentary film The Great Invisible takes audiences to small towns and major cities across Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas to explore the fallout from this disaster. Years later, Gulf state residents still haunted by the Deepwater Horizon explosion provide first-hand accounts of their ongoing experience, long after the story has faded from the front page.

The Great Invisible premieres tonight at 10/9c on Independent Lens on PBS. Check your local listings.

Anita Baker – “Rapture” (Full Album)


“Democrats Mock the First 100 Days of Fail of the Boehner and McConnell Led Congress”


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“FBI report to show errors affected hundreds of cases”


CBS NEWS

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“There’s a Place That’s Nearly Perfect for Growing Food. It’s Not California.”


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Despite the ever-worsening drought, California still grows more than half the produce in the United States. But not without a cost: Groundwater supplies are low, and soil is eroding and getting saltier.

Maybe it’s time to “de-Californify” the nation’s supply of fruits and vegetables. But how? Well, I have an idea. To find out what it is, click here.

“Has the Tea Party lost its touch?”


MSNBC

Is that faction of the right wing likely to have the same kind of impact challenging establishment incumbents in the 2016 primaries? Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas and former Rep. Steve Latourette, R-Ohio, discuss with Steve Kornacki.
Is that faction of the right wing likely to have the same kind of impact challenging establishment incumbents in the 2016 primaries? Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas and former Rep. Steve Latourette, R-Ohio, discuss with Steve Kornacki.

“Stranded Americans fend for themselves in war-torn Yemen”


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BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY



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“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:55-57 ESV