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Who To Blame, Other Than The Actual Terrorists, When The Terrorists Attack

When it comes to making everyone apologize for the acts of a few extremists, it's hard to know who to force to apologize. Thankfully "The Daily Show" has cleared that up.

Who To Blame, Other Than The Actual Terrorists, When The Terrorists Attack

A lot of people have demanded a lot of things of different communities when it comes to condemning acts of violence. When Ferguson happened, all black people were expected to condemn everyone who looted. When the Charlie Hebdo attack happened, all Muslim people were expected to condemn all extremists. And when Timothy McVeigh attacked Oklahoma City, all white people were expected to condemn him. No, wait, that last one never happened. Anyways, "The Daily Show" has a pretty profoundly witty system to determine who has to condemn what.

Here's the thing though. Condemnation of terror and violence should be a given. Do you know anyone who applauds violence and terrorism? Have you ever met them? I have friends I've spoken with in every community (even some pretty radical ones), and not a single one has ever been like, "Yeah, 'bout time someone killed some people!"


The next time you see a person who has the same genetic or religious makeup as a perpetrator of horrific violence, I recommend assuming they are a normal human who has no connection to violence and who thinks murder is bad. Because that's basically everyone. Unless you are in a terrorist meeting, then obviously, you aren't reading this anyway because you hate freedom.

Terrorism — a thing only terrorists like.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

A young boy tried to grab the Pope's skull cap

A boy of about 10-years-old with a mental disability stole the show at Pope Francis' weekly general audience on Wednesday at the Vatican auditorium. In front of an audience of thousands the boy walked past security and onto the stage while priests delivered prayers and introductory speeches.

The boy, later identified as Paolo, Jr., greeted the pope by shaking his hand and when it was clear that he had no intention of leaving, the pontiff asked Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, the head of protocol, to let the boy borrow his chair.

The boy's activity on the stage was clearly a breach of Vatican protocol but Pope Francis didn't seem to be bothered one bit. He looked at the child with a sense of joy and wasn't even disturbed when he repeatedly motioned that he wanted to remove his skull cap.

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