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From the producers of Kid President comes a new series about YOUR success, an inspiring and thought-provoking video collaboration by SoulPancake and Strayer University! We asked people on the street, “How do you define success?” Here’s what they had to say on Strayer Buzz.

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Emma Watson Delivers Game-Changing Speech on Feminism for the U.N.

By: Joanna Robinson || Published: September 21, 2014

Earlier this summer, fresh from college graduation, Emma Watson, was named a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador. Though the ripples of her involvement over the past six months can be seen online (crashing the U.N. website, using Twitter to denounce a sexist politician in Turkey or respond to the gender politics of the recent celebrity nude photo hack), Watson’s power in person is an entirely different matter.
The actress gave an impassioned speech on feminism and gender at the U.N. Headquarters in New York this weekend to launch the “HeForShe” campaign which aims to galvanize one billion men and boys as advocates for ending the inequalities that women and girls face globally.
Watson’s speech, which was met with a thunderous standing ovation, not only called for action from male allies, but clarified a persistent misconception about feminism in general. She said:

I decided that I was a feminist. This seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently, [women’s expression is] seen as too strong, too aggressive, anti-men, unattractive.
Why has the word become such an unpopular one? I think it is right I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men.

Watson is pushing back against recent campaigns like Women Against Feminism. As Watson puts it elsewhere in her speech, these campaigns portray the feminist cause as “man-hating.” By involving both genders in the “HeForShe” campaign, Watson hopes to abolish the “us vs. them” mentality.
Watson is potentially in an even better position than many of her peers to do so. Her role as Hermione Granger, the universally-adored heroine of the Harry Potter series, gives her an automatic in with male and female Millenials. This is a rare case where an actor being conflated with their role might be a good thing. In this way, her wide-spread influence on young minds (still forming their opinions on gender roles and advocacy) is even stronger than other high-profile defenders of the f-word like Beyoncé.
Watson’s Harry Potter association also carries with it a disadvantage –– the fear she might not be taken seriously. She addresses this concern in her speech:

You might think: who is this Harry Potter girl? What is she doing at the UN? I’ve been asking myself at the same thing. All I know is that I care about this problem and I want to make this better. And having seen what I’ve seen and given the chance, I feel my responsibility to say something. Edmund Burke said all that is need for the forces of evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing

That Harry Potter association will always follow Watson. Even U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon joked, “She’s been waving a magic wand. I hope you use your magic wand to end violence against women!” But with her serious approach to advocacy, it’s impossible to laugh off Watson’s message.

Good souls do this with fame.

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Emma Watson Delivers Game-Changing Speech on Feminism for the U.N.

By: Joanna Robinson || Published: September 21, 2014

Earlier this summer, fresh from college graduation, Emma Watson, was named a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador. Though the ripples of her involvement over the past six months can be seen online (crashing the U.N. website, using Twitter to denounce a sexist politician in Turkey or respond to the gender politics of the recent celebrity nude photo hack), Watson’s power in person is an entirely different matter.

The actress gave an impassioned speech on feminism and gender at the U.N. Headquarters in New York this weekend to launch the “HeForShe” campaign which aims to galvanize one billion men and boys as advocates for ending the inequalities that women and girls face globally.

Watson’s speech, which was met with a thunderous standing ovation, not only called for action from male allies, but clarified a persistent misconception about feminism in general. She said:

I decided that I was a feminist. This seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently, [women’s expression is] seen as too strong, too aggressive, anti-men, unattractive.
Why has the word become such an unpopular one? I think it is right I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men.

Watson is pushing back against recent campaigns like Women Against Feminism. As Watson puts it elsewhere in her speech, these campaigns portray the feminist cause as “man-hating.” By involving both genders in the “HeForShe” campaign, Watson hopes to abolish the “us vs. them” mentality.

Watson is potentially in an even better position than many of her peers to do so. Her role as Hermione Granger, the universally-adored heroine of the Harry Potter series, gives her an automatic in with male and female Millenials. This is a rare case where an actor being conflated with their role might be a good thing. In this way, her wide-spread influence on young minds (still forming their opinions on gender roles and advocacy) is even stronger than other high-profile defenders of the f-word like Beyoncé.

Watson’s Harry Potter association also carries with it a disadvantage –– the fear she might not be taken seriously. She addresses this concern in her speech:

You might think: who is this Harry Potter girl? What is she doing at the UN? I’ve been asking myself at the same thing. All I know is that I care about this problem and I want to make this better. And having seen what I’ve seen and given the chance, I feel my responsibility to say something. Edmund Burke said all that is need for the forces of evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing

That Harry Potter association will always follow Watson. Even U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon joked, “She’s been waving a magic wand. I hope you use your magic wand to end violence against women!” But with her serious approach to advocacy, it’s impossible to laugh off Watson’s message.

Good souls do this with fame.

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Today the Department of Awesomely Good Deeds learned about a very special place where broken dolls and teddy bears are made whole again. Called the Doll Hospital, it’s located on a busy suburban street in the south part of Sydney, Australia. Here skilled “doll surgeons” have been administering vital medical attention to beloved children’s toys since 1913. These tenderhearted sawbones can mend just about any toy, be it plastic, porcelain or plush, contemporary or antique, big or small. As far as these specialists are concerned, no toy is beyond help.

"We’re one of the last ones that does everything, when it comes to dolls, there’s very few that are capable of that sort of work," said Geoff Chapman, 67 and "surgeon-in-chief" at the family-run business his father started more than a century ago.

"We’ve had customers who’ve burst into tears" when they saw the treasured doll or teddy as good as new, he said.

Australian photographer Jason Reed visited the Doll Hospital to document the good work and medical miracles that’ve take place there every day for over 100 years. In the hands of the hospital’s skilled staff, toys that are admitted looking like sadly forgotten junk leave shiny and new, restored to their original glory. To date the hospital has restored over three million dolls, teddy bears, rocking horses and wheeled toys belonging to children in Australia and New Zealand.

Click for a short video and here to learn more about the Sydney Doll Hospital.

[via Neatorama, Juxtapoz and Reuters]

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When a man got pinned down by his car after the jack slipped, an unknown man with a floor jack showed up and lifted the car off of him

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As she was making the call, an unknown man appeared with a floor jack and jacked up the front of the SUV.

“I could then breathe, and I inched my body out from under the vehicle. I heard the ambulance coming and before I was loaded into the ambulance, my wife looked around to thank the man, but he was already gone. I want to say thank you. If he hadn’t come when he did with that jack, I don’t know how long I could have survived.”


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North Vancouver man reunited with stolen family photos after homeless man finds and returns them
"I said to Tim ‘This is amazing. This weekend is my birthday and this is the best birthday gift I could ever receive.’" Lancaster said Storey never once asked for money and that he was mainly just happy to have helped. Lancaster compensated him anyway.
Beyond that, Lancaster is trying to find more consistent work for Storey who is fit enough to climb the Grouse Grind twice a week.
"Sometimes you really get a shock in life. You get all your preconceptions shattered and that was him. He was a remarkably altogether guy," Lancaster said.
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North Vancouver man reunited with stolen family photos after homeless man finds and returns them

"I said to Tim ‘This is amazing. This weekend is my birthday and this is the best birthday gift I could ever receive.’" Lancaster said Storey never once asked for money and that he was mainly just happy to have helped. Lancaster compensated him anyway.

Beyond that, Lancaster is trying to find more consistent work for Storey who is fit enough to climb the Grouse Grind twice a week.

"Sometimes you really get a shock in life. You get all your preconceptions shattered and that was him. He was a remarkably altogether guy," Lancaster said.

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An Ill ‘Star Trek’ Fan Wanted to Meet Patrick Stewart, and He Made It So
Dawn’s mother, Kristy Garrigus, also said she had seen some positive changes in Dawn’s condition since meeting Stewart. “She does not feel as isolated and to be blunt, it was the happiest we had seen her in quite some time…Her brief visit with Sir Patrick has alleviated that feeling which we cannot begin to express gratitude for,” she said to Mashable.
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An Ill ‘Star Trek’ Fan Wanted to Meet Patrick Stewart, and He Made It So

Dawn’s mother, Kristy Garrigus, also said she had seen some positive changes in Dawn’s condition since meeting Stewart. “She does not feel as isolated and to be blunt, it was the happiest we had seen her in quite some time…Her brief visit with Sir Patrick has alleviated that feeling which we cannot begin to express gratitude for,” she said to Mashable.

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okay so today I was at the mall and this girl walking in front of me and tripped and fell and instead of helping her up like a normal person would- I decided to make her feel less embarrassed and fall down too

but I guess another guy had the same idea because we fell at the same time

and then another person fell

and another

and suddenly I was lying in the middle of an impromptu fainting mob and a lot of people were shouting

and the girl who’d originally fallen looked so fucking happy

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