the point of pouring a shit ton of ice water over yourself is because when one suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) one of the effects the disease has is a numbness throughout the body, as well as struggling to breathe, and both these are meant to temporarily happen when doused in freezing water. It’s to raise awareness of what ALS feels like and encourage donations towards research and cures.
I did not know this, I do think, in this instance that makes the one done by Kermit the Frog even more relevant (He points out that as a cold-blooded amphibian it could literally turn him dormant).
I suspect the police’s response to current journalists stems from the safety issue for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch photojournalist. During the initial protests his was hurt by the “protestors” (probably looters, NOT THE PROTESTORS THAT HAVE BEEN LARGELY PEACEFUL) before he was escorted out by police. I do think they believe they’re doing “the right thing” for the safety of the press but I don’t think it’s necessary, and indeed it causing more problems than it solves.
I still believe the police are going overboard on this (both the response to the protesters and the response towards the media) and believe they should not be using military techniques to “try and make peace with the end of a sword” when our freedom makes the words rise up higher. Remember the Pen (and camera) is mightier than a sword (rifle/SWAT Team).
The world lost a great soul yesterday. RIP Robin Williams. However Robin Williams will always exist in our hearts and remembered by his generous and hilarious heart.
I hope heaven is as gorgeous as it is in the movie,
And the libraries as full,
The music as good,
And the food as delicious as the movies you have been in.
We will never forget you and the smiles you put on our hearts
Rest In Peace Robin Williams