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Abandoned hut in "Czech Siberia," Czech Republic.
Contributed by Pavel Culek.


Abandoned hut in "Czech Siberia," Czech Republic.

Contributed by 
Pavel Culek.

Chuck Hagel could take military gear back from local cops — but probably won't

A Pentagon spokesman said this week that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has the power to unilaterally stop the military’s 1033 program, which donates hundreds of millions of dollars of excess military gear and weapons to local police forces annually. Rear Admiral John Kirby said, "The secretary has the authority to rescind and take back equipment that is transferred to local law enforcement agencies if he deems fit. He has that authority."

In the same statement, Kirby defended the 1033 program, which has drawn national attention since police in Ferguson, Missouri, used 1033 equipment in a highly militarized response to citizens protesting Michael Brown’s death. Kirby suggested that it would be a mistake to “throw the baby out with the bathwater here,” as the military equipment has “provided a good measure of support…to citizens all over the country.”

Hagel has asked for more information about the program, which he is reviewing. But as Jason Ditz says at Antiwar, based on Kirby’s statement, it seems that Hagel has “no intentions of actually” stopping these shipments, which makes his request for more info seem “to be little more than some fun facts for him on the ongoing program.”

- - Bonnie Kristian

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Aritzia: The morning of our shoot, Orange Is the New Black scored seven Emmy nods, and Samira Wiley is all smiles—and eager to leave. “They’re celebrating on set right now,” says the Juilliard grad, who plays the hilarious but vulnerable Poussey Washington on the breakout Netflix show. Fame “happened so suddenly,” Wiley explains. “When the show came out, people could watch [the whole season] in a weekend, so I feel like our lives changed less gradually than people on network TV shows.” Not that she’s complaining: “It’s awesome to go through it with all the other girls. I feel like we’re a family.”

It took me a really long time to accept that I could be an actor. I had been doing acting since I was ten years old but I never got acknowledgment for it until I got accepted to Juilliard. It was like, Oh, we know you’re passionate…and now maybe you’re talented too!

The number of times you’re going to get stopped on the street and get asked to take a seflie with someone is something to keep in mind. I don’t ever want to look busted these days. Not even to go to the corner store for ice cream!

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Notice the people who are happy for your happiness, and sad for your sadness. They’re the ones who deserve special places in your heart.

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