The Power of Humor


John Cleese :   “I think it’s [humour] immensely powerful. Whether it changes things very much, I’m not sure. But what I *do* know is the one thing that people in power can’t abide is being made fun of. And I think the wonderful thing about humour is that it punctures pomposity. If people are very self important, they love to have a slightly solemn atmosphere around them, because they know that any kind of humour is gonna deflate that pomposity.”



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What surprises you most about humanity?


Dalai Lama Quote 1


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Stunning Videos From #Drone #Filmmakers

Bangkok Protests
Made by: Youtube user TheCyberJom.


Istanbul Protests
Made by: Vimeo user Jenk K.


Fireworks Display
Made by: YouTube user Jos Stiglingh.


Surfing in Hawaii
Made by: Eric Sterman.


Thailand Travel
Made by: Vimeo user Philip Bloom.


New York City
Made by: Vimeo user Randy Scott Slavin.


San Francisco
Made by: Vimeo user Robert McIntosh.


Endless Summer
Made by: Vimeo user Nate Bolt.


Burning Man
Made by: YouTube user Eddie Codel.


Real Estate
Made by: The New York Times.


Volcano Eruption
Made by: YouTube user Shaun O’Callaghan.


Costa Concordia
Made by: Team Blacksheep.


Niagara Falls
Made by: Matt Quest.


Made by: BBC.


Soccer In India
Made by: Ben Kreimer.


Drone Music
Made by: KMel Robotics and Kurtis Sensenig.


Drone Dancers
Made by: elevenplay×Rhizomatiks.


Graffiti artist KATSU creates abstract paintings using drones with spray cans


Dolphin Stampede
Made by: Dolphin Safari.


Made by: YouTube user AfricanSkyCAM.


Giraffe Safari
Made by: CCTV Africa and African SkyCAM.


Rocket Launch
Made by: SpaceX.


Made by: Tourism New Zealand.


Wedding Fail
Made by: YouTube user WeddingMan123.


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LED lights at airports can act as video camera


How would you feel if airport lights were watching your every move?



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Pope Francis’s 10 happiness tips


1.   “Live and let live.” Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar expression in Rome with the saying, “Move forward and let others do the same.”


2.   “Be giving of yourself to others.” People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because “if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid.”

3.   “Proceed calmly” in life. The pope, who used to teach high school literature, used an image from an Argentine novel by Ricardo Guiraldes, in which the protagonist — gaucho Don Segundo Sombra — looks back on how he lived his life.

4.   A healthy sense of leisure. The Pope said “consumerism has brought us anxiety”, and told parents to set aside time to play with their children and turn of the TV when they sit down to eat.


5.   Sundays should be holidays. Workers should have Sundays off because “Sunday is for family,” he said.

6.   Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people. “We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities they will get into drugs” and be more vulnerable to suicide, he said.

7.   Respect and take care of nature. Environmental degradation “is one of the biggest challenges we have,” he said. “I think a question that we’re not asking ourselves is: ‘Isn’t humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?’”

8.   Stop being negative. “Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, ‘I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down,’” the Pope said. “Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy.”

9.   Don’t proselytise; respect others’ beliefs. “We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyses: ‘I am talking with you in order to persuade you,’ No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytising,” the Pope said.


Proselytism Is Solemn Nonsense
“Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us.”

Read more from La Repubblica

10.   Work for peace. “We are living in a time of many wars,” he said, and “the call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive” and dynamic.


Here are some quotes that made the headlines :

Pope Francis: If we destroy Creation, it will destroy us

It suggests that the obligation we humans bear is to care for God’s creation, we should be stewards of creation—not its masters or owners.

Who am I to judge a gay person?
Pope Francis has said gay people should not be marginalised but integrated into society


There Is No Catholic God
“And I believe in God, not in a Catholic God, there is no Catholic God, there is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation. Jesus is my teacher and my pastor, but God, the Father, Abba, is the light and the Creator. This is my Being.”



Small-Minded Rules
“The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules. The most important thing is the first proclamation: Jesus Christ has saved you. ”

Read more from America Magazine


Abortion, Gay Marriage, And Contraception
“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”

Read more from America Magazine

Humble Cars
The down-to-earth Pope called for greater austerity from religious figures last week, saying, “It hurts me when I see a priest or nun with the latest-model car. You can’t do this. A car is necessary to do a lot of work, but, please, choose a more humble one. If you like the fancy one, just think about how many children are dying of hunger in the world.” The Ford Focus is a compact car with a starting sticker price of just about $16,000.

The Court Is The Leprosy Of The Papacy
“You know what I think about this? Heads of the Church have often been narcissists, flattered and thrilled by their courtiers. The court is the leprosy of the papacy.”

Consider The Person
“A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person. ”

Read more from America Magazine

“Then, Holy Father, creativity is important for the life of a person?” I ask. He laughs and replies: “For a Jesuit it is extremely important! A Jesuit must be creative.”

Read more from America Magazine

A Poor Church
On his election to the papacy, Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose to name himself after Francis of Assisi because the 12th-century saint “is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation,” Pope Francis said.
“How I would like a church that is poor and for the poor,” he told about 5,000 journalists gathered for an audience with the pope.

Read more from the National Catholic Reporter

Pope Francis Quotes On The Poor

Stealing from the tables of the the poor
Throwing food away is like stealing from the tables of the the poor, the hungry! I encourage everyone to reflect on the problem of thrown away and wasted food to identify ways and means that, by seriously addressing this issue, are a vehicle of solidarity and sharing with the needy.

‘Money Has To Serve, Not To Rule!’
Pope Francis has denounced the global financial system, blasting the “cult of money” that he says is tyrannizing the poor and turning humans into expendable consumer goods.

Men And Women Sacrificed To the Idols Of Profit
Man is not in charge today, money is in charge, money rules. God our Father did not give the task of caring for the earth to money, but to us, to men and women: we have this task! Instead, men and women are sacrificed to the idols of profit and consumption: it is the “culture of waste.”
On World Environment Day

‘If Banks Fail It is A Tragedy, If People Die Of Hunger It’s Nothing’
“Today, and it breaks my heart to say it, finding a homeless person who has died of cold, is not news. Today, the news is scandals, that is news, but the many children who don’t have food – that’s not news. This is grave. We can’t rest easy while things are this way.”

‘Slave Labor Goes Against God’
“A headline that really struck me on the day of the tragedy in Bangladesh was ‘Living on 38 euros a month’. That is what the people who died were being paid. This is called slave labour.”

“Not paying fairly, not giving a job because you are only looking at balance sheets, only looking at how to make a profit. That goes against God!”




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How To Eat Like A Local In Paris, #France

La Butte Aux Piafs
31 Boulevard Auguste Blanqui, 75013 Paris

La Butte Aux Piafs opened last summer and is already a favorite among local students who go to school in the area. One of our French editors tells us the bistro sells a special squid ink burger.


Café des Musées
49, rue de Turenne 75003 Paris

Café des Musées is a charming restaurant serving classic French dishes like entrecôte steak and house-made pâtés.


Le Petit Cambodge
20, Rue Alibert, 75010 Paris

Cambodian restaurant Le Petit Cambodge is home to the second best “bo bun” (noodle bowl) in Paris.


Pho 14
129 avenue de Choisy, 75013, Paris

Locals love it. As food blog Paris By Mouth says, “It’s easy to find Pho 14. Just look for the line.


8 Passage des Panoramas, 75002, Paris

A favorite Paris wine bar, Racines serves market-driven food with simple ingredients. It’s situated in a 19th-century shopping arcade and is known for its natural wines. A location has just opened in New York City.


Big Fernand
32 Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 Paris

Burgers are trendy in Paris right now and one of the most popular places to get them is Big Fernand. There are five house burgers, or you can build your own in true American style.


Little Fernand
45 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75009 Paris

If you’re looking for a hot dog, Big Fernand’s little brother, Little Fernand, is here to fulfill your American dreams. You can also get a bag of chips, coleslaw, brownies and Dr. Pepper with your hot dog.


Dédé la frite
52 Rue Notre-Dame des Victoires, 75002 Paris

Dédé la frite is where to go to get your French fry overdose.


Chez Jeannette
47 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris

For French and Mediterranean cuisine favored by Parisians, Chez Jeanette is the place to go.


La Candelaria
52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris

If you’re looking for a bar that’s trendy with Parisians, head to La Candelaria. (You’ll have to walk through a taqueria to get there.)



47 rue saint-maur, 75011 Paris

There is a trendy new restaurant in Paris called Balls, it serves primarily meatballs, and we need to go there. Plus, the waiters wear T-shirts that read, “Eat My Balls”.



L’ Eclair de Génie
14 rue Pavée, 75004, Paris

As if it weren’t enough that Paris is home to a store where you can only buy cream puffs, it is also home to a store where you can only buy eclairs. L’ Eclair de Génie is partly responsible for the revival of this classic 19th-century pastry that may have been eclipsed by the macaron in recent years. Thank you, L’ Eclair de Génie, for reminding us of the glory of this fantastic dessert.



44 Rue des Martyrs, 75009, Paris

Popelini is a small pâtisserie where you can only buy cream puffs.




Le Marché des Enfants Rouges
39 Rue de Bretagne | Haut Marais, 75003 Paris
Le Marché des Enfants Rouges: 79 Photos


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8 Millennials That Ditched Wall Street For Social Good


Rachael Chong, 31; CEO and founder, Catchafire
As a successful investment banker, Rachael Chong was dissatisfied with her opportunities for giving back in a meaningful way. She soon swapped the corporate world for the nonprofit one, founding Catchafire, an organization which helps professionals volunteer pro bono services to nonprofits without quitting their day jobs.

Rhoden Monrose, 27; Founder, CariCorps
With an extensive banking background, Rhoden Monrose left his position at Citigroup to make the finance industry more socially responsible. He founded CariCorps under the belief that business professionals could both do well and do good. Through CariCorps, Monrose teaches millennials how to have socially responsible finance careers. Millennial members are provided with free technical and professional skills and motivated to be involved in charity and community service while working on Wall Street.

Ben Keesey, 30; Executive Director and CEO, Invisible Children
With a degree in applied mathematics, management & accounting and previous employment at finance bigwigs such as Deloitte and Touche LLP and JP Morgan & Associates, Ben Keesey was on the corporate track. But a trip to Africa changed his course — Keesey now champions the cause of those affected by the atrocities of Joseph Kony and the LRA conflict through the nonprofit Invisible Children.

Jessica Matthews, 25; CEO and founder, Uncharted Play
With a degree in economics from Harvard already under her belt and an M.B.A. in progress, Jessica Matthews seems primed for Wall Street. However, she’s used her business expertise to found Uncharted Play, a social enterprise that uses technology and playful activities to help solve real-world issues. One example is SOCCKET, a soccer ball that converts light into energy while you play. The sales from SOCCKET help provide children in need with reliable energy access.

Patrick Dowd, 26; founder and CEO, Millennial Trains Project
Patrick Dowd was an investment banking analyst for J.P. Morgan when Occupy Wall Street broke out. He remembered the positive model for youth mobilization and protest he had experienced while helping with the Jagriti Yatra train journey as a Fulbright scholar in India. Dowd eventually quit his job and pioneered the Millennial Trains Project, a nonprofit which takes millennials on crowd-funded train trips across the country. While aboard, youths participate in seminars and workshops and explore America’s social opportunities and challenges.

Alejandro Gac-Artigas, 25; Founder, Springboard Collaborative
Formerly employed by McKinsey & Company, Alejandro Gac-Artigas leapt into education with the 2011 launch of Springboard Collaborative. The Philadelphia-based organization has helped narrow the literacy gap for 642 children by providing teachers and parents with skills to incentivize learning and reading over the summer break. Gac-Artigas was motivated to found the startup because he was frustrated by the “summertime reading losses in elementary school that account for two-thirds of the achievement gap in high school.”

Krishna Ramkumar, 28; Co-founder, Avanti
Krishna Ramkumar was a senior associate with the Boston Consulting Group before founding Avanti, a collection of learning centers in four Indian cities. Avanti mentors students from low-income high schools in science and math. Last year, 6,000 students applied for the program’s 150 available spots. The India-based organization makes college a more accessible dream for students from economically disadvantaged schools.

Tinia Pina, 30; CEO and founder, Re-Nuble, Inc.
For five years Tinia Pina worked a variety of positions in the finance sector, including as a consultant, analyst, and investments accountant, before founding Re-Nuble, Inc. As a sustainable startup, Re-Nuble, Inc. takes excess food from restaurants and recycles it, using the organic nutrients to create renewable energy and organic fertilizer. Pina has expanded the organization, bringing plant-based nutrients to consumers who seek more accessible and less expensive sustainable food.


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