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Nick Briz, Artist, Chicago, IL

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I literally watched a documentary a few hours ago on Aaron Swartz’s life leading up to his death (a reported suicide at 26 in January of 2013), then this shows up on my dash. Aaron strongly believed that knowledge should be free and this gif is of a security camera that was set up after realizing someone was downloading academic journal articles from JSTOR that you would otherwise have to pay for. An example as to why what he did here is so important, a 14 year old boy from Baltimore used some of those articles to do research on pancreatic cancer and was able to find a way to detect it early enough to combat it which was impossible before. In this country you have to pay to find the secrets of life and the universe.


Best Kept Secret /// 2013 ///Available on Netflix
JFK High School, located in the midst of a run-down area in Newark, New Jersey, is a public school for all types of students with special education needs, ranging from those on the autism spectrum to those with multiple disabilities. Janet Mino has taught her class of young men for four years. When they all graduate, they will leave the security of the public school system forever. Best Kept Secret follows Ms. Mino and her students over the year and a half before graduation. The clock is ticking to find them a place in the adult world - a job or rare placement in a recreational center - so they do not end up where their predecessors have, sitting at home, institutionalized, or on the streets.

I just wanted to make people aware of this documentary and of Ms. Mino. I finished watching this today and all I can think about afterwards is how people like Ms. Mino are the people we need to be praising and funding so people like her students have the type of resources and future they deserve. To think of all the money wasted on celebrities, most politicians and overall junk for basically doing nothing makes me so sad. Start thanking and appreciating everyday people like Ms. Mino that are doing hard work. I wish someone would give her the money to start her own recreation center that continues the help that her students need in their adult age. Also, really be aware of your choices, how they affect others, have empathy and always do what you love but make sure the work you love is noble and REALLY contributes to the world around you. Do not hurt people and do not be selfish.
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Best Kept Secret /// 2013 ///Available on Netflix

JFK High School, located in the midst of a run-down area in Newark, New Jersey, is a public school for all types of students with special education needs, ranging from those on the autism spectrum to those with multiple disabilities. Janet Mino has taught her class of young men for four years. When they all graduate, they will leave the security of the public school system forever. Best Kept Secret follows Ms. Mino and her students over the year and a half before graduation. The clock is ticking to find them a place in the adult world - a job or rare placement in a recreational center - so they do not end up where their predecessors have, sitting at home, institutionalized, or on the streets.

I just wanted to make people aware of this documentary and of Ms. Mino. I finished watching this today and all I can think about afterwards is how people like Ms. Mino are the people we need to be praising and funding so people like her students have the type of resources and future they deserve. To think of all the money wasted on celebrities, most politicians and overall junk for basically doing nothing makes me so sad. Start thanking and appreciating everyday people like Ms. Mino that are doing hard work. I wish someone would give her the money to start her own recreation center that continues the help that her students need in their adult age. Also, really be aware of your choices, how they affect others, have empathy and always do what you love but make sure the work you love is noble and REALLY contributes to the world around you. Do not hurt people and do not be selfish.

There are those wonderful moments of clarity in life when one is reminded how irreparably flawed we humans are. Once, when I was nineteen, on the subway in Boston I lost my balance slightly and bumped into an elderly woman. I quickly apologized and she replied, "Well, hold on to something, stupid." There it is. That’s it. That’s it in a nutshell. I don’t want to sound negative, but I think every fetus should be shown a film of that incident, maybe projected up on the uterine wall, and then asked if it wants to come out. I am a strong believer in a woman’s right to choose, but I also think that in the last trimester, the kid should be given every opportunity to back out.
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