The global coalition getting together to stop ISIS is finding allies in unlikely places, but perhaps no place less likely or more profoundly awesome than this. "No Surrender" is the name of a Dutch motorcycle gang that has decided that only way to dispel outlaw justice is to do it yourself. Reportedly (and seen in tweets like this) members of No Surrender are biking into Syria and Iraq to give the Kurds fighting for their lives a little backup muscle. No Surrender's chief Klaas Otto confirmed to a Dutch TV station that several members have temporarily set up shop in Iraq.
Unlike some biker gangs, No Surrender seems pretty racially inclusive and less prone to fascist sympathies (their Facebook page features a quote from Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel about the importance of fighting injustice) , which might be why the Dutch government is being so chill about all this. "Joining a foreign armed force was previously punishable, now it's no longer forbidden," public prosecutor spokesman Wim de Bruin told reporters.
Something tells us that No Surrender doesn't really care about the legality of what they're doing one way or the other ... Discuss
In an effort to boost sales across the U.K., Coca Cola recently issued a report that discussed bold new strategies to get consumers to put down boring beverages like “water” and “tea,” and turn to a refreshing, sugary alternative. Because their research found that a quarter of beverages are consumed before 10 a.m., they are now looking for ways to convince customers that starting their day off with a soda is somehow a good idea. The report asks, "How do we motivate people to make soft drinks, like smoothies, juices and other on-the-go products, part of their morning ritual in the same way as tea or coffee?" (In a follow-up statement, Coke said that they are actually referring to smoothies and juice as breakfast drinks, although that's not exactly how the initial report was worded.) Why not just convince people to exclusively drink Coke as their only source of hydration? What could possibly go wrong? … Discuss
Early contender for the best story of 2014 here. The Loro Parque Zoo on the Spanish island of Tenerife was running a routine training drill about what to do if a gorilla escapes its cage, which involved having an employee dress up in a gorilla suit and run around the zoo. Sounds like quite the work environment. However, the zoo's all-staff communication must need some work, because one other employee was on a very different page. He's the zoo veterinarian, and when he saw the gorilla-suited employee (who must have been doing a fabulous job), he was under the impression that the apeocalypse had begun, and took matters into his own hands, shooting his fellow co-worker with a tranquilizer dart intended for a 400-lb. gorilla.
The employee dropped like a stone (just imagine how heroic the veterinarian must have felt at first) and had to be taken to the hospital, where he made a full recovery, and the rest of the zoo can rest assured that if a gorilla ever does escape its cage, at least one person knows what to do ... Discuss
It's been nearly seven months since Boko Haram kidnapped roughly 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria, launching the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag. Today, Nigerian officials announced they had reached an agreement to secure their release and implement a ceasefire between the Nigerian military and the terrorist group. "Commitment among parts of Boko Haram and the military does appear to be genuine," a Nigerian security official told Reuters. "It is worth taking seriously."
Boko Haram raided Chibok boarding school in northern Nigeria in April, taking nearly 300 schoolgirls with them when they left. Some 50 girls managed to escape early on, and the rest have been trapped ever since. While the news of their freedom is very good news, experts have warned that the emotional, physical and sadly likely sexual trauma will take time and effort to mend ... Discuss