WARNING: This video is graphic in nature and shows police shooting a man multiple times

Reddit user Tirith uploaded a video he recorded on his home street in Poland of police confronting and eventually shooting an agitated man armed with what looks like a tire iron and a knife of some sort. While the man was clearly aggressive and agitated it seems as if this confrontation could have been handled better by the police officers. Clearly at some point in the video the man throws his second (and seemingly last) weapon at the cops and takes off running. Unless the police had incredibly bad aim the man had already been shot a few times by the time he takes off running. I can’t imagine he would have been that hard to take down.

Apparently, according to this article in Polish: http://www.gazetalubuska.pl/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140714/POWIAT04/140719776, what I can figure out according to Google Translate is that the guy lives and apparently wasn’t even shot until he was running away and then he was only shot in the legs.

I’m not sure I believe that. He definitely looks unconscious, if not dead, at the end of that video. He’s not moving at all and you would think someone who was alive and conscious who had just been shot at least once in the leg would be writhing in pain.

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This is the second installment of our celebration of an American history not so far removed as some of us may like to believe. These beautiful photographs bring to life the joy and pain, the happiness and sorrow of people who helped to shape this country into what it is today.

These color photographs gives us a fascinating glimpse of a large cross-section of working-class Americans leading up to and through the beginning of World War II from 1939-1943.

If you’d like to take a look at the first gallery of photos we published you can take a look at them here.

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All images courtesy of the Library of Congress

One of the most important things I learned on my journey in this thing called life is the undeniable, indisputable ideal that, “you are dangerous“. The concept that there’s a ferocity, a desire, a passion inside each of us that is shaped by our lives, our experiences, our family and friends, all of which honed us into who we are today.

Far too often that danger, that passion, gets buried under a sea of self-doubt or fear. Fear of failure, fear of what someone else may think of you or simply a fear of succeeding. When your environment and your circumstances have successfully managed to suppress that passion it’s generally replaced with complacency.

I’m guilty of it myself. I often find myself sitting back, deflecting compliments, attempting to downplay my accomplishments simply because my own feelings of self-doubt, coupled with the general feeling that I’m not “good enough”, make me uncomfortable. Far too often I play the “aw shucks” character in hopes that people will see past that and realize I just hit the ball out of the park.

In reality, that rarely works. Unless you have the confidence to take someone by the hand and show them exactly how you crushed it, there’s a good chance they’ll never even notice it. Then, when someone comes in behind you exuding confidence and says, “hey come look at this sweet freaking double I just hit,” you may find yourself riding the bench behind someone you know you could run circles around. You’re not getting overlooked because you lacked the skill, you’re getting overlooked because you lacked the confidence to market yourself.

There’s a fine line between being confident and being an arrogant asshole, but, assuming you can back it up, there’s a decent chance that even an arrogant asshole is going to get noticed before the person that’s too afraid to market themselves effectively. To paraphrase Yogi Berra, “confidence is 90% mental, the the other half is what you bring to the table.”

Five Ways to Market Yourself Effectively

  • Be direct. If you’re presented with a problem and you have the solution, do it and do it well and don’t be afraid to take credit for it.
  • Take pride in your accomplishments. If you help the widow next door take out her garbage and she tries to praise you for that it’s OK to play that down, hell it shouldn’t be a big deal to help someone out. On the other hand, if you’re presented with a problem at work or with a client and you solve the shit out of it you don’t need to play that down. What may seem like a “simple” solution to you likely couldn’t be accomplished by a majority of people without your skill sets and ability to problem solve. Don’t brag and be a jerk, humbly accept your accolades and move on, don’t try and down play them, this can just seem like false modesty.
  • Be humble. This may seem counterintuitive to the previous point but they actually go hand in hand. Being confident isn’t synonymous with being a braggart. With humility you can learn to listen and act decisively. Your decisions won’t be made based on our ego, they’ll be based on the confidence you have knowing that you can accomplish the task at hand.
  • Take responsibility. Nothing can shatter your confidence like feeling as though you have something to hide or that a mistake you made may catch up with you at any moment. If you make a mistake point it out and ask someone to show you where you went wrong. If you’re working by yourself, take the time to research it and learn what you did wrong.
  • Share it! You can have all the knowledge and confidence in the world but unless you’re willing to reach out and help people, to share your knowledge, no one will ever know. If you’re a blogger don’t be afraid to write about what you know, share your insights, make connections and develop a community of like-minded people that you can share thoughts and ideas with.

So, are you dangerous?

The USMNT has a huge game tomorrow against Germany which could advance them to the round of 16. The Men’s National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann is giving you permission to take off work to watch the game and cheer for the U.S.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s work excuse

To whom it may concern:

Please excuse (insert name) from work on Thursday, June 26th.
I understand that this absence may reduce the productivity of your workplace, but I can assure you that it is for an important cause. The #USMNT has a critical World Cup game vs. Germany and we will need the full support of the nation if we are to advance to the next round.

By the way, you should act like a good leader and take the day off as well. Go USA!

Jurgen Klinsmann
Head Coach
U.S. Men’s National Team

USA! USA! USA!

A park ranger in Chattanooga, TN nicknamed “The Dancing Park Ranger” has been fired for…dancing on the job.

Deryl Nelson worked as a park ranger for the City of Chattanooga at Coolidge Park on the North Shore for more than seven years. He says he’s always loved dancing and about a year into the job, drew an unexpected crowd of cheers for jumping in with a large group of visitors doing the “Macarena.” From then on, he kept dancing, but a recent complaint lead to him losing his job.

“It’s all about enjoying what you do and that’s the way I feel,” Deryl Nelson said.

He says he loved being a park ranger at Coolidge Park and getting smiles out of people with impromptu dances.

“Clean fun. It’s nothing like doing any bumping and grinding,” he said.

But, a recent park patron wasn’t pleased and took her complaint online, posting a video of his dancing. That got the city’s attention.

“People just have nothing else to do but bash people,” Nelson said, ” No twerks, no jerking, no nothing.”

The bitter woman seen in the video who obviously works at a sad factory of some sort claims that parents were covering their children’s eyes and averting their gaze to avoid the incredibly offensive act of a “man in uniform” dancing.

The city of Chattanooga which employed Nelson said that he displayed “unbecoming conduct and neglected his duty” and fired him.

If you’d like to let Chattanooga know what you think of their decision to fire a guy for dancing you can call Chattanooga’s mayor Andy Berke at (423) 643-7800.

h/t WRCB

We see so much of our history through photographs, mostly black and white, that are easy to distance ourselves from. Almost as if they’re not a part of reality. Seeing these photos in color brings them closer to real life somehow and reminds us that this is indeed part of our recent history.

h/t reddit

Last week Facebook did something that shocked a lot of people. It went down for 30 minutes. Facebook prides itself on its uptime and stability.

We now know that Facebook was under DDoS attack from China and that’s what knocked it out for 30 minutes. The world’s biggest website isn’t easy to bring down with a DDoS attack which is probably why this graphical representation of what happened looks so damn scary.

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