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What Obama And George W. Bush Have In Common

Okay, this is a tough one to talk about. Since 2004, the United States Armed Forces have been using unmanned combat air vehicles (also known as “drones”) to kill people in Pakistan. Drone strikes have actually increased under Obama’s presidency, and while they are more precise (read: less civilian casualties), in my mind they represent a scary future of warfare. They make war an easier, and less personal, decision. Share this if you think it’s a subject worth talking about.

What Obama And George W. Bush Have In Common

What you see below are screenshots of an interactive map set up by Slate’s Chris Kirk, which compare drone strikes from Bush (red) and Obama (blue). Lighter colors around a circle means some non-militants — aka civilians — were killed in that strike. Here's one of Obama's attacks:


And here's one of Bush's attacks:

Don't forget to check out the interactive map. Once you’re there, click on a circle to see details about the strike, including the administration responsible, the date, the location, and the number of militants and non-militants killed.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.