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Norwegian Boy Freezing - SOS Children

A social experiment was done recently in Norway. Hidden cameras were set up to cover it and the results show something in the human spirit, no matter whether in the US or abroad, that gives hope that we as people really care.

An 11-year-old boy sat shivering, freezing, and jacket-less at a bus stop in Oslo on a cold winter's day. Others saw him, alone and chilled to the bone. Watch and see how they reacted. How would you have handled this? What would you do?


The experiment was filmed by the Norwegian branch of the SOS Children's Villages International charity as part of a campaign to provide warm clothing for displaced children in Syria, according to The Nordic Page.

"People [everywhere] should care as much about children in Syria as they care about this boy," Synne Rønning, the information head of SOS Children's Villages Norway, told The Local. She also noted that the child was a volunteer who was never in any danger during the filming.

Doesn't this video show us that we do care? Now how about those hundreds of thousands of displaced children in Syria? Want to help? Here's how:

To learn more about SOS Children's Villages International click here.


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Video Overnight Thread- 2000 Running Santas For Charity



Over 2,000 people dressed as Santa Claus raced through Belgrade, Serbia, today to raise money for children who suffer from epidermolysis bullosa, a rare skin disease. The first 1,000 runners received full costumes, all others got a hat and a few days' extension on Christmas spirit.


Video- Surfing Santas of Cocoa Beach


Now THAT is dedication to a cause.


Cartoons of the Day- Pope Francis



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Joe Heller


Pat Bagley


Grab a Hanky And Watch This



I know that Paddy had posted this video earlier on her evening video distraction a few days ago, but I only had the time to catch it and thought it was worth a second glance. Usually commercials, especially in this country, run from stupid to mindless with a skosh of insanity in between. It's no wonder people DVR shows and watch them in time-shifted form. Doing that allows you to skip the claptrap drivel.  TV series are filled with worthless insipidness -- necessary to pay for the episodes -- but ads that do nothing but insult the average mind.

Here's an example of a commercial that will surely sell it's product by making you think, feel, aspire to do something great while capturing your emotions.

Where is this kind of commercial, Madison Avenue? This is what Don Draper would be doing if MAD MEN was contemporary.

Warning: This ad has been known to make adult (wo)men sniffle, and good (wo)men great. According to MailOne it has already been viewed over three and a half million times on YouTube, with over 40,000 likes. Thanks Thai phone company True Move H:


Feed The Homeless, Get Arrested. Be Homeless And Go To Jail.



Wouldn't it be great to be homeless? Think about it. Seriously think about it. No bills to pay. No property taxes. You get to change your location all the time, so if you bore easily, you're going to be somewhere else tomorrow anyway. Oh, and think of not having to worry about vacuuming or doing laundry. The great outdoors is now your home.

While you're enjoying the outdoor life, you can can be singing that old standard by Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson:

Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning,

Gone are the hard decisions like where are we going to spend our next vacation, or if we should buy a hybrid or a gas car when we trade in the SUV. Ah, and to never have to worry again about, "Should we go for Chinese tonight, or Italian?" If you're a homeless dumpster diver, the world of eating is your oyster.  The stale, the spoiled and the rancid are at your fingertips. God, what a wonderful life, huh?

North-South Carolina

Dream it, just don't live it if you're in North or South Carolina. Seems voter registration isn't the only thing the Carolinas have on their mind today. HuffPo, in a story on homeless in North and South Carolina draws attention to how little some cities and locals think about the plight of their desperate neighbors.

Love Wins Ministries, a Raleigh, N.C. church, has handed out sausage biscuits and coffee to the city's homeless for the last six years. But on Saturday, Raleigh police reportedly told members that they'd face arrest under a city ordinance that bans the distribution of food in any of the city's parks without a permit, according to WTVD.

"When I asked the officer why, he said that he was not going to debate me. 'I am just telling you what is. Now you pass out that food, you will go to jail,'" member Hugh Hollowell said, according to the church's website.

Six years this ministry has been handing out food. Now, suddenly the police stop them. It seems these are compassionate people who are trying to help, but like feeding the pigeons in the park, it's a bad idea. They'll just keep coming back and hover around you until you feed them more peanuts of torn slices of stale bread. And with them come diseases -- after all, pigeons are called rats with wings

So it's understandable that the Tar Heels are cracking down on human rats -- the homeless. Don't dare feed them or they'll flourish and multiply.

Well, that's North Carolina. The Tar Heels are struggling with an identity crisis. The can be forgiven for their "Don't feed the animals" policy. They've got bigger fish to fry. Voter suppression. But certainly things are different with their Siamese twin in South Carolina.

They are. Governor Nikki Haley and her band of angels show more compassion.

In South Carolina, the city of Columbia council members recently voted unanimously to criminalize homelessness, giving homeless the option to either relocate or face being arrested.

Oopsy. Seems they've now criminalized being homeless. Boy, the competition between North and South Carolina is heating up. I hear Governor Haley is stepping up legislation for public beheadings if you're found guilty of a second violation of homelessness. I'm not kidding (well only half so). Nothing like shame, guilt and a spectacle to deter homelessness.

What's wrong with these two states, when you're arrested in one for helping the destitute and jailed for being destitute in the other?

If I had Aladdin's lamp for only a day,
I'd make a wish and here's what I'd say:
Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning.

Maybe that last line should be nothing could be finer than to be out of Carolina in the morning. Whatcha think?