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POSTED BY Buzz ON Oct 29, 2013 AT 06:10 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 29, 2013 06:10 IST

 

In a world where media and advertising are rightly criticised for commodifying women, reinforcing regressive stereotypes of "fair and lovely" and in general promoting crass consumerism, any small attempt at promoting a progressive value deserves all applause.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Oct 29, 2013 AT 06:10 IST, Edited At: Oct 29, 2013 06:10 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 25, 2013 AT 02:28 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 25, 2013 02:28 IST

Former US President George H.W. Bush (the 41st President, George W. Bush's father) shaved his head this week to show solidarity with Patrick, the son of a member of his security detail who's battling cancer.

His spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted pictures of the former president with Patrick. Patrick, 2, lost his hair during treatment for leukemia.

 

Bush Sr., along with members of his Secret Service detail, showed his support by shaving his head.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 25, 2013 AT 02:28 IST, Edited At: Jul 25, 2013 02:28 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 02, 2012 AT 15:24 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 02, 2012 15:24 IST

On October 30, put up a video on Youtube with a simple message:

This is my four year old daughter, Abigael, after hearing one too many mentions of the election.

 

The video went viral with over three million views.

NPR was moved enough to issue a formal apology to Abigael:

On behalf of NPR and all other news outlets, we apologize to Abigael and all the many others who probably feel like her. We must confess, the campaign's gone on long enough for us, too. Let's just keep telling ourselves: ‘Only a few more days, only a few more days, only a few more days.’

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 02, 2012 AT 15:24 IST, Edited At: Nov 02, 2012 15:24 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 10, 2012 AT 20:35 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 10, 2012 20:35 IST


The Korea Herald reports:

Although many mothers decide to differentiate their identical children with different clothes or different hairstyles, the mother of these boys from Shenzhen city in China’s Guangdong province decided to shave numbers onto their heads. As the children are starting school this week, their mom shaved their heads so their teachers can tell them apart.

Now that they can easily be distinguished, it doesn’t matter that the quadruplets’ parents have decided to dress all of them in exactly the same outfits -- complete with matching backpacks.

The mother has admitted that even their father had a hard time distinguishing each boy before their new haircuts, sometimes feeling confused when dealing with them.

However, one has to wonder how people will tell apart Jiang Yunlong, Jiang Yunxiao, Jiang Yunhan and Jiang Yunlin when they grow older.

(Via Ambassador Vishnu Prakash, ambassador of India to South Korea, on Twitter)

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 10, 2012 AT 20:35 IST, Edited At: Sep 10, 2012 20:35 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Jun 22, 2012 AT 19:30 IST ,  Edited At: Jun 22, 2012 19:30 IST

A shocking Youtube video of a 68-year-old school bus monitor New York who was bullied by a group of middle school students has received more than $475,000 in online donations.

More about the case:

Karen Klein, 68, is seen in a 10-minute viral video attempting to ignore the verbal attacks by students on a bus operated by the Greece Central School District, near Rochester, N.Y. Children on the bus hurl repeated insults and threats at the grandmother, calling her fat and at one point suggesting that her children commit suicide. 

But donations have since poured in for the grandmother in hopes that she'll take a "vacation of a lifetime," according to fundraising site indiegogo.com. As of early Thursday, a total of $156,979 [As of Friday, the time of posting this, a total of $482,310] had been received for Klein and the video had been viewed on YouTube more than 1.5 million times.

Klein's daughter, Michelle, said her mother has worked in the school system for more than 20 years as a bus driver and now a bus monitor. Klein, meanwhile, has said she wants to return to her job, but on a different bus route and with an apology from the students, MyFoxBoston.com reports.

Klein did not report the bullying, but school officials notified Town of Greece police when they learned of it. Police have questioned the students involved, but none have been charged.

The school district, meanwhile, is investigating the incident. At least two other videos showing Klein being taunted by students aboard a bus are known to have been posted online.

"We have discovered other similar videos on YouTube and are working to identify all of the students involved," according to a statement posted on the district's website.

The outpouring of support for Klein follows a recent surge in awareness of bullying that has brought the issue from the classroom to the stage and screen to the White House.

In April, the documentary film "Bully" examined the problem by following five kids over the course of a school year. Months later, after 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer of suburban Buffalo killed himself in September after complaining about being bullied about his sexuality, pop singer Lady Gaga decried the loss of another life to bullying, tweeting to millions of followers that she'd take her concerns to President Barack Obama.

Also this year, the White House held a conference on bullying prevention, estimating that it affects 13 million students, or about a third of those attending school. Obama said he hoped to "dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up. It's not 

Commentary above by BN Breaker on Youtube

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jun 22, 2012 AT 19:30 IST, Edited At: Jun 22, 2012 19:30 IST
     
 
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