Finally, someone answered the question, “What if Netflix’s paranormal sci-fi adventure series Stranger Things was a holiday Peanuts-style special?” Admit it, you’d watch this if it was a full length movie.
(Spoiler alert: Things don’t work out so well for Barb in this one either.) Discuss
Yemen has been in a civil war since the beginning of 2015 that has led to such a severe shortage of food resources that millions of people need assistance with food.
Since February, the U.N. World Food Programme has given food to more than 3 million people per month in Yemen. Recently, it divided the amount of food each family would get so that they could reach 6 million people per month. However, the UN fears that they are running out of the resources needed to have this much of an impact.
The Yemen World Food Programme director, Torben Due, said in a statement:
We need to scale up our life-saving assistance to reach more people with timely food assistance and preventive treatment. We appeal to the international community to support the people of Yemen. ... We need to provide a full ration to every family in need, but sadly we have had to reduce the size of the food basket and split assistance between impoverished families to meet growing needs.
Prior to the conflict, Yemen had one of the highest malnutrition rates in the world, according to the statement. Malnutrition rates for children under 5 were double the emergency threshold and nearly half of the children are currently irreversibly stunted.
As of June, 14.1 million people in Yemen were food insecure, and 7 million of them were "severely" food insecure.
You don't have to worry about strangers watching porn around you if you're traveling across Patna Junction in India anymore. That's a relief.
A survey by RailTel found that the Patna Junction station was at the top of the list of stations in India with maximum internet searches for porn sites, according to India Times. This station is one of the most crowded as well as one of the oldest with more than 200 trains passing through it each day. It also grew in notoriety for the inappropriate use of wi-fi services among its travelers.
A railway official said that "More than any other railway station in the country, where free Wi-Fi service was launched, the Patna railway station is on the top in the country for using internet search, particularly searches for porn sites."
The station provides free Wi-Fi services at all major stations falling under the ECR jurisdiction to allow passengers to know where their trains are running. East Central Railway (ECR) CPRO Arvind Rajak said the benefit was being used for 'other' purposes with porn being more common than Bollywood or Hollywood film streaming, or app usage.
Indian Railways confirms that porn sites have now been blocked and administrating officials have confirmed plans to block inappropriate sites from their other railway stations. Discuss
Twenty-two children and six teachers were killed in airstrikes on a school in northwest Syria Wednesday, according to UNICEF. Earlier reports indicated that the death toll only included 12 children, but have since updated.
UNICEF director Anthony Lake said the school building was "repeatedly attacked."
"This is a tragedy. It is an outrage. And if deliberate, it is a war crime," he went on to say. "When will the world's revulsion at such barbarity be matched by insistence that this must stop?"
Reports from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks were by either Syrian or Russian warplanes that struck six times.
Russia's UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin responded to questions about Russia's involvement in the attack by saying, "It's horrible, horrible. I hope we were not involved."
Activists in the area have circulated different images that are said to be from the wreckage of the airstrikes including the arm of a child, dismembered from the elbow, but still holding onto a makeshift backpack.
These attacks took the number of civilians killed in airstrikes in this area to 89 just within the past week, according to the Syrian Observatory.
The latest attempts to negotiate a ceasefire have failed. Discuss
Along with the release of Bon Iver’s new album 22, A Million, the singer-songwriter has also put out a new piece of merchandise: a flannel button-down shirt.
Yep. It looks like Bon Iver has out-Bon Iver’d himself.
Perhaps, the obvious choice would be to put out another vintage styled band t-shirt, but since this album is anything but obvious, it really only makes sense that man behind the band, Justin Vernon, would manufacture a flannel covered in the album’s hieroglyphics.
How much is the red button-down? The garment could be all yours for a whopping $75. Say what you will about the almost $80 flannel, but the guy sure does know his demographic.
And why stop at shirts? Back in September, Justin Vernon made it pretty clear he wasn’t about selling out. But should he change his mind, we think the Grammy-award winner could have an entire Bon Iver-esque lifestyle line.
We're thinking hand-carved Wisconsin wood whittled pipes, a candle that doubles as a whiskey glass (they exist), who knows what’s next for him.
All jokes aside, we are grateful for an artist who pays attention to the details and puts so much thought in everything he creates. Discuss
One of the great things about October—or really any holiday season—is that a Peanuts special once again hits primetime and the work of Charles Schulz is back in the cultural awareness.
Around Halloween, the Charlie Brown special It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown returns, and with it, one of Schulz's great metaphors about faith. Sure, with its birth-of-Jesus monologue, the Christmas special contains the series’ most blatant discussion of faith (and remains a classic), but in It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Linus delivers some of his most powerful thoughts about faith, doubt, sincerity and hope.
Of course, the special isn’t really about a great pumpkin—it’s about believing in something even though there’s no physical evidence of it, and even though you are mocked for it. The story isn’t about just superstition; it’s about sincere faith in the face of others’ doubt.
At one point, as Linus prepares to wait alone in the pumpkin patch while his friends trick-or-treat, he explains:
He’ll come here because I have the most sincere pumpkin patch and he respects sincerity.
Each year the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch he thinks is the most sincere. ... I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look all around and there's not a sign of hypocrisy ... nothing here but sincerity as far as the eye can see.
As “Entire Gospel” notes, Linus understands faith isn’t just about belief—it’s about sincerity. It’s not just about believing in your mind; it’s about believing in your heart.
Later, as Linus is abandoned by his friends while waiting in a pumpkin patch for the return of the Great Pumpkin, he yells toward them, begging for them to stay:
It won’t be long now. If the Great Pumpkin comes, I’ll still put in a good word for you. Good grief! I said, “if.” I meant “when” he comes!”
The Great Pumpkin never arrives. But, even though he’s embarrassed and mocked for his belief, Linus still never stops believing. Later, he tells Charlie Brown that his faith is unwavering: “Next year, I’ll find a pumpkin patch that is REAL sincere!"
Shulz, who was also a Sunday school teacher, understood that there was a power in not showing the “happy ending,” even when the stories contained messages about faith. He once said, “Once you accept Jesus, it doesn’t mean that all your problems are automatically solved.”
You can't create humor out of happiness. I'm astonished at the number of people who write to me saying, 'Why can't you create happy stories for us? Why does Charlie Brown always have to lose? Why can't you let him kick the football?' Well, there is nothing funny about the person who gets to kick the football.
That’s what makes his Halloween special so powerful: The Great Pumpkin never shows up (or, at least, not when Linus thinks he should), but Linus’ faith isn’t shaken. No, it only grows stronger. Discuss