The Musings Of Mike

Mar 7
Aug 2

Every August 1, the people of Warsaw freeze in unison for 60 seconds, to honor those who fought for freedom in 1944 during the Warsaw Uprising. The rebellion against Nazi occupation cost more than 200,000 lives and destroyed the capital.

This footage is compiled from 2011.

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Jul 25

These 10 incredible stories of human survival remind us, it could always be worse…

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Concert organizers at London’s Hyde Park didn’t take too kindly to Bruce Springsteen’s epic curfew-breaking set Saturday night. The E Street Band kept rocking past the 10 pm cut-off, eventually inviting Paul McCartney on stage, much to the delight of 80,000 in attendance. But at 10:30, in the middle of “Twist And Shout”, the mics were silenced. The abrupt ending didn’t sit too well with Steven Van Zandt, who took to Twitter shortly after:

English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn’t want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney!

I’m sorry but I have to be honest I’m pissed. Like I said, it didn’t ruin the great night. But when I’m jamming with McCartney don’t bug me!

You’d think Sir McCartney could buy a few extra minutes on stage in his home country.

[gawker]

Jul 22
Interruption of the Day

When 24-year-old Odd Future member Frank Ocean admitted on Tumblr last week to falling in love with a man, it was quite the shock to the hip-hop world, notorious for its tendency to disparage gays.

Nonetheless, Ocean’s bandmate Tyler, the Creator tweeted a classy congrats, and Def Jam’s Russell Simmons said Ocean “changed the game” for hip hop in a positive way.

Now, industry royalty Beyoncé and Jay-Z have joined the ranks of Ocean’s supporters.

Beyoncé, whose track “I Miss You” was written by Ocean, posted a pic of Ocean to her site over the weekend. The overlay reads:

Be fearless / Be honest / Be generous / Be brave / Be poetic / Be open / Be free / Be yourself / Be in love / Be happy / Be inspiration.

Beyoncé’s show of support was one-upped only by hubby Jay-Z — a powerful missive to Ocean (penned by dream hampton) on his site is more than worth a full read, but here’s the money excerpt:

We admire the great courage and beauty and fearlessness in your coming out, not only as a bisexual Black man, but as a broken hearted one. The tender irony that your letter is to a boy who was unable to return your love until years later because he was living a lie is the only truly tragic detail about your letter.

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Jul 17
Gay Support

Gad Beck, activist and last known gay Jewish Holocaust survivor, died Sunday. He was 88.

During World War II, Beck joined an underground resistance movement to fight the Nazi regime. In a daring act of heroism, he was able to rescue his boyfriend from a deportation center by impersonating a Hitler Youth.

After the war, Beck spent his life educating and advocating for Judaism and gay rights, and was the subject of a documentary in 2006. Friends lauded Beck for his signature wit and openness.

Reflecting on his life, Beck said, “God doesn’t punish for a life of love.”

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Jun 26
RIP: Gad Beck, at 88

A “lightning flower” is a Lichtenberg Figure — or electric discharge pattern — that occurs on the skin of lightning strike victims, most likely as a result of small capillaries bursting from the intensity of the bolt’s current.

Also: Automatic winner of any barroom scar story battle.

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Jun 23
Struck By Lightning!

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Crystal Yamnitzky and her boyfriend Robert Driscoll stole a $12,000 ring. Shortly after, Yamnitzky posted pictures of it on Facebook with the caption, “Look what Robby gave me. I love him so much.”

They were both arrested shortly after.

Source: pittsburgh.cbslocal.com

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University of Georgia sophomore Nitesh Bhakta used Facebook to help foil an armed robbery in progress at his family’s home. The 20-year-old was in his room on his laptop when he heard his grandmother scream.

"As soon as I opened my door, I saw three hooded guys like all masked in black at the front door," Bhakta said. "I shut my door, locked it, grabbed my laptop, went into the attic and hid."

"I don’t think [Facebook] is really meant as a lifesaving tool, but it’s the only way I could think of contacting someone immediately to call for help," he said.

So, as the intruders rifled through the home, Bhakta updated his Facebook status: “HELP, ROBBERS, NO PHONE.” In all caps, naturally.

"A lot of people thought it was a joke," he said.

Fortunately his best friend, John Salter, took him seriously, notifying Bartow County sheriff’s deputies as Bhatka hid in the dark.

Source: ajc.com

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In April, after the Royal Wedding, the Pippa Middleton’s A*s Appreciation Society was started. It now has over 240,000 fans.

Source: news.com.au

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In May, a study came out that said young people would rather lose their sense of smell instead of their social networks.

A McCann survey of 6,000 people aged 16 to 30 found that 53 percent of respondents would rather forfeit the ability to smell than lose access to social networking websites.

Source: blogs.villagevoice.com

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In February, an Egyptian man named his daughter Facebook.

Source: haaretz.com

5.

In May, Lady Gaga used Farmville to premiere new music.

Source: ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com

4.

In December, a cab driver got revenge on a passenger who didn’t pay and left his phone by updating his Facebook status.

Source: thedailywh.at

3.

Jason Valdez held a woman hostage for 16 hours in a hotel room in Utah and basically live-blogged the entire thing on Facebook. Read all of the status updates here.

Source: mjs538

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Nikki Rasmussen was arrested for lighting her friend’s house on fire because her friend defriended her on Facebook.

A police report says that when an officer asked Nikki Rasmussen about Jen Harris, Rasmussen said “… the two are no longer friends due to a dispute over Facebook. According to Nikki, Jen is angry with her because she ended their friendship on Facebook.”

Source: blogs.desmoinesregister.com

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In November, a burglar signed into Facebook from a computer inside a home he broke into before sprinting from the scene. Unfortunately, he forgot to logout before he left.

Source: atlanta.cbslocal.com

May 31
Top 10 Most Bizarre Facebook Stories Of 2011

A 99-year-old Italian man is divorcing his wife of 77 years after finding a packet of old love letters that revealed an affair she had in the 1940s, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The British newspaper’s Rome correspondent says newly released court documents show that the man, identified only as Antonio C., found the musty letters while clearing out an old chest of drawers a few days before Christmas.

His wife, Rosa C., reportedly confessed to the affair when confronted, but couldn’t talk her husband out of filing for divorce.

The couple met during the 1930s when Antonio was posted as a young Carabinieri officer to Naples.

The newspaper says the couple have five children, a dozen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

[usatoday]

May 24
Man Divorcing Wife Of 77 Years Over Her Affair In 1940s